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.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another 5 star read from Sharon Kay!
Tainted Kiss is the first book in the Watchers Kiss Series by Sharon Kay, which is a spin-off from her Solsti Prophecy Series. While it’s not entirely necessary to read the Solsti Prophecy Series to understand what’s going on in Tainted Kiss, I would highly recommend doing so. There is so much back story you’d be missing out on, which could potentially help you understand the world these characters are living in.
So about Tainted Kiss. I have been anxiously awaiting Arawn’s story since finishing the Solsti Prophecy Series. I hoped and prayed that he would get his own book, and sure enough Ms. Kay delivered! I was curious to see where this new series would go and if the previous series’ characters would play a major role or if we would be introduced to some new people. I’m glad to report that the gangs’ all here! All of my faves are back and we even get some new friends…and of course villains.
Tainted Kiss picks up about a month after On Wicked Ground ends. The battle against Elegia has been fought and now they’re left to deal with the consequences. Ria, poisoned by a Serus demon, has been in a coma fighting to wake up and rejoin the world of the living. Arawn, leader of the Watchers, has been by her bedside every day keeping her company, hoping to catch signs of improvement for reasons he won’t dare admit to himself. When Ria finally awakens she’s curious as to why he’s there, although the sudden change of chemistry between them hints at what the answer might be.
From the very beginning I had high hopes for these two. Could there possibly be a better match?! They each have very strong personalities and need someone they can go toe to toe with, who can keep up and not fall behind. As perfect as they seem for each other there are always obstacles. Arawn has a tragedy from his past looming over his head, plus a pretty big secret that could change the way everybody, including Ria, sees him. While they battle their newest foes, they must also come to terms with the sparks that are obviously flying, and make a decision about the future.
The same stellar writing and plot development that I’ve come to expect from Ms. Kay was present once again. Tainted Kiss was suspenseful and fast paced, with excellent attention to detail, and enough steam to get you hot and bothered. The action scenes will have you on the edge of your seat as you experience each mission and fight right along with our fearless Watchers. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
*Author provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.