Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen is an intriguing addition to the angel genre. I had never read any of Ms. Rowen’s other work, so I was anxious to see what I thought of her writing. While there were a few things I didn’t care for, overall I found the writing to be rather strong. The dialogue is smooth, the descriptions vivid, and the characters interesting.
Sam is a lovely narrator, one that I think many readers will be able to relate to. She seemed a bit too naive to me and wishy-washy with her decisions, but otherwise I found her to be an enjoyable main character. Her friendship with and loyalty to Carly is admirable and I enjoyed the scenes they share together.
The world that Ms. Rowen has constructed is fantastic! I love the idea of grays and the fact that angels and demons are working together to bring balance to the world. There aren’t too many books out there that show both sides working toward the same goal, and I’m happy with how the author presents it.
Speaking of the angels and demons, the banter between Bishop and Kraven is particularly enjoyable and I love their backstory. Although Bishop is the main male lead, Kraven is oddly charming. I think readers won’t know what to think of him because they’ll love Bishop and find themselves loving Kraven, too!
The romance happens kind of suddenly, bu Sam and Bishop just work. The way that Bishop needs Sam in order to stay sane is a great addition to the plot and ties them together even more. What I like most about Bishop is that he doubts himself and his ability to accomplish his mission. This self doubt gives him a dimension many male characters lack nowadays.
Dark Kiss is a well-written, fast-paced, and sizzling story with enough action and romance to satisfy any reader. Angel fans will undoubtedly fall for this book–and for Bishop. I look forward to reading the sequel!