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I have a scientific curiosity about romance readers I want to probe them like rats in a cage Don t worry, I ll be gentle if you want me to.What do they like about these novels What characteristics appeal to them What is the common denominator in a successful romance novel Can I boil it down and make a formula.Quality of foreplay X chemistry sexual tension over time grading scale being 50 for way too early, 80 for perfection and around 100 for aggravating over tension, otherwise known and Oh, FFS Just do it already But then you d have to add in other complex formulas for likability of both the male and female protagonists completely separate formulas , balancing action and ridiculously contrived plots with heaving bosoms When I began on my complex mathematical studies, I had no ideas it would be so difficult to boil down You mean there s to it than this I enjoyed this novel because it confounded quite a few of my formulas Also, it may as well be retitled Kat and Mr Kennedy if They Lived in Paranormal Romance World Kaderine is cold and emotionless see where the similarities begin until she meets Sebastian who despises his life as a vampire Unable to kill him, she runs and he chases her.Now, what COULD have progressed was a tale of an alpha male chasing down his woman until she finally relented, realized how much she wanted his gorgeous body and all appendages and finally succumbed to her Stockholm Syndrome.What progressed was Kaderine spending 95% of this novel kicking ass and not ONCE being whiny or pathetic What progressed was Sebastian discovering that he could not control, dominate or cage Kaderine because she would never love him that way What progressed was him realizing he wanted to help her achieve her dream because he cared about her and loved her EXACTLY the way she was without even trying to take her away from her family, her life or her passions.Finally.A relationship dynamic that DOESN T make me feel slightly queasy This novel was pretty good It almost manages to wipe away the bitter memories of A Hunger Like No Other and in my opinion, the characters, action and story are infinitely better.Cole has JUST convinced me to keep reading If it hadn t been for her loyal fans then I would have ditched her halfway through the first book She should pay them money Lots and lots of money Like, enough to buy each of them one of these. SpoilersSo Good All I can say about this series so far is WOW I am so loving this series.Kaderin the Cold Hearted is a Kickass Warrior Valkyrie who hates vampires because she had mercy on a vampire and he turned around and killer her two sisters Her guilt and pain was so much that a goddess took away all of her emotions leaving her feeling nothing until she meets Sebastian Wroth Sebastian was a Warrior like his other 3 brothers He was turned into a vampire against his will by his two older brothers He is Shy,a dedicated scholar, cunning and strong, but Hated what he was turned into and lived alone and depressed until Kaderin shows up and makes his heart beat again Their love is very slow building and realistic trust is slow coming for Kaderin and they don t just jump right into bed with each other but when they do HOTT Bastian was so sexy and man he had the patience of a saint because Kaderin fought him almost the whole way When she ran into his arms Oh God On to the Next book in this series This book has the most realistic insta love in a PNR that I ve ever read Seriously, I am surprised how the author did it and it made me bump it up a star I just couldn t believe it I know comparing books isn t the thing, especially in reviews but I just have to explain why this shocked me so DI m currently reading another paranormal series that has to do with vampires, and I just couldn t NOT compare these two, especially because this one has a vampire as male lead too.Anyway, you know how it is in most PNR books, 2 3 of the time we get the insta love and the MINE thing, and I m OK with that because it s just the way it goes, though in some it s made realistic than others.Like the last book I ve read had a vampire and a human falling in love after 4 days of knowing each other and maybe having 3 conversations all together And I mean falling in uber LOVE, for forever, where they have so many strong feelings for one another After like 4 days And at the end something happens that separates them and the dude wonders how come she doesn t know me better than that, I thought she loved me Dude, YOU ONLY KNEW EACH OTHER FOR 4 F CKING DAYS Now this bookKresley Cole did it right Boy, did she do it right Insta love writers, take a hint from THIS There is insta something in this book, right at the start of it, the two protagonists realise they are mates in the first scene of the book DDDDDBUT Kaderin hates vampires and wants nothing to do with Sebastian, nd the poor dude spends almost the entire book convincing her he is different and that they are meant to be together.This isn t what was different here, actually this is pretty much how every PNR goes LOLTHIS is what surprised me quote from Sebastian view spoiler Myst goes on the computer each day and checks the results She has a half sister in the competition Is she your Bride Yes, he admitted Kaderin Myst has told me Kaderin is how did she put it gorgeous to a near freakish degree And a stalwart fighter His tone hopeful, Nikolai asked, Do you love her No But I recognize that she is mine And that I am meant to protect her It s enough More will come with time, Nikolai said hide spoiler And now, for the first time in three hundred hellish years, Sebastian desperately wanted to live Sebastian Wroth is my favorite type of hero He s persistent, gentle, adamant and freaking hot I fell in love with this book since the first chapter Kresley Cole outlined No Rest for the Wicked very well because she didn t left any details out The beginning of it and the ending were powerful, I felt emotions through the book even when I didn t read it, it was still there They desecrate Riora s sacred temple She will be enraged Oh, gods, look at the marble We are all beyond doomed Somebody put a plant in front of it Apart from Sebastian s persistent characteristic, he s the one moving the story forward and putting power in each pace of the story While I hated Kaderin for being an idiot sometimes, her character still moved me along with Sebastian s without any concerns Their coupling is so perfect I didn t feel anything out of place I d wear his corsage to an orgy, any day To be honest, this book was enjoyable and that unexpected twist almost tore me apart I loved every minute of reading it It thrilled me until I couldn t sit still for the next round of gutwrenching action scenes It s worth the re reading Huge 5 starsI had a blast reading this story I m also sure it will come as no surprise to those who ve followed my status updates that I freaking LOVED this book Right from the start, No Rest for the Wicked had me captivated and giddy I couldn t stop myself from giggling, laughing, clapping, and squealing with delight while I cheering the characters on in their quest to win the Talisman s Hie, the immortals version of the TV show the Amazing Race I also found myself eager for the love story to be resolved, as I felt the hero truly deserved his HEA About the hero boy, did I fall head over heels for Sebastian He s everything a true hero should be honorable, courageous, fierce, loyal, tender, aggressive, sexy, thoughtful and protective He definitely earn a spot among my all time favorite heroes As for the heroine, Kaderin the Coldhearted, I wasn t her biggest fan for a good portion of this book She was every bit as coldhearted as her name implies However, once she gained her emotions back, realized what a good man vampire Sebastian was, and proved she was worthy of him, I fell in love with her, too Sebastian and Kaderin made a great couple and I hope to get of them in future books No Rest for the Wicked was an absolutely delightful read I ended this book with a huge smile on my face I honestly can t remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book Sebastian Wroth Vampire Kaderin the Cold Hearted Valkyrie Sebastian Wroth never wanted to become a vampire That September of 1709, he only wished to die Everything he loved was lost, died, taken away from him Sebastian was a man of honor Better to have a honorable death, than becoming a bloodthirsty Vampiir His brother Nikolai who suddenly appeared had other plansI will not have this for me, Sebastian said I do not want it You must, brother, Nikolai murmured Were his eerie eyes glinting Otherwise you die tonight Nowadays, Sebastian still has not forgiven his brother He still lives at his castle in Esthonia, all alone, hating himself and wishing to die He never understood what being a vampire means He never learned that the Earth is full of other supernatural immortals beings as well He only wishes that someone kills him And then Kaderin, the valkirie appears ready to kill him And they both realize that Kaderin is his bride Naturally, Sebastian has just discovered an important reason for him to live He has to be with Kaderin, to protect her, to cherish her, to spoil her, to love her forever Yes, Kaderin is not happy She hates vampires They killed her sisters a few centuries ago She wants to destroy all of them She does not feel anything No time for romance especially with the enemy.But they both, although not very experienced, cannot stop the attractionYou are unused to this He traced across the room and stood, arms out, a hand on each side of the doorway As am I We will find our way with this together But you are my Bride She closed her eyes, struggling for calm You re not my husband And never will be This can t be random, Kaderin Previously secluded Sebastian will try to learn everything he can about this new century, about the technology and the manners while at the same time he will try to learn everything about the Lore and its creatures He never really tried to fit in before, but now he really wants to be worthy for his bride.Kaderin will try to ignore Sebastian unsuccessfully and she will enter the Hie competition where the majority of the Lore factions are represented to win the ultimate price in order to gain back her lost happiness all these centuries Sebastian will enter as well and he is determined to help Kaderin even if she does not wish his help.Sebastian s brother, Nikolai, is also determined to help Sebastian even if he does not wish his help Nikolai loves his brother and he understands what it means to have a Valkyrie as a bride.Gradually Sebastian and Kaderin will fall in love and their mating will be explosive.Super awesome out of this world addition to the series I am sure all PNR fans cry with joy every time they read this book |DOWNLOAD BOOK ♧ No Rest for the Wicked ♕ In This Next Installment In The Immortals After Dark Series, USA Today Bestselling Author Kresley Cole Delivers A Scorching Tale About A Forbidding Vampire Who Lives In The Shadows And The Beautiful Assassin Who Hunts Him There A Vampire Soldier Weary Of LifeCenturies Ago, Sebastian Wroth Was Turned Into A Vampire A Nightmare In His Mind Against His Will Burdened With Hatred And Alone For Ages, He Sees Little Reason To Live Until An Exquisite, Fey Creature Comes To Kill Him, Inadvertently Saving Him InsteadA Valkyrie Assassin Dispatched To Destroy HimWhen Kaderin The Cold Hearted Lost Her Two Beloved Sisters To A Vampire Attack Long Ago, A Benevolent Force Deadened Her Sorrow Accidentally Extinguishing All Of Her Emotions Yet Whenever She Encounters Sebastian, Her Feelings Particularly Lust Emerge Multiplied For The First Time, She S Unable To Complete A KillCompetitors In A Legendary HuntThe Prize Of The Month Long Contest Is Powerful Enough To Change History, And Kaderin Will Do Anything To Win It For Her Sisters Wanting Only To Win Her, Forever, Sebastian Competes As Well, Taking Every Opportunity As They Travel To Ancient Tombs And Through Catacombs, Seeking Relics Around The World To Use Her New Feelings To Seduce Her But When Forced To Choose Between The Vampire She S Falling For And Reuniting Her Family, How Can Kaderin Live Without Either If you love something, you protect it ruthlessly No matter what occursThis series is getting better and better The 3rd book in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole is full of extreme ideas, a fast paced plot, exquisite characters and brilliant humor.The events revolve around the Talisman s Hie, a contest for immortals, where the ultimate price is unimaginably precious, and the setting is than adventurous This savage, bloody competition gives another peek into the fabulous world Kresley Cole created It is an amazing alternative reality, with fascinating characters, and sometimes I just feel I want to be a part of it myself so bad.Sebastian and Kaderin s first scene proves how important and overpowering fate is in this world.Their relationship, reactions and feelings for each other are expressed on a very special level They are hundreds or thousands of years old immortals They can t behave like humans, their relationship can t be standard Their problems and mentality are strongly different than the problems of contemporary romance characters They are driven by fate, instincts and power I love these powerful and limitless strong emotions.Sebastian is irresistible, ingenious, determined He is always honest and loyalA hint, Sebastian I you re courting a woman, you could pause a nanosecond before declaring that you don t love her Maybe act as though you d considered the possibility Or you could lie Or you could gloss over it by predicting that you will in the future I won t lie to you And about love Unions have been built on far less than we have between us We d passion Attraction RespectAt the beginning, he is definitely not in love, but he is so persevering I love the way as he treats Kaderin, and his unconditional support for her He is a knight and a scholar in one person I am amazed by his reasoning and discovery of tracing not only to a location but to a person as well Oh, and I loved to read their scientific conversation on the plane after that hot night together.Kaderin is considered to be merciless and cold hearted She is the daughter of gods, a true warrior She was so exquisite, and yet she carried a killer s weapon a sword not made for defense, not made for battle The creature carried steel forged to deliver quick, silent deaths Fascinating An angel of death. Sebastian makes her feel again, but Kaderin is obstinate and full of hate for vampires She is often cruel and offensive to him, and it takes a while for her to accept him, to accept her own feelings for him I understand her prejudices toward vampires, but I was so mad when she hurt that magnificent man But at the end, in the pit of the Fyre Serp nte her trust in Sebastian was so touching, so I think I m at peace with her after all Originally posted on my blog on May 30, 2012 My favorite quotes. What a fool I am I ve had this hot number sitting patiently in my TBR pile for months, just waiting for me to finally pick it up and read it After reading the first two titles in the Immortals After Dark series, I was not in any real hurry to read further in the series The first book was okay, and admittedly the second book was much better, but this one was just outstanding I feel like I did when I finally got around to reading J.R Ward s BDB Now I can t wait to read I ll admit I fell HARD for the hero in this book, the reluctant vampire named Sebastian Wroth He was just the sweetest, sexiest guy, with all his vulnerabilities and his lacking in sexual self confidence And his Bride , the valkyrie Kaderin the Cold Hearted it took me a while to warm up to her At first she was so mean and hurtful to Sebastian, I wondered why he stayed around But then I grew to like her too, and by the end of the book I wanted her to get all that she dreamed of I ended up loving these two as a couple I loved the whole Amazing Race like plot to the book It was fast paced, and easier to follow than the previous books, maybe because it wasn t loaded down with a lot of lore terms And while the valkyries sometimes annoyed me in the previous books, this time I found their antics very amusing I especially liked the reference to Survivor host Jeff Probst very funny And although there weren t a lot of sex scenes, the few that were written were smokin hot, and filled with emotion Believe me, you won t even miss the lack of a lot of sex scenes, because the book is filled with longing, and sexual tension, and before you know it, it s almost over and you won t want it to end And if you re like me, you ll have tears in your eyes during the emotional final chapters.For all you sceptics who don t think you d like a paranormal romance, give this one a try I don t read many paranormals, but I loved this one And for all you J.R Ward fans if you like the BDB books, but haven t found anything that could compare, I urge you to give this book a try It completely captivated me. I guess third time is the charm At least, with the Immortals After Dark series I wasn t impressed with The Warlord Wants Forever and A Hunger Like No Other, the first two entries in the series, but now I understand what all the fuss is about To be honest, I wasn t feeling the love in the first half of this book, but things got much better in the second half.Back in 1709, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire by his brother Nikolai, the hero in The Warlord Wants Forever That happened against his will, and Sebastian has never forgiven his older brother for it When Valkyrie Kaderin the Cold Hearted shows up at his castle to kill him, he s than happy to oblige until he realizes she s his Bride, the one and only female destined to be his eternal wife Now he doesn t want to die any Too bad Valkyries hate vampires and Kaderin is the best vampire slayer on the face of the Earth, er, the Lore.Kaderin isn t called the Cold Hearted for nothing She hasn t felt any emotion in a thousand years, ever since her two sisters died by the hand of a vampire whose life Kaderin had just spared out of pity Devastated by guilt and grief, she was given the blessing of feeling nothing so she could move on with her life She s cold, fearless and ruthless, the ultimate vampire killer But all that changes when she meets Sebastian and she starts feeling and experiencing emotions again However, she isn t the least interested in consorting with a vampire, and she pushes him away.Besides, she needs to focus on the Talisman s Hie, which is basically an immortal version of the TV show The Amazing Race Kaderin is the Hie s reigning champion and has won every single edition of the deadly competition, so winning the Hie is a must But there s than pride and ego at stake this time around This Hie, the winner will be given Thrane s Key, a powerful weapon that enables its possessor to time travel to the past Here s Kaderin chance to go back in time and save her sisters Her competitors are fierce, but she s positive she ll be able to defeat them Sebastian offers to join her in the competition, but she flatly refuses his help So he decides to enter the Hie himself and win the prize for her after all, she s his Bride and he ll do anything for her And while they re globetrotting in search of the talismans, he ll make her see they re meant for each other Or will he Awww, I loved, loved, loved Sebastian How could I not He was adorable, protective, caring, honorable, and sexy as hell And I think he was a virgin I loved how he got all nervous and tentative around Kaderin, before he realized she wasn t fragile like the women he knew in his previous human life I have to say I didn t fully understand why he didn t end his own life in all the three hundred years he lived as an unwilling vampire before he met Kaderin and found a purpose to live, though I guess I should believe it was fate and he was just waiting to meet her, but Kaderin s behavior didn t make it easy to go along with that idea because she was so not worthy of him Not in the beginning, at least.I wanted to throttle Kaderin for the most part of this book She was cold as expected, given her nickname, but I had a hard time figuring her out I just couldn t understand how she remained imune to Sebastian for so long At one point, she even lied to him and tried to use his feelings for her to get her out of a jammy so she could complete a task in the Hie Thankfully, she came to her senses later in a wonderful scene that made my heart skip a beat Was it enough to win me over Not completely, but it was enough to stop me from wanting to smack her, LOL.The pace of the story was a bit uneven to me I struggled to get through the first half, when Sebastian and Kaderin didn t really spend much time together and I couldn t see how they would manage to fall in love if they didn t get to know each other Following the Hie was fun, but it wasn t enough to hold my interest for itself Once Sebastian and Kaderin started to interact often, things improved The second half of the story had a nice mix of action and romance, and I would have read it in one sitting if it wasn t for the darn power outage that took my country by surprise last night All in all, the final half of the story saved the book for me and the ending had a nice tease not exactly a cliffhanger that made me want to read the next book, Wicked Deeds on a Winter s Night Yay