“ Author: Kresley Cole / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 07 July 2011 / Genre: Romance / Subcategory: Adult & Contemporary Romance / Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd / Title: Dark Needs at Night's Edge / ISBN 13: 9781849834155 / ISBN 10: 1849834155 / Alternative EAN: 9781416547075 „
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This books is the fourth book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole so if you are thinking of reading it I would recommend that you do so after reading the two books before it (I would not recommend reading the first book). However, you can read it as a stand alone.
The story revolves around Neomi and Conrad.
Neomi is a ballerina who was murdered by her former fiancee and has since haunted the home that she loved so much. Conrad is a vampire who has given into the blood lust, making him crazy and undiscriminately violent.
Conrad's brothers want to cure Conrad of his blood lust, even though most people say it can't be done. They kidnapp him and move him to Neomi's home where they keep him prisoner in an attempt to stop him from drinking blood directly from people.
Neomi has been living for decades in the house without being seen by anyone and being forced to relive her death once every moon cycle.
Conrad can see Neomi and begins to suspect that though she is dead she is his bride, the one female in the entire world who can make his heart beat again and the only woman who is meant for him.
I won't say anymore than that because I don't want to give away what happens in the story. That's the basic's of it and where the story really begins.
Neomi- Neomi was a ballerina before her death but since dying her activity has been limited to scaring away vandals and reading newspapers. She is an incredibly positive character. Even though she's been alone for decades without anyone able to see her she has managed to remain sane and have somewhat of a positive outlook on things.
Conrad- Before Conrad died and was turned into a vampire by his brothers he was a warrior. I don't want to give away any of the twists of the book so I'm not going to go into details but his human past made becoming a vampire much more traumatic for him than it would usually be and this adds a nice dimension to the character. Conrad is also completely insane. When you drink blood from humans it means that you take their memories and can't control them which means that Conrad constantly has to deal with other peoples memories.
This book was so different to the rest of the series in my opinion and while it's not exactly a negative thing I was a little bit disappointed. When you buy a Kresley Cole book you expect something quite erotic, yet not erotica, and you expect the romance to be quite fast moving. This book to me was less focused on the sex and more on an actual plot. Now, usually I would consider this a good thing. I prefer books with a plot but the attraction of a Kresley Cole book is that it's easy reading and erotic (at least that's the attraction for me).
This book wasn't as well suited for an easy read on the tube into work because the chapters tended to be longer and the plot a little more complicated. Still not something that you really need to focus a lot of your brain power on but still not easy to read as other books in this series.
The fact that the main character in the book was a ghost was both a good and bad thing. In some ways it really hindered the romance because she wasn't even corporeal but at the same time it was such an original plot. I felt like it would have worked better if Conrad had been able to see her right away. It felt like the story moved so slowly because there was so much focus on Conrad and his brothers before the romance even began. That's great if you're reading any other genre but when it's romance I want to jump straight in. By the time Conrad could actually see her I was getting a bit bored.
However, the story does get better and I did enjoy it. It wasn't as gripping as other books in the series but it was still an enjoyable read if a little bit on the average side.
The best thing about the book was Neomi. I really liked her and felt that she was a character I could really relate to and admire. When she was alive she worked hard to become a successful ballerina, succeeding against the odds and then bought her own home and decided not to marry because she didn't need a husband. As I mentioned she's very positive and I thought that was quite nice.
Conrad and Neomi were opposites in many ways and I felt like they really complimented each other. It was a really good match.