Review: Bitter Black Kiss by Michelle Clay

Bitter Black Kiss by Michelle Clay
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher:  Crescent Moon Press
Pages: 300
Source:  Publisher

Former event planner Nicole Riley lost not only her job, but part of her humanity when a concert in L.A., fails catastrophically and the band attacks a rival werewolf pack. Now Nicky keeps her “inner beast” subdued by taking wolfs bane and refuses to become a monster. She’s trying to rebuild her reputation and manages the Bitter Black nightclub where Brody Dunn is the dee-jay. Brody Dunn, a former special crimes detective turned private investigator, plays on Nicole’s sympathy by claiming to have just suffered a wolf bite. He keeps his past, careers, agenda and just about everything else from Nicole – except for his attraction. They have bigger problems than Brody’s lies. Nicole’s boss is a ruthless drug lord, determined to have Nicole for himself. The danger increases for everyone when he challenges the local Alpha. If they survive, and she can forgive Brody’s betrayal, will she accept what they’ve become?


Review:  Nicole Riley is working hard to repair her reputation and get ahead in her career as manager at the nightclub Bitter Black. She tries to remain focused on her career and ignores her attraction to the smooth DJ Brody Dunn. Along with denying her attraction to the sexy DJ she struggles to keep her inner wolf under wraps. She wants no part of this monster wolf inside of her and takes the drug “wolfbane” which assists her by keeping her she-wolf suppressed. Along with her wolf struggles she soon realizes that her boss Sean Stone wants more than just a professional relationship. Nicole also has to deal with her ex Aaron James; he is stalking her and is the same ex that inflicted the life changing bite upon her.

Nicole finds herself in the middle of a mess when a dancer never shows up for an interview and ends up murdered. She soon realizes that there is much more to the hot Brody and her very handsome boss Sean. She is thrown into the investigation of the murdered dancer and realizes that eye candy Brody has not been honest with her. She feels betrayed and runs to the arms of Sean. With danger all around Nicole has to decide who she trusts and she has to come to terms with her inner beast.

I absolutely love an exciting paranormal romance full of hot romance and werewolves (or any kind of shape-shifter). I enjoyed this book but felt it fell a little short. I felt there was not enough of a back story and the characters did not seem developed enough. (I normally fall in love with most of the characters in a book- in this book I did not.) When I read the description of the book I expected to learn more about the catastrophe that caused the main character Nicole to lose her job and change her life forever but there were just a few mentions of the event. I feel the story line could have been great. I loved the idea of a drug created to suppress wolves and alter the shape shifting process.

I did love the chemistry between Brody and Nicole and the twists in the story. The love scenes were well written but there were also several typographical and punctuation errors that made the book hard to read. The story just ended abruptly which can be OK but in this case there was no lead up to another book. I was left with many unanswered questions.

I did enjoy the book but will probably not read it again or put it on a “Must Read” list. I do give kudos to Michelle Clay for her unique story line that is normally not found in other paranormal romances- or at least the ones I have read.