Kiss Across Deserts
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
I have been eagerly awaiting more about Veris, Brody, and Taylor. While Kiss Across Deserts isn’t about them, per se, they do appear in a pretty significant way. What’s great about this book, however, is the way relationships build and characters are revealed. I fell instantly in love with Sydney—she’s a strong, kick-ass woman working in a man’s world—as well as Alex and Rafe. I mean, who WOULDN’T fall for all their alpha male vampireness?!?!
I haven’t been reading a lot of paranormal romance lately. I love the genre, but I just…haven’t. I suppose we all go through phases in our reading, and that’s just where I was. However, I was quite excited to read this title, the fourth book in the Kiss Across Time series. I’ve been following Veris, Brody, and Taylor from the beginning. I’m pretty much addicted to their style of menage, and the sex scenes are erotic and emotionally satisfying.
There were some usage errors missed in proofreading (the file I received wasn’t marked as an ARC), and there were at least three inconsistencies in the plot that interrupted my reading. That’s what keeps me from giving Kiss Across Deserts an A rating. I loved the characters, and they were well-developed. The plot was engaging. I probably would have overlooked these items if I could superficially read for enjoyment (something I struggle with every day as an English teacher and an editor). However, I’d still recommend this title to everyone and anyone that loves a good paranormal time-travel story.
Sydney, our leading lady, has a secret. We all love secrets in our romance, right? Well, this secret is a major one, and it’s a driving force in the way the plot plays out. She’s a kick-ass cop in a patriarchal precinct, and has to work for every smidge of respect she’s gained over the course of her tenure on the force. At the expense of a personal life. We watch as she begins to allow a long-suppressed part of herself to reemerge. Her personal struggles dominate a portion of the story, but don’t overshadow the over-arching plot. Which is nice.
As the story opens, Sydney and Alex have been conversing over the phone, via email, and the occasional in-person meeting. Alex is infatuated with Sydney, and he’s willing to wait her out—because he’s got all the time in the world, since he’s a vampire. Our hot doctor is friends with Veris, Brody, and Taylor. He appears to be enmeshed in their lives, and is affectionately known as ‘Uncle Alex’ by Merit—Veris, Brody, and Taylor’s daughter. Alex has developed ‘vampire knock-out drops’, an injectable that will incapacitate a vampire. This is something that has never been done in the past, and is important to the existence of their race. It creates balance and allows the good guys to end up victorious in pretty dire situations. Consequently, Alex developed an antidote to his creation that has a secondary benefit he’s been trying out on himself. Keep in mind, Alex has been around for almost a millennia, and he’s questioning some things about his life.
Rafe, or Raphael, is older than Alex, but not as old as Veris. He’s an appellate court judge that has moved to the other side of the bench to defend Brody in some trumped-up charges. I think Rafe was a good choice to add to Alex and Sydney’s pairing; I do, however, think that he’s not quite as important to the plot as Alex and Sydney. He’s a great second, though! I mean, he is important in the over-all scheme of things. He’s important to both Alex and Sydney separately, before he becomes important to them as a unit. Does that make sense? Yeah. Clear as mud. What Rafe brings to the table is experience and a desire to see those he loves prosper. That’s really important in this story. I suppose he’s more integral than I originally thought for that one aspect alone.
In closing, I really adore the Kiss Across Time series. Vampires? Check. Romance? Check. Well-developed characters? Check. Super hot couplings? Check. Non-gratuitous menage? Double-check. Kiss Across Deserts could be read as a stand-alone, but I think readers would benefit from the introduction to the world and lore provided by Ms. Cooper-Posey in the first three titles of the series. Can’t wait for the next one!
Time travel is not for the weak of heart.
Alexander Karim, long-time friend of Brody, Veris and Taylor, has been questioning everything; his purpose in life and his identity as a vampire and a doctor. Even his long time pursuit of the lovely but reluctant police lieutenant Sydney Stevens is on shaky ground.
Life tosses him a curve ball when Alex learns that Brody’s trial lawyer, Rayner De Leon, the youngest appeal court judge in the state, is attracted to Alex. Rayner is a vampire, Rafael, who has known Brody and Veris since the fifth century. Alex warily allows Rafael to seduce him, and the affair has surprising results for both of them.
But then a deliberate hit and run tosses Sydney back into Alex’s life and this time, her defenses are down and she is vulnerable. But there are unanswered questions surrounding Sydney. Who tried to kill her? And why is she insisting that Alex was there, when he doesn’t remember it that way?
When a kiss sends Alex and Sydney back to Alex’s beloved desert, and he realizes that Taylor is not the only one who can time travel, the questions pile up like gunpowder. The flint that strikes the spark is Sydney’s past, which is exposed when Rafael reaches through time and uncovers her dangerous secret.
The explosion that follows is both deadly and tragic, reaching out to touch everyone’s lives.
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Series: Kiss Across Time #4
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Format(s): paperback (261 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author
Kiss Across Deserts (Kiss Across Time #4)
Reviews in the Series:
Kiss Across Time by Tracy Cooper-Posey (Kiss Across Time #1)
Kiss Across Swords by Tracy Cooper-Posey (Kiss Across Time #2)
Kiss Across Chains by Tracy Cooper-Posey (Kiss Across Time #3)