Book Review: MacRieve

Posted August 18, 2013 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review: MacRieveMacRieve Series: Immortals After Dark #13
by Kresley Cole
Published by Gallery Books on July 2, 2013
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Overview from Barnes & Noble

In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . . .
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a wicked immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe…from himself?
My Review:
Please note that this is an adult series that contains sexual content, violence, and foul language (but wouldn’t you swear a lot too if you were over a thousand years old!).
I loved this book but I am having a really hard time writing this with no spoilers!  I hate spoilers!!  So let me focus on what I loved about this book (without revealing too much):
The characters 
Once again Kresley Cole creates characters that everyone can relate too!  Her heroines aren’t supermodels. She develops female characters that are intelligent, strong, independent and beautiful! For this book we meet Chloe Todd who may be the only “human” in this story but she’s not your typical damsel in distress.  She is a tom boy who has focused all of her life on playing soccer.  But her life goes crazy when she’s thrown into the Immortal world (which coexists with our world).  So instead of crying “why me?”, Chloe just takes it all in stride and “rubs dirt” on anything that is painful (just as her father taught her).  She’s an intelligent heroine, whose able to forgive, love, and kick ass (when needed)!
Uilleam MacRieve is the tortured hero of this book.  MacRieve is a 900 year old Lycan who has been living with the guilt for a past mistake. A mistake that he feels he should never be forgiven for and is on the verge of suicide. But once he meets Chloe he recognizes her as his mate and he believes there is hope for finally having some happiness.  We get to see a sexy, highland Lycan hero, that keeps me coming back to Cole’s books! But because of his past MacRieve continues to make mistakes and at times I really hated him!  But there were also times I loved him!!
The plot
As in the rest of the Immortals After Dark series, with this book we gain some knowledge of the upcoming Ascension (the ultimate battle among the immortals).  And my favorite soothsayer valkyrie, Nix, makes an appearance and is hilarious as usual.  But the focus is on the relationship between Chloe and MacRieve, the struggles and many mistakes they make (in which MacRieve makes quite a few that I would have a hard time forgiving!).  If you took away the paranormal aspect of this book, this is a story that anyone can relate to.  It made me laugh, cry and at times angry – which is to me a sign of a great author!  There may not be as much “action” as some of her other books in the series, but we get to see another great romance!  Plus an amazing shocker and cliffhanger!!I loved this book and I highly recommend it!

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


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