#TBRChallenge 2024 Review: Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton

Posted March 20, 2024 by Jen in Paranormal Romance, Rating C, Reviews Tags: , , , ,

book cover of Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity HeatonKissed by a Dark Prince
Felicity Heaton
Rating: C-

March optional theme: Not in Kansas Anymore

What I’m Talking About:

Olivia works for Archangel, a (secret?) paranormal hunting/research organization. As a researcher, she loves studying new species, so when a mysterious fae/demon is dropped off at her lab, she gets to work immediately. 

When Loren wakes from a fight in a strange place, he needs blood and takes it from the first person he sees, a mortal woman who happens to be his ki’ara, his fated mate. Now he must either convince her to complete the bond or find a way to break it, or he’ll be weakened and not able to protect his people.

At first, Kissed by a Dark Prince piqued my interest, and it is a great fit for this month’s theme “Not in Kansas Anymore” as evidenced in this excerpt:

Olivia paused. “Wait… what realm is this?” 

“It is not your world.” His smile was wicked. 

It did a funny thing to her insides that should have been illegal. 

Olivia’s gaze slid off to her left, towards the tall arched doors and the flowing curtains. Not her world. Her eyes slowly widened. 

The scientist in her found that fascinating.

I liked that while Olivia is attracted to Loren, the scientist in her wanted to study and learn. And even though Loren comes across a bit demanding, clearly used to being in charge and obeyed, I like that he actually listens to Olivia. He doesn’t want her tangled up in his mess, and when she says she may be able to separate their bond through science, he reluctantly agrees and doesn’t force her back to his realm. I also appreciate that Olivia is cautious but not hysterical. She thinks rationally, and her history with demons tempers her attraction from the bond. 

Kissed by a Dark Prince is a stereotypical PNR circa early 2010s, and back then I would have eaten this up. These days, I don’t read much PNR, especially the fate mate trope. One big reason, I don’t like it when only one or neither main character wants the bond. Oh – but they are meant to be… No thanks, I’m over it. Unfortunately, Olivia and Loren dance in an unending circle of yes and no, hooking up and then backing away. By the midpoint of the book I was trying not to roll my eyes. Both MCs would literally change their mind about the bond within the space of one paragraph.

I also found the Archangel organization a bit of a Deus ex Machina, providing a convenient place to study, get weapons, and find fighters. We know next to nothing about it and the higher ups are a joke. In the beginning of the book, we learn that they stripped Olivia of her rank and authority because of something that happened on her watch, yet they give her exactly what she wants – unrestricted research on Loren. And then after there is an attack on the site directly related to her work, there are no repercussions and they let her go back to work. 

As the book went on, I found my interest waning. There are smex scenes, there are battles, there are accusations and threats. The author sets the stage for a series-arching battle of good vs evil and the eventual redemption of a troubled soul; both very typical plots of the genre. I just don’t plan to be around to find out more.

My Rating:  C-

About the Book:

Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for… 

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them. 

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

Release Date: November 19, 2013
Eternal Mates #1
Paranormal Romance
paperback (248 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

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