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Kissed by Darkness

(Sunwalker Saga #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,708 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Three years ago, Morgan Bailey narrowly survived a vampire attack that left her with heightened senses, uncanny speed, and a new calling: supernatural bounty hunter. Since that day, sexy, street-smart Morgan hasn’t met a vampire she couldn’t dust or a demon she couldn’t kill — until she’s hired to hunt down a priceless amulet and the sunwalker who stole it. Sunwalkers — po ...more
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Sunwalker Press (first published 2011)
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Nov 28, 2011 marked it as first-chapter-only
Here's my summary of the Kindle preview:
(1) There's a vampire called a Sunwalker
(2) Morgan wants to have sex with her coworker
(3) Morgan's coworker is really sexy
(4) Morgan really wants to have sex with her coworker
(5) the Sunwalker vampire may or may not actually be evil
(6) Morgan's coworker is totally flirting with her
(7) Morgan's coworker is really very sexy
(8) Morgan really, really wants to have sex with her coworker

I like to imagine this happened as a result of some bad prereader feedback.
More vampires, but for a freshman/2.99 installment into the urban-fantasy genre, not bad. There's a lot of girl swooning over every hot guy, these books sometimes get so porny. I just imagine the roles reversed, and a guy is talking about women instead of vice versa. I know I would call chauvinist quick, but somehow total objectification of men is ok when women do it to men in these kinds of books. Not singling this one out as worse than others, just an observation.

There are some crazy twists la
If I had to review KISSED BY DARKNESS in one sentence, it would be; it is just one a been-there-done-that trip. I could see all of the 'shocking twists' coming a mile off, so ended frustrated that it took the characters so long to catch up. In summary; I ended up a bit bored reading KISSED BY DARKNESS.

As it is the first book in a series there is a lot of background setting in Morgan's life to go through, so the story is slow to get going. The bogged down pace isn't helped by the cast of unmemora
I've been trying to deny it, but I can't anymore.

I love paranormal romance. I especially love these cheap paranormal romances I can get on my kindle. They are just straight up fun.

Morgan is a great character. She is the only person, that she knows of, that lived through a vampire attack and didn't turn. She did gain some new, super-cool abilities, like seeing in the dark, sensing vampires, etc. All this means that she has become the ultimate vampire hunter and she loves her job.

Then she gets
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Freshman author writes an incredibly engaging book, that breaths new life into a dying and overwritten genre. Not to say I didn't have some minor issues with this book, but I was able to objectively allow minor issues to pass and maintain a moderate level of suspension of disbelief, in order to enjoy this book as a whole. No doubt, this author is very imaginative and isn't afraid to step out of the cookie cutter genre box that others have fallen victim to. As I mentioned, I did notice a few mist ...more
Lukas Anthony
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-debut
Great start to a fresh urban fantasy series.

I've been burned a lot by the urban fantasy genre in recent weeks, too many books to even mention that I haven't even bothered to finish, but I have to admit this one really did surprise me. Although I still take issue with the bad fake wig on the cover.

With books of this genre, you can tell from a few chapters in whether it's going to be enjoyable or not and this one hooks you right from the start. In truth, the main character is nothing too original
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have not been really writing full reviews lately. But, this book deserves for me to spend a few minutes giving it a more detailed review than I have been writing lately. I am not positive but I think that Sunwalker Press the author's own organization and she is self-published. I was wondering how this book would turn out. The editing on the self-published books (I think this is self-published) I have read previously are usually not very well done at all. This book had about 1 missing word and ...more
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-prime
I lived in Portland, Oregon for about 4 years and now live about an hour away, so I had to check out this series. I can't resist a book set in a place I've lived. :) I was definitely pleased by the amount of Portland featured in this one.

Overall, I'm not sure how to rate this book. I really liked the world building and the background info/magic system (very different), but the love triangle and instant lust were irritating. It was also annoying that the main characters were completely oblivious
Steven Montano
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Bailey is one bad vampire hunter.

If you're a fan of urban fantasy or the Anita Blake novels before she went all flaky, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check out this excellent first outing by Shea Macleod. With a likable, smarmy heroine, a fast-paced but well-balanced plot, a high level of tension and some terrific dialogue, "Kissed by Darkness" introduces to us to both a great new heroine and a fantastic new author.

It's very rare that I have trouble putting down a bo
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This isn't one of those books that you abandon and think 'that was rubbish'. It is not a badly written book. I actually think the author puts the story together pretty well, the book has an attractive cover and the MC is not a bitch from hell. So it does have good points going for it.

The reason I abandoned it was because it just didn't reach out and grab me yelling 'LOVE ME!' I've read a lot of books with similar plots, characters going through similar things...I just didn't really find anything
Ty Hutchinson
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like this book. I like that the main character was your everyday person. I like that she wasn't perfect and had flaws and got horny and admitted that it had been awhile. So un-hero like. Shea did a great job with Morgan Bailey. Just enough sarcasm to make her interesting but not a put off. She reminded me off a kick ass version of Daria from MTV. The plot was interesting as well. Flashbacks worked well. The vampires were treated more like roaches, allowing the Sunwalker to be the interesting m ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was not the best I ever read, but it was entertaining.

It had a good story flow, the world-building was at least not totally run-of-the-mill, if not outright original.

It was enjoyable.

Why I won't pick up the next books in this series:
1. The pricing of the next books in relation to quality of the first book
2. The insta-lust with two guys
3. The inconsistencies
4. The reiterativeness
Julia Crane
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The main character Morgan had me laughing out loud, and whats not to like about Jack? I loved the ending. The author did a great job of wrapping up the story line, but also leaving it open for the next book. Which I can't wait to read. Check this book out you won't regret it. ...more
Since surviving a vampire attack several years ago Morgan has developed some new abilities that make her a perfect vampire hunter. Now working for her friends PI firm she spends her time killing vampires and demons to keep the human population safe and unaware of the danger surrounding them. Her latest case is to track down and kill a Sunwalker but everyone knows that they are just a myth though so it's going to be a pretty impossible job. Well Morgan always thought that Sunwalkers were a myth b ...more
S.M. Reine
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I ummed and arred about buying this book for a while, but after reading the reviews on here I finally took the plunge and I am so glad I did. This was a fantastic start to this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Morgan Bailey is a vampire and demon hunter with some slightly strange powers following a vampire attack 3 years ago that basically left her for dead. Luckily for her she was revived, but along with her survival came extra speed and strength. However, these powers are slowly beginning to
3.5 stars. This was kind of like a weird cross between Buffy and Supernatural and Atlantis or something. IDEK. I mean, Morgan is a badass vampire hunter who developed certain powers after she was nearly killed by a vampire three years ago. She works for a PI agency that chases down vampires and demons (*cough* Angel Investigations *cough*), is friends with a psychic/seer named Cordelia, and her boss/best friend is a badass witch/demon hunter (aka a Giles/Willow hybrid). There's a mysterious lone ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect with this book, I purchased it some time ago along with the next two and they have sat on my kindle for months... Then I decided to open book 1...

I have to say, at first, I wasn't sure about the style of writing, I loved the characters instantly and I knew it was definitely my kind of book but the writing seemed slightly different from others that I've read that are similar to this... and then the story really started...

I loved Morgan and her background story - I lov
Alexandra Storm
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am honest, i read this book because it was free on the Kindle Prime Library. I have also to add that i love Urban Fantasy and i have read or started to read and consequently stopped other, better known series. I stopped some series about 15% into the book because a promising story line never developed enough to catch my interest. Since i had jet attempted a few books that turned out to be boring, i had really low expectations with this one and i was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, it is the ty ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Die-hard UF fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2 stars

A very nice read, a new hunter in the (early) Anita Blake sense: vamps are bad, the Feds know, lust rules :)
The world building is good, the background well explained and the kick ass heroine is good without being super woman. Mild spoiler(view spoiler)
She has a new power she's not sure is good or is able to control. She isn't a know-all. Yes!

This is an indie author, the price is fair and the book h
L.M. Pruitt
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kissed by Darkness is the debut novel of Shea MacLeod and she's entered the world of urban fantasy with a bang--or better yet with a stake, Holy Water, and a slew of other weapons specially designed to take down your run of the mill pesky vampire. Combining good old fashioned sarcasm with a healthy dose of British humor, and throwing in a drop or two of hot romance, MacLeod makes pages turn fast and hearts beat faster.

If you're looking for a twist on both vampires and Atlantis, love kooky charac
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. With a man to die for and a heroine that kicks Vamps but. I enjoy the plots twists, turns of mystery, a new breed, templar knights and atlantean myth. The sexual tension is hot. The writing style was good, and the world setting well done. I found the book to be completely original and keep me guessing. I absolutely love the mix of the different type of magical influences. It was an awesome read one I would recommend.

My rating 5 stars

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Norah Wilson
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I finished Kissed by Darkness some time ago. I can't believe I haven't posted a review yet! I just popped in to review Kissed by Fire and discovered my omission. Whoops!

If you follow my on Twitter, you'll know I heart this book. :) Morgan Bailey makes a wonderful UF heroine. I absolutely loved being in her POV as she narrated this story with all its twists and turns (Atlantean myth, Templar Knights, vampires, a clandestine government agencies that hunts supernatural things...). Very fresh! And y
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like this!
I like the story, I like Morgan Bailey.
It's kinda a fun read.
Morgan Bailey kicks ass!
She is a vampire huntress and she likes it.
I love her attitude and how real she seems to me.
At least, she is practical in her dressing when out hunting.

She is contracted by a creep who gives her the chills to find an amulet and kill the Sunwalker.
She met Jack, the Sunwalker.
Soon she realised, it is more than meets the eye.

The only problem that I have for this book is her constant mention about her l
P.J. Jones
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Morgan is an awesome bad-ass vampire and monster killer. Jack, oh yum! Inigo, yummier! What I liked most about this book is rarely do I read such a compelling paranormal romance where the heroine has her choice between two delicious heroes. The author's narrative and the dialog is sharp and urbane, and the pacing is fast, which is exactly how I like my books.

I can't wait to read more of the Sunwalker Saga.
Samyuktha Ell
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
OK, for starters, I didn't know this was a vampire-based story until I started reading it. I had downloaded it just seeing the positive reviews. And now I know it was great I did just that. I've got to admit the plot is quite predictable at times. But then intriguing - it is. One of those books you just don't wanna put down soon. Can't wait to read the next in the series now! ...more
Pretty strong start to a series! Morgan was pretty kick butt and Jack was great! What really made this book for me was the Templar and Atlantan influence, very unique and interesting. The ending definitely leaves you wanting more and I can't wait to read book 2! ...more
J.W. Ellis
Okay this one took me by surprise. I really loved this from start to finish.

Atlantis descendents.
Knights of the Templars.
Vampire Hunter.

Quite a list there, add in a kick ass heroine, and not one but two intriguing, mysterious, alpha males, Jack and Inigo

oh yes
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it , a totally different supernatural story. Mix up vampires, witches, mages, hunters , add the legend of Atlantis and voila a cracker of a story.
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Shéa MacLeod has dreamed of writing novels since before she could hold a crayon. She totally blames her mother.

Her favorite poem as a child was ‘Jabberwocky’, and Her favorite authors were Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe. Which probably explains a lot.

After a six year sojourn in London, England, a dearth of good donuts has driven her back to her hometown. She now resides in the leafy green hil

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