I had never read the paranormal romance genre, and I'd never heard of Kresley Cole until I saw "A Hunger Like No Other" pop up as an Amazon recommendation. I was immediately hooked. I've not read another author who writes with Cole's combination of sexiness, sensuality, and suspense, while being mercifully free of cheesiness. I was surprised by the heroine, Emma's, timidity in the beginning of the novel, but she gradually gains strength - both mental and physical. Lachlain, Emma's pre-destined mate, is a werewolf who was tortured and imprisoned for more than a century. To say he is angry and vengeful is an understatement. He's a perfect counterpart to Emma, and the scenes between the pair sizzle with incredible hotness.
You will root for this couple from their initial (brutal) meeting. If you have not read Cole's other books in the Immortals After Dark series, do yourself a favor and do so!