“An entertaining addition to the IAD series although there are some irritating elements.
What can one say about Lothaire? He's magnificent yet evil, cunning and intelligent yet ruthless and cold-blooded. Since the beginning of the series, he has been the most intriguing of all Loreans and we finally get his backstory and explanations for his behavior.
The Saroya/Ellie storyline is interesting but not as intense as it could have been. In contrast, the revelations in the overall story arc are compelling, especially the insights into Nix's machinations, and the introduction of the Dacians.
The romance has its ups and downs. Ellie is a wonderful heroine, feisty and courageous with a stubborn streak that drives Lothaire round the twist. There are one or two moments when she could have had more backbone but all in all, she gives Lothaire a run for his money and it is fun to see him so confounded.
The biggest problem, however, is that despite his infatuation with her, Lothaire views Ellie as inferior and unworthy of his attentions for much of the book. He even wishes his Bride were someone else. Moreover, he constantly belittles and dictates to her and even turns her into a vampire against her will. Yes, he ultimately learns to love and accept her but the timing is problematic.
The secondary cast are intriguing and we will hopefully see more of Thaddeus, Balery and Nix, not to mention Furie and Kristoff as well as Lothaire's Dacian cousins. Lots to look forward to in future installments. ”
LOTHAIRE is the latest book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Released January 10, 2012, Kresley just completed a week-long tour with cover model Paul Marron (be still my heart) to fantastic turn outs. I do believe, the magnificent Paul helped in that department. LOTHAIRE continues the storyline a few weeks after Dreams of a Dark Warrior.
Lothaire, Enemy of Old, believes he has found his mate, Saroya, but there are complications. Saroya, a goddess without substance, inhabits the human body of Elizabeth Pierce, a coal miner’s daughter from Louisiana. When Lothaire first meets ‘Saroya’ (as Elizabeth) , the goddess he believes to be his mate, he is blooded-his heart begins to beat and his need to consummate the relationship is without end. But ‘Saroya, is evil personified, and the reason Lothaire believes that the goddess is his true-mate. While inhabiting the body of Elizabeth, Saroya goes on a killing spree, and when Elizabeth is fingered in the murders, she is tried and sentenced to death row.
Five years later, Elizabeth Pierce, well aware that a demon has taken possession of her body, refuses to save herself from the electric chair. During her incarceration, she has completed university and only on a couple of occasion has the goddess, come to the surface. But, hoping her death, will also end the ‘life’ of the demon Saroya, Elizabeth accepts her fate and welcomes her execution. But Lothaire refuses to allow Elizabeth to die, fearing she will end the life of his mate-the woman who would be his queen.
From Death Row to Lothaire’s New York apartment, Elizabeth feels she has replaced one prison for another equally abhorrent. Lothaire is on a mission. He seeks revenge against those who murdered his mother, and against the father who cast aside a son and mate. To regain his rightful position as heir to a Horde throne, Lothaire seeks retribution and keeps a record of every debt that is owed to him by the Lore. Elizabeth has been marked by many of the Lorians for death—as the mate to Lothaire, Enemy of Old--she is targeted by those who want retribution against Lothaire.
But Elizabeth is falling for her captor, in a ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ psychological game of good vs evil. She does not understand her feelings for Leo, as she calls him (Lothaire Enemy of Old-LEO), but she is losing her heart to one of the oldest and coldest vampires in the Lore. And Lothaire, is falling for the human-not the goddess Saroya.
Throughout her captivity with Lothaire, Elizabeth is subjected to Lothaire’s condescending attitude and actions. His disrespect towards the human, is painful and one that will nearly end his own life. But once he has claimed Elizabeth as his mate, Lothaire demands she be turned. As a vampire, Elizabeth will not be as vulnerable as a human, and her life will be equaled to that of the immortals.
The release of Kresley Cole’s LOTHAIRE has been anticipated for a while. Lothaire has been present in virtually all of the Immortal After Dark novels, building his storyline, giving the reader, small bits of information that needed a culmination in a book of his own. We re-visit: Dorado, the ghoul-like mummified creature searching for the RIIINNNGGGG; Nix the All Knowing-or Nucking Futs Nix as Lothaire’s oldest and only friend; Thaddeus the young vampire/demon who befriended Lothaire in prison; and the Valkyrie-with their squeals that could deafen an entire city.
Kresley introduces Lothaire’s extended family of vampires including a young female cousin-Kosmina. I sense a potential match between Kosmina and Thaddeus , but that could only be my spidey-senses going into over drive. With these introductions, Kresley has opened a new branch of the family to continue with the Immortals After Dark series of novels and storylines. LOTHAIRE is another great read in this wonderful series. Although, Lothaire is much colder and darker than most of her previous characters (he rips out his own blackened heart and gives it to his mate as a symbol of his hatred towards her), the love of a fated-mate, melts the ice surrounding his once deadened soul.
“Really liked it. Hot. Unusual story line with some great one liners. Love the assessment of Lothaire's "friend" abou Lothaire! Really get to know more about his history and Nix's as well. Looking forward to the next book.”ninetailedkat wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I waited a long time to read this book but found that it was not what I was expecting. I did not like the story line. I did like the glimpses of Nix and Lothaires relationship. ”candylm35 wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i need more I NEED MORE I NEED MORE !!!”trish valle wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! I love this entire series and any time Nix appears on the pages...I find myself laughing out loud. Love Elizabeth...she is one tough Hillbilly and Lothaire...he is a #*$&$, but yum! ”Annabelle R wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a hard book for me to get through. I just kept getting SO frustrated with Lothaire and I truly hated Saroya. By about midway through though, I was SO hooked! I was at the edge of my seat wondering if he'd make the right decisions, could he get out of his vows, would Nix be any help at all. It was an emotional roller coaster. I also couldn't help but LOVE Elizabeth from the very beginning. I was a tad disappointed with the cliff hanger at the end, however, I've got the next couple books to read, so I think I'll live.”Myndi T wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ahhh ...Lothaire arrogant ambigous and more than a little crazy.
This book made my toes curl and even inspired a few tears to fall
My new favorite of the series [3”
“IAD (Immortals After Dark) is one of my favorite paranormal romance series. Parts of it are set in Louisiana/New Orleans, and the author, Kresley Cole does an excellent job of not making Louisiana sounds like its full of a bunch of backwater rednecks. Lothaire is book 12 in the series, and while Lothaire has been a villain throughout the series, garnering MUCH hatred, yet somehow Cole makes you have a soft side for him and see the humanity behind all the evil. Although Ellie seems a little too hillbilly in the beginning (she's from the Appellation Mountains) her "voice" really sounds authentic as you get to know her character. It has been a while since I've read the last book in the series and I wish there would have been more of a refresher of the previous book because they are so closely linked, HOWEVER, Cole does bring in some of the details of past events when necessary. Excellent series and can't wait to read the next installment. ”Louisiana Librarian wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I know I've read this story before, kidnapped heroine falls for her captor, but everything was so perfect it all felt new. Lothaire is evil and I'm glad he stayed evil till the end. I'm surprised at how much I liked Ellie. Even though she was a human she was perfect for Lothaire. Nix had some vaulnerable moments here and I hope she gets a HEA soon. New vampires were introduced and the next book was set up, can't wait to see what happens next. ”SaturnNalia wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No