Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #5
Published by Pocket, Simon & Schuster on April 29, 2008
Also by this author: A Hunger Like No other, No Rest For The Wicked, Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
A RAVEN-HAIRED TEMPTRESS OF THE DARK...
Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers -- until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.
A VAMPIRE WARRIOR CONSUMED BY MADNESS...
To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth's brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own.
HOW FAR WILL HE GO TO CLAIM HER?
Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?
Conrad Wroth has gone completely mad. Drinking from the vein for three centuries, the memories he acquired from his victims are plaguing him, driving him to complete insanity. But his three brothers are determined to bring him back using all possible means. They kidnapped and locked him up in an abandoned mansion they bought, keeping him sedated until recovery. Except that this mansion isn’t really abandoned. Néomie, ghost of a 1920’s ballerina is still roaming her former home. Only Conrad can see her… or is she another of his hallucinations?
I’m a huge fan of the Immortals After Dark series and this book once again delivered. I have to admit I liked Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night more, but it’s really hard to top and I truly enjoyed every single page of Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. At some point in the book, Conrad and Néomie watched Romeo & Juliet together and there are many similarities between both stories. Conrad is a vampire turned against his will, full of hatred, working as a killer for hire and collecting enemies. He is also barely holding onto his sanity. He then meets Néomie. She’s a ghost who’s been locked in her mansion for more than 80 years and her only entertainment is the newspaper, if she can reach to grab it in her driveway. She also has a thing for pickpocketing. In life she was a former burlesque dancer, turned ballerina and she was very successful until her ex-boyfriend stabbed her to death in the home she just purchased by herself (quite a deed for a woman in the 20s). To say Néomie and Conrad clash together would be an understatement. They can’t help but be strangely attracted to each other though and I really enjoyed watching them together. How can you be with someone when your not even corporal? Their path was mesmerizing, full of obstacles and oh so tragic. I got teary-eyed on more than one occasion and I was wondering the entire time how they would deal with the latest blow.
I was really happy to see other familiar faces as well, including all Wroth brothers, the Woede brothers, but especially Nix, Mariketa and Bowen. All characters are so colorful and unique, you can’t help but care for every single one of them. I can only raise my metaphorical hat to Kresley Cole.
The pace was a bit slower at the beginning because Conrad wasn’t very lucid and he thought Néomie wasn’t real, but seeing them come together was worth the wait. Things speed-up quickly after that, unrevealing an insane series of events.
I was satisfied by the end even though my curiosity always craves for more. I’m sure the tidbits revealed in the following books will sate me. I’m anxious to read the next book, but I’ll wait a few weeks before I read it because I want to make the pleasure last!
I say this at the end of each Immortals After Dark review, but if you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for?? You MUST read it, for your own sake!