Friday, October 2, 2009

Review: Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf

Title: Kiss Me Deadly
Series: Bewitch the Dark
Author: Michele Hauf
Read copy: eBook
Published: September 1, 2007
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426830696
ISBN-13: 9781426830693

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?

My rating:

A vampire falls in love with the witch he's sworn to kill. Very Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, don't you think?

Well, Ravin Crosse is a vampire slayer, but also a witch. Two months ago she killed a vampire, but the fool refused to stay down. Now, Nikolaus Drake, former neurosurgeon turned vampire, is a phoenix. He's lived through his "death" and is now immune to witch blood (that's poisonous to the vampires) and sun.

Now, he's healed enough to be able to kill the witch. He comes uncannily close, chomping down onto her neck, when he suddenly finds himself...Head over heels in love with the woman.

It was as hilarious a start to a story as I've ever read. The moon eyed, endearingly sputtering vampire was to die-for-funny...And the woman he was so hopelessly, logic-defying in love with hated his guts. Of course his love for her was defying logic, since he was under the influence of a love-spell. She tried to talk reason into him, she tried to knock some reason into him, yet he wasn't deterred. Good for him, because she soon melted, and I was all ga-ga over this story. What more do you want than two mortal enemies suddenly developing the hots for each other and putting the sheets on fire?

Then, the spell was reversed, and the tender, loving, gorgeous guy turned into a super-sized jerk (what a great metaphor for real life that was). And the story took a nosedive for me. Because he was a total jackass and she had no fight in her anymore...Add the Devil himself onto the heap, some power games in the vampire ranks, a turf war with the werewolves...And you have a real mess.

Yep, after a great, sexy, funny start, this story turned into a mess toward the end, but still managed to deliver a sweet HEA with just enough intrigue for me to consider reading the fourth story in this series. We'll see.


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