Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fiery Hot Reads For Icy Cold Nights ~ Dark Kiss & Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen Giveaway!

Cambria Hebert

Thanks to Rainy Day Ramblings, Christy's Love of Books, Mostly Reviews, The Caffeinated Reviewer, & Cambria Hebert for hosting this awesome event! This is my third post participating!

Fiery Hot Reads For Icy Cold Nights is a five week long event where bloggers will be featuring books with great romances and giving them away! 
A great chance to discover new authors and win some books to keep you warm during the winter nights. 

This is the last week of the event but there are lots of great giveaways still going on. You can see the full schedule HERE

Today I am excited to feature reviews of both Dark Kiss & Wicked Kiss as well as a giveaway for both books! Thanks for stopping by!




Dark Kiss 
(Nightwatchers #1)
by Michelle Rowen

Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Paranormal/Angels
Source: Netgalley
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I don't do DANGEROUS. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha—that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing—and I don’t know if I can get it back. Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....
Nightwatchers: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

Samantha runs into her crush Stephen while out a night club. When he kisses her she thinks her long time fantasy is coming true. Except he is a gray, a soul sucking being that has now took her soul. As a soulless gray, Samantha craves to kiss and steal souls herself. Guys are drawn to her and she hungers for their soul. When she meets Bishop he is lost but her touch brings him back to reality. He is here with other demons and angels on a mission to stop the grays. Bishop feels for Samantha and plans to help her.

Having a team of both angels and demons working together made for some interesting drama. Bishop is the sweet angel but he has a secretive past. Kraven is the snarky demon and he also has a secretive past that involves Bishop. Samantha was a bit more flat to me but what can I say I usually always prefer the boys. Bishop and Sam sort of have a little bit of an insta-love vibe going but I think with the paranormal explanations it made sense. It wasn't super over done. I am dying to learn more about how Bishop and Kraven ended up where they are now. I am hoping the next book brings to light more about their past and history.

I really didn't like Samantha's friend Carly at all. Samantha is struggling trying to find her soul and Carly just thinks Samantha is having fun without her and wants to join her?! In the end Carly was a better friend than I expected though. Samantha is trying to find Natalie the head soul sucking boss. Natalie was a fun villain and I kind of got a chuckle out of how much she enjoyed kissing boys and sucking souls. She knew more about Samantha than was expected and I am curious to learn more in the next book as well. A great set up for more snarky hot demon fun and sexy sweet angels.   



"I don't know." Bishop kept his attention on me. "There's something special about her. When she helped me with her touch-"
"Exactly what was she touching that was so memorable for you?"
"Watch your mouth."

"Believe me Samantha, that kiss-it was enough to prove something very important to me."
"What?"
"That I'd do anything to find a way to kiss you again."

Rating: 4/5



Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers, #2)
Wicked Kiss 
(Nightwatchers #2)
by Michelle Rowen

Release Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Pages: 440
Genre: YA Paranormal/Angels
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
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MY KISS CAN KILL. I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself. Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy....
NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

Samantha is still on a desperate mission to get her soul back and is trying to curb her craving to steal souls. She needs to kiss someone to help keep the cravings at bay... New troubles have arose as well as a new female angel added to the group that Samantha worries is taking Bishop's attention away from her. There is a rise in teen suicide as well as the grays are evolving. Either they turn monstrous and powerful or they die. Samantha must now more than ever find a way to return her soul.  

I love the angel/demon mission team. The balance is a perfect mix of sarcastic wit and sweet moments. Kraven and Roth always have something crude and hilarious to contribute. I was happy that Samantha continued to get inside Bishops mind and now not only what he is currently doing but also his memories. I love learning about Kraven and Bishop's history as it was what most intrigued me during the first book.

Kraven is hilarious and I love him but I'm glad this didn't venture into love triangle territory. There was flirting and some interesting things...but as I really hate the love triangles I am happy it didn't go much further. At times I did hate Kraven though, he is a demon after all. But once all the secrets of his and Bishop's past were revealed I understood him more.

While I did find the first book was a little predictable and more of a setup, I was happy that this book had a ton of action and twists I did not see coming. Samantha's past and family history surprised me right along with Bishops. I also didn't expect the ending. Everything worked out and is concluded perfectly but not at all in the way I expected.



"Or maybe you can bite me."
His grin stretched. "Is that an invitation?"

"Take my soul. Take all of it. I don't care. I can't lose you."

"Sorry, I think you're forgetting I'm a demon. We don't really specialize in good. Mayhem, chaos, misery--that's more my ticket. Get all those malicious feelings out. Balance sales to the dark side a smidgeon. Delicious."

Rating: 4/5



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83 comments:

  1. Great reviews! This series has been on my wishlist for a while. I love me some snarky humor and diverse groups having to work together, so I think I'd enjoy this :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I've never started this series yet but I know these books. :) These are really interesting and I would love to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Riz B.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard a lot of good comments about this series.

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  4. These books sound so good and I can't wait to start reading them :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  5. I have been wanting to read these books for awhile now. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  6. Ugh!! Can't wait to read them!! Nice giveaway, thank you!! Added both to my TBR list. :)

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  7. Hi! Thanks for this chance, I want to read this series, sounds really good with the demons and angels teamed together!

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  8. I know how much you like Rowen's books. This series does sound good. Great reviews, Jennifer!

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  9. They look so nice:x and the plots are interesting.

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  10. YES! Yes, yes, yes, yes yes yes!! Eeeeeeeeep!! As you can tell, I am so excited about this giveaway. I have been salivating to read Nightwatchers series since I first saw the cover for Dark Kiss. :::fangirling::: And Kraven!! From what I've read and heard from other readers Kraven is just my kind of demon. I. MUST. HAVE. =D

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  11. I was tempted by dark kiss before but i lost sight of it until you review that really really made me interested even better i know i should love book 2 also and that teh quality stay....

    i would be really delighted to win those ( and near my birthday it would be even better)

    thank you for opening this to international!

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  12. How very interesting that you liked the second book more! I actually started this one and dropped it because it was painfully predictable, but if the second one surprised you, I'm ready to give it another chance.
    Great post and thank you for the INT giveaway. :)

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  13. Why am I only now hearing about this series?! The premise of these sounds really awesome! Great reviews, I am putting the books on my TBR list.

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  14. This series is new to me. I love the YA paranormal genre, so I'm surprised that I haven't heard of it! Definitely adding to my Wishlist, thanks!

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  15. It's a very intriguing premise. Just by reading the descriptions it makes me want to dive right in and read them back to back all in the same day.

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  16. These look really great! very excited about the giveaway!

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  17. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  18. I've read great reviews for Dark Kiss - definitely on my TBR list!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  19. I havent read any of the books but they are wishlisted and dying to read them!! I love the covers they are so enchanting!!

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  20. Now I want to read the books even more than before;)
    Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity:)

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  21. What an amazing giveaway. thank you! I have been wanting to read Dark Kiss for quite some time and I just haven't gotten to it yet. I can't wait to check them both out now!

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  22. Thanks Jen for doing three amazing Fire and Ice posts. I just finished Wicked Kiss last night and I really enjoyed it. It really excelled over Dark Kiss which felt like it was just getting going. I am glad it all worked out and that it ended neatly. Amazing giveaway! You rock, girl! Thanks for everything :) I am so glad I met you!

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  23. I've read so many good reviews for this series (the 1st book) but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. Love your reviews, I'm glad you liked them :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  24. WOW...all of that from one little kiss, I must read these books!!

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  25. Not the biggest fan of angel books, but if there are demons in there too -- yeah, that could work for me!

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  26. I LOVED Dark Kiss and I cannot WAIT to read Wicked Kiss. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!! Fingers crossed! :D

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  27. I loved Dark Kiss and I liked Kraven then so I am excited by your thoughts on book two..cannot wait to read it! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  28. I still haven't been able to get book 1 from my library yet. Ugh. They both sounds so and I think I would really enjoy them. Wonderful reviews.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  29. Love this, =) i´ve been wanting to read them since forever. It´s on my TBR list and can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!
    //Linda
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

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  30. I've been wanting to read this series for awhile now. They sound great.

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  31. The series are interesting ! Gonna add them on my Goodreads list :)
    Oooohhh..and before i forget..i absolutely love this quote :

    Believe me Samantha, that kiss-it was enough to prove something very important to me."
    "What?"
    "That I'd do anything to find a way to kiss you again

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  32. I loved Dark Kiss and Kraven, and agreed that it felt a bit like a setup book. But I'm SO happy to hear that there are twists and surprises and action in this book. I'm glad the author steered clear of a love triangle too. Wonderful review!

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  33. I have some of author's Adult books on my shelves but this series have only read a galley copy of book 1 and would love to have both these books on my shelves as think second book sounds better than the first and would love a chance to find out for myself so thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. The books sound really good. I have been wanting to read these for awhile. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  35. I've heard only the best about these! Thanks so much for sharing and giving away! I can't wait!

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  36. Thanks so much for the giveaway I just love the covers on the books I'm adding them to my TBR list I love angel/demon books so they will be going to the top :)

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  37. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!!!!!

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  38. I haven't read any of them yet, but they sound amazing! Thank you!

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  39. I want to read this series, sounds really good with the demons and angels teamed together!

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  40. Heard awesome things about the books and I can't wait to read them~ Love the covers!!!

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  41. These look like great books and I've heard great things! Would love to win them~

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  42. I've enjoyed Michelle Rowen's books and this sounds like another great series. I'm looking forward to reading Dark Kiss & Wicked Kiss.

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  43. I have heard some mixed reviews about these books but nonetheless I am looking forward to picking them up, cause the storyline is very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway, Jennifer! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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  44. I've been dying to read these books. The covers are so gorgeous!

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  45. I have heard such good reviews about this series and the covers are just fantastic. I've had these on my wishlist for a bit and hope to get them soon. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  46. I've heard great things about these books and I'm really excited about them. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international. Really excited about this giveaway!

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  47. I still haven't read this series yet, so i really excited with this series. Must check on my tab, to know if i have this one. I always forgot what i have in my tab. :)

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  48. I've heard a lot of good comments of this books. I can't wait to read them. Thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  49. I'm planning to read the books. So thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  50. I love the cover of Dark Kiss, and I'm into angels, so this series is definitely for me.

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  51. I haven't read any of the books. I read a lot about them on various blogs and they made me curios this is why I am participating in this giveaway. I really want the chance to read them.

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  52. I never read this serie but the books sound really great, so I can't tell much about them. But I'm already a big fan of Michelle Rowen (love Sarah Dearly)!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  53. I haven't read the books yet, but I've heard they're amazing and can't wait to start! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  54. Thanks for the giveaway and review. Nightwatchers looks really great!

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  55. I haven't read the first book in this series yet. But I've heard pretty good things. I'm glad that book 2 was less predictable. Makes it easier to look forward to reading it as well.

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  56. I have seen those books around but never actually read them. They do sound amazing though and I really like the covers!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  57. These look really good! i actually hadn't seen them before!

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  58. great review
    thsese makes me want to read these books!
    thanks!

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  59. I am sooo excited for these books!!!

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  60. I LOVED Dark Kiss!! I didn't realize the second book was just released. YAY! I cannot wait to read the second one!! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway!

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  61. Interesting.. i really liked the quotes too :P Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  62. The books sound great. I love paranormal romances! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  63. Firstly, I really like the Dark Kiss cover! Very Edward Cullen-like dude on it too.

    But then I read the summary of both books....interesting.

    THEN I read your reviews of both books, that made me want the books so much MORE! Because your review showed the books from a different angle which made them really cool. Thanks for the reviews and giveaway!

    raffle name: Nikki O

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  64. I adore the covers for these! I have this series on my wishlist! Thanks! :)
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  65. I have yet to read these but they look so yummy!

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  66. Oh wow! I love this premise! There's so much possibility for good storylines! Adding it to my TBR list right away.

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  67. I haven't read these yet but they look great and I hope to soon! Love the covers and fun plot! Thanks!

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  68. I haven't read these books just yet, but the covers are really pretty and the blurb sounds great!

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  69. I think these paranormal book would definitely keep me warm this winter.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  70. The covers are really cool, all colorfull. Also, paranormal books are the best <3
    Penny Pe

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  71. The covers are cool, and they sound like good books.

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  72. I've been planing to read this books for a really long time but someting always comes up.

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  73. This sounds like a great series! Thanks for the chance to win, crossing fingers!

    Jolene A

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  74. I love both of the covers... Especially Dark Kiss...

    Thank you for this chance!!!

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  75. Interesting. Haven't yet read a book when demons and angels actually work together.

    Love the covers, BTW. :D

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the covers! Wicked Kiss looks kind of creepy though, in a good way!:D

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  77. I have been looking forward to this series for a long time, but I haven't had the chance to read them yet. :( I will though. Sometime! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  78. I have been looking forward for Wicked Kiss, but I haven't been able to buy it :'(. I hope I get to win, Thanks you so much for this amazing giveaway!

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  79. Happy I decided to look at the giveaway list, your blog looks great!

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  80. I've read dark kiss and it was great, looking forward to wicked kiss!

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  81. I have heard good reviews about the series, thanks for the chance to win both.

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