by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #3
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Narration: 4.5 cups
Centuries 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 instead.
When 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 kill.
The 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?
No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole is the third book in the Immortals After Dark series. Once again, I chose to listen due to the fabulous narrations of Robert Petkoff.
Kaderin, the Cold Hearted, is a Kickass Warrior Valkyrie who hates vampires with a vengeance after they killed her sisters. Sebastian Wroth, a warrior, was turned unknowingly by his brothers centuries ago to save him. He left his ancestral home in anger and has never taken blood from a living source. He instead drinks animal blood. Sebastian is a nomad who has chosen to live off the grid, disgusted by his own existence. We all know where this is going right? So of course when Kaderin crosses his path she makes his heart beat again. The two share a hot and heated encounter before she takes off leaving him behind. The romance that unfolds is slow building and filled with sexual tension, humor and character growth.
Their story intertwines with a quest or “amazing race” type of event. Kaderin has won in previous years and is determined to hold that honor again. This year the prize will grant her her heart’s desire and no one will stop her. Sebastian tags along or pops in to aid Kaderin much to her annoyance. I loved the banter and snark. The two of them totally surprised each other, as did their reactions to things. The “amazing race” was fantastic. Cole’s description of the challenges, creatures they encounter and lore were delightful. This race allowed the romance to develop slowly and be tested. It also gave Cole room to showcase and flesh out these characters. They felt genuine, and I connected on a much more personal level than the previous book.
Cole also gives us plenty of humor, updates on previous characters and hints of things to come. I adore the Valkyrie home in NOLA and the men who have fallen for these women. Conversations between them and our main characters had me chuckling. Such mischief.
Robert Petkoff once again narrates, and I love his voice for these strong, alpha male characters. Petkoff gave me a delightfully feminine Kaderin, while still capturing her fierceness.
No Rest for the Wicked offered all the elements one would expect in a dark paranormal romance. Cole’s developed characters and plot along with Pertkoff’s narration made it a stellar listen.No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole offered an amazing quest and romance #audiobook Click To Tweet