"Amazing dark vampire story, spanning decades of time and miles of travel without losing the reader"
Meghann "Maggie" O'Neal just wanted to be normal; to finish
college and be a psychologist for abused wives and
children. That was hard to accomplish being a vampire. Just
going into college in 1944 as a young adult, she met Lord
Simon Baldevar who entranced her into his bloodlust life.
Lord Baldevar, Simon, then becoming her Master, took
Meghann into his dark realms of lust and destruction. For
13 years her pride could not adjust to this torture and
possession. She leaves her Master on the roof, impaled and
forced to meet his death with the sunlight.
Decades later, Alcuin, Meghann's mentor and a different
bloodline of vampires from the Black Plague Age, tells her
that Baldevar has survived. Simon Baldevar was not
expecting his estranged consort to be so strong; to have
learned from Alcuin more than Simon ever meant to teach
her. Along with Jimmy, Meghann's companion of six years,
and Charles, her dearest blood friend, Meghann and Alcuin
vow and plan to hunt down and kill the Master of her past
and life blood of her being.
Horror and lust as I have not read before! This author is
talented with imagination. Upon reading a notation of the
endearment "banrion" (Gaelic for queen or a regal, strong
woman) I was hooked. I love the language and the history of
Celts. The story line was amazing; spanning decades of time
and miles of travel without losing the reader. This was a
great read, a little darker than most vampire/shapeshifter
books I have read, but very, very addicting. I cannot wait
for the second book of this trilogy as the ending leaves
you with unbelievable findings and unfinished business.
ParaNormal Romance Reviews © Copyright 2002
Reviewed by Angie Smith
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 12, 2006
"My name is Meghann O'Neill. I am a psychologist who
specializes in treating victims of abusive relationships --
particularly women and children. I am also a vampire, and
for years I suffered the cruelty of the man who seduced and
turned me into this immortal creature.
His name was Simon Baldevar. Handsome and sophisticated, he
claimed to love me, possessing me body and soul. In his
arms I became enslaved in an endless cycle of pleasure and
pain, receiving passionate ecstasy and vile punishment in
equal measure, depending on his mood. Over thirty years ago
I left him staked on a roof and let the dawn of a new day
finish him off.
But Simon survived, and he's already begun his sadistic
games by murdering the very humans I have sworn to help
through my practice. If he expects me to bend under his
will and beg forgiveness, he's sadly mistaken -- and he'll
be shocked to learn that his servant has become a master
all her own."
Crimson Kiss, the first novel in a trilogy
published by Kensington Books, is vampire romance a la
Karen Taylor or Laurel K. Hamilton