by Jade Lee

March 2006
ISBN: 0-505-52672-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Of all of the Crimson City series books that I have read (and I have read them all), Jade Lee’s novel is my least favorite. Not because it is poorly written or the subject is uninteresting. That is not the case at all. In fact, Ms. Lee’s portion of the series introduces some key pieces to the total storyline. But those pertinent details were not enough to sway my opinion.

At first, I passed on reading this novel, just because of something in the blurb. The story did not sound as interesting to me. Then, when I realized that I needed a complete picture of the series in order to review the final book, I was determined to overcome my initial feelings. The compelling theme of the series was calling, and I had to know how it all turned out.

As the story begins the demons threaten to overtake what is left of Crimson City. The werewolves and vampires have formed an uneasy alliance thanks to Fleur Dumont and Keelie Maddox. But even they are unable to stop the demons. That task lies with the Druids, a new element to the story. Patrick Lewis arrives too late to save his parents from the demon assassins, but he does learn enough from his dying mother to begin his quest for the one person on Earth who can help him - the last living Phoenix Tear.

With near legendary status the young hemophiliac girls known as Phoenix Tears have the rare ability to mend openings between this world and Orcus, where the demons dwell. The last time such a rift was sealed, thirty young women were killed along with the monks who protected them. Only one child survived. As the Draig-Uisge, Patrick must protect the Earth - no matter what the cost. Using Xiao Fei, the Phoenix Tear, is not what he wants to do, but he has no choice.

You see, readers, Patrick is convinced that he must do two things to mend the rip in the Veil. First he must have incredible sex with Xiao Fei, and then he must use her blood, maybe all of it, to perform the ritual that will stop more demons from coming across to Earth. This all must happen with or without her consent. And when she passes out during a demon attack, Patrick takes advantage of her weakened state. She awakes tied up in bed with Patrick about to test his theory.....

Now this is in fact a love story, and there is a HEA, but this whole scene left such a bad taste in my mouth that I wanted to throw the book across the room. The rest of Seduced By Crimson wavers between Patrick and Xiao Fei warring with their feelings and their responsibilities. It was very tiring. To be honest, I was glad when it was over. Ms. Lee did the best she could with the plot, but I couldn’t help but wish they could have conveyed this strand a bit differently.

Reviewed in April 2006 by Paula.

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