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Review: ‘Dark Desires After Dusk’ by Kresley Cole

Review: ‘Dark Desires After Dusk’ by Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk

by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #6
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 20, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 368
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him.
A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist...Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.
A tormented warrior she should fear, but can't deny... Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch.
Surrender to dark desires...Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs -- and claim his heart?

My Review

First Read: April 2010

Second Read: December 2014

Third Read (Listened): March 2019

I had read/listened to Dark Desires After Dusk already twice (2010 & 2014) and never had a chance to review it until now. I finally listened to it again for the third time (Yes, I’m obsessed with this series. I have a feeling I will re-read this series again and again and never get tired of it ever.) I was excited to dive back into Cadeon and Holly’s book because this was one of the books I enjoyed reading/listening to because I connected well with the female heroine because of her personality traits. I also liked Cadeon because he’s the demon prince trying everything to redeem himself after losing his brother his crown.

If you’ve read the previous books, you would’ve been introduced to Cadeon and Rydstrom. They were in Mariketa and Bowen’s book and then they were in Conrad and Naomi’s book. I wanted to know who these two were going to end up with, especially Cadeon since he was the one that seemed always to get poorly treated of the two for losing his brother his crown. Rydstrom appeared to be the good demon of the two. (wait until you get to his book though, which is right after Cadeon’s book.)Now we’re getting Cadeon’s book, and his mission is to find the vessel. He’s about to find out his fated mate who he can’t be with since she’s human Holly Ashwin is the vessel. She’s not entirely human after being kidnapped, and she’s a halfling. Now, Cadeon may have to betray his fated mate by handing her over to the Groot. Groot is the one who wants the vessel, and he will hand over the sword he forged, which will kill Omort the Deathless. Omort is the one who took over Rydstrom’s kingdom and stole his crown.

I finished listening to Dark Desires After Dusk within two days because I love Robert Petkoff’s narration of the story. He brings the characters and story to life for me. I enjoyed Cadeon’s and Holly’s story because of the constant banter between the two when they were traveling to their destination to meet Groot. One of the best scenes between the two was when Cadeon was confused with Holly’s programming code talk, but he googled to find some information so that he could understand her. I found it sweet. It reminded me of my husband and my IT talk with him since he always gave me a deer in the headlights look when I talked about my job. LOL

I seriously had a hard time not listening to this book, which is why I finished this book within two days. I was surprised with some parts of the book, especially with what happened to Rydstrom and at the end. Cadeon ended up confronting him at the end, and then Rdystron was not the same. The ending of the book though let’s say that Holly was the kick-butt character of this story, which is why she’s the winner in my eyes. I adored her every minute in this book. I’m so glad she also decided to change her decision from the beginning of the story. (Nope not telling.)

Once, you finish this story I highly recommend reading the next book because of Kresley more Cadeon and Holly too in Rydstrom’s story. Be prepared for a different Rydstrom in his story. I know I was expecting a sweet Rydstrom. Well, he’s not the same Demon King.

Story Rating: 4.5 stars
Steaminess Rating: 4 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of the Immortals After Dark series and I highly recommend reading in order.
Do I recommend this book?  Yes, most definitely
Will I read other books from the author? Yes. She’s one of my auto-buy favorite authors.
Tropes/Elements: Fated Mates.
Hero: Demon; Alpha
Heroine: Human (well…not really); Genius; Teacher/Professor; Going for her PhD; Kick-Ass


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