Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates #1
Published on: November 30, 3013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…
Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.
One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.
To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.
But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?
I don’t think that I’ve ever managed to catch one of Felicity Heaton’s series from the beginning; usually, by the time I discover them she’s already at least a few books in. So, when I crossed paths with Kissed by a Dark Prince I couldn’t resist bumping it up to the top of my reading pile. I loved this book because on top of getting Heaton’s trademark killer writing style it also features a supe that doesn’t often make appearances in paranormal fiction. Elves generally prefer to hang out in high fantasy as opposed to romance but, I must say, this author does a superb job of sex-ifying the fae!
The opening two chapters of this book really sucked me in; the first because of its intensity and Olivia’s what-the-hell-are-you moment when she first meets Lorne and then the follow-up to that is a scandalously naughty sex dream! Kissed by a Dark Prince definitely starts on a high note and things only get better from there! I enjoyed the world-building; the Eternal Mates universe is fresh and well developed. I also liked discovering all of the little details that make Heaton’s elves unique to the paranormal romance genre. This author has a real knack for picking character names (i.e. Vail, Sable & Bleu) and for inventing terminology that helps to further enriche her world.
Normally I’m not a fan of insta-love but in this instance I liked Heaton’s spin on the typical mate bond. Olivia and Lorne’s connection goes beyond the standard attraction; they are actually linked to each other on a physical level as well meaning, when one’s scared, the other’s heart rate accelerates. I thought that this was a neat play on the standard soulmate gimmick. Olivia and Lorne’s relationship is also an integral part of this novel’s plot line which helped make it more believable and, even though there was insta-love on the prince’s side, it took a while for the doc to come around which I liked. It’s important to make men work for it ladies!
I was surprised by the complexity of this book’s story given the genre; Kissed by a Dark Prince‘s plot is full of twists and turns, and the ending will definitely catch you by surprise. When you’re reading this novel, make sure that you enjoy that sex dream I mentioned earlier because you’re going to have to wait a good one hundred plus pages for more steam action. Although granted, you can cut the tension between Lorne and Olivia with a knife. I also enjoyed meeting all of this series’ new characters and I already have a few favourites whose respective stories I can’t wait to dive into!
Kissed by a Dark Prince is not your average paranormal romance with its unique supes, well-constructed plot and captivating characters. There will never be a better time to jump on the Felicity Heaton bandwagon!