MacRieve (Immortals After Dark) – book review

by Kresley Cole
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Book #13 in the Immortals After Dark series
Number of Pages:  481
Source:  MCL
Paranormal Romance
Ages 18 and up
CW: child abuse, pedophilia, rape, kidnapping,
sexual assault, suicidal thoughts

A Beast In Torment
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.

A Beauty In Chains
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 tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise
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?

There are so many things to address about this book before getting to the meat of my review. First, let me address the fact that I skipped book #12 in this series. I don’t usually skip books. In fact, it goes against my very grain to do so. But I trusted the hosts of the Fated Mates podcast when reading the Wroth brother’s books, and that paid off. So, I’m doing the same here and skipping Shadow’s Claim, which is also listed as the first book in the Dacians series. The other thing I want to say before moving on is that this story is heavy. Reading MacRieve’s history is very hard, it’s tragic and heartbreaking. As you may notice from my content warnings. Just be forewarned.

Overall, I love this couple. While MacRieve is the typical alpha protective mate, he also revels in how strong and independent Chloe proves herself to be. Of course, there’s that pesky fact that she’s not immortal and can be easily killed. But other than that, he is proud of her fighting spirit and even encourages her to bring that out more.

Unfortunately, there are things each of these characters do that really ticked me off. MacRieve’s offenses were the worse, but at the same time he had a very good reason for his reactions to certain things. Not that Chloe knew that at the time, but as the reader I definitely knew the cause of his sudden revulsion toward her. Now, I didn’t agree with him keeping those reasons from her as Chloe being in the dark was hurting her more. But Chloe, for her part, had a very adverse reaction to MacRieve at one point that surprised me. It was told to her over and over that there was a beast inside all of the Lykae. In fact, their inner beasts are enough to have scores of Parvus keeping their distance for fear the beasts will come out. I understand a gut reaction, but even after she thought about the issue she still felt as though she had been lied to. What? It made no sense to me.

What was great about this story was the way the author was showing the flip side to so many things. There is a preconceived notion about what a succubus is and what type of personalities the Ubus have. I very much likened a lot of this to the real-world issue of slut shaming, victim blaming, and purity gate-keeping. This wasn’t just something that was brought up once and dropped. It was thought about, pondered, and discussed in different ways throughout the story. Not in a repetitive way, but in a way that really made the characters (thereby making the reader) think.

I’m not thinking I’ll be caught up to current before MacRieve’s brother Munro’s book comes out in January, but I’m going to try. I’m already team Munro. He’s such a wonderful brother and role model for their community. This story could have easily gone off the rails without Munro and he really deserves to find his fated mate.

4 stars

I really didn’t like the cover of the edition I read so I picked another one to highlight in this review. But it’s from a non-English edition so I figured I should show you what a good portion of the books look like in English speaking countries. I think it’s the lighting. It just makes it MacRieve look pouty or something.

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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