A Touch of Crimson: A Renegade Angels Novel

Sylvia Day
A Touch of Crimson: A Renegade Angels Novel
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Publisher
Signet
Release Date
October 2011
ISBN
0451234995
Series
Book 1 of Renegade Angels
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
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...

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Sep 26, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
A TOUCH OF CRIMSON is an amazing start to what I'm predicting will be an awesome new series. With the immense depth of characters, suspenseful and action-filled plot, this book was impossible to put down.

This is the story of Adrian Mitchell, who's an angel and the head of an elite squad of angels. Their mission is to protect the human world from the Fallen--angels who have been stripped of their wings and become vampires without a soul because they mated with humans. However, Adrian is not perfect. He's been in love with the same woman for an eternity and he has to suffer losing her over and over again until she comes back in different incantations each time.

And this time it's Lindsay Gibson. She's always been different. But when she sees Adrian in the airport, she has no idea she's going to find out how different she is. When she's brought into his world, she finally finds a place where she feels she belongs, but all too soon she finds out that she's in danger not only of losing her heart, but also losing her soul.

There were just so many things to love about this story. The first thing that stuck me was the amazing world-building that grips you from the first sentence. We are dealing with angels, demons, vampires, and mortals all living together in the same place. There's been a bit of a feud between all of these beings (except the mortals) for some time, and the mortals have no idea what's been going on to keep them safe. Watching that happen in modern day California was quite fascinating.

Also, the characters were amazingly well-developed. At the same time superhuman and all too human. Adrian was a majestic being--a heavenly angel who knew the very mortal feeling of love. Lindsay on the opposite side was a mortal woman who was too familiar with how fleeting life can be, but at the same time she had supernatural powers that she didn't know exactly what to do with. Watching them negotiate their unlikely and dangerous love for each other was intriguing and tragic.

There were also a myriad of secondary characters who were as well-developed as our hero and heroine. My favorite was Elijah, the Lycan guard who was trying to hide how alpha he actually was. I feel like we only got to scratch the surface on his character, and I hope to see a lot more of him in the series.

The plot was suspenseful, action-packed and very mysterious. We didn't have all the answers at the end of the book, and I think I was left with more questions at the end than I had in the beginning, but it kept me hooked.

There wasn't a whole lot of sex in this book, but the intense, all-consuming attraction between Adrian and Lindsay was so strong and so fierce, that I really felt like it was tangible. Top that off with the inherent sexuality of the angel/soldier, Adrian, and I thought he and Lindsay were sizzling!

The one fault I saw in the book was the fact that there was a lot of terminology in the book, which I thought was a bit confusing in the beginning. But as the author continued to use the terms, I got more used to them and then they became second nature. However, it made the beginning of the book difficult to get through.

Overall though, I thought A TOUCH OF CRIMSON was an intense read with its exceptional world-building, blazing chemistry, amazing characters, and incredible plot. I was fascinated throughout the story, and I absolutely cannot wait for the series to continue!
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