Title: Kiss of Darkness
Author: Loribelle Hunt
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: 24th January 2011
Format: Ebook - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Winter is a hybrid - a human who crossed her soul with a demon's so that she had the strength and power to fight the evil, pure demons. The nightwalkers and the lupines also combat the demon threat, yet all three races distrust each other. When the demons begin to launch planned attacks against the hybrids, the groups must put their differences aside if they are to prevail. As well as beating the demons, Winter is fighting a battle of the heart when she finds herself drawn to the seductive nightwalker Lord, Marcus.
My main difficulty with the work was the way it reminded me of Feehan's Dark Carpathian series. In both, vampires that find their mate become highly possessive of her to the point of jealous rages. Also, both feature the idea that the evil demon part of a soul will take over unless that soul finds a bonded mate.
Once I got past these initial comparisons though, I found the novel to be a very enjoyable read. There is a new take on the vampire myth where they feed off psychic energy as opposed to blood and the idea of the hybrids was interesting, despite making me think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The story was nicely paced overall. I felt it lagged a little on a couple of love scenes, but anyone who enjoys a good splash of sex in their paranomal romance will have no problems with that. The characters were well presented and engaged the reader's interest from the first page to the last.
The story ends of something of a cliff-hanger and I certainly enjoyed this tale enough to be keen to read on and discover what will happen next.