Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harlequin
First published September 17th 2010
Daughter of the war god Ares, Kyra had been born into darkness—a darkness she'd vowed to annihilate. Just as she'd destroy the notorious Greek arms dealer Marco Kaisiris for feeding the bloodlust she despised. She'd use her nymph's carnal powers to seduce him, then slay him. But Kyra wasn't prepared for Marco's secret weapon.
For millennia Kyra had avoided mortal men, but she couldn't resist Marco's magnetism, his raw sexuality. Time and again his sculpted body took her to heights to which only the gods soared. That he was a shape-shifting hydra she could forgive, but not his one fatal flaw—his poisoned blood could kill her. Kyra had fallen for the only being who could destroy her…. Yet how could she spend eternity without him?
I'm typically a sucker for a book packed with Greek mythology but Poisoned Kisses by Stephanie Draven fell short of my loving. I think it was Marco who put the tainted apple in the barrel. And it had started out so good, too, with promising, vigorous characters such as Ares and Kyra. Then Marco happened. A confused, brooding mortal in a bar.
One familiar with myself would think a broken soul like our leading man would do it for me. The same might also think that a guy who could assume the form of anyone who had ever hurt him would be more... threatening. Or dangerous. Or just exciting. But alas, Marco was just a whiny, little bitch with a hypersensitive conscience. Years ago, he was a soldier deployed to Africa where his unit was tasked with a peacekeeper role. But after thousands of innocents lost their lives, he decided the role was bullshit and turned "crusader" as an arms dealer for the people so they would have a way of fighting back.
Alright. Giving credit where credit's due and all, I'll admit he had a pretty good back story. Kyra's daddy issues weren't so bad either and Draven's writing talent proves itself in both style and technique. So many quotable lines. Oh my damn, the woman can write! I'd definitely return to read more of this world of hers, minus one Marco, of course. 4 out of 5 stars. Great ending. I only wish I had liked Marco more.
Equal to my dislike of Marco, I loved Kyra. She was one tough cookie, but she wore her feelings very, very well.