Kiss of Darkness
Published: Jan. 24, 2011 (Carina Press)
Purchase at: Amazon for Kindle
Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars
Kiss of Darkness has the elements so many of us enjoy: a love story to get wrapped up in, missions with certain death and plenty of supernaturals to cover your favorites (vampires, werewolves, demons). I owe Loribelle Hunt a thank you for a mental escape in her paranormal digital release.
Winter is the leader of a group of demon hybrids. These are humans who chose to merge their souls with those of demons to make themselves strong enough to kill the real demons. Think of them as an anti-demon militia. The downside is it’s very hard to keep the primal energy of the demon at bay. Without bonding to another person, the demon will eventually win out — usually in 50 or 60 years. Find a partner for life, and a hybrid can live indefinitely. Winter is already fighting the battle to keep her demon in check. Her mentor and commander has gone missing, their safe houses are being raided by demons and now she’s expected to keep everyone safe.
The hybrids have a tense alliance with both the lupines and the nightwalkers. The relationship with the werewolves is pretty decent, with the two kinds finding mates from the other groups. The nightwalkers, though, have always set themselves apart. Now with the demons organizing attacks on the hybrids, the three supernatural groups must work together to find the answer before the demons kill more innocent people.
Marcus is the leader of the nightwalkers. His kind bond for life, but unlike the hybrids, their kind has a destined mate. Like the weres, the vampires will innately know when they’ve met the one and forge a mental and physical bond with them. Marcus is used to the demure, delicate nature of female vampires, so he’s not sure what to think when his gut tells him the brash, fearless and independent Winter is his true mate. He does all he can to seduce her and tries to keep his protective instincts in check, but their differences make for some intense clashes. I really appreciated that Winter didn’t just give in to the seductions of a sexy vampire. She immediately found him attractive, but also had no need for his cocky attitude and she certainly wasn’t one to be bossed around. His attempts to win Winter are intense, but matched with the mating hunt described for both his and the lupine kind.
The secondary character relationships, particularly that of a hybrid and a human woman wanting to join the ranks, helped flesh out the world in Kiss of Darkness and added depth. I’d love to read more of the other characters relationships in other books, and that’s a testament to their development.
Kiss of Darkness balances a touch of mythology and a whodunit plot with strong love angles with plenty of jealousy to go around. It doesn’t break any new barriers, but was a really fun read and enough to make me want to read more from Hunt.
Sexual content: More than one sex scene