A Dangerous Beauty
Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her—and those she loves.
An Uncontrolled Need
Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.
That lead to a pleasure so wicked…
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.
“What are you planning?”
“Steal the arrow from Lousha, sneak off, shoot the god.
Then I’ll come back with a present and an apology,
promising she can shoot the next god.”
This review may contain spoilers, but only minor ones!
Kresley Cole is more and more merciless – with her characters and with her readers as well. So much blood, so much tension, pain, and death. If Pleasure of a Dark Prince was a movie, I would cover my eyes! Garreth died at least twice! And that prologue! OMG!
The first 16 chapters parallel the storyline of A Hunger Like No Other. The book starts with Lucia and Garreth’s first encounter, when Garreth realizes that Lucia is his mate, and ends when Lucia runs away from him, and Garreth vows he is going to have her back in two weeks.
We meet them one year later. Garreth spent that year chasing her all over the earth, meanwhile Lucia tried to get rid of him, and also to get an unimaginably powerful weapon to kill the cause of her nightmares and stop an apocalypse. Garreth finally catches her, and they continue her quest together along the River Amazon.
Although the first half of the story is relatively slow reads, the second half is adventurous and full of fun. They face several dangers, such as giant caimans, new kinds of supernatural beings, mysteries, the legend of El Dorado, and really hot nights.
Garreth’s perseverance is admirable; he is loyal, fierce, possessive, and never misses his aim. The portrayal of the beast inside him, the nature of the Lykae is very logical and consequent, till the very end.
He would do anything for Lucia, never gives her up. He protects her “Lousha”, hunts down her enemies, saves her life several times, gives her precious and sweet gifts, including a gift that finally saves her life again! He stands by her side in every situation, despite the fact that he gets only rejection and distrust from her.
I try to understand Lucia, but I’m afraid I’m failing. Okay, she had very, very bad experiences with a certain man, so it is pretty hard for her to trust in anybody. But it was thousands of years ago! She should have recognized that Garreth is not the type of guy Cruach was. With keeping important things back from Garreth, she rushes him into an almost fatal situation.
She is under pressure and seems to be running out of time, so it is understandable that she worries about her archer abilities. But I was really upset when she passes all the responsibility to Garreth after their first night, and ruins that beautiful, intimate moment. I just couldn’t believe her behavior. Poor Garreth…
I’m not satisfied with the end, because I don’t feel having sex is so big a deed or sacrifice from Lucia to save Garreth. I feel this part superficial. She does almost nothing for this love, while Garreth risks everything.
The new secondary characters, Damiãno, Chizabel, Travis, Schecter, Rossiter are intriguing, the old ones, such as Regin and Nïx never disappoint.
Pleasure of a Dark Prince is a real adventure, with lots of humor, and dark, horror scenes. I loved the setting, the luscious and dangerous River Amazon, with its amazing wildlife and vegetation, also loved that Cole mixed ancient legends with modern technology.
The epilogue is really compelling and puzzling to make me eager to read the next book.
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