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Kiss Me Deadly

(Bewitch the Dark #2)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,513 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Death cocktail is what the vampires call a witch's blood.
It's poisonous—a drop will destroy a vampire within
minutes. Nikolaus Drake is the rare vampire who
has survived his first taste. Now he's on the hunt for
the witch who almost brought him to his demise—
Ravin Crosse.

A witch who spends her nights hunting vampire tribes,
Ravin has three obligations to fulfill to set her sou
Paperback, Silhouette Nocturne #24, 288 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Harlequin Nocturne
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This was one of the Harlequin freebies and, once again, I was reminded that (almost) nothing good comes for free.

The premise was interesting, but the author's writing was so bad that I couldn't get past the first three chapters. That was the worst world building setting that I've read in, oh, I don't even remember how long.

This book didn't hit the wall because it wasn't a "physical" one, but I pressed the "delete" key with a vengeance!
Ann has a dirty mouth
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Yay! This book was free this month! Double yay! It is completely, cracktasticly over the top!

I am sure you may be thinking- this is a vampire harlequin! Surely it must suck! And it might have if the author had been less committed to bringing every wonderful cliché out into the open and gleefully allowing them full reign. I feel that this was a bad book that crossed back over to being good. I was certainly not bored while I was reading it.

Is there a vampire? YES! Is he also a doctor? YES! Is he
Rachel Maloney
Nov 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
The first few pages of this book were so amazingly bad that I couldn't bring myself to keep going. Almost the entire first chapter was written in past perfect (SHAME!) -- with several sentences even in passive voice! I couldn't have turned this manuscript in to my high school english teacher. Pages and pages of boring exposition-- no action or even dialogue for the first several pages. Seriously? How is this person a published author? What happened to "show don't tell"? Every writer, actor, play ...more
Harry Rutherford
Feb 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
One of a selection of Harlequin romances available free for download, this is a vampire/witch romance with added werewolves and cameo appearances from Satan. Which piqued my curiosity enough to download and read it on my phone.

I don't know how she managed to make the idea of vampires and witches fighting a secret ancient war on the streets of American cities seem quite so mundane.
A vampire falls in love with witch he's sworn to kill. Very Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, don't you think?

Well, Ravin Crosse is a vampire slayer, but also a witch. Two months ago she killed a vampire, but the fool refused to stay down. Now, Nikolaus Drake, former neurosurgeon turned vampire, is a phoenix. He's lived through his "death" and is now immune to witch blood (that's poisonous to the vampires) and sun.

Now, he's healed enough to be able to kill the witch. He comes uncannily close, chomping
Deborah Obida
I downloaded this book on free harlequin nocturne, and surprisingly i actually liked it unlike the others i downloaded.

The book is about a witch who is also a vampire hunter, Till one day a love spell she made mistakenly poured on a vampire that wants to kill her and he instantly fell in love with her. She got attached to him and fell for him for real. Till the spell faded and he hated her again, but later realized that he actually love her.This is the major story but other stuffs about vampires
Not a great read, and not particularly well written, but the end was pretty good.

Ravin Crosse is a witch with one mission: to kill as many vampires as she can. To further her goal, she trades her soul to the Devil for three obligations in order to receive the Sight, which will allow her to distinguish vampires from mortals without having to touch them.

Nikolaus Drake is the vampire she kills - well, she thought she had killed him. Instead, he became the rarest form of a vampire - a phoenix. When
Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book for free on the Kindle. This was really a good book! It was about a witch and a vampire. The witch's blood is poison to a vampire. It totally destroys thier bodies and reduces them to ash. They can "spit" blood at vampires. Anyway she spits this blood at a vampire leader and he goes down. Before he can die, he lands on one of his clan and drinks from that vampire before he dies. Well he doesn't die, he becomes a phoenix. A phoenix is immune to all witch poison. Now he has ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Two great ways to make me not finish a book?

1) Start with TWELVE PAGES of exposition. Are you kidding me?

2) Toss in a blatant word error just as something actually starts to happen. (Wards, or other barriers, are breached. Not breeched.

Jun 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book took me far too long to read. Like, days. And it wasn't because it was OMG! So Deeeeeep! or anything. No, it was simply because it was a decent enough idea, poorly executed. There was way too much information and supernatural mythology for the amount of book we were given. The premise behind it was ... weak. It goes something like this: Vampires, Werewolves, and witches all exist. The blood of the witches is deadly to vampires. One vampire, however, has survived the death cocktail and ...more
Felicity Heaton
It was a decent enough premise, but it really could have been so much better. The ideas are there, but the heroine is so weak when she's supposed to be kick-ass. The moment she accidentally casts the love spell on the big bad vampire, making him into her love puppy, she's throwing herself at him every opportunity she has. Considering how heavily we're told in this book that witches and vampires HATE each other, and how she's supposed to be on this mighty vendetta against all vampires, including ...more
Lizze Gorski
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-epubs
I was pleasantly surprised by 'Kiss Me Deadly'; it definitely held true to the old saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Based on the cover, I was expecting a book with gratuitous sex. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while there is sex mentioned, it's never in an 'over-done, over the top' descriptive kind of way. It's more hinted at and eluded to that ever actually step-by-step described, which I must admit was a nice change. The plot was also different from every other vamp-love s ...more
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Kiss Me Deadly had the potential to be something different and interesting, but it’s not capturing me at all and I just can’t bring myself to finish it when I have so many other novels waiting for me. The chemistry between Ravin and Drake seems force and two-dimensional, the conflict was introduced to late and the resolution to the love spell is known fairly quickly but doesn’t get activated for some unknown reason. I’ll probably give this novel another try later on, but right now, it’s just not ...more
Teresa Kleeman
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Michele Hauf's books. She writes with an expertise. This book is not your usual Vampire story romance. I like the fact that Michele puts a twist into this book. Our hero is a Vampire with a vengence against a Witch. This Witch hates all Vampire because of a tragedy in her past. So she feels it's her duty in life to rid the world of the Longtooth's.

Except our herione Ravin doesn't have a clue that her world is about to change when she comes against our hero Nicholas Drake. Let's just say t
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
The only reason I am not rating this book higher is that I read it three days ago and can't remember much of what I liked. I know I laughed out loud more than once. I loved the chemistry between the characters. I could not put it down. I think it was a novella because I read it fast even for me. I read it before starting another book by Ms. Hauf so I could get a sense of her writing style. Well, this book entertained and gave me a sense of her creative range but I would not say I loved it. A str ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
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Raven Carluk
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, paranormal
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May 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
The first 40 pages was a bit boring and I just keep reading because I can't stop just like that (it's a habit). Yes, it started with a scene, but not quite interesting. The explanation is too much that made somehow lost the interest a bit. The introduction of both characters, Ravin and Nikolaus are a bit shaky and out of nowhere. I think it's like not strongly constructed. No chemistry. Honestly, it's more like a cheesy romance. Sorry. But, there's no overrated scene in the story. So, I was ver ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second Bewitching the Dark book. I really enjoyed the first one, and since we met Ravin, the heroine in that tale, I was intrigued. Couldn't wait to see what she got up to in this book.... and well, it didn't disappoint! What a cool read. I really wanted to get through this one very quickly, but other things kept getting in the way. :/
Anyway, by Friday afternoon, I decided that I was going to get to the end no matter what. And boy am I glad I did.

Both Nikolaus and Ravin had great voi
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horndogs and bored people
Recommended to Kate by:
All I have to say is I'm happy that this was a freebie from's 60th Anniv. give away. I would have felt bad spending money on such smut. Yeah, it's just another trashy romance novel with lots of battles of wills, silly terminology such as "blood sex magic" bwahaha and a butt load of sex. The characters, Nikolaus Drake (Vampire) and Ravin Crosse (Witch), were sort of lame and undeveloped. So, yeah, just a story sloppily thrown together of a couple who's "impossible" relationship is ...more
Kitty Unpretty
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, trash
This is such utter silliness I did not even bother going past the first few chapters. If I had not known better, I would have thought I was reading something dreadful off of Literotica. I don't know why the title didn't alert me immediately; what the hell kind of title is 'Kiss Me Deadly'? It is an awful title, that is what. The rest of the book follows suit, so I guess if you are the sort of person that thinks 'Kiss Me Deadly' is a good name for anything other than a cheap perfume, this is the ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book to see if I could figure out this ebook stuff - since it was free figured if there was a glitch no big deal. I finally got it to work and started to read it. I really loved the plot and the characters. Love the whole, vamps/werewolfs/witchs/angels/devil thing. I love fantasy stories. This has a different spin on how all the supernaturals are and how they come together. There is a follow up to this story to. Over all its worth the read for a free ebook.

Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well this was actually my first vamp rom book to read and I enjoyed it. Of course there are better books out there but it was different for me and I like the mixture of characters. I think if people would just read the book and not try to compare it so much to every other book they might just enjoy it for what it is and not for what it isn't. I also read two other books of hers and also enjoyed them. I really like the way she intertwined her characters in her other stories.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
histoire sympathique, agréable à lire, bien écrite. Mais sans réelle péripétie. Un peu plat à mon goût, cela manque d'action.
les héros sont attachants et l'ont apprécie leur évolution.
2,5 étoiles.
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the "love spell" story and was so happy with the ending. Good read, bad guys(the devil), love love love, heartbreak...happiness!
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Inane, poorly written. Contains such gems as "blood sex magic" (???) and half-developed plotlines. A lot of sex, not left to the imagination but not described either. Names are spelled in the annoying one-letter off fashion (Nikolaus, Ravin). Strange and semi-abusive character traits. Not worth the time.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just could not finish this book. The premise of the story intrigued me at first to download this to my e-reader for free. I lost interest part way through, hoping it was going to get better it just isn't peaking my interest.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok read

This was a good book but I had trouble keeping up with what characters were talking. The book kind of ran together, but it did have a good story line.
Nikolaus Drake has been a vampire for 20 years. He was a brain surgeon before but had a brain tumour, and the operation for the removal went very wrong resulting in him being handicapped & that cost him his fiancee (who didn't want to have a handicapped guy for a hubby. *seriously what a ass*). His a vampire who hasn't felt emotions of love for years and than Ravin Crosse comes along and CHANGES everything. He was attacked by Ravin a witch whose a Vampire Slayer, she was
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