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#BookReview: “Kiss Me Deadly” by Michele Hauf

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Blurb

Death cocktail is what the vampires call a witch’s blood. It’s poisonous–a drop will destroy a vampire within minutes. Nikolaus Drake is the rare vampire who has survived his first taste. Now he’s on the hunt for the witch who almost brought him to his demise–Ravin Crosse.

A witch who spends her nights hunting vampire tribes, Ravin has three obligations to fulfill to set her soul free. One of those obligations–crafting a love spell–twists her world upside down when Nikolaus draws the spell from her veins. Natural enemies rarely make the best bedfellows–but is it possible their intentions are really, truly the same? Can Nikolaus’s tribal loyalty survive if he surrenders to desires far darker than his own?

Review

In book 2 in the Bewitching the Dark series (which is a mini-series set in the Beautiful Creatures series), witch Ravin Crosse has been stalking and killing vampires for years in order to protect humanity and to avenge the death of her parents. She lives her life alone, her heart hardened to love and friendship. Then she attacks tribe Kila, killing several vamps, but one of the vampires escapes.

As tribe leader, vampire Nikolaus Drake wants peace with the werewolves and does his best to protect the humans in his city. His fellow vampires follow his lead and no longer kill humans for blood. Then he’s nearly killed in a witch attack. He survives, stronger and more powerful than ever, but now the need for vengeance has taken control of the peace-loving man he once was. He goes after the witch, never expecting to interfere with a magic spell that makes him fall desperately in love with her.

The beginning of the story is hilarious. Nikolaus is so determined to kill her, but then he flips around and can’t stop seducing her and declaring his undying love, despite his mental turmoil. Poor Ravin. She’s so frustrated. This crazy vampire won’t leave her alone and keeps chipping away at her defenses. But when the spell is broken, will Nikolaus still love and accept Ravin for the vampire-killing witch she is?

The H/h are fun, flawed, relatable characters. They’re both set in their ways, yet they don’t realize how lonely they are until they put aside their prejudices and give one another a chance. Nikolaus, however, is harder to like at the end, when he becomes so cold and heartless to Ravin.

The story ended with a HEA, but there are some unanswered questions. Like: what will happen to Truvin after the horrible things he’s done? Will tribe Kila accept Ravin in their fold?

I liked the story and plan to read more from Ms. Hauf.

4 Stars

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