Title: A Hunger Like No Other
Author: Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: Mar 2006
Classification: Adult Romance Novel
Content: Mature Scenes and Violence
Summary from Goodreads:
Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire — unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.
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?
I know that everyone has raved about this series for years, people can’t wait for the newest books to release and there is huge hype surrounding this famous Immortals After Dark Series. Kresley Cole is probably considered a Goddess by many in the adult romance book world. I can certainly see why people fall for her books. Cole has amazing writing skills since she can build a very unique and adventurous world all in the course of one book. She does have some great character building skills as well, who wouldn’t want to fall for all of these sexy immortal beings. Yet, even though I do praise Cole for many things in this book, there was just something missing for me.
When I first started reading I was taken with this world! I loved how dark this world could be and how as a reader I had yet to learn who was who. So I was really excited to spend the next part of the book figuring out who everyone was and what the backstories were. I mean when you jump into a world this big there is a learning curve to be had. This learning curve is a fun journey but it does always kill the full effect of the first book in a series. Due to the fact that there was so much EPIC world building to explain the main characters in this story paid the price. I could not connect with Emmaline and Lachlain for the life of me. I loved all of the support cast of characters such as Lachlain’s close friend and younger brother. Heck I even connected with Myst’s new husband that shows up at the very end of the book. I think when you are connecting with the secondary/minor characters more than the main couple there is certainly a problem there.
I feel like this story has great potential, it has set up a fantastic world that I’m very interested in. I love the mix of all the immortal characters who are running around Cole’s world. Cole gets props practically the entire book except the fact that I didn’t like the main character. Now I’m hoping that with the next book in the series being about a different main couple that I will have a better chance of connecting with a new main couple. I think sometimes in a series this large certain couple pairings are going to be a hit and certain ones are going to be a miss. I have to say Emmaline and Lachlain were a miss for me but I’m going to have to keep reading this series because I loved everything else about this book.
Overall, when you read the story for the subplots and the world building over the main character developments there is slightly something wrong with that. I’m a very character driven person so the fact that I was able to connect with this book even when I didn’t like the main characters was a huge deal to me. It means Cole’s world was just too amazing to leave behind. So as I’ve already stated I will continue on with this series in the hopes that the main couples of the next few books leave me with a better connection.