Wicked Abyss Book Review *Kresely Cole*

Apr 27, 2017 by

Wicked Abyss Book Review *Kresely Cole*

 

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

 

When Kresley Cole is good (most of the time) she’s makes you want to do the Snoopy Dance. When she’s goooood, step back because she’s on fire, which is the case of Wicked Abyss, the 18th book in Kresley’s immensely popular, crack addicted Immortals After Dark series. Wicked Abyss could be considered a filler book because it doesn’t really further along the plot (if it does, it’s very miniscule). But that doesn’t matter because you will beyond hooked to the story featuring a tortured, alpha immortal hero, and spunky, fast on her feet thinking heroine that are total opposites in every way but are perfect for one another. Wicked Abyss is an example of paranormal romance done right. It’s a very heavily character driven tale, set in an inventive world with creative terms and situations. Plus there’s a soap opera loving dragon who helps the hero see things more clearly regarding the heroine, who turns his world upside down.

Sian is a demon who rules Hell. He’s obsessed with revenge because his former “mate”, a fey who died centuries ago has been reincarnated, or so he believes. He wants to make her suffer for the injustices he went through in order to gain her love. His reincarnated lover is Lila, who at thirteen-years-old was banished to Earth by her fiancé king because her parents tried to kill him. He killed them in retaliation and blamed her, even though she didn’t have anything to do with the devious plot. Now eleven years later, and working as a princess at Walt Disney World, she has been hiding under the radar. But she’s about to be found out. Her selfish fey fiancé, along with Nix, the crazed Valkyrie seer will help Lila clear her name if she spies on Sian who wants to destroy Lila’s home. If she finds a way to bring down Sian, she cane go home and marry the king, even though he has made her life miserable for over a decade. She accepts, not realizing she’s a pawn, especially when it comes to Nix and her plans for the immortals.

Sian captures Lila and is very cruel to her by locking her in a dungeons of sorts in his castle. He wants to make her suffer, but Lila won’t cower or beg for forgiveness. She has survived on her wits for so long that she’ll try and escape, or drive Sian crazy. Sian acts like she’s beneath him, and his enemy, although he lusts for her. He thinks if he keeps her uncomfortable, such as no clothes, food, bedding, and uses spiders to scare her (eventually she makes two spiders her pets), she’ll bow down to him. He’s in for a world of shock when it comes to Lila.

Sian’s dragon friend, Uthyr pushes Sian to treat Lila better, because she may be more receptive to Sian and his lacking courtship skills. Sian may act like he hates Lila, but he wants her more than he can breathe. After secretly watching her make friends with the spiders she once was not too happy about, including not complaining, he softens, and from there he tries seduction. Lila comes around a bit, even though escape is on her mind. But as they spend time together, each begins to change their opinions, and something blooms between them that could change the way Sian rules is realm, and Lila’s part in it.

Wicked Abyss is a delicious tale for all the sense. Wicked Hot should have been the title, because oh my, oh my, the sex scenes are almost NC-17 erotic. Sian and Lila are on fire for one another. The foreplay scenes alone are better than the actual sex scenes. It’s like a light switch suddenly turns on for Sian when he realizes she wants Lila as his wife, not just to claim her because of his past, but because he now cares for the person Lila is, and not because she might be his reincarnated mate who rejected him. Lila gives and takes as much as Sian does. When these two come together as couple, it’s wonderful because the chemistry between the two is off the charts.

The world building blows my mind away because it’s unlike anything I’ve read in recent memory regarding paranormal romance. I was never bored, and I chuckled a few times because Kresely’s trademark humor with her characters are front and center. Incredible, inventive and fresh is what makes this one an excellent read.

You can’t go wrong with a Kresley Cole paranormal, especially her Immortals After Dark one. Fans of this series will adore Wicked Abyss and place it on their keeper shelves. A must read! (Gallery Books)

Final Grade: A-

 

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