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Kiss of Night (Kiss Trilogy #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 292 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2011)
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"Kiss of Night" is a genre-defying, and boundary-pushing story about vampires told form a Christian perspective. This story is not a watered down tale by any means! The action is intense and non-stop. In fact I was pretty scared during a lot of the scenes.

There are two love stories in the book, and even if they do take a backseat to the action, I enjoyed the romances a lot. Susan and Raphael's relationship was much more intense and a little edgier than most Christian fiction romances, in my opin
Dec 31, 2014 TinaB rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: inspy
Blood thirst, murder, blasphemer- that in a nutshell describes vampire Raphael...well at least 900 years ago it did. Cursed to walk the earth as a vampire during the time of the Crusades (kind of like Cain in the Bible-minus the Crusade thing-oh and the vampire thing and I guess the killing of women and children thing) and forever suffer for his murderous ways, he feeds off the blood of the innocent and pines for the days when the supernatural world was once a figment of his imagination. Raphael ...more
1,5 stars

Christian fiction meets vampires....
When i buy a book, i expect to love it! Let's face it, money doesn't grow on trees. At least it doesn't on my garden. So i get really upset, when i buy something expecting it to be great, and the "thing" turns out not so great.

First of all, had i known that this was some kind of christian fiction i wouldn't have bought it. My faith is my own, and i don't need nobody's lectures on the degradation of morality in our days. This part of the story really m
My wonderful kid-sister presented this to me at Christmas because she enjoys my incessant eye-rolling at paranormal romance stories like the Twilight Saga, (which I've never seen ;-) and I had to laugh--a Christian Vampire novel???? It was such an insane concept, I had to give it a shot.

The author did offer an interesting spin on the genre: vampires, though evil, are redeemable--once men, they walk the earth in a sort of awful purgatory--they're cursed to indulge in their vices until they sicken
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

Lying within the darkness and the mists of the centuries old, lies a deep and hidden secret. It has been this way for many centuries and as long as there has been good in the world, so has there also been evil.

Now the clock is ticking on a war that is soon to rage, yet there still remains time to train those who will begun warriors and for those who will weld weapons of unknown secrets.

Susan Lambert thought that by taking a trip to Prague, she would be attending her grandmother's funeral. Howeve
Great Great book! I cannot wait for the next books! The characters are so captivating! I need more!! The story line is capturing and unique! I read the book in one day because I just could not put it down!! I am so excited to read this series! Great job Debbie Viguie!
Serena Chase
Aargh! Need. Sequel. NOW! (review will follow soon)
It's that time of year again when the trick-or-treaters come knocking on your door and the bitter chill of winter is just around the corner. It's the perfect time of year for spooky stories of the paranormal and supernatural persuasion. This Fall I'm happy to say at least one of the many new releases is worth reading.

I've never read a book by Debbie Viguie but I've seen her names on some pretty well-known titles like Charmed and Crusade. I was a bit skeptical going into this story being as I've
Aug 06, 2011 Niina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: twilight and mortal instruments lovers
Shelves: whoa-loved-it
(includes fan art by yours truly)

Susan travels to Prague to her grandmother's funeral, there she visits the wonderful and mysterious city, but she feels watched, and as her roommate cousin is lured away from the hotel she has to trust a stranger to find her. It soon becomes clear she's over her head in a world with vampires fighting over the rule of the world.

David travels to Prague for a job, and finds out that being raised a good man also means that if you burst into unexpected situations your
Amber Stokes
(3.5 Stars)

Doesn't it feel as if vampires have taken over the media? From books to movies, vampires seem to be wildly popular. And the views on their legend appear to be as varied as these new stories about them.

I freely admit that I'm no connoisseur of vampires. My recent reading involving them is mostly limited to three books: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis, and this one (Kiss of Night). I must say that I find it quite interesting that both of the latter books men
Kiss of Night by Debbie Viguie brings a new refreshing twist in the flooded vampire genre. The story follows vampire Raphael who seeks salvation for his sins. This unique plot naturally pulls the reader in and it just gets more difficult to put the book down as each page is turned. It is quite an exciting read about a vampire that is laced into Christian fiction. The characters are fun and full of personalities. The plot is truly gripping and when the end nears, you will wish that it didn’t.

Seriously? Such a great idea but very awkward execution.

First of all, I was lured by the cover. That man looks wicked, the clothes are yummy and the font is delicious.

The idea behind the book is wonderful. Vampirism is a curse bestowed upon those who were monsters and didn't have a chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of God during their life. When they are turned to vampires they have centuries to change and become good men.

Raphael is one of them. Turned during Crusades he was a true monster
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
My Thoughts:
I was somewhat skeptical about reading this book. Since it portrays a vampire and is listed a Christian genre. Then I read the synopsis and read the vampire, Raphel seeks redemption for his sins. Can vampire be saved by the blood of Christ? I like the story line that evil can be redeemed no matter how vile their sins were.
The author adds a scripture at the beginning of each chapter. You can see how the scripture works into that chapter which was a plus for me. As you get pulled into
Christian Fiction Addiction
I have never gotten swept up into the vampire book craze, and have never seen a single Twilight film, but I have to say that after reading Kiss of Night I wonder if I've been missing out! This book is certainly on the edgier side of Christian fiction with vampires lusting for blood and fights to the death between vampires and humans. But I have to say that I was absolutely captivated by the story line and the breakneck pace of the book, which largely takes place in the present but also has brief ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

Vampires fighting to rule the world? Sounds like a pretty good book to me. The main character, Susan, is inquisitive and intelligent. She can be a little impulsive, she gets herself into a fair amount of trouble in the book.

It is hard to restate the plot without giving anything away, the Goodreads summary does a great job of stating the facts. The events were fast-paced and exciting. There is an undercurrent of fear and mystery for part of the book. The c
Linda Baker
I requested this galley from because of it's great cover and because I'm almost always up for a good vampire tale. However, I found that the book, while well-written, simply did not engage me as I had hoped that it would. I guess that most books are all about the characters for me and I did not feel any sort of kinship or empathy for Raphael, Susan, David or Wendy. In fact, I felt that I was just watching the action, rather than becoming a part of it in my own mind. I can't imagine ...more
I couldn't imagine a Christian vampire series and doubted it would be anything good to read, but was caught up in this book. Susan and her family members go to Prague for her late grandmother's funeral. While there, she meets a vampire and is eventually asked to help him, after many disturbing events happen. He tells her there is an evil vampire who will stop at nothing to gain power. A vampire he has been hunting for decades. With the help of David, another innocent person brought in by the eve ...more
I left my comfort zone to read this one because vampire books are not for me. However, Debbie actually writes how the power of God works against vampires and that salvation is available even to them. The story was creepy in some parts, but I really enjoyed how Raphael fights for the humans and how they work together. Debbie really brings a unique story to the myths of vampires in this book and even though the story is really intense, it also offers hope. I got my copy from the library and I'm gl ...more
4.5 stars

I liked the concept even though it kind of confused me a bit. The characters were cool. I look forward to reading number two. (which is going to be really soon!) I'm not sure the book answered my question and the question that posed itself on the back of the book. But! Never fear, maybe it shall reveal itself in the next exciting adventure.
I don't know why I let this sit for so long before picking it up this weekend.

One of the questions asked is, "What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God?". It isn't fully answered in this book but the next one comes out in October. It definitely isn't your average Christian fiction read but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jen Andrews
Vampires from a Christian perspective. I really liked it. I definitely want to check out some of her other books.
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

3.5 Stars

A return to the classic vampires!

When Susan Lambert travels to Prague for her grandmother’s funeral, she welcomes the chance to reconnect with her roots and family. What she didn’t plan on was learning about a dark and dangerous supernatural world, then being thrown right into it when she meets the mysterious Raphael! Vampire Raphael has walked the earth for 900 years, cursed to live forever as penance for his blood thirsty days as a knigh
Christian values, prayer, end-of-the-world type danger, life-changing mysteries, and vampires!

I loved the story in Kiss of Night and will definitely be reading on in the series. I'm thoroughly intrigued by this brimming war and the role the vampire and human characters will play. Will Susan (human) be some sort of key to the whole thing? Will Wendy (human) be of any use whatsoever? Will Raphael (vampire) keep his fangs off Susan long enough to kill some bad-ass, unredeemable vampires? Will Paul
Truly Bookish
Kiss of Night puts a whole new spin on the classic vampire story. Vampirism, it turns out, is a curse bestowed on men and women who are so depraved, they need more than a standard lifetime to turn from wickedness and be redeemed. Raphael is one of those men. A crusader who killed everyone in his path, Raphael killed for the joy and thrill of killing. Now a 700-year-old vampire, Raphael wants the help of Susan, descendant from a line of humans who can sense the supernatural, to defeat a group of ...more
Ever since the Twilight Saga exploded in everybody's faces and kicked off the vampire obsession in media, I've internally cringed at the thought of reading anything that even hinted at the combined words of "vampire" and "romance." I don't have a problem with vampires, you know, when they're the bad guys (Buffy) or when they're actually cool people (enter Simon from City of Fallen Angels...who, sidenote, is the most redeemable character in all of that series). The plot is just too overdone. Yeah ...more
What I liked about this book is the different perspective on vampires. Vampirism is a curse given to those who are nonredeemable in a lifetime. The premise is that, given enough time, a vampire, who is immortal, will have time to turn his life around and make better choices. But then, of course, something goes wrong. It seems that a group of vampires really are wicked to the very core and will never change. Instead, they organize themselves to take over the world.

Raphael struggles with the exist
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Mike Duran
It wasn’t long ago that I pined for The Good Vampire. Christian publishers have a notoriously knee-jerk reaction to those nocturnal archetypes. Well, now “good vampires” seem to be everywhere and one author (and publisher) is finally attempting to meld the genres.

I signed on to Kiss of Night blog tour for one reason: I am interested in seeing Christian fiction tackle the vampire genre. Is Kiss of Night a good step in that direction? Read on.

Novelist Debbie Viguie is not shy about her religious a
I wanted to love this book. Christian vampires? What? The cover is so beautiful - that man, the darkness, the hair, the red scarf, the gorgeous font, the tantalizing title. But I was disappointed. The entire thing was just so clunky and awkward. I didn't like any of the human characters at all; they were all just as boring as their names - Susan, Wendy, David. Too much forced interaction, too little authenticity, too many unanswered questions. It reminded me of those years of my life I wasted wa ...more
Amy (Amy's Book Den)
Kiss of Night is a refreshing change from all the new vampire stories, where they shine, have power over elements, or are even part alive. The vampires in this story are very much dead, are comatose during the day, burn in the face of holy items, and are even affected by garlic!

Raphael (male lead and sexiest vampire in Prague) needs her help in the upcoming battle to save humanity from the evil vampires. Susan’s help is crucial since her family has been involved in this from the beginning. She
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Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than three dozen novels including the Wicked series co-authored with Nancy Holder. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. Debbie also plays a recurring character on the audio drama, Doctor Geek’s Laboratory. When Debbie isn’t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Kiss Trilogy (3 books)
  • Kiss of Death (Kiss Trilogy, #2)
  • Kiss of Revenge (Kiss Trilogy, #3)
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) Violet Eyes (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) Scarlet Moon (Once Upon a Time Fairytales) The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, #1) The Lord Is My Shepherd (The Psalm 23 Mysteries, #1)

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“He was standing in the middle of the room, an arrogant look on his face.
“What a night,” Wendy sighed.
Without even turning his head to look at her Raphael said, “Sleep.”
Wendy fell backward, her head landing on the pillow.
“Don’t do that to her!” Susan exclaimed.
“You’d prefer to have this conversation with her listening?” Raphael asked, lifting one eyebrow.”
“I’m not this girl,” she whispered against his lips. He had to know, this wasn’t her. She didn’t kiss strange men. She didn’t feel this deep hunger inside.
“I know you’re not,” he said. “But I am this man.”
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