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Monday, April 11, 2011

Redemption’s Kiss by Louise Delamore

Redemption’s Kiss by Louise Delamore
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Lauren's been alone for a long time. Too Long. After all, there are few who understand her need for blood - then she meets Rhys. He seems like a perfect match on all counts, until her bite sends him running.
Rhys thinks he's met the women of his dreams, until she sinks her teeth into his neck, and his dream turns into a nightmare. Now Rhys has a choice to make. Is being with Lauren the biggest mistake of his life? Or is she his salvation?

Lauren is a vampyre, or as she likes to put it, “human with a twist.” Will Rhys understand?

Lauren and Rhys are two lonely souls thrown together by their meddling friend David. While a meddling friend and misguided notions can make for a great story. I have to admit I was a little surprised that David withheld so much information from Lauren and Rhys, people he’d known for years. Rhys has no idea that Lauren is a vampyre. Lauren thinks that Rhys not only knows what she is, but that he’s also agreed to supply her with blood for the evening. It is a recipe for disaster, and I eagerly turned pages wondering how Ms. Delamore would resolve everything in such a short time.

Lauren was a very easy heroine to like. She’s a strong, confident woman who knows what she wants in life. While she is lonely and craves affection, I admired her resolve not to settle for the first man that comes along. Her attraction to Rhys is powerful, but before they become physically involved, she makes it clear she’s not looking for a one night stand. Her strong sense of self is certainly a characteristic to be respected.

Ms. Delamore created an endearing and vulnerable hero in Rhys. His face and body are marred by scars. Extremely self conscious, Rhys has managed to convince himself that no woman will ever be attracted to him again. When Lauren expresses interest in him, Rhys can’t believe his luck. When he learns she’s a vampyre, he feels used. Again, this makes me question David’s motives in withholding so much information. Since David has known Rhys for years, he would certainly know about Rhys’ fragile state of mind. Putting Rhys in that sort of situation doesn’t seem to be the action of a close friend. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Rhys proved to be stronger than I thought. I admired how he pulled himself together after the shock of being bitten and gave Lauren the chance to explain. When the story was over, I found myself wanting to know more about Rhys and how he received his scars.

I also thought the ending of the story was very satisfying. The chemistry between Lauren and Rhys is powerful and the love scene between them is well written. I found the "happy for now" end to be a very realistic ending to a story about a couple who had just met.

Redemption’s Kiss is a touching story with realistic and passionate characters that can easily be enjoyed in one sitting. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good paranormal romance.