I have tried three times now to write a coherent, objective review of this book, but the fact is that I am not objective about this book specifically...moreI have tried three times now to write a coherent, objective review of this book, but the fact is that I am not objective about this book specifically or this series as a whole. I love each and every book, each and every character, and each and every plot wholly and unabashedly. Writing an objective review of LOTHAIRE has been like trying to explain to someone why I love a family member--of COURSE there are real, objective reasons, but I can't get past the gibberish "OMG LOVE LOVE LOVE" to explain.
Suffice it to say, this book is fabulous. Kresley Cole showed us in Dreams of a Dark Warrior that she is the queen of redeeming seemingly irredeemable heroes, and Lothaire is even worse than Declan was. I alternated between wanting to slap him for how he treated Ellie and wanting to cuddle him and make his pain go away. As for Ellie, she's strong and smart, and a smart-ass, which is exactly what Lothaire needs in a woman. I finished the book in one delicious sitting--staying up far too late to do so--and have since gone back to savor some of my favorite passages. The sexytimes in LOTHAIRE are perhaps the best KC has written so far--Ellie & Lothaire's first sexual encounter rivals the bath scene in Demon from the Dark in my book. And, through all that, neither Lothaire nor Ellie lose what makes them unique--Lothaire is still quite deliciously evil, as the cliff-hanger ending exemplifies.
Characters IAD fans have met and come to love in previous books show up here, most notably Nix the Ever-knowing, Proto-Valkerie and self-professed "manizer." Her interactions with Lothaire are just wonderful, and let us see into her character and his. Thad, the young half-vamp from DoaDW is back with a vengeance, and the Hag we first met in Kiss of a Demon King is a main character as well. I can't wait to read all three of their books!
In short: READ THIS SERIES. Then, READ THIS BOOK. I cannot stress this enough. If you are at all a fan of paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, or even well-plotted series in general (holy cow KC is playing a long game! It's quite Jim Butcher-esque, in its way) READ THIS SERIES.