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A Kiss of Venom (An Araneae Nation Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Hailey Edwards
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Book Description

All’s fair in love and murder…

Araneae Nation, Book 3.5

Betrayed by her lover and exiled from her clan home, Nicolette has carved herself a new identity from the heart of her old life. Hardened by grief and desperate to survive, she hones a new skill set…and the daggers that go along with it.

Armand is heir to the wealthiest clan in the Araneae Nation. His entire life is as mapped as his heritage. Tradition dictates his every decision, and the one choice he ever made for himself cost him the woman he loved.

When Nicolette is offered a contract she can’t refuse, she returns to Erania with deadly intentions. Her secrets are safe behind the façade she created. Or they would be if Armand would stop chipping at the cracks in her veneer.

One kiss ignites an old flame, and suddenly their history is in danger of repeating. Armand falls for Nicolette’s charade, but she can’t let a second chance at happiness distract her from her mission. Someone in the Araneidae nest is marked for death, and Nicolette aims to deliver.

Warning: This story contains one heroine bent on revenge and one hero determined to atone for his sins. Also included are venom kisses, poison hangovers, pointy objects and questionable taste in condiments. Expect fireworks, near-death experiences and one surprise ten years in the making.

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Salticidae believed in marriage before sex. In my heart, Armand and I had been as good as wed. This was my last chance to enjoy my husband's body, because there was no divorce in Salticidae society, and even if there had been, I had already tried and failed to cut him from my heart.

"One time." Warning bells clanged in my head. This was a bad idea, a horrible idea.

"One afternoon," he coaxed, a wicked gleam in his eye. "Once is not enough."

"Two hours," I countered, fearful of how much damage he could deal my heart in so short a time.

His teeth scraped my throat. "I can work with that."

Fisting his collar, I pulled him inside the room then slammed him against the door.

His hands went to the hem of my shirt, lifting it higher, until his fingers brushed my breast band.

"I need a moment." I couldn't risk him finding me armed. I planted my palms on his chest.

"Don't move."

I backed away, and he tried to follow. The hunger in his eyes made it hard to think, to speak.

I stumbled over a chair, grasped its back to keep from falling and came away with a scarf in my hand.

Heart racing, I patted the seat. When Armand got near enough, I shoved him down, captured his wrists and tied them behind his back. One more knot secured him to the chair as he tested his bonds.

I circled around to his front. "I told you not to move."

He continued to flex his arms. "I told you that, and look where it got me."

"Tied up in my room." I tapped my lips. "Not a bad deal from where I'm standing."

"From where I'm sitting, I can't complain." He grunted. "About my hands..."

"What about them?" I eased behind his back, out of sight. My trunk was still open, so I flung my clothes and weapons into it, taking care to situate the vial before I shut it as quietly as I could. I kept a hand on the lid, debating, but the preventative I'd brought with me was as effective before intercourse as it was afterward. Considering its foul taste, I would do Armand a favor and wait until after he left to put my herbs to use. My robe lay crumpled on the bed. I slid it on and padded around to face Armand. Until that moment, I wasn't sure I wanted this, wanted him.

The rapid rise and fall of his chest, the dilation of his gorgeous lavender eyes, I couldn't resist.

He was air to me, and I'd gone too long without breathing him in.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4310 KB
  • Print Length: 127 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499358687
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hailey Edwards (January 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Novella February 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really did not expect very much from this novella since it was only around 100+ pages but the story was done well, no real details were left out, the reader is kept involved at almost all times.

The problem in trying to review this is there is nothing I can really add that is not in the synopsis already. This is a story of love, hate and revenge only none of those emotions seem to play out the way you would expect (and I loved it).

This is a story you can finish in one night but unless you have read the first 3 books you will be lost for most of the story so do not start with this novella, go back and grab A Hint of Frost (book 1) and enjoy this riveting series which is a series of fantasy romances with a common overarching story to back it up.

5 Stars for such a great story in so few pages. Reading order below:

A Hint of Frost, Book One
A Feast of Souls, Book Two
A Cast of Shadows, An Araneae Nation Novella
A Time of Dying, Book Three
A Kiss of Venom, An Araneae Nation Novella
A Breath of Winter, Book Four
A Veil of Secrets, Book Five - Coming Soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is different April 28, 2014
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It is a book you must read. it is nothing that I expected. I was shocked to see that it did not have things in it I was expecting
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4.0 out of 5 stars So very close to perfect April 22, 2014
By Barb
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This story had me from the first word to the second-to-last chapter. The characters are well-developed, the plot is gripping. You want these characters to have a happy ending, despite everything that's happened to them. The only problem is, this is a novella. It is very short. Most of the plot builds up to a satisfying crescendo, but then it suddenly skips a lot of the important stuff. The main characters have a lot to talk through and work out, but it seems like the moment the big revelation comes to light, things just magically fall into place. Old hurts are forgiven, arrangements are made and agreed upon, it was all a bit too rushed for my liking. The story was going so well up to the last chapter, it could have used a couple more to really work out the emotional pain all of them had suffered. Doesn't really advance the large plot of the series, but still worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Novella March 29, 2014
By T. King
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This is a wonderful novella and part of an ongoing series. Do read book 1 first or you might be lost when it comes to characters, storyline and cultural mannerisms. The author knows how to spin a tale with lots of emotion. This will appeal to fantasy romance readers. I'm looking forward to the next Araneae novel.
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Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff's department and her daughter is counting down the days until she's old enough to audition for American Idol. Their dachshund, Black Ilex, helps Hailey write by snoozing on his dog bed in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Paperwhite's screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

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