Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Book 11 in the Immortal's After Dark Series

Author: Kresley Cole

Publisher: Pocket Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1439136805

Release date: February 15, 2011

Received Book from publisher for review.

A millennium ago, Aidan the Fierce lost his heart to the Valkyrie Regin the Radiant, but he was murdered before he could win her. Since then, he has reincarnated into different identities, with his memory of the past buried deep. This time he has returned as Declan Chase, a human soldier bent on exterminating all immortals—including Regin, his newest captive.

The proud Northman that Regin still mourns has been replaced by a twisted madman. Once tortured by immortals, Chase now metes his vengeance against them, and he’s fixated on her. Regin’s only hope is to make him remember her, though she knows that whenever he recovers his memories, history will repeat itself, and he’ll be lost to her again….

*Warning. This review contains many words that are capitalized and lots of exclamation marks.*

After seeing her beloved die right in front of her multiple times, Regin the Radiant is shocked to see him once again reincarnated into the body of the enemy. Aidan the Fierce has returned once again to find his true love but this time he is in the body of Declan Chase, a soldier for The Order which is the enemy to all Immortals. He doesn't know who Regin is when he captures her and places her in the Immortal prison. But once there, he becomes attracted to her and can't get her off his mind. In order for him to truly remember who Regin is, he has to kiss her, and Regin does her best to prevent this from happening. We also get a chance to read about all the different lives that Aidan lived before becoming Declan. I loved this part as each life was in a different era in history and the lives were completely different.

This book broke my heart in so many ways while I was reading it. I was in agony for poor Regin to have to watch the love of her life die multiple times in her arms and to know that if she was to see her love again the same thing would happen. I also felt for Declan because of the life that he had only for him to realize that most of what he was experiencing was because of who he really truly was. There was also several times that he had to stand back and watch poor Regin suffer because she was immortal. *SOBS* He was falling in love with her and could not understand why. When he finally did learn the truth and accept who he truly was I felt that they might actually have a chance at happiness.

There were lot's of great secondary characters in the book that I enjoyed very much. Regin's cellmates Natalya and Thaddeus had me laughing throughout the book and I hope they will be in future releases. Brandr, Aidan's best friend who watched over Regin through the centuries. Now that is what you call a true friend. Nix, the Ever Knowing One who totally rocks whenever she shows up on a page! I LOVE HER! She brings so much to the series in general and is one of the most loved characters! And then there is Lothaire, the Enemy of the Old and future Book Boyfriend. He's a hot vamp that says and does what he wants. *swoon* Can I just say that I CANNOT WAIT for his book to learn more about him! I got a taste of him and I want more! His book is next in the series and Kresley did a wonderful job setting his story up.

I'm giving Dreams of a Dark Warrior 4.5 Bells!


I love this world that Kresley Cole has created and feel that it just gets better with each book! This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I cannot wait for more! After reading Dreams of a Dark Warrior I might have even became a little obsessed over trying to figure out what will happen next. Ok, maybe not a little, A LOT! This book is that good!

Because I loved this book so much, I want to giveaway
a copy and share it with someone as part of my
Share the Love monthly giveaway!

Please follow the instructions below to enter:

  • You MUST be a follower of my blog, Hanging With Bells!
  • This contest is open to everyone! Book will be ordered through Book Depository, so if they deliver to you, you'll get it! Click here to see if they do.
  • You MUST answer this question in your comments: Which couple from Kresley Cole's series has been your favorite so far? If you haven't read the series, tell me about a couple that you love. (and you totally need to get on the ball and read this series!)
  • Include your email so I can contact you if you win.

The giveaway will be open for one week and will end on February 24, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. I will then use to select a winner. Winner will be posted on the blog the same day. Please don't enter if you've already read or own the book. I would love for someone who has not read the book yet to win it. Greatly appreciated.

Good luck!

Click on this link to find out more about the Immortals After Dark Series on Kresley's website!



  1. Hmmm, I do not know this series, but sounds like I should give it a try.
    My favourite couple are Tara and Harry from the Dark Oracle series by Alayna Williams. Tara is such a strong and yet vulnerable (sp?)character and she and Harry really complete each other.


  2. Oo oo ! My fav so far was Bowen and mariketa! I loved there relationship. Loved how Cole brought back his "first love" to cause some doubt and loved to pieces how it all came together :-) then end had me crying when mariketa took charge and then bowen finally realizes that she was meant for him. I totally love iAd series. Can't wait to real the new one :-) xoxo thanks bells for the giveaway. Squee

    Dhester23 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. my fav was Carrow and Malcolm from Demon from the dark

  4. Lachlain and Emmaline because they were my fist in this delicious series ;)

  5. Oh, my favorite so far was Lucia the Huntress and Garreth MacRieve: Prince of the Lykae from Pleasure of a Dark Prince.

  6. This would be a new series for me. Mine would be Stephanie Plum and Ranger!

  7. Conrad Wroth and Néomi Laress have been my favorite couple so far. I just love his line, "I was good wasn't I?"
    I'm a follower.


  8. Can't I just say them all lol, oh well ok um Bowen and Mariketa but I really do love them all.

    I'm a follower-BLHmistress

  9. You mean I have to pick one? Dang why don't you pull a fang why don'tcha. It is so hard to pick one! I love this series, and you are right about Nix. She is awesome and I can NOT wait until she gets a book.

    Decisions.. because each book you end up liking that couple. Carrow and Malcolm then.

    * Cries * I so want this book because Regin had me howling with laughter in Pleasures of a Dark Prince. Hubby won't let me order it on-line (says I have too many books as is)

    Raonaid (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I have not read this series yet. Its on my list to start though asap.

    My favorite from other books though is umm a tie between Cat and Bones, Eve and Roarke, and Kate and Curran.

    Im a follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  11. I havent read the series yet but I would love to very much. My favorite couple is Edward and Bella from Twilight. Please enter me in contest.

  12. My favourite couple was Bowen and Mariketa.


  13. From her books I have to say Lachlain and Emmaline I really enjoyed that book! MY favorite is Rose and Dimitri I love vampire academy so much! Great giveaway thank you.
    Im a GFC follower/latishajean

  14. Damn that is a really hard question...I have a favorite thing about each one of them. I guess if you won't let me try to win if I don't pick just one it would have to be Bowen and Mariketa. I love how he even though he is so protective of her she just keeps doing what she has to do to help her freinds/family even if that means nearly killing herself...but he can always bring her back!!!


  15. I've only read the novella and the first full-length novel of this series so I can't pick a couple from the series. So I'm going to pick Cat and Bones. I love their relationship. They are sexy, funny and romantic together. And they both can kiss some serious ass!

  16. I haven't read this series yet. But slowly collecting all the books.
    So a couple I love is Cat and Bones

  17. My favorite couple so far has been Garreth and Lucia from Pleasure of a Dark Prince. I'm looking forward to reading Dreams of a Dark Warrior.

    Barbed1951 at

  18. I have not read the series yet but it is on my long list of to be read shelf...favorite couple would be elena and raphael from guild hunter series

    I am a follower


  20. I haven't read this series yet, but then again, I haven't read very many.I've only read the Fever, Chicagoland Vampire and BDB series. I know I am so late to the party! So out of these three series, I'll pick Zsadist and Bella as my favorite couple.

  21. That's a hard question, but I guess that I'll pick Bowen and Mariketa.

  22. I have only read one of the books so far and that was Pleasure of a Dark Prince with Garreth and Lucia so I would have to say them.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  23. I have not read them yet, but I can't wait to start. I adore Cat and Bones as well as Edward and Bella :)

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  24. I haven't read this series yet but I pick Katniss and Peeta from the Hunger Games series as my favorite couple.

  25. Meh, the other pairings in the IAD series are much better. Declan Chase isn't my type of guy at all. I feel that the ending was too easy and pat considering Chase had so many crimes to atone for.

    I have a review on my blog.

  26. This one looks really good! Don't enter me in the contest... I just bought it today. My book club is doing this one next time we meet. Great review Bells - you totally made me look forward to this one even more! :)

  27. omg I love this series. emma and Lach is my favorite cause they introduced me to this series. But I love them all and my absolutely favorite character is Nucking Futs Nïx. I sorely hope she has a book soon.

  28. shoot forgot my email addy
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  29. I read A Hunger Like No Other ages ago so (gasp!) I don't remember the couple. Eeeeck...runs and ducks from flying objects. I've seen a lot of talk about this series and I'm definitely excited to read it.

    As far as my favorite couple, I'd have to go with Butch and Marissa from BDB. To be honest, I hate Marissa and would gladly take her place :) I love me some Butch!!!

    lisadeanne at prodigy dot net

  30. Though my brain does sizzle a little every time I think of Malkolm & those piercings (whoa, mama!), I'd have to say my fave couple in the series is Sebastian & Kaderin.

    Please enter me since I haven't picked it up yet. Great review!

    Sweetiepiepen at gmail dot com