by Lara Adrian

June 2007
ISBN: 978-0-553-58938-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Dante did not appreciate being interrupted when two young Darkhaven vampires approached him about joining the Order. He was just about to slake two appetites with a willing female Host when they arrived. Since he sent the young woman back to her friends, he was looking for a good fight as he left the club. Sounds of a Rogue on the hunt pulled his attention and he arrived in time to save the human victim. But something was different about this monster. It didn’t die when he hit it with his blades. During his pursuit, Dante was ambushed and left for dead in the river.

It was another late night for veterinarian Tess Culver. Her ex-boyfriend, Ben, had rescued another exotic cat that needed medical attention. She had a special affinity for animals, and even the mangy tiger knew he was in good hands. Jolted out of sleep at her desk, Tess can hear someone else in the clinic. Had Ben returned?

Dante was barely conscious. He had dragged himself from the river, but his wounds would not heal until he fed. This was the only building that showed signs of life at this late hour. The woman wanted to call an ambulance, not knowing that she could do more for him than any emergency room. He tried to soothe her, telling her that she would not be harmed, but he had to have blood, and soon.

Kiss of Crimson is the second book in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series. In this story, the Rogue leader has found a new way to gain recruits for his army, and no one in the Breed community is safe. Young men from the local Darkhaven community are missing, and the “civilian” Breeds are forced to ask the Order for help. Tess is an unsuspecting target and Dante will have to do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Ms. Adrian has done a fine job in laying out the rules for this world, and then sticking to them. The action was non-stop and the romance was strong. It will be interesting to see what her plans are for the rest of the series.

Reviewed in May 2007 by Paula.

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