Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like while trying to track down Aega and bring him to justice. After a particularly dicey encounter one night with a Hellhound, she goes to the aid of a girl who’s been attacked and near death—and is amazed to find Aega’s bite mark on the girl’s arm. Determined to get to the bottom of this, she revisits the victim’s apartment and there discovers her closet is a portal to a parallel universe, where people she knows lead vastly different lives. She also gets a glimpse of the Recovery Captain there—a six foot, redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee, whose sexy accent and even sexier bod sets her senses aflame. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…
Initially it took me a little while to get into the story as it does start off quite slow, setting the scene and introducing all the characters, it also took me a little while to get to grips with who was who. However, after all of that I really enjoyed the story and I loved the idea of having a parallel universe that was only slightly different to the one Raven was currently living in. The demon (who Raven is trying to capture and bring to justice) is capable of crossing back and forth to either dimension, but it is far more complicated for a human, but as luck would have it Raven was in the right place at the right time.
When Raven crosses over she finds Finn, a hunky Scottish man who is also tracking the same crimes in his world. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Raven and Finn, which developed and was heightened by the constant danger of the demon. I both loved and hated that Finn was Scottish, mostly because I am Scottish myself so I found that there were quite a few flaws in his stereotype and what he said, it just didn’t all fit together perfectly. However, having said that there are definitely not enough red haired, burly Scottish men with an endearing sensitive side and a body to drool over as the main leads in romance novels. He was certainly an interesting character.
I really enjoyed Raven’s Kiss and although the book wasn’t perfect, it was well written and polished. I also really liked a lot of the minor characters (as well as the main ones), and I did love that some characters had completely different personalities from one world to the next, which made the cast that Toni had created even more interesting. This is well and truly a romance first with loads of extra sub plots all intertwined to keep you glued to the page, the one thing I will say is that this wasn’t as steamy a read as you might expect from the cover.
With this type of book you can often guess the ending as well as the middle and beginning of the story, however, there are definitely a few surprises in Raven’s Kiss to keep you reading until the very ending. The end was done really well and everything was wrapped up, but there was certainly scope left for a sequel. I would happily recommend this book, it was an easy and entertaining read. I will definitely be looking out for more of Toni LoTempio’s work in the future.
Genre – Adult, Paranormal Romance
Published - Indie (April 2011)
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I received a copy of ‘Raven’s Kiss’ by Toni LoTempio in exchange for an honest review.
I also had the chance to quiz Toni LoTempio a bit about her life and writing - if you are interested you will find the interview HERE
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