Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #3)

Available: Oct 4, 2011 Amazon/ B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Recently, Vampire Queen Carling’s power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent’s kiss-the vampyric disease that’s killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent’s kiss…

When the Vampire Queen Carling makes a request for your to fulfill your commitment promised to her, you go. Not even Rune will defy her order after she saved Tiago from certain death. So with a cautious heart he heads to her side to find out what is expected of him. What he never expects is the electricity that flows through his veins at her nearness. The instant rush to help her with her ailing body and to try to solve the mystery surrounding it. Carling doesn’t want help, she wants to be left alone. She has come to terms with the fact that she is dying. She doesn’t care. Rune is slowly awakening long forgotten feelings in both Carling and himself. A vampire and a griffon are not supposed to mate…doing so will only cause trouble….and surprisingly….they don’t care.

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Serpent’s Kiss is the much anticipated third book in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. I myself had been swept up by the first and second book in this series and was frothing at the mouth to get my hands all over this one.

Rune and Carling make an unlikely couple and together, at times, it was difficult to get into the story. There were multiple times throughout the story that I wasn’t sure what to make of them as a couple. Serpent’s Kiss is extremely in depth, centering mainly around a blood type disorder that Carling is facing and the impact it seems to be having on those around her. That was the hardest part for me I think. I don’t deal well with medical terminology and all the things associated with it.

Carling is a very dispassionate person on the surface. She has become unaccustomed to dealing with emotions after so many years living as a vampire. Though she can see that others have very strong feelings for her one way or the other, she has no interest in reciprocating. Until she see’s Rune watching her body flow seamlessly from the river without a stitch on at the end of Storm’s Heart. When presented with the opportunity to get to know him a bit better, she jumps on it in the form of performing a favor in return for one…well as much as someone who doesn’t really care much about anything at all can.

Not knowing what to expect from the “service” he is to perform Rune cautiously makes his way to her. He is confused with his surge of protectiveness for a woman who is almost an equal to him in strength and ability. When he looks at her he sees not only her strength but the vulnerability that still resides somewhere deep inside.  Her willingness to take care of a small dog that someone else had left for dead. Her kindness when dealing with her most trusted employees. The smallest glint in her eyes when she watches him.

Offering to help Carling with her disease just blurs the line more between the two and soon Rune is so far in he can’t turn back. What starts as a single task he must complete turns into a race against time…and through time. Sometimes the answers aren’t in the present or the future…sometimes they lie in your past. Especially when you start altering that past to change the future. At that point things got a bit confusing and I’d by lying if I said I “got” everything that was going on. I think I understood the gist though, so all in all I feel confident that I understood the meaning behind the characters motives and where the storyline may be going with future books.

What excited me most about this book was the glimpse we get into the next one and seeing Khalil in action. I think I am really going to love him. He’s kind of like a sexy genie…lol…only much darker. I do love a sexy, dark, built like a brick shit house man. Yes. I am looking forward to that one. He has a story that is just bursting to be told. The heroine, Grace, seems to be a character that is not only strong but competent. I liked her instantly during her stint in this book, short lived though it was. Her and Khalil are going to be smoldering!

While I didn’t find Serpent’s Kiss to be as engaging as the first two books in the Elder Races series, I did love it for continuing the journey I have now become invested in.

I give Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison 3.75 stars

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