Lara Adrian – "Kiss Of Crimson"

29 Nov

GENRE: Romance / Paranormal
PUBLISHED: Dell Book, 2007

The back blurb:
“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 tough 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 …”

I liked the first one in this series so it was only a question of time when I would get this one. I’m happy to say that I liked this one as well. Much of what I said about the first one is true for this also. I liked its “gritty-ness.” I like that Adrian has a firm grasp on the story at hand and that she stays on it throughout the novel. From the premise of the series, you know there will be sequels but there is no sequel-baiting going on. When Adrian leaves the main story it’s for a good and relevant reason (not like an other author many know).

The focus of this story is both on the events and the romance, maybe diminishing the romance a bit (from a romance novel point of view). On the other hand, this was something I enjoyed very much because often in a romance novel the external conflict is rather flimsy and more an annoyance than an addition. I didn’t think that here.

There was a small “Huh?”-moment with the heroine’s characterization and I didn’t quite get why the hero kept the heroine’s breedmate status secret so long, but other than that I found both hero and heroine convincing. That they had the same kind of problems (“running away”) helped in understanding their connection despite the short time frame of the story.

Generally, I like that there are shades of gray in characters and that Adrian doesn’t shy away from writing the un-pretty.

Would I recommend this novel? Yes.

Would I read this novel again? Probably yes.

Grade: 4 / 5


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