Kade’s Dark Embrace is the debut novel in Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans series. This book has it all: vampires, werewolves, witches, and voodoo. Unlike many books in the genre, the paranormal world is public knowledge in Kade’s Dark Embrace. Sydney, a human detective, is forced to work with Kade, a powerful vampire, during the investigation of ritualistic murders. The author does a great job of balancing the criminal/suspense story and the romance building between Kade and Sydney. There were times when I wanted to shake Sydney for being so stubborn. Sydney’s character works in a male-dominated job where showing any fear or weakness means no longer being seen as an equal. Her reaction to Kade’s alpha male attitude is completely understandable, especially since he took control over everything with the case they were supposed to be working on as a team. He has the typical, centuries old, vampire attitude who expects everyone to obey him. The sexual tension between Sydney and Kade is scorching hot and when they do get together, they explode off the pages. Still, Sydney fights Kade at every turn, showing her independence even when it’s obviously not in her best interest to ignore his commands.
This story is filled with non-stop action, suspense, and steaming sex blended flawlessly with strong characters you will love. Kade’s Dark Embrace is a must read for anyone who enjoys series like Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake or Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen. I can’t wait to read what Grosso brings us in the next book which is due out this fall.
After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.
The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. If she makes it out alive, will she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?