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The Warlord Wants Forever

(Immortals After Dark #0.5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  54,065 ratings  ·  2,128 reviews
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn't enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when h ...more
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Published February 2006 by Simon & Schuster
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Amanda Grace Start with the this one 1. The Warlord Wants Forever, It sets up most of the events for the series
2. A Hunger Like no other
3.No Rest for The Wicked
4. …more
Start with the this one 1. The Warlord Wants Forever, It sets up most of the events for the series
2. A Hunger Like no other
3.No Rest for The Wicked
4. Wicked Deed on a Winters Night
5. Dark Needs at Nights Edge
6.Dark Desires after Dusk
7. Kiss of a Demon King
8. Deep Kiss of Winter
9. Pleasure of a Dark Princes
10. Demon From the Dark
11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
13. Shadows Claim
14. MacRieve
15. Dark Skye
16. Sweet Ruin
17. Shadows Seduction
18.Wicked Abyss

This is all that is currently out as far as I'm aware and I am on number 10 so far and HIGHLY RECOMMEND if paranormal romance is your thing. (less)
Olivia I read the novella and then dove into the series afterwords, I actually find that it is wayyyyy better as from the start the characters from the start…moreI read the novella and then dove into the series afterwords, I actually find that it is wayyyyy better as from the start the characters from the start of the series often make appearances in the later books or are sometimes mentioned. Starting from the top just gave me an entire different experience getting to know each creature from the start of the series to the end.(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Do you know a woman who's bitchy, non-compliant and difficult?

According to Cole, the answer to this is that she's just too damn empowered and has too many rights!

Surely relinquishing her unappreciated freedoms and rights will make her abundantly happy... and compliant... and slutty...

I hear an objection from the Kresley Cole fans and in the interest of fair media representation, I'll relay it to the rest of you. "But Kat, the novels ends with Wroth and Myst in an equal relationship where Myst ha
This was a great paranormal novella! I have to admit that I needed to lookup several terms, because I wasn't up to snuff on knowledge of mystical beings. For example, I had no idea of what the term "blooded" meant. Luckily, I was able to figure everything out and it didn't take away from my enjoyment of this story.

I've been meaning to make it back to this series ever since I read 'A Hunger Like No Other', which was fantastic by the way. I finally made my way back, and this short read did not dis
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

DNF at: I have no bloody shrimping idea. And frankly, I don't give a damn. I was so furious when I stopped reading I didn't even bother to check.

I wish I had time to write a full length review to properly convey how much this piece of crap pissed me off. But I don't, so I'll give you the short of it. And I'll start by the worst of it:

I CANNOT STAND books that promote rapey behaviour. And bringing women to submission against their will. And taming them because, you know, women are not suppos
Sophia Triad
Another comfort reread.
Favourite book, favourite series, favourite universe.


First read:

My dearest Immortals, I know I am about 10 years late BUT I think it is about time to get acquainted with each other...

“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,
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of sexy paranormal romance
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: 2013 IAD series reread for Immortals After Dark group
Reread Completed for Immortals After Dark 2013 Group Reread (July 5-7, 2013)

This is the one that started it all. It's been great to go and revisit the first book of one of my favorite paranormal romance series (and book series) of all time. Even after rereading again it so many years later, it still holds an enormous appeal. I just fell into this story head-first. I have to say that the world that Kresley Cole has built stands distinctive and very strongly in the genre. This book reads more lik
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely FAN-F*CKING-TASTIC! And I am talking SO GOOD that I just one-clicked ALL FIFTEEN books currently available in this series!

Myst and Nikolai ... *sigh* ... the seventh power-couple of Miss Cole's I had a pleasure of falling head over heels in love with! I can't even begin to describe the amount of love I feel for these two. They bring to the table everything I ask for in characters in order for me to enjoy the book. He is an over the top alpha, she is as sassy as they get and has that s
Alex is The Romance Fox
Immortals After Dark has become one of my favorite paranormal romance series.
I read this novella after I had read most of the books in this series and I found it a really entertaining story. I always wanted to find out more about Nikolai & Myst, after meeting them in other books and how the series began.

Nikolai, a human turned vampire general is on the lookout for his Bride, the one woman who can make him breathe again, make his heart beat and make him become stronger.
He’s just not expecting som
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I can't let you go. I'll never do that. not until I die.”

The Warlord Wants Forever is a short story indroducing us to the work of Immortal After Dark. This book made me become a fan of Kresley Cole. Her writing stryle is addicting and sexy, I also loved the characters she created, too. Nikolai Wroth is a vampire, and he is accidentally blooded by his captive, Myst. The real fun begins when he is finding his bride and wants to claim her, but that's not easy when Myst is MORE stubborn than h
Sammy Loves Books
"Get out of the Woods and get a Room"
4.25 Stars


“Wroth! Don’t do this!”
“Five years of hell,” he sneered, palming her ass roughly.
“You deserve to be fucked till you can’t walk.”

Nikolai Wroth, Vampire Warrior


Nikolai was a famous warlord, known for his courage and strength. Until he died on the battlefield over three hundred years ago. As he lay dying he was offered a second chance at life, as a vampire. Now he fights a different kind of war. A war against full blooded vampires that drink t
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Adult review for erotic content

"You're the most malicious bitch I've ever known."
"Flatterer," she chirped.

3.5 stars.

Waitress : Welcome to the Fetish Cafe. Please feel feel to browse our menu and I'll be back to take your order shortly.

Me : No need. I already know what I want. It's been a rough week and I could use some stress relief. Can you send over a man who has the ability to produce instant *cough* know...the big "O," on command?

Waitress : (raises an eyebrow
Helen 2.0
This was my second read-through of The Warlord Wants Forever, and all I can say is that I'm somewhat appalled I gave it 4 stars a few years ago.
Everything about the fantasy world is unclear and explained in vague, lazy terms. The characters are obsessive, distant, and unreasonable. Worst of all, Kresley Cole completely disregards consent by writing a romance in which one partner has literally no choice but to obey every command the other partner gives, unconditionally. And to be clear, the comm
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
Enjoyed this book so much.....

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Nikolai was a Super sexy, smart, General of a vampire army, but he was sweet too. Myst was a funny, sassy, kickass warrior who has been crushin on Nikolai since he was a Human warlord . They are great chemistry together. The book was smokin Hott and romantic

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Can't wait for the next book.......
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
OMG...WTF did I just read ?

There was Nothing I liked about this book..

The plot didn't make sense until the last 40%..The heroine was crazy ! And the relationship between the hero & heroine was NOT love, but pure Stockholm syndrome. THIS BOOK WAS NOT EROTICA...Just pure Porn.The only thing I liked about the read was the last 10 pages or so...

Once upon a time,The first time the hero & heroine met.She was a CRAZY tease.So the hero then captures her a few years later and controls her using magic
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2 stars

Okay, this was laughably bad. I love PNR, it's one of my favorite genres but this book was something else. I realize that it was written about a decade ago and romance has changed a bit since then, the style and diction of it. But if I read one more part with this guy ripping this chick's clothes off and licking her breasts, I was gonna die laughing.

I also got sick of moaning, cries out from pleasure, the word 'delicious' and his giant dick.

So yeah. Not the book for me. But I read it a
5 stars

The Warlord Wants Forever is a fantastic beginning to a fabulous series! 

Karla encourage me to go back and read the first book (novella) before starting the 8th book in the Immortals After Dark series, Deep Kiss of Winter. She said that reading this novella would help me fully understand the events that take place in the 8th book. 

To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about reading this novella. I figured after seven books I had a fairly good understanding of the amazing but complex world
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pam by: PigiSi
Shelves: erotica, fantastical, 4, vamps
4 stars
Play at love and act at surrender.

Myst is a Valkyrie that is sent to lure and bait prey until her and her sisters can go for their kill. Wroth is a Forbearer, a Vampire Warlord who is respected for his cunning mind and fighting skills. Myst is unlike any creature he has ever met, she is beautiful, strong, and completely out of her ever loving mind!
“You’re mad, aren’t you?”

“As— a— hatter,” she whispered back conspiratorially.

Myst blooded Wroth but unlike her other
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

So. Paranormal Romance. A lot of readers don’t see a huge difference between PNR and Urban Fantasy. I do. And for the most part, I infinitely prefer UF—more save the world, less cheerleader.

Exhibit A: my sister and I were reading a well-known PNR a few years ago, our version of a buddy read (b/c I was like ten books ahead of her), and we’d shoot each other texts, snickering and generally carrying on, BUT the most often made comment was, “If someone hisses in pleasure one
The Warlord Wants Forever is the short story that introduces the Immortal After Dark series...

From Kresley Cole's website:

Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his he
This book's main character has a very unique race I'm not sure I've read about before; Valkyrie. Basically, if a female warrior prayed to/for lightning in their last moments of life, a Valkyrie would be born. Pretty neat stuff, but that's not even the end of all the amazing races in this novella. It's also full of vampires, fae, nymphs, demigods, werewolves, demons and more!
Sarah Elizabeth
Not a bad story, but it got a bit cheesy towards the end.

6.5 out of 10
Melanie A.

I can't believe I'm going to say this but . . . I think this one was TOO trashy for me. (Shocking, I know!)

Well, too trashy for me to consider it more than a smut read, hence the 3 stars.

But of course it was just a novella that introduces the IAD world. I have it on good authority that this series gets better and better, so I'm in for the long haul.

Plus, I LOVED the Valkyrie! Myst and her sisters were highly entertaining with their unique brand of sarcastic bad-assery. Gotta love stron
As they appear in the series from time to time, I was always curious about the love story of the dangerously charming Nikolai Wroth and the fabulously beautiful Myst. Nikolai is one of the Wroth brothers. Myst is a Valkyrie, and she is not only beautiful but a fierce warrior as well.

If I say that reading their novella made me disappointed, it would not express the intensity of my disillusionment.

Nikolai’s sense of humor, expressed in figures, nears to zero. For the most part of the story, he b
Brittany B.
Updated Review:
For an IAD 1st short story, this is a 4.5 on my scale... But I could be biased.

Thus, I'm leaving my first review of this book below. It's how I felt at the time, and the male narrator honestly does a grating impression of the Count from Sesame Street for his performance of vampire, Nikolai Wroth.

However, after reading more of the series, and wishing for more audiobooks of the series (as performed by the full series narrator: Robert Petkoff, who is an unbelievable genius) I went
May 2019 Re-Read. I fully recognize and acknowledge the issues in this book. There's nothing that reduces my earlier issues of forced seduction, abuse, rape, woman-being-tamed, jealous-lover, etc. But. I still love this series. The world-building alone makes it worthwhile. And, as I said below, if you read this novella, you'll have a good idea of what KC puts her characters through in each book. The path to HEA is never easy, simple, or even wanted by both characters half the time. The members o ...more
Deborah Obida
My first by Kresley Cole it wasn't worth my while. This book is so cliche that not only did it flirt with rape it went headlong into it and the author romanticized it.

The characters were half baked, they have almost no personality. The love interest exhibit a little when they are around each other and that is mostly about them swooning about each other.

For a 100+ pages this book managed to get on every one of my nerves.

Here are some quotes on the aforementioned rape

Yelling brutally as she cri
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Weird thing about this book...The world building was stupidly well done. I would be set for an epic adventure in this world but wrong genre *smirk*

Wroth is a *new vampire* meaning only a couple hundred years old, practically a baby compared to the immortal Valkyrie

And the Valkyrie coven? group? sorority? Well they semed seemed pretty fucking dope with their origin story, specialized powers, and general purpose in life to fuck people up

“In response, she snapped her teeth at him. To the oth
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Solid novella to the start of this series. Makes me excited to read them!
Bindi Boo
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I loved this short novella! There was a very strong PNR aspect to this book despite the romance and sizzling sex scenes. I really enjoyed the heroine who was as bold and bossy as the hero.

---When he opened his eyes, he realized she was crying over him. Impossible. “Myst?” he rasped. Her head shot up and she gave him a watery smile that quickly faded. She slapped him, a hard, cracking blow. Then she leapt on him, nuzzling, squeezing, as if she couldn’t get close enough to him---

That pretty
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Changed rating from 2 to 3 after listening to the audiobook. Everything is better with Robert Petkoff haha
Rachel Annie
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. The whole tough-as-nails immortal heroine usually puts me off, but I liked Myst. And the whole dubious consent thing? I can't believe I'm saying this, but it was acceptable here.

Ugh, I dunno. It's complicated...

But, I like Ms. Cole's writing style; despite this being just a novella, the content made it feel slightly epic at times. Though I could have done without the "Wroth has a giant schlong" subplot.

Myst is an f'ing Valkyrie. She can han
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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 19 books)
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  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, #3)
  • Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark, #4)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #5)
  • Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #6)
  • Untouchable (Immortals After Dark, #7)
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“How old are you?”
“Physiologically, I’m twenty-five. Chronologically, I’m…not.”
“When she scooped up her clothes, opened his door, then snapped her fingers for a guard down the hall, Wroth watched like a bystander.

“Pssst. Minion. I need these laundered. Very little starch. Don’t just stand there gawking or you’ll anger my good frenemy General Wroth. We’re like this.”

He couldn’t see her but knew she was twining two fingers together.”
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