Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

If you're a fan of Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series, you should enjoy Pleasure of a Dark Prince (2010), the story of Lucia the Huntress (Valkyrie) and Garreth, who is a Lykae (werewolf) prince.

Remember Lachlain MacRieve from A Hunger Like No Other? Garreth is his brother. That fact alone should catch the interest of fans of the series.

Saved from near-death by a goddess, Lucia is under a vow of celibacy. As part of being saved, she has the goddess' power as a supreme archer, which is very useful for a Lore warrior. And what Valkyries aren't warriors?

Throw Garreth in her path, and what happens to her vows? And her power as an archer? Power she needs to kill Crom Cruach, the Evil, Bloody One. (Yes, he's as charming as that implies.)

Throw in a quest to find a special arrow in order to defeat Cruach, and you have plenty of adventure mixed in with the romance and witty exchanges.

My two disappointments: the time jump and the ending. There's a jump of one year from the sixteenth to seventeenth chapters. I hate time gaps!!! At the end, while the story of Lucia and Garreth is resolved, we learn about a series of kidnappings in the Lore, including one of my favorite characters. Who is kidnapping them, and why? Tune in to the next book in the series, apparently.

I'm so ready for Nix's story, too, so when is that coming in the series??

Insert usual disclaimer about Cole getting very hot and graphic in her sex scenes.

My overall personal rating of Pleasure of a Dark Prince is a B.


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