Favorite Line: “Part of her really wanted to stay to help, but she knew she’d be pretty useless until she went through the merging ceremony.” (p. 28, egalley)
Dupree Jackson is everything a senior soldier of the Order of Templar should be. Cold. Unbreakable. A master at arms in the fight against demons. But as a hybrid, Dupree is beginning to lose himself to the demon half of his soul. One woman has the power to save him. If he lets her.
Kara Stone wants two things in life: to be merged with a demon so that she can become a full member of the Order; and Dupree Jackson. She knows they are meant to be together, if only Dupree would love her back.
Though his desire for Kara is undeniable, Dupree’s need to protect her is stronger. Not wanting to see her merge, to face the internal struggle he deals with every day, he refuses to bond with her. But when Kara becomes a target and uncovers a dark secret about her past, Dupree may no longer have a choice…
Kiss of Twilight is book two in Loribelle Hunt’s Dark Bonds series. Beginning after the events of Kiss of Darkness, it is told from the third person POV and focuses on Dupree and Kara. The story is set in a world where humanity is unknowingly surrounded by paranormal creatures battling demons. However, one of the groups fighting are humans who have merged with demons to become a hybrid. It’s dangerous, but after the human wrestles the demon into complacency the human is stronger, faster and heals from potentially life threatening wounds. It’s not a simple battle as the hybrids constantly wage war with their demons who threaten to take over the hybrid.
Kiss of Twilight continues plot lines introduced in book one, so I don’t recommend beginning the series with it. We meet Kara and Dupree in book one. We learn about the villain in book one. And we are introduced to the epic battle in book one. But back to Kiss of Twilight.
The hero in Kiss of Twilight does not want the woman he loves to turn into a hybrid. Dupree is terrified that Kara will die, but she is just as petrified that if she does not participate in the ceremony which will transform her into a hybrid she will die. Throughout the story the two look within themselves for a compromise, but before they do anything they must deal with their pasts which haunt them.
My feelings while reading about the couple fluctuated between excitement and irritation. I read the first book and knew how badly Kara wanted Dupree. I also knew how hard Dupree fought to keep his distance. It got old really fast. He wanted her to cave, she wanted him to understand her need to fully join the Order and battle demons. Neither feels a compromise is possible, but that doesn’t affect their desire for the other; the sexual tension is sharp and hot.
While Kiss of Twilight didn’t blow my mind, it is an enjoyable book despite the lack of surprises or epic revelations. It was a nice paranormal romance story. Because it’s part of a series not all of the plot lines are clearly wrapped up. It’s not a cliffhanger or anything, but it will pique the curiosity about a few secondary characters.