Review: Kissing with Fangs by Ashlyn Chase

Kissing with Fangs by Ashlyn Chase
Series: Flirting with Fangs Trilogy (# 3)
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 353
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

There’s Something He’s Never Told Her…

When her workplace burned down, Claudia should’ve taken it as a sign to move on-and not just professionally. She’s been secretly lusting after her mysterious boss, Anthony Cross, for years. There’s no way she should agree to help him rebuild if she wants to keep her heart intact, and yet it’s impossible to stay away…

The flames that destroyed Anthony Cross’s beloved bar are nothing compared to the heat he feels every time he lays eyes on Claudia. But he can’t have her-it’s against paranormal law for a vampire to date a human. Besides, he has some dangerous enemies, and one in particular already has her sights on Claudia. He owes her the truth-both about his feelings and his vampire nature-which means their lives are about to get hotter than ever…


Review:   Have you ever read a book and when it ended you were at a lost as to what to write in your review? Kissing with Fangs was that book for me.  When I first saw the title I was eager to read this book due to my fascination with all things paranormal, so I was rather excited when I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Kissing with Fangs is the third book (which I was not aware of) in the Flirting with Fangs trilogy, however it can be read as a stand-alone. In this story we meet Anthony, the owner and operator of a bar located in the Boston Uncommon. He is also a vampire. He had started the bar, because he wanted to create a safe haven where all paranormal beings could meet and socialize without any interference from the human world. This was a bit ironic as he had humans working for him who had no idea that the bar patrons were paranormal beings. It was one of these humans that he would find himself falling in love with. From the first day that Claudia, a human, came to work for him he was drawn to her however he refrained from acting on his feelings for fear that his crazy ex, Ruxandra would try and hurt Claudia in one of her jealous rages.

Claudia is a very likable character. She is not your typical romance heroine. She had real life struggles which readers can relate to. She is not afraid to acknowledge that she has a problem with alcoholism and is willing to take the steps needed to deal with her problem. It was after the destruction of his beloved bar that Anthony became aware that Claudia had this problem which did not change his feelings for her. He is very supportive of her and is willing to help her deal with her problem even if it meant not rebuilding the bar as he did not want her to leave.

There are several events taking place in this story, abduction of paranormal beings for research purposes, in addition to the romance between the main characters there is a romance developing between four other characters. Not much focus was given to the romance between the secondary characters. I was hoping that they would have gotten their own story, but unfortunately this is not to be, as based on information floating around on the World Wide Web this is the final book in the series.

Kissing with Fangs is not your typical paranormal romance. In this story we see all paranormal beings getting along and forging friendships.

My feelings on this title are a bit mixed. There are parts I liked but there are also parts that I found lacking. The story lagged in some parts, I figured it’s due to the fact that so many things were happening all at once and as such the thrill that I was expecting to derive from the main theme was lacking. My favorite part of the story is the romance between Anthony and Claudia which depicted the lengths that one is willing to go to protect and support the one they love.

For me this was an ok read.