Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: April 29th 2008
My Rating: 5 Cups
Source: My Copy
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.
A RAVEN-HAIRED TEMPTRESS OF THE DARK…
Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.
A VAMPIRE WARRIOR CONSUMED BY MADNESS…
To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.
HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO CLAIM HER?
Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge is by far my favorite book so far of the series. We’re finally meeting new species of the Lore, and I absolutely loved seeing the world expand, this time with ghosts. This book was once again a buddy read with Jamsu @ Jamsudreams and you can check out her review of this book here.
I adored this book. It was interesting because beyond the fact that Néomi was trapped in her own house, I remembered nothing else from my first read of the book, so it kind of felt like reading it for the first time again. I know that during my first read I didn’t truly appreciate how amazing this story really was, and I’m glad that my buddy read with Jamsu got me to see it.
Néomi is the classic Kresley Cole heroine: She’s a strong woman who knows herself, she knows her own worth, and she ultimately saves herself, and I love that about her. She just needed the push to decide to save herself, but once she had that, she took it and did everything that was needed in order to get out of a bad situation. She’s always had that strength about her, and it was clear that death and her becoming a ghost had made her forget that she had that strength. She also knew nothing about the Lore, and I always love when in books we get to see one of the main characters learn about the world for the first time. I always find it very fascinating to see the ways authors manage to introduce a new character in their worlds and still make it unique, and I think Kresley Cole did a fantastic job introducing her. Néomi is also a ghost, and reading about her death and discovering her life, as well as why she was trapped in her home was very interesting, and I will admit it that at times I wanted to be more focused on that part of the story.
Conrad is the first red-eyed vampire we see that gets his story told, and also gets his HEA. It was interesting, because before this we never quite see things from their perspective. The stories so far focus on the Forebearers, the vampires who don’t drink directly from the vein, or if they drink from the vein, they drink from their Brides. This time we see a vampire who drinks from most of the creatures he is hired to kill, so much so that he’s gone insane. I found it fascinating, because we get to see Conrad battle with what is real and what it’s not. In a way, he was just as damaged as Nix is. I liked Conrad, what can I say? And I love that we get to see the reasons for his hatred towards vampires, and why he hates his older brothers so much for turning him into a vampire. I was surprised by that little reveal, because I totally forgot that had happened in the book.
The thing that I loved the most about this book was that we once again have a heroine that ultimately saves herself. I won’t say much, because I don’t want to spoil stuff, but that’s the one thing that I love when I pick up a Kresley Cole book. The heroine never waits for the hero to save her, and if you look at when these books are written, I find that absolutely fascinating and such a different way to write heroines than what the norm was in the early 2000s.
All in all I truly loved this book, and I can’t wait to read the next one. Don’t forget to visit Jamsu’s blog to read her review!