This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Kiss Me, Kill You by Larissa C. Hardesty
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crave
Format: ARC, E-book
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First kisses should be legendary—not deadly.
Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.
Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.
He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.
I was interested in reading Kiss Me, Kill You because it is a young adult book that involved succubae’s. Succubae are defined as seducers of men through sexual intercourse. How was the author going to use that type of creature but still keep this story for the intended young adult audience? I have to say that in that regards this book is quite successful. There was a definite sexual element but it was kept pretty clean. The main focus is really more about Emmy’s newness to the feelings of attraction and the all accompanying complications that come with it. Especially for a succubus who had been kept ignorant of her powers and what could go wrong with something as simple as a kiss.
Emmy is a fifteen-year-old girl who is more interested in reading her YA romance novels than meeting boys in real life. Unless that boy is her best friend Paul. In his case, she would be all in. Alas, so far, he has clearly put her in the friend zone. On the other hand, her best friend Lily is all about the boys and has been pestering Emmy to get out and live a little. Lily even went so far as to encourage Emmy to *gulp* ask out Paul. Which she did and he turned her down flat, yikes!
At this point in the story all hell starts to break loose. Something about the humiliation of Paul turning her down started a chemical reaction in Emmy. Without her knowledge, she begins to start her change into a succubus and starts to release pheromones intermittently. Completely unaware as to what her body is doing Emmy is caught off-guard when boys start paying attention to her, close attention. She has never been on anyone’s radar and now that she is she doesn’t know what to do.
Paul is an incubus and he was sent to the school for one reason only. He is to watch Emmy and report back to the demon in charge with updates on Emmy’s change. Having to watch Emmy is actually a punishment that has been placed on Paul and he is terrified to make a mistake. Unfortunately, he can’t stop his heart from wanting her for himself. It was that inner war that made him careless and allowed Emmy to make a near fatal mistake that started a series of events that would affect their lives forever.
Emmy did not understand what she was as her mother had kept her ignorant to her true nature. Her mother may have done this out of love but her failure to educate Emmy has put everyone that Emmy cares for at risk. As the truth is revealed Emmy is forced to admit that what she thought she understood about those around her was, in fact, deception. Now she must do what she has been called to do or suffer a fate worse than death.
I loved the idea of the succubae, incubus, and demons but I wish that there had been more story development there. I understand that they all exist together, one serving the other, but it was not truly explained. Left me with unanswered questions as to why some served, why are souls needed, was torture the only answer for disobedience? These really cool elements were introduced but not developed and I wanted that.
I did find the scenes where Emmy was sending out pheromones and others reacting to it pretty hilarious because she had just no clue what was going on. The angst that Paul felt regarding his feelings about Emmy seeing other guys was also quite funny and endearing. This story is told from alternating points of view and I did find that I looked forward to reading Paul’s points of view more than reading Emmy’s. He was conflicted and had inner turmoil as he struggled between what he wanted versus doing his job, he gave me all the feels. Emmy really just came across as a little girl having a crush with all the insecurities that came with it, no real feels there.
Kiss Me, Kill You is an amusing read with a little bit of forbidden love woven in. The relationship building is adorable and the story is filled with romantic moments between the two characters. Definitely made me smile! This is a story that will appeal to fans of young adult literature who want some romance with a supernatural twist.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC for this eARC of Kiss Me, Kill You*