Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Serpent’s Kiss
AUTHOR: Layla Dorine
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
LENGTH: 319 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex.
A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems.
With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society.
Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.
When this book showed up on our available to review list at Love Bytes, I was interested in learning more when I read the blurb. It only gave hints of what the story would contain, but a psy-clairvoyant sounded like it might be a good read.
I’m happy to say it was. I was caught up in the book and read it all the way through to about the last 20 pages in one sitting. I was so tired last night that I stopped purposely so that I’d get the ending this morning. I didn’t at all realize that the book was going to be about snake shifters. Honestly, I should have… it is called Serpent’s Kiss, but I didn’t. I had never read a snake shifter book and I’m not sure if I would have grabbed it so fast if I had known, but then I would have missed an entertaining story.
The author did a good job with this one. I’ve never read this author previously, but will seek out other stories by her in the future. The story was well written and fairly well edited, although to keep it honest, there were a few little things with incorrect words that should have been caught by the editor. Overall though, I enjoyed it.
I liked the character of Darian, and all the adventures he got into during the course of the book. I’m not sure, but it would seem that there could be more to this tale. The ending leaves it more as a HFN than a HEA, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a sequel down the road.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a slow burn story. It is more about the characters and story development than it is about hookups. If you’re looking for a book with lots of steamy scenes, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a captivating, draw you in type story, this would work for you. I’ll be waiting for a sequel.