A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
Immortals After Dark #2
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Release Date: March 28, 2006
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 Bookworms
A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her...
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.
A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy...
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents--until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae--and their notorious dark desires--ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.
An all-consuming desire...
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?
Carmel (@Rabid Reads) has been touting the greatness of Robert Petkoff's narration of this series, so I decided to dive in to see for myself. She was so right. Petkoff does an amazing job with his narration and I see myself becoming addicted to this series.
I loved my introduction to this series and all its supes. Emmaline Troy, the heroine, is a rarity. Part vampire, part Valkyrie, she's grown up learning prejudice against other supes - including the supe she is. When we meet Emma, she's alone in Paris. She's looking for something but what she finds, or rather what finds her, is life-altering.
Lachlan MacRieve has been suffering for over a century at the hands of his vampire enemy. Until he scents her. He's lived for centuries, always seeking the one and now he's found her, nothing will keep him from his mate. But fate has an interesting sense of humor giving him a mate outside his species.
A Hunger Like No Other is essentially the story of Emma and Lachlan getting to know one another and overcoming prejudices. Although, in Emma's case, it's mostly her fear that her aunts won't be able to overcome their own prejudices. And Lachlan pays lip service to his prejudices but realizes in the end that it takes more than that and he hurt Emma in the process.
There's also the vampires that are searching for Emma for an unknown reason.
I liked thinking about Emma, a 70 year old, as a youngster. She'd been sheltered, was naive in many ways, but found her inner-strength as well as her physical strength when it came to fighting for love. The differences between Emma and Lachlan were laughable. Not only are the different species, but they're from different centuries. It was fun to hear and see them try to meet in the technology age. It was sweet to see Lachlan really fall for Emma, too. He had much to overcome with his centuries of hatred toward the creatures that made up half of his Emma.
I also adored meeting the Valkyrie - Emma's aunts, as well as Wroth and Bowen. Cole infused a lot of humor into the story through them. I'm excited about the overarching plot of this series and am eager to see Emma's role in it. And I want to become better acquainted with all the characters I've met.
I'll be reading the next installment, as I already owned it, but I will then return to listening to this series. I'm as hooked on Petkoff as I am on Cole's characters and story.