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Blood Red Kiss

(Immortals After Dark #1 included)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Good things always come in threes—and this paranormal romance anthology featuring steamy stories from New York Times bestselling authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter is no exception!

Get ready for a collection chock full of vamps, demons, aliens, and plenty of sizzle!

In Kresley Cole’s celebrated story “The Warlord Wants Forever,” the first in her scorchin
Mass Market Paperback, 532 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Pocket Books
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Sophia Triad
Immortals After Dark, #1 by Kresley Cole

“I’ll begin with the most basic. What are you?”
“Pussy Cat Doll?”

And this is how I was introduced to Valkyries. The female immortal bloodthirsty warriors. And this is how vampire Nikolai Wroth has met his Bride, i.e. Valkyrie Myst who was really a vampire hater. But Wroth convinced her that vampires are not that bad.

I love the concept of destined mates in my PNR books. I love it when the couple cannot avoid the inevitable and they are struggling with their
Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole. Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter is a 2016 Pocket books publication.

This anthology series features three short stories from three wildly successful paranormal/urban fantasy series, by three incredibly well-loved and popular authors.

The story I am going to review here is – ‘The Warlord Wants Forever’ by Kresley Cole.

This story first appeared in an anthology entitled “Playing Easy to Get” and is the first story is the amazing “Immortals After Dark” series.

To be
◊♦ Naomi
Disclaimer: this is a review for Dark Swan by Gena Showalter, I have not read the other two yet.

As always, Gena strikes again. I devoured this book, I seem to always say the same stuff when I review Gena's books but I am not lying, I am not pretending to love her work, I just do. I truly do. Gena is a treasure, she's precious.

Back to the actual book. Dark Swan is not a full novel but it's not a novella either, I think it's about 216 pages long, more or less. I usually have a hard time liking sho
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three outstanding bestselling authors, 3 amazingly steamy paranormal, romantic fantasies all packed into one perfectly sized anthology.

Can tell you how excited I was about getting a copy of Blood Red Kiss. It was like Christmas and my birthday all wrapped up in a book. Well, if you think of it as a really hot and steamy birthday/Christmas party because every single story brings the heat.

If you haven’t checked out these authors, this is a perfect opportunity. If you are already a fan, then this w
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

Dallas's book! AH! FINALLY!!!!!!

Julia's Book Haven
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
*5 Stars*

Being the huge IAD fan I am, I'd previously read Myst and Nikolai's story and loved it. I did enjoy this reread and the updated version. But I really liked the bonus content at the end with the peak into the authors convo's with each other and the process for making HLNO'S cover.

Forsaken by Night by Larissa Ione
*4 Stars*

I've only read the first book in the MoonBound series but I didn't find I was lost at all reading this one out of order which wa
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

I am only reviewing Gena Showalter's novella Dark Swan.

We are first introduced to Dallas in the Alien Huntress series (one of my favorite PNR series). So I was very excited when I read that the novella in this book would be featuring him. Lilica Swan, the main female character, was very intriguing and I liked her right away. Both Dallas and Lily were very likable and unique characters and they were the main reason why I loved the story that much. There are two other characters who I hope will ge
Under the Covers Book Blog
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

I'm going to be honest here. These are three of my all time favorite paranormal authors, and in general as well. So when I saw this anthology was coming out featuring all three of them, I was beyond excited. I got even more excited when I saw that Gena Showalter was finally... FINALLY giving us Dallas' story. If you have read the Alien Huntress series and subsequently the Otherworld Assassin spin off series you'll know that we've been waiting for his HEA for quite some time. When I say years I'

I brought Blood Red Kiss to read The Warlord Wants Forever, the first book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. It’s a series to have interested me for quite some time, and I wanted to start with the novella before diving into the full-length novels. Whilst The Warlord Wants Forever was an interesting read, it wasn’t the amazing read I had been hoping for.

Much more enjoyable was Larissa Ione’s Forsaken by Night. Despite being two-point-five in the MoonBound Clan series, it works perfec
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Because good things always come in threes....

The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole - This is the first novel in Cole's wickedly popular Immortals After Dark Series. It has been revamped, and Cole said it flows smoother. Yep, I would concur. The tale flows beautifully, and I devoured it in a single sitting. Her world-building and creatures are wonderfully developed. In the front of the book, we are provided a list of terminology and explanation for the different types of supernatural creature
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Cole's Immortals After Dark series. I am a bit put off that this is not a new story for the series. It is the first one, “The Warlord Wants Forever.” It did have a rewrite though, but the story is as I remember, but a bit better written. One less star for not being brand spanking new.

Ione is an author I have just recently read. Though I did find out that I did read a few books from her a while ago. This is a good addition to her MoonBound Clan Vampires. This helped to push me towards con
Ren Puspita
Feb 21, 2016 marked it as own-unread
Shelves: own-mass-market
Well, my three favorite authors decide to have a book together and how much awesome can handle that? Feature a new version of The Warlord Wants Forever (a novella that start my love for Immortal After Dark), novella from MoonBound Clan and Alien Huntress which feature the long awaited Dallas's story.

Now, I hope this one not self-published and will come in paperback version!
(but if its self-pub, it's okay, tho :) )
Mar 06, 2016 marked it as to-read
I want this book

I need this book!

Please give me this book...please.....

My favourite authors in one book? i am simultaneously going to combust...oh my gosh!

until September...? please give me an ARC...I BEG!!!
RachelW (BamaGal)
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library

This was overall a miss for me; best left for huge fans of the authors involved or anthologies. Glad I got this from the library rather than spending money on it.

The Warlord Wants Forever – Kresley Cole
2 Stars. Huge disappointment. This was a reworking of the (very good) first story of the IAD series, and all that was really changed was the addition of a lot of sex. The charm of the original story was lost in the plethora of sex. I recommend reading the original version, the storyline was much b
May 19, 2016 marked it as to-read
Why bundle an anthology of new novellas with old novellas? The novella, The Warlord Wants Forever, is old. It is numbered wrong in the Immortals After Dark line up as "BOOK #1" but it is a novella first published in 2006 in Playing Easy to Get with 3 other novellas making 352 pages! It is a novella NOT book 1, it only has 100+ pages of development, 3 hrs 58 minutes on Audible, no matter how many pages are claimed in ebook form, unabridged Audible 4 hours. So... again, why republish this novella ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved Dallas's story!
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kresley Cole: Romance + plot on point
Larissa Ione: Romance is steamy
Gena Showalter: Intriguing plot

Nina Dee
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is for The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

The story first appeared in an anthology "Playing Easy to Get". This is the first installment of Immortal After Dark. Though, this story has been rewritten. There aren't too much changes. But I have to say I like this version better than the original.

This story centers around Nikolai Wroth—the ruthless warlord vampire—and Myst—the bloodthristy Valkyrie. Their first meeting is far from romantic. But Myst somehow found this warlord *cough
Aly is so frigging bored
“The Warlord Wants Forever” by Kresley Cole 5* as always

“Forsaken by Night” by Larissa Ione 4*
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time fan of Kresley Cole, I was thrilled to read this updated version of The Warlord Wants Forever for my first time. As expected, it was amazing. What I didn't expect, and was nonetheless super pleased about, was being completely mesmerized by the other two stories in the book. I had never read Larissa Ione or Gena Showalter before but let me tell you, I am now a fan and must find more!
Memorable characters, complicated worlds full of intrigue and danger, and lusty situations fill thes
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is going to be one of the easiest reviews I've ever written.  Why, you ask?  Because three of my all time favorite paranormal romance (PNR) authors have just released their collaborative anthology called Blood Red Kiss.  I've been reading these three wonderful ladies for 7 years.  That is actually as long as I've been reading books for fun.  I knew that two of the authors were besties, but toss in another and apparently these girls had too much fun collaborating on this book.



The Warlord W
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

Myst and Nikolai’s book is the first look into a whole new world of supernatural beings. The Immortals After Dark series is one of my top 5 series and you will be glad to know that it’s not over yet!

Myst the Coveted is a Valkyrie as fierce as all of her sisters! When vampire General Nikolai Wroth takes over one of the castles of his King’s enemies and discovers the beautiful creature in the dungeon, he doesn’t know what to do with her. His first instinct
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First let me tell you how amazing it is to have three of my favorite authors collaborate to create an amazing anthology! These women are incredible and together they cannot be beat! Three sizzling reads in one awesome anthology! Life is good! You do not need to have read their series in order to enjoy these stories!

I looked forward to this one so much and then saw that Kresley Cole was only contributing her previously released The Warlord Wants Forever. However, what I didn’t know until reading
Danielle Gypsy Soul
The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole 3.5 Stars

This book is not new and I've read it although it was a long time ago so I went ahead and re-read this book. This wasn't anywhere near my favorite book in the IAD series but it's still an enjoyable novella. Myst and Nikolai's book drop you into the world of the Immortals and give you a taste of what is to come. The characters are complex as is this world and there is plenty of action. There is also quite a bit of angst for such a short story.

Laura the Highland Hussy
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Got Fiction?

This anthology is fantastic! Three of my favorite authors in one!

The Warlord Wants Forever-In this re-vamped (heh) version of The Warlord Wants Forever, I was able to notice parts seemed different. But I've also read this story like 5 times. Most people didn't notice, but what I felt was that it was smoother. Whatever KC changed (and she said it was like 12,000 changes), it worked well. The story itself wasn't changed, but certain parts are more clear, and it was sub
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars!

I’m going to be honest here. These are three of my all time favorite paranormal authors, and in general as well. So when I saw this anthology was coming out featuring all three of them, I was beyond excited. I got even more excited when I saw that Gena Showalter was finally… FINALLY giving us Dallas’ story. If you have read the Alien Huntress series and subsequently the Otherworld Assassin spin off series you’ll know that we’ve been waiting for his HEA for quite some time. When I say
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
All of my faves in one novel? I need it.
Barbara Voulgari
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Warlord Wants Forever

The only story in the IAD I've read so far was A Hunger Like No Other and it blew me away.This one not so much.I loved that we got to see more of these characters,but the story and development between Wroth and Myst didn't excite me that much.When he snapped her chain and gave her commands she was unable to disobey...well I'm not ashamed to admit that I cringed.Anthing with dubious consent is asking for low rating.And the fact he manipulated her body with it was wince-in
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

“The Warlord Wants Forever” (Immortals After Dark, Book 1) by Kresley Cole
Myst the Coveted is the most beautiful of all the Valkyries, the one her enemies have underestimated for centuries. Five years ago vampire warlord Nikolai Wroth made the mistake of doing the same and she left him in agony. Now he’s on the hunt to capture Myst and claim her. For she’s his Bride, and he won’t let the vicious woman who tempts him
Tracie R
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous Book!!
Blood Red Kiss contains Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark book 1 “The Warlord Wants Forever”, “Forsaken by Night,” MoonBound Clan book 2.5 by Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassins Book 2.5, Dark Swan. Three captivating stories by three of my favorite authors. This book was everything I expected and so much more
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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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Other books in the series

Immortals After Dark (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #1)
  • 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 Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark, #5)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6)
  • Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7)
  • Untouchable (Immortals After Dark, #8)
  • Deep Kiss of Winter (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #8; Alien Huntress, #3.5)
  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9)