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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Review: Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1) by Sharon Kay

Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1)
by Sharon Kay

July 21st 2015
Haunted by a centuries-old tragedy, there’s no room in Arawn’s life for softness. Every action he takes is for the betterment of his race and the good of the realm. He leads his elite band of warriors the same way he lives his life: full on, without compromise, determined. Except for one sexy female who happens to be his subordinate.

Tenacious, passionate, tough-as-steel.
Ria relishes the duties Arawn assigns her as much as she respects the deadly combatants on her team. And she has a secret: her formidable boss is also her deepest fantasy. Years of working under his authority haven’t dulled the spark she feels, yet her passion is tempered by the hints of loss she gathers about him. His dark and sexy moodiness draws her, but he’s a hard man to approach as he keeps the world at emotional arm’s length.

Secrets laced in blood burn his battle-hardened soul.
When Ria is gravely injured in the line of duty, Arawn can no longer fight his own long-simmering feelings. But a secret, more heinous and ugly than anyone could imagine, prevents him from surrendering his heart. Despite his intentions, he and Ria forge a connection both fiery and unexpectedly tender. Yet every day brings them closer to shocking facts. Evil stirs in his blood, and hiding the truth from her will be the ultimate betrayal.

Ria is the member of an elite demonic fighting team charged with protecting the righteous of Torth, an alternate dimension. Blonde, blue-eyed and deadly, Ria has yet to make a mate match. But when Ria awakes from a coma to find Arawn, leader of the Lash race, and commander of the Watchers, watching over her, she sits up and takes notice, literally. For his part, Arawn is a brooding, muscle-bound, no nonsense leader with baggage to spare. Still healing from a centuries-old broken heart, the commander is also concealing a big secret.

You've seen these characters before. You've seen this plot before, and while Kay does a good and consistent job working within the Paranormal Romance standards, she doesn't necessarily do it better than others. Kay can write an exceptionally erotic love scene, and, in this book, the plot is the backdrop to these scenes. I didn't find the action of uncovering the Atropa sword to be overly interesting or complex. There isn't much tension or suspense within the plot or Arawn and Ria's relationship. The book is fairly predictable.

Granted, I have not read Kay's Solsti series, from which Watcher's Kiss has spun off. I felt lost at times particularly around how the Torth realm and its inhabitants work and the realm's connection to Earth. I feel Kay does a decent job filling in details about other characters and past adventures, though some of it feels unnecessary.

Overall, this is a quick read and I was entertained throughout. If you're looking for some light summer reading, check out Tainted Kiss. If you're looking for something new, or to be challenged as a reader, you may want to save this for another time. Summer says fun. Save the heavy stuff for fall.

3 Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring, that won a statewide contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program.

In her teens, writing took a back seat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations.

She majored in apparel design in college, spending her summers working in costume shops and bridal boutiques. She worked for ten years in the Chicago garment industry, then switched her focus to apparel production logistics before becoming a stay at home mom.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.

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