Kiss of a Demon King
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: January 1, 2009
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book #6 in the Immortals After Dark series
Number of Pages: 433
Paranormal Romance M/F
Read 1/23/21 to 1/26/21
Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.
Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.
THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH…
With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?
First, I have to say that I adore the relationship between Sabine and her sister. Melanthe is the only person in Sabine’s life who has always been there for her, no questions asked. The only person she can trust without doubt or feeling like there is something owed back. I love their unity and confidence and trust with each other.
Of course, the main point of this story is the romantic relationship between Sabine and Rydstrom. And it’s a doozy. She really puts him through the ringer, yet they still fall in love. Talk about fated mates! It’s so yummy to watch Sabine pulled back to Rydstrom over and over when she knows she should be keeping her distance and he is, in fact, her enemy. The way she finds excuses to see him reminded me of a pre-teen riding their bike past their crush’s house over and over. Sabine is strong and powerful and fierce…she just can’t control her heart.
Rydstrom has a one-track mind. His purpose is to rule Rothkalina, which means he has to kill his usurper. The problem being that Osmort is pretty much indestructible, even more than most immortals. In the story before this book, Dark Desires After Dusk, Rydstrom’s brother is on a quest to get a sword that will supposedly kill Osmort. Since the first half of this story runs in tandem with that story, that is all Rydstrom is focused on…his brother and that sword. Somehow, someway, as the days go by, Sabine starts to get under his skin. Well, honestly he is instantly attracted to Sabine and wants to explore what their connection means. But his focus is still staunchly on his goal. Every time Sabine cracks that armor a bit, she ends up inadvertently doing something to remind him she is the enemy and the walls go right back up. But each time they’re rebuilt, they’re not quite as strong. These immortals should realize by now that they are defenseless when it comes to their mates. Although the rage demons think they can’t know their mate without “giving it a test run” first. I feel, after reading Cadeon’s and Rydstrom’s stories, that may not necessarily be true.
There are terrible things Sabine and Rydstrom do to one another. Sometimes I don’t think they can come back from these things. The common thread through all these things is their internal guilt that the reader is privy to. We get to know how much it bothers them to hurt the other. Or, the reasoning behind their actions. That comes in especially helpful with Sabine. The woman’s trust issues are off the chart, with good reason.
There were a few times the story dragged a bit for me. But nothing too major. There are so many things to enjoy with this story that the slow parts don’t seem that big of a deal. Wonderful chemistry, amazing characters, some twists and turns, and an HEA. Couldn’t ask for more.
A quick note that Nix, at one point talks about going to Budapest to check out the Lords of the Underworld. If you don’t know, author Gena Showalter (who this book is dedicated to), writes the Lords of the Underworld series and it’s fantastic. I looked at the publication date of this book and figured I’m already well beyond the point where Nix may have shown up in that world for a cameo since I’m much further along in that series. If you happen to know which book she’s in, I’d love that information. My point is, if you haven’t read any of the Lords of the Underworld series you really should. Even Kresley Cole thinks so!