Review: Raven’s Kiss by Toni LoTempio

Raven’s Kiss by Toni LoTempio
Series: Raven Grace (# 1)
Release Date: April 2011
Publisher: self published
Page Count: 200
Source: From the author for review

Raven Grace was a college senior with ambitions of a career in law enforcement when she met the demon Aega, whose bite turned her from mortal to Shapeshifter. Now a member of the Recovery Organization, Raven keeps the peace between humans and errant Hellhounds, trolls, wizards and the like while trying to track down Aega and bring him to justice. After a particularly dicey encounter one night with a Hellhound, she goes to the aid of a girl who’s been attacked and near death—and is amazed to find Aega’s bite mark on the girl’s arm. Determined to get to the bottom of this, she revisits the victim’s apartment and there discovers her closet is a portal to a parallel universe, where people she knows lead vastly different lives. She also gets a glimpse of the Recovery Captain there—a six foot, redheaded Scotsman named Finn McPhee, whose sexy accent and even sexier bod sets her senses aflame. Seeking answers, Finn takes Raven to the magickal underworld, where an ancient fae informs them the demon’s quest is rooted in Scottish mythology and magick. As they delve deeper into legend, the truth comes to light—Aega is only a pawn, subservient to another, darker demon…a being who knows the truth about Raven’s heritage, and who orchestrated her return to this parallel universe for the ultimate showdown. Now, Finn and Raven find their passion for one another must take a backseat to Raven’s battle with a dark force who won’t be satisfied until he’s claimed her soul for his very own…

Review: When I read the blurp for this book, I said to myself it sounded like a book right up my alley. After dealing with a technical issue I was finally ready to get to reading. The first part of the book seemed to move rather slowly, but the second half was packing. The story line isn’t one I am familiar with having read before, so the idea was pretty awesome. I have read books before that offer portals for traveling, but it was usually just within their universe and is used like flying in a plane. I have read books before that offer portal travel for going back in time or forward in time. Never have I read one that travels you to a parallel universe. (If I have, it didn’t stick with me.) Raven is about to have many things from her life fall into place. A forced leave of personal time off gives her just what she needs to settle a score. Little does she know the tarot reading she got from Crystal is dead on and her Knight is coming whether she likes it or not. Raven isn’t one to mix business with pleasure, but has a hard time ignoring the spark when she finally meets her “Knight” (aka Finn) in person. It’s a battle between good and evil, with many lives at stake, it’s a battle that cannot be lost. When the dust settles in the end, who will be left standing – will it have been enough? Is there a happily ever after?

Quote: “Sometimes Fate and her little ironies could really deal you one helluva bitchslap.”


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