Release date: 7/21/2015
Tainted Kiss (Watcher's Kiss #1)
by Sharon Kay
Tactical, lethal, resolute.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.
Ok so I loved the Solsti series. We met so many great characters in there. And I'm so pumped, because this is a spin off, but more along the demon side of things than the human side of things. And plus, we get to see two sisters and their mates in this one as well as several other characters who've made a significant impact over the last several books. But no worries if you haven't read the other series. This one is done just right for you to pick up and fall in love for the first time or all over again! :)
So, I remember Ria as being Mathias's little sister, who befriended Gin. She's definitely a bad ass in her own right. But you see, she's been in a coma since the big show down. No I can't explain if you haven't read the other series, just know something happened, and I had a heart attack and then calmed down when I learned Ria would get her own story :) YAY! Well it takes Ria some time get wake, but when she does, she's surprised as all get out. The man of her dreams, and also her commander during waking hours, is at her side. And he's been there for a while. And these two have some serious issues with communications. She won't tell him how she feels and he won't tell her either. But things are coming into focus as to why he's paying so much attention to her when she's sick, especially when her own brother is starting to notice Arwan spending so much time with her. HA! That conversation was awesome PS. Ria has always been stand up, fight for what you need, and get your team's back. She did not disappoint in this one, nor has she in the previous books.
Arwan is hard core. He's all about business, always, getting his team on successful missions and bringing them back home safe. As well as keeping everyone safe from bad things. And People. Things are complicated for him. He had a mate. A long time ago. She died because of him. So he will never have another love. And everyone knows it. But he can't help it with Ria. He's losing his mind when she's not around because he can't keep away. But he doesn't understand, you can't have more than one mate. Well, he thinks so anyways. But there's still fall out from everything that went down with the Solsti sisters and he's got to get things under control. So, his first mission with Ria is a partial disaster. She almost gets captures, the whole team is dispersed in different areas, needing to find themselves home. And on top of that, two of the team are captured by different fractions of crazy- PS I can't wait for the next book for this one!! With everything going on, we have to make sure everyone comes home, safely, and we stop all the bad guys from getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction.
The writing is beautifully done. It's smoking hawt, and on top of that, it's got a great plot with some excellent suspense and action. I am definitely a fan of this author, and I was a huge fan of the Solsti Prophecy series, but I think this author has become a must have for me. I must have everything she writes. I must buy them all in pretty paper back! It's just a must. I am so excited for this spin off and I am really impressed how there's still enough goodness from the first series, and there's more that makes this new series it's own. I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!! I can't wait for Scorpion's book now :) 5 PAWS!!