Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers — until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself. To prevent him from harming others, Conrad Wroth’s brothers imprison him in an abandoned manor. But there, a female only he can see seems determined to drive him further into madness. The exquisite creature torments him with desire, leaving his body racked with lust and his soul torn as he finds himself coveting her for his own. Yet even if Conrad can win Néomi, evil still surrounds her. Once he returns to the brutality of his past to protect her, will he succumb to the dark needs seething inside him?


Wow!  This one ranks up there as one of my favorite Kresley Cole books, and I’ve loved all of them.  This book, because of the fact Neomi is a ghost, is not as directly sensual as some of Cole’s other works, but the angst and development of the relationship more than makes up for it, and comes to a gorgeous conclusion.  Neomi and Conrad are an awesome couple, both tortured by ugly pasts, both struggling with an ugly present.  I wondered how Cole could possibly bring these two together, and even though I caught onto a hint given about mid-story, I still couldn’t see how she’d manage it.  But pull it off she did!  I recommend reading the rest of this series first, if for no other reason than to understand some of the secondary players, especially the delicious Nix!

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