Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
A vampire warrior consumed by madness,
trapped in the lair of an otherworldly temptress only he can see.
The beauty wants him gone--the warrior can't leave.
Let the games begin…
Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina in the early 1900s, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with powers, but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away any trespassers--until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.
To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. There only Conrad can see the dancer with wild raven hair--who seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature inflames him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.
Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi and claim her completely, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?
I have thoroughly enjoyed Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series so far, and look forward to reading the rest. Although I can't imagine Ms. Cole writing a book that I deem less than five Tea Cups, this was my least favorite in the series so far. Still, it was a great read by a very talented author. This is one of my favorite paranormal romance series out there!
Conrad is a crazed red-eyed vampire. At first his POV was in present tense and very disjointed, which annoyed me. But when I realized it was a purposeful technique by the author to mirror his madness, I was truly impressed. As his madness diminishes, his POV turns past tense and becomes easier to read. He doesn't know love, only hate, death, and revenge. He's a muscled alpha male that the reader soon learns to adore.
Neomi is a ghost. This made the book challenging as our couple can't even touch each other for most of the book, only dream about it. She's trapped in the home where she was murdered and thrilled that the crazy, scarred vampire male chained in her house can see her.
The relationship developed slowly and seems destined to failure because Neomi isn't flesh and blood and Conrad has many enemies after him. The last quarter of the book picked up steam and kept me reading the pages. Beautifully written, with some visits by Lore characters we love from previous books. I did miss the humor and action from the other books in this series, but the relationship in Dark Needs at Night's Edge was more serious and intense.
If you're looking for a new paranormal romance series to start, look no further!
5 Tea Cups!