Series: Immortals After Dark #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Simon & Schuster on 1 September 2011
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Cadeon Woede finally has a chance to smite his evil (and apparently deathless) arch-enemy and thereby erase centuries of guilt. All he has to do is hand over some random female to a creepy psycho sorcerer called Groot in exchange for a kick-ass sword that can do the impossible and kill the aforementioned arch-enemy. Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately for Cade, he’s a hero in an Immortals After Dark book and their lives are never that easy. The random female aka Holly is none other than his one true love.
The first time I read this book, I was decidedly ‘meh’ about it because my loathing for Holly overrode the way I felt about Cade. Holly was innocent beyond belief to the point that she had a conniption every time the hero swore or made a crude comment. She would have been a much better fit in the 19th or early 20th century given her prudishness. I could handle the OCD quirks and applaud her superior mathematical skills but found myself gritting my teeth every time she clutched at her pearls. Thankfully Holly grew on me over time…a bit like fungus. The second time I read the book, I was able to enjoy the caricature she presented. She sheds this persona part way through the book however and I really enjoyed when she went all warrior Valkyrie on us.
Cade, on the other hand, was a foul mouthed and deeply flawed delight. Underneath those misogynistic muscles was a sensitive rage demon torn between fulfilling his brother’s ambition and giving into his wanton desires for Holly. Our mercenary recognised Holly as his mate the moment they met but couldn’t do anything about it because she was human. Instead he stalked Holly, presumably in a non-creepy way, so only the Lore creep of his choosing could have his wicked way with her and conceive a child of pure evil. Seriously not cool! I have to give him props though for giving Holly the skills she needed to survive, supporting her while she worked on her code and trying to find a way out of the mess he’d created. We’re basically asked to judge Cade’s worth by his initial intentions or by his actual actions. I picked the latter which made it easier to like him.
The novel is basically an epic road trip as Cade and Holly try to find Groot’s lair. There isn’t much more to say – the sex scenes were hot, the secondary characters suitably villainous or plucky and the humour tied it all together nicely. I just wish there had been even more Nix as her brand of crazy never gets old.
This is one of IAD’s lighter novels and although it took me a little while to fall in love, I eventually got there.