A Hunger Like No Other
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
A Hunger Like No Other starts out like a bad 80’s bodice ripper. The heroine, Emma, is chased through the streets of Paris by a crazy man who captures her and then forces her to strip and jack him off in the shower. The crazy man turns out to be our hero Lachlain. He’s been tortured in the catacombs of Paris by a bunch of vampires for the past 150 years and so has a healthy dose of hatred for all things vampire. Which is bad because Emma turns out to be his mate and just happens to also be half vampire.
So, Lachlain spends most of the book sexually assaulting Emma and being an domineering asshat. Emma spends the entire time playing the helpless victim and bemoans her weakness. Yes, she does eventually come into her own but it’s not until the book is almost done. The thing that ticked me off the most is that after all the crap Lachlain pulls he never atones for it. Yes, he feels bad, but the only thing he does to make up for it is buy Emma some presents. But at the same time he’s still keeping her captive and getting her drunk so he can shag her. Seriously, he just wasn’t redeemable in my eyes and Emma’s change of heart towards him seemed to come out of no where.
The only reason why A Hunger Like No Other didn’t score lower with me is because Cole’s writing style is pretty fantastic and funny. There’s also her mythology, which is great. I love her ideas about vampire, Valkyrie, and werewolf mythology. I only wish the relationship dynamics hadn’t been so abusive.