Primal Instincts Spin-Off, Deadly Is the Kiss Before "Purple Rain" We Had Purple Prose

by Rhyannon Byrd
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin HQN Genres: Paranormal Romance, Specualtive Fiction
Source: Net Galley, Publisher

Deadly Is the Kiss

March 27, 2012
MMP: 384 pp. Kindle: 5KB

SOME FLAMES ARE ETERNAL

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.netGalley marketing copy.

I usually like Rhyannon’s books and I was bummed when I thought the series had ended. So, when I saw there would be a book about the vampire brothers Ashe and Gideon Granger I picked it right up from NetGalley.
Ashe is an arrogant man conflicted about an attachment to a woman in the “wilderness” prison for vampires. Jules is a young vampire in trouble and out of her element.  She escaped from an unjust and clan-wide, life-time imprisonment with the aid of a mysterious benefactor. She goes to Ashe not knowing that she is the female fate has chosen for him. He has this condition called the burning. We would say he is crushing for her in a bad way. Her family is in danger and she needs his contacts and experience as a special-agent to prove they are innocent and save them from assassination.

All I can say is that paranormal creatures have paranormal sex. If they were human they would be dead. It is amazing.  Jules is remarkably flexible. The prose is definitely trending toward purplish hue.

The danger is there but more or less glossed over. The outcome is a sure bet. It is a very sexy and sex-laden book. I don’t know that I would say it has well developed characters. They are pretty much who we have come to expect in the series and in the genre. I read it all in two sittings because I fell asleep last night. It is the kind of thing you can’t put down but it’s more to do with tempo and sex. The book goes like this: Perpetually pissed off off vampire filled with internal conflict, behaves rudely; female vampire needs help, pleading, physical conflict, intrigue, argument, sex, argument, danger, internal conflict, physical conflict, travel, sex, sex, food, sex, danger, travel, internal conflict, revelation, sex, argument, revelation, danger, big and unexpected surprise, danger, sex, sticky sweet HEA.

Byrd’s world has Shifters, Vampires and Witches, and more, they operate with constraints similar to the genre norms.

It does advance the series in a definite way as the governing body is involved and there are some big changes.

Deadly Is the Kiss is not exceptional genre fiction, but it is enjoyable as a guilty pleasure kind of book. If you seek that kind of hot escape, this might be for you.

Why not buy it now through my A-Store!!!

Disclosure:  Timed loan by publisher via NetGalley.  No remuneration exchanged.  All opinions, except as stated otherwise, are my own.

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