Review: Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione & Gena Showalter

Posted September 26, 2016 in Review / 9 Comments

Review: Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione & Gena Showalter

Blood Red Kiss

by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Gena Showalter
Published by Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books on September 20th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Good things always come in threes—and this paranormal romance anthology featuring steamy stories from New York Times bestselling authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter is no exception!

Get ready for a collection chock full of vamps, demons, aliens, and plenty of sizzle!

In Kresley Cole’s celebrated story “The Warlord Wants Forever,” the first in her scorching Immortals After Dark series, vampire warlord Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to claim his Bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. But can beautiful Myst the Coveted accept an enemy vampire as her own?

Tehya has spent the last twelve years as an accidental wolf, but is truly a vampire at heart. When she gets injured, Lobo sneaks her inside MoonBound’s headquarters and nurses her back to health…with potentially deadly consequences. Desire collides with danger in “Forsaken by Night,” a MoonBound Clan novella from Larissa Ione!

In Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassins novella, Dark Swan, Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both. She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bond her life to his…effectively wedding him. But without consummation, the bond will fade. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

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This is going to be one of the easiest reviews I’ve ever written.  Why, you ask?  Because three of my all time favorite paranormal romance (PNR) authors have just released their collaborative anthology called Blood Red Kiss.  I’ve been reading these three wonderful ladies for 7 years.  That is actually as long as I’ve been reading books for fun.  I knew that two of the authors were besties, but toss in another and apparently these girls had too much fun collaborating on this book.

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The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – 5/5 stars

Okay, so I already read this story waaaay back in December 2010.  This is the novella that starts the entire Immortals After Dark (IAD) series.  I know a lot of readers didn’t read this short story first, but rather started the series reading A Hunger Like No Other.  This novella isn’t crucial to the series but it’s written as a primer for the entire series.  The rules of the world are spelled out for you.  It is a fantastic way to sample Ms. Cole’s IAD series.

But I’ve got to tell you, even if you don’t like this short story, I HIGHLY recommend the rest of the IAD series.  Check out Goodreads for yourself and you’ll see all the great reviews.  Well, at least my friends have put up great reviews.  Oh, you know who to trust! 🙂

 

Forsaken By Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #2.5) by Larissa Ione  – 3.5/5 stars

I have been waiting FOREVER for a new Moonbound Clan story (okay, only a year).Good news: I got it in the form of a novella and I wasn’t even expecting it…  Surprise!  Bad news…  it had been so long since the last book that I’d forgotten a lot about the world.

This is one of Ms. Ione’s tougher worlds for me to keep straight.  Whereas Demonica and Lords of Deliverance were both in the same “world”, I was able to keep track of the characters and “canon” better.  For some reason, for Moonbound Clan, with it’s clan hierarchy and native american history on top of the whole enslaving of vampires thing and high tech research, I just can’t keep track of who can have babies, who can’t, etc….

It may sound like I don’t like this series but crazily enough, I LOVE this series!  I just wish it would come out faster.  Ms. Ione is an awesome writer and her PNR stories are scorching.

If you don’t think you’re up for starting this series, I do highly recommend the Demonica series.  Especially book #2, Desire Unchained, my personal (heartbreaking) favorite.

 

Dark Swan (Otherworld Assassins #2.5) by Gena Showalter – 3.5/5 stars

So I read the description on this story.  I thought, “Hey!  It’s Dallas’ story, finally!!”  As in Dallas from the Alien Huntress series.   But wait a minute here….   it’s being tossed into the Otherworld Assassins series.  What the heck, man??!!  These are all characters from the Huntress series.  Oh, whatever.  I’ll get over it.

Once I got over my confusion, let it go, and started reading, I remembered all my love for sci-fi!!  Man, I need to find me more sci-fi on my shelves right now.  And Ms. Showalter does good sci-fi because in her world, anything goes.  You want to make a person from 15 different aliens, you go right ahead.  Just watch out for the consequences.  😉

I really love Dallas but somehow, he seemed a bit more over the top with his ego this time around.  Maybe it’s been too long for me since I last read an Alien Huntress.  Lilica was a great fit for him.  I just wasn’t such a huge fan of the alien insta-love-mojo they had going on.  I think the story could have been just as good without it.  But, as always, I’m not an author.  Me suck at writing.

 

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Unlike past mass market anthologies I’ve bought or received, this one has “bonus” material in between stories.  Conversations between the authors and a book cover’s evolution are shared with readers.  I thought this was a wonderful idea!!!  I hope this becomes a new, popular trend (hint, hint Publishers).

 

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”

About Larissa Ione

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld, Otherworld Assassins, and Angels of the Dark series, as well as two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine. She was interviewed on Nightline and has been mentioned in Orange is the New Black. Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan

 

 

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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9 responses to “Review: Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione & Gena Showalter

  1. I really like Larissa Ione writing, I need to read her stuff more. The other two I have not read. I wish I enjoyed anthologies more, because its an awesome way to get a feel for the authors writing.

  2. I’m having a love/hate relationship with that cover, and I don’t know which side is stronger. LOL I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

  3. I love the IAD books. I’m really excited that Warlord Wants Forever has been redone by Robert Petkoff for narration. I don’t know why he didn’t narrate the original book, but he is a favorite narrator of mine. I’ve listened to the first Moonbound book, but not the second. I have it on my iPod, but just haven’t gotten around to it. I need to pick it up. I think part of my problem is that I don’t remember the first book to get excited about the second. I wasn’t a huge fan of Otherworld Assassins. I haven’t read Alien Huntress either. Maybe one day. Wonderful review. Oh, and I LOVED Demonica/Lords of Deliverance. 🙂
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    • I totally looked to see what you thought of Otherworld Assassins b/c I was soooo flippin confused and I think if you didn’t like OA, you probably won’t like Alien Huntress. And yeah, that world in Moonbound makes it hard to remember everything, I had to skim the first book before I read the second book but on it’s own, I still liked it. But I also liked the first one and you didn’t like it as much as I did. But I LOVE Demonica/LOD so what the heck??? We’re both weird 😛 And IAD books are on a level in and of themselves… right up there with Kenyon and Ward, IMHO. 🙂