Auntee's Reviews > Lothaire

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Mar 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: part-of-a-series, paranormal-romance, 2012_reads, keepers
Recommended for: Fans of the series; Paranormal romance fans
Read from January 11 to 13, 2012

What did I think? What did I think?...
I think this book is fantastic! Hands down the most erotic of the whole fabulous series, and one of the hardest to put down. I stayed up until 3:00am to finish this one...and then I was so keyed up I couldn't fall asleep! And it's days later and I'm still thinking about it...and rereading it.:)

No synopsis here, except to say this in the vampire Lothaire's story, the "Enemy of Old", the guy who's been in just about every book of the whole IAD series; the baddest of bad boys. Lothaire is quite a character--he's evil, he's a bit mad, he's calculating, he's self-absorbed, he's intelligent, he's selfish, he's arrogant, he's sarcastic, he's cruel, he's condescending...but he's also vulnerable (he really needs to know what love is), brave, fearless, sexy-as-all-get-out, and one of his best qualities--he's funny! He's got some great lines in this book, as does his future bride, 'mountain girl' Elizabeth "Ellie" Peirce.



I loved this pairing between the 24-year-old (view spoiler) and this centuries old vampire...holy cow could Ellie go toe-to-toe with Lothaire, matching him with her wits and her words. The absolute perfect partner for him, someone who wouldn't take his crap or let him get away with anything (if she could), and manages to teach him how to 'give', and not just 'take'. Anyway, when Lothaire and Ellie first meet she's being possessed by this b**** soul reaper named Saroya, who has inhabited her body and does all sorts of evil things (murders) when she's in control. Lothaire comes alive (his heart stars beating again after years of being one of the 'walking dead') when he's around Saroya (in Ellie's body) and he thinks that Saroya is his Bride (and his future). (Ha!) With Saroya by his side he will rule the vampire Horde and become king of Dacia (his mother's hidden vampire kingdom)...once he destroys Ellie's soul so Saroya can inhabit her body--permanently. But what if Saroya isn't Lothaire's Bride? What if his Bride is the unthinkable--a mortal? How will that affect all the plans Lothaire's made, all the debts owed to him, all that he's been working will that affect his so-called 'Endgame'?

Okay, I'm not going to say any more. If you're reading this review it's because you already have read all the books in this series and you think you know Lothaire--but you won't really know him until you read about his early life...and then you'll see how that shaped him to be the vampire that he is. Some sad, sad stuff here, and it made me forgive him when he was being an absolute ass towards Ellie. But even though I forgave him and could understand his behavior, he still had some shaping up to do to be a worthy hero (and that's what he turned out to be). No spoilers now, but just some pictures to tell the story...

Ellie comes from humble beginnings in rural Appalachia...

Lothaire faced tragedy and horror as a young boy...

OMG, this forest...

and this tree...*shudders*...

Lothaire's a complex guy, with a keen mind. He likes mechanical puzzles...

Lothaire 'saves' Ellie from this...

Lothaire can be suave...



I'm coming for you, Elizavetta...

This settee sees a lot of action...

"I'm the sucker punch that you never saw coming."

Could Elizabeth be Lothaire's Bride?

Would she have to become...a vampire?

Is the Black Castle in Dacia in Lothaire's future?

Can 'Lizvetta' show 'Leo' how to be happy?

Just lovers...or something more?

Lothaire proves his love for Elizavetta...

To sum up--Lothaire is not to be missed, for fans of the series or anyone who enjoys a lusty paranormal. Yes it's true, these books should be read in order, so don't be tempted to skip to this one if you haven't read all the previous ones. But know that it's no hardship to read all the books that lead up to this one--they are all truly excellent and worthy of your reading time. Once again, Kresley Cole has knocked one out of the park---in fact, Lothaire is the grand slam of the whole series. Tension, humor, sex (Yowza--wait until you read chapter 32...and 33, 34...and 41 and 42!), suspense, terror, and love, all wrapped up in one very big satisfying book. 5 huge stars.

*P.S.: Is it just me, or did anyone else get the feeling that Woody from "Cheers" was speaking for young Thad? Whenever he said "Mr. Lothaire"...:)
108 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Lothaire.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

01/11/2012 page 42
9.0% "So" 6 comments
01/12/2012 page 241
51.0% ""...Now, about your top. Shut up and take it off."
She laughed, and drank more beer. "Take a long trace off a short bridge, vampire.""
01/13/2012 page 372
79.0% "Gotta finish this..."
01/14/2012 page 468
100.0% "Definitely worthy of the HC good I'm rereading immediately!" 10 comments
05/08/2016 marked as: read

Comments (showing 1-50 of 77) (77 new)

message 1: by Eastofoz (new) - added it

Eastofoz Hey Auntee did you check out this hot cover for Lothaire :D When's this baby due?????!

Auntee Now that's a different cover..not sure if I think that guy's hot though....hmmmm...
Looks like it comes out in January 2012.:(

message 3: by Eastofoz (new) - added it

Eastofoz Oooo, I think he has that evil hotness to him (lol!)

Yeah January seems to be the release date :-/

message 4: by Susinok (new)

Susinok Pretty cover! I don't care for the series, though.

♡Karlyn P♡ I know Auntee, it killed me to put the book down last night and I have been sneaking a page in here and there today at work.

Auntee It's hard when life gets in the way!:)
I'm going to try to devote a couple of hours to it this afternoon--with NO interruptions!:)

message 7: by Ellen W-S (new) - added it

Ellen W-S Haven't read all of them yet up to 12, can I skip to this one???

♡Karlyn P♡ So how are you progressing? I'm almost done, but need a short break to process before I finish the last chapters.

Auntee Ellen wrote: "Haven't read all of them yet up to 12, can I skip to this one???"

I wouldn't skip any--they should all be read in order or you will be lost.:(

message 10: by Auntee (last edited Jan 12, 2012 06:03AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Auntee KarLynP wrote: "So how are you progressing? I'm almost done, but need a short break to process before I finish the last chapters."

I'm finding it hard to put down, even when I must. But I'm only about half way done.

"...a short break to process"--I hope that means a lot is going to happen...and it's good?

♡Karlyn P♡ Yep, a lot to take in. Loved it! This book sets up her YA series, not much is revealed but enough to make you ponder. Enjoy!

message 12: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek WAIT, her next series- the blood and mist thingie- is YA??

message 13: by ♡Karlyn P♡ (last edited Jan 12, 2012 08:52AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

♡Karlyn P♡ So the rumors say yep. Personally, I love all the heat in her stories so it will be a big change, hope they're great in their own way. I'm not much of a YA fan, but it is a huge market.

message 14: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek ugh. Now I'm really disappointed. for all the above reasons. feels like a sellout to me.

...and a longer WAIT for the ones I truly want to read?? AAAAGGGGHHHH!

F%CK. And by F%ck, I mean Sh*t.

Anna (Bobs Her Hair) Just want to pipe in a clarify. The Blood and Mist series will be an adult pnr spin-off set in IAD world. The YA series is separate. There are books remaining for IAD. So, Kresley will have 3 series. :o) This info. comes from her forum and a Facebook post KC made.

message 16: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek whew. thanks anna!

Shannon C. Zeek,
Here's the link to the first book in the new spin off series:
Shadow's Claim

I'm actually pretty excited to read it after finishing Lothaire. We got to meet the Dacians (another vampire group). Trehan, the hero of the new spin off book, was a side character in Lothaire.

message 18: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek oh I'm excited too- altho wont read Lothaire till this weekend. I would've been less than excited if it was ya...

message 19: by Shannon (last edited Jan 12, 2012 12:22PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Shannon C. She also has a new YA spin off series planned as well. I have to admit I'm not excited about that one either. I'd rather her keep her focus on the adult market. But I guess from a marketing standpoint, it's a way to gain new readers now and then later they'll go back and read her adult books, creating more sell-through in the future.

message 20: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek ... and get a movie deal. ::rolleyes::

♡Karlyn P♡ Oh WHEW, I am so glad to hear it will be an adult series!! Thanks Anna! I heard rumors she's doing a YA series and assumed this was it. I didn't realize she's doing two series. I wonder when we will see another IAD book. hmmmm. I just pre-ordered Shadow's Claim, now that I know it's adult!!

message 22: by Zeek (last edited Jan 12, 2012 01:21PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek ...and yes i'm still bitter that Amanda F*cking Hocking gets a million dollar deal + movie option for doing nothing more than be a hack, a rank amateur, a p.i.t.a on amazon discussion boards and not paying her dues like so many before her just because YA is the hottest trend. F*ck that.

MelissaB I will probably start this tomorrow!

Anna (Bobs Her Hair) @KarLynP...Not sure when the next IAD book comes out. Shadow's Claim (Blood & Mist #1) comes out this August. The paranormal YA is supposed release this fall. Maybe we'll get a IAD novella. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for Lanthe & Thronos. KC has their plot outlined but is waiting for a green light from her editor. I'm thinking IAD #13 will release in 2013.

Wendy That's it. I'm putting the book I'm reading on hold and starting this one!! Thanks Auntee.

Midsummer ❁◕‿◕❁ That's an awesome review!! I have decided to read this tonight!!

MelissaB Wonderful review Auntee! Great pics, I will be reading this next

Auntee Thanks ladies--enjoy!:D

message 29: by Keri (new) - rated it 5 stars

Keri Oh what a great review! I can't wait to dive into it.

Laura the Highland Hussy I loved the pictures-the one where he's walking and says "I'm coming for you..." my heart sped up... just a fabulous amazing review.

I loved this book so much I hid in the loft with a flashlight to finish it (around midnight for me) but I didn't want to wake the hubs or kids, so I hid ;)

message 31: by Auntee (last edited Jan 15, 2012 07:56PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Auntee Thanks Keri--hope you love it!

Thanks Laura--he was so hawt, even when he was being bad.;)
It was hard to put down--and worth missing out on a few hours sleep!

Laura the Highland Hussy Auntee wrote: "Thanks Keri--hope you love it!

Thanks Laura--he was so hawt, even when he was being bad.;)
It was hard to put down--and worth missing out on a few hours sleep!"

agreed! totally worth the lack of sleep.

Kathrynn Auntee, that was an excellent review. Loved! Loved the visual aids! Atta girl!

Auntee Thanks K.:) Sometimes a pic is worth a thousand words...:)

message 35: by MBR (new)

MBR Wow!
Awesome review Auntee.
Love the pictures!
I haven't read any of the books in the IAD series. But your review is seriously urging me to reconsider ;)

message 36: by Mimi (last edited Jan 16, 2012 05:14AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mimi Smith Great review. The pictures are nice and you managed to sum up everything, without giving too much away. Plus your Lothaire is HAWT...

Anyone who hasn't read the series...Get on it! At least try.

Auntee Thanks ladies!

Oh, Maldivian, you must consider it! You won't be sorry.:)

Teryl Great review. I started this book last night. is everyone pronouncing his name? Learah?

message 39: by Mimi (last edited Jan 16, 2012 07:23AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mimi Smith I always thought it was like Low-tah-ier. Could be completely wrong, though.
BTW, I obviously don't know how to write the pronunciation right, lol.

Anna (Bobs Her Hair) Love your review, Auntee! Nicely illustrated. ;o)

Btw, I've been pronouncing his name like Low - there.

message 41: by Zeek (new) - rated it 3 stars

Zeek I pronounced it like Low-thair- hard th like "with"

Anna (Bobs Her Hair) Yeah, like Zeek' s pronunciation guide ... Thanks, Zeek!

Laura the Highland Hussy I've been saying it like Zeek. Low-thair

message 44: by ♡Karlyn P♡ (last edited Jan 16, 2012 09:24AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

♡Karlyn P♡ Great review, and I agree!! This one really worked for me. I loved Lothaire as a character more then just a hero, he was so funny and entertaining. My 'lust meter' likes the more alpha heroes, but that didn't take away one bit of fun reading this one. And it was HOT!

Auntee Thanks Karen--and I feel exactly the same as you do. Lothaire wasn't exactly my ideal hero, but he was so funny, entertaining, and charismatic...and hawt!

Auntee Thanks Teryl and Anna.:)

I've been pronouncing it Low-thair, too.

message 47: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Now THAT is why I LOVE your review's!!!

Auntee Thank you Kathleen!:)

message 49: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Auntee wrote: "Thank you Kathleen!:)"

No, Thank You :)

message 50: by DarienMoya (new) - added it

DarienMoya Ok Auntee, I must read books 9, 10, and 11. I feel like its time.

Great Review!

« previous 1
back to top