Title: A Touch of Crimson
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Renegade Angels (Book 1)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback, 344 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451234995 (Signet/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451234995 (Signet/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Shirene
An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen–angels who have become vampires–and command a restless pack of indentured lycans.
But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals–losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.
With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can’t help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life–she could lose her very soul…
Quick & Dirty: Elite heavenly warrior in love with Shadoe that has been reincarnated into the body of Lyndsay Gibson.
Opening Sentence: “Phineas is dead.”
Let me first say with no spoilers, I hate the way that this book ends. My recommendation is that you ensure you have book 2, A Hunger So Wild, on hand so you can continue this epic tale. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury but I will add it to my list of must read in the near future.
Now to what you really want to know, does this book live up to Sylvia Day’s name or does it fall a feather short? This is a world I was sucked into from the very first line and every time I had to put the book down I was itching to pick it back up. This sort of story telling is a true gift. Many authors have wonderful sense of timing and flow but Ms. Day grips you in a special way and doesn’t let go until her story has been told.
Adrian Mitchell is our Captain of the Elite squadron of seraphim whose mission is to ensure that all Fallen angels live with the knowledge that they will never ascend back to heaven. Throughout the span of time, Adrian has weathered this responsibility with only one flaw. He fell in love with Shadoe, who is the daughter of the highest ranking Fallen. Her life is threatened and Adrian turns to her father to heal her but instead her father starts to change her into a vampire. Adrian has no choice but to kill her before she is turned completely.
Because Shadoe was on the verge of being changed, her soul becomes immortal and has been reincarnated in various times through out the centuries. This time her soul has joined up with Lindsey Gibson, who has her own special giftedness.
We are thrown quite forcefully into the path of Adrian and meet him when he is being informed of the death of his second in command and brother. The insight we get into his psyche is an interesting one. This man is full of complexity. He bears the weight of his rank and stature but isn’t afraid to use it when necessary. The way his emotions are mirrored in the weather is an inspiring touch.
Lindsay’s arrival on the scene is the typical boy meets girl but all of that is thrown into chaos when she takes down a dragon demon. All of my preconceptions about her character were thrown out with the bath water and in its place comes an amazing woman of depth, selflessness and drive. This is my favorite type of female character in part because many times woman are seen as dependent in some way. Lindsay is so independent it is scary but with a heart of gold.
The thread that is woven into this story is seamless and is one that I am looking forward to returning to in A Hunger So Wild. Overall, this is a masterful touch of writing by Ms. Day.
He touched the back of her hand where it rested lightly on the armrest, relishing the charge he got from the simple contact. He heard the elevated beat of her heart as if his ear were pressed to her chest. Over the paging of flight information, boarding calls, and gate changes, the strong and steady rhythm of her heartbeat was crystal clear and deeply beloved. “Some women are unforgettable.”
“You sound like a romantic.”
“Does that surprise you?”
Her lips curved gently. “Nothing surprises me.”
Renegade Angels Series:
2.5 A Lush Kiss of Surrender (February 5, 2013)
3. A Taste of Seduction (TBA)
FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of A Touch of Crimson. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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