Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

Kiss of Crimson

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...

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Kiss of Crimson Reviews

  • Eastofoz

    This book was a dud. It was boring, there is tons and tons of filler that detracts from the "romance", there are too many clichés and stereotypical romance story moments and it's still too similar in my opinion to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brother Hood series--the difference there being that Ward's is top notch.

    The love story between Dante and Tess is not well developed and the vampire world story takes up too much "space" between the brief times the couple make it back together again. Nothing rea

    This book was a dud. It was boring, there is tons and tons of filler that detracts from the "romance", there are too many clichés and stereotypical romance story moments and it's still too similar in my opinion to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brother Hood series--the difference there being that Ward's is top notch.

    The love story between Dante and Tess is not well developed and the vampire world story takes up too much "space" between the brief times the couple make it back together again. Nothing really happens between them until a good 150 pages into the story even.

    This is more a paranormal story than a paranormal romance. The story outline on the back cover is very misleading--it's like a movie preview that looks really good but those are the best parts of the 2 hour movie and everything in between is a waste of time.

    I didn't particularly enjoy Book 1 in the series but Book 2 is certainly worse.

    I like a good paranormal but not when it copies off every other book out there and rolls it into a weak story.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Very good book. I am liking this series more and more. The thing that I like most about this series is the interesting mythology and world-building behind the vampires. It's very dark and gritty, and the violence is in your face when it comes to humans being harmed and murdered. I think that part is almost too much for me. I love a book with intense action and a dark edge, but I do hate to see innocent people dying, and this series has a lot of that.

    I didn't really find Dante or Tess very tragic

    Very good book. I am liking this series more and more. The thing that I like most about this series is the interesting mythology and world-building behind the vampires. It's very dark and gritty, and the violence is in your face when it comes to humans being harmed and murdered. I think that part is almost too much for me. I love a book with intense action and a dark edge, but I do hate to see innocent people dying, and this series has a lot of that.

    I didn't really find Dante or Tess very tragic, although they had issues there were dealing with. I guess not all the characters can be tortured although I certainly wouldn't mind. Dante was a character that I enjoyed reading about, but I can't say I ever fell in love with him. I do feel like Dante and Tess were meant to be together.

    I liked that Tess was a veterinarian, but I think some aspects of her trade were almost simplified. The truth of the matter is that a veterinarian needs lots of help to run her practice. I was wondering how she was accomplishing all the treatment of animals and the money part with just one part-time employee. I'd like to see her give a pet intravenous medications or fluids by herself. Not an easy thing to accomplish. I was glad she didn't romanticize the economic aspects of veterinary medicine. You cannot afford to treat and save every animal and get all the bills paid. It breaks my heart, but I know that this is real life. Tess made choices to price things where she could help the most clients and their pets, but she couldn't make ends meet when it came down to it. This is one of the most heartbreaking aspects of the profession. All and all, it was nice to see a veterinarian doing her thing in these books.

    I really liked Chase's character although I did not like Elise. She was a bit too whiny-mopey for me. I hope that he moves on from her and finds a real woman who's not so much of a whiny baby. Normally I don't mind a vulnerable heroine, but she bugged me. Probably because she didn't show Chase very much respect as the brother of her dead mate or see him as a flesh and blood man of merit and realize all the sacrifices he had made for her.

    The part with Rio choked me up. Poor baby. Really looking forward to reading his book. I enjoyed reading scenes with the likable Gideon and his mate Savannah. Nice to see some ethnic diversity in the paranormal romance genre.

    So all in all, I liked this one more than the first book, and I suspect I will like the books increasingly as the series continues. By the way, just loved little doggie, Harvard. I was so glad he was doing alright. That part nearly made me cry (with some of the stuff going on in my personal life.)

  • Mojca

    Okay, I'll get some heat for this, but though I'm not particularly fond of

    (the first book in this series), this one was worse. It was slow, extremely déjà vu-ish in parts, I disliked the heroine, could never really warm up to the hero, it was slightly repetitive, etc. I could go on and on, but I'll be concise. It lacked substance to me for some reason, it was generic, and bland, while I expected more from the second book in a series, after the whole world-building is done. Unfo

    Okay, I'll get some heat for this, but though I'm not particularly fond of

    (the first book in this series), this one was worse. It was slow, extremely déjà vu-ish in parts, I disliked the heroine, could never really warm up to the hero, it was slightly repetitive, etc. I could go on and on, but I'll be concise. It lacked substance to me for some reason, it was generic, and bland, while I expected more from the second book in a series, after the whole world-building is done. Unfortunately, I ended up disappointed. I have high hopes for Tegan's story, though. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Kiss of Crimson is another solid read by author Lara Adrian. Dante's story is one of intense passion and love. The chemistry between Dante and Tess is instant and electrifying. From the moment they meet, it is clear from the beginning that they are meant for each other. Adrian does an amazing job at telling Dante's story.

    I found that I instantly liked Tess the moment she was introduced. As a private practiced vet, she seems to have m

    Kiss of Crimson is another solid read by author Lara Adrian. Dante's story is one of intense passion and love. The chemistry between Dante and Tess is instant and electrifying. From the moment they meet, it is clear from the beginning that they are meant for each other. Adrian does an amazing job at telling Dante's story.

    I found that I instantly liked Tess the moment she was introduced. As a private practiced vet, she seems to have most of her life in control. However, everything changes when Dante steps into her life. For some reason, Dante has his way of getting through Tess' barriers that she walled up when she was a child. Seeing those walls crumble before her and allowing herself to be vulnerable in front of Dante is a beautiful thing to see. Here she learns to trust others again and herself.

    And Dante - the wicked, hot vampire that wields the twin malebranche blades. How hot is he? Dante kicks some serious ass in this one and I loved every single moment of it. However, there's also another side of him that is much more vulnerable. These two sides put together make Dante so desirable. He's my favourite warrior yet!

    Sterling Chase is also introduced in this book. And although I didn't like him at first, he's starting to grow on me more and more. Chase has got his own demons to deal with and I'm really interested to see where Adrian takes him.

  • Crystal~BIG book addict~
  • AJ

    I feel so dirty saying this, but I am loving this series! The BDB similarities continue unabashedly, but I can’t not read it.

    The second book in the Midnight Breed series tells the story of Dante and Tess. Dante is yet another hot, broody vampire (aren't they all? *dreamy sigh*). Viciously wounded, he is found late one night by Tess, our very likeable heroine, who tries to help him and ends up as a blood source. Too late into the piece, Dante discovers that Tess is actually a breedmate and by dr

    I feel so dirty saying this, but I am loving this series! The BDB similarities continue unabashedly, but I can’t not read it.

    The second book in the Midnight Breed series tells the story of Dante and Tess. Dante is yet another hot, broody vampire (aren't they all? *dreamy sigh*). Viciously wounded, he is found late one night by Tess, our very likeable heroine, who tries to help him and ends up as a blood source. Too late into the piece, Dante discovers that Tess is actually a breedmate and by drinking from her, he is halfway through completing a blood bond with her. Whoops!!!

    I really liked the twist on this relationship. Tess is in the dark about what is actually going on for most of the book after having her memory wiped of her first encounter with Dante, but she cannot help but fall for the gorgeously hot but mysterious man that suddenly appears in her life. And I loved watching Dante fall hopelessly in love with Tess and become fiercely and swoonily protective of her.

    Running alongside the romance is a storyline about young vampires going missing and a drug that turns vampires into Rogues. The Breed boys are joined in their operation by Agent Sterling Chase of the Boston Darkhaven (this would be the ‘Butch’ character). I initially thought Chase was a bit straight-laced for the rest of the boys, but after a very surprising visit to a nightclub, I've gotta say I'm intrigued!! I really like him as an addition to the story, and loved the snarky relationship that he develops with Dante. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him in future books.

    There is also a bit of a set up for the next book – with the mysteriously dangerous

    Tegan having a bit of a moment with emotionally scarred Elise. Looks like there are going to be many obstacles for the two of them, but I can’t wait to see them get their HEA.

    The action is good with a few surprises thrown in. There are some very steamy scenes, and quite a bit of swoon. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I expect that the storylines will continue into the next books, so I’m not too concerned.

    Overall, a great read. I’m looking forward to more!

  • Jilly

    Now, that's a relationship. Built on mutual disdain for feelings. I'm hooked!

    aw, that's the nicest thing you've ever given me!

    So, in this book, we get

    Dante's story. He has terrible visions of the future. Ahem...

    While out one night, fighting the enemy, he gets shot a bunch of times and ends up at a veterinary clinic where the doctor helps him. *cough*

    And, then he erases her memory

    Now, that's a relationship. Built on mutual disdain for feelings. I'm hooked!

    aw, that's the nicest thing you've ever given me!

    So, in this book, we get

    Dante's story. He has terrible visions of the future. Ahem...

    While out one night, fighting the enemy, he gets shot a bunch of times and ends up at a veterinary clinic where the doctor helps him. *cough*

    And, then he erases her memory of the incident. Mmm hmm.

    He also gets paired up with a civilian vampire cop. Yes, cop. He starts out giving this guy a hard time, but they eventually become bffs.

    Totally original storyline!

    The good news is that there are some differences, and they are all for the better. It's like someone figured out all of the bad things about Black Dagger Brotherhood and made them better. So, don't worry, we don't get a ghost-girlfriend at the end.

    Ghost girlfriends are soooo played!

    So, even though there is the whole this-is-totally-stolen-from-another-book vibe going on, I for one am really enjoying this series. JR Ward is giving positive reviews of these books, so if she doesn't mind, I'm cool with it.

  • Denisa

    Yup yup, everyone liked it.

    Well, I can't say that I didn't but... I expected a bit more from it, to be frank.

    I've read this story numerous times. I don't want something original, but I want the characters to be a bit different than the rest. Or the friend-characters to be special. Or the writing style. Or even the names to have something special (Ok, Dante, the main male character, is also from Italy (the 18th century though), that was a nice touch, but I'm selfish like that, I wanted more).

    So

    Yup yup, everyone liked it.

    Well, I can't say that I didn't but... I expected a bit more from it, to be frank.

    I've read this story numerous times. I don't want something original, but I want the characters to be a bit different than the rest. Or the friend-characters to be special. Or the writing style. Or even the names to have something special (Ok, Dante, the main male character, is also from Italy (the 18th century though), that was a nice touch, but I'm selfish like that, I wanted more).

    So unfortunately, this was a "meh" read for me. Not bad, but not exceptional either. Just... ok.

  • Sophia Triad

    Breed warrior Dante

    Special ability: Having visions of the future

    Age: Around 240 years old

    Breed mate Tess

    Special ability: Heal or kill through touch

    Occupation: Veterinarian

    Mark place: Right hand, between fore finger and thumb

    Settings: Boston

    I loved Dante and Tess together. He is like the ultimate bad boy in leather (called the Stallion), and she is a loner, completely dedicated to her work independent woman. The book is a real page-turner. I read it in one go.

    What we learn in this book:

    -W

    Breed warrior Dante

    Special ability: Having visions of the future

    Age: Around 240 years old

    Breed mate Tess

    Special ability: Heal or kill through touch

    Occupation: Veterinarian

    Mark place: Right hand, between fore finger and thumb

    Settings: Boston

    I loved Dante and Tess together. He is like the ultimate bad boy in leather (called the Stallion), and she is a loner, completely dedicated to her work independent woman. The book is a real page-turner. I read it in one go.

    What we learn in this book:

    -We learn that the breedwarriors' abilities are inherited by their mothers.

    -There is a new situation with a new drug called 'crimson' which may influence vampires but not humans

    -We meet agent Chase who is looking for his nephew. Very conservative guy, not very likable. His personality is developing in the next books.

  • Mysticnox

    Dante por mucho guerrero que sea y demuestre su bravura, tiene un gran corazón. Y aunque me ha gustado mucho, prefiero a Lucan, el vampiro de la primera entrega de esta saga.

    Voy a buscar el 3 libro...


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