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The Embrace of Life and Death (A Dark Kiss Tale Book 1) by [Strange, Liz]
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  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (June 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005501N4C
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By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Embrace of Life and Death is a standalone book with some characters from the Dark Kiss Trilogy. I have read the first two in the trilogy but can say that if you haven't read it you will still be able to read The Embrace.

I have always enjoyed Liz Strange's works. She is dark, sometimes sexual and often violent. Just my cup of tea! The Embrace was no different. I am a huge fan of m/m (I'm a girl so I think it's the visual of two strong men together... yum) and was pleased that Strange tried her hand in this genre. The one thing I do have to say is I would classify this as more of a m/m romance rather than a m/m erotica. There are steamy scenes, but they didn't cause me to blush or giggle in impropriety. They were sensual, not very graphic and perfect for someone looking for a love story rather than a bedroom read. This story focused on a hot vampire who is your typical Immortal and a dark strong angel.

Kiernan kills his food, not because he has to but because he enjoys feeling their deaths, gruesome but quite common. Azrael is the dark angel sent down to kill vampires. I don't think it's like the Buffy type of killing, but his boss the Supreme One doesn't like how often Kiernan and other vampires kill to feed. Something draws Azrael to Kiernan and he finds himself in the horrible position of killing Kiernan or having his wings stripped. Strange decides to take her already interesting plot further by adding time traveling with alternate realties in to the mix. Though it might sound a little perplexing and confusing I assure you it was written into the plot seamlessly and I was able to follow through the entire book.
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To me, Liz Strange really knows how to grip you and pull you into the book as if it's reality. I have enjoyed her Dark Kiss trilogy and was excited about this book because it was Kieran's story. We met Kieran and while his part in the book was only a supporting role (if you will), from the first moment, his presence intrigued me. He needed more of a story. So when I heard he had his own, I had to read it.

Strange opens up her writing on M/M erotica in this book. She shows you true love and how when it's right, it doesn't matter who it is. Strange knows how to write with such passion that I'm lost in it from almost the beginning. The intensity is just amazing. I enjoyed how an angel (Azrael) comes to love a vampire (our Kieran) and how they give everything to be together. Even the Supreme One can not change how one loves. For true vampire stories, Strange doesn't sugar coat the blood sucking. There are 'vegetarians', not that I don't love and enjoy other series, but she definitely keeps them in the darker side.

Strange definitely steams it up in this book. I am interested to see if she continues the spin off to give us more of Daniel and Charles. I'm thrilled that Kieran was her first spin off, because his story needed to be told. Start from the beginning in this series, because you definitely need the full emotions of this series.
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The Embrace of Life and Death, A Dark Kiss Tale
Author: Liz Strange

Synopsis: Kieran is a hundred-and-twenty-year-old immortal, originally hailing from the harsh, famine-stricken life of 1880s Ireland. He has surpassed death and thrived, gaining wealth, power and knowledge. Azrael is the angel of death, but his mission is far from ominous. He is the protector of the grief-stricken, and the champion of lost souls. The two are polar opposites in mission and nature, yet are inexplicably drawn to one another.
The Supreme One sees all, and when he discovers the truth about the relationship he is enraged. Their commitment to be together must be stronger than his determination to keep them apart.

Our Review [By LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha-Michelle L Olson]:
Let me begin by saying that I wasn't even sure I would be able to read this one. I had not read a male/male paranormal romance before this, and to say I was concerned about whether I could get into the story (let alone enjoy it) would be putting it mildly. I had only recently discovered M/F/M PNRs and found, to my surprise, that I enjoyed them. With that said, however, the synopsis intrigued me, and knowing that I had thoroughly enjoyed Liz's work in the past; I set out to see what this Dark Kiss Tale had to offer.
Written at first in the 1st person from Kieran's point of view, the story started off like many others, footloose and fancy free immortal vampires running amok in the city, enjoying their higher rung on the food chain and their basic natures. Then the mysterious Arch Angel Azrael is introduced, as well as his `boss', The Supreme One, and the tale takes an interesting turn.
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THE EMBRACE OF LIFE AND DEATH is different from the usual books I read and I often found it difficult to follow. There's an awful lot to take in. The characters include Kiernan, a 120 year old vampire, who relishes killing his prey and enjoys his `life' and wealth. There's Azrael, an Archangel, who works for the Supreme One. His job is to care for those overwhelmed by grief and to kill vampires. And he falls in love with Kiernan. Doesn't seem like a workable situation does it? The Supreme One is in charge of all the Archangels. He dislikes vampires and hates that they kill their prey/food just for the sake of killing. I found him to be extremely judgmental and not the least bit likable. As the story progresses, it gets very strange and interesting!

In my opinion, this is more than `erotic fantasy'. It's a romance between two immortals; a vampire and an angel. They overcome what seems like insurmountable obstacles in pursuit of that love. I think the actual physical scenes between Kiernan and Azrael were sensual and not graphic. Liz Strange has some serious talent in writing dark fantasy. It is a solid, well written story, with elements of time travel and alternate reality. It wasn't my favorite read, but I believe it will appeal to those who enjoy fantasy and m/m romance. I was given an e-book copy by the author for purpose of a review. I'd give it a rating of 3 ½ stars.
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