Slayer’s Kiss: The Shadow Slayer by Cassi Carver

The first five sentences of Slayer’s kiss hooked me. Here’s why:

“Just lie back and relax, asshole. I swear you won’t feel a thing.” Kara adjusted the bindings around the man’s wrists and plunged the syringe deep into his thigh. When the concoction started making its way through his veins, he bucked under Kara’s weight. She stood and put one boot heel against his throat to quiet him as the relaxant started taking effect.

Action. Readers love their action. Some of us aren’t big into swearing, but I’m good with it. Cassi delivers swear words in a timely manner that is entertaining not gauche. Now, because this book is a little hard for me to review without the blurb, I’m including that here.

When the past flies in your face, clip its wings.
The Shadow Slayers, Book 1
Kara Reed is a supernatural failure. But where her magic falls short, her fists get the job done. The criminal element doesn’t stand a chance once she hits San Diego’s dark streets.
When two smoking-hot tenants move in next door, she thinks her love life might finally be heating up. Just being near Gavin and Julian is enough to make her want to offer her body on a platter.
Gavin and Julian know it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. They’re fallen angels sent to watch over the king’s daughter, one of the last females of her kind. Trouble is, she doesn’t seem to think she needs watching—unless they’re watching her shimmy out of her clothes.
No matter how tempting her guardians, Kara’s not about to let anything stop her from tracking down a sadistic killer who carves into his victims and leaves them for dead. Even when she realizes her target may be the very scourge of heaven from which her angels swore to protect her…
Warning: Contains a kick-ass heroine with a foul mouth, a kind heart and a raging libido, and two fallen angel warriors who wouldn’t have her any other way. Watch out for sex in the clouds, a magical island of hedonism and a love triangle that gives new meaning to the term “hot-wings”.
Kara is a strong character though there were times when her cluelessness (and horniness, understandable or not) annoyed me. The sexual content in this book isn’t something I normally enjoy. There are a lot of crude words used, but they are in the right order and context which made the scenes fun to read. Here’s a quickie (hehe) example. {{WARNING: SEXUAL CONTENT TO FOLLOW}}
 if naughty words/situations offend
Finally, when she felt his balls under her and her clit rested on his warm flesh, she threw caution to the wind and began to ride him hard, the metal-framed bed creaking under their combined weight.
Personally, I find it hot, so no complaints there. Some of Cassi’s explanations (plot wise regarding Kara’s, er, wanton behavior) were confusing, but I not enough to keep me from reading the second book. The second book, Shadow Rising, was just as good and well worth the reasonable price tag. Because you know I can’t help sharing some of my favorite scenes, I’ll do so now.
“So, Kara…” Julian stepped from the hall, thumbs tucked in the pockets of his jeans. “I was planning to get takeout tonight from that deli around the corner, and I wondered if you might like to come over as a thank-you for helping us move.” If eyes could be hungry, Julian’s would be devouring her, licking the marrow from her bones.
“Us? Are you Gavin’s roommate then?” The woman in her thrilled at the thought that she’d be seeing more of Gavin’s black-haired friend, but the apartment manager was peeved. “I don’t think you put him on the application, Gavin?”
Gavin shrugged, all six feet seven inches of him suddenly looking like a little boy caught sprinkling salt on his mama’s prized racing slug. “It’s only until he finds his own place. Besides, it’s a two bedroom and he’s pretty quiet-” Gavin pinned Julian with a sharp glare, “- most the time.”
Takeout, huh? It wasn’t as if Julian had offered to tie her up and service her all night long. What harm could there be in a little dinner, besides the fat and carbs? She met his dark, almost black eyes. “Yeah, sure. What time?”
Gavin walked up beside his friend and patted Julian on the back hard enough to jar the smile off his handsome face. “How hospitable of you, Jules. And at six? When you know I won’t be around to…partake in the meal.”
“Exactly. With you gone, there’ll be too much food for one person,” Julian agreed. “But don’t feel bad about leaving me alone on my second night in San Diego. Look-” he gestured to Kara, “- I’ve already made a friend.”
There were some pretty long sentences in this book and a few grammatical error that made me cringe, but over all the read’s good, the price is great and the characters were entertaining as hell. Cassi Carver has created a fun world that I will continue to frequent. Check her o

2 comments on “Slayer’s Kiss: The Shadow Slayer by Cassi Carver

  1. Thank you for reading Slayer’s Kiss, Jennifer! I really appreciate your time and your review!

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