Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)

By Kresley Cole

Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased


Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness—until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.


Growing up in desperate poverty, Ellie Peirce yearned for a better life, never imagining she’d be convicted of murder—or that an evil immortal would abduct her from death row. But Lothaire is no savior, as he himself plans to sacrifice Ellie in one month’s time. And yet the vampire seems to ache for her touch, showering her with wealth and sexual pleasure. In a bid to save her soul, Ellie surrenders her body to the wicked vampire, while vowing to protect her heart.


Elizabeth tempts Lothaire beyond reason, as only his fated mate could. As the month draws to a close, he must choose between a millennia-old blood vendetta and his irresistible prisoner. Will Lothaire succumb to the miseries of his past . . . or risk everything for a future with her?

Goodreads Summary

I can hardly believe the Immortals After Dark series is up to twelve books now. Sure, there have been a couple of books in there that have made me wince a little, but for the most part I’ve had fun following this bizarre group of witches, vampires, Valkyries, demons, shifters and a whole host of other oddballs over the years. Cole has made them into a sort of warped family and other than the Valkyrie soothsayer Nix, there hasn’t been a more compelling character than the demented vampire Lothaire for me. On the scale of the past eleven books, this falls squarely on awesome.

The origins of Lothaire’s ruthless campaign to rule the Vampire Horde began when he was just a bastard child, turned out alongside his Dacian vampire mother with nothing more than the clothes on their backs by his father, the King. He was forced to listen to his mother being brutally killed after swearing to her that he’d find Dacia again and claim his place, kill his father and claim his Horde throne. In the centuries since then, he’s been tortured and been the torturer, becoming a coldly evil killer, willing to use anyone for anything.

His latest victim is Ellie Pierce, a young woman from Appalachia who’s possessed by a real bitch of a goddess named Saroya that Lothaire thinks is the Bride he needs to finally go after the Dacian and Horde thrones. Saroya is cursed to travel from body to body but in Ellie’s form, she can rule with him – if they can just get rid of Ellie. To do that, Lothaire needs to find a special ring, and until then, he has to put up with Ellie in her annoying, human state. She’s 100% hillbilly, pushy, mouthy and fearless.

There have been some very unlikely pairings in the IAD series, but this has to be one of the weirdest. Lothaire is barely sane half of the time since he absorbs the memories of the people he’s taken blood from. He’s mean, sarcastic, cruel (I’m running out of words to describe what a creep he is), but he’s also hilarious in his arrogance and inventive put-downs and breathtakingly sexy. I’m not kidding when I say this is probably the hottest book in the series – the afterglow could use some work, thanks to Lothaire – but oh my. Lothaire’s arrogance extends to his dirty mouth too.

Of course Lothaire is crazy, but Ellie has a little bit of a maniac in her too, to stand up to him the way she does. I suppose being in prison on death row for five years for murders Saroya’s committed would make her a little fatalistic on top of Lothaire telling her daily that he can’t wait to cast her soul out but she takes the Spunky Heroine to a new level. It was fun watching her challenge him and seeing him occasionally look at her like a new sort of bug he couldn’t figure out how to kill but obviously she was at her best when she made Lothaire question what he was doing with this endgame of his and if Saroya was really who he thought she was. My favorite part of the story was that even as Ellie and Lothaire were falling in love, he retained what made him…Lothaire. He’s never going to be the kind of person who grovels or even really apologizes but because of how he was made, his thought process is strangely romantic in a weird way. Or I could be crazy too. Take your pick.

I have a quibble – you know I had to have one or I wouldn’t be me, right? Half the time Ellie would sound like she was from Vermont or somewhere. The rest she’d be a nice thick blend of the Appalachian hillbilly Cole wrote her as and I swear, Ross Perot. Her sentences would be peppered with “yourn” and “fixin” and I was waiting for stories involving junebugs, manure and tobacco spit. I got that she came from a humble place pretty early in the book and Lothaire reminded of her of it all the time. There wasn’t a need for the “hillbilly” speech, especially when it didn’t get used consistently.

My Summary: Up until now, Bowen and Mariketa’s story had been my favorite but they never made me forget lunch and dinner like reading Lothaire did. I just love a dark, dangerous and irredeemable hero and he’s about as blackened as they come. He and Ellie made me fume, laugh, roll my eyes, fan myself and even cry a little. Cole’s world-building has been exquisite and it continues to pay off with books like this with a lead character I’ve been willing to wait eleven books for with an appearance by a character I’m willing to wait several more for (but I really hope I don’t have to!).

My Rating: A



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