Thursday, March 15, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Deadly is the Kiss

Rhyannon Byrd is an avid, longtime fan of romance and the author of the provocative Primal Instinct and Bloodrunners series. She has been nominated for three Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including best Shape-shifter Romance, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish and German. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful, but often chilly Cotswolds of England with her wonderfully supportive husband and well as two high-maintenance, but loveable dogs. For more information on Rhyannon’s books and the latest news, you can visit her website at

Deadly is the Kiss
Author:  Rhyannon Byrd

Tasked with protecting humanity from harm, the last thing Ashe Granger was searching for on his mission was his destined mate. Then, a mysterious dark-eyed beauty reluctantly offered him shelter. A spark of danger—and a soul-deep recognition—ignited a burning, carnal need,  Since her family's exile, Juliana Sabin had borne full responsibility for their safety. So when evil struck, she had no choice but to ally herself with the sexy guardian vampire. Now, months later, Ashe is back and tempting Juliana to reveal her darkest secrets and desires. For the killer stalking the shadows isn't acting alone—and he won't rest until his deadly cravings are fulfilled.
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:
Primal Instinct is one of my favorite series, but this spin-off installment was by far my favorite book yet. 

I’ve been a fan of the Granger brothers all along and there’s just something about Ashe that set my heart a pitter pat, so when I heard that Deadly is the Kiss was his book I was beyond excited. 
After reading the captivating conclusions to Rush of Darkness and Rush of Pleasure, I knew we were in for something special with Ashe and Juliana’s book was released.  Boy was that an understatement.

Deadly is the Kiss throws Ashe and Juliana together under unusual circumstances and forces them to confront the undeniable attraction they have had for one another since they met back in the Wasteland.  With danger lurking around every corner the story is a non-stop adrenaline rush and keeps the characters (and the reader) on alert and hypersensitive, which makes for some amazing moments.

Ashe is everything you want in an alpha male – gorgeous, strong, deadly, protective, stubborn, and take no prisoners.  He can be intimidating, and I wanted to smack him a few times for so vehemently denying his feelings for Juliana and then turning around and using them (and her obvious attraction to him) to taunt or blackmail her, but all of it together made him what I always knew he was but found out in spades in this book… SEXY AS SIN.

Juliana was a great heroine – smart, funny & resourceful.  I loved uncovering her insecurities in this book as well as it made her even more ‘real’ to me. 

Together, they are dynamite.  There was no instant perfect chemistry and things that ‘just worked’, they went through a lot to get where they ended up and it was a ride that I never wanted to end. 

As usual, Rhyannon’s world building was superb.  Her Primal Instinct world has always been ingenious, but there was something about the set up of this book and the additional treasures she provided for us readers.  I was captivated throughout.  It excites me to think that there may be additional books following Deadly is the Kiss (hopefully Gideon’s and a few others!?) that are set up like this one was with bucket loads of  intrigue, romance, action, intensity and so much more.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Deadly is the Kiss 5 Skulls and would give it more if there were more to give.  I whole heartedly recommend this to all Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shifter and all around Fantasy readers who want a grab you by the seat and not let go read.  While this book can be read as a stand alone I would highly recommend reading the books in the Primal Instinct series beforehand to get the history and get properly introduced to Ashe in all of his glory.

I cannot wait for more from Rhyannon Byrd and while I know that it will be a bit before I get another of these books, I know that I have her BloodRunner’s series installment to look forward to and I am very excited for that.

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