- File Size: 2086 KB
- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EW0OFBO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Kiss of Blood (The Vampire Pacts) Kindle Edition
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I love all of Kallysten's writing. With this one I was not into the book as much as I hoped not until 1/4 into the story then I started enjoy it. That is why I gave it 4.5 stars.
This is a short 44 page story that has details and character growth done perfectly so you are not feeling rushed.
Diedra makes a chose to join the Sire and her clan. With it she gets feelings for Tristen who is the Sire's favorite she doesn't really want to upset the Sire.
When something tragic happens to Diedra's village the one she swore to protect she ends up disappearing, can Tristen find her? And if he does will he choose to stay with her or go back to Sire? Diedra shows Tristen what it means to be human even though they are the undead.
When I was offered to review this book I admit I hesitated a few minute, I do love the author's writing style, it's romance and with vampires so why the hesitation? Simply because this short story is part of a universe described in a series with already 3 books released... I do prefer to read series in order and I was afraid I would miss something... However Kallysten assured me it was s stand alone and that having read prior books wasn't needed so I gave it a try and I'm so glad I did!!!
So far it's my favourite of her writing! You get a complete story despite it's a short one and you do have an excellent understanding of the universe and of the vampires in it. We learn how they have made pacts (thus the series name) with humans exchanging blood for protection and how some selected villagers become recruited to join the clan. Because these vampires are foremost warrior fighting demons an when chosen to become vampire you cut all ties with your native village, you still speak for it but that's all.
The relations within the lair are quite free because vampires there are caught they don't love so they choose companionship.
Now the situation isn't as simple either and we discover this universe with Deidra eyes as she is selected and learn to live as a vampires... for her humanity is still fresh in her mind and she does have feelings... she starts doubting what she was told and Tristen responds to her feelings albeit more timidly . He teaches her, protects her and loves her even if he doesn't say it. When Deidra's village is destroyed she doesn't accept her sire`s decision, she is feeling guilty and decide to leave the lair, when Tristen isn't there, to keep her promise: to protect the village's children.
Once he learns about her disappearance, Tristen ask for the right to leave. He want to find her, to tell her what he is feeling and this story is so sweet, a little inspiration from sleeping beauty in a way but so, so moving!! I really loved it and it could definitively make me want to try the series (though it won't be a sweet romance then).
Oki there are little detail that made lift an eyebrow...like when Tristen judge Deidra "master `stuff".... I can admit she could grow into one, I can see she has the right mind for that but it's too soon...between the two Tristen is more a master, he is older, he has the knowledge and the experience...so I can understand him becoming her partner, he loves her so a ruling couple for the new pact in a sense oki but I don't see him submitting to her.... The change of time in the story can also be abrupt sometimes but all of that drops from your mind quickly to leave you with a huge feeling of happiness.
If you are looking for a sweet ( so sweet) romance, a short story with a happy ending to make you smile ( if not shedding a tear of joy), you love vampire but don't want a steamy read for a change.. then try this stand alone! It more than worth it!!