Book: Poison's Kiss
Author: C.M. Owens
Series: Deadly Beauties, #2
Genres: Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Witches, Romance, Love Triangle
Format: Kindle e-Book
Publication Date: 28th March 2014
My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 17th August 2021
Alyssa has spent her entire life foolishly believing things are only laid out in black or white, but now she finds herself stuck in the gray area. The inner battle she faces with her own dark power that she has denied for too long starts to brew all the more fiercely. Kane's coldness breaks her heart even more than it's already broken, but fate's cruel sense of humor forces them to band together despite their torrid conflict.
The biggest problem... There are consequences she didn't know she'd have to face after giving herself to Kane, and she finds herself in pain each and every time she's near him. A pain that leaves her feeling like a puppet.
Hope rests on the shoulders of her enemies, and her allies pile up in all the wrong forms. When tragedy strikes, she's faced with more dark choices to make. Everything gets twisted, and she becomes stuck in the middle of an internal game of tug-of-war. Gage is there, but he's just as much her enemy as a night stalker. How can she trust any of them?
The world is fully of deadly beauties, and deception is their best played game. Alyssa keeps learning the hard way how true this is.
So, I bought this straight after finishing the first because there were so many unanswered questions left and new mysteries that sprung up after the way the first book ended. I needed to know what was going to happen.
This starts about a month after the last finished with Alyssa's mum having been found. Kane and Alyssa's relationship has come to an abrupt end and now they're avoiding each other - which is painful for both of them since they were very much in love with each other before they found out the truth. Alyssa is determined to find out who took her mum while also dealing with the threat of Castine. She's also started having feelings for two different guys now and is torn between them.
A lot seems to happen in this one. We see her feelings jumping around about Kane after what went down at the end of the last one - she loves him but she shouldn't. I have to admit, I was very much Team Kane. The first guy who comes onto the scene - unless he's a d*ck - is always the one I cheer on. There was almost an element of reverse harem about this, what with all the guys that are interested in Alyssa, but the author kept it as a love triangle instead.
There's also the fact that both Kane and Alyssa are being set up for killing creatures in the local area, trying to turn everyone against them. But so far they've been lucky and had alibis. I was very intrigued as to who would be behind it, and I was. But someone else was helping them and I want to know more.
So I went ahead and bought book 3! Because I need to know what's going to happen in the end with this messed up trio.