Deadly Is the Kiss

Deadly Is the Kiss

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by Rhyannon Byrd

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Tasked with protecting humanity from harm, the last thing Ashe Granger was searching for on his mission was his destined mate. Then, a mysterious dark-eyed beauty reluctantly offered him shelter. A spark of danger—and a soul-deep recognition—ignited a burning, carnal need….

Since her family's exile, Juliana Sabin had borne full


Tasked with protecting humanity from harm, the last thing Ashe Granger was searching for on his mission was his destined mate. Then, a mysterious dark-eyed beauty reluctantly offered him shelter. A spark of danger—and a soul-deep recognition—ignited a burning, carnal need….

Since her family's exile, Juliana Sabin had borne full responsibility for their safety. So when evil struck, she had no choice but to ally herself with the sexy guardian vampire. Now, months later, Ashe is back and tempting Juliana to reveal her darkest secrets…and desires. For the killer stalking the shadows isn't acting alone—and he won't rest until his deadly cravings are fulfilled.

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The hunger burning beneath his hot skin told the vampire that he needed a woman. Needed her until the bed was wrecked and her husky cries were filling his head. But despite the half-clad dancers eyeing him with hopeful yearning, Ashe Granger knew he wouldn't be touching any of the females filling the noisy London nightclub.

There wasn't any point.

He'd already tried screwing his way to relief through at least a dozen women in the past month alone, his hunger only mounting with frustration at each useless attempt to control it. Sex no longer brought him those satisfying moments of peace. Instead, it left him restless and in a foul mood—so he'd given it up for the time being, going cold turkey. It sucked, but at least he didn't have to face that bleak feeling in his chest every time he came inside the wrong woman. A bitch of a situation for a man to find himself in, considering he would never be coming inside the right one. And the idea of living like a monk for the rest of his life didn't appeal. He'd rather die.

"It's just for now," a voice said inside his mind. "Just until you figure out a way to break the Burning."

Burning. Baking. Being in heat. They all meant the same, each referring to the primal change that a normally cold-skinned Deschanel male experienced once he found his intended mate; that one woman meant to bring balance to his life. A violent, visceral wave of heat that twists and turns through his veins, growing more intense the longer he waits to claim her. It didn't always happen, now that their numbers were no longer what they used to be. But when it did, it was hard to miss, hitting the vampire's system with the punch of a nuclear assault.

With a snarl, Ashe shook his head, wiping his irritating thoughts clean. At the moment, he had more pressing matters to worry about. Namely, the man he was there to meet.

Ashe wasn't in the habit of conferring with anonymous sources who claimed they had important information they were willing to divulge. Especially when there wasn't a price attached. People just didn't tend to do things out of the kindness of their hearts. Especially the kind of people who sent anonymous notes to his hotel room, like the one he'd received an hour ago, telling Ashe to wait for him in this seedy club. And he hated waiting. Hated the way it felt. The way it coiled through his muscles, through his mind, leaving him edgy and restless…on the verge of violence at the slightest provocation.

The only reason he'd come was because the message had mentioned information about the Sabins. They were an extensive family, consisting of several generations, probably about fifty of them in all. For the past nine years, the Sabins had been serving time at their compound within the Wasteland. It was a vampire's worst nightmare, but then that was the point. Prisons weren't meant to be enjoyed, and that's exactly what the Wasteland was, only without the steel bars and armed guards. Instead, the vampires who had been banished to the desolate realm hidden within a Norwegian forest were bound within its borders by powerful magic. While the noncondemned could move freely in and out of the mystical realm, the prisoners were forced to permanently reside within the cold, bleak, dangerous pit.

An explanation for exactly why the Sabin family had been sentenced to the Wasteland was something that Ashe had been working to get his hands on for the past year, ever since he'd become acquainted with the family during a little quest he'd shared with a group of shape-shifters who were out to save the world. But despite his determination, no rulings by the Deschanel Council could be found in the record books. And no one he'd asked had been able to provide him with any answer other than that the details were "classified."

Ashe needed that information. Needed it badly enough that when he'd received the note saying to come to this club, he hadn't been able to ignore it.

Now he was sitting in a chair that was too small, sipping a beer that was too warm, while house music barreled its way through his brain like a hammer and the foul stench of sweat filled his nostrils. He wouldn't have thought this many people would be out clubbing in the early hours of the evening, but the annoying crowd clearly proved him wrong.

Maybe I'm just getting too old for this shit, he thought with a grimace, though at nearly two centuries in age he was still considered to be in his prime by vampire reckoning. Though not immortal, his species could usually enjoy long life spans, until such time as they took a mate. Then the man and woman's internal clocks aligned, ensuring that one never lived for long without the other. Most couples had little more than a hundred years together…but for the majority, it was meant to be one hell of a century.

Or in my case, he thought, a hundred years of hell.

Finishing the last of his beer, Ashe took another visual sweep of the steadily growing crowd, determining which of the writhing bodies on the dance floor were human and which were from the ancient clans—those nonhuman races, like the Deschanel vampires, who had lived for centuries hidden among their fellow humans.

Just as he decided that he'd waited long enough, a tall, lanky guy slipped into the empty chair on the other side of the small table. The guy's scent immediately told Ashe he was a vampire. Just not a very smart one, judging by the sour stench of drugs leaking through the male's pores. Spiky black hair shot out in every direction from the vamp's pale head, no less than seven piercings marking his face in different locations. Nose, lips, eyebrows and cheeks. Big black discs elongated his earlobes, at least an inch and a half in diameter. Fucking ouch. Ashe liked a little pain with his pleasure as much as the next vamp, but he didn't get how some guys could embrace it for the sake of an image.

The stranger shot him a nervous smile, revealing his crooked front teeth. "Hey, man. I'm Jax."

Ashe narrowed his eyes, waiting for the guy to get on with it.

Jax shifted in his chair with a kind of nervous energy that probably had more to do with needing his next fix than it did with fear. Fiddling with his earlobe, he said, "So you're, like, a Formyndare, aren't you?''

Formyndares were an elite, highly skilled group of soldiers whose job was the protection of the Deschanel vampires. They were often considered the most ruthless hunters out of all the ancient clans…and they were not to be screwed with.

Instead of answering the question, Ashe just leaned back in his chair and glared. He had no intention of discussing his profession with the jonesing vampire.

Jax's nervousness was increasing, his right eyelid starting to twitch. "So, yeah, I'm, uh, here to give you some info that's gonna rock your world."

A cocky grin lifted the corner of Ashe's mouth. Drily, he said, "I can't wait to hear it."

Jax licked his lips. "Yeah, well, why don't you buy me a drink and then we can have our little talk."

Oh, now that was just funny. Was this idiot really stupid enough to try and milk him? reaching over the table and snagging the junkie's scrawny wrist in a lightning-quick move, Ashe applied enough pressure to let him know he was done getting dicked around.

"Hey, man, ease off," Jax wheezed. "I'm just the messenger."

"Then deliver your damn message and get the hell out of here," Ashe demanded in a low, deadly rasp.

"All right, okay." Jax's eyes shot from side to side, as if he was having trouble deciding where to look. "All I know is that there's a woman eating dinner at an Italian place called something like Zizzi over on James Street. It's only a few blocks from here. She's wearing a green sweater, sitting out on the patio. She'll give you the location."

"What location?" he sneered, using his other hand to grip the vamp's chin, forcing him to hold his stare. "What the hell are you talking about? You were meant to give me information about the Sabin family!"

Jax's throat worked as he swallowed. "Look, don't hurt me, okay. The guy—"

"What guy?"

"I don't know, man." Jax was practically whining, his scent steeped in panic and fear. "He was one of us, you know. Brownish hair, Desch-gray eyes. He found me at a bar around the corner, described what you look like, then told me that if I wanted to earn a grand, all I had to do was come in here and tell you that the woman in the green sweater can give you Juliana Sabin's location. He said to hurry. To get your ass moving now."

Juliana's location? That didn't make any sense. He already knew her location. She was bound within the Wasteland with the rest of her family, and that's where the little criminal would remain.

With a grunt of disgust, Ashe released the guy's wrist and moved to his feet. He threw a twenty-pound note on the table to cover his drinks and headed through the crowd, out into the bitter evening. The wintry winds whipped around his ears and neck like a ghostly caress, but he didn't feel its chill, his body seething with heat. Christ, just the thought of Juliana had him so twisted up inside he felt like a knot.

Shoving one hand through his hair, he started down the crowded sidewalk, barely noticing the people who scrambled to get out of his way, while he recalled the way he'd spent the past year comparing every woman he met with the mysterious little vamp. Even when he was bedding another woman, it was Juliana's face he'd see in his mind. Her slim, strong body he'd imagine spread out beneath him. Her pale, slender throat he pictured driving his fangs into, deep and hard and thick, until her blood was flowing in a sweet, blistering rush over his tongue and his hips were slamming against hers, demanding she give him everything she had. Every stubborn, breathtaking, infuriating part of her.

Strange, that he could want her so badly, and yet have never actually touched her with anything more than a brief, fleeting contact. But then, he and the exiled vampire had never hit it off, constantly butting heads and bickering over everything from the serious to the trivial.

Meet the Author

Rhyannon Byrd is a longtime fan of romance and the author of more than thirty paranormal and erotic titles. She has been nominated for three Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including best Shape-shifter Romance. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful, but often chilly county of Warwickshire in England with her husband and family. Visit her website at

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Deadly Is the Kiss 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha]: Primal Instinct is one of my favorite series, but this spin-off installment was by far my favorite book yet. I've been a fan of the Granger brothers all along and there's just something about Ashe that set my heart a pitter pat, so when I heard that Deadly is the Kiss was his book I was beyond excited. After reading the captivating conclusions to Rush of Darkness and Rush of Pleasure, I knew we were in for something special with Ashe and Juliana's book was released. Boy was that an understatement. Deadly is the Kiss throws Ashe and Juliana together under unusual circumstances and forces them to confront the undeniable attraction they have had for one another since they met back in the Wasteland. With danger lurking around every corner the story is a non-stop adrenaline rush and keeps the characters (and the reader) on alert and hypersensitive, which makes for some amazing moments. Ashe is everything you want in an alpha male - gorgeous, strong, deadly, protective, stubborn, and take no prisoners. He can be intimidating, and I wanted to smack him a few times for so vehemently denying his feelings for Juliana and then turning around and using them (and her obvious attraction to him) to taunt or blackmail her, but all of it together made him what I always knew he was but found out in spades in this book... SEXY AS SIN. Juliana was a great heroine - smart, funny & resourceful. I loved uncovering her insecurities in this book as well as it made her even more `real' to me. Together, they are dynamite. There was no instant perfect chemistry and things that `just worked', they went through a lot to get where they ended up and it was a ride that I never wanted to end. As usual, Rhyannon's world building was superb. Her Primal Instinct world has always been ingenious, but there was something about the set up of this book and the additional treasures she provided for us readers. I was captivated throughout. It excites me to think that there may be additional books following Deadly is the Kiss (hopefully Gideon's and a few others!?) that are set up like this one was with bucket loads of intrigue, romance, action, intensity and so much more. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Deadly is the Kiss 5 Skulls and would give it more if there were more to give. I whole heartedly recommend this to all Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shifter and all around Fantasy readers who want a grab you by the seat and not let go read. While this book can be read as a stand alone I would highly recommend reading the books in the Primal Instinct series beforehand to get the history and get properly introduced to Ashe in all of his glory. I cannot wait for more from Rhyannon Byrd and while I know that it will be a bit before I get another of these books, I know that I have her BloodRunner's series installment to look forward to and I am very excited for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been waiting for awhile for this book. Soooo worth the wait. Love the dynamic relation between Ashe n Jules. This is one of my favorite in the series. Can't wait for the book. I highly recommended all the other books written by this great author. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not disappoint. Many of Ms. Byrd's fans have been waiting for the story of Julia and Ashe for quite a long time and it was worth the wait. Cannot wait for the next installment regarding the Granger family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful and well worth the wait. A great read that I could not put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing !!!! I had falln in love with ashe from the start and the fact that his story FINALLY csme out was amazing too me. Ashe is dark, protective, deadly, sexy as hell and mysterious. The perfect combination for an alpha male. I loved the diolouge in this story n julianna is amazing. All in all this was an amazing read and i recommend it to all.
Mariatta More than 1 year ago
This is it! This story is just blowing! I was a fan of Ashe all along and I'm so happy that he finally found his soul-mate! And Juliana - what a wonderful, sensitive women! She is exactly what Ashe needs and she changes him so he becomes just what she needs him to be! I recommend this book with all my heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've really enjoyed the Primal Instinct series and have found them all to be well written so when I found out there was going to be a spin off with the Grangers naturally I was thrilled. I mean what's not to love about these brothers, right. Sadly I was a little disappointed with this book. It's a quick, easy read but a little cheesy. I didn't really like the dialogue all that much between Ashe and Julianna. It's as though she tried to write Ashe as raw, which ordinarily I like. It makes the men seem more realistic but the attempt fell a little flat and just came out corny. Nevertheless, it was still a fun read just not my favorite from her. The Primal Instinct books were just so good.
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Bluewillow1970 More than 1 year ago
Loved every character in the entire series... Devoured every word
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Great read! I've read so many novels, this one is one of my favs. The writing alone is fantastic! Definitely stands in a category by itself! Started reading the rest of her other books now too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flowing.. will read again
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