Saturday, July 19, 2008

Kiss of Crimson

I just finished reading the second book of the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian, Kiss of Crimson.

Here’s the 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 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 . . . .

I was expecting to devour this book, like the first book, Kiss of Midnight. But it took at least six chapters to really get into the story.

I liked the characters, I thought Dante and Tess’s chemistry sizzling, the author was able to relay (IMO) their need to be together. Tess couldn’t quite understand the need to be with Dante, she couldn’t fight it. She tried. But the attraction was too strong. I found Ben a tad disturbing, even before the whole Crimson connection came up, he had the stalker vibe all over him. It was fun to visit with the characters of the previous book, even if it was just a little smidgen.

But the scene stealer was Chase. I couldn’t get enough of him, I love the way he loved Elise for “a far”, knowing that it was frown upon with the Darkhaven. Also the risk that he took by lying to members of the Order. The guilt that he felt by betraying Elise, but knowing that he had to do it. I hope that author has book planned for Chase.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book of the series.

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian (4/5) Romance; Paranormal: Vampires; Published: Bantam Dell (6/2007); Series: # 2, Midnight Breed; 100 + Reading Challenge (37); July Book Blowout (13); Library book;

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