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Review: Poisoned Kisses by Stephanie Draven

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Wow. I finished this book only a few minutes ago, and still all I can say is WOW. Now, I read a lot of Harlequin, and a lot of paranormal romance, and I’ve never read a book quite like this. This one is going on my keeper shelf (well, in my Kindle) for a long time. What a unique concept, and so expertly executed–an extremely passionate, engaging, thrilling love story.

I’ve always loved mythology, and have read many paranormal romances that attempt to subvert some kind of mythology for the enjoyment of a romance reader. I’ve never been particularly impressed with the execution of that attempt until today. Having never read a Stephanie Draven book before, I’m not sure if this is her incredible and long-proven skill, or if this was her first go out of the gate, but frankly, I don’t care. The woman is a masterful plotter and writer.

I’m actually tempted to open my Kindle and read the book again right now, that’s how much I love it. And it’s a Saturday morning, so I have a little bit of leisure. Even just talking about it, I might take myself up on that offer. The heroine in this book… and you should know if you read this blog, I’m not much for heroines… she was just fantastic. I adored the fact that her mythology and backstory supported who her character actually was. I believed her. I enjoyed goin through the book with her. Sometimes, I even liked her better than the hero! Which is a shocker to me. But she was expertly written and real. The hero, though. Noms. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a hero I wanted to come through the pages quite like Marco.

But I think what impressed me the most was that this book didn’t shy away from the real. The author had an opportunity to gloss over thing like the Rwandan genocide, and she didn’t. I remember watching Hotel Rwanda for the first time, and reading this book reminded me of that, and of reading We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families and Dancing with the Devil and other books about Rwanda. As a member of organizations like Invisible Children and One, this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. But the last place I expected to see it was in a romance novel. So I officially take my hat off to Stephanie Draven. She’s written a fantastic romance novel with an important message.

I give this book five stars or five books or five kisses or coffee cups or wands, or five of whatever equals awesomesauce. You have to go get this book immediately. And then come back here and chat with me about it. Or check out some of these organizations that are trying to bring justice to Africa. But also, buy this book. Seriously, you’ll thank me later.

Title: Poisoned Kisses
Author: Stephanie Draven
Genre: Paranormal Series Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Cost: $5.25 (buy here)

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