Kiss of the Fallen by Kharma Kelley
Read: 19th – 24th September 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was lucky enough to be given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (BooksGoSocial) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks for the advance copy.
So what’s this book about?
Kiss of The Fallen is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance novel (approx 248 pages) set in modern day New Orleans, USA and features vampires, witches and were-shifters.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Tristan Castilion, a celebrated Commander of the Vampire Royal Guard, just wanted to be left alone. He wanted nothing to do with the war brewing among all the supernaturals and had grown tired of fighting all these centuries. All of them were screwed up anyway; but who was he to judge who drinks blood and who eats souls?
Sucked into one last mission from his vampire government, Tristan soon finds himself in the middle of a dark conspiracy within the vampire ranks and a half-naked demon chained to his bed.
And not just any old demon…
Zoe is a Black Blood Slayer—legendary demons bred to do one thing: kill vampires. A true ruler of the night, she’s forced to keep her lethal wiles at bay in order to uncover the truth, creating an unlikely partnership with Tristan.
Her blood is spiked with a desire he longs to tame, but if he does, he could be six-feet under; this time forever. But with both of them on the run and all hell breaking loose, how can he be sure she wants him to love or to destroy?
So, what did I like about it?
I requested Kiss of The Fallen through NetGalley for a number of reasons; the front cover caught my eye – I mean, it’s unique and beautiful, the story description piqued my interest – mortal enemies forced together and an odd couple romance, yes please and I had previously read Kharma Kelley’s Tall, Dark and Deadly and really loved it (read my review here).
I find Kharma Kelley’s writing style easy to read with a good balance of action, mystery and healthy dose of sarcasm. I enjoy stories that highlight the fact that we all have choices and that the choices we make not only affect us but those around us too.
Ms Kelley spent the first few chapters world building – we were quickly brought up to speed about how her supernatural world fit within our own and the politics involved in the warring factions however, there was still plenty of action, intrigued, mystery and surprising twists.
I enjoy a story more when the characters are created with depth of personality and I feel that Ms Kelley’s story was populated with complex, multifaceted and completely believable ones. I think it was partly due to their very real human virtues and foibles, even though most of them were mythical, paranormal beings.
Although I didn’t shed a tear reading this book, I did enjoy the banter between Zoe and Tristan – it was very entertaining. The pace throughout this book had me holding my breath, the intrigue, action and thriller aspects had me on the edge of my seat – I loved the twists and turns Ms Kelley weaved into the tale – and I liked the way she tied up all the loose ends without the need for any pesky cliff-hangers. Woohoo!
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
So, now I have to be honest and say why I rated Kiss of The Fallen 4 stars instead of 5.
I really did enjoy this book but I have to be honest and say that some of the dialogue, “bad” characters and scenes within this story had me rolling my eyes; I’m not a great fan of clichés, luckily the bulk of the story had me gripped meaning those niggles didn’t play on my mind for long.
I am probably also being rather mean to Ms Kelley and doing her book a dis-service but I need to explain, the ARC version I was given was in desperate need of a proof-reader and editor, so much so that it hindered the flow of the story and took the edge of my enjoyment a wee bit. I have sent my findings to BooksGoSocial and hope the published work is much cleaner.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed this book. It has everything that I look for in a good book; adventure, mystery, intrigue, action, humour and a sprinkling of romance and passion.
Due to the graphic nature of the violence and sex scenes, I would only recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content, so if you enjoy strong alpha heroes and independent capable heroines, tense and often brutal confrontations and hot lust/romance scenes then Kiss Of The Fallen is the book for you.
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