Book Review – Lothaire by Kresley Cole PLUS Signed Book Giveaway!!

by Maryse on January 20, 2012 · 57 comments

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WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!!! –> Congratulations Sarah F! You win my third and final giveaway of Kresley Cole’s signed Lothaire book (signed by Lothaire and Kresley)!!


Yet again, another Kresley Cole book that I LOVED! And noooooo! I know what you might be thinking’! Nuh uh! I’m not being all biased ’cause I saw, and sorta hugged on the author and vampire up close, in real life and all. *blush*

Okay, well… I mean, I do admit I didn’t have to struggle to imagine Lothaire in my head. It  does help my attention span when the “hero” (or in this case, villain/potential hero) is *real* to me. Where I can perfectly visualize everyone of his expressions, from the dark stare,  to the the humor in his eyes, as he loosens up in his personal life. And in this case, Lothaire couldn’t have been clearer. I must thank Kresley for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy Lothaire in all of his splendor! Y’all rocked my reading experience!!

But what I loved about this book is it tickled my “Alpha-bone”. OMG is Lothaire EVER an alpha. Oh and he was such a grrrrrrrrrrrrrr infuriating male right from the start. Obnoxiously haughty, unapologetically insulting, perfectly evil, and sexy as all get-out! Oh wait. Why in the heck do I find an infuriating bossy alpha sexy? I still haven’t figured it out, but such is life. Book life that is. THAT is what I seem to love in a hero these days. I love to hate him, and I love to discover him, and I love to see him live, learn and love back. And this one was all that!

Because you see, Lothaire had two women in his life. One that he believed was “worthy” of his evil-ass, because she was just as evil, and the plus. She was a vampire goddess (Saroya). Unfortunately, her issue was that she was “cursed” (yah, you can’t be evil without someone cursing you eventually). Because of the curse, she lost her own body and was forced to exist as an energy-spirit sort of woman, inhabiting humans to become “real”. And that was the other woman in his life. Elizabeth. The bane of his existence… the woman his evil “girlfriend” possessed. Elizabeth. Redneck mountain girl lacking education, living in poverty amongst her family and loving her barefooted life. Living the complete opposite of Lothaire’s privileged existence. A mere mortal. And human. ICK!

“But if you try to harm yourself – and therefore my female – again, I will punish you beyond imagining. Do you understand me?”

“Your female? I’m not yours!”

“I wouldn’t have you.” He narrowed those red eyes. “The glorious being who lives within you, however…”

But Elizabeth was exceptionally quick-witted, intelligent and strong willed and this human would NOT be bested by her internal captor. She fought Saroya tooth-and-nail and fully lived in her own body as long as she was awake. Driving Lothaire absolutely crazy in the process! Hehe.

Of all the mortals Saroya has possessed, Elizabeth was the prettiest, the youngest – and the strongest. Saroya had difficulty rising to take control unless the girl was asleep or weakened in some way.

A first. Saroya gave a sigh. Elizabeth should consider it an honor to be the form to Saroya’s essence, the flesh and blood temple housing her godly vampiric spirit.

Saroya peered down at her stolen body. Instead she’d had to fight Elizabeth for possession, was still fighting her.

But Lothaire, being the jerk he is, drove her crazy in return. And you know what happens when two hot people can’t stand each other right? Yep!! Sexual tension!! Lots of it, but not eye-rollingly so (while being one of the steamiest books I’ve ever read). They have a lot of work to do to get past each other’s differences and deal with the hand that has been dealt. And in the process, of course, there is self-discovery. Lothaire may have a life-plan (eternal as it is, he still has goals – revenge and world domination), but having a human possessed by a vampire goddess, in his life, is sure throwing a monkey wrench in his world. Since meeting Saroya/Elizabeth that one fateful night, he’s been “blooded”, his heart is beating once again, he has passion and drive, now that he has finally discovered his “Bride”, but how to handle the other woman in his life?

“A bride is a vampire’s mate, the female meant only for him. Saroya is mine.”

Ellie processed this information – keep an open mind – then asked, “How do you know she is?”

He tilted his head in that appraising way, as if considering the pros and cons of answering her. “She blooded me.” At her questioning look, he said, “Each adult male vampire walks as the living dead until he finds his mate and she bloods him, rings him back to life. Saroya made my heart beat again, made my lungs take breath.” In a husky tone, he added, “Among other things.”

“How do you know it’s not me who’s… blooded you?”


Woooooohooooo!!!! One of the best in the series, so far. Maybe, dare I say, the best one yet! Enemies and foes, thwarted plans, and immortal surprises! You get it all, in this one, PLUS!!! The Valkyries. And Nix. Need I say more?

4 stars!

Interested in the series? Check out the reading order guide here —> Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark

Now for the giveaway:

For this post, I am giving away ONE signed copy of Lothaire to one randomly selected lucky winner. It is the THIRD and final copy – signed by both Kresley Cole AND Lothaire (Paul Marron).

How to enter for a chance to win a copy?

Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 22 2012 (8pm, USA EST) and shortly after (approx) 10pm EST, I’ll randomly select one lucky winner among all the commenters, and I will list the winner at the top of this post (and attempt to contact you by email).

The winner will be contacted and will have 24hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance.

Here’s a suggestion. If you want to enter to win the book, you may also pre-send me your mailing address, by email, in case you do win. In a couple of my past giveaways, there were some issues with getting the mailing address on time, so to avoid this, if I pick your name, and I already have your address, then all is good. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee G January 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Would love to read this.

angie January 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Leaving a post for a hot book. Hope I can win!!!!!!

Angi Johnson January 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Would LOVE to win the last signed Lothaire <3

Jessika January 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

OMG! just seeing this has made my day! It would be awesome to win it! (:

Marcie Mendez January 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Please…please…I want the last copy, pick me!

patricia January 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other…Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever”

Dave Matthews Band quotes

P.S I am pulling out the big guns and hoping I will win

Sarah Ellis January 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Ooh! I can’t wait to read this one. I am such an alpha junkie! Oh, and a signed copy would be quite nice. :)

Becky K. January 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Love your I’m even more amped to read it.

Keisha Talley January 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Would love to win, this is a great series

Shavaun January 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Hopefully third times the charm!!! Keeping my fingers crossed that I win!! Thanks for this opportunity…

infinitieh January 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Can’t wait to read this!

Still very jealous of your meeting Kresley and Paul… :)

Dana January 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Just finished the book tonight! I loved it!!

melissa johnson January 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I would love to win this! I need something to keep me happy after I’m done with Fifty.

Karen January 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Looking forward to reading Lothaires book! thanks for the chance to win it!

Jessica January 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM

I am at 84% and loving it! He is infuriating but sooooo hot! Hope I win the book.

Sarah F January 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Loving your experience meeting the author AND the cover model! This book would look great in my display cabinet! ;)

Traci Bedard January 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I loved this book! I think it was my favorite of the series. Think I’ll have to get the audio book so I can listen to it too.

Christine January 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM

This book was one of the better ones!!

Jimi January 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

You know I need it! LOL Still haven’t read it but I need too! :)

SandraE January 21, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Finished it a couple of days ago, loved it. I think I’m going to reread it after Fifty :) I really want this book, keeping my fingers crossed :)

Susie Branum January 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

OH Please please please let me be lucky this time!! :-)

Rebecca Espinoza January 21, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Please pick me!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Katie January 21, 2012 at 1:31 AM

I totally love this series!!

samantha dacier January 21, 2012 at 1:33 AM

ONE MORE CHANCE!!! YAY! Great review ! I loved it also!!

bn100 January 21, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Thanks for the giveaway.

Erin Janus January 21, 2012 at 2:38 AM

I would love to win a copy of this book! Sooooo good.

Jayme January 21, 2012 at 5:22 AM

I absolutely LOVED this book as well..definitely one of the best in the series. BTW thanks for this awesome blog…love it!

rayna January 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM

wow! can’t wait to read this!! and i could literally stare at the cover of that book for hours….:-)

GLORIA BIDMEAD January 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I absolutely loved your review! Made me crack up!! Love your blog :)

Kelli January 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Excited to get a second chance at this book!! :)

April January 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I want this book!! Used to love to hate Lothaire, now I love to Love Lothaire!!! Pick ME!!!!

Tara January 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Would love to get my hands on a signed copy.. I was really hoping the book tour would make it to the NorthEast but it didn’t.. :( My chance at meeting Lothaire is over… :(

Jamie January 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Ok, I am intrigued….. I haven’t read any of the books from this series but now I really want to read Lothaire!! Can I read this book on it’s own or do you suggest starting from book 1 of the series and working my way through to Lothaire? BTW….Maryse…you do the BEST reviews. I have read over 50 books that you have suggested and your reviews are RIGHT ON! Even the books you weren’t totally blown away by, after reading some, I completely agree with you! LOVE your site!!! :)

Tammie January 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

One of my favorite series. Hope to win.

Jessica January 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This book is ssssssooooooo good!!!!!! Would love to have that beautiful signed copy to put on my bookshelf and read over and over again =)

Janie January 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I have to read this one!

Jeannie Smith January 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I really hope I win – Kresley Cole is one of my favorite authors.

Shannon January 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Loved Lothaire’s book just as much as Cade’s,my other favorite! He is so infuriating! Sooo good!!!

Dena January 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

My last chance to win—fingers crossed and thanks for all you do. BTW after buying 2 copies of the same book several times I am finally getting organized and your reading lists are helping me so much. tks again!

Robyn B. January 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Ooh I would love to win this!!!

Nat January 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I’m currently reading LOTHAIRE, but I’d love to own a REAL copy for my collection <3
Thanks for the giveaway!


Megan @ Riverina Romantics January 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I can’t wait to read this!

Victoria Garrett January 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

So loved Lothaire! It was just one of those stories that rings a chord within me. I’m just a sucker for vendetta stories but loved the twist of how he needed to learn to see past his vendetta to truly love. Ahhh…. Does anyone know what the next book will be about. Hoping to read Nix’s story with Torren (the guy you holds the god of pestilence I think). Leaning towards it being about Kristoff though. Can’t wait either way!

Rita January 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Hot and steamy, huh? Yeah, I need to read this book!

Julie January 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I want to win this book! It sounds great. Love your blog!

Cindy January 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Can’t wait to read this!

Berta January 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I loved this book! It is such a great series. I would love to win the signed book!! I just discovered this awesome blog recently, and you rock! :)

DebLI January 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

3 more books to go in the series before I reach Lothaire. Can’t wait!

Melanie Fling January 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I am so jealous you got to meet Kresley Cole and Paul Marron. I would love to win a signed copy of Lothaire. This is one of my favorite series.

Teresa E January 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I would love to win!! Please pick me!! :)

Donna Patten January 22, 2012 at 2:33 AM

I would have loved to be at that book signing… Man you are a lucky girl !!! Anyways, I am dying to read this book. I am new to Kresley Cole and will be getting to this book soon enough! Thanks. Donna

Meghan Andersen January 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Wow i would love to have meet Kresley Cole. what a dream come true.

Ashley Potter January 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Can’t wait to read it!

Danielle January 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The book sounds awesome! Can’t wait!

Sherry ;) January 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

You’re awesome Maryse ;)


Evieve January 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

This book looks awesome, I can’t wait to read it!

blanche February 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

This book was awesome! Best one in the series.

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