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

Posted October 25, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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

Review: Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter
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Series: #1 Immortals After Dark, #2.5 MoonBound Clan, #2.5 Alien Huntress
Released on September 20, 2016
Pages: 544
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I saw who the authors were for this anthology and it was an easy decision to pick it up.  I’ve enjoyed books and series from all three paranormal powerhouse names and I was eager for more.  What I didn’t realize was that it was a special anniversary edition celebrating the big tenth anniversary of Kresley Cole’s The Warlord Wants Forever.

Following, an updated version of The Warlord Wants Forever, the reader is treated to a tantalizing Q&A with Kresley for the Immortals After Dark series.  There are a couple little tidbits revealed towards what the reader can anticipate in 2017.  And then there is a fun chat session between all three authors slipped in that is giggle-worthy and reminded me of the punch-drunk convos I had with friends back in college when we pulled all-niters.

The updated edition for the first Immortals After Dark story by Kresley Cole, The Warlord Wants Forever was fun.  I haven’t read it in years and I enjoyed the re-read that took me back to how things all got started for this winning series.  A sassy, sexy Valkyrie with hidden depths teases and taunts a serious vampire warlord as he figures out that she is the woman for him.  The humor, excitement, and action are a perfect blend.

Forsaken by Night was my introduction to the MoonBound Clan series written by Larissa Ione though this novella falls after book two in the series.  I enjoyed this tale of a banished lone vampire, Lobo, and his peaceful time with his wolf companion, Tehya.  Lobo accepts his fate until the day Tehya is mortally wounded and then he’ll do anything to save her life.  Then he is shocked to learn that she was never just a wolf.  This story was easy to follow and had enough worldbuilding that I understood how things were in the world of the story.  Loved this story and will definitely go back for the series.

Dark Swan is a novella from Gena Showalter’s Otherworld Assassin series.  The cocky and sure Dallas gets his story and as I suspected, it is one for the ages with the female he gets paired with. Lilica and her sisters were made in a lab- spliced from many alien races.  Lilica’s goal is to save Trinity and be together until she is side tracked by a bond with Dallas whose goal is to end Trinity and go back to being alone.  Goals change.  Love the alien world, the playful snark, and the passion of these stories.

So, all in all, this was a treat for fans of all three authors particularly if the reader is also a fan of the series and also a fantastic sampling for those who want to try their books.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

About Larissa Ione

A former meteorologist and EMT, Air Force veteran Larissa Ione now gets her daily dose of excitement from vampires, werewolves, demons, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She lives in wintery Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat, and her hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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