I have to confess that, while I still greatly enjoy the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, I feel like introducing The Order was unnecessary and haven't enjoyed the storylines around it. With the latest installment, Macrieve, we get drama shaped by both The Order and Uilleam's past and prejudice. So overall I did enjoy Macrieve but I still don't like The Order's storylines.
When it was announced that Macrieve would feature one of the twins, I had hoped they would be the more laid back guys depicted in the early books of the series. This was definitely not so and, of course, reading the synopsis disabused me of that before I ever got my hands on the book.
In fact, Uilleam is seriously f'd up - understandably so given the pieces of his history that we see. However, his inability to understand why Chloe hesitates to trust him or depend on him after he treats her so horribly makes him come across as far less intelligent than he obviously is. Plus, his unwillingness to confront his past or to understand that he might not know everything there is to know about the succubus population simply because he has killed so many is a little baffling to me.
Chloe, on the other hand, rocked this novel. She is a fighter, stubbornly independent but at least willing to try to understand Uilleam's issues, and despite the seriously hard knocks life keeps throwing at her, she refuses to even acknowledge the possibility of defeat. Chloe is the kind of character Cole writes breathtakingly well and why I have enjoyed the series so much.
We also got to see a great deal more of Munro, the more levelheaded twin, and I enjoyed his character a great deal as well. He was genuinely happy for his brother and tried to help Chloe deal with being new to the Lore. Nix also made her inevitable appearance to set up Chloe and Uilleam - does anything happen in the Lore that Nix doesn't set up? - and we hear about previous characters but the Lykae from past books don't really make an appearance which is too bad.
If you haven't read the rest of the series, I think Macrieve would be very confusing but, if you have read the rest of the series, Macrieve is a solid addition - even if I'm still not enjoying The Order and subsequent storylines.
In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .
A Beast In Torment
Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.
A Beauty In Chains
Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.
A Full Moon On The Rise
With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?