Re-post Review: ‘Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night’ by Kresley Cole
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Nightby Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #4
Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd on November 1st 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
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Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.
Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.
If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?
First Read: April 2010
Second Read: June 2014
Third Read (Listened): February 2019
I read this book back in 2010, reread it in 2014, and then listened to it in February 2019 (Thanks to the Fated Mates Podcast). I never reviewed it back in 2010, so I reviewed it back in 2014. I was into binge reading back into 2010 and not reviewing, but I’m correcting it now by doing re-reads.In 2010, I didn’t enjoy this book like the others because of the male character Bowen. Oh, how I hated his character. I had my reasons because of the way he treated Mariketa at first. If you read the previous book, you would know why I didn’t like him. Although, after listening to this book I finally was able to understand and like Bowen better. (I highly recommend listening to this book thanks to the narrator)Kresley Cole managed to tell certain parts of the previous book in this book. I will always be amazed at how she has her books continue the story with different characters and different perspectives of certain situations that have already happened. She is a master of telling a story with her characters and world-building like crazy. This is just a couple of reasons why Kresley will always be one of my favorite paranormal romance authors.
In Wicked Deeds of a Winter’s Night, the story picks up where Bowen has to save Mariketa from the cave; he had put her in. Yup…he has to save the witch that cursed him. He believes she not only put one curse on him but another one that enchanted him to desire her. (Bowen is going to meet his match, and Kresley Cole did a fantastic job on giving him a character that put him through the wringer) Mariketa is making friends in that cave who are protecting her. She’s not full immortal yet, so the demons in the caves with her are determined to keep her safe. She is the witch that supposedly that is going to be more powerful than others. When Bowen goes to rescue her, Mari doesn’t make it easy for him. Bowen lost his mate a long time ago, and he was hoping to get back from winning the prize from the competition they were in together. If you read the previous book, you’ll understand why Bowen is depressed in this book. He’s only depressed for a little while though because he’s starting to gain feelings for the problematic witch. I could go on and on about this book, but for anyone who hasn’t read this series yet…I’ll quit now. =)
The banter between the two is what made the book enjoyable. I love these two together. Mari was not the timid female witch in this book, and I adored her in every turn of the book because of how she handled Bowen. The very ending of this book is what was a shocker, and the narrator told it better then me having to read it. I love Robert Petkoff. He’s become one of my many favorite narrators. He gets into character for each character in the books. I love his accents for the demon characters that even played a role in this book and can’t wait to re-listen to their books. If you haven’t read/listen to these books and are a fan of paranormal romance, I highly recommend Kresley Cole’s Immortal After Dark series. Thanks to the Fated Mates Podcast because I’m diving back into the series preparing for the new book that releases, later on, this year. 🙂 I’m also catching up on the series since I’ve missed out on some books.