Fury’s Kiss (Dorina Basarab #3) – Karen Chance


12114440Dorina Basarab is a dhampir—half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing…

Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.

It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.

To find out what was done to her—and who is behind it—Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead…


I’m ashamed to say that it took me forever to read this book. First off, it’s huge, and I have limited time to read lately…and second…well…Karen Chance is one of my favorite authors, and I have to wait FOREVER for her books. I have to warn you guys that you NEED to read the Cassie Palmer series before you read the Dorina Basarab series. The Cassie Palmer books came out first, and I love them so so so so SO much, but the Dorina Basarab series is amazing, as well.

I’m writing this review minutes after I finished the book, so I have all sorts of feels fighting to pour off my fingers. So how should I start? Well, I definitely think that this is, by far, the best book in the Dorina Basarab series. It was more gritty, romantic, real, and action packed. There may have been a tad bit too much action, though. There seemed to be a million things happening at once. One minute I thought that I had the book figured out and then WHAM! a new plot was introduced. That happened a number of times. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it was a bit exhausting.

Unlike with the Cassie Palmer books, I didn’t immediately fall  in love with Dorina. But I developed a real soft spot for her in this book. Maybe it’s because I haven’t read a Karen Chance book in a long time, but I couldn’t get enough of it. And, yes, I’m quite devastated that I now have to wait till OCTOBER for the next Cassie Palmer book. God only knows when I’ll get the next Dorina Basarab book. Anways, Dory was a real hit. I loved her. And not only her, but Ray! Sometimes you find a character who just makes the whole entire story, and let me tell you…that character was Ray. He was so freaking funny! I haven’t laughed as hard as I did reading this book in a very long time. There is humor all throughout this book!

In the Cassie Palmer books I fell in love with Mircea (and Pritkin, of course!), and in the Dorina books I fell in love with Louis-Cesare. And ladies (and gents), let me tell you..there are some steaaaamy scenes in this one! I haven’t read the Dory books in awhile, but I think that we get a lot more Louis-Cesare scenes in this one!

About halfway through the book, I started getting really annoyed, because I felt that Cassie needed to make an appearance. And, I think she did….but I’m not quite sure? There’s definitely a scene that led me to believe Cassie was involved, but if it WAS her, then I don’t think we’re going to find out about it until the next Cassie Palmer books. Like I said, I haven’t read these books in awhile, so some information on the rest of the two series are a bit jumbled for me to know what all is going on…or what could potentially happen.

One problem that I did have with this book (and the reason that it’s not 5 stars) is that it was a bit confusing. There were actually quite a few scenes all throughout the book that had me saying “huh?” Either I didn’t know who was who, or I didn’t understand a plot change, there were just quite a few things that were confusing. My copy of Fury’s Kiss is an ARC, so some things may be different in the finished copies. I am under the impression, though, that my ARC is very similar to the finished copy. It took away from the book just a little book, because I disliked being so constantly confused, but, overall, the book was amazing.

If you haven’t read anything by Karen Chance, then there’s still time to fix that! Her books are so amazing. I’ve been a fan of hers for years now, and I read everything that she publishes. I’m so excited to continue this series!


Pages: 536

Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: [rating: 4]


Teaser Quote: “Not if we kill them—” I began, only to cut off when a sudden rushing noise filled the air. And Ray grabbed my gun and went ballistic on something on the wall over our heads.
“Die! Die! Die!” he screamed, emptying the clip and causing spent shells to rain down all around us. And okay, maybe I’d been wrong about the calm thing. Because he was just standing there, trembling and panting and staring—
At the air-conditioning vent that he’d just shot the crap out of.
“—first.” I took my smoking gun out of his limp fingers and patted him on the back. “See? That’s the spirit.” 

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