Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: Kade's Dark Embrace

Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans #1)
Kym Grosso

Release Date: March 5, 2012

Book Description:
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him.

Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?

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Vampires, shifters, and witches, oh my! This series boasts a variety of paranormal characters with a ton of attitude and sex appeal.

Kade’s Dark Embrace is the first in the erotic paranormal series, Immortals of New Orleans. The story centers on mysterious murders of young women that are taking place in Philadelphia where detective Sydney Willows begins her investigation, until she is suddenly stuck sharing the duties with a tall, dark, and handsome alpha male vampire – Kade who sends her senses on high alert. Sparks begin to fly as Sydney and Kade’s voodoo hunt takes them to a whole new playground in New Orleans…

I am the law in New Orleans.” He moved toward her, closing the distance. “So unless you’d like to be tied to a bed, and believe me, I would love to have you tied to mine, you had better follow my rules.” Kade's Dark Embrace (p. 80).

The premise of the novel and the story itself certainly piqued my interest. It was a quick read, action-packed, and steamy bits were quite explosive and fun. Kade and Sydney, both stubborn and used to being in charge butted heads quite a bit, but nonetheless grew close together. There was a bit of insta-love feeling about their romance but it didn’t bother me that much, as it was almost expected. Though the story mainly revolved around the couple, the supporting cast, including Tristan and Luca shined through and to my excitement both are featured in the follow-up novels.

This novel strongly reminded me of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, with a tiny dash of Rizzoli & Isles mixed in for an added twist. It was an entertaining read with promise and potential for more, however not without its issues, the main one being the dialogue which fell flat. Nonetheless, the story kept my attention and as a debut novel set the great premise for a series that quite certainly can become exciting.

Other books in the series:
Luca's Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, #2)
Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, #3)

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