Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Title: Dark Desires After Dusk
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark, #6
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: May 20, 2008
Pages: 368

Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past. A tormented warrior she should fear, but can't deny... Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch. Surrender to dark desires... Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs -- and claim his heart?  

“I want to go, but not alone with him! I don’t suppose you could hire someone less…” “Incredibly hot? With less lickable horns and a less sexy Sith Ifrican accent?”

 I went into DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK liking it quite a bit like the last few books, but came out frustrated and annoyed. I think I made it a little halfway before I started getting annoyed and I guess part of that is because I found the heroine incredibly annoying. It was an exhausting read and I think my expectations may have been raised a bit too high for this book because I didn't take into account that I may have wanted to strangle the heroine.

"Fate decides . . . who I can be most satisfied with." Nibbling her lip, she asked, "Have you slept with anyone else since you knew it was me?" "Gave a halfhearted try for a witch . . . she wanted a werewolf instead."

There was no getting around it--Holly was jealous of the witch. But then Cadeon said, "And I wanted you.” I adored Cadeon when he first appeared in Wicked Deeds on a Winter Night. I found him playful, exciting, fun and easy to talk to in a best friend kind of way. Cadeon had messed up badly with his brother and he is trying to make up for it and making up for it means losing her mated female right when he is finally able to be with her. It's heartbreaking, but Cadeon is at the point where is is constantly asking himself is he really going to make up his past mistakes to his brother by betraying the one woman that he loves?

Without looking up, she said, “Cadeon, a chance can’t be reduced from zero.” “Gods, I love it when you talk mathy to me.”

 And that one woman is the most dumbest and idiotic heroine's I've ever met. The main reason why I didn't enjoy this book so much is because of Holly. She is basically a geek. A so called smart woman who is a brainiac and gets caught into this immortal mess.It is very obvious that Cade and Holly are attracted to each other. Cade doesn't fight it, but Holly fights it for the longest time, but we are more than halfway through the book and she is still pushing him away. I understand pushing him away. And some of the arguments she got into with him is only something a nerd would argue about. I feel like the middle of this book was so boring.

“You dress her in a wet T-shirt and make her carry the bags? Damn, Cade, I like how you roll"

And Holly was the most uninteresting person ever! She is the definition of geeky and nerdy. Her so called sickness was a complete joke! I just didn't connect with the heroine this time. DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK was still pretty good, but it was just okay for me. The heroine really did ruin the book for me. I loved the dialogue and the amazing storyline as usual! How could I not? I am looking forward to the next Immortals After Dark book and hopefully it will make up for this one being not so great.


  1. Holly is a bit annoying, but I don't know, as a couple I felt like they fit. Cade balanced out her particular brand of crazy by being her opposite in so many ways, and I really enjoyed that. Great review!

  2. I put this book on hold so I could read Fifty Shades of Grey but I don't know if I could go back to it. I was bored with it and I was about almost half-way through the book. Holly was a bit annoy from the parts I'd already read. I really just want to get to Lothaire's book.

    1. Haha! It definitely isn't a favorite. The first book remains to be my only favorite and book 3 was pretty good. I didn't like the most recent ones I"ve read though. I hated Holly with great passion. So annoying! But yes! I'm trying to get to the end as well! ;))

  3. Great review! I really hated Holly too. She was so annoying. For me I attributed to the fact she's just "introduced" to the supernatural world so she has to go through this adjustment phase. I always find that kind of heroine too annoying. it's hard to find the balance for when the heroine should accept this new paranormal world. anyway, hope you like the later books!

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