Monday, February 14, 2011

Review: Kiss of Darkness by Loribelle Hunt

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pub Date: Jan 2011
I received a copy for review from Netgalley

Winter, a hybrid, has spent her life at war. A group of humans who are part demon, the hybrids, along with the lupines and nightwalkers, have dedicated their lives to defeating demons and protecting humanity. Yet, despite their united cause, the three groups share an uneasy alliance.

When hybrid military compounds come under attack from demon insurgents, Winter has no choice but to turn to the lupines and nightwalkers for assistance. It's a partnership based on necessity and she has no intention of letting down her guard with either group.

Marcus, the nightwalker Lord, has other plans. The immediate attraction between him and Winter promises a passion he can't ignore. To claim her as his own, he'll not only have to fight the demons who seem hell-bent on destroying her, but her own misconceptions about him and the nightwalker race. It's a battle he refuses to lose.

Kiss of Darkness is a fun paranormal romance full of hot alpha guys (that aren't afraid to take orders from women), action, sex, lust, and some very kickass women that know how to get the job done.

Winter is a warrior and a leader and she's running out of time. Soon the demon that shares her soul will take over completely and there will be nothing left of the woman she once was. Winter agreed to share the soul of a demon and become a Hybrid in order to fight full fledged demons, protecting the innocents and also avenging the murder of her husband. Now, 60 years later, she meets a mysterious and powerful man that makes her yearn for things she fears she shouldn't and she's not even sure she can trust him or his people.

Marcus is a sexy alpha hero. He wants to protect Winter and lock her up somewhere safe, but what made me love Marcus is that he realizes that he can't do that to her. She's a warrior and a Hybrid, not what he would have chosen for himself, but now that he has her, he knows that loving her means letting her be who she is. He also helps Winter learn to trust and to give and he stops her from constantly taking foolish risks with her life.

Kiss of Darkness is also populated with great side characters. Something that was both a blessing a curse about the book was that it seemed to actually be three love stories in one. We get Marcus and Winter, and then Winter's friend Gia with Marcus' brother Lucas as well as Winter's friend and second in command, Dupree, and the girl he wants but denies himself. The set up seems to be for Lucas and Gia to have their full story next and I have to say that I would love to read it.

Overall, a fun and sexy read with likable characters and steamy romance.

Final grade: B


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