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#BookReview – “Kade’s Dark Embrace” by Kym Grosso

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After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?


In the first Immortals in New Orleans novel, human cop Sydney Willows is investigating the murder of a young woman in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the woman appears to have been killed through supernatural means, so Syd’s case falls under P-CAP jurisdiction.

Kade Issacson is the vampire leader in New Orleans, but he goes to Philly to help his werewolf friend Tristan who believes there’s a rogue vampire in the city killing girls. Kade is working under the authority of P-CAP (the paranormal police force) and meets Sydney at the crime scene. Though the murder case is officially his, he’s intrigued by the feisty human and wants to work with her at solving the case.

Syd and Kade have an instant sexual connection, but Syd refuses to acknowledge it. She even sleeps with another man in an attempt to push Kade from her thoughts.

I couldn’t connect with Syd. She was abrasive, unprofessional, overly sexed up, and always had to act tough because she’s a female cop working in a primarily male environment. I don’t understand why she let people call her “Miss Willows” instead of “Detective Willows.” That didn’t seem to fit with her badass, take-no-bull cop persona.

I liked Kade for the most part. He’s an alpha hero but not overbearing. He was sexy, understanding, considerate, and accepting of Syd’s attitude problem. Even though he was very protective of Sydney, he also understood she needed to be involved in the investigation, so he was strong enough to step back despite the risk to her life.

I enjoyed the world building and that paranormal beings and humans are living peacefully side-by-side. The sex scenes are super hot and furthered the H/h’s romantic feelings toward one another. The minor characters are interesting and make great additions to the story.

Unfortunately, I had trouble getting into Ms. Grosso’s writing style. Everyone has preferences, and head-hopping is so not for me. I already have the second book in the series, so I’ll give it a try.

3 Stars

— If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you think of it. Please comment below.