Series: Immortals After Dark #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Simon & Schuster on 17 March 2011
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
I either love or loathe Cole’s books and No Rest for the Wicked is firmly in the love category. Kadarin is the cold, bitchy Valkyrie who is incapable of showing emotion. The only thing she lives for is competing (and winning) the Hie. She fully intended to kill Sebastian “I’m a hot vampire with uber smarts” Wroth but ends up blooding him instead. Oops. What follows is a highly entertaining cat and mouse game played out around the world.
Kadarin is universally known as a buzz kill amongst even the hardened and bloodthirstiest of Valkyries. She wasn’t born that way but after a vampire killed her sisters and she lost the ability to feel, she started slaughtering vampires and collecting their fangs because, let’s face it, every girl needs a hobby. The Hie helped cement her reputation as a skilled bad-ass as she has won the thing multiple times. It’s a kind of Amazing Race around the world where competitors are allowed to brutally maim and incapacitate each other while they track down rare items and the prize for this Hie is so valuable that Kadarin can’t risk getting sidetracked.
Sebastian decides that since the Hie is so important to Kadarin, he’ll enter as well so he can help her win. He lived in isolation for so long ruing the day he became a vampire that he missed the feminist revolution and rather naively thought that interfering would endear him to her but this ends up (not surprisingly) invoking her ire. Sebastian is charmingly awkward around women as he has had so little experience with them. If you combine this with his intellect and determination to protect then you have the perfect book boyfriend. I really liked how realistic Sebastian was about his relationship with Kadarin. He knew instinctively that she was his Bride but didn’t fall into the insta-love trap where he saw rainbows and unicorns everywhere fifteen minutes after meeting her.
The relationship between the two was sexy, solid and sweet. I often have some issues with the physical or emotional abuse that Cole’s heroes inflict on the heroines. Thankfully there is none of that in this book as Sebastian and Kadarin are equally matched. The supporting characters were engaging and the constantly changing locations and tasks kept the pace bubbling along. The witty one-liners and antics of the Valkyries balance out the serious stuff nicely.
This book is just plain fun and well worth a read. If you were turned off the series after reading the first or second book, then please give this one a shot before abandoning IAD all together.