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Poisoned Kisses (Mythica #3)

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Daughter of the war god Ares, Kyra had been born into darkness--a darkness she'd vowed to annihilate. Just as she'd destroy the notorious Greek arms dealer Marco Kaisiris for feeding the bloodlust she despised. She'd use her nymph's carnal powers to seduce him, then slay him. But Kyra wasn't prepared for Marco's secret weapon.For millennia Kyra had avoided mortal men, but ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Nocturne #98, 284 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Harlequin
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Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was hands down the best Nocturne I've ever read.Possibly one of the best books I've read this year. I NEVER savor books, I read them quickly so I can get to the next one in my stack. But I deliberately put this one down so it would last longer. Both the hero and heroine were real, lovable, and unique characters that didn't make me feel like I was reading a run of the mill love story. Even though HQN lines can feel like that sometimes. A fast paced read that had me on the edge of my chair, t ...more
R.L. Syme
I review Nocturnes regularly at The Pen & Muse blog, and this is by far the best Nocturne I've ever read. Stephanie Draven handles the re-interpretation of mythology with consummate grace. So fluid and easy, it's hard to understand why I haven't read one of her books before. But this was truly a masterpiece. I saw another reviewer said, "if all romance novels were this good, the genre wouldn't have a bad name." I second that.

You don't need me to tell you what the book is about--you can read
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was actually a two-fer with the novella length Poisoned Kisses and the Nocturne Bite (formerly an e-short) Midnight Medusa, both books have loose mythological tie-ins.

Poisoned Kisses:
Kyra is a warrior nymph daughter of Aries whose fate is to conquer the Hydra. The hydra in this case is arms dealer Marco Kaisisris, whose powers - which include poison blood and the ability to shift his appearance - are born of the horror of war he witnessed in the past. Kyra is determined to kill Marco s
Becky Wilson
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
So, I thought I was going to read a romance novel. Oops.

What I did read was an engaging story in a style I grew to love with Neil Gaiman's American Gods. What happens when the world stops worshipping a god? This fantasy format really gets my religious and mythology gears turning. Poisoned Kisses delivers.

I'm not really a romance reader. Too often, the 'heroine' starts of strong, almost off-putting, then becomes some fragile flower who needs her man to breathe. Poisoned Kisses keeps the feminine
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kyra is a nymph and the daughter of the god of war, Ares. She has mad it her mission to take down the hydra called Marco Kaisaris. Prideful as she is-- she believes this will an easy kill. She never excepted to fall in love, never taking into account that Marco might be to hard to resist.

Poisoned Kisses was a good read. I was actually surprised how much I liked it. The last few Nocturne books haven't been all that great for me, so I was a bit hesitant about this one, but it turned out a very int
wanda flanagan
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I highly reccomend this book especially if you like Mythology in your paranormals like I do.Dauther of Ares and former Underworld nymph Kyra meets sexy shapeshifting human hydra Marcos.A plan to kill hom to keep him from being used by her father becomes a plan to protect as Kyra finds Marcos hard to resist.This is a great read I could not put it down.Stephanie Draven is a fantastic author .

May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cynthia by: SOS Aloha
Shelves: greek-mythology
I was very surprised. A well developed story line with a greek mythology spin to it. Not your usual gods and goddesses, but nymphs and gorgons. There are two stories in this book, with the second story being very short. Don't count these Harlequin books out.
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Miniseries: Mythica
I selected this for the 2017 PopSugar Ultimate Reading Challenge prompt "A book involving a mythical creature." While this book is outside of my normal reading fare, I decided to use it for this prompt because the female lead, Kyra, is a lampade (nymph) and daughter of the Greek god of war, Ares. The male lead, Marco Kaisiris, is a shape-shifting hydra and notorious Greek arms dealer. In this inventive, modern twist on Greek mythology, Kyra rebels against her father, vowing to eradicate war and ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Having read her historical fiction written as Stephanie Dray, I was curious about the romance writing which launched her career and decided to give one of her Draven Harlequins a try. This genre is not one I usually read but Poisoned Kisses was engaging from the start despite being the third in her Mythica series but my first to read. Also the research that is a hallmark of Ms. Draven's/Dray's work in both her genres was highly evident. And while I much prefer her historical genre novels, I appl ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Publisher: Harlequin Nocture
Publish Date: 10/1/10
How I got this book: Requested from Publisher

Draven creates a unique new story in which the ancient Greek gods and goddesses literally come alive on the page, and rock the story from start to finish. Kyra is the nymph daughter of Ares the war god, and doing everything in her power to NOT be like good old dad. She is on a mission to find the hydra Marco and destroy him, as fate says she is supposed to do. But when her plan to use her prowess of sed
Jeannie Lin
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper, paranormal
I'd read Stephanie Draven's two Nocturne Bites, Midnight Medusa and Wild, Tethered, Bound before picking up her novel. For the shorts, I was impressed with the seamless way Draven wove in Greek mythology into the modern world. I was also very impressed with her vivid and unique heroines.

I have to say that even coming in with high expectations, POISONED KISSES still blew me away. The novel has all the mesmerizing storytelling of the shorts, but bigger, richer, with SO much more to offer. I had a
Murphy's Library
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
(from Murphy's Library - - rated 3 and a half there)

You've got to have some balls to write about mythology and make it work. Draven haven't got balls, but she's got something much better: courage. This is the type of book you will read truly fast. Sit down, open it, and when you last expect it you will be near the end... Not that it makes the book less exciting. No! The book has the pages it has to have, and its construction is great.

Kyra is a great main character,
Allison  Macias
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Poisoned Kisses is a mythica Harlequin Nocturne Book by Stephanie Draven. this book features Kyra, the nymph daughter of Ares, hell bent on wrecking Daddy's world. Or at least stop him from wrecking havoc on the human world through controlling Marco, a war forged hydra. Initially a peace-keeper in Rwanda, Marco is now on the opposite side, as a weapons dealer. Kyra stalks Marco intent on killing him. But Marco almost kills Kyra with his poison blood. Or at least as close as a mortal can come to ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Writing: 4
Story: 4
Satisfaction: 4

I really love the world that Draven has put together with her Mythica series. Her integration of supernatural elements is really well done and I like the aspect where humans can turn into mythological creatures by experiencing terrible things.

In Poisoned Kisses, Marco is a gun-runner seeking to even the score for refugees of Rwanda. During his stint in Africa, he watches children gunned down and turns into a mythical hydra, a creature who's blood is a deadly poi
Lisa Christie
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had the great pleasure of being an advanced reader for this book, before it even hit the shelves.

Poisoned Kisses, by author Stephanie Draven, is a romantic tale that inspiringly retells classic Greek mythology in modern day times, filled with tantalizing romantic interludes and in-depth characterization.

In Draven's tale, the heroine, Kyra, is the daughter of Ares - the Greek God of war, and is a former nymph of the Underworld who has decided that she has had enough of death and destruction. Sh
Wendy Hines
I don't know about you, but I love it when an author puts their own twist of the mythical.

In Poisoned Kisses, Kyra is the daughter of Ares, the God of War. She despises the world of darkness, and is determined to annihilate it. When she learns that Ares wants to add a new soldier to his army, a hydra, she is determined to thwart him.

She'll use any means she can to destroy him first. His name is Marco Kaisiris, a notorious arms dealer. His family wants nothing to do with him, he broke it off wit
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: keep-in-library
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Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
As if having a controlling father was bad, it is worse when he is Ares…God of War. Kyra does not want to follow in her father’s footsteps. That is why she has made it her personal mission to stop her father anyway she can. Kyra knows the best way to piss off her father is to go after Greek weapon’s dealer, Marco Kaisiris.

When Marco meets Kyra is not until ideal circumstances. Marco is blown away by Kyra in a good way. Marco has never met anyone like Kyra. He doesn’t know whether to tied her up o
Jenn Bragg
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to win an advance copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and got to read it before it even hit shelves! I've got to admit to a little bit of bias regarding this book. You see, I judged a book by its cover. I lumped it in with the Harlequin novels of my mother's day, and opened it for reading with more than a little dread.

I couldn't be happier to report that I was WRONG! This book is full of mythology, lore, action, intrigue, with just the tiniest bit of angst thrown i
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Stephanie Draven's Poisoned Kisses takes war and mythology and cooks up a passionate brew of love, lust, betrayal, and sacrifice.

Kyra is the immortal daughter of the Greek god of war, Ares. Rebelling against her father, she vows to destroy the mortals involved in her father's game of war. When she sets her sight on Marco Kaisiris for running arms to Africa, she is unprepared for how much she reacts to the man's raw presence... But Kyra being Kyra, she's not going to let a tiny little thing like
Alexia Chantel
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Draven blends Greek mythology with romance and makes it seem effortless; you will read this book with record speed.

Kyra is a nymph of the underworld, and yes if you know your mythology any nymph usually has a sad ending. Kyra is a fighter (thanks to her father the war god Ares) and refuses to become just another nymph to succumb to a man. To the end you will fight along with Kyra, and just when you think you know how her story will end she has one more challenge that will top everything else.

Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Too often I find myself reading my same favorite authors all of the time or re-reading my favorite books. I was really expecting a typical romance novel, but I really enjoyed the story that Ms. Draven gave us. I love Greek mythology and this book very cleverly tied in romance and Greek myths. It was also set in present day, which was very interesting, as you always wonder how the ancient gods and goddesses would fit in now. I also liked that the heroine stayed true to h ...more
Caroline Toye
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy
I fell in love with Myths and Legends when I was 7 years old. Greek, Roman, Norse, didn't matter where they were from, I loved them all and still do. The love of Paranormal Romance came much later but imagine my interest when both genres mixed and I came across Stephanie Draven. And I wasn't disappointed either! Great interpretation of mythical creatures in a modern setting and the relegation of many godly characters to a more mundane role is inspired. I loved Hecate in her shop. Cl ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm typically a sucker for a book packed with Greek mythology but Poisoned Kisses by Stephanie Draven fell short of my loving. I think it was Marco who put the tainted apple in the barrel. And it had started out so good, too, with promising, vigorous characters such as Ares and Kyra. Then Marco happened. A confused, brooding mortal in a bar.

Alright. Giving credit where credit's due and all, I'll admit he had a pretty good back story. Kyra's daddy issues weren't so bad either and Draven's writin
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have a new 'genre' love, and its name is 'mythica'. It has romance, suspense, intrigue, and mythology. What could be better? In a time when anything paranormal seems to be revolved around vampires, taking old mythology characters and giving them life in modern times is a work of creative genius. Draven draws you into the book in the first scene and keeps you riveted to your seat. You know how the story is going to end (hello, it's a romance), but you still want to read every page to find out h ...more
I don't normally like the romance novel, but this one did hold my interest. It was an interesting take on the Greek Gods still being around. I like the modernization of these characters. I found myself caring for Marco and Kyra and routing for them throughout the book. Then when the ending came around it wasn't just tied up in a nice bow, there was a little bit of work for it. This was a well written fun read to take with you on your next trip to the beach. For me a nice pallet cleaner something ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I was very excited to get the chance to read this book before the official release date, and I was not disappointed!
I love mythology, so I really enjoyed the storyline. The heroine of the novel, Kyra, is the daughter of the war-god Ares, and she finds herself attracted to the one person who can kill her. I didn't like how Kyra's personality changed once she fell in love--she seemed very weak at several points. However, I was happy with the story's resolution.
Jennifer Mathis
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved the new spin on mythology . a fast paced read that kept pages turning for me. I loved the strong characters in this book and the very different setting of a war tore Africa ( you just dont read many books set there or at least I dont ). and Stephanie voice made it all flow seamlessly. Cant wait to read more in this series.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This exciting, action-packed romance drew me in immediately. I loved how the author made the characters mythical creatures--yet updated them with today's problems and concerns. Their conflicts and life-endangering problems, paired with a steamy attraction that can't be denied made this a great read!! Could not put it down!
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