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Thursday Haiku Moment: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley...

141658094801lzzzzzzzStory parallel to Cade’s
What I liked: EVERYTHING
Cole can do no wrong.

Illusion Queen is
Misunderstood, not evil
(Well, a bit evil.)

Rydstrom shows his horns
Grows a personality
Bondage fetish, yum.

One part of story
Disappoints: we never see
Ryd’s piercings, alas.

I’m a dirty bird
Wanted nasty hot sexxors
This has all & more

Witty, fun romp? Check.
Sex as playful torture? Check.
Gena shout out? CHECK.

Did I mention that
The cover is hotness itself?
Grade A from this girl.


  1. Zoe Archer
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 19:03:33

    I’ve heard such great things about this series. Will I be confused if I start with this book, or do I need to start at the beginning?

  2. Jane
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 19:05:42

    I don’t think you would be confused as Cole does try to provide enough backstory for each book to stand on its own but I think you might appreciate it more if you read the previous book, Dark Desires After Dusk, which is also fabulous.

  3. Robin
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 19:24:26

    I agree with Jane that you don’t have to read the series in order or completely to enjoy the books. The second novel, though, No Rest For The Wicked, introduces most of the characters whose books have followed, so it’s a good place to start, IMO, even if you want to skip to the Cade and Rydstrom’s books. Although I think you could pick up any of them and be fine understanding what’s going on.

  4. Zoe Archer
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 19:29:27

    I must blush to admit that I tried to read A Hunger Like No Other, and had some difficulty getting into it. Purely my own rationale, and not a fault of the author. So, if I start with No Rest For the Wicked, I should be set? I need another author’s backlist upon which to glom, having nearly exhausted Julie Anne Long’s. :)

  5. Robin
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 20:33:32

    Zoe: A Hunger Like No Other is my least favorite book in the series. I probably would not have proceeded, except that a friend of mine had read the anthology novella (in Playing Easy to Get, although I can’t remember the name of the novella itself) and adored it, which got me to try it (and I loved it). By the time I read No Rest For The Wicked, I was hooked. It’s set around an event that’s like a supernatural Amazing Race!

  6. Marsha
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 20:36:39

    Cole can do no wrong

    Ain’t it the truth.

    What I loved was that Sabina stays her same wickedish self and Rydstrom just kind of works it into his devotion to duty. I love, love, love that Cole’s heroines get to stay unapologetically themselves and Sabine is a model of that mindset.

  7. Lorraine
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 21:51:01

    Kudos to the Haiku queen, a great review as always.

    I’ve got all the books in my TBR…can’t wait to read them!

  8. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 22:03:28

    Man, I love these Haiku reviews.

  9. JulieLeto
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 07:48:06


    This is the second book that I’ve gone to buy for my Kindle that hasn’t been available. I’m very, very annoyed. I love this series, even though I haven’t read them all, and this one sounds wonderful.

  10. Jane
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 08:20:46

    @JulieLeto It will be made available in eform but not until February 1. Incredibly stupid on Pocket’s part, but there it is.

  11. JulieLeto
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 09:32:24

    Thanks, Jane. That gives me incentive to finish my RITA books by then so I can read books I want, LOL! (Not that I don’t want to read my RITA books…but well, you know what I mean!)

  12. Corrine
    Jan 25, 2009 @ 14:39:13

    Gena shout out? CHECK.

    I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a bit at this. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Showalter’s writing and I’m looking forward to the next Lords of the Underworld; however, I cannot stand when authors write in shout-outs. It rips me right out the story. I remember once Sherrilyn Kenyon did a shout-out to Kinley MacGregor, which is her historical romance alias. Very disappointing.

  13. JLFerg
    Jan 28, 2009 @ 15:33:57

    Just thought I would let everyone know that Kiss of a Demon King is available at the Sony eBookstore. I just went over to get a different book and discovered it for $7.19.

  14. Heather
    Mar 09, 2009 @ 18:51:56

    I went out and got this book right away – bummer. I love romance and fantasy/paranormal/out there books but this felt lacking. Sorry – did not deserve an A.

  15. admic
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 15:23:19

    VttdZT =)))))0000000(((((=

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