Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals after Dark Series #9)

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals after Dark Series #9)

by Kresley Cole

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ISBN-13: 9781416580959
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Series: Immortals after Dark Series , #9
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 146,095
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.15(d)

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 or Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

  • Southern Louisiana

    Present day

    “Munro, you daft git, pass the ball!” Garreth MacRieve yelled at his kinsman over the thunder and howling winds.

    Tonight was their yearly skins-versus-demons rugby match—a tradition for Garreth and his clan, meant to take his mind from the anniversary this day marked. Garreth was barefooted, wearing only jeans and no shirt. Rain pounded in strengthening intervals, turning this abandoned grassy airstrip in bayou country into a mire of muck and turf. Sweat mingled with mud—and some blood.

    He almost felt . . . not numb. And that in itself was a feat.

    Munro flipped him off but did finally sling him the ball. The leather was coated in grit, mixing with the filth covering Garreth’s bared chest. He feinted left, then sprinted right around two colossal Ferine demons, shoving his hand in their faces, stiff-arming them.

    As he ran, with his heart pounding in his ears, he could forget. The exertion and the aggression were both so welcome, he wanted to beat his bare chest.

    The swift Ferines surrounded him, so he tossed the ball to Uilleam, Munro’s twin, who took it in to score. His brothers-in-arms were strong and ruthless contenders, as was he. The beasts inside them loved to fight, to play. Rough.

    The demons responded to the goal with trash talk and shoving. Like a shot, Garreth was in the middle.

    “You’re raring to fight for an heirless king,” Caliban, the Ferines’ leader, sneered. “Nothing new—you Lykae go through kings like I piss demon brew.”

    Of all the sore subjects to bring up, Garreth’s kingship was the one most infuriating. And on this day?

    He launched himself at Caliban, but Munro and Uilleam heaved him back. As other demons steered Caliban away from the scuffle, Munro said, “Save it for the game, friend.”

    Garreth spat blood in Caliban’s direction before letting the two lead him away to cool off. While Uilleam and Munro stayed with him, the other Lykae on the team made their way to the sidelines to mingle with the “cheerleaders.”

    The demons took the opportunity to take a timeout and drink demon brew. The only bad thing about playing with demons—one of the few species in the Lore that could contend with the Lykae in a physical contest—was their continual “brew breaks.” Only seemed fair that Garreth and his kinsmen shoot copious amounts of whiskey to mitigate their advantage. They swilled it straight from the bottle, each one with his own, the Lykae version of Gatorade.

    Their cooler was full of fifths.

    “You’ve got to let this go, Garreth,” Munro said, taking a deep drink.

    Garreth swiped his hand over the back of his neck, getting the feeling that he was being watched. But then, he and all the other players were. Nymphs lined the field, oblivious to the rain, touching themselves and sucking on their own fingers as they impatiently waited for this game to turn into an orgy.

    He irritably gazed at the females. “Why’d you invite them?” he demanded. “Damn you both, I weary of this. Did you never think that I doona like nymphs?”

    “Nay,” Uilleam said with a swig. “Any being that sports a penis likes nymphs.”

    Munro drained his bottle and added, “You canna argue with medical facts.”

    Garreth knew Uilleam and Munro meant well, but this was getting old. “I doona like them. They’re too . . . too . . .”



    “Easy,” Garreth said. “They’re too easy. For once I’d like to have a female give me a challenge. One that would no’ fall into bed with me because I’m supposedly a king.” When Munro opened his mouth to speak, Garreth said, “Aye, supposedly.”

    Munro shook his head gravely. “And still you believe Lachlain will return.”

    The three had been round and round about this for one and a half centuries, since the time his older brother had vanished after setting out to hunt vampires.

    Uilleam and Munro told Garreth that he awaited Lachlain unreasonably. Best accept that his brother was gone, especially after so long had passed since his disappearance. One hundred and fifty years—to the day, this day. They said Garreth hadn’t moved on and accepted his responsibilities as king.

    They were right.

    “When will you believe he’s no’ coming back?” Uilleam asked. “Two hundred years from now? Five hundred?”

    “Never. No’ if I still feel he’s alive.” Though vampires had killed the rest of his immediate family, for some reason, Garreth still sensed Lachlain lived. “No’ if I feel it as I do now.”

    “You’re as bad off as Bowen,” Uilleam said, finishing his own bottle—and opening another.

    Bowen was Garreth’s first cousin, a shell of a man since he’d lost his mate. He spent every waking moment in agony, yet he wouldn’t accept the loss and end his life as most Lykae males would have in his situation. “No’ like Bowen,” Garreth said. “He saw his mate gored, saw her death. I dinna see such proof with Lachlain.” No, I searched and searched and found . . . nothing.

    “Game on!” a demon called.

    Garreth shook himself from his memories, swigged whiskey, then mustered to the field with his kinsmen.

    Caliban bared his fangs at his opponents, a gesture Garreth returned as the teams huddled up.

    Quick snap. Ball in play. Passed to Caliban. Garreth saw his chance, charging for him, pumping his arms for speed . . . faster . . . faster . . . He leapt for the demon, tackling him with all his strength.

    As they careened to the ground, a length of Caliban’s horn snapped off, and he bellowed with rage. “You’re going to pay for that, Lykae!”

    For miles, Lucia the Huntress had been stalking her night’s prey, growing increasingly perplexed when the tracks she followed led her closer to what sounded like a battle, echoing with roars and curses.

    Mayhem? Without inviting the Valkyrie? And in our territory, too? If beings were going to trespass in order to war, they should at least have the courtesy to invite the host faction to the conflict.

    When she came upon the battlefield, Lucia canted her head to the side. Clash of the Loreans, she thought as she beheld modern gladiators—not at war, but at play. Immortal rugby.

    Winds whipped along the mile-long field, and lightning flashed above them, mirroring the intensity of the contest. It was like a ceremony celebrating . . . maleness.

    Lucia easily recognized the horned players as demons, and she suspected their shirtless opponents were Lykae. If so, then the rumors were true. The werewolves were in fact encroaching on Valkyrie territory. She was surprised. In the past, they’d kept to themselves, staying at their sprawling compound outside of the city.

    Congregating at the sidelines, Nymph spectators trembled with excitement, likely seeing this as no more than a mud-wrestling match between brawny heartthrobs.

    A ruthless hit on the field made Lucia raise a brow. Not at the violence—she was a shield maiden after all—but at the unthinking violence. Though these Loreans all trespassed, they were oblivious to an Archer in their midst, one who could inflict serious damage—very swiftly and from a great distance.

    Levelheaded Lucia, as she was now known, didn’t comprehend unthinking. But then she didn’t comprehend men. Never had.

    Luckily for them, the only violence she’d deliver this eve would be to her targets: two kobolds—vile gnomelike creatures—who’d been seen stalking human young to feed on.

    Her sister Nïx, the half-mad Valkyrie soothsayer, had dispatched her to these bayous to dispose of them. Lucia had asked Regin to join her, but she’d declined, preferring to play video games in the comfort of their coven over another “rain-drenched bug hunt.”

    Lucia had jumped at the chance. After donning a T-shirt and hiking shorts, she’d strapped on her leather thigh quiver, archer’s glove, and forearm guard. With her trusty bow in hand, she’d set out at once . . . .

    Another brutal hit. She nearly winced at the impact from that one—a piece of horn skipped down the field like a lost helmet—but she wasn’t surprised. Lykae and demons were two of the most brutal species on earth.

    Worse, one of those bare-chested males had caught Lucia’s attention. Completely. No matter how badly she wished otherwise, Lucia still noted attractive men, and as the teams skirmished, she couldn’t help but appreciate the power in his towering frame, his speed and agility. Though mud splattered his torso and a shadow of a beard swathed his lean face, she still found him handsome in a rough and tumble way.

    His eyes were a burnished gold color with rakish laugh lines fanning out from them. At one time, he’d been happy; he clearly wasn’t now. Tension radiated from his body, anger blazing off him.

    When those golden irises flickered a bright ice blue, she confirmed what he was. A Lykae. A werewolf.

    An animal. His handsome face masked a beast, literally.

    “You call that a hit, you bluidy ponce!” he yelled at one of the demons, the muscles in his neck and chest standing out in strain as he bowed up and bared his fangs. His accent was Scottish, but then most of the Lykae were Highlanders—or they used to be, before homesteading southern Louisiana. “Aye, Caliban! Go fook yerself!”

    Others were drawing him back from a particularly large demon, seeming exasperated, as if the male had been picking fights all night. Probably had. The Lykae were considered a menace in the Lore, with little control over their ferocity. In fact, they seemed to revel in it.

    One hundred percent unadulterated male, alpha to the core. And still he was making her . . . lust. As the game continued, Lucia waited for revulsion to drown out her attraction. And waited.

    Yet with each pitiless blow the male gave—and took—and with each of his growled threats and taunts, it burned hotter. Her breaths shallowed and her small claws went from straight to curling, aching to clutch a warm body to her own.

    But when she remembered the last time she’d felt like this, a chill swept over her. She dragged her gaze from his antics and surveyed the nymphs frolicking on the sidelines. Lucia had once been like them—hedonistic, serving no higher purpose.

    Am I still to be like them? No, she was disciplined now; she had a code. I’m a Skathian—by right of pain and the blood I’ve spilled.

    With a hard shake of her head, she forced herself to focus on her mission—dispatching the kobolds. To the naked eye, they appeared cherubic, but they were actually ground dwellers with reptilian features. And when their populations went unchecked they tended to snatch human young, which jeopardized all of Lorekind.

    The pair had split up, one of them fleeing deeper into the swamps, while the other hid behind the wall of nymph spectators, assuming itself safe in this crowd.

    Lucia absently fingered the flights of the barbed arrows strapped to her thigh and savored the comforting weight of her bow over her shoulder.

    Her prey assumed wrong. The Archer never missed.

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    Pleasure of a Dark Prince 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 732 reviews.
    OpheliaTX More than 1 year ago
    Kresley Cole delights readers once again with yet another amazing Lore tale, Pleasure of A Dark Prince. Lucia the Huntress is a fierce Valkyrie who has experienced love as a young girl but all was not as it seemed. She barely survives to enter into her immortality and becomes a fierce Valkyrie along with her sisters. She paid a high price to survive. She's confronted with Garreth, the womanizing highland warrior Prince reluctant to take his older brother's place as king of the Lykae. But he definitely recognizes Lucia as his mate. And with the Ascencion nigh, a kind of apocalyptic battle of immortals, can Lucia afford to give into her passion for Garreth when she has so much to lose? She's a runner, evading Garrett and leading him on a merry chase which royally pisses him off. He finally catches up to her in the Amazon - let the party begin. Hot, hot and hotter. Temps outside equal temps in the bedroom. Garreth is determined to keep his mate safe and help her in her quest to kill an evil god. But of course, he wants something too, using blackmail and whatever means at hand to get what he wants. And with Lucia keeping secrets from him, Garreth is not a happy mate. Their journey will lead them to an unimaginable culmination with so much suspense along the way, I couldn't put the book down! These two characters practically smolder off the page. Kresley Cole has written another winner! Garreth and Lucia's story has been worth the wait. She has built a rich cast of characters, teasing us with Garreth and Lucia's story in her first book. As a bonus, we get catch up with Lachlain (Garreth's brother and the rightful Lykae king) and Emma (A Hunger Like No Other) and Bowen and Mariketa (Wicked Deeds On A Winter's Night). Mariketa has to be one of my favorites, she's too funny and cute in her avarice when it comes to business. And what an epilogue! Yes, definitely - more of that please!
    WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
    This is my first experience with paranormal romances and I have to say that I was spellbound. I can't wait to read more of Kresley Coles other books and have ordered them already! I was in awe of Garreth's love and obsession with Lousha (Lucia) that my heart just melted. I was entranced by his want and need to finally "claim" her. I was almost in tears near the end of the book (I won't reveal what happens), needless to say, I felt I was right there with him, along with Lousha. This book will be one to read over and over again and will definitely be part of my growing library.
    BuckleMe More than 1 year ago
    Between the dictionary of terms in the front and the hilarious Nix herself, this series is amazing. I love how the Lore runs there own world, not weighing down the story with human interactions and no hiding their true natures. It is breathtaking to have an author that can continue to churn out good, entertaining books time and time again. Cole has even managed to tie in the Lords of the Underworld (my personal favorite men by author Gena Showalter). She can never go wrong with that. I'm hoping Nix is able to free one of the warriors from their sin. I look forward to reading more of Cole's work.
    supechick More than 1 year ago
    I am reading the series in order. After I finish one, I think it is the one I like the most. Who would think that these immortal men wore their hearts on their sleeves? Too bad there aren't any immortals like that running around in our time. I would really like to meet up with some!! It was a very good book the suspense kept you wanting to turn to the last page just to make sure things turned out well. Enjoy!!
    ReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
    Although I didn't enjoy this novel quite as much as the previous installments, it did hold great adventure in the Amazon and the mysterious El Dorado, and the main characters, Lucia and Garreth, were intense. The relationship between Lucia and Garreth was stressful because he chased her all over the world for over a year, and still she is not able to accept she's his mate because she will lose the powers gifted to her. These powers allow her to keep an evil god from rising every century to rule the world, and torture her with pain and bearing his children. There wasn't a lot of high-end romance, but there was major intrigue and desire. During the great Amazon adventure, although she had to refuse going all the way with him, he blackmailed her into succumbing to all other desires, and built on the ever-present attraction. The creatures described in the rainforest were awesome, and especially at the end we find out things that have happened that foretell even more great adventures. Yet another great novel in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark Series, I recommend this series to all readers.
    Chocolategrl More than 1 year ago
    When my best friend bought this book and started to tell me about it i knew i had to read it. It turned out so good that we're in the process of getting all the rest of Cole's book. I've already read Kiss Of A Demon King and it was great as well. The werewolf was (scream)!!!!!! I love this book it was ultra sexy one under 10 should be reading this!
    Kallisto More than 1 year ago
    Wow... where to begin.!!! If you want to enjoy sexy, provocative, every man a woman could dream of, that sexy woman a man wishes for... they're in this book. The plot is a fantasy treat so sweet it'll leave you wishing there was already a sequel out there waiting for you. The characters are far from simple sexual tension; there are deep and riveting layers of emotions for the reader to dive in head first. The writing is a wonderful experience that will have you googling every other book this author has written. By far an absolute delightful experience.
    The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
    Lucia Archer gave up her name (Lucia the Maiden), her freedom and ability for a healthy sexual relationship in exchange for her life and an existence tied to the bow and arrow. She did so freely knowing that in order to stop the eventual Armageddon that would be caused by the Broken Bloody One should he find her. This man was a monster but she had married believing he loved her and would worship her entire existence but instead he took torture to a higher level than she could ever imagine. However, Lucia remained true to her Valkyrie sisters and their mission. Garreth MacRieve is one alpha male who belongs to the Lyake Clan and spends the full moon as a werewolf. He is reluctantly ruling his pack until his brother, the rightful king would return and trying to keep everyone away from harm. But a sudden turn of events places him squarely in the path of major trouble in the form of Lucia. Garreth immediately becomes aware of the fact that he had met his match in her as well as his mate. He will do everything to keep her safe and protect her from danger and spends the next year of his life following her around the world on her quest to prevent the end of the world. Lucia is not so accepting that she needs Garreth and does what she can to lose him but he is a werewolf after all and he can find his mate with a sniff of the air. Once they are united on a boat not safe for any voyage let alone one into the Amazon River Garreth and Lucia become one united front dealing with evil, danger and the other passengers on the boat who have agendas much scarier than earlier imagined. Garreth continues to pursue Lucia and prove that he is her chosen male but Lucia fights the idea with all of her powers but every day she loses a little more of her resistance to his charm and the ability to just say "no" to him and consummate their relationship even knowing what the consequences are. When the danger becomes out of control and possibly fatal to Lucia, Garreth has enough power and love to take the situation under his command and make sure those who are threatening his love pay for their misdeeds and Lucia become mated to him completely and forever. Kresley Cole takes each book in this series up a notch so that if you thought you had read it all guess again. You never tire of the characters, fail to enjoy the story or wish the next book was coming out in a week instead of a year. This book does keep you on your toes because it moves around a little within the other books in the series but if you have read them no problem understanding the plot and if not Ms. Cole explains everything so that you will follow the storyline just fine. Mary Gramlich ~ ("The Reading Reviewer") ~
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    fantasyismyrealitty More than 1 year ago
    poor garreth, I love this book!
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    CrazyDiva More than 1 year ago
    I really enjoy how all the characters are linked. I enjoy reading how one major story is happening while another is taking place. It gets you excited for the next reads and makes you think of the past stories. Yes true I usually dislike this whole guy-obsessed-with-girl-but-girl-doesn't-want-him story in any book but it makes it easier to read when the woman who is running from her would be mate has a dark deep deadly secret behind her not giving in. Lucia has many secrets from mostly everyone but you can understand why she chooses it to be that way and why she refuses to give in Garrath. I also enjoyed this because it introduced new creatures that I hope become a story as well. I might not like certain aspects in this story but those aspects are just mentioned so it makes it easier for me to read. I think I have to say this might be my third or fourth favorite in the series.
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    Love these books!!! They make me and my book club giggle, laugh, smile and cheer for all the couples chasing love. Every book in this series is worth the read and listen. I have read and reread this series many a times. And they never get old. Why aren't they all out on audio yet???
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    NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
    Cole does it again! I just love this series. Enough said... Im moving on to the next one.  I LOVE THE LYKAE!! <3 Garreth MacRieve and Lucia ROCK!!
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