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Review: Kiss Across Swords by Tracy Cooper-Posey

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Kiss Across Swords
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Release Date: May 25, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Kiss Across Time #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic, Historical Elements
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:

      To save them all they must win back one reluctant heart…again.
      Taylor Yates never dreamed growing up she would end up happily living with two drop-dead sexy vampires and time-hopping through their thousand years of personal history. Her life is complete…or is it? 
      When she finds herself at the siege of Jerusalem during the first crusade, Veris doesn’t know her at all and doesn’t want to. Worst of all, he and Brody are total strangers, and Taylor drives a wedge in deep between them by trying to seduce Veris at their first meeting—not something a lady of the day does if she wants to keep her head.
      Taylor and Brody must woo Veris using the customs of medieval England, win his heart and his full commitment before Jerusalem falls in four days’ time—or when they return to their own time, their lives as they know them will be gone…

What VampBards talking about:

      Ohhh Emmmm Geeee!  This was my mantra as I burned through the second book in the Kiss Across Time series.  I couldn’t get enough of the sensuality and intimacy between Brody, Veris and Taylor.  Kiss Across Swords is definitely a must-buy for connoisseurs of paranormal menage with a historical bent.  Pretty specific audience, huh?  Not really.  The series would be a great introduction to any of these genres for the novice reader.  I’ll walk y’all through my thought process on this one!
      We definitely have to classify the series as paranormal.  Veris and Brody are centuries old vampires.  However, even if you’re not into paranormal/ vampires, don’t worry.  It’s really not something that is ‘in-your-face’ throughout the storyline.  Some biting, some feeding (and feedings are off-stage), but nothing obnoxious.  Historical elements.  Um.  Hello?!?! this story takes place, almost in its entirety, during the Crusades!  There is DEFINITELY a historical influence to this title, and Ms. Cooper-Posey did some great research with regard to garments of the time, and available resources.  Menage erotica is a gimme.  Threesome in detail.  Even when it’s just M/M or M/F, the well-written scenes bring something to the story – their purpose is clearly to get the reader further immersed in the relationship between the partners.  Which can be tricky, as intimacy is something shared between the three main characters, but not exclusively with all three at once.    The M/M/F, M/M, and M/F content is flaming hot, earning 4.5 out of 5 for Heat Index.
      There’s a strange twist that I never expected to happen when I was reading the first title in the series, Kiss Across Time.  Taylor is pregnant.  Even though the present-day Veris and Brody are unable to father children, and Taylor would never dream of straying, the time-traveling escapades of this trio has landed them in unexpected waters.  I found it especially emotional when both Brody and Veris found out about the pregnancy.
      The conflict was so high throughout this title I felt like I expelled a huge sigh of relief when this installment of the Kiss Across Time trilogy ended.  There’s definitely a different ‘feel’ to Kiss Across Swords when compared to Kiss Across Time.  Swords is more intense, whereas Time was giving us a quick introduction to the vampiric society and getting our buy-in as readers for the plot.  We also became invested in the relationship between Veris, Brody and Taylor.  Swords is definitely a continuation of the first installment, but is heavier in feel in comparison.
      There are major implications should Brody and Taylor fail to cause Veris to fall in love with Brody again.  This is one of those times where I’m pretty sure, were I in Taylor’s position, I’d be pretty pissed about the time-travel thing, even if it allows her to catch a glimpse and live side-by-side with Brody and Veris in their past.  The potential for unraveling the current space-time continuum is entirely too high for me.  And, I’m pretty sure that Brody and Taylor never watched Star Trek, because they completely ignored the Prime Directive during their time-travel escapade.  At the end of the story, there IS a HFN – the promise of a third book leads me to believe that there will be a HEA, and that the ‘present-day’ appeared to be nearly as they left it prior to their leap to 1066 Jerusalem.
      Veris.  He is definitely the logical thinker.  It’s always difficult to get someone that thinks logically to ditch that way of thinking and follow their heart.  Veris is definitely not an exception to the rule.  I liked the fact that Veris needed to be wooed by Brody for time-space to be restored.  After all, some wooing would have taken place in the past, right?  The last comment I want to make about Veris is a personal observation.  I. Adore. Veris.  The silent, thoughtful warrior is the type of person that seems to be wary of others, but once he lets them in, he is whole-heartedly committed to a relationship.  I think that is why is was so difficult for Taylor (and Brody) to miss him.  They knew he was committed to them, but didn’t want him to necessarily have to work through his inner conflict on his own.
      Brody.  I think Brody is definitely the temperamental musician.  He appears to lead with his emotions, but that occasional quiet, brooding exterior shouldn’t fool us.  He’s a deep-thinker and capable of so much more than anyone can see on the surface.  He loves with all his heart, and doesn’t enter into a relationship unless he’s going in with his all.  I had a few ‘awww’ moments when Brody was with Taylor.  He is SOOOO sweet!  I look forward to hopefully seeing a LOT more about Brody in the next title.
      Taylor.  I’m going to be honest.  I wasn’t all ‘Team Taylor’ for this book.  While she still remains a strong, positive heroine, I think that hers was the first story.  I was meant to dote on her during the first title, and this time, it’s Veris’s turn to shine.  Taylor, however, remains the intelligent, quick-witted, and creative woman that needs to simply figure out how to get her little family back together.  With Veris away in Europe in the present, the travel back to the Crusades was one way that she could see him.  And, I think that it was kind-of cool that she got to see how Brody and Veris met.  It was even more awesome for the reader to watch!
      I truly adored Kiss Across Swords.  One of my personal quirks is that I bog myself down in keeping timelines straight, and ensuring that I understand how things align.  Ms. Cooper-Posey did a fantastic job with the various timelines and resolving them back to present-day.  Discrepancies in the present-day reality were explained so that I didn’t feel as though they were continuity issues.  I am infinitely happy with the Kiss Across Time series thus far, and I can’t wait to dive in to the third title, Kiss Across Chains in a few weeks.  Look for it July 1st!
VampBards Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
Purchase Info:
Kiss Across Swords (Book 2)
Reviews in the Series:
Kiss Across Time (Book 1)

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