Title: A Touch of Crimson
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: A Renegade Angels Novel
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release date: October 2011
ISBN: 10: 0451234995
ISBN: 13: 978-0451234995
Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?
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…
I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Day, so when I saw her A Touch of Crimson on the bookshelves, I immediately snatched it up. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover! Angels, vampires and lycans. What more can a girl ask? When I started reading, I had a difficult time getting into the story. I’m not sure if it was me or the story, so I put it away for a few weeks. I picked it back up and finished it in one sitting.
The book was slow to draw me into their world, but I think it had more to do with Adrian than Lindsay. Adrian was sexy, mastering, and very brooding. I could feel his love and desire to be with Lindsay and ached for him. Unfortunately, I could take or leave everything else. By the end of the book, I warmed up to him a bit more, but he just didn’t catch my fancy the way I had hoped.
Now, Lindsay on the other hand fascinated me. Who doesn’t love a woman who can kick-ass and kill demons and vampires? She knew there was something supernatural about Adrian, but little did she know that he was an angel. Not just any angel, but the leader of the sentinels. Talk about forbidden. She just had to have him. Lindsay acted foolish in danger, risked everything for her friends, and I loved her for it. Her conflict whether to stay with Adrian and the sacrifices she made really touched me.
The sensuality sizzled between Lindsay and Adrian. The story behind the lycans captivated me. The demons were deliciously naughty. Then things started to unravel. The angels’ views of their world felt skewed and very narrow. There was a paragraph or so at the end of the book that tried to make it right, but it was a little too late. There were other aspects of the world building that didn’t work for me either. Parts of the story weren’t resolved. Other parts felt added for dramatic purposes and not needed. Some sections jumped around in places that I had to stop, go back, and re-read to make sense of them. Because of this, I could only give the book 3.5 stars.
If you’re a fan of angels, vampires and lycans, you will want to give this book a try. Since the next book is about the lycans, I do plan to pick it up. But if it doesn’t live up to it’s hype, I won’t be reading the last book in the trilogy.