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Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2008
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A New Orleans ballerina in the 1920s, Neomi Laress had her life cut short by a murderous fiancé. She has haunted her estate, Elancourt, for the past 80 years, desperately seeking contact. Conrad Wroth is a self-loathing vampire mercenary with serious bloodlust. His brothers bring him to Elancourt to try to make him sane again, but he soon gets drawn into Neomi's difficult world, and the two fall for each other. But since Neomi isn't embodied, they can't touch. And that's just one of their problems. The banter of secondary characters, particularly Mariketa the Witch, distinguishes this standard story of an unattainable woman who needs saving and a rageful man who needs taming. (May)
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Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.
A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
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Top Customer Reviews
The romance (sex) between characters is hot and steamy and leaves you wanting more. But the best part is how each character overcomes trials to win their mates. No two characters are the same and no two trials the couples endure are either. The detail she uses in the way she describes everything makes it easy to picture her sexy characters and fantastic world!
Nothing in Cole's books is without purpose. Something she mentions in one book usually comes into play in the following book, or later. Each story blends perfectly with one another, leading up to a huge battle between two warring factions.
FINAL DECISION: Cole's Immortals series always surprises. These characters are different and unique and despite the continuing storyline, this book feels fresh and interesting. Always filled with humor and intense sexuality, this story is also poignant.
THE STORY: Neomi Laress was a famous ballerina in New Orleans in the 1920s and she became a ghost when she was murdered in her own home. For over eighty years, she has been trapped in her home invisible to everyone. Conrad Wroth is a vampire who has been almost driven mad by consuming blood from living beings. Captured by his brothers who want to save him, Conrad is held hostage in Neomi's house. And he can see her.
OPINION: This was a wonderful story. Conrad is a vampire on the edge. The first time in the series we have seen a red-eyed vampire return from the blood madness. He is also a virgin. His pairing with the free spirited and sexually experienced Neomi is a good combination. I especially liked how both Conrad and Neomi are trapped in her house but that they find in one another a special connection and relationship. The claustrophobic nature of the book with much of it taking place within the house intensifies the relationship between Conrad and Neomi. I also really did love the solution to the problem of a ghost and a vampire which I thought was clever and not just a convenient solution.
WORTH MENTIONING: There are significant appearances by prior couples from the series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: DARK NEEDS AT NIGHT'S EDGE is the fifth book in the Immortals After Dark series. The book can be read as a standalone but is much better when read as part of the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
I love the characters in this full novel, some parts dragged a bit but then other flowed smoothly and kept you wanting to read.
We meet Conrad a touch more than a mad vampire, his older brothers are trying to help gain a bit or normalcy. His brothers still see the potential good in Conrad. But when Conrad starts talking to himself they think he has a set back.
A dancer, a well know Ballerina killed in her home and left to haunt its halls. Neomi doesn't know what to think about the red eye'd vampire that has invaded her home.
Each such a sad soul, slightly broken but fixable? Can Conrad give Neomi something tangible to hold on to? Will Neomie be that one that calms the monster inside?
all over a great story I enjoyed seeing Nix and Markita the awaited. A few pretty hot scenes and as norm a evil baddie lurks. fate, choices and descisions. Enjoy
-- Néomi didn’t necessarily seek an acknowledgment of her presence. She could float a sheet spray-painted with “Bonjour! from le spectre!” if she wanted bad attention, or a possible exorcism. No, she wanted to be seen. She yearned to converse.
Néomi a burlesque turned ballet dancer murdered 80 years before has been stuck all alone for the most part. But when she finds that Conrad can sense her whole bunch of new opportunities arise for her. He gives her the will to try and find a way to be more than the ghost she has become.
This was a very interesting shift in the relationship dynamic from the prior books. One character is almost crazy and the other is incorporeal most of the time. This gives a whole new meaning to the idea of forbidden love. Conrad doesn’t start out very likable, he is bent on revenge against his brothers and goes around killing other immortals for vengeance. But as Néomi spends time with him he is able to pull farther out of the memories that haunt him and focus more on the present.
-- When one is insane, it’s best to simplify things.
Again I freaking love Nix and the role she is playing putting all these couples together. If we ever get a Nix book I think I’ll die of happiness. She is always moving the players into position and is hilarious while doing it.
-- “I suppose that now you’ll want to sleep with me.” Over Rydstrom’s sputtering, she added, “Alas, big guy—I am taken.” “No, you’re not,” Regin said. “Am too,” Nïx said. “Mike Rowe, the star of Dirty Jobs, is soon to realize I’m his beloved.” She sighed dreamily. “He even got his lawyers to contact me on the pretext of a”—she made air quotes— “‘restraining order.’”
The chapters that involve Nix are always the funniest and as she taunts Cadeon and Rydstrom with a seeing I laughed out loud so many times.
Other things of note this book – Who exactly is Murdock’s bride and why does she not want his to tell anyone? Is Regin’s Berserker the Columbian Drug lord? And how does one procure an invite to Girls Night Out? Because I totally want to go.
Mariketa was awesome with her witchy ways. She is a force to be reckoned with and it will be interesting to see what happens with her power because it seems immense. Seeing Bowen and Mariketa together bantering and playing with one another is another favorite moment from this installment.
The resolution was incredibly interesting and I didn’t see it going that way. I found it original and well thought out. I really am getting excited for this accession and the chaos that will come with that later on. Which all of these couples aligning and the houses combining it seems like it will be a fantastic battle.