A Hunger Like No Other, Kresley Cole
Hooooooo boy do I have a lot of feelings about this book.
The first time I read it, I blasted through it. I decided it was the greatest thing that WOLFSEX’ED!!1 since WOLFSEX had been invented. I could not get enough of it. I immediately downloaded and read the rest of the series. I fucking loved this book.
I loved it so much that I recommended it to my friend Rachel, who is a romance fiend but not too big on paranormals. “THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT!!!!!1!!” I screeched at her. She was finally bullied into buying it, and I text-, Tumblr-, and FB-stalked her while she started reading it.
She did not enjoy it. I was devastated.
But hold on a second, let’s get to the plot. As you have probably gathered by now, the hero, Lachlain, is a werewolf - or at least Kresley Cole’s version of one, a Lykae. The heroine, Emma, is a vampire-Valkyrie hybrid (shut up and go with it). Despite her totally wicked heritage, she’s timid and unsure of herself. Lachlain scents her and recognizes her as his mate (seriously go with it), breaks free of his firey prison to get to her (uh, just go with that, too), and basically kidnaps her and cons her into taking him back to his castle. SPOILER ALERT: It ends happily. There is a lot of fucking.
I asked Rachel what she didn’t like about it, and she said that she found both of the main characters, especially Emma, obnoxious. I was forced to reconsider my unabashed adoration for this book. Because the thing is, she’s right. Lachlain is WOLFSEXY, but he’s pretty brutal and borderline cruel. If he were in a metal band, it would be called BRVTAL WVLFSEX. And Emma, as much fun as I found her the first time, is actually kind of sucky. She redeems herself at the very end of the book, but compared to the other ass-kicking Kresley Cole heroines, she is pretty bland.
I still love this book, but if you’re going to give Kresley Cole a shot (and really, you fucking should because she is AMAZING), you might be better off starting with Dark Needs At Night’s Edge (GHOSTSEX!!1) or Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night*. It won’t be as clear as if you started from Book 1 (or the prequel), but these books are so much fun that it’s worth a little bit of confusion at first. Rachel, formerly a hater, tried the ghostsex and totally cracked out and read the rest. We are eagerly awaiting the latest installment, due out in just a few weeks (OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD!!!!).
*Yes, the titles totally suck and they all sound the same. Even SBTB took notice.