11 Feb '13
A Vicky Review – Immortal Craving by Kendra Leigh Castle (4 Stars)
The last-and most lethal-of his kind . . .
Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.
The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay’s gentle touch can subdue Tasmin’s inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?
I will admit straight off that I didn’t realise this was the 4th book in the series – it was only part way through the book that I got the impression that I had missed a lot that I checked and realised why. I’m not saying this book can’t be read as a standalone – it totally can, but I’m sure you would probably get more from the story if you’ve read the rest of the series first. I had no problems following the story and appreciated that the references to past events weren’t too in depth or cryptic, they just helped things make sense and also make me want to read the previous books.
Bay was interesting: At times I thought she was a bit ‘woe me’ but then she would give herself a talking to and realise that she was being unfair – I liked that about her character. We got to see that she felt sorry for herself and that she thought she was being left behind and losing her best friend but then she would try and talk herself out of feeling that way – I know I’ve done that so many times over different things, it was something I could relate to. It was obvious that she cared about her friends a lot and just wanted what was best for everyone. I did prefer her character later in the story – she was a bit more fiery that she was when we first meet her but she hadn’t changed to much, you could still see her vulnerable side.
Tasmin is a contradiction to me – when we first met him he was a total arse. I didn’t like his character at all but I had a hope that he would be one of those heroes that you slowly get to see this sweet side to them and happily Tasmin didn’t disappoint on that front. To wake up and find that you are the last of your kind must be very difficult to process and then to discover that you also have a demon to contend with is just going to make a bad day 10 times worse. The way that he acts with Bay really showed the type of person he truly was and that the rest was most likely a front to protect himself.
I loved Lily’s character. She had a controlled power that she tried to keep hidden behind a calm facade in order to protect everyone but it was clear that she would do whatever it took to keep her friend safe. She had a difficult task navigating the political implications of any action but she knew what had to be done in the end and wanted to change things for the better for everyone. But she still had the normal side to her where she wanted a night on the sofa with her best friend watching TV and just relaxing, even if it was something that seemed to be taking a back seat to her other duties.
I want a Newfoundland – Grimm is a fantastic! He had such character and knew how to work everyone to get the most affection, typical dog, lol.
Even though there were some predictable plot points they didn’t detract from the story and I was still surprised at times as well as entertained by the funny moments. All in all this is a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed.