Kiss Of Darkness

Kiss Of Darkness

by Loribelle Hunt

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On a routine patrol human-demon hybrid, Winter, never imagined that not only would she be attacked and poisoned by three demons, but rescued by a nightwalker. She was grateful for his assistance, but now that she's safe wishes he'd stay out of her head.
Marcus, the nightwalker Lord, isn't about to disappear from her life, especially when it becomes clear she is still a target. As she rushes to discover why the demons are acting so out of character and where they're getting their information from, Marcus is engaged in a different kind of race. He's after Winter's heart and he won't stop until he gets it.
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BN ID: 2940160756813
Publisher: Loribelle Hunt
Publication date: 09/25/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 295,538
File size: 1 MB

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Kiss of Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this might appeal to Christine Feehan and Jacqueline Frank fans. In brief: interesting but not fully developed characters, good world-building and uneven plotting/pacing made this fun but not entirely satisfying.Winter has been a human-demon hybrid for 60 years and, along with her fellow hybrids and teammates Gia and Dupree, is starting to lose her battle against the darkness within her when she meets Marcus, a nightwalker (i.e., vampire). Marcus immediately recognizes that Winter is his mate, but also realizes that she is going to be resistant to bonding with him, even though it will save her sanity. At around the same time, an unusually organized group of demons has begun attacking the hybrids' safe-houses and it's up to Winter to protect her people.The world-building is interesting and mostly well done. There are a few instances where the powers the different hybrids have and the question of who knows that Marcus is secretly the Lord of the nightwalkers and at what point in the story is a little unclear, but mostly it fits together.The plot is pretty standard PNR/UF -- a band of super-powered fighters battles demons to protect the world + occasionally angsty romance. Some scenes get a bit repetitive, though, in terms of character arcs and relationship denying/building. Sometimes that can be good for building tension in a story, but here it felt more like the motor was on idle while the author tried to figure out how to get to the next part of the story arc.This is one of those books in which the author spends almost as much time building up the secondary characters' romances in preparation for their stories as it does on the primary characters in this story. Given that Marcus has been alive for who knows how long and Winter went from being a 1950s housewife to a widowed demon fighter, there's a ton of potential character exploration that just barely gets touched on. However, I liked that Marcus was self-aware enough to control his possessive urges toward Winter, to respect her role as a warrior and a woman. I also liked that Winter was able to express herself --her anger, loyalty, confusion, etc. -- without coming off as an immature brat.Honestly, there is enough potential in these characters for full-on awesomeness that I kind of wish the author had taken a few more months to work out the kinks in the plotting. Either that or that she had let the three main couples have their own books or have a full-on interwoven trilogy--one or the other, this particular blend is too blended to be fully satisfying.Complaints aside, this has enough potential that I probably will read the next in the series.This review is based on a digital ARC received through NetGalley
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mamanick More than 1 year ago
great way to put a spin on the norm!! it really was a great twist to the usual!!!=)
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RBtWBC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Demons are real and they aren't the sexy bad boys with a hidden heart. They're animals that will rip through a human without a thought. The Nightwalkers and Lupines use to be one group, their original purpose to protect the humans from demons. But when they started infighting and split into two, the humans had to take care of their own. Picking from people whose lives have been destroyed by the demons, a group of hybrids are formed. Humans, who willing take in a demon soul for strength and abilities to fight back and take out the demon threat. Winter joined the Order sixty years ago after her husband was killed by demons, seeking revenge on them ever since. But now she fights another threat, the threat to her soul. When Marcus, Lord of the Nightwalkers, comes to Winter's rescue, he could be the answer to keeping her soul, but will she loose her heart in the process? Kiss of Darkness is an entertaining read that kept me enthralled the enitre time. Winter is a strong heroine but vulnerable when it comes to matters of the heart. Her and Marcus butt heads right from the beginning; him wanting to keep her protected and her needing to take care of herself and those she is responsible for. Then you have the little problem of him knowing right away Winter is his mate but she doesn't believe it and even if she did, is reluctant to ever give up her heart again. Marcus is everything I love in an alpha hero; strong, arrogant, possessive, and oh so yummy. He teases Winter unmercifully until he feels she is ready to accept him. This of course leads to some loves scenes that I was surprised didn't turn my ereader into a melted lump!Plenty of action and suspense to keep you turning the page along with tension filled romance that will grab your heart. Kiss of Darkness has a dynamic plot, with plenty of side characters to love and sub-plots that you may first think as somewhat predictable, surprise you at the end and add exciting elements to the over all story-arc. I liked how Hunt veered from the norm with the Nightwalker's method of feeding, having them feed off psychic energy instead of blood. I have a hard time understanding how one species broke into two such different groups though, the Nightwalkers and the Lupines. Hopefully there is more of the history behind that and explanations will be given in future installments. Kiss of Twilight, featuring Kara & Dupree, is up next and I am eagerly anticipating it though I am dying to read more of Gia & Luke!
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SueB214 More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next book. There is no indication of when it is coming out or what the name of it will be. Nice price for a good read. I definitely recommend it for those who love Vamps, Demons, and Wolves.