Title: A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2)
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 2011)
After enduring years of torture by the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the soulmate he’s waited millennia for is half vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy sets out to uncover the truth about her parents, but when the powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle, her dear of the Lykae – and their notorious dark desires – ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction that states her own dark cravings.
Etheral half Valkyrie/half vampire Emmaline somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within Lachlain, but when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces their desire must deepen into a binding love that can give the warrior peace, and turn the gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be . . .
Rating: *** (3 stars)
A Hunger Like No Other is the second book in Kresley Cole’s The Immortals After Dark Series, although it can be read as a standalone novel. It tells the story of Lachlain, a Lykae who has been captured and tortured by vampires, and Emmaline, a half vampire/half Valkyrie who is sheltered by her Valkyrie aunts. A Hunger Like No Other and The Immortals After Dark Series are aimed at an adult audience.
A Hunger Like No Other is not a book to read if you like a lot of action in your paranormal romances. The main plot of the book focuses on Lachlain and Emmaline’s relationship, and whilst this is not a bad thing I would have liked a bit more plot. That is not to say that there isn’t a plot, it’s just relegated to a very definite second place. I did enjoy what little plot there was, and I thought it added a lot to the story. I just wish Cole had chosen to explore it more, but hopefully this will happen in later books in this series.
Emmaline Troy is an interesting character, considering her heritage you would think at the beginning of the book that she would be a much stronger character than she is. Cole does explain the reason for this, and Emmaline does evolve through the narrative but Cole does a brilliant job of keeping her in character – although she becomes rather kick-ass, Emmaline does still retrain elements of who she was earlier. Lachlain is very much a typical alpha male in the Paranormal Romance genre, although Cole does have an interesting take on what it means to be a Lykae – a werewolf.
If you are a fan of the Paranormal Romance genre then you should consider reading this book and the series. Although in many ways Cole doesn’t add anything new to the genre, she has an interesting take on some of the paranormal creatures in her world. I look forward to reading other boooks in this series.