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A Touch of Crimson: A Renegade Angels Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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--Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author
"A Touch of Crimson will rock readers with a stunning new world, a hot-blooded hero, and a strong, kick-ass heroine. This is Sylvia Day at the top of her game!"
--Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author
"Sylvia Day spins a gorgeous adventure in A Touch Of Crimson that combines gritty, exciting storytelling with soaring lyricism. This is definitely a book for your keeper shelf."
--Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author
"A Touch of Crimson explodes with passion and heat. A hot, sexy angel to die for and a gutsy heroine make for one exciting read!"
--Cheyenne McCray, New York Times bestselling author
"Only Day can take a reincarnation plot and make it a gripping, touching and scintillating page-turner. She skillfully blends a timeless tale of love lost and found. A Touch of Crimson is a perfect romance with excellent worldbuilding rich with angels, lycans and vampires."
--RT Book Reviews Magazine
From the Back Cover
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...
Praise for A Touch of Crimson:
"Angels and demons, vampires and lycans, all set against an inventive, intriguing story world that hooked me from the first page. Balancing action and romance, humor and hot sensuality, Sylvia Day's storytelling dazzles. I can't wait to read more about this league of sexy, dangerous guardian angels and the fascinating world they inhabit. A Touch of Crimson is a paranormal romance lover's feast!"
-- Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author
"Sylvia Day spins a gorgeous adventure in A Touch Of Crimson that combines gritty, exciting storytelling with soaring lyricism. Adrian is my favorite kind of hero--an alpha male angel determined to win the heart of his heroine, Lindsay, while protecting her from his lethal enemy. Lindsay is a gutsy, likable woman with paranormal abilities of her own, as well as a dedication to protecting humanity against a race of demonic monsters. This is definitely a book for your keeper shelf."
-- Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author
Top Customer Reviews
What an amazing first book in the series!! This is a complicated world with a complicated set of rules governing it, but the book was NOT confusing. That being said though, I do feel like I need to re-read it to catch all the nuances of this world. There are three basic groups to these books:
1. The Sentinels: a special ops group of angels in charge of taking care of the vampires and protecting mortals.
2. The Lycan: Shifters who are basically indentured servants of the Sentinels. They can sniff out vampires and act as bodyguards for the Sentinels.
3. The Fallen: Vampires who were angels, but procreated with humans and thus lost their wings and gained a need for blood.
None of these groups truly trust the either, and all are on the verge of war. It's a fragile stability that falls apart in this book.
This book is about Adrian. He is an angel. In fact, he is the angel in charge of the Sentinels. He fell in love with Shadoe, a Nephilum and daughter to the leader of the Fallen, many centuries ago and is now cursed with meeting with her lifetime after lifetime where she dies over and over leaving him alone in his immortality. The book starts with him meeting Lindsey in an airport. She is carrying Shadoe's soul, although she has no idea. She does have an idea of immortals though because she saw her birth mother murdered by vampires when she was only 5 years old. Since then, she has hunted vampires searching for vengeance.
Adrian is an Alpha with a capital A, and for the first time, Shadoe is in a form (under Lindsey) where she is not willing to bow down to his every want and need. She has a brain of her own and skills of her own and she is NOT going to sit on the sideline.Read more ›
Lindsey Gibson's young life was changed forever when she witnessed a vampire kill her mother when she was only five. She's always been able to feel evil and trained herself to kill any non-humans she comes across. Meeting Adrian in an airport as she's flying out to start a new job on the West Coast, she's immediately attracted. This reincarnation is different from earlier ones as Lindsey not only has non-human abilities, but her love for Adrian is purer and even though it's painful, she's willing to walk away to save him.
There are three general groups in this story. The Fallen or vampires, led by Syre. They have the ability to create more vampires, called minions. Lycans--shifters but not the same as a werewolf--carry the blood of the Seraphims but were created to serve them in the role of indentured servant in the Seraphim's efforts to police The Watchers and Vampires. And the Sentinels, Seraphim Angels who are vastly outnumbered by those they police and count on the Lycans to aid them.Read more ›
The first one is about how Adrian is punishing angels, who then become The Fallen. As I read on, I learned about how the Angels are outnumbered by all the other beings -- yet the Angels are their own worst enemy as they keep creating them through the punishment! Talk about a slippery slope!
Nothing any of the immortal societies did made a lot of sense. There were huge holes in the fabric of this world. Souls -- who has them, who doesn't and why -- was all over the map. I found myself returning to the definitions of each being to see if I missed something.
Shadoe's father and his motivations combined with the dance he and Adrian danced through the centuries over Shadoe's soul made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
The basic premise of the romance angle is supposed to be Adrian's undying love for Shadoe -- through centuries no less. Yet we find out toward the end of the book that Shadoe was a selfish seducer, always motivated by her own interests. Huh? How can we as readers empathize with Adrian when we are aware 1) that he has has been the biggest hypocrite in existence for centuries as he punishes others for the very thing he's been doing -- loving a mortal and 2)now we know that in his case, it was a selfish mortal?! Doesn't say much for his judgement at all.
Then we are supposed to believe that in a few days Adrian's centuries-old love for Shadoe is replaced by his love for Lindsay. Really? So now what are the romance readers supposed to be rooting for? We started with Shadoe and Adrian -- who's souls have recognized each other across the ages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great!! Have loved them all. Looking forward to the next in the series. Can't wait to start it! Great readsPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really liked it but it's not fair to write 2/3 of a trilogy and not finish it! You should declare that up front be fore someone buys the first one. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read this book a few times now and will read it again I'm sure.
I love the plot and romance this story offers.
A great book!!
This was a somewhat entertaining read, but not a really good piece of literature. I thought the story had some potential in the beginning about Adrian fallling in love with Shadoe... Read morePublished 1 month ago by April
It was a very good book!!! Loved Adrian and Lindsay relationship.Published 3 months ago by marnita wiggins
Returned without reading. Love the author, but unaware of subject matter. Not my thing.Published 5 months ago by Barb