Deana was having a really bad day - she was fired from her job, she sat in something funny and her car is parked in by an accident. While she waits fo...moreDeana was having a really bad day - she was fired from her job, she sat in something funny and her car is parked in by an accident. While she waits for her car, she goes to a nearby pawn shop and buys a random necklace that she thinks is junk. The necklace is actually a Shimalee, a magical necklace that brings Lorgan ta'al Krue across time and universes to her side. The sexy blonde alien with purple eyes shows up in Deana's living room where he proceeds to tell her that he will now protect her. She thinks he is a sci fi fan sent to her as a joke by her friends but soon realizes he really is an alien.
Lorgan sticks by her side as she goes to a sci fi convention then randomly takes her trough a travel portal to his home universe to continue his quest as a Knight of the Charl to find who or what is messing with the fabric of his home world. Lorgan recognized Deana (or Adeena as her calls her) as his fated wife since she wore the Shimalee. He married her (without her knowledge) then sets out to seduce the very reluctant Deana. Lorgan is very determined to win Deana over, so he puts his considerable focus on loving her senseless. Deana tries to resist but Lorgan is one sexy and dominant man who overwhelms her in bed.
Deana tries to adjust to the alien world she is thrust into but she stubbornly refuses to contemplate staying. Lorgan has no intention of returning her to the strange world she came from because she is the woman he has waited for, so he lets her think she is going home so she has more time to adjust. While they are dealing with Deana's stubborness, they are also trying to fulfill the quest they were sent on by Lorgin's mentor Yaniff along with Lorgin's sexy-as-hell brother Rejar. But will Deana chose a life in a new universe with Lorgin? Or will she continue being too stubborn to realize what a great man Lorgin is and that he really wants her?
Dara Joy is a good story teller. These books were written way before the current paranormal craze and are pretty imaginative. The hero Lorgan ta'al Krue is so sexy and hot plus he is a strong, dependable man with a dominant streak (yum). I am not quite sure what he saw in the cranky Deana who stubbornly refused to see how she felt about him and his depth of caring for her. I liked how he just ignored why she said and showed her how she couldn't live without him (mainly by loving her senseless time and time again). Deana did annoy me often but not enough to ruin the story. I got a kick out of how Lorgin and Rejar used her stubborness and attitude to make jokes at her expense - hey she asked for it.
Rejar is featured considerably in this book so I am excited to read his story, he is one sensuous and sexy Familiar. Traed was introduced in this one but I am annoyed because we never get to see his story because Dara Joy went a little nuts awhile ago and never wrote his story.
So overall, the story was interesting and the hero is very sexy. The heroine is annoying but I could put up with her because Lorgin was great plus he had no trouble taking on her stubborness. The humor in the book is a little too slapstick and dated for me sometimes but there were a couple funny parts. I liked Mine to Take (book 3) better than this one because it has a nice heroine but it was nice to see the background story of the characters in this book. (less)
Okay, Lilac drove me crazy at times, especially for the first half of the book. The regency setting didn't quite seem to come alive for me, we spent m...moreOkay, Lilac drove me crazy at times, especially for the first half of the book. The regency setting didn't quite seem to come alive for me, we spent most of the time in Lilac's home. She annoyed me because she was so mean to Rejar for no apparent reason. Rejar was very patient with her but even he started to lose hope that she would find her brain and treat him decently instead of using him only for sex.
Now the good parts - mainly Rejar who is sexy as all get out. He knows what he is doing and is a playful sensual Familiar male. When he decides to go all out in the bedroom, Lilac can barely walk afterward :) Plus he is always very sweet and protective of her. She is very young but she doesn't show much sense during the book. I felt a little bad for her later in the book but their problems would have been fixed if they had talked at all to each other instead of only having a physical relationship.
The story itself was interesting enough even if the setting and characters weren't fleshed out that well. Rejar was by far the most fleshed out character and you can tell Ms. Joy planned on writing Traed's story (until she went crazy) because he is such a big part of the story.
So the good - Rejar! The bad - annoying childish heroine. So I am going to give it 4 stars.(less)
Sabine, Queen of Illusions, has one main goal in life – to survive. After dying over a dozen times before being brought back to life by her sister Lan...moreSabine, Queen of Illusions, has one main goal in life – to survive. After dying over a dozen times before being brought back to life by her sister Lanthe, who can blame a girl? Sabine and Lanthe are Sorceri who have mystickal powers but share the unfortunate distinction of being half-sisters to Omort the Deathless, the evil king of Rothkalina. Centuries ago, an oracle foretold to Omort that Sabine was the mate of Rydstrom, the demon king Omort stole Rothkalina from, and the child they would bear would unlock the untold power of the mysterious Well in Omort’s court. Sabine and Lanthe are trapped in Omort’s service because he gave them a poison that causes a painful death unless they continue to take it regularly and since he is the only one who possesses it, they must keep in his good graces to live.
Omort sends Sabine to capture and seduce Rydstrom when he finds out that the demon king is trying to obtain a sword that is said to be able to kill him. Sabine has her own plans for the future – she will use this demon king to get pregnant then take over the throne from Omort when her son can use the power of the Well. She is confident that Rydstrom will be seduced quickly, after all who could resist her beauty and illusions?
Rydstrom, the deposed demon king, is finally within reach of the goal he has worked toward for centuries – killing Omort and recapturing his throne. On the way to meet an accomplice in his quest, he is fooled by Sabine’s illusions into stepping through a portal to a cell in the dungeon of his old castle in Rothkalina. Once there, Sabine begins her seduction of Rydstrom by getting him very excited then refusing to finish things until he promises to make her his queen. Rydstrom is very confused because this sorceress feels like his mate but there is no way fate would stick him with an evil, selfish woman – right?
Sabine continues her seduction of Rydstrom by showing him his secret fantasies with her illusions but he refuses to break because he will not have her use his child for evil. She is impressed by his strength in spite of herself but refuses to give up her plan because there is no beating Omort any other way. She eventually gets her way but Rydstrom manages to trick her into thinking he made her queen when he really vowed revenge in the demon language.
Turn about is fair play, so when Rydstrom is given a chance to escape unexpectedly from an old enemy, he kidnaps Sabine and has a chance to enact the revenge he contemplated while under her mercy in the dungeon. She is helpless without her hands, so he ties her up and shows her exactly how it feels to be brought to the brink of satisfaction again and again without relief. The longer they stay together, the more certain Rydstrom is that Sabine is his real mate. He no longer knows whether he wants revenge or to seduce Sabine to stay by his side forever. Sabine is impressed by Rydstrom’s fighting skills as he wards off attacks as they make their way to a portal out of Rothkalina to New Orleans. She has never had anyone fight for her besides her sister Lanthe and finds herself impressed with his honor and strength. He proves himself to her and slowly makes his way into the heart she didn’t know she had anymore after too many years spent trying to survive in Omort’s cut-throat court. Rydstrom finds that Sabine is just what he needs – a woman who is unafraid to challenge him in bed and out and someone strong enough to lead his people.
Sabine and Rydstrom are a great pair. Sabine is a bit wicked but is not evil. She does what she needs to survive but does not purposely hurt people – unless they come between her and gold, a Sorceri obsession. Rydstrom finds that he needs Sabine’s wickedness, especially in bed. The story kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who was going to seduce who – and how do you kill an evil man who can’t die? The seduction scenes were hot! Rydstrom had some wicked fantasies in his head that Sabine was more than willing to fulfill. The action was non-stop, both in the bed and out, with it all coming down to Rydstrom facing down Omort for the throne of Rothkalina, where he found out what was really important to him. There was plenty of humor in the book with some great one-liners from Nucking Futs Nix. Kiss of a Demon King was a great read with two very interesting and complex characters who find love where they least expect it. I highly recommend reading this book and the rest of the Immortals After Dark series. (less)
I really enjoyed the Insider's Guide, it reminded me of all the stuff I love about the series. I feel much better about some of the controversial stuf...moreI really enjoyed the Insider's Guide, it reminded me of all the stuff I love about the series. I feel much better about some of the controversial stuff in the books after reading her reasoning behind the books. I feel more like she wrote the parts out of the creative process instead of just trying to do something shocking after she wrote herself into a corner.
The best part was the short story about Z and Bella, I loved the feelings expressed and the hot love scenes.
I can't wait for Rhev's story after reading the excerpt but now I have to wait until May 2009!(less)