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The story starts with Lachlain MacRieve, a Lykae who has been held prisoner and tortured by vampires for 150 years. He finally finds the strength and courage to break free from his imprisonment when he scents his mate somewhere near by. Lachlain has been searching for his mate for centuries and he is not going to let her get away from him now he has finally found her. However, he is disappointed when he catches up to Emmaline to realise that she is a vampire - one of the creatures that has tortured him for the last fifteen decades - and he readily shows his disgust of her and the rest of her species. But he soon finds out that Emmaline is nothing like the vampires that held him captive and he starts to fall for her. Emmaline feels very differently about Lachlain though. She sees him as a monster who wants to torment and hurt her. But soon danger surrounds them from all sides and they realise that they are willing to do anything to keep each other safe.
Both Lachlain and Emmaline go on an emotional journey throughout A Hunger Like No Other, and I loved reading about this journey. Lachlain starts off as a (literally) tortured soul who has trouble keeping his animal instincts in check. But as he spends more time with Emmaline, he becomes a lot more content and, although at times he does lie to his mate or treat her in a way that is perhaps not quite right, he would do anything for her and do anything to keep her at his side. And it is easy to forgive Lachlain for his little indiscretions when you consider that he has not had any contact with others (apart from the vampires torturing him) for 150 years.
Emmaline, however, starts off as a very timid creature who is used to the protection of her aunts - a coven of vicious Valkyries. Although she is part vampire, she has never drunk 'from the source' and wants to protect living things (a way of life that earns her a lot of ridicule from her family). But during her time with Lachlain, she finds herself in many dangerous situations and she finds strength from them. The result of this is that by the end of the novel she is an incredibly strong female who can hold her own in a fight as well as refusing to be walked over by her family and Lachlain.
I loved both of the main characters and the relationship that develops between the two of them - there is certainly a huge amount of sexual chemistry between them, even if it does take them a long time to realise that their feelings run a lot deeper that just this physical connection. I also found the storyline of the book, involving all the threats from their enemies, to be intriguing, well-written and full of action. Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Hunger Like No Other and I can't wait to read the others in the series.
A hunger like no other is the first book in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.
The book begins with Emma, a gentle half vampire half valkyrie in Europe looking for information about her parents who she never knew. Her mother died when she was young and she was raised by her valkyrie mothers sisters in Val Hall Manor, where all of the valkyrie live.
Lachlaine is the King of the Werewolves. He's been imprisoned for over a century by the vampires and tortured.
When he scents his mate (Emma) he manages to escape from his prison and track her down.
That's the basic storyline and I don't want to give away too much about the plot so I won't go into more details.
At the beginning of this book Lachlaine sexually assaults Emma. Having been driven close to insanity by his century of torture he forces her to perform a sexual act and performs acts on her that she doesn't want him to.
For some reason Kresley Cole seems to think that this is acceptable and attempts to present it as being both romantic and erotic.
It is neither.
This book is supposed to be a romance novel, a genre that's written primarily for women, why an author would think that it was desirable or acceptable to have the hero of the book sexually assault the heroine is beyond me. I can't understand what anyone is thinking when they write such a character in a way that makes it seem like it's appropriate behaviour.
She attempts to defend the characters actions by pointing out that he has been tortured for a long time. Now, I can understand that realistically if someone is tortured then perhaps that makes them react violently or show harmful behaviour but this is a romance novel, the character is supposed to be the hero of the book and there is no justification for sexual assault. I found this part of the book offensive.
For the reason stated above I couldn't really enjoy this book, but putting that aside I thought the writing was pretty good. I like Kresley Cole's writing style. I think she's created a wonderful world, one that you can actually believe in. So many paranormal romance authors are a little bit lazy about their world building because the focus is on romance and not fantasy but Kresley Cole seems to have put a lot of effort and research into her world building and this really shines through in her Immortals After Dark Series.
This book wasn't to my taste. As I said, I was offended at her attempt to portray sexual assault as being romantic or erotic. I didn't like the central characters. Emma was a weak woman with no backbone and I couldn't really relate to her. I didn't think that she was a strong enough character but she was very well developed, as was Lachlain and you did get the feeling throughout the book that the characters had depth.
I have since read more books in the series and preferred them so I wouldn't let this book put you off of the others. The female characters get stronger.
I wouldn't recommend reading this book but I would recommend the series. I would suggest just skipping this book and starting with the second book in the seires (No Rest for the Wicked) which is much more enjoyable than this one and the characters are actually likeable.
Kresley Cole is a good writer but even her great writing style can't salvage this book.