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Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark #5)

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Bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her seductive Immortals After Dark series with this tale of a vampire shunned even by his own kind and a beautiful phantom, bound together by a passion they cannot resist.


Naomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Pocket Books
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Jan 22, 2016 Ana {The Good Gif Fairy} rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-reads
*I apologize in advance for all the Klaus/Joseph gifs*

“People think happiness will simply fall into their laps. You have to aspire to it. And sometimes you have to seize it when it’s kicking and screaming.”

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It's been awhile since I've read a paranormal romance. I'm a very, very picky reader. I'm not saying I have great taste. Some of my choices have been questionable at best. But I think most of you will agree that it's hard to find a well-written fantasy romance.

A friend referred me to thi
Keeping with the same pattern of earlier books in the 'Immortals After Dark' series, this fifth book in the series tells the story of another "unblooded" male that meets his mate. This time around, the female is a ghost, Naomi, and the male vampire is Conrad, brother to earlier heroes in the series.

The fact that Naomi doesn't have an actual body for a large part of this story put a different spin on things. At times, I was wondering how in the world Ms. Cole would manage to pull off a love stor
5 + stars

Dark Needs at Night's Edgewas an absolutely fantastic read! I loved everything about this book.In fact, it might just be my favorite in the series thus far. I could go on and on about what I loved about this story, but I'm very anxious to start the next book in the series to find out what happens to Cade, the demon.

Suffice it to say, this book has everything I love in a paranormal AND in a romance book. It has a creative and compelling world, a fascinating cast of motley characters, an
Kat Kennedy
Dark Needs at Night's Edge is a modern, more intensely paranormal version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

Mrs. Muir
Rex Harrison: making ghosts sexy since 1947.

It is, to date, my absolute favourite book in this series. Not that it's really had that much competition.

So far it stands against an abductor, rapist, Sebastian/Kaderine who rock, and Bowen/Marie who don't.

Conrad, a bloodmad and vicious vampire, is captured by his three brothers and trapped in an old mansion to help recover his sanity. Néomi, a 1920's
Sep 17, 2008 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans; JR Ward fans
Recommended to Auntee by: Everyone!
I have to rate this another 5 star read by Kresley Cole. Even though the plot was a lot different than the other books in the series, I still found this one hard to put down. It just felt so unusual to me, but in a good way. Mad vampire assassin meets lonely, beautiful ballerina ghost and falls in love against all odds--I just wasn't expecting that! I loved how Conrad and Neomi 'connected' over their long talks while each was a prisoner inside Neomi's estate. Loved their little game of black jac ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I had to place my faith in Ms. Cole that this premise of a ghost falling in love with a vampire would work. I just couldn't see how this would go well at all. My faith was rewarded. I loved this book. It starts out so beautiful and even gothic. Neomi Laress is brutally murdered by a spurned lover in her house that she has just bought at a grand party she is throwing to celebrate her retirement from the ballet. She is a beautiful dancer in the early 20th century who has decided to leave her curre ...more
Sammy Loves Books
Jan 10, 2016 Sammy Loves Books rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
*****4.0 This Series Rocks Stars*****

Conrad Wroth


The Vampire, Conrad Wroth, is a highly paid assassin. He kills other immortals by drinking their blood until he obtains their power and their memories. But all that killing and drinking has caused Conrad to become consumed with blood lust. And he can no longer distinguish his memories from those of his victims. He's pretty much gone mad.

haunted house

So his brothers buy an old abandoned property and imprison him in the abandoned manor. And as fate would have it
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark series brought to life on audio book? Terrific? Wonderful? Awesome?

They all seem woefully inadequate.

I’ve read this book several times, and I loved listening to it. Robert Petkoff continues his breathtaking narration, kicking it up a notch this time to tell us of Néomi Laress and Conrad Wroth’s love story. His voice is dreamy and he does the interna
Stacia (the 2010 club)

3.5 stars.

Waitress : Welcome back to the Fetish Cafe. See anything you like tonight?

Me : (closing the menu) Not really. I feel like I've seen all of this before. Alphas who kidnap, Alphas who rescue, Alphas who fight for their women...I'm bored. Are there any betas on special tonight?

Waitress : (smacking gum) Nope. Outta luck. Some Valkyrie came in and purchased our last beta fantasy. She said something about wanting to hold him facedown over a crocodile...

Me : How...quaint. (Gathers things) We
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Feb 07, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans, fans of a virgin hero
Well, it looks like my high school French class finally paid off in the end! Again, I breezed through this book! Dark Needs at Night’s Edge was such a thrill to read!

To be honest, I was caught off-guard. I don’t usually enjoy ghost stories so I didn’t expect to be so transfixed by Neomi the French prima ballerina. But I was. The prologue is fantastic and once I started, I couldn’t stop!

Murdered by her ex-husband in a bitter rage, Neomi Laress was stabbed to death in her own home after the brigh
"Dreams can change."

The bloodcurdling prologue foreshadows the tone of this book: it is sinister, gloomy, with bloody scenes, and with a gothic and horrifying set.

Once, both Néomi and Conrad were humans. Néomi became a ghost, Conrad altered to a vampire. Now both of them suffer from being what they are.

In his human life, Conrad was denied any happiness; his change to a vampire infuriated him, and he became a hit man. He went insane by drinking his victims to death, because he attained not on
4.25 to 4.5 stars!

Positives about this book:

--virgin hero! It was SO awesome when the heroine got to be so special for him and give him such a meaningful first time. Loved it. It just highlighted why I don't like romances where the hero has already done it all -- the heroine just feels like more of what he already did -- she is nothing special. Here, she was everything to him. :D
--Conrad-he was a terrific hero -- I loved when he was crazy and tearing things apart; then I loved when he was more s
Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark series brought to life on audio book? Terrific? Wonderful? Awesome?

They all seem woefully inadequate.

I’ve read this book several times, and I loved listening to it. Robert Petkoff continues his breathtaking narration, kicking it up a notch this time to tell us of Néomi Laress and Conrad Wroth’s love story. His voice is dreamy and he does the interna
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

Another Great book in this awesome series.......

Naomi Laress is a beautiful French ex burlesque dancer turned ballerina murdered by her ex. Refusing to die she comes back as a ghost. She is very sensual and full of life always laughing and enjoying herself and finding happiness where ever she can She is also dedicated working hard when she wants something. Going for her dreams.
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Conrad Wroth Had lost his mind turned into something he hated against his will a vampire. He became a assass
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana

ReRead: I LOVE THESE BOOKS. This one was so much fun and conrad is sooooooooooooo amazing. I love a good virgin hero

5 stars- Favorite IAD book yet

Gushing Fangirl Thoughts

I'm so happy there is a substantial amount of thorough reviews on this book for I'm about to gush over this like a open wound...:P This book was great. Cole wove an amazing story in "Dark Needs a Night's Edge" I found myself aching for these characters. It seriously amazes me how Cole created such a contradiction of a book. This
Aug 03, 2010 DarienMoya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads, vampires

This is the fourth book in the Immortals After Dark series and this series seems to be getting better. So each book tells you the story of a powerful supernatural male and his fight to win his mate and let me tell you there are fights. Easily this book was the most emotional for me so far and very unconventional with the ending and the love story between the two main characters.

Conrad Wroth is feared and he is hated, but no one could h
Even when I didn't like the hero, I couldn't put this book down. When I started warming towards him... well, it became a winner!

Connor is a vampire, but one with those dreaded red eyes: that means he drinks from the flesh. And on top of that, he is a hired assasin. After so many years of bloodlust, he's almost mad. The memories he gathered from his victims run without control in his mind so he can't tell if what he's seeing is actually true, a hallucination brought by his fragmented mind or a m
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I strongly suspected that this installment was going to be a miss for me because ghost romances are a personal pet peeve of mine, but I’m listening to this series in order, and it was next up on my to-do list. Kresley Cole’s writing and Robert Petkoff’s narration were by no means at fault here; I still enjoyed many of the secondary elements of this story, the most noteworthy of which being Nix’s dialogue and the author’s phone sex style approach to the earlier love scene
Jul 10, 2015 AJ rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Book 5 in the Immortals After Dark series brings us the story of vampire, Conrad Wroth. Brother to Nikolai and Sebastian (who have already had their stories told in the series), Nikolai is crazed by bloodlust. A Lore assassin, he kills by drinking his victims to death, thereby taking in their memories. And after hundreds of years of this existence, the madness is almost out of control.

Conrad’s brothers are desperate to help him, and so they abduct him and essentially imprison him in an
May 06, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, pnr
Wow! So good!

Loved this story of Conrad and Neomi. Their love story is a tale on it's own, withstanding all odds to be together. So romantic!

Loved this PNR world Kresley Cole has built, along with her memorable characters that go along with it. This one's a keeper!
4.5 stars

At first I was like

Soon I thought things started to get interesting.

Then I was like

By the halfway mark and through the rest of the book I wanted to do this

A vampire that suffers from bloodlust and has been turned into a killer. Cold and angry at the whole world, he hates himself and all the creatures that are like him. He cannot be sexually stimulated until he finds his bride and is blooded. And when he finally finds her, she cannot blood him because she's not technically alive.

A ghost
Apr 15, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It is a very well written and enjoyable story. I loved Conrad- what a cranky, sexy beast of a man! He was so smitten with Naomi and was able to go against his nature and be gentle with her. Naomi is an awesome heroine- very brave and able to soothe Conrad. And the steamy scenes are hot, hot, hot! The secondary characters are great too. Especially Nix- she is funny! As much as I loved this one I'm not sure about the others in this series- I don't think many of them are s ...more
Erm. Well, we started this buddy read in 2014....and I've let it languish. Time to get going on it again. So, here I am catch up with Sarah ;)

Book 1: The Warlord Wants Forever
Book 2: A Hunger Like No Other
Book 3: No Rest for the Wicked
Book 4: Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

I gave this three-stars before, apparently, but I think I was being generous then - because I hated this book for the longest time. The first time I read it, was on a cross-country flight. I had nothing else to read, and noth
Jun 01, 2008 Eastofoz rated it liked it
Book 5 in the series was disappointing for me. Book 4 was so good I was expecting something along the same lines or better. I didn't feel much attraction between Néomi and Connor and when they did finally come together it was anticlimactic. It took so long for something to happen that when it did it fell flat. Something didn't click to make me believe that they really wanted each other the way the other couples in the previous books did. It was a strange kind of tension. I didn't like how she wo ...more
Wow! Just finished rereading it, and i enjoyed it even more than the first time.
Robin (Bridge Four)
Another 3.5 Stars.

The Wroth brothers have finally found Conrad and to save him they must imprison him and wean him off drinking directly from the veins of his victims, much like a drug addict. He is mad in more ways than one but it seems that perhaps his salvation lies in the ghost of a ballerina who can only be seen by him.

Néomi didn’t necessarily seek an acknowledgment of her presence. She could float a sheet spray-painted with “Bonjour! from le spectre!” if she wanted bad attention, or a pos
On a fateful night a hundred years ago, famous ballerina Neomi Laress became a ghost at the hands of a spurned lover. Existing all these years since, invisible to all around her, imagine her surprise when a brutal immortal madman abandoned in the beloved mansion she calls home becomes the only living being to see her.

Tormented and alone Conrad Wroth has become the very thing he fought against all those years ago when he was human- a renegade vampire. But now that they've found him, his brothers
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 12, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: What’s not to like its Nathan Kamp
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Turned out to be really good by the end
Characters: Well Written
Plot: A ghostly tale of love and sacrifice
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Conrad

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

Why I loved book #4, this one not so much. It was good but for me dragged a lot in the beginning. I know that was the set up, but I found it easy to put down and not come back to it until t
Alex is The Romance Fox
Kresley Cole -What an incredible storyteller and talented and unique writer you are!!!!!
Her Immortals after Dark Series is beyond amazing….the world of Lore inhabited by such different and varied characters that we have come to know from the previous books is so creatively written , they come alive and are so real and believable that has you engaging in their lives.

I am not crazy about ghost stories and at first had some doubts about this book. Well, after the first two chapters………I was in heav
May 05, 2010 Mel rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, favorites
"This mountain of a man was learning that his considerable might- which he'd clearly relied on for everything- was futile with her. "

This fifth story in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole was a sweet read. In all senses of the word.
This time we get to see Conrad Wrath (gotta love those Estonian brothers), a blood crazed vampire, and Néomie Laress, a ghost who’s been trapped in her old house for eight decades, fall in love.

Conrad and Néomie's personalities couldn't be further apart.
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
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Immortals After Dark (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2)
  • No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark #3)
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark #4)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6)
  • Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7)
  • Deep Kiss of Winter (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #8; Alien Huntress, #3.5)
  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)
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