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Kresley Cole

Author of A Hunger Like No Other

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About the Author

Before becoming a writer, Kresley Cole was a world-ranked athlete and coach. Her first novel, The Captain of All Pleasures, was published in 2003. She writes paranormal and historical romance novels including the MacCarrick Brothers trilogy and the Immortals after Dark series. She has won several show more awards including the 2007 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for A Hunger Like No Other and the 2010 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance for Kiss of a Demon King. She also made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 with her title's Mac Rieve and Endless Knight: The Arcana Chronicles Book 2. Kresley again made the New York Times bestseller list with The Pllayer in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other (2006) 2,321 copies
No Rest for the Wicked (2006) 1,727 copies
Dark Needs at Night's Edge (2008) 1,497 copies
Dark Desires After Dusk (2008) — Author — 1,408 copies
Kiss of a Demon King (2009) — Author — 1,304 copies
Pleasure of a Dark Prince (2010) — Author — 1,076 copies
Demon from the Dark (2010) — Author — 1,005 copies
Poison Princess (2012) 993 copies
Deep Kiss of Winter (2009) — Author — 939 copies
Dreams of a Dark Warrior (2011) — Author — 929 copies
Lothaire (2012) — Author — 863 copies
The Warlord Wants Forever (2006) 773 copies
If You Dare (2007) 680 copies
Shadow's Claim (2012) — Author — 673 copies
MacRieve (2013) — Author — 626 copies
If You Deceive (2007) 552 copies
If You Desire (2007) 491 copies
Dark Skye (2014) — Author — 482 copies
Endless Knight (2013) 431 copies
Sweet Ruin (2015) 333 copies
Dead of Winter (2015) 300 copies
The Captain of All Pleasures (2003) 294 copies
The Price of Pleasure (2004) 285 copies
Wicked Abyss (2017) — Author — 258 copies
The Professional (1654) 254 copies
The Master (2015) 247 copies
Shadow's Seduction (2017) 163 copies
Arcana Rising (2016) 137 copies
The Player (1672) 122 copies
Day Zero (2016) 111 copies
The Dark Calling (2018) 95 copies
Munro (2022) 86 copies
Untouchable (2010) — Author — 68 copies
The Professional: Part 1 (2013) 43 copies
From the Grave (2023) 33 copies
The Clan MacRieve (2010) 29 copies
The Professional: Part 2 (2014) 21 copies
The Professional: Part 3 (2014) 20 copies
Shadow's Kiss (2018) 18 copies
Untitled 2 copies
Dark warrior: romanzo (2013) 1 copy
Dark Demon: romanzo (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Not That Innocent (2009) — Contributor — 44 copies


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Common Knowledge

20th Century
Places of residence
Florida, USA
Athletics Coach
Awards and honors
RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance (2007) - A Hunger Like No Other
Barclay Gold (2005)
RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance (2013) - Shadow's Claim
RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance (2010) - Kiss of a Demon King
Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award (2006)
Scribesworld Reviewers' Choice Award (2004) (show all 7)
Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award (2003)
Short biography
Kresley Cole was graduate student in English and a former world-ranked competitive athlete. While she was working on her Masters degree, she spent a great deal of time doing research in the library. That research eventually appeared in her manuscripts. Her first romance novel was published in 2003, and since then, she has continued to publish historical and fantasy romances, and has seen her releases translated into more than eighteen foreign languages and been on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. In 2007, she won the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for best paranormal for her novel A Hunger Like No Other, and in January 2009, she became a #1 New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller with her sixth IAD installment, Kiss of a Demon King. In 2010, Kiss of a Demon King earned Kresley her second RITA award. 2011 brought Cole her second #1 NYT bestseller with Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

She lives in Florida with her husband and far, far too many animals. She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Queensland area of Australia.



Found: Fantasy YA tarot cards apocalypse in Name that Book (September 2021)


In “Turn Up the Heat” by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book 5 in the BAD series), Allison George wins the Heroine Hideaway sweepstakes and flies to a tropical island to enact the plot of her favorite romance novel. While there, she meets Vince and her safe, planned fantasy goes awry.
Vince Cappelleti is a mob hitman on the run from the “family.” His old childhood friend Z, now a rich and legit businessman, smuggles him out of the US and hides him on his island. Vince knows the mob will eventually catch up with him, so he keeps to himself and avoids people, but he’s bored and lonely. Then he meets Allison, a sweet woman who’s far too good for him.
Allison and Vince are in lust at first sight. I wish the novella would’ve been longer to give more detail about Vince’s past and to show the H/h falling in love, but at least there’s attraction to build their relationship on.
The head hopping annoyed me, but I managed to figure out whose POV I was reading in easily enough. I’m a big fan of Ms. Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, but I haven’t read many of her BAD books. From what I know of the series, the BAD agency didn’t play a big role in this book, and I felt a little lost during the climax because I didn’t know who some of the people were, people who’d surely played a bigger role in the previous stories.
Still, this is a good, fast-paced action/adventure romance.
4 Stars

In “Hunter’s Oath” by Jaid Black, a civilization of Vikings flourishes beneath the surface of the earth and has done so for thousands of years. It’s custom for bride-hunters to go aboveground and find suitable wives to steal, so the men can bid on the women at the auction block.
As the leader of the Viking sector of Hannu, Lord Johen Stefsson only cares about helping his people and trying to make peace with his corrupt king. Though he’s not in want of a wife, especially an Outsider (a woman from aboveground), the naked blonde woman on the stage captures his attention.
Sofia Rowley flew to Alaska to attend her brother’s funeral, and then found herself kidnapped and hauled to a cabin in the snowy mountains. Her strange captors transported her underground, and she soon winds up married to the hottest, biggest man she’s ever seen.
Johen and Sofia are interesting characters. He’s totally smitten with her at first sight, and it’s so much fun to see a big, burly man fall head over heels for a woman. Sofia longs for freedom but can’t deny the happiness she’s found in Johen’s arms.
Though the novella ends with a HEA, there are loose ends concerning the bride-hunters’ punishment and the revolution that’s going to take place in New Sweden. If not for that (and a few typos), I would’ve rated this story with 5 stars because I really enjoyed it.
4 Stars

In “The Warlord Wants Forever” by Kresley Cole (the prequel to the Immortals After Dark series), Nikolai Wroth died as a human three hundred years earlier and awoke a vampire. As a forbearer, a turned human, he willingly serves the full-blooded vampire who turned and has pledged his loyalty to the vampire faction, which is made up of other forbearers. None of them know anything about vampire history or the history of other supposedly mythological creatures, and they’re desperate for information. He doesn’t breathe, his heart doesn’t beat, and he cannot feel sexual desire. Then he meets Myst, a strange woman who changes everything. She’s his Bride, and he has to have her.
Myst is a Valkyrie and is always used as bait by her sisters to catch and kill their enemies. Valkyries and vampires are mortal enemies, and she finds it hilarious Wroth doesn’t know that. Instead of giving him the information he and the faction needs to survive, she teases him and bloods him (she makes his dead-like body respond to her), and then leaves him in a state of sexual torment for five long years. When he finally catches up with her, the furious vampire will finally claim her as his own.
I liked Wroth for the most part, but I didn’t like Myst. She was selfish, cruel, and so hardened that she kept her gentleness far from the surface. She didn’t care how much she hurt Worth and wouldn’t apologize even when she felt a little guilty. Her Valkyrie sisters were just as slutty and heartless, but I hope a lot of if was just act.
I’ve heard great things about this series, and this is the first IAD book I’ve read. Unfortunately, I found it confusing. The history of the Lore was scattered throughout the story and wasn’t straightforward. I didn’t understand the animosity between the warring species and why they warred within themselves.
I plan on reading the other books, and hopefully, I’ll understand them better than I did this one.
3 Stars

Book Overall – 4 Stars
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AmberDaulton | 20 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
Ethan MacCarrick makes a mistake when he accompanies a married woman home and is caught by her husband. Ten years later, he's scarred and bent on revenge when he meets the couple's daughter Maddie. However, he doesn't find it so easy to forget Maddie after they share a night together. Maddie is strong and doesn't much put up with Ethan's waffling which leads to lots of angst.
This is the third book in the series and can be read as a stand-alone book. Both Ethan and Maddie are multi-layered characters with lots of charisma and strength. Kresley Cole is more known for her paranormal books, but she's equally good when writing her Scottish historical romance.… (more)
N.W.Moors | 23 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
The first part of this book went over the line imo.
Things happen to the mc which I would describe as coercion, extortion, abduction, and sexual assault which stretches uncomfortably far into outright rape. All of this is later explained away and excused as water under the bridge and remembered fondly yadda yadda.

After this initial shockingly inappropriate section, this is pretty much just a well-executed run-of-the-mill paranormal romance brimming over with the MINEs and the MATEs.

The plot is decent but the main focus is always on the romance.

I am aware that there is an audience for the "says no but wants yes" and I am not judging. I understand how this might be problematic in reality especially if the dominant partner makes inappropriate assumptions but I am not a "full verbal consent to everything is the only way" kind of person. In books, I am fine with a lot of things that go quite far if, as a reader, it becomes clear that from the inside there is more consent going on than is obvious from the outside. I am babbling, you know what I mean...
No feminist leanings or anything over here.
Regardless, the first part of this book is quite fucked up not because of what happens but because of how it is portrayed.
I came to know quite a few rape victims because of the environment I lived in and have become intimately familiar with emotional scaring that still hurts just to think about even after more than a decade despite not being the one with the scars myself.
The first part of this book describes things with the potential to scar a person for life to the point of never being able to freely enjoy sexual intercourse again. It is all shrugged off just like that after the "mate" thing and true love become involved later on.
It comes close to some kind of rape scenes facilitated by some kind of lust potion just that in this case there is no potion and it is not a bad thing but somehow romantic instead.
Even tho I might have enjoyed the rest as a solid 3-star book I will not give them because that first part was a nogo for me. It just broke all suspension of disbelief for me.
As judgemental as this review might sound, as long as it stays in fiction, you do you. If you enjoy fantasies like this go along, I don't judge.
In the end, it's just a book and some people get enjoyment out of much worse fantasies I guess.
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omission | 118 other reviews | Oct 19, 2023 |
A barely-veiled rape fantasy. It's Outlander all over again. Just...no. Is there some sort of niche romance subgenre for women who like to fantasize about being abused by Scottish lairds?! I mean, honestly, I try not to yuck other people's yum, but this is ridiculous.
electrascaife | 23 other reviews | Oct 5, 2023 |



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