Jul 22, 2015

*Review* Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1) 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.
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 stir

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

The Solsti Prophecy Series is one of my favorite paranormal romance series of all time so I was incredibly sad when it came to a close because author Sharon Kay developed such a rich universe it seemed a shame to lose it. So imagine my joy when Kay made the decision to spin off the universe into a new series - Watcher's Kiss. Tainted Kiss is the first of the newly launched series and it doesn't disappoint. Action packed with scorching romance, Kay kicks off what promises to be another stellar series.

What I Loved: Arawn. Arawn. Arawn. Did I mention I loved Arawn? Arawn just oozes tortured alpha male awesomeness. Arawn originally grabbed my interest in the Solsti Prophecy Series and I have been dying for his story ever since. I'm happy to report that Tainted Kiss gave Arawn the story he deserved. Concerning the featured couple, Arawn and Ria have great chemistry and I love that the two warriors brought out both the strength and softness inside of each other.

What I Didn't Love: Sharon Kay writes some very detailed legends and plots that move at lightening speed. Be prepared to process a lot of paranormal info (types of demons, historical connections, different realms, etc.) quickly. Kay does provide a handy glossary at the end of the story. I recommend reading it before jumping into the story.

Favorite Quotes:

"Redemption was only a concept. One he could help others find. It would never be in the cards for him. Not when evil simmered in his blood."

"There was no going back now, as if there ever had been. No way of things being like they were before. No pretending that there wasn't a goddamn wildfire burning between them."

"This woman was sex and promise and lethal power, and he couldn't deny his growing need for more than her body."

Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1) is a great launch to author Sharon Kay's new series and I'm already excited for the next book - Assassin's Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #2). This will focus on deadly assassin Scorpio and his witch love Tessa.

Happy reading.

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