LOVED this book!
Once again Kresley Cole makes my heart melt. With each book I am swayed to another of her delectable men-good, bad, or in between, scarred or made of utter perfection, doesn't matter in the least. She manages to make each one mouthwateringly delicious.
Lothaire, the fearsome rageaholic suffering from a touch of the crazy never fooled me. Well, maybe a little what with the plotting and the killing and deceiving "Lothaire-talk". But deep down I thought I had glimpsed a seriously misunderstood immortal hottie.
I have to say, I was seriously impressed with Elizabeth's fortitude. She was ready to kill herself or die trying to keep evil from taking over the world. I really felt for her predicament. Having your body possessed by a former goddess bent on death and destruction? No thanks. But she handled it with grace and had the good sense to fight back instead of cower where others most certainly would. Of course Lothaire would want her! She's everything he's looking for, except for that disgustingly human condition of hers. No matter, he'll fix it!
That's pretty much their relationship. She lacks everything he imagined his woman, his queen, would possess: goddess qualities, strength, cunning, and a fierce warrior instinct...all of which she actually has but he is unwilling to see because he was raised to despise humans. However, he can no more resist her than he could a good torture session with one of his enemies, because Ellie is his Bride.
It takes him a long time to come to this conclusion, but once he does, he is faced with myriad problems to solve so they can be together. Including the pesky fact that he took an oath to the Lore-an unbreakable vow-to kill her! Plus, it seems that Lothaire is stuck in his own times mentally. He's brash and unwitting when it comes to handling females. He's completely without thought to Elli's feelings unless it's sexually based, he's overbearing and possessive and basically everything the women's movement sought to obliterate. It's no wonder Ellie had reservations about becoming his Bride.
Through it all, there is no doubt the two have forged a bond, and maybe even love each other, but both are too stubborn to cop to it. The struggle was almost unbearable at times, but I kept turning pages because I simply had to make sure these two made it to their fairytale ending. I won't say that's what I got, but it's probably as close as you're going to get when you're dealing with a millennium old vampire who's known nothing more than death and destruction and revenge his whole life. I can say that I am completely satisfied with the ending and am eager for the next in the series to hit the shelves.
Type faster, Cole! For the love of the gods, type faster!!