One Night Stand: Fury's Kiss by Karen Chance


Fury's Kiss: A Midnight's Daughter Novel by Karen Chance
Urban Fantasy
2012-09-25 (Signet)

Rating: A
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Dorina Basarab – Dhampir, Warrior 
Hero: Louis-Cesare – Vampire, Master
Setting: New York, USA



Initial thoughts before review: OMG! YEEEEESSSSSS! I love me some LC!

The Dorina Basarab series is a spin off from the Cassandra Palmer series and I’m a huge fan of both. They are both unique and exciting in their own way. But, Fury’s Kiss just blew me out of the water and is now my most favorite book in both series so far!

Fury’s Kiss is an incredible mix of explosive action, mystery, humor, and lots of personal changes for Dorina Basarab. The mystery was twisty and kept me in suspense the entire time. I never once predicted what would happen next. And before I could catch my breath, I was thrown into another wildly crazy action scene. This is Karen Chance at her best. Superb.

Dory has taken a job, assigned by the Vampire Senate, to uncover the smuggling ring that is bringing illegal goods through portals from Faerie to our world. When something goes wrong on the job, Dorina wakes up in a lab in a full-on berserker rage. Fighting against Louis-Cesare, who is trying to rescue her, she doesn’t even remember who he is. When Dorina wakes up the next day, she has no memories of the night before. The Vampire Senate then realizes her memories are the key to finding out who is behind the smuggling ring and who is taking out Master Vampires.

I wasn't the kind of gal who wore designer and knew what all the forks were for. I was the kind of gal who thought the nightgown drawer was where old T-shirts went to die and who had only started using forks in the last century. And who frankly still thought them kind of a waste when there were perfectly good knives handy. –Dorina

Dorina Basarab is one of my absolute favorite female urban fantasy characters. She lives in a world where vampires fear her because of her deadly rages. It’s amazing she's survived for five hundred years when there is always someone in the supernatural community threating to kill her. But Dorina takes it all in stride and does the best she can to survive in a world where being a Dhampir is is not accepted. And now that Dory is working for the Vampire Senate, the vampires who have always feared and disrespected Dory are starting to see her for the warrior she is.

The best part about these books is the rocky and crazy relationship between Dory and Louis-Cesare. In book one, they started out not wanting anything to do with each other and now their feelings have grown. Since the beginning, I have cheered for this relationship. And I’ve also formed a huge crush on Louis-Cesare. The man is so damn sexy with his long auburn, girlie hair and French accent. Ooh la la! I’m so glad Chance has taken her time to let this relationship manifest slowly but not too slow to be frustrating.

And now these two have formed a type of relationship, a relationship that Dory doesn’t quite understand. She’s confused as to why the Senate’s prized dueler would want to be with a crazy Dhampir. She has been considered an outcast her whole life and Louis-Cesare is the Senate’s golden boy. Dory’s insecurities come to the surface and this keeps her from completely opening up to Louis-Cesare.

“Mine, I thought deliriously, as a shadow swept over us, like a cape had been thrown over the sky.
Mine, as my hands stroked up that strong back, velvety and warm, where every dip and line of muscle fit sweetly into my palms.
Mine, as the storm trembled in the air around us, and shook the earth beneath us.
“Mine,” I murmured, as blue eyes met mine, wide and startled. And then closed again as he took my breath in a kiss so consuming that I barely noticed when the storm continued on toward the horizon, the midnight wings showing vague starlight through in patches as it passed overhead.
As it missed us.
“Yours,” Louis-Cesare groaned.

Luckily, Louis-Cesare has the patience of a saint. His persistence and loyalty keeps Dory from walking away. I like that Dory is not a too stupid to learn heroine. She makes smart decisions and doesn’t let her insecurities rule her. She makes up her mind and that’s that. But what also makes this couple so awesome is the incredible support they have for one another. This dynamic duo is a force to be reckoned with. If a bad guy sees them coming, they should run, because heads will roll.

I love all the supporting cast of characters. Radu, or as Dory calls him ‘Du, cracks me up with his high and mighty, no blasé attitude. He really stepped up as a powerful vampire in this book and the reader will see a different side to Radu. Ray, who is introduced in Midnight’s Daughter, reappears in this book and plays a large role in the story. I love that he has sort of become Dory’s side kick.

“But you were Mine. My child. And I would not give you up.” – Mircea


And then there is Mircea, Dory’s father. There is a lot of character growth between Mircea and Dory in this book. Since the beginning, they’ve had a tense relationship. Dory has never really thought of him as her father. He is simply a ruthless and powerful vampire that she doesn’t trust. Yet there has always been a sense that there is more to this relationship. I have always enjoyed seeing the flashbacks to Dory and Mircea’s history since Midnight’s Daughter and, in Fury’s Kiss, we get more glimpses and information. Lots of things are revealed that help Dory see beyond Mircea’s masks. These two actually might have a chance to have a real father/daughter relationship one day – however dysfunctional it might be. I’m still waiting for Dory and Cassie, from Cassandra Palmer series and Mircea’s girlfriend, to finally meet. That will be an interesting meet and greet. Someone has some explaining to do. *wink*

So much happens in this book… lots of twists, turns, and revelations. Not to mention, the HUGE game changer at the end. I can’t wait to see what happens next. My only complaint is that the book ended and Miz Chance is known for making us wait. I think I might cry if it’s another two years for another Dory book. At least we get another Cassie book in 2013.

Side note: Fury’s Kiss is not a stand-alone. I do suggest starting with Midnight’s Daughter or go as far back as starting with Touch the Dark (Cassie Palmer series). It’s a fun ride, so put your seatbelt on!

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