Title: Kiss Me Deadly
Author: Jessie Thomas
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“A necromancer and a vampire walk into a cemetery…and if you’re wondering how this joke ends, that makes two of us.
I’m Seraphina Mason, Buffalo’s only resident necromancer. While other people are on normal sleep schedules doing regular human things, I spend my nights conjuring spirits, resurrecting the dead, and sometimes a bit of poltergeist removal, if you need it.
But I’m not even the most dangerous nocturnal creature lurking around the cemeteries.
That’s where vampire Nathaniel Caligari waltzes in–all devastating eternal beauty and brooding charm, ready to ruin my life. He’d rather have a wooden stake shoved through his chest than ask for my help, yet here we are. Turns out the bloodsucker has something of a heart after all because he’s desperate, fearing his missing son is dead.
Neither of us are excited about this, but I could really use the paycheck. So, we’re just going to have to set aside our petty insults and work together before this city buries his kid.
If we don’t kill each other first.”
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If you haven’t heard, I’m a big fan of Jessie Thomas. Her book Baptism Of Fire, is a real gem that I recommend you check out ASAP. So the opportunity to read Kiss Me Deadly as an ARC is a great honour!
Kiss Me Deadly follows Seraphina Mason, a necromancer who makes her living raising dead loved ones for paying clients. When a vampire, Nathanial, comes to her to help find his son, Theodore, who he believes may be dead, Seraphina is forced to consider it.
Strange things are happening around Buffalo, and people are showing up dead with vampire venom in their systems. Seraphina has to team up with her ex-girlfriend and fellow necromancer, Devyn, and Nathanial himself to investigate a cult who they suspect is responsible. When Seraphina infiltrates the cult, which by day is a sweet-treats shop, she finds that the horrors they are hiding are worse than she ever imagined.
As ever with this author, the characters really come to life. Seraphina comes across as a hard-ass with a soft side, as she has to take care of her sister and their pet fox, Topaz. When Devyn is introduced, however, we learn the true meaning of the term “hard-ass”. The antagonist, Melissa, is probably one of my favourite characters. She is described as a “I Demand To Talk To Your Manager” type, and that kind of bad-guy is absolutely perfect when done right. And she is done so right in this book.
The story was unpredictable, and included a few unexpected twists which came as real, but pleasant, surprises. Where there was conflict, the story was fast-paced and action-packed. I did feel that the intermissions between action scenes could be a bit long, and although these intermissions filled out Seraphina’s backstory well, they were sometimes drawn out.
There were several unique concepts to this story, one of which is a spoiler so I won’t include it. But a few cool ones include using vampire venom as a drug, and vampire children. These sorts of things don’t crop up much in the urban fantasy genre and it gave the whole book a very unique feel.
I do wish there had been a bit more build up to Seraphina and Nathanial’s eventual fondness for each other. When they kiss, after a whole book of disliking each other, it didn’t feel as if enough heat had built between them for their physical affections to be inevitable.
Kiss Me Deadly is a solid, entertaining read, and I hear there’s a sequel coming soon which I’m really looking forward to!.
You can get Kiss Me Deadly at this link and I recommend it goes straight on your TBR pile!
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