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Kiss of the Vampire (Warriors of the Rift)

by Cynthia Garner

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Very lovely story that brings a fresh perspecitve on supernaturals. This story was thrilling, suspensful and even lots of steamy romance. I look forward to following not only the series, but the author too. Very well written plot! ( )
  AuthorRaeZRyans | May 24, 2014 |
  tarenn | Mar 9, 2012 |
KISS OF THE VAMPIRE by Cynthia Garner is an exciting debut paranormal romance. It is the first in the "Warriors of the Rift" series. A rift between two worlds,the paranormal and the human world is opened. Where half-breed,Nix de la Fuente,(half-human/half demon)detective,will have her second chance with her true love. And Tobias Caine,special agent,a vampire,and Nix's true love but who is one a mission to find the friend him and his world. Together, they face passion,danger,murder,and a chance to save the world of humans,demons,vampires,shapeshifters,from an evil that could destroy them all. A must read. Written with depth,a twist or two,complex plot and a cast of characters who are strong,determined,and passion. This is an author to watch for and a series to be on guard for in the future. While you are wondering what's next for this group of characters. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Forever,an imprint of Grand Central Publishing,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4

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REVEIWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Mar 9, 2012 |
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Enjoyable characters and dialogue but the ending felt a little lacking.

Opening Sentence: In just under two years this planet will see another Influx of incorporeal beings.

The Review:

Nix de la Fuente is a Human liaison for the supernatural community. As part of her job, she helps investigate murders involving humans and the supernatural. Nix passes herself off as human but most of the people who know that she is a demon treat her like a ticking time bomb and don’t trust her. Half-demon, half-human spawn go insane a few years after they turn twenty and Nix is twenty-eight, long past time for her to go crazy. The only person who doesn’t look upon Nix as an evil demon is her human Detective partner Dante MacMillan but unfortunately for Dante, Nix doesn’t harbor any feelings towards him. Nix still has feelings for Tobias, her vampire lover that broke her heart five years ago.

Tobias Caine believes that he left Nix five years ago for her own good, but he dumps her in a dick move. He comes back into town after receiving a message from one of his good friends. Once back in town Tobias is relegated to be in charge of solving a series of vicious vampire murders, an investigation that Nix is also working on. It doesn’t take long for the old feelings to come to light as they are trying to investigate why vampires are being murdered in such a horrendous way.

One thing that I found unique about Kiss of the Vampire is how the supernatural came to be on Earth. Vampires, Demons and Shape-shifters are all ED’s, Extra Dimensional aliens that have come to Earth through a rift in space. This rift happens to coincide with a comet that passes closely to Earth every 73 years. The aliens that come through are often criminals and when these aliens come through they possess human bodies. The bodies then take on the traits of the alien that inhabits them. The alien aspect really wasn’t a huge issue in Kiss of the Vampire, it was more of a background element to the story.

I have mixed feelings about Kiss of the Vampire. I liked the characters of Nix and Tobias. I really enjoyed the banter with Dante. He was my favorite character in the book, which leads me to high hopes for Secret of the Wolf. The pacing of the story is more mystery based then action to move the story along. The plot is just a basic police procedural following the clues to the murders, which leads to a nefarious plan. The final battle was full of action but I was disappointed by the ending of the main conflict. I felt like there should have been more to end the storyline, even though Nix and Tobias’ relationship does have a good stopping point.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the story of Tobias and Nix. I liked the premise that the supernatural are creatures from outer space. I would like to see an alien or aliens that have just crossed over from the rift and the consequences/relationships of coming from another planet and learning to live on Earth. Because of the anti-climactic ending, I have a feeling that Kiss of the Vampire, first of a planned trilogy, would actually be better read as a series.

Notable Scene:

As much as she’d like to help him, she had her own six-and-a-half-foot problem to take care of. And he was coming at her again. This time, as she tried to dodge him, he latched his fingers onto her hair and held fast. She couldn’t contain a yelp of pain. He laughed and hauled her back against him, wrapping his free arm around her waist. “Looks like I got you now, girly. Game’s over.”

When they had their fangs on display some vampires could talk and sound menacing, and others . . . not so much. This guy’s lisp was so pronounced he sounded like a girly-man. He was the pot calling the kettle black. And she was tired of it. No more Ms. Nice Guy from her.

“Don’t call me girly,” she ground out. Knowing she needed an edge, she actively summoned her demon side, letting it burst into a full, glorious explosion of strength. Everything became tinged in yellow, her insides burned with rage. Her horn buds popped, and for once she welcomed the pain that accompanied the stretching of the skin on her forehead.

She slumped against his arm, pulling him off balance. Then she reared up, slamming the back of her head into his face. He grunted, his hold loosening enough for her to pull free. As she left what felt like half her hair in his fist, she growled and spun her leg up, ramming it into his gut.

He staggered back. His eyes completely black, he stared at her for a second, rage turning his face red. Blood from his bullet wounds covered the front of his white Tshirt, making it stick to his chest, and now also dripped from his nose. His tongue swept out, licking it off his lips. “You’re gonna pay for that one, girly.” His hands fisted. “You’ll die screaming for mercy.”

Nix shot a quick glance over his shoulder. Tobias appeared at the top of a rise, heading her way at top speed, when he was tackled by yet another vamp. He rolled to his feet, going into a fighter’s stance as yet another vamp ran up to help his buddy. He appeared to be holding his own against the two vampires he fought – though all three showed signs of battle with blood and dirt covering them – and Dante had managed to stay out of the grasp of his vamp. She put her attention back on the bloodsucker in front of her. “You really think you can take me, akh khantu?”

He bristled at being called a carrion eater. She hoped her false disdain based on a long-lived prejudice would keep his outrage amped up and hopefully cause him to make a fatal mistake.

The Warriors of the Rift Series:

1. Kiss of the Vampire

2. Secret of the Wolf

FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing provided me with a copy of Kiss of the Vampire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Mar 7, 2012 |
Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source:NetGalley
Reviewer:Heather

Kiss of the Vampire takes a very fresh approach to vampires, shifters, demons, fae and many other supernatural beings. You see, these beings have actually come through from another dimension, but they take the bodies and lives of humans when they come through the rift. They live in secrecy for thousands of years, but now their existence is out in the open.

Humans haven’t been alone for quite some time, so it isn’t any wonder why they have become upset. Not only do they have the Extra-dimensional (ED) beings to deal with, but now, after many centuries of procreating with humans, there are half-breeds too…

Nix de la Fuente is the human liaison to the Council of Preternaturals, and she is also a half-breed mix of human and demon. While she hides this due to the prejudice she would likely receive, she doesn’t hide it from her friend Dante MacMillan who is a detective on the Special Case Squad. They find themselves at a crime scene where a vampire (a once close friend of Nix) has been brutally murdered. While she must find a way to grieve through her passing, she has a nail thrown in when the new vampire liaison arrives on scene: Nix’s ex-love, Tobias Caine.

Now Nix is forced to work alongside Tobias, the man who broke her heart yet still drives her crazy, all while investigating multiple vampire murders. Tobias still loves Nix, but left so she could hold on to her humanity. It takes every ounce of strength, for both, to hold back what each truly feels inside.

Will they succeed? Can they solve the case without hurting each other again? Is there a deeper entity at play with the murders? I guess you’ll have to read it to know.

My goodness I really enjoyed this book. The story alone was worth its weight in gold. It was an easy read with a lot of mystery, suspense, romance and erotic undertones. Add in a sprinkle here and there of action and it all adds up to a pretty great story.

The plot weaves back and forth between Nix and Tobias. It tackles not only their individual issues, but also the problems they once faced as a couple. Underneath it all there are still the murders to solve, a possible conspiracy and tons of sexual frustration -so there is quite a bit going on. The author did a marvelous job at connecting everything, and never leaving questions or confusing the reader. ( )
  momgamerwriter | Mar 3, 2012 |
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Warriors of the Rift

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world-or send it spiraling into chaos.

Half-demon, half-human, Nix de la Fuente is accepted by neither and mistrusted by both. Determined to prove she's more human than not, she devotes herself to solving crimes between the world's mortals and its most unsavory undead. But her latest case brings her face to face with the one vampire she could never resist . . .

Called in to investigate a string of violent murders, special agent Tobias Caine isn't interested in rekindling his relationship with Nix. Yet one look and the vampire knows his need for her is as strong as ever. Once, their all-consuming passion nearly cost Nix her fragile hold on her humanity. Now, as their hunger for one another intensifies, exposing them to an unimaginable danger, it could cost them both their lives.

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Half-demon, half-human Nix de la Fuente and vampire Tobias Caine are tasked with investigating a string of murders of vampires, during which they also must resist the temptation to resume their passionate relationship.

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