Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: Kiss of the Fallen by Kharma Kelley

Book Description

Tristan Castilion, a celebrated Commander of the Vampire Royal Guard, just wanted to be left alone. He wanted nothing to do with the war brewing among all the supernaturals and had grown tired of fighting all these centuries. All of them were screwed up anyway; but who was he to judge who drinks blood and who eats souls? 

Sucked into one last mission from his vampire government, Tristan soon finds himself in the middle of a dark conspiracy within the vampire ranks and a half-naked demon chained to his bed.

And not just any old demon…
Zoe is a Black Blood Slayer—legendary demons bred to do one thing: kill vampires. A true ruler of the night, she's forced to keep her lethal wiles at bay in order to uncover the truth, creating an unlikely partnership with Tristan.

Her blood is spiked with a desire he longs to tame, but if he does, he could be six-feet under; this time forever. But with both of them on the run and all hell breaking loose, how can he be sure she wants him to love or to destroy?

My Review

Tristan accepts one more mission and expects it to go well but things don't always go as we planned. Even though he planned well and no one but the vampires should have known the route he'd take, they were waiting to ambush him and the woman he was charged with keeping safe. It's a bloodbath and his own government doesn't believe him when he tells them what happened. He knows he'll have to get to the bottom of what happened. 

Zoe finds herself at the mercy of a vampire, that vampire being Tristan. He doesn't know whether to believe her and help her or kill her and be done with it. Zoe is a Black Blood Slayer and could easily enthrall him, make him weak and kill him and there would be nothing he could do to stop her. But he goes against his better judgement and trusts her, only a little at first then more as time goes on and she proves she's trustworthy. But that trust goes both ways and she has to trust him as well if they both want to get to the bottom of missing and murdered people. 

This book is filled with a great mystery, some romance towards the last half of the book and a look into vampire politics. There are a few instances of action, fighting and spilled blood but you have to expect that when you have both vampires and shifters in the same book. I liked the twists this story took that left us readers wondering what was going on and why. I also enjoyed how the story never slowed down and I never found myself bored. I read this book in 2 hours, I needed to know what was going to happen next, who the good guys and bad guys were and what was going to happen to them and how Tristan and Zoe would leave things. I really liked how this book ended and hope that this ends up being a series that I can sink my teeth into (pun intended). 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.