Sunday, September 27, 2015

*Review* A Kiss So Deadly by Mary Reason Theriot

Genre: Mystery/Paranormal Romance
Published: January 5, 2014
Pages: 233
Ages: 18+


Lightning flashed around her, thunder crackled in the night sky and suddenly she could hear women crying in the wind. They were moaning and pleading for help. She looked down at the water and saw the women’s faces staring up at her, their arms reaching for her to help.  

Love…… Betrayal……. Murder……. Ghosts……… A Haunted Plantation…… 
After the tragic death of her parents, Bridgette turned the family plantation into a Bed and Breakfast. Now, if only she could keep the ghosts from scaring away her quests. In all her years of living here, they all seemed to commingle in peace. Were they possibly upset that she opened the family home to strangers?  

Ever since her passing, Geneviève has wandered the plantation and watched her family grow. Lately, she has become afraid to wander the grounds. The beauty of the night was stolen from her. All that seemed to remain in the darkness of the night was death and evil. She must warn Bridgette of the evil that lurked these grounds before it was too late. 


I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story I influenced were spelling and grammar (and maybe the name of the B&B). If you feel my connection with the story makes my review unreliable, so be it, but this is my honest review.

Going into this book I had decided that I was not going to fall for Ms. Theriot's trickery. Once I picked a suspect, I was sticking with him no matter what. I'm happy to report that I stuck to my guns, I wasn't right, but I stuck to my guns. I really wanted to change my mind a few times too, and obviously should have at least once, but I was pretty sure I could outsmart the author (really dumb assumption on my part.) 

This story is told in omniscient third person, which allowed us to delve into the minds of several of the characters. This led to some slightly repetitive scenes, but they felt mostly necessary, so they didn't annoy me as much as repetitiveness usually does.

I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of this story, and the backstory, although there were some areas where foreshadowing seemed to be used that didn't actually lead anywhere after first being mentioned, and I felt one of them in particularly could have really upped the ante for the drama of the story, so I was a little disappointed when it didn't go anywhere. 

I also had an issue with the ending. While the idea behind the ending was good and fairly close to the basic idea of what I was expecting to happen, the execution was weak and felt like a missed opportunity to me. It was okay for what it was, and a satisfying conclusion, but I really feel like it could have been so much more.

Overall I give A Kiss So Deadly 4 out of 5 stars because it kept me turning pages and guessing about the identity of the bad guy, but had a couple areas where I thought more was going to happen that didn't. - Katie 

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About the Author

A Louisiana native and have had the wonderful opportunity of living in various states during my husband's 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard.

I have been happily married for over twenty years and am the proud mother of two wonderful children. My youngest encouraged me to begin writing this year.

Until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, I worked in the Legal Field. Writing is great therapy for my own personal fight against MS.  

I truly hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

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