Title: The Vampire’s Kiss [The Year of Stars 3]
Author: Marie Medina
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Characters: Lixis & Hiroki
Loxis lost his fated mate years ago, and he put aside all ideas of ever falling in love. He devoted his life to fighting demons and helping their victims to fill the void left in his heart. Everything changed when he was summoned to fight a demon and help rescue a young man named Hiroki. Loxis can’t fight his feelings for the damaged young man, but he fears scaring Hiroki with his desires.
Hiroki has finally emerged from a lifetime of pain and torture, and he wants nothing more than to share that life with the man who rescued him. Loxis treats Hiroki as if he is made of glass, though Hiroki knows he sees longing in Loxis’s eyes in unguarded moments. As they embark on a mission to Hiroki’s homeland, he vows that he is going to make the vampire acknowledge what is happening between them, no matter what he has to do.
“The Vampire’s Kiss” is a romance set in a fantasy world of vampires, shapeshifters, and demons. It focuses on Loxis and Hiroki, both half-demons, and what happens after Hiroki has been freed and started to recover a little. Hiroki, having been a slave of his demon father all his life, has very little self confidence, while Loxis lost his fated mate before bonding with her. This story is about Loxis into his existing desire for Hiroki and Hiroki trying to fix something his father did.
The story is definitely for those who are looking for a romance rather than a pure or hybrid fantasy. Although there is some adventure, it seems spread over the series rather than having the full adventure plot arc in the story. I would strongly suggest that you read book one and two first, as I found that reading this story as a standalone left me wanting more details.
I’m not sure why, but I just couldn’t connect to the characters. That may be because I didn’t feel like I had enough time to connect or because I like the extra little details. Things like, was the horse roan, bay, something else? Why can vampires go out in the sun? What style was Loxis’ family castle? There was a lot of sex, so if that’s your thing, you’ll probably like it.
I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I believe she has quite a few out. There also seems to be a series before the “The Year of the Stars” series called “The Year of Hearts”. I must admit, mention of a dragon shifter certainly intrigued me.
Reviewed by Alison