Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark)

Pleasure of a Dark Prince
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: January 25, 2010
Publisher: Pocket Books
Book #8 in the Immortals After Dark series
Number of Pages:  432
Source:  MCL
Paranormal Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 4/23/21 to 4/24/21

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia’s greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.

Garreth MacRieve. Man. I don’t know what else to say. The man (immortal) is sex on a stick. So much swagger and confidence obliterated by a little Valkyrie. Yet he takes it all in stride, only wanting to be near her, protect her, do anything to make her happy.

Let’s be clear, Lucia does not need anyone to protect her. She can do that all on her own. But wouldn’t it be nice to share the burdens she carries? Her sisters always have her back, but she doesn’t even share everything with them. Poor Lucia carries so much on her shoulders. I was begging her to talk to Garreth and accept his help. I feel as though her journey, from the time she left Valhalla until the end of this book, is possibly the most important journey we’ve witnessed so far in this series.

There’s just something about a Scottish accent that sends me. Be it audible or on the page, I’m a sucker for a Scot and I know I’m not alone. There are a few times in this story where Lucia lashes out at Garreth, usually in a physical way, when he doesn’t back off his seduction and I find it mind-blowingly sexy how he’ll say “I still doona regret it” while writhing in pain. He is just gaga over that Valkyrie and that’s even sexier than the accent, his willingness to do anything to seal their connection.

While I adore this couple and think they are truly Fated Mates, there are some scenes in the beginning that push the boundaries of consent that sometimes made me feel icky for loving Garreth so much. Trust me, I’m not turning a blind eye to these things. I also know we have made great strides since this book was initially published in how these types of scenes are portrayed. I know this genre and these tropes aren’t for everyone. Just keep that in mind. Seriously, if you give this story a chance you will fall in love with this couple. Garreth realizes that finding his mate is only step one and his looks and charm aren’t going to open any doors for him with Lucia. In other words, he grows and learns as this tale progresses.

A note I want to add: When this story starts the Lykae don’t yet know that their true king is alive and the Valkyrie and Lykae and Witches are not yet intermingling to the extent they will eventually. At first I thought it was strange that we were going back in time so far, but there is a big time jump after the connection between Garreth and Lucia is established that brings us back to where we were (I’m assuming) at the end of Kiss of a Demon King. There are some very interesting tidbits to be learned about Nix…I love piecing together the clues we get about Nix throughout this series. I feel the The Accenssion is getting ready to explode in full force.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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