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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#REVIEW: Tainted Kiss by Sharon Kay

Title: Tainted Kiss
Series: Watchers Kiss #1
Author:  Sharon Kay
Published Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: self-published by author
Format: ebook
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9781310462245
Genre: paranormal romance
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 ½ stars

Synopsis: Tactical, lethal, resolute.
Haunted by a centuries-old tragedy, there’s no room in Arawn’s life for softness. Every action he takes is for the betterment of his race and the good of the realm. He leads his elite band of warriors the same way he lives his life: full on, without compromise, determined. Except for one sexy female who happens to be his subordinate.

Tenacious, passionate, tough-as-steel. 
Ria relishes the duties Arawn assigns her as much as she respects the deadly combatants on her team. And she has a secret: her formidable boss is also her deepest fantasy. Years of working under his authority haven’t dulled the spark she feels, yet her passion is tempered by the hints of loss she gathers about him. His dark and sexy moodiness draws her, but he’s a hard man to approach as he keeps the world at emotional arm’s length.

Secrets laced in blood burn his battle-hardened soul.
When Ria is gravely injured in the line of duty, Arawn can no longer fight his own long-simmering feelings. But a secret, more heinous and ugly than anyone could imagine, prevents him from surrendering his heart. Despite his intentions, he and Ria forge a connection both fiery and unexpectedly tender. Yet every day brings them closer to shocking facts. Evil stirs in his blood, and hiding the truth from her will be the ultimate betrayal.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This series is a spin off of the author’s previous Solsti Prophecy series, which I read, devoured, and adored. At first, when agreeing to read and review this book, I was unaware that it was a spin-off. I just knew that this was an author I truly enjoyed reading, and was eager to see what other worlds she had conjured up.
The night after I received it, I decided to glance at the first page to see how it was. When I saw the words “Arawn” and “Lash Demon”, I couldn’t put it down. If you look at my review of the last book of the Solsti Prophecy series, I was so happy that the world would be continued. As with her previous books, I was hooked into reading it in the very first page.
In the previous series I liked Arawn, he was a strong leader of his entire race, and yet compassionate. In this book, we really get to delve deeply into him as a person, instead of as the leader. The author does a superb job of showing us him as a strong alpha male, and yet equally humble, loving and hurt by his past. We also get to see one of the few, if not the only, female of the elite force of Watchers, Ria. We see into her as a person as well, her tenaciousness, drive to excel in a male-dominated field. This fiery spirit is what makes her Arawn’s equal, and what makes her the perfect complement to his alpha complex.

It was so good to be able to go back into the world of Torth once more. I can’t wait to see what is next.

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