Review: ‘The Warlord Wants Forever’ by Kresley Cole
The Warlord Wants Foreverby Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Published by Pocket Star on September 25, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless Vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.
Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires. Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.
The Hunt is on…
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?
Originally, in 2010, when I started reading the Immortals After Dark series I read The Warlord Wants Forever in the Anthology Playing Easy Get, which included Authors Jaid Black and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Now in 2019 I finally got a chance to listened to the first novella in the series and I’m glad I dived back into Nikolai’s and Myst’s story this way instead of reading it. I’ll keep bragging about Robert Petkoff because he is a friggin’ amazing narrator.
This novella may not have been one of my favorite of the series, but it’s still dear to my heart since it’s the first novella that had some world building that introduced some other characters that would get their books in the series. I also realized that Nikolai and Myst didn’t really like each other at first, well, Myst didn’t like Nikolai. She really wasn’t very fond of vampires because this is when Valkyrie were still killing them. When Nikolai first meets Myst in the book he finds her locked up and he’s actually trying to figure out what kind of creature she is because he’s never come across someone like her before. Myst knows who he is because he remembers from his battles.
Here is one thing that bothered me in the book and that’s how Nikolai basically keeps Myst locked up, when he realizes who she is to him and tries to keep her away from her family. No lover boy, you cannot do that to a valkyrie. She loves her family too much and let’s not forget her family loves her. They are dangerous creatures and since you have no clue what they are capable of, you will definitely find out. I will say this Nikolai’s brother even tells him he needs to rethink what he has done in the book.
There are some steam in the book, but there is a part in the book where Nikolai basically can’t take it anymore with Myst running away from him. I won’t go into any much detail with it. I really did enjoy the book, but Nikolai’s and Myst’s connection wasn’t what enthralled me. It was the other items in the book that did.
There is drama in the book that the vampires are dealing with and of course there is drama that the valkyries are dealing with in the story. Readers will even get some sneak peak into Sebastian’s story, which is after this one.
If you have not read the Immortal After Dark series this is where you should start reading. I decided to read out of order because I’ve already read the series and wanted to read the novellas back to back and, then pick up book 9 after the novellas. Now onto the next novella in the series. 🙂
Story Rating: 4 stars
Steaminess Rating: 3 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of the Immortals After Dark series. This book I decided to read out of order with the other novella (Book 8 in the series). You can read in order or out of order.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes. She’s one of my auto-buy favorite authors.
Tropes/Elements: Fated Mates.