Serpent’s Kiss

Title: Serpent’s Kiss
Authors: Layla Dorine
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 319
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5

While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex.
A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems.
With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society.
Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.

SLOW BURN ALERT! Okay, not that’s out-of-the-way….

I believe this is my first snake shifter book, and you want to know something? I couldn’t put it down! The world building is phenomenal; so detailed that I can envision everything right down to the ‘will-o-the-wisps’ dancing outside their underground windows. Not to mention the different species of snakes, and how each one denotes the class that they belong to. And this is just one of the communities/kingdom of snakes. Even though the author goes into a little detail about the other kingdoms, I’m not going to lie it would be nice if this area was explored a bit more.

From the beginning my heart just ached for Darian. No doubt this man was dealt a very shitty hand in life; especially all things family related. As the story progresses, he begins to see his self-worth. Realizing that he is a good person; someone who could love and be loved. It was hard for me to understand why he let others treat him unfairly. Yet, when it happens continuously he still finds it in his heart to forgive. While it pissed me off more times than not, a part of me found it awe-inspiring.

Just as a heads up, some parts of the story are sporadic at times; however, that is due to the visions that he experiences when he is near or touching someone. Even with all of this going on, I was able to understand when his visions were taking place.

In the end, Darian and Zaiden get their HEA, and I feel there is room for this book to turn into a series. Just think about it. As he stops certain threats from occurring, it gives way to new dangers that might be lurking around the corner.

Some things I am still wondering about are:

  • What are the repercussions Darian’s family endured after finding out that they mistreated him; causing him to repress some of his memories?
  • Why doesn’t he read the Kings’/Princes’ future to see if the threat is truly gone even after the threat seems contained?
  • It seems that Zaiden and Darian are not taking on a third. Will this not be a problem since he is the last seer in existence; no offspring/heir?

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Galley copy of Serpent’s Kiss provided by Encompass Ink in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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