Hisses and Honey

Hisses and Honey

by Shannon Mayer


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Hisses and Honey by Shannon Mayer

The climactic final volume of The Venom Trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer.

Humble baker turned supernatural Alena Budrene is lovely and lethal, and for the first time, she’s owning it. Finally rid of her low-life ex-husband, she’s free to date sexy vampire mob boss Remo, who respects her as both a Supe and a woman. She’s on good terms with her difficult mother, and she’s growing comfortable with her powers.

But just when it seems things are falling into place for Alena, Hera strikes again: the Aegrus virus rages across Seattle, threatening the life of everyone in its path—including Remo, infected by Hades. The only way to stop the carnage is to face Hera and her army in a no-prisoners battle to determine the fate of the human race—and Alena’s future.

In a sweeping voyage from the Seattle bar scene to a netherworld populated by murderous gods and monsters, Alena confronts one adversary after another on a quest to set the world right for both humans and Supes and demonstrate her power—to the gods and to herself—once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477818138
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Series: Venom Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 564,018
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shannon Mayer is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rylee Adamson Novels, the Elemental Series, the Nevermore Trilogy, A Celtic Legacy series, and several contemporary romances. She started writing when she realized she didn’t want to grow up not believing in magic. She lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, son, and numerous animals. To learn more about Shannon and her books, go to www.shannonmayer.com.

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Hisses and Honey 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
slevjay1 More than 1 year ago
A great ending to the trilogy. Action packed and a variety of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Overall great series to pass the time if you're into mythology and the paranormal.
pdmcbride More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Shannon Mayer and usually love love love all her novels. Unfortunately, this particular trilogy did not grabbed me like her other stories and characters (Rylee Adamson and Lark) did. However, no matter whether I like the plot or not, I will never find fault in Ms. Mayer's writing, storytelling, action or character development. She excels at all of these things. I just had a hard time emersing myself into this story's' universe. For someone new to Shannon or a current fan who has not yet picked up this trilogy, I would still say, do it! Just because it was not my cup of tea, does not mean you wont love it. Comment Comment | Permalink
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley* This book is great not only because of the writing style or the ending, but because of how far Alena has come from the beginning. Since book one, she's been a soul with a good heart, but after so many challenges and revelations, she's finally come into her own. I used to be on the fence when I was first introduced to this quiet, judgmental character (raised wrong, mind you) but the second I picked this up, it totally hit me how much she's gained as a strong individual. I did a lot of crying and laughing with this. A very good fast-paced novel filled with suspense and action, love and loss and a whole lot of fun things for fans of Mayer to pick through and enjoy over and over again. The ending was a bit cheesy but at the same time, it fit Alena and the life she chose to live, so a really great read, overall.
YoungHeart More than 1 year ago
Hisses and Honey, the last book in this trilogy. It was no less than amazing, inspiring and somewhat of a fairytale ending!! All the questions were answered, although a couple new ones came up, the end of Alena's story has ended, in a wonderful way. However, I won't be going into detail here, because you're going to have to read it for yourself.
absolutartist1_Cate More than 1 year ago
Wow! Alena just keeps getting stronger and sassier! I love Shannon's ability to draw you into the story and make you a part of it. You can't help but root for Alena with her insecurities and burgeoning strength which sometimes seem so at odds with each other. This final part of the trilogy is a true coming-of-age story for our heroine. Having beaten two of Hera's heroes she now must face a third WITH a monster... and a raging increase in the Aegrus virus to boot. Can she - and her friends and family - triumph over Hera, or will all be lost? With the ending of this story I can't wait to read a spin-off series which is so strongly hinted at! ;) **I received a complimentary e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
norabell64 More than 1 year ago
Alena is the good monster. A must read if you like romance, monsters and greek history set in modern times. The third and final book did not disappoint. Alena and her friends/family kick butt! She is the good monster and will always come out against the odds. She has managed to make the monsters the good guys and the Greek Gods the bad guys. I love this character because no matter what she does what she thinks is right.
Masbjs More than 1 year ago
Hisses and Honey is the conclusion to the venom trilogy. Alena once again feels isolated as no-one in her circle of friends has any faith in her abilities. It was nice to get all my questions answered and the baking analogies are definitely the signature for this trilogy, however, this hasn't been my favourite series written by Shannon Mayer for a variety of reasons. The timeline has always seemed a little bit unbelievable and also the stereotypical romance angle of Remo "leaving" Alena because he wanted to keep her safe, just didn't work for me. Overall, it's a fun and easy read but sadly, it won't be on my re-read list. I received this as an ARC which I voluntarily read in exchange for an honest review.
serendipity5 More than 1 year ago
A fabulous conclusion to this highly entertaining trilogy. I certainly wouldn't mind reading more from this world and I wonder at the ending whether there might well be a spin off ;-) Alena has really discovered who she is now and how to stand up for herself. No more meek and mild wall flower, Alena means business as it seems the entire supernatural community is out to get her and working out who is friend and foe is a complicated task. There are surprising revelations and unlikely family ties. This time Hera looks set to be coming for her herself, along with the help of Hercules and Alena realises that once and for all she has to set the pantheon straight, but what a task! All this is wrapped up in wildly funny observations, fantastic descriptions of the super dupers (snort) and moments when you're not sure whether to laugh or cry. Despite the supernatural element, as always with anything written by Shannon Mayer it has a running thread of humanity and survival, with characters that are easy to love and invest in. Highly recommended.
brandyis More than 1 year ago
Loved the newest installment of this series! I really liked how Lena has come into her own. She's had to come to terms with the whole foundations of her faith and beliefs changing. But she's risen to the challenge. I think my favorite character is Yaya, her grandmother. She is funny, strong, and supportive. But she's complicated too. She has a dark side and I look forward to seeing where it goes. My least favorite part of this book is Remo and how quickly Lena forgives him. Her does a bad thing and she is quick to look the other way. However, he's still a sexy beast. I just recently learned there will be a 4th installment and I hope to learn more about Yaya. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
antnvik More than 1 year ago
Hisses and Honey is the final installment in the Venom Trilogy by Shannon Mayer. It continues the story of Alena, a regular girl who is infected with a virus and, well, sorta chooses to become a Super Duper aka Supernatural, in order to save her life. Although this book could be read as a stand along, I'd suggest you read the first two volumes, Venom and Vanilla along with Fangs and Fennel. What I like about this book- As always, the funny, made up swear/non swear words. I like the people she has as her supporting cast. I like that there are twists that keep you thinking. I like that we get to see more of her Mom's backstory. And, there is humor. While I enjoyed this story, I find that I liked book 2 the best. I didn't get the same intense vibe of not liking the antagonists in this story. For a wrap of the trilogy, it's a good fit. An ending, with a little thread hanging out there just in case we happen to want more. And, of course, we do!
MrsSmith_2011 More than 1 year ago
While I hated to see the trilogy end, it is a wonderful end to Alena's story. Shannon delivers on the surprises and twists and leaves you wishing there were more adventures and heros to face.
Ali81Motherwell More than 1 year ago
Alena is such a great character, she is all heart and self sacrifice all she ever wanted was to be good enough to protect those she loved. "This was goodbye, I knew it, and I fought to make it last longer. To make him see that I was good for him. I was good enough. Maybe I wasn't." This is the final battle in the venom trilogy and what a battle it is. There are lives lost, truths gained and some serious butt kicking going on. Alena must face a popular hero who also has a lot to prove, can she out witt her enemy and bring balance back to the pantheon and the world..... Good and evil is never black and white. This trilogy was so easy to relax into, the characters both hero and villain have you screaming, crying and begging for more. I would definitely recommend these books, just curl up and dive into to a world not so far from our own.
SallyRob More than 1 year ago
Fantastic finish to a fantastic series. Yet again Ms Mayer has brought us a brilliant story. Great characters and a great twist on the Greek Pantheon
madurden More than 1 year ago
lOVED IT! I received a copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. I am sorry to see it end! The ending was great! I love a good ending! and I "hope: that in the future that maybe there could be a spinoff....or something to revist these characters! Alena is a strong kick butt woman! Great Series!!!!
TinaCourts More than 1 year ago
absolutely loved it, last in this trilogy and did not disappoint. action packed and full of twists and turns. Definitely a series I will read again.
Erin Coolbaugh More than 1 year ago
Now that I have your attention … Hisses & Honey is the best in the series. I enjoyed the other two books, but I really loved this one. This book is as fast-paced as the other two. The challenges Alena faces in this book, make the challenges from the other books look like a simple sugar cookie recipe. Hercules, a Hydra, and the pantheon … easy peasy, right? Alena really comes into her own and sheds all the self-doubt she's carried most of her life. My favorite thing about this series is the message of believing in yourself. You are a strong woman and don't let others determine your self-worth and don't let them dictate what you can and can't do. I highly recommend this series. It's a fun read with an interesting twist on the supernatural and Greek mythology.
CyrMath5 More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from NetGalley for an honest opinion. This is the 3rd book in the series, and I have to say I loved the series! It is filled with good and bad people. Sups and humans alike. If you like an action packed book, this one is definitely for you. Alena confronts a new hero in each of the books but the twist is who the hero is paired with. The virus is running rampant and she has to figure out why and who is causing it. As usual, Alena attacks it and puts figuring this out plus dealing with the hero at the top of her list. I highly recommend this book. I've yet to read a book by Shannon Mayer that I don't say that about but what can I say, she's an awesome writer that knows how to come up with stories that are hard to put down. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
kat_3245 More than 1 year ago
Alena kicks some butt in this this one....She proves her worth here. She loves Remo but when he broke up with her I wanted to slap him silly even though I understood why, LOL. This is the 3rd and last book of the series, and let me tell you I loved the series. It is filled with lots of sups, some good some bad. It is filled with lots of action and you will laugh and cry throughout the books. But it is so worth it. Alena confronts a new hero in this one that everyone loves. The virus is running rampant and having to deal with that and fighting the new hero has her in a tizzy but she is strong and knows how to prioritize things.... I very highly recommend this book....All I can say is it's Awesome..... I received this book free from netgally for an honest opinion and I honestly love it, and I know you will too......
Denisemouse More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Honey and Hisses... it is the 3 book in the Venom Trilogy... it's so full of action that when you read one page you must continue to read to get to the next page until you get to the end. Alena a baker is a wonderful Super Duper (Supernatural) that can turn into a huge snake and she must yet again fight to protect her friends, family, and the humans from a God that is threatening the world and her life. Remo: the Vampire leader Loves Alena but in order to protect Alena he must break it off with her.. (bad choice in my books)... my thought he should of been honest with her from the start... But the Rules state that mixed species can never be together. Does Alena win this final battle? Will Remo and Alena Have there H.E.A.? for these answers to your wondering minds of what will happen you must read this awesome book... I gave Honey and Hisses 5 stars because it is well written and made me want to continue reading till the end non-stop after I started the first page..
L_McBride More than 1 year ago
Hisses and Honey is the 3rd and final book in the Venom Trilogy by Shannon Mayer. In this last book Alena is finally getting past the issues that have plagued her with her no good scumbag of an ex husband, however just as she can breathe again life throws her another curveball. She now faces a foe who has been manipulated and fooled into believing that she is a monster and while physically she is a seriously bad a** snake she isn't a monster. As she tries to set things straight not just in the human world she also has to try to set things straight in the super world, not an easy task when you are facing battle against one of the biggest Demi-gods around as well as a scorned woman, or rather Godess, how is pulling all the strings! I give this book 4 out of 5 stars only because the very start of the book felt to me as a lot of recapping over the last 2 books and it was a little slow getting through, however once that was over it was an amazing read! Shannon Mayer is a wonderful author who has a terrific knack for the world of fantasy and I'm eager to see what she has in store for us next!
MJLuckett More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd and last book of this series.... I LOVED it!!! The ending was perfect for the story... However, I think this series could continue if Ms. Mayer wanted to revisit these characters in the future, hint, hint.... Regardless, this fast paced journey was exciting with surprises at every turn... Highly Recommend this series.... and anything written by Shannon Mayer....
jslo530 More than 1 year ago
Hisses and Honey is the third book in this trilogy. This trilogy is a fresh, new look at the old stories of Zeus, Hera and the rest of the pantheon. I've never read anything quite like it. Alena's character really grew throughout this entire series. She became strong and confident. A true hero. This trilogy was a fun, fast read that could definitely have more stories in the future. 
Graphicschyk More than 1 year ago
What a thrilling conclusion to this wonderful series. Alena has really grown into her skin in book 3. She's rid of her horrid ex husband (good riddance to him) and on to bigger and better things. But there are speed bumps along the way, in the form of Hera. She's out for blood this time and it's up to Alena to be the hero she was meant to be and save everyone. This is an action packed ride and sure to please. I highly recommend this series.
LatishaBramlett More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. Alena has won one for Supers by being granted a divorce. However, before she can really celebrate, Remo breaks up with her. And she knows another hero is coming for her. The Aegrus Virus has become stronger affecting more and more humans...leaving them with the choice to die or to become a super. The first battle with the hero leaves her near death and wanting to die. Alena has to rally everyone together and get Zeus off his butt in order to have her happily ever after.
Rabid-Reads More than 1 year ago
As much as I admire Shannon Mayer’s other bodies of work, after three installments I think it’s safe to say that the VENOM TRILOGY was a bust for me. HISSES AND HONEY was the worst of the bunch which is unfortunate because I still held on to a glimmer of hope that Alena might pull through in the end. This novel was the embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Urban Fantasy genre. Exhibit A: the romance. Remo dumps Budrene to “protect” her, and then two other suitors immediately line-up to take his place (ok, only one is a serious candidate, but still). I hate everything about this trope from the sacrificial lamb of a relationship to the insta-love-replacement. Exhibit B: Alena *SPOILER. Authors are permitted to play fast and loose with most of the founding rules of reality, it’s one of the perks of writing Speculative Fiction. However, there are a select few that should be handled with extreme care such as **SPOILER! I don’t care if the world consists of gods, and potent magic, this is a big red flag that should be avoided at all cost. Exhibit C: limitless power. I’m a little fuzzy on the timeline, but no more than a couple of weeks have elapsed since Lena was a diminutive human dying of the Aegrus virus. Yet, since then she’s defeated countless members of the pantheon, changed the unfavourable laws governing supernaturals, and saved the population from certain death. All with minimal help, training or repercussions. HISSES AND HONEY is for readers who still believe in the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, and Santa. *DIES **killing the protagonist