Why Can’t I Quit Her?

I have a stack of books waiting for me to pick them up and crack them open. I have sample pages of eBooks on my Kindle waiting for me to click them. Yet, I keep finding myself searching for new Kresley Cole Immortal After Dark books. This series centers around a variety of Lore creatures from Valkyrie to Lykae to Shifters to Vampires to many others who secretly live among humankind. I love all things paranormal, but more than that draws me into her books.

As a writer, my curiosity about how Cole hooks readers led me to this list:

  • Rich and vivid world building. I have no problem imagining the settings Cole creates. She doesn’t dedicate page after page to description, rather she brings the environment alive through her characters’ POV and shows them interacting with their surroundings.
  • Strong, well thought out characters. I am amazed by how seamlessly she weaves her characters into the different books in this series. Each one focuses on a hero and heroine, their individual goals (which conflict with one another), the obstacles in their way, and how they intend to reach their goals. She brings in characters from other books in the series who inadvertently and sometimes advertently (Nix, I’m talking about you) affect one another. Each character has their own sense of humor and made me laugh at the most unexpected moments.
  • Deep paranormal immersion. This world that Cole has created is ripe with powerful paranormal beings who have weaknesses and scars. There’s the Valkyrie,who are fierce, beautiful women with an affinity for movies, video games, and swiping clothes from one another. The Lykae, Vampires, Demons, Beserkers, and Fey are powerful, wicked, and scarred.
  • Thrilling and intricate plots. So far, every Immortal After Dark book I’ve read mentions the Accession, a kind of mystical checks-and-balances system for an ever-growing population of immortals. Readers get to see this thing unfold from multiple points of view. I’m impressed with how tightly the story lines are weaved from one book to another. The adventures take readers around the world.
  • Last, but not least, the romance. Cole knows how to create mental, physical, and sexual tension between characters in a believable way. Her passionate, virile male characters are lethally protective over their fated mates, even though these women can hold their own.

What draws you into a book series? Who can’t you quit?

[Note: Cole writes adult paranormal romance.]

16 comments on “Why Can’t I Quit Her?

  1. lbdiamond says:

    Oooooo, I’ll have to check these out!!!

  2. Marsha Lytle says:

    When I’m reading almost any book I get so attached to the characters that I want to know more and hope that the author will make it into a series or at least have the character show up in another book. After getting invested in a character, it’s hard for me to let them go, whether in my own writing or in books I read.

  3. miserwriter says:

    First and foremost, it’s the characters. I want to like them or be intrigued by them if I don’t particularly like them. Second, I want the story to pull me into their world, their existence. I’m not a romance person so that’s unnecessary for me but I want tension and suspense. Keep me guessing and second-guessing and I’m hooked.

  4. I haven’t read Kresley Cole – I’ll have to look for these. I love YA dystopian – The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend, Under The Never Sky, Matched, The Knife of Never Letting Go etc…! Adventure, romance, page-turning action…! All good!

  5. Vicki Orians says:

    She sounds great. I’ll have to check her books out! Good list to keep on hand also to remind myself what draws readers in. 🙂

  6. Nicole Mc says:

    I have never read a Kresley Cole book! Will have to check one out! 🙂

  7. Ooo. . . sounds interesting. Those are things that I love about books. I may have to check it out.

  8. That looks like a whole lot of good reasons to keep going back to the same author!

  9. Ooo, love me some Kresley Cole. You know who I can’t quit? Gena Showalter. 🙂

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