Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Leopold's Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans #5) by Kym Grosso

Léopold’s Wicked Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 5
Kym Grosso
Genre:  Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Independent – MT Carvin Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication:  April 5, 2014
Cover Artist:  Cora Graphics

Book Description:
An erotic paranormal romance...

Seductive and lethal vampire, Léopold Devereoux, returns to the Big Easy to find a killer.  His search leads him to a beautiful and mysterious woman, who awakens desires and emotions that he’s long fought to keep buried.  After centuries of self-imposed solitude, the billionaire philanthropist struggles to restrain his growing thirst for the intriguing, lovely female who’s captured his attention.

Laryssa Theriot, an antiques proprietor in the Vieux Carré, agrees to help the commanding yet debonair stranger, who seeks her assistance.  She withholds her secret abilities, afraid to trust the man who threatens to unleash her darkest fantasies.  All the while, Léopold consumes her thoughts, testing her limits and bringing her to new levels of ecstasy.  As the menacing force that has stalked Laryssa for years finally catches up to her, she submits, putting her life into the hands of the dominant vampire who offers his protection.

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, they embark on a perilous adventure, forced to search for an ancient sacrificial relic that they hope will save their lives.  As they face formidable challenges, Léopold and Laryssa surrender to the passionate intimacy that possesses them.  After hundreds of years of denying himself love, will Léopold bond to the woman who has begun to crack the impenetrable shell around his heart?  As evil draws near, will Laryssa survive the demon that has come to take her soul?

Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes and is intended for adult readers only.

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“Did you just say it clawed at her?  Is she hurt?”  Dimitri approached Léopold so that they stood shoulder to shoulder, taking in the landscape.  It was the first time he’d been to Léopold’s lake house. 
“No, she’s fine, but…”  Léopold didn’t finish his sentence.
“But what?  Exactly how does someone get swiped by a demon and be fine?”
“She’s healed.” While she was sleeping, he’d inspected the wound and not a trace of a scar was evident.
“I take it this has something to do with what she does?”
“Indeed, mon ami.  But I promised her that I wouldn’t tell anyone what she is, so don’t bother asking.  It’s her story to tell.  You can ask her when she comes out.  My guess is that after that demon showed up, she’ll tell you.  But I cannot break my oath to her.  I’ve already done enough to hurt her on my own without digging the hole any deeper,” Léopold confessed.  Turning to Dimitri, he raked his hand through his tousled hair. 
Dimitri leaned toward his friend and sniffed.  He shook his head, knowing the answer to the next question he was about to ask Léopold.  “You fucked her didn’t you?  I can smell it.”
“Must you be so uncouth?” Léopold replied, blowing out a breath.
“You did,” Dimitri exclaimed.  “Jesus Christ, Leo.  Seriously, man.  You can have any woman you want.  Why her?  You ever hear that expression, ‘don’t dip your pen in the company ink’?”
“Yes, I’ve fucking heard it, asshole.  But she’s just so…I don’t know, she’s just special.  Goddammit, I know, okay?  I know I fucked up.”
“I don’t see what the issue is here.  I mean have you two idiots ever heard the term ‘consenting adults’.  What’s the big deal?”  Jake asked.
“The big deal is that he just fucking met her.  And we need her to help us to keep Ava safe.  If she’s in danger, so is our Alpha.  Laryssa was just starting to trust us, trust him, and lover boy here just can’t keep it in his pants,” Dimitri huffed, taking a seat at the table.
“He’s right.  There’s no excuse,” Léopold agreed.  “It’s not sleeping with a woman that’s a problem, it’s the fact that I can’t…I won’t have a relationship.  It’s not happening.  And now that we’ve made love, well, it adds complications to our situation.  Ones we didn’t need.”
“It would be one thing if you actually cared about anything besides yourself, Devereoux.  But you don’t.  That’s the thing.  If you fucking hurt her…” Dimitri began.
“Why do you care about her anyway, wolf?”  Léopold’s eyes narrowed on Dimitri.
“Because, Leo,” Dimitri stared at his friend.  “She seemed kind of nice.  And she stood up to that asshole, Luca.  And for some reason, unbeknownst to me, she seems like she might actually care about you.  Why is beyond me. And she cares about Ava too, and she has no reason to.  We are the ones who sought her out.  Now, not only have we upturned her life, we’ve brought a demon to her…right here to your goddamn house.”
“I think we’ve established that I fucked up.  I just said so.  Can we just move on?”
“She’s okay with one night?  Because I know that you never have women sleepover.  You’ve told me as much.”
“I told her that I don’t do relationships.  I can’t become involved with her.  But you’re correct in that we do need her.  We need to find that knife.”
“This isn’t going to go well, you know that, right?  I mean, I don’t know Laryssa, but I saw the way she looked at you yesterday, and I have a hard time believing she’s a one night stand kinda girl.  Could be wrong?  But damn, it was as if she had ‘innocence’ stamped on her forehead,” Dimitri said.
“Please stop already.  Okay?” Léopold tilted his head backwards, closed his eyes and wiped them with both of his hands out of frustration.  “I get it.  I’m a dick.  I shouldn’t have slept with her but I did.  I can’t take it back.  I promise you that I’ll do my best to repair this…‘relationship’ I’ve irresponsibly put at risk.” 
He choked on the word.  Relationship.  No, no, no.  As if it wasn’t bad enough that he was developing feelings for Laryssa, now Dimitri had him filled with guilt for what he’d done.  Damn wolves.  Damn humans.  For a moment, he wished he could go back to not caring about his new friend. But no matter how he tried, what was done was done.  Merde.  I’m truly fucked.

My Review: 5 stars
I knew that this book would be amazing when I saw the title, not gonna lie. Not even a little bit. Kym has done a fantastic job with this series from the beginning. I love that she has tied all of the supernatural/paranormal beings together and found ways for them to get over their natural dislike and/or hatred of each other. At least for Leopold and Dimitri and his group and those associated. Leopold is freaking hot! He is an alpha-male that is dangerous, but in a oh, so sexy way. You really don't want to mess with him. I always wondered, but damn, the truth is fantastic for him and Laryssa. Fight that as much as he tries. Oh, and he does try, he doesn't want to care. Leopold is a dangerous vampire to try and mess with and once he determines he will find out what is going on, nothing and no one can hold him back. I love his determination and his sheer lack of mercy for those who have done the people he cares about wrong. Yeah, I like the bad, vicious guys with a heart once they show it. Leopold is no different, except he's been around for a long time, and has had plenty of time to harden his heart to this world and everyone in it. He hadn't counted on his friendship with Dimitri leading to him caring about others, but Laryssa definitely got the good side of Leopold because of that. Their relationship is hot and steamy, and I loved that Leopold found someone that made him happy. Forever is a long time to be alone. I was also really happy that he realized that having relationships and friendships wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Yet another fantastic book that Kym wrote with awesome characters and an even more stunning story line. I have loved this series from the start, and this one is the best so far, in my opinion. If you're into the paranormal, you have to read this, it will not disappoint, not even a little. 

About the Author:
Kym Grosso is the author of the bestselling erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans.  The series currently includes Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2), Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3), Logan’s Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 4) and Léopold’s Wicked Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 5).

In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy.  She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum.

Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog and cat. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

Kade’s Dark Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 1

Luca’s Magic Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 2
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Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 3

Logan’s Acadian Wolves
Immortals of New Orleans
Book 4
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  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Leopold's book and for hosting me today!!! ♥ I really appreciate the opportunity to share my new release with you and your readers!!! :-)

  2. I have read the series so far and I have to say each book only gets better. I can't wait for the next one.

  3. This one just moved up pretty high on my TBR list :-)