Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Reviewed by Jen

I read a lot. So much so that it makes my husband angry and my friends tease me. I tell you this so you know I mean business when I say Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other is one of the best Paranormal Romance books I have ever read.  The story centers around Lykae king Lachlain MacRieve. At the start of the book, he is chained in the pits of hell (for lack of a better word) and has been burning to near-death and resurrecting for hundreds of years. But then he scents his fated mated above ground. He busts free and finds her… only to discover she is part vampire. Lachlain hates the vampires, though, since they chained him that fiery prison and all….

Anyway, Emma is sweet, timid and not at all worldly.  An innocent in just about every way. Lachlain kidnaps her and uses her to help him acclimate to the new era he’s facing.  He pushes the envelope of a sexual relationship with her… and slowly begins to form an emotional relationship as well.

Emma helps Lachlain journey back to his home in Scotland. (His accent is to die for, BTW.)  And he reunites with his people he hasn’t seen in centuries. While all this is happening, bad-guy vamps are trying to kidnap Emma.  It creates lots of drama and sets up a great twist at the end.

I want to acknowledge that I have heard some people complain that they felt Lachlain was too dominant, that they felt like he was forcing Emma to be with him physically, especially in the early parts of the book.  I felt like his self-control was tenuous, but their connection was undeniable.  I think it pushed the envelope, but for me, it didn’t cross the line.  Lachlain is a great tortured hero, and those always resonate with me.

The world of the “Lore” that Kresley Cole establishes is unique and so easy to lose yourself in. The events in this book integrate seamlessly into other books in the series. I can’t recommend the Immortals After Dark books enough. And this is the book that made me fall in love with them all.

I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could.

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A Hunger Like No Other
by Kresley Cole
Release Date: March 28, 2006
Publisher: Pocket Star


  1. Kresley Cole is the best!

  2. This is one of the best PNR series out there. I even like it better than BDB. Oh yeah, give me Cole any day..

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been reading this book over and over and I must say that I can’t stand Emma. I’ve grown to hate her, and I started to like Cass. She should be with Lachlain, but then the story would be ruined I guess. I can’t wait for Cassandra’s book.

  4. This is great! Thanks for the heads up! I was just looking for my copy of this and I couldn’t find it anywhere and now I can get it back! Oh, can I LOVE this series any more?

    Irene Jennings (Condo Las Vegas)

  5. I just got an email recomending this series from RHBs – thanks, I like the sound of it. Will download first one x

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Yay! These are so much fun.

      • Just finished this one on holiday and really liked it. The world building is good and I like Lachlain, his history and his home a lot. It was a bit full-on how he basically forced Emma to be with him but instead of wanting her to escape, I wanted her to take control. Another reviewer said they hated her, I almost did. Stupid painted underwear at 1k a pop. C’mon! Valkyries seem pretty dumb. I wanted her to come out of her shell and take over and just DO him. (Seriously, couldn’t get her hand around his girth, um, wow.) But even with what happened at the end I didn’t feel this happened. Am in two minds about buying the next but it seems people love the series.

        • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

          I loved this one, but not everyone did for some of the reasons you describe, especially the questionable consent. Let me know if you stick with the series. There are some really good books there!

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