Kissing With Fangs by Ashlyn Chase-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway
Kissing With Fangs
Flirting With Fangs Trilogy #3
by Ashlyn Chase
Genre: paranormal, romance, vampires, shifters
Release Date: March 4, 2014
KISSING WITH FANGS (Flirting With Fangs #3) by Ashlyn Chase
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 4, 2014
Claudia Fletcher has her MBA and a stellar resume, so when the bar she manages burns down, she could easily move on to bigger and better things. But something about the bar owner, Anthony Cross makes it impossible to leave.
Anthony has never let on to the general public that he’s a vampire, and most of his staff members have no idea Boston Uncommon was a safe gathering place for supernaturals of all kinds. Now that it’s nothing but ash, the tentative peace among warring factions is starting to crumble. The last thing he wants to do is put Claudia in danger, but he also knows there’s no way he can let her go…
REVIEW: KISSING WITH FANGS is the third instalment in Ashlyn Chase’s paranormal, adult, romance series Flirting With Fangs-a spin off from her Strange Neighbors Trilogy. Although this is the third in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty-most of the previous storyline and series characters play minor to major roles in the story. The one thing in common is BOSTON UNCOMMON-the paranormal bar managed by our heroine Claudia Fletcher and owned by our hero Anthony Cross.
Following the devastating blaze that destroyed the bar, Claudia Fletcher disappears from Anthony’s life. Anthony is a vampire and Claudia is one of the rare humans who was once employed by Boston Uncommon and she knew nothing about the paranormal crowd or their connections to her boss and the man with whom she had fallen in love. When Anthony finally tracks her down, Claudia has a secret she believes will destroy Anthony’s faith in everything that she is.
Anthony Cross is a vampire who was turned several centuries earlier. The paranormal world must keep their identity secret from the human world but it becomes increasingly difficult trying to blend into a world where humans are willing to expose you for a price. When shifters and witches begin to disappear, Anthony and his friends begin a search for the people responsible only to discover that he may have lead them directly to his front door. When he and Claudia embark on a new business adventure together, the people hoping to take them down may have uncovered another hub of paranormal activity.
Anthony and Claudia’s relationship has been developing for close to five years but have ignored the proverbial elephant in the room-their mutual attraction to one another. But Anthony’s secret must remain hidden otherwise he will feel the wrath of Gaia and in doing so, places Claudia’s life in danger from a woman from Anthony’s past.
Kissing With Fangs is the final instalment in the Flirting With Fangs trilogy but there are many more stories to tell and I hope Ashlyn has a story for everyone. If you like a storyline with a little bit of mystery, suspense, romance and sex, then Flirting With Fangs is the read for you.The characters are colorful; their stories of finding love while struggling to survive will pull you in.The world building continues throughout the series with the familiarity of previous storyline characters and scenarios. Anthony and Claudia are definitely relatable –Claudia with her demons and Anthony with his secrets.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
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To set up today’s scene: Claudia Fletcher has her MBA and a stellar resume, so when the bar she manages burns down, she could easily move on to bigger and better things. But her secret love for the bar owner, Anthony Cross makes it impossible.
Anthony has never let on to the general public that he’s a vampire, and most of his staff members have no idea Boston Uncommon was a safe gathering place for supernaturals of all kinds. Now that it’s nothing but ash, the tentative peace among hostile factions is starting to crumble. And damned if every paranormal’s worst fear is coming true. A group of human brainiacs have captured and begun experimenting on them.
Anthony’s flashback to the early days of his now ruined bar.
Almost five years ago, Anthony had been chatting with Claudia in his office when a loud crash came from the bar. Voices shouted and another crash followed.
They charged out of the office, tripping over each other. A bar brawl was in progress, with one gentleman clearly getting the worst end of it. The bouncer, Kurt, jumped between them and pushed. The guys stumbled back a few feet but came at each other with renewed vigor.
Anthony was removing his jacket when Kurt called out, “Stay where you are. I’ve got this.”
He took down the guy who reached him first and sat on him. Just as the other one was about to take advantage of the situation, another customer tackled the guy, rose, and tucked him under his arm like a football.
“Where do you want this one?” he asked Kurt.
Kurt got up and yanked his guy off the floor by his belt. “You toss that one out the back, and I’ll send this one headfirst out the front door onto the sidewalk.”
The helpful customer simply nodded, carried the stunned fighter to the back exit, opened the door, and tossed him into the alley.
Meanwhile, Kurt opened the front door, and despite the guy’s loud protest, did what he said he’d do…sent the other fighter sprawling onto the sidewalk.
As the helpful, yet unfamiliar, customer returned, Anthony stuck out his hand.
“Thanks for your help.”
“Anytime.” He grasped Anthony’s hand and shook it. “Are you the owner?”
“Yes. Anthony Cross. And you are?”
Someone at the bar whirled around on his stool and said, “Tory Montana. I thought you looked familiar. You played for the Steelers, right? What are you doing in Boston?”
Tory tucked his hands in his pockets. “House-sitting for friends. I’m flattered you remember me. I retired in 2006.”
“Seriously?” As the two customers began a conversation, Anthony strolled over to Kurt, who was setting a chair upright.
Kurt shrugged. “To be honest, nothing. They just walked in here and started throwing punches like they’d already been having an argument.
Anthony lowered his voice. “Montana’s freakishly strong, if you know what I mean. Maybe we should invite him to the back booth for a free beer—and careful discussion.”
“I read you loud and clear, boss.”
And that’s how the coyote shapeshifter became Anthony’s second bouncer.
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Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her readers a satisfying experience. She holds a degree in behavioral sciences, worked as a psychiatric RN for several years and spent a few more years working for the American Red Cross. She credits her sense of humor to her former careers since comedy helped preserve whatever was left of her sanity. She is a multi-published, award-winning author of humorous erotic and paranormal romances, represented by the Seymour Agency. She lives in beautiful New Hampshire with her true-life hero husband who looks like Hugh Jackman with a salt and pepper dye job, and they’re owned by a spoiled brat cat.
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