Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

dnane.jpgDark Needs at Night’s Edge

Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark, book 4
Publisher: Pocket (April 29, 2008)
Kindle edition, 401 pages
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Summary
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?

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Review
I love a good ghost romance, because you KNOW it has to have a Happy Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now) and it’s always interesting to see how the author manages to get two star-crossed lovers to overcome such an impossible situation.

Clearly, Kresley Cole is some sort of goddess, because this is the absolute most satisfied I’d ever been with romance between a spook and a… well, I guess Conrad isn’t really a human, is he? Someone who is corporeal and someone who is not, then.

I really love Néomi. She’s so bright and full of life – even though she’s dead. She’s ballsy and determined and pulls herself up by the bootstraps. I also like that she’s less … quirky … than Kresley’s heroines in the previous books. Kresley seems to favor women who are fierce and spunky and beautifully odd, but Néomi seems to be the most human of her heroines I’ve read so far. (…Despite being a ghost.) But then maybe that’s because she is the only human (former human?) I’ve read so far, depending on if witches count as humans (which in this series they probably don’t). ANYWAY, I love her interactions with Conrad, and my heart broke and broke again for them both.

Nix is always and forever one of my favorite characters in this series, and she seems so much more real and reachable in this book than in the previous ones. As if I dare hope that she is the heroine of a future book. (No, I haven’t read all the synopses, I’m trying not to spoil myself, haha.)

This is the 5th book in the Immortals After Dark series, and while it can be read as a stand alone there are some bits that will make more sense if you’ve read the earlier books. There’s still enough exposition in this book that you can get by without reading the earlier ones, though, if YOu just really NEED this ghostly romance RIGHT NOW. And yes, I DO definitely plan to read the rest. Wouldn’t you?

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