October 24, 2013

Braine Reviews: Kade's Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

Series: Immortals of New Orleans 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: March 25, 2012

Publisher: Self-published
Source: Bagged from Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: FREE at Amazon & Barnes & Noble

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. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?

KADE'S DARK EMBRACE, the first book of Kym Grosso's paranormal romance series, Immortals of New Orleans didn't disappoint nor did it wow me. It's a procedural paranormal volume where a powerful vampire fell in love with a "special" human detective. Nothing new or fresh and something we've read so many times in so many different ways. 
Sydney and Kade's romance wasn't insta, Kade had to chase Sydney a little bit and there was a mild love triangle that happened at first which was eventually resolved. Sydney and Kade's chemistry is electric, its hot and heavy and certainly lusty. KGrosso wrote some pretty feverish scenes starring these two: together, with another person, and even a flirty menage. The clashes and fight scenes with the bad guys were done really well and I like that there are other otherworldly creatures involved which enriched the world built by KGrosso. I'd also like to mention that things didn't start happening in New Orleans, much to my disappointment because NOLA is what got me interested in this series in the first place. Oddly enough, things were kick started in PA and the New Orleans connection was through Kade and the conflict with the villains. 
So despite its predictability, KADE'S DARK EMBRACE did what it's supposed to do, and Sydney and Kade did it well; and that is to introduce the series to us, whetting our appetites enough to pick up the next books. I didn't connect much with Kade but I did love Luca and Tristan and I'm binge reading their stories as their respective HEA's are next in the series. Plus you also have to remember, KADE'S DARK EMBRACE was written last year back when this storyline was very "trendy" and several books similar to this have been published since. So if anything, I feel like I read this book a year too late. If I saw and read this when it first got out, I'm sure that I'll be mad gushing about it. Unfortunately Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters beat KGrosso hence my lukewarm excitement for KADE'S DARK EMBRACE. But like I said, I love Luca and currently I'm reading his "magic embrace" and loving it. So stand-by for my reviews, for now I'm happily bingeing on the series.


  1. I saw this for free too. Happy it turned out pretty good.

  2. Glad it was a decent read. I haven't started the series yet. I don't get bored with the formulas yet, but then I'm behind in so many series. Hope the rest of the series picks up a bit for you.

  3. I don't think this book is for me. Thanks for the honest review.

  4. Great review. I can't remember if I have this one or not.

  5. I agree I love books in NOLA and with voodoo, it's always so interesting! thanks for the review, I didn't know this one and I think I wouldn't have picked it because of the cover, but now I want to.

    1. I agree, NOLA is so magical on its own whether or not it's magical infamy is real or not.

  6. YAY! You finally read KDE! Oh, I did love this book. And I did read it a year ago. Or, really, a little more than a year ago and it was great then. I am sooo team Luca and Tristan. Have yet to start on those, but I know I'm definitely going to be reading them soon!

    Great review girly <3


    1. I saw you got quoted!! I just finished Luca's and I liked it better than this. Eager for Tristan's though, I love werewolves and it's much longer than the first two so more sexy time ;)

  7. I haven't tried her yet but love heroes named Kade :) I've read some like that as well that I felt like I picked them up too late in the game so didn't have as big a wow factor since I'd read others that came out after them first. I'm gonna pick it up though. Very glad to hear the books are getting better as you get into the series. That's always nice to find :)

  8. At least the 2nd book picked up :) maybe Ill try this out. I like a good vamp read.

  9. I'm glad this turned you on to the series, Braine. It does sound promising despite it not knocking your socks off. I haven't read a really, really good PR in awhile. I look forward to reading your reviews of the rest of the series.

  10. Hi Braine,
    I've just download an excerpt of the first two volumes... But after reading your review I really want to start with Luca first...Grrr!

  11. This was my first giveaway win last year when I first came on the blogging scene... unfortunately I couldn't get into it, I believe I only made it past chapter four before I put it down and haven't picked it up since. I'm sure it's still on my shelf somewhere eagerly awaiting for me to return xD LOL


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