Dark Desires After Dusk Paperback
by Kresley Cole
Nothing will stop Cadeon of the Rage Demons from finding the means to atone for the one wrong that haunts him.
But once he captures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, he finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.
Raised as a human, Holly Ashwin never knew that some legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon, who inexplicably guards her like a treasure.
Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the Cade's wicked touch.
Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs - and claim his heart?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- ISBN: 9781849834162
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Review by Lauren2013
After waiting 900 years for his destined mate, Cadeon Woede is devastated to learn that she is human, and therefore, off limits. Tasked by his brother to locate the "Vessel" and exchange her for a magickal sword that will restore Rydstrom to his throne, Cadeon is surprised to discover that his job and his mate are one and the same, and he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to atone for his past mistakes.
This is a lighthearted and fun series, and this installment mostly met my expectations.
Holly is a likeable heroine with her quirky nerdiness and endearing OCD tendencies. Nevertheless, Cole's treatment of OCD, a serious and debilitating disorder, is somewhat superficial and comes across as trivial and mundane at times.
Cade's characterization is ambiguous. One the one hand, he is sexy (love the horns) and handles Holly's quirks with sweet sensitivity but on the other, he is an unapologetic sexist and slob, and has an ulterior motive that he keeps hidden.
Cade and Holly's romance is very steamy. They have great chemistry and their scenes together are HOT, HOT, HOT! The training sessions provide some of the best scenes in the book.
The Vessel premise is intriguing and well-developed, and the pacing is good. Unfortunately, the climax and ending are a bit rushed and Cade's questionable actions are glossed over too quickly. The book is also too disconnected from the previous installments and Nix is one of the few recurring characters. Of course, she is hilarious as always and steals every scene she is in.
All in all, an enjoyable addition to the series and it looks like Rydstrom's book is going to be a doozy.