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Lothaire

Lothaire

Written by Kresley Cole

Narrated by Robert Petkoff


Lothaire

Written by Kresley Cole

Narrated by Robert Petkoff

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4.5/5 (84 ratings)
Length:
16 hours
Released:
Jan 10, 2012
ISBN:
9781442340961
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Audiobook

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Description

New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole continues her Immortals After Dark series filled "with kick-butt action and scorching passion" (Romantic Times)! Available simultaneously in hardcover and on audio for the first time ever!

From the humblest of beginnings a millennia ago, Lothaire the Enemy of Old rose to power, becoming the most feared and evil vampire in the immortal world. Driven by his past, he will not rest until he captures the vampire Horde's crown for himself. The discovery of his Bride, the female meant only for him, threatens to derail his plot.

Elizabeth Peirce is a mere mortal, a glaring vulnerability for a male with so many deadly foes bent on annihilating anything he desires. Yet soon he discovers his Bride's secret. A magnificent power dwells inside the fragile human, one that will aid his quest. But to possess that power, he will have to destroy her. Will Lothaire succumb to the torments of his past, or seize a future with her?
Released:
Jan 10, 2012
ISBN:
9781442340961
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. Her books have been translated into over twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the US and abroad. Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. She lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals,” and spends any free time traveling. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole. Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (KresleyCole.com/Newsletter).

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  • (3/5)
    Good, but it's slightly too long due it being somewhat predictable. The few short scenes with Nucking Futs Nix make it all worth while, though.
  • (4/5)
    I am giving it four stars, but the real rating is more like three and a half.

    I was incredibly excited about Lothaire's story, but I was a bit let down by the time I finished reading it. I think Kresley Cole must've had this idea that the Enemy of Old could rise to the occasion and be the guy his Bride needed him to be. It backfired. He was arrogant, cocky, not the least bit attractive and sometimes he was just plain cruel and mean. Ellie on the other hand was INCREDIBLE! She was amazing from head to toe, beginning to end. She had spice, spunk, a backbone and she was just plain good. Maybe that was the contrast we were supposed to see: they are complete opposites and they attract.

    The relationship was very, very well written. Plenty of chemistry to go round, and this one of the most sexual books so far. World building and plot just keep getting better and better with each book that comes out. Can't wait for more!
  • (5/5)
    Another great read in IAD series. I have not read all the books, or in order, and I still enjoyed this story. Lothaire & Ellie has many hurdles to overcome before they got their HEA. I enjoyed the many characters in this story, especially Nix. She is the one in all these books that I can’t wait to figure her out. I’ looking forward to reading more books in this fabulous series. I enjoyed the narration in this audible presentation.
  • (5/5)
    love it ready to read the next book yay ?
  • (5/5)
    Wow! My new favorite in the IAD series.

    Ellie is my favorite character of memory. She's stubborn, strong-willed, lusty with no remorse, and loyal as all get out.

    While Lothaire The Enemy of Old is the most feared vampire of the Lore. He's clueless when it comes to females. Which promises a rocky journey to happiness.
  • (5/5)
    LOVED IT! My Favorite Book of all time and hearing Robert Petkoff was so sexy!!! He has a very hot and sexy voice, one which will make you want to keep listening to it again and again!!
  • (5/5)
    He's such a sassy vampire
  • (4/5)
    EXCELLENT!

    The man cut out his heart and sent it to his bride... in return, she cut off her middle finger and literally gave him the bird. You have to love that level of dysfunction!!

    I've hated Lothaire throughout this whole series, and I can NOT believe that I understand and (almost) like him now. All hail Kresley... queen of the turnaround!
  • (4/5)
    Lothaire
    4 Stars

    An entertaining addition to the IAD series although there are some irritating elements.

    What can one say about Lothaire? He's magnificent yet evil, cunning and intelligent yet ruthless and cold-blooded. Since the beginning of the series, he has been the most intriguing of all Loreans and we finally get his backstory and explanations for his behavior.

    The Saroya/Ellie storyline is interesting but not as intense as it could have been. In contrast, the revelations in the overall story arc are compelling, especially the insights into Nix's machinations, and the introduction of the Dacians.

    The romance has its ups and downs. Ellie is a wonderful heroine, feisty and courageous with a stubborn streak that drives Lothaire round the twist. There are one or two moments when she could have had more backbone but all in all, she gives Lothaire a run for his money and it is fun to see him so confounded.

    The biggest problem, however, is that despite his infatuation with her, Lothaire views Ellie as inferior and unworthy of his attentions for much of the book. He even wishes his Bride were someone else. Moreover, he constantly belittles and dictates to her and even turns her into a vampire against her will. Yes, he ultimately learns to love and accept her but the timing is problematic why couldn't he have accepted her as she was before changing her?

    The secondary cast are intriguing and we will hopefully see more of Thaddeus, Balery and Nix, not to mention Furie and Kristoff as well as Lothaire's Dacian cousins. Lots to look forward to in future installments.
  • (5/5)
    omg! I loved the sarcastic humor in this one... LEO,...lol. Its great when an author really shakes you up.
  • (4/5)
    Re-reading in prep for Shadow Claim.

    I love this series, and that said... it was great, just not as great as some of the others. This is a total judgement compared to her other books in this series. I just didn't get the chemistry as with some of the others, with them as it ran so hot/cold and there was a loll in the story where I was just trying to get to the next interesting/exciting bit. Other than those complaints, it truly was great 4 1/2 if I could have a half star. The end made the whole story more than worth it any loll. It was one of the absolute best endings with lots in the air, woo hoo! More books to come.
  • (3/5)
    Kresley Cole is a master at interweaving her book story lines together. This one is no exception and it leaves the door open for more intrigue in the Lore for the next installments. However, this is a long book and the plot does get a little tiresome and the 3 chapter sex scenes get boring. Yes, 3 chapters for one go! I had really looked forward to reading Lothaire's story and his background is interesting, but he is quite the prat. I expected him to be strong and bullheaded but not quite so selfish. It does make sense that he would be though given his background. He seems to change and get his act together very quickly, but that's how romances usually go. All in all, it's a very typical Cole romance.
  • (5/5)
    Kresley Cole never fails to amaze me.
    As a reader I'm in love with this plot- I mean The leading male is rough, tough, mean, and how so sexy. Secretly romantic in one of the most outrageous ways I have ever read.

    The leading female- A hillbilly mountain woman- she has a mouth that can run circles around him and knows how to set him off in the most amazing ways.

    As a writer- I'm in awe of her ability to take something like a vampire and a human and twist their world and their minds into such a state that when it comes right down to it I never saw it coming.

    If you like darker romance with a heavy dose of love, lust, and twisted...this is your book.
  • (4/5)
    I love how Ms. Cole keeps Lothaire the anti-hero while giving him a soft side. I adore Elizabeth, she is a bit of a hokie but she is strong and I love that she everything Lothaire never imagined for his mate.

    I hate that demon thing inside her, this book starts out crazy. I like the interaction between Lothaire and Elizabeth, not so much that demon thing.

    I did think the ending was a bit too big red bow. Everything worked out so smooth and perfect, just seemed too easy.
  • (5/5)
    I was torn -- how could the Enemy of Old be a hero? I shouldn't have doubted. Lothaire is every bit as wonderful as her other Immortals After Dark novels. Lothaire is arrogant and driven, but Elizabeth is so tough, and ornery she goes toe-to-toe with the bad boy. I did wish I hadn't read the very last scene, but only because Kresley leaves us hanging with the action plot after wrapping the Romance up into pretty little bows and I want the next book now!
  • (5/5)
    Ahhhh!!!! Fantastic story. Probably the best in the series.

    I LOVE how Elizabeth handles him throughout the story. Always somehow half a step ahead of him. Only as in true relationships, communication is the key. And they both think they know best.

    Perfect.

    So... Kristof is next? I wonder... and wouldn't it be funny if Lothaire's cousin is his bride? lol
  • (4/5)
    Possessed by an ancient, bloodthirsty, and completely virginal goddess, Ellie Pierce keeps waking up covered in blood and body parts. Condemned and scheduled for an execution she has no intent of appealing, she's rescued at the eleventh hour by her possessor's Blooded mate, the red-eyed vampire Lothaire. Trapped in his New York apartment, Ellie's only hope of thwarting Lothaire's plan to sacrifice her sole so his mate can take her body permanently, is making him like - no, LOVE - her. Making Lothaire, the Enemy of Old, likable may have been Cole's biggest challenge to date. Not my favorite in the series, but Ellie is a hoot.
  • (5/5)
    I know I've read this story before, kidnapped heroine falls for her captor, but everything was so perfect it all felt new. Lothaire is evil and I'm glad he stayed evil till the end. I'm surprised at how much I liked Ellie. Even though she was a human she was perfect for Lothaire. Nix had some vaulnerable moments here and I hope she gets a HEA soon. New vampires were introduced and the next book was set up, can't wait to see what happens next.
  • (4/5)
    Considering this was Lothaire's book I was expecting something a lot better. Still, it wasn't bad but the whole crazy scenario of Ellie, this hillbilly from West Virginia and sophisticated killer Lothaire hooking up together, well I can't help wondering if the author was just pulling a big joke on her audience - Lothaire himself. Clever. Overall, I enjoyed it and there were definitely some hot moments, but not what I expected. My first audio in the IAD series, a new experience for me, and not the last.
  • (5/5)
    A roller coaster of a read. I loved it. I am so thoroughly satisfied with all of the Immortals After Dark series and this was just more icing on that cake. I have to say that I had read a few reviews for this book and some of the descriptions about his mate really had me worried that I wouldn't like her. I shouldn't have worried...this is Kresley Cole after-all. What a perfect match, ultimately! I could read this again, right now.
  • (4/5)
    So what can be said about Lothaire? This is one of the stories that twist and turn over and under and round and round. I guess that is appropriate for Lothaire since he has manipulated others’ lives over the centuries. I had hoped that Lothaire would find someone that would keep him on his toes. He finds that and so much more. Elizabeth is smart and quick thinking on her feet. She is beautiful and spirited as well as practical as so many country people have learned to be. She has never had much but she has dreamed of a better life than her mother and other relatives have had. She has worked to put herself through college and done a job while she was there. She is determined and stubborn to a fault. That is probably one of the things that save her life after Saroya takes up residence in Elizabeth’s body. I had to chuckle that Lothaire thought he deserved a goddess as his Bride. He is so very arrogant and so sure of his self. He learns the hard way that things aren’t what they seem. When he learns that he hasn’t been betrayed by Elizabeth or Nix is worth the whole book. I am sure that his insanity has made him miss more than one indicator that things aren’t what they seem to be. There are so many wonderful characters in this book. We get to see more of Thad (half vampire/half phantom), he is such a gentleman and so determined to befriend Lothaire. We see the Hag again and learn that her name is Balery and we also learn some of her history.Lothaire has been around for centuries and is on the verge of insanity. He has made so many enemies that he is paranoid as well as insane. The one thing that has saved him is that he finds his Bride. I was amazed how much Elizabeth settled him the longer she was with him. I am not sure is really evil just drifting toward the line of crazy that has others in an asylum. He has been betrayed so many times that he trusts no one and he makes Elizabeth’s life miserable for a time because of that paranoia. Lothaire's other problem is that he is very handsome and he knows it. This makes him way too cocky. So sure that he can have any woman that he meets he never develops any social skills were woman are concerned. It was entertaining when he realized that Elizabeth was really his Bride not Saroya. I was glad that Elizabeth was able to turn Lothaire off the path that he had been heading down. She shows him what happiness and caring is.Elizabeth is one of those people that gets mad and does things that she regrets later. She can’t think when she is angry. She is also naive about men and how to handle them. There is also very little compromise in either Lothaire or her. I loved that Elizabeth was able to surprise Lothaire. She kept him off balance and wondering what the heck happened to him. She is also very passionate, even before Lothaire finds a way to change her into a vampire female. It is amazing how hot these two are when they finally get together. They burn up the pages with each and every encounter.This book is longer than any of the others of course there is more going on. There are also a number of plots that were not solved in this story. It will be interesting to see what happens to La Dorada. I hope that Nix finds a way to deal with her. There is also the problem of Commander Webb and what has become of him. Melanthe is still missing. The Valkyrie is still looking for Fury. We have gotten a clear idea of what Thad’s powers are just a lot of people looking scare when they find out what he is. Finally there is what Lothaire is going to do about Emma and Kristoff. So I guess I better go off and start the next book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this story and pretty much read it straight through. Not your typical romance since Lothaire treats Elizabeth pretty bad for the first part of the story. However, watching him redeem himself was truly lovely. He was a very different character since he was slightly insane. Elizabeth was amazing and very well developed. You also can't help but love her family when they prove how much they love her. Lots of great dialogue which made me really feel like I got to know the characters. Super steamy and a very interesting story. Guest visits from some of my favorite characters were entertaining.
  • (4/5)
    LOTHAIRE is Just about everything I could have wanted in a Paranormal Romance. Risky, interesting, fresh and engaging, Cole tackles some very difficult subnet matter without ever betraying her characters or the over all tone of the series. LOTHAIRE is only one star short as I don't think I'll re-read it (though only time will tell). I do know that I will fondly remember the this tangled hero, his spunky mountain Bride, and their mo holds barred courtship.
  • (4/5)
    This being my second book reading about vampires (the other being Dracula,) I really liked it! I thought the plot was wonderful, in how Lothaire evolved to seeing love and logic above vengeance and hate. The book seemed like 98.239949% sex and 1.760051% story, so I think it could have been more interesting/ benefitted from more story. Other than that, the book got me acquainted with creatures of fantasy and folklore, and how interesting their lives can be.
  • (4/5)
    I love Kresley Cole. I've gobbled up the whole Immortals After Dark series, constantly amazed by all the things she does right. I think Lothaire was a wobbly book, maybe more failure than success, but Kresley Cole's brilliance is still on high display. The woman could teach a master class on conflict, for example. Lothaire hates humans - yet his Bride is human. He's so unwilling to accept this horror that he spends most of the book bent on destroying Elizabeth's soul so that the evil goddess possessing her - Soraya - can take permanent possession of her body.

    Personally, I love it when the bad guy of a series turns into the hero of his own book. But Lothaire is pretty darn evil, and Cole tries to cheat her way through a big chunk of the romance. At the beginning of the book, Lothaire interrupts a suicide attempt (Elizabeth thinks suicide is the only way to stop Soraya's murderous rampages) and guarantees Elizabeth a cell on death row. He ignores her for years, returning only when she's on the table to receive her lethal injection, at which point he kidnaps her and expects her to sit tight while he puts the final touches on his plan to kill her.

    These are the circumstances - hostage situation, threat of death - under which an intense, blue-fire sexual attraction flares up between the two of them. Elizabeth is Lothaire's Bride, see, so even though she hates him she can't help responding to him sexually. Ditto Lothaire. He's chomping at the bit to kill Elizabeth, he'd rather not be attracted to her, but it's out of his control.

    Cole gives us examples of Elizabeth and Lothaire connecting on multiple levels - Lothaire admires Elizabeth's cunning, her intelligence, her mettle. Elizabeth admires Lothaire's looks, his fearlessness, and she responds to his rare moments of vulnerability. I believed they would fall in love...eventually. But this slow build is drowned out by frequent, intense scenes of sexuality. When Lothaire and Elizabeth start thinking that they're in love, to me it seemed like they were misreading simple infatuation.

    To her credit, Cole tries to make Lothaire fall in love without destroying the core of his personality. He's the Enemy of Old and Cole tries to keep him more or less Evil. I admire this decision, but the truth is...it's hard to find a really evil guy romantic. When I think of other evil or evilish heros I've fallen for, they had their own version of a moral code, and they'd crown cruel as a function of circumstances or perceived necessity. Lothaire has no code and he actually delights in the pain of others. He's evil for kicks.

    He's also pretty darn high-handed toward his Bride. He exhibits all kinds of classic abuser signs - like insisting that Elizabeth doesn't need any friends or family outside of himself. Yes, the brief but climactic conclusion is supposed to prove that Lothaire has seen the light and changed his tune, but to me that seemed like the START of a necessary reform, not time for a HEA Which probably explains why even though I ultimately found Lothaire's devotion to Elizabeth pretty believable...I never understood why Elizabeth fell for Lothaire in return. She's smart, sassy, and strong. She's too smart to fall for a guy who hurts her over and over again.

    So yeah, this is a close but no cigar book for me. I'm giving it four stars because I'm still a huge fan of Kresley Cole & will keep reading new books from her.
  • (4/5)
    Lothaire started out as one of my least favorite of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, and ended as one of the best. I say I did not like the beginning because I just could not get into Saroya’s character (she is a goddess who makes a home inside Ellie, causes her to do horrible things, and effectively confuses Lothaire into thinking that she is his bride, not Ellie). I really just wanted Saroya gone and Ellie to face this journey alone. Nevertheless, she does overtake Saroya and proves to be, I believe, Cole’s most interesting character to date. I love that she is a loyal, fierce, and strong woman who does not abandon her principals when she falls in love. She goes toe to toe with Lothaire, both mentally and physically. She is hilarious, witty, and just an all-around fascinating character.

    The transformation that Lothaire goes through is also another reason why I loved this story. He has lived for thousands of years being emotionally dead and power-driven. Haughty is too nice of a description for his ego as well. But Elizabeth (Ellie) changes all this. Her love brings him happiness for the first time and he eventually comes to understand how this emotion has the power to change goals. In this novel, the woman does not change for the man, the man changes for his woman.

    Other than the main storyline and plot, the reader is privy to other behind the scenes happenings as well. We finally gain insight into Nix (and learn her real name!!—it wasn’t mentioned before, was it?), find out that one of her sisters is held hostage under the ocean and understand more about Hag and Declan Chase. All around…this is a great read!!
  • (5/5)
    Long-awaited book in a popular series. Similar to the Dark Highlander from Karen Marie Moning in that it features a potentially twisted character. The book is trying to make him into a somewhat normal hero who can be tamed by a woman.
  • (5/5)
    What do you do with a millennia old vampire who is arrogant, stubborn, bat-crap crazy, feared by all, and a colossal asshat? If you’re Kresley Cole, you give him his own book that is a fun, naughty, fast-paced, and long-awaited addition to the Immortals After Dark series.For millennia, Lothaire’s life plan has been simple: avenge his mother’s death, take his place as King over two kingdoms, and have his Bride by his side to rule together for all eternity. Without fail Lothaire has plotted, savagely killed, and bargained his way toward his goal. In fact, it is his single-minded determination to achieve his goals that has earned Lothaire the name, The Enemy of Old. The culmination of centuries of work is at hand and for the taking if Lothaire can only figure out how to get rid of Ellie Pierce and release his Bride. As you might expect, Ellie is so not OK with this plan. Ellie Peirce is a kind hearted, stubborn, intelligent hillbilly who has had the great misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, repeatedly. To date Ellie’s bad timing has landed her in a state of possession (literally), on death row for a series of grisly murders, and the object of Lothaire’s unwavering attention. Lothaire marks the eleventh addition to Cole’s wildly popular Immortals After Dark series and as a longtime fan I freely admit I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with Lothaire and think most fans of the series will enjoy what Cole has created with this character. As you well know, Lothaire has always been a part of the Immortals After Dark series and has made appearances in nearly every novel; to be fair, until recently, his appearances have generally been quite brief and offered the reader little insight into his character and/or motivations. It would have been quite easy for Cole to simply write off Lothaire as a minor character. Instead, she took him to the next level with a fully developed backstory that fits seamlessly into the fabric of the Immortals After Dark series as a whole. Lothaire and Ellie’s story is one of madness, violence, extreme passion, surprise, and the understanding that even one as old as Lothaire simply can’t fight destiny. Well played Kresely Cole, well played!This novel reads like a roller coaster ride with tons of action, appearances by the Valkyrie (Regin is better than ever!), a ginormous butt load of steamy sex, and a plot line that is worthy of the Enemy of Old! I read this book in record time and am so stoked to see that it not only completely answers all the previously unanswered questions about Lothaire but also establishes him as a solid character that is surely going to play a vital part in the continuation of this series. And continue, it will! Cole made it abundantly clear that she is not done with the Lore and the Accession is just getting started.
  • (5/5)
    Kresley Cole once again has created an amazing book! She is such a talented writer. In this book you learn a lot about the loved Character Lothaire. Where the hatred within him comes from, why he is so ruthless and evil. He finds his mate but she is possessed by the the Goddess Saroya. So is his mate the mortal or the goddess? I highly recommend this book and I hope you guys love it as much as I did!
  • (3/5)
    Meh. Ellie was a fairly decent heroine, but Lothaire really left something to be desired as the hero. He didn't seem to grow as a character until the last twenty pages or so and even then he was still a pompous ass. Plus the sex scenes were a little too close to Stockholm for my taste.Cole's usual crazy humor was missing as well, but I got the sense that some of the overarching plot lines (Nix's) will be coming to head in the next few books.