REVIEW by Lorna: Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans #1) by Kym Grosso (kymgrosso ,@Mollykatie112 )
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?
I got this book as a result of a Valentines Day give away from several romance writers. I picked out most of the paranormal books that were available and got them free. Really a great idea! However, I didn’t realize that this one had been billed as a erotic paranormal romance. So okay, wasn’t what I really wanted to read but decided to go for it since it did involve vampires and a serial killer-what a great combination for a book!
Sydney Willows is a homicide detective in Philadelphia. She meets Kade, a vampire leader from New Orleans after being called to a murder scene. Kade is there because an enemy from his past is suspected of horrific torture murders of women. In this world, supernatural beings live side by side with humans. Sydney is drawn to Kade on one hand but stubborn about letting him come in and take over her murder case as he wants to do. She reluctantly agrees to work with him to capture the crazy female voodoo practicing vampire from Kade’s past. After being attacked by a killer vampire (sent by the murderer) in her apartment, Kade takes her to his home in New Orleans. And the story really takes off from there. The story becomes a vehicle for sexual situations on and off, pretty much through the rest of the story. I am sure it was not supposed to be a comedy but I found myself laughing out loud at some the descriptions. Probably not exactly what the author was going for! How many ways can you describe the act? I think she thought of quite a few of them. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind well placed love scenes, just not sex scenes for no real reason or lusty thoughts while looking at a dead body! The book was only 180 pages but it took me twice as long to read this book then one that is a lot longer. I just kept putting it down. The story itself got better the last third of the book. The author definitely knows how to write and the editing was pretty good-just a few errors here and there. I was wishing for more world building and for more fleshing out of the characters. You know those books that you read between really good books? The just so so ones? That’s what this felt like to me. Of course I have been reading some really great books lately so that could have been the problem. There is also a followup book already out there too-Luca’s Magic Embrace. I am really having problems rating this but I think I will go with 3 stars-because it does have a pretty good story over and above everything else.