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Tainted Kiss

Tainted Kiss

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by Sharon Kay
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.


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.

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Sharon Kay
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Watchers Kiss , #1
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Meet the Author

Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves paranormal romance, with romantic suspense following close on its heels. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write one book, let alone a series. But WICKED WIND and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

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Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not into all the explisit sex scenes, but the story & characters are TERRIFIC. I read the "Solsti Prophyse" first & loved all the characters so I decided to try this one also. I was not disappointed. I only hope Sharon will write more of this series.
notwest1 More than 1 year ago
This was my first by this author and that meaning the first of this wonderful world she's weaved. I will definitely be going back and reading the Solsti series to see what lead up to this book, but I will say while I felt like I was missing a little the author did a fabulous job of filling in any blanks. I really really loved Arawn's character, he was just so awesomely alpha and so tender with Ria. Ria was a wonderful female for him and I really enjoyed this whole story. It is filled with a wonderful world of characters, an intriguing story and some amazingly steamy sex. I am also excited to see what's next for the Watchers and poor Spirio. I am actually glad I have more in this realm to read about during the wait. This was a complimentary e-copy provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
A Fierce Demon Warrior leader is brought to his knees by equally fierce demon warrior with both beauty and brains! Yep, I’m in! Sharon Kay spins off her Solsti Prophecy Series by spotlighting characters we’ve met before! Get ready to get even better acquainted with them, up close and flaming hot with Tainted Kiss! Arawn is 100% warrior, as loyal to his people as his cause. He analyzes, and makes decisions, and is the first to jump into battle. He is also haunted by his past, and the one person he couldn’t save. Ria is one of his warriors, tough, smart and his best friend’s sister. She also has a secret, one that she harbors deep in her heart, or so she thinks. Her heart belongs to the moody and distant Arawn, one of those impossible situations, right? Nah, it took Ria lying near death to bring an old primal need out in Arawn, but mixing danger with pleasure is not a good strategy. Ahh, the lonely life of a leader with secrets he is afraid to share. He should have realized he should never underestimate the power of a woman on a mission for love; it’s kind of like denying the Fourth of July fireworks going off between these two! But, beware another mission gone awry and of course, Ria’s big brother…Heroes may fall, but love is a soothing balm. Sharon Kay does it again! Blistering each page with action, fierce battles, hot warriors and powerful women! If that isn’t enough to have you firmly entrenched in a heat wave, wait until she spices it all up with romance, carnal needs of expression and did I mention hot warriors expressing their carnal needs? Grab your demon warrior gear, bring some smelling salts and dive on into this fast-paced tale! The plot is great, the dialogue is perfect, the secrets are shockers, and the bodypaint is a work of art! Sharon Kay has outdone herself this time! I received an ARC edition from Sharon Kay in exchange for my honest review!
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 4 Tainted Kiss Stars ~ Tainted Kiss is book one in the Watcher’s Kiss series by Sharon Kay. Ria and Arawn are both Watchers. They have been attracted to each other for some time, but neither one has done anything about it. Not until Ria is hurt. I really liked Ria. She is strong, feisty, and loyal to her friends, family, and comrades. Everything a heroine should be. I also liked Arawn. He is the Commander of the Watchers, leader of the Lush demons, and all the decisions he makes is to protect his race and realm. He does have a deep dark secret that he is desperately trying to keep hidden and he knows it will disgust everyone. We get some great sexual tension between Ria and Arawn and once these two give in, boy oh boy, do the pages heat up. There is a new evil that our characters must fight. The storyline was intriguing and kept me glued to the pages. I also enjoyed the world and secondary characters. Note: This is my first experience with Sharon Kay and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did feel like I was missing something thou. Like there should or are books before Tainted Kiss. This feeling comes from how the author started Tainted Kiss with a war that just ended, someone in a comma, and already we have several Watcher couples mated together. I did a little research and the Watcher’s Kiss series is a spin off from her Solsti Prophecy series. Can you read this one without having read the Solsti Prophecy series? Yes you can, but you might get better enjoyment and understanding of the world and it’s characters if you read the Solsti Prophecy first. I plan on reading her other series, so I have the full scope of things. Overall, Tainted Kiss was a marvelous read, for not having read the other series first. *Disclaimer: ARC copy provided by Author with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1) by Sharon Kay Lash Demon, Arawn, has devoted his life to leading the Watchers. He lost his mate in a tragedy hundreds of years prior and has not loved another. It is not until one of his Watchers, Ria, is injured, that he begins to realize he has feelings for her. We met both Ria and Arawn in the Solsti Prophecy Series. I loved hearing their story. Arawn is a strong a courageous commander. He is well-liked by his people. He has a secret that he worries will ruin his relationship with Ria and the respect of his team. He takes on a lot of burdens himself, which makes him a bit grumpy at times. I like that he truly cares about his people. Ria is one of the few female Watchers. She is resilient and smart. She compliments Arawn making them a magnificent couple. They have wonderful chemistry. I couldn’t believe the outfit she had to wear on one of her missions. It definitely takes a lot of guts to go undercover. I like that Gin and Mathias from Wicked Flame (Solsti Prophecy #3) had such an integral part in this story. It makes sense since Mathias is Ria’s brother and Gin her best friend/sister-in-law Tainted Kiss’ plot was cleaver and exciting. The mystery and thrills never stopped making this a hard book to put down. Sharon Kay created another creative and action-filled story in Tainted Kiss. Her characters are well-developed. The plot had a lot going on and was interesting with unexpected twists. Tainted Kiss is an excellent start to a new series. Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.