Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers Series #1)

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers Series #1)

by Michelle Rowen

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ISBN-13: 9780373210473
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: Nightwatchers Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,226,242
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Michelle Rowen is an award-winning, national bestselling author of paranormal books for both teens and adults. She lives in Southern Ontario. Visit www.michellerowen.com for more information about Michelle and her books.

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"This is going to be an amazing night, Sam!" Carly shouted over the music blasting all around us.

"You think so?" I yelled back.

"Best night ever!"

Sure. My throat already hurt and we'd only been here for a half hour. So far it felt like every Friday night at Crave, elbow to elbow with other sweaty kids on the dance floor.

Don't get me wrong, as one of the only all-ages clubs here in Trinity, it was a decent place to hang out—especially with my best friend—I just didn't think it was going to change my life or anything.

Anyone looking at us would think that Carly and I were the polar opposite of each other in looks and attitude. Carly Kessler was a curvy, flippy-haired blonde with a sunny personality whereas I was a skinny, nonsunny, long-haired brunette. And yet we were still best friends and had been forever.

After a few more minutes enveloped in the hot nightclub, Carly clutched my arm, her face flushed with excitement. "Heads up. Stephen Keyes is looking right at you."

I glanced over my shoulder and saw him standing at the edge of the dance floor. He was looking at me. Or, at least, he seemed to be looking at me.

I turned back around, my heart pounding.

Everyone has that one crush, the guy they can't stop thinking about even though it's totally hopeless. Stephen Keyes was mine. He was nineteen—two years older than me—and utterly gorgeous with jet-black hair and caramel-colored eyes. We grew up in the same neighborhood, him two doors down from me. He mowed lawns in the summer. I watched from my bedroom window.

It was such a cliche, really. The weird, unpopular chick with the massive crush on the hot, older jock.

As far as I knew, Stephen was supposed to be at university in California, two thousand miles away. I'd even watched his parents help him pack up his car when he left town at the end of August. I wondered why he was back only a couple of months later.

Suddenly he wasn't just lingering at the edge of the dance floor looking distant and delectable. He was standing right next to me. Carly watched, her eyes widening as Stephen leaned close enough for me to hear him over the loud throb of the music.

"Can I talk to you?" he asked.

"Me?"

He nodded and smiled. And I, the girl who shunned and mocked romance in all its forms—movies, books, real life—went weak for a hot guy I had a crush on. Whenever I'd really liked somebody in the past—which, not including Stephen, had been only twice before in my entire life—it hadn't ended in true love. The two other boys I'd fallen for hadn't liked me in return and I'd ended up ignored, brokenhearted and humiliated both times.

However, that hadn't stopped me from liking Stephen.

A lot.

Stephen didn't wait for my reply. Instead, he walked away, weaving through the labyrinth of sweaty dancers. Something wicked this way comes.

The line from Macbeth, our current read in English class, flitted through my head. The quote suited Stephen perfectly. He might be the boy next door, but to me he was also wicked. And dangerous.

I didn't do dangerous. Not anymore. Even little dangerous things tended to lead to big trouble. Six months ago, I'd been busted for shoplifting—my dumb way of psychologically dealing with my parents' divorce—although I wasn't arrested for it, thank God. I'd learned my lesson in a very big way that sticking your hands in dangerous places would get them chopped off.

"Go," Carly urged. "This is so awesome!"

She wasn't much help. Carly would storm headfirst into danger if she thought it might mean that she'd have a good time. When she was a kid she'd stuck her hand in a beehive because she wanted to taste the honey. It hadn't turned out so well, of course, but I had to admire her for…well, going for it, despite all the signs not to. She didn't second-guess herself. She didn't regret anything she tried—even the crazy stuff.

With a last look at Carly, I followed Stephen off the dance floor. I was insanely curious what he wanted to speak to me about. I mean, despite us living very close to each other, he didn't even know me.

He led the way up a spiral staircase to the second-floor lounge, which was surrounded by glass walls with thin, swirling frosted patterns on the otherwise clear surface. Up here, away from the crowd and deejay and loudspeakers, I could actually hear myself think. The lounge had a couple of pool tables and red couches and chairs. Stephen leaned against one of the couches and studied me. He wore a black button-down shirt and dark jeans. His hair was slicked back off his handsome face. My stomach fluttered.

"So…" I began when he didn't say anything. "Do you come here often?"

Oh, God. I was normally proud of my smooth comebacks, my witty one-liners, and that was what came out of my mouth? I wanted a do-over.

Stephen grinned, showing straight white teeth. "I'm here every single night, lately. Even weekdays."

"Every night? Really?" I twisted my hair. "Cool."

Cool? Really? I was not handling this well at all. My brain and my voice weren't working in sync.

"Um, what are you doing in Trinity?" I asked. "I thought you were in university now."

He shrugged a shoulder. "I'm taking a bit of a break, trying to decide what I really want to do with my life. Thought I'd come back here for a while."

I just nodded and tried very hard not to say "cool" again.

"You come here every Friday, right, Samantha?"

A flush of pleasure went through me. I was totally okay with friends calling me Sam, but I liked hearing him say my full name.

"Usually."

"You like it here?"

I looked around. There weren't many people in the lounge tonight. It was the first time I'd even come up here, myself. A couple on the far couch glanced over at us every so often as if curious why Stephen Keyes was talking to me. The majority of kids were downstairs on the large dance floor and at the bar area, both visible through the glass wall that circled the lounge. I could even see the top of Carly's blond head from where I stood.

"Yeah, it's okay," I said.

"Just okay?"

I shrugged and rubbed my dry lips together, turning to face him. My lip gloss from earlier was long gone. "Some nights are better than others."

Stephen reached out a hand. "Come here."

If he hadn't made it sound like a charming invitation, I might have resisted. But I walked closer to him, until I was a few feet away. There was something strange in his gaze as he studied me. I couldn't put my finger on it, but a chill slid down my spine.

I cleared my throat. "You said you wanted to talk to me about something?"

"So you're the special one, are you?"

That was the last thing I expected him to say. "Special?"

"That's what she said. That's why she wants me to do this. I normally wouldn't, since you're so young."

She? She who? I frowned at him. "I'm seventeen."

"Exactly. That's young."

"No, it's not."

"Trust me, Samantha. It is."

He slid his arm around my waist so that his hand rested at the small of my back, and he drew me closer to him. His touch sank into me, cool against my hot skin.

It was suddenly difficult for me to breathe. "Who said I'm special?"

He didn't answer. When I looked up at him I realized he was leaning closer to me, closer and closer, and then his lips brushed against mine. I gasped and he pulled back a little.

"Is this okay?" he asked. "May I kiss you?" My cheeks warmed. "I…um…"

He spoke softly into my ear. "I should warn you, it's a very dangerous kiss. It'll change your life forever, so you have to want it."

If I wasn't feeling so flustered, I might have thought he was being cocky. I mean, please. A kiss that could change my life forever?

But I kind of believed him. And after months of trying to be a perfect angel after the shoplifting incident, I wanted to push the edges of my comfort zone just a little bit.

And this was special—a boy I liked who might like me in return. I couldn't just walk away.

This time I kissed him, tangling my fingers into his black hair and pulling his mouth toward mine as if I couldn't resist. I hadn't kissed many boys before, so I hoped I was doing it right. It felt right. In fact, it felt really right. My lips parted as the kiss deepened. His fingers dug into my waist. This felt like something out of a movie—one of the romantic ones I never watched because they made me feel uncomfortable. I didn't want to try to relate to all of those emotions, those declarations of love and eternal devotion. I mean, spare me the drama.

"You're delicious," Stephen whispered before he kissed me again and my heart felt like it was pounding right out of my chest.

And then it got weird.

The cool sensation from his touch turned icy and spread to the kiss, and I shivered. That iciness slid down my throat to my stomach and branched out to my arms and legs, chilling my entire body. Goose bumps formed on my arms. Dizziness swirled through me. It was jarring, but I couldn't exactly say it felt bad. It was exciting, a rush, like being on a roller coaster in the middle of winter.

I lost track of time. Nothing existed for me except Stephen. His lips never left mine—and I never wanted them to. Minutes, hours, I didn't know how long it was that he kissed me. All I knew was that I couldn't stop kissing him even if I wanted to.

But then, finally, he stopped kissing me. He held my face between his hands and stared at me for a heavy moment. His eyes looked very dark in the shadows up here. "Sorry, kid. Really."

Then he let go of me and walked away.

Kid?

Time slowed to a crawl as he disappeared down the stairs, the dance music becoming a hollow echo in my ears. My face burned even though my chest now felt like ice.

The scent of sweat mixed with perfume slowly pulled me out of my daze. To my left I could see the multicolored lights above the dance floor. Even up here, the ground shook with the force of all the kids stomping down there.

Carly appeared at the top of the stairs and approached me, glancing back in the direction Stephen had gone. "Sam! What happened?"

I tried to find my voice. "Stephen Keyes kissed me." Her eyes widened. "Oh, my God! You're so lucky!" He'd kissed me. And then he'd called me a kid and walked away.

"Lucky," I repeated, just before my eyes rolled back, my knees gave out and everything went black.

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CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
For awhile now, I've been steering clear of most YA fiction involving angels of any kind. I've just read a couple that I haven't been too impressed with. <i>However</i> , I decided to give DARK KISS a try after seeing it on Net Galley and hearing some positive things about it. I am sooo glad I did. The story starts with an average teen girl, Samantha, who FINALLY gets a kiss from her longtime crush. And instead of a choir of angels singing (hehe), and bells ringing, we find out the kiss wasn't exactly a GOOD thing. After Sam experiences this kiss and decides to go home, she runs into Bishop, an angel sent from Heaven. And, Bishop is everything you'd expect an angel to be. He's dreamy, kind, and level-headed. Well, at least that's what we know of him <i>now</i> . It's apparent from the beginning that there's some supernatural connection between Sam and Bishop and that they are just NOT going to be able to stay away from each other. I liked that as the story unfolds, so do the characters. I learned that what you see isn't necessarily what you get with <i>any</i> of the people in this book. Right down to Kraven, the demon who is a part of Bishop's team on earth, to keep order in Sam's town. I started out assuming certain things about everyone and then gradually came to realize that there was so much more under the surface. I'm hoping the next book explores more of these characters' personalities. I have a feeling that some of the people I thought were &quot;bad&quot;, may not really be. I definitely suggest reading this book. Even if, like me, you may not really be into angels. DARK KISS is a very original story and I'm eager for the rest of the series, already.
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I have some mixed feelings about this one. So let's look at this from what I liked and disliked. First, here's what I liked: The entire concept for this story was pretty unique. Although I've read quite a few angel stories, Michelle Rowen did bring a new and interesting angle to it in that things aren't as cut and dried as angel vs. fallen angel. There are other entities involved, the Grays, and this is what brought the uniqueness to the story. I haven't previously read about these creations that can suck out a soul with a kiss. So this definitely had me very interested and intrigued. And Samantha being lured into this by a longtime crush was suspenseful. I also liked most of the characters. The biggest draw for me were Bishop's &quot;friends.&quot; As they began to appear, it really added a great dynamic. Some of my favorite scenes were between these guys, Bishop and Samantha. These guys were interesting and I loved watching them interact with each other. Some of them are sweet, some are somewhat irritable and abrasive, but it made for really fun reading. The few little things I didn't like... I wasn't quite sure how Samantha and Bishop ended up becoming so enamored of each other in no time flat. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of a progressive buildup to the romance. Additionally, there just wasn't much excitement to this pair for me. I actually was more interested in her interactions with the demon on Bishops team, Kraven. There was some great tension there. The second thing for me was how quickly Samantha trusted. This woman who was the ultimate cause of everything that's going wrong for her right now arrives, gives her a story to explain away her actions...a story that doesn't even justify anything, and Samantha bought right into it without a second thought. The woman has stolen her soul, ultimately, but hey, she just did it because she's trying to help Samantha. It wasn't logical, even if you consider the fact that the woman is her aunt. She still wasn't trustworthy in any way and had no proof for her words. But Samantha swallowed it whole. These things aside though, the story was still very interesting. The strength lay in the author's writing. It was suspenseful and intriguing. Bottom line, I did enjoy the story and I will pick up the next in the series.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The tale begins in heaven with Bishop being hurled to Earth on a life or death mission. The scene then jumps to introduce us to seventeen year old protagonist Samantha. She is headed home when she passes a very handsome dark hard boy who appears to be in trouble. Remembering her past runaway stint, she offers to help. Bishop is confused, very confused. He has been sent to Earth to find another angel and two demons. Together they must stop an evil that is consuming Trinity, New York. If they fail all of humanity could be lost and he is unable to locate them. When Samantha touches Bishop, there is an electrical current. He begins to have clarity and she has a horrible vision of the city destroyed. She sees herself falling into a giant swirling vortex and Bishop is unable to save her. As Bishop head clears, he mumbles about finding the spotlights and not being able to see them. Samantha points and says you mean like that? They quickly realize that Samantha can see the beacons and she leads him to the first one. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful as Samantha finds herself in the middle of an epic battle that&rsquo;s results could change the world. The characters in Dark Kiss are all unique. Samantha is both brave and impossibly stubborn. She is quickly learning everything she thought about herself and her world is wrong. She has an insatiable hunger that cannot be fed and must face impossible decisions. The biggest problem is who to trust. I like Samantha, but I didn&rsquo;t love her. I would have liked her to be a little more mature and more snarky. Bishop is an angel and has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He is dark and brooding and needs Samantha more then she even realizes. Other key characters were Kraven, Carly, Zach, Roth and Conner. I really liked the handsome demon Kraven and look forward to reading more about him. Carly is Samantha&rsquo;s BFF and at first I didn&rsquo;t like her, but she surprised me. There is also an old homeless man who appears to see things and I loved the way he spoke in riddles. It will be interesting to see how Rowan develops these characters and their individual story lines. Rowan&rsquo;s world-building was fascinating. I really liked learning her take on souls and what occurs when we die. The history of angels and demons had me captivated. One of tales had me rooting for Samantha and Bishop. The threat she has created for humanity is interesting and the reaction of Heaven and Hell felt both believable and unique. Fans of Supernatural will see similarities with the angels and demons. I am anxious to see how this plot develops. I am hoping to see more of this fleshed out in book two and I&rsquo;d really like to see character growth in Samantha. She has the potential to be an awesome protagonist. Rowan delivered a fast paced novel that flowed well and kept me entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of challenges both mentally and physically. Mentally because Samatha has to resist her very nature to suck peoples souls but to tell herself that she'll be alright. She also has to come over her hunger in  order to be with the one she loves the most, Bishop- a smart and good looking angel from heaven (literally). She also has to overcome physical issues. Some of the physical issues include long distance running and restraint around Bishop. She has to do all of this in order to save Bishop and three other angels and two demons in order to  ride the world of all the creatures like her, incubuses. They suck souls and that is how their population keeps growing to were the devil and God see it fit to unite and destroy them but Bishop and Samantha stand in the way with emense love and affection for each other.
JustRead99 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim because, honestly, I liked the cover. So surprise, surprise when I read it and actually liked it....a lot. The author made me love the characters and really care about what happened to them. I would read this author again.
sszkutak on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Really 4.5 StarsBackground: Samantha is just an ordinary girl, except that she craves attention everyone once in a while, otherwise she is perfectly normal. That is until she is kissed by her long time crush Stephen, only it isn't what she expected it to be. Samantha realizes that the kiss has changed her and finds a very strange guy with bright shiny eyes on the street who tells her that she must help him. Thrown into a world of angels and demons, this ordinary girl must figure out who can be trusted.Review: I am happy to say that I could not put this book down. First off, the cover is what pulled me in, very dark and alluring. Then I started reading and at first was very confused. Samantha is a fairly likable protagonist, but she was a little underdeveloped for my liking, thus 4.5 not 5 stars. Rowen wrote Sam's character in a way that thrusts us right into the story but doesn't really build her up until much later.What I loved was the suspense and action. There was constantly something happening, and because the character development in the beginning was a little lacking in the beginning, this was possible. Right off we are with Sam as she has her life thrown upside down by Stephen's kiss and then immediately after that she meets Bishop and the others. This was a very quick read because of the swift plot-line, I think it is a great alternative to many of the other angel books already written in the young-adult genre. It was a little more macabre and not as... angsty (not saying it wasn't angsty but lesser than most).
AmberFIB on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Wow, this book was pretty awesome. Dark Kiss is the right blend of romance, action, and suspense. It's a definite page turner. I read this entire novel in one sitting because I could not wait to see what happened next! The characters are believable and easy to relate to, and the plot is intriguing. The story idea itself is unique, and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I cannot wait for the sequel! Rowen created a rich world with captivating characters. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters, even the bad ones. Each character had his or her own personality, and each one had his or her own voice. The story was told from Samantha's POV, and she is a likable character. It wasn't terrible being inside her head. She isn't some whiny emo girl. She takes charge and does what she has to do. Bishop is an extremely flawed hero, but I couldn't help liking him as well. My absolute favorite character, though, is Kraven. He's hilarious. I love his snarky attitude. The world-building was excellent, and I feel that I have a pretty good grasp of the world Rowen created. She did a terrific job of explaining things without including information dumps, which I hate in books. I got to learn about the world right along with Samantha, but Sam didn't ask a ton of dumb questions, so it wasn't annoying. Also, the world Rowen created is unique. These angels and demons are unlike any angels and demons that I've encountered in the YA angel literature. The rules are different, and good and evil doesn't seem to be as clearly defined as they are in a lot of the books. Trinity, New York, is an intriguing place, and I can't wait to read more about it. Rowen's writing was good, but her overuse of the word "flippant" got on my nerves a bit. I hope that will be edited out of the finished edition. Half of what was said was said in a "flippant way." It got to be annoying after about the fifth "flippant" in a row. Other than that, I enjoyed her writing. The pacing was spot on, and I never felt bored. The plot was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea what was going to happen next, and that doesn't happen to me often with books. Usually I can predict the ending, but I had no idea what was coming in this novel. That was refreshing. Furthermore, the ending tied everything up nicely without a cliffhanger. Things were left open for a sequel, but the main questions raised in this novel were answered by the end. I appreciate it when an author does that. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys any form of paranormal story, but is tired of the typical angel book. Dark Kiss is an amazing and unique novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Be prepared to lose sleep with this one.
booktwirps on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
I¿m very conflicted over this book. There were parts of it that I really liked, and then there were things that left me feeling underwhelmed. I was hesitant to pick this one up because I¿m kind of burned out on all of the angel/human love stories, but I decided to give it a shot because it sounded different and exciting. Sam (Samantha) our main character just had her soul sucked out by a guy she¿s had a crush on for years, but she doesn¿t know it yet. All she knows is that she is constantly hungry and no matter how much she eats, her hunger is never satiated. Sam couldn¿t believe Stephen wanted to kiss her at the club, and when he up and leaves her on the floor afterward (she blacked out) it leaves her hurt and confused. Then she meets Bishop, an angel who had his brains fried when he fell to earth. Bishop was sent to earth to stop the ¿grays¿ ¿ a group of soul-sucking evil-doers ¿ and he needs to find the others on his ¿team¿, but that¿s kind of hard to do when your mind isn¿t working. When Bishop meets Sam and she touches him, Sam has a vision of death and destruction of which she seems to be right in the middle of, and Bishop immediately begins to feel better. It¿s then that he realizes he needs Sam¿s ¿gift¿ to help him find the rest of his team and put an end to the grays. The problem is, after that wicked kiss at the club, Sam is now a gray ¿ one of the very beings Bishop was sent to destroy. So, yeah, the concept isn¿t bad ¿ not wholly original, but decent. I liked the idea of angels and demons being forced to work together, and needing the help of an enemy was a nice conflict, but there was still something that wasn¿t clicking for me. I think the main problem was the two main characters and their ¿insta-love¿. I liked Sam and Bishop okay, but there wasn¿t anything overly great about them, and I totally didn¿t care that they had the major hots for one another. The scenes between them were almost always the same thing: There would be some hand-holding to get focused, and then a few longing stares and then Sam would get pissed at Bishop for something and storm off, only to come right back to him later. It got to the point where I felt like the relationship was being forced on me. I almost would have rather seen the two of them NOT attracted to one another and let that build over the series. I didn¿t feel this particular plot point really took the story anywhere, yet it felt like the primary focus. There was a lot of stuff, that to me seemed important, that was just glossed over, making me feel like I¿d been cheated out of something. The one character I liked a lot was Kraven, a bad-boy demon with a lot of attitude and plenty of depth. He was far more interesting to me than either Sam or Bishop and I wanted to see more of him. His scenes really made the story come alive, and I almost wished he had been the main character. Aside from the Sam/Bishop issues, I found myself enjoying the story. I pushed past the smoldering glances and uber-angst for the action scenes, and to find out what had happened to cause the angels and demons to work together to save humanity. There were plenty of twists, that while predictable, were still interesting. Unfortunately, by the end, I had a lot more questions than answers. Overall, the book was just okay for me. It has a great premise and it is well-written, but the heaviness of the too frequent, and too similar ¿love¿ scenes between Sam and Bishop weighed it down. I liked it, but not enough to be screaming for the next installment. However, I know plenty of friends who love their angst and angel/human love stories and they will undoubtedly love this book. If you fall into that category, I would recommend this one to you.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
With a lovely cover and great synopsis, I was expecting to love this book. But, I could not. Still, the book is good it just didn't grab me the way I wanted it to.The book follows Samantha, the main character who finds herself fighting a war after a dangerous kiss. Samantha then is on a journey to save the world. I like the plot. It had some great world building that capture me. Angels, souls eaters, and demons, the plot moved quickly. It definitely kept me entertained with all the clues, missions, and new people popping up into the story.The love interest in the story definitely went places that I didn't see. I loved that both of characters faced an uncertain future with all that is done and held back from them. Both Samantha and Bishop grew lots in knowledge and in their love for one another.What I couldn't get into much was the characters themselves. Bishop I could step into, but I had a hard time understanding and relating to Samantha. I hope that I could pick up this book late and get into it.Overall, Dark Kiss is an good book. If you love angels stories and wars between good and evil, read this book.
jennrenae on LibraryThing 8 hours ago
Dark Kiss by Michelle RowenARC received by Harlequin Teen via NetgalleyRelease Date: 5-22-2012Reviewed by: Middle Sis JennThe Sisters Say: Daunting, Delightful, and Delicious!Samantha is not the only one struck with an insatiable hunger! Read Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen, and I am sure you will find yourself hungering for more! Dark Kiss is delectable¿so tasty, I devoured it in one sitting! Yes, this is another book in the angel/demon category, but, even with the aspects that resembled other books, I still really enjoyed it. The only thing that bothered me is the very déjà vu feeling I got because much of the plot line resembled the old WB drama, Charmed. (I mean there¿s a Source (of evil) and the Hollow (which sucks good and evil inside it)¿both of which are very similar to the television show).I know quite a few people are burned out on the whole angels and demon scenes; so, I¿m going to try to convince you WHY you should read this book.1.) You don¿t have to spend half the book watching the main characters try to figure out who and what they truly are¿that¿s the biggest thing that bugs me with some paranormal books. It¿s so obvious to us as the reader that at times you just want to rear back and slug someone while screaming, ¿Seriously? They have wings¿.must be an angel or demon!¿ It¿s not like this with Dark Kiss¿right from the start, Samantha figures out who Bishop (we¿ll call him Cutie #1) is and who Kraven is (we¿ll call him Cutie #2).2.) There is plenty of action! There wasn¿t any down time where the characters were moping in self-pity because ¿woe is me¿.the world is ending and I don¿t know what to do.¿ Instead, the characters are straight forward with what needs to be done, and they don¿t sit around¿they get straight to work. There was never a dull moment!3.) The hottie guys! Bishop, angel, has been sent to, quite literally, save the world. However, when he falls from Heaven into our world, something goes wrong and he ends up a little disjointed. Enter Samantha who¿s touch can open Bishop¿s mind and make him sane again. Not only that, but they have an intense pull towards each other. This pull is what creates the romance in the book. Now, I do wish there was more romance because I¿m a sucker for it, but I¿m hoping that we will see more of that in the second book.4.) Then we have Kraven, demon, who has also been sent to save the world. He¿s dark, sarcastic, and all to willing to kill whatever gets in his way. Let¿s say Bishop¿s the light that Sam is drawn to, but who can resist Kraven, the dark? I really enjoyed him, and I have a feeling we are going to see quite a bit more from him in the second book. Can we predict love triangle? 5.) The ending is satisfying. While there is plenty still up in the air and much to still be resolved in future books, the ending does not leave you screaming and pulling your hair out. I don¿t know about you, but I really don¿t enjoy cliffhanger endings. It frustrates me that I have to wait a year in some cases to find out if someone lives or dies. I like when things are wrapped up (somewhat), so I can have some closure but still look forward to the next book.So¿don¿t be put off by the fact that it¿s another angel book. It¿s refreshing in its own way, and the guys are swoon-worthy. I think you¿ll find Dark Kiss to be a tasty read, so get sucked into Michelle¿s world¿you never know what you¿ll find!
Book_Owl1 More than 1 year ago
Just the excerpt of the book made me TOTALLY into it, and it was barely anything!!!!! All out great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
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This book wasn't all that great. The cover art is beautiful but the story line wasn't all that great.
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A Dark Kiss and the second book called A Wicked Kiss were both excellent!!
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Read this about a year ago. Thrilling and unexpected!
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Vampire-Love More than 1 year ago
I've read Michelle's Nightshade series so I was intrigued by her writing a YA series. Book 1 came up on an Audible sale, so I thought I'd try it out. I will start by saying I LOVED it! I couldn't stop listening! The characters are sarcastic and fun even as they are surrounded by darkness and drama. The chemistry between them is perfect and you can almost see the story playing out in your head as you read it. Now I will say, it does have a Vampire Diaries feel to it... A girl that is a rare paranormal anomaly, her love interest the Angel, but the attraction to his brother the demon. The storyline does make for great suspenseful drama though and I've already started on book 2.
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