Monday, March 28, 2011

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian



Title: Kiss of Crimson
Author: Lara Adrian
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: Midnight Breed #2
Main Characters: Tess Culver and Dante
Release Date: May 2007
ISBN978-0553589382 or 
 0553589385
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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….


My Review:
This book starts out with a serious bang- Dante has been seriously injured in a Rogue takedown gone wrong. The disoriented and injured Dante manages to get himself into Tess' vet clinic where all he knows is that he needs blood to survive. He takes it from Tess, not realizing that she's a breedmate.

Of course, Tess doesn't realize that she's a Breedmate either because she has no idea that vampires even exist. She's just a vet with a struggling practice because she only charges her patients' owners what they can afford to pay. She also has a special skill which she is keeping hidden- she can actually heal with her hands, but she can also kill with those same hands so she never uses her special gift. 

Dante has his own special gift. He has a precognition about his own death. He knows it's coming, so he embraces his relationship with Tess- no reluctant alpha male to this story! The conflict comes from the fact that Tess has no idea that vampires exist- oh and yeah, her ex-boyfriend and still-friend is, unbeknownst to her, dealing Crimson to the young vampire Breeds which turns them Rogue. Dante is in charge of that investigation which puts Tess in the middle of it all in more way than one. 

It's a complicated mess, but it makes for great romance, with a good dash of suspense. I liked that both Dante and Tess really accepted their feeling. There weren't any games to this relationship- lots of question, but neither one ever doubted their feelings or the validity of them. 

Another good installment to the Midnight Breeds series!

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