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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

Format: Bound copy (purchased)
Release Date: May 27, 2009

He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world--a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.

Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need--but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm . . . and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself . . . .

In the second book of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, the escalating conflict between the Order and the Rogues (basically the good warrior vampires and very bad vampires) begins to affect more than just those on the front lines. There is now a new drug on the streets, one that transforms its victim into a bloodthirsty, violent Rogue and its quickly making its rounds among the youths of the vampire community. Where before these "sophisticated" communities of vampires, or Darkhavens scorned the Order and its "outdated" ways, now they desperately need the Order's help to find out who is dealing this deadly drug and save their sons from turning Rogue.

Caught in the middle of the paranormal drug war is Tess Culver, a struggling veterinarian with a secret she's been trying to run from for years. She's definitely different to Gabrielle, the heroine in the first book (Kiss of Midnight), Tess has a little more pluck, and is more independent. She's also more of a loner, which helps her relate to Dante in some ways. She does her best with the hand she's been dealt in life, though not a lot of her life makes sense and keeps circling back to her secret. It isn't until Dante literally drops into her life that she starts wondering if there's more to the world than what she originally thought.

Though not as serious or intense as Lucan, the leader of the Order, Dante is still a formidable fighter. His sarcastic sense of humor hides a lethal killer, a dedicated warrior and a vulnerable heart. Dante has been having visions of a horrible death off and on for years, but lately they've been getting worse. Resigned to the belief that it is his own death he is seeing, he has no intention of ever taking a Breedmate.

Good thing he ends up in Tess' clinic after a fight with Rogues goes wrong.

Dante and Tess' relationship has a bit of a backwards beginning but that doesn't make it any less interesting, in fact, it makes each encounter between the two hotter than the last.

Kiss of Crimson also takes readers beyond the world of the Order and provides a glimpse into the life of a Darkhaven male in the form of Agent Sterling Chase, who is not at all what he seems. With his arrival, the differences between the Order and the Darkhaven males are as clear as blood and water. Chase shakes things up a bit for the Order with his request to accompany them on their nightly patrols and is assigned to Dante.

The interaction between Dante and Chase (whom Dante dubs "Harvard") provide the lighter, humorous moments in Kiss of Crimson and hint at a difficult path ahead for Chase.

Kiss of Crimson provides a quick review of the important events that took place in the previous book, so while it isn't a "Must" to read Kiss of Midnight first, readers might encounter spoilers if they skip books. Reading the series in order does enhance the reading experience as well.


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1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried her books, maybe I should start with this especially since I think it's on sale at Amazon


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