After the release of Snake Snack, which you will recall involved my lovely snake shifter, Simon, I was asked by Layla Dorine if I’d like to read her book which involved a whole bevy of snake shifters. As I adore MM shifter books I was happy to agree and below is my review.
Serpent’s Kiss – Layla Dorine
While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex.
A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems.
With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society.
Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.
From the first page I was intrigued about Darrell who would later become Darian for reasons that will become clear through the book. He was a troubled, angry man living in the human world, hiding his constant pain with pain killers and booze. I was as surprised as he was when two snake like looking creatures broke into his apartment, talking about prophecy and visions – something neither the reader nor poor Darrell knew anything about.
Zaiden didn’t make things any easier for Darrell/Darian – forcing him from his home, dropping him into a world full of snakes Darrell didn’t understand, and as this point, as a reader, I didn’t understand it much either. But I kept reading and I am glad I did. As a reader I was drawn into a world full of intrigue and plots and while the “bad guy” as such was easy to spot from about half way through the book, the way the plot unfolded was interesting enough for me to read the book in one sitting.
I would be lying if I said this book was a romance. Darian and Zaiden are apparently bonded mates and meant to be together, but very little of that is covered in the book. Most of the time Darian is fighting their bond; the reasons for which coming clear throughout the story and even at the end, a HFN rather than an HEA is implied. I took heart from Zaiden’s words at the end where he said “That…was only the beginning.” I would like to think there is a second book coming which would have a lot more romance and a lot less intrigue in it. Layla has set up a complex world and left a number of threads unresolved at the conclusion of the story. I wanted to see Darian’s meeting with his ex-family and I am sure there is more to the desert dwellers than the author let on. I am looking forward to the next one.
“I was given a copy of this story in exchange for a fair review.”
You can buy Serpent’s Kiss from Amazon.