Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole

I can't believe it's already Wednesday!! Sigh, work has really been kicking my butt. I had an extremely crappy day on Monday and I've been working long hours... Probably won't be out of work tonight before 8pm either :( Ugh. I hope it gets better starting from tomorrow, because seriously... Work can really suck, I mean beyond words at time :( Also, the weather has really be crap. I mean, I know we were going to pay for the past 2 weeks wonderful weather... but snow, freezing rain and hail? We didn't get much of everything, but enough that it's not very comfortable to be outside...

I've been working on this review for the past few days, but work keeps getting in a way. So hopefully, I can post it up today! :D

Cindy, this is for you :P

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
published by Simon & Schuster in February 2010

A dangerous beauty...

Lucia the Huntress: as mysterious as she is exquisite, she harbors secrets that threaten to destroy her — and those she loves.

An uncontrollable need...

Garreth MacRieve, Prince of the Lykae: the brutal Highland warrior who burns to finally claim this maddeningly sensual creature as his own.

Thad lead to a pleasure so wicked...

From the shadows, Garreth has long watched over Lucia. Now, the only way to keep the proud huntress safe from harm is to convince her to accept him as her guardian. To do this, Garreth will ruthlessly exploit Lucia's greatest weakness — her wanton desire for him.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Immortals After Dark, Book #12 (counting novellas)

The Story: Long, long ago, Lucia made the mistake to trust the wrong man and she is still paying the price for it. To survive, Lucia become the follower of Skathi - a goddess that has reluctantly gifted Lucia with great hunting skills, but on the condition that Lucia remains chaste. In addition, every time Lucia would miss her target, she would suffer unmeasurable pain... However, Lucia is in no position to complain as she needs those hunting skills during each Accession  to confront and jail the man that has deceived her. Thus, when Lucia meets Garreth and realizes she is his mate, she panics and flees. Unfortunately, she did not factor Garreth's tenacity. Having finally met his mate, Garreth is not about to let her escape. After a year of chasing Lucia, Garreth finally catches up to her... to find out they're both heading in the Amazonian jungle so Lucia can find an artifact and hopefully changes her life around.

My Opinion: Readers have been introduced to Garreth and Lucia since the very first book of the series, A Hunger Like No Other, and finally, Pleasures of a Dark Prince is their book :D Yay!! Cindy reviewed it when it first came out and it was a keeper for her, so I had high hopes. Unfortunately for me though, I didn't end up liking it as much as Cindy.

What I liked about this book was Garreth. It was fun to discover him, because although we've all been waiting for his book, we've only got a glimpse of him in the past. Really not enough to know his personality, how he would act, what makes him... so this was fun. Garreth was the first carefree hero we've got in this series and he was a great hero. I mean, seriously, he's probably the best well-adjusted man in the whole series: charming, loyal, caring, tenacious and patient. Nobody can really blame him for his attitude when he catches up to Lucia... One lethal year of chasing - anyone's patience would be at an end. In my opinion, Garreth really made the book.

Lucia however was another story. She was too wishy-washy to my tastes and I didn't like the fact that she only showed her vulnerable side to Regin only and put up the strong/brave front. I felt too many of her actions were dictated by the fact that she was a Valkyrie instead of her being herself. It seemed to me that she had a definition of what a Valkyrie was and she tried to impersonate it. It doesn't help that I'm not in love with the Valkyries in Ms Cole's series... I feel they are too high-strung and full of themselves, but that's probably just me. Anyway, I wished she had been herself and would have stood up for herself instead of crumbling under the pressure. For example, when the Valkyries trapped Garreth as an exchange chip, she didn't want to, but she did because of the other Valkyries. Even when they called Garreth filthy names, she went along because Valkyries aren't supposed to like Lykae, even if she doesn't share the opinion. This got better once Lucia and Garreth were alone, but even then, she didn't open up very much to him. I liked the fact that she considered telling Garreth the whole truth, but in the end, she didn't... and it almost cost him his life.

My biggest issue with this book however wasn't Lucia, but the sense of deja-vu I had. In my opinion, the premises of Pleasure of a Dark Prince quite resemble the ones of Untouchable, Murdoch/Dani's story published as a novella in Deep Kiss in Winter. Both heroes meet their mates, but are unable to have physical relationship because of the mates' particularities. Both stories back-track to the beginning of the series... I think had I not read Untouchable, I would have enjoyed Pleasure of a Dark Prince a lot more. As a result, I wasn't able to totally engage in the storyline :(

My Grade: C+. I really liked Garreth, but the rest of the story didn't wow me. Also, the similarities with Untouchable really didn't play out in favor for Pleasure of a Dark Prince :( A lot of things are happening, but I don't feel like the series has been advancing. When is the freaking Accession going to happen? We've been on the verge of it for a couple of books already it seems. The ending of Pleasure of a Dark Prince was an interesting cliff-hanger though and will probably incite readers to continue this series.

Hmmm, it's funny how I tend to down-grade the books once I review them in comparison to my monthly list ^_^;


  1. When I started reading Untouchable I didn't like that we had to go back in the timeline of the series. So we had to act like the couples that already got their HEA hadn't got it. I never did finish it.

    I really like the werewolves in this series but now I'm not so sure about reading this one. Do we know if the next one will take place in present time?

    Hope work gets better!

  2. I haven't read the last two books in the series. I have no interest in reading them and yet I still buy them. :(

  3. nath, I hope work gets better soon for you.

    I wasn't really wowed by PLEASURE either. It's funny, I thought it repeated part of the other novels, too, but I was reminded of Bowen/Mariketa's story (? - too lazy to check the names *g*) The setting, the characters,...

    In general, I'm not sure I'm going to continue with this series. And I agree, without the teaser ending, this novel didn't advance the series much.

  4. Great review, Nath. I liked this book more than you did. Definitely liked the way Cole worked with the timeline (although I agree that she did that already in Untouchable).

    Although I really enjoyed Bowen & Lucia's romance, I agree w/you that the series has stalled. I couldn't tell exactly WHERE in the timeline this book ended.

    The one thing I gathered was that Nix has been garnering power & allies successfully behind the scenes. I just don't think anything's going to happen with the Accession until the Valkeries rescue their Queen.

    I didn't mind it in this book, because it wouldn't have made sense any other way, but the next book better move the overall storyarc forward or the stalling will kill/put this series on ice.

  5. Leslie - I like the werewolves in this series as well, they're the most interesting species. Seriously, the vampires are booooooring.

    What I liked about Pleasure of a Dark Prince going back in time was seeing how Garreth and Lucia actually met. That I liked and also the fact that it gave a little bit more background on Garreth - his feelings about his brother's absence, etc. It also wasn't as bad as Untouchable, because Lucia and Garreth had little contact with other characters and most of them, when mentioned, already had their happy ending. But I know what you mean... I find that very few can go back in the timeline and make it good.

    I don't know much about the next book. I've read the synopsis, but it doesn't give much information.

    Tabitha - LOL, Tabitha, I know what you're saying. Happens to me all the time... Just have to be a bit more determined in not buying the books :D Good luck!

    Taja - It doesn't look like it'll get better. The next few days are going to be extremely busy :(

    You thought it was similar to Bowen/Mariketa? Hmm, I don't think so. I actually really liked Bowen and Mariketa's book. That book was the reason I continued with this series.

    Even with the teaser at the end... it's a great teaser, but is it related to the Accession? Or is it once again, a pre-event?

    Hilcia - Thanks Hils :D

    It wasn't just going back in the timeline that was similar to Untouchable, but the actual premises. Ah well.

    I just felt that the story was a bit too isolated from the rest of the story as well. That's why it's so hard to pinpoint where in the timeline the book is taking place. Actually, when you think about it, there are very few time references in the series so far. All you know is that we're close to the Accession.

    Nix is one of the most interesting character. I don't see her getting her own book, but it'll be interesting to see what she becomes.

  6. nath, I think I was reminded of Bowen/Mariket because of the jungle setting. The the way their first time happened. Lucia running from him and so on...blah.

    I haven't read the novellas - and don't plan to do so - so I can't compare. But even without that, I thought PLEASURES offered way too much repetition in almost everything. I still like Nix though. :)

  7. Taja - Ohh, okay. The jungle setting. Now it makes sense :D The novellas are so-so, most of them.

    As for Nix, she's an interesting character, but I hope she turns out to be on the good side.