August 15, 2014

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian  Series: Midnight Breed #2
Source: Library
Age Genre: Adult  
Original Pub Date: Jan 1st, 2007
He comes to her more dead than alive, a towering black-clad stranger riddled with bullets and rapidly losing blood. As she struggles to save him, veterinarian Tess Culver is unaware that the man calling himself Dante is no man at all, but one of the Breed, vampire warriors engaged in a desperate battle. In a single erotically charged moment Tess is plunged into his world--a shifting, shadowed place where bands of Rogue vampires stalk the night, cutting a swath of terror.
Haunted by visions of a dark future, Dante lives and fights like there is no tomorrow. Tess is a complication he does not need--but now, with his brethren under attack, he must shield Tess from a growing threat that includes Dante himself. For with one reckless, irresistible kiss, she has become an inextricable part of his underworld realm...and his touch awakens her to hidden gifts, desires, and hungers she never knew she possessed. Bonded by blood, Dante and Tess must work together to thwart deadly enemies, even as they discover a passion that transcends the boundaries of life itself....
The last few weeks I've been giving a few popular Fantasy/Romance series a final chance to impress me. There are a lot of series I try for the hype, that never live up to it. The first in the Midnight Breed was that for me, but as a series of standalones, I gave it another chance. 

Unfortunately, I can't say Kiss of Crimson impressed me. Actually, I can't say that one tiny bit. It was okay, for the most part. A fast, mindless read, that was just... well, readable.

And I'll give these books that - they are readable, if (for me) empty of anything else. 

My biggest issue with this book and its likes is the romance - the main crux of the story, so it's a pretty big issue. 
I never  understood their "love". It happened too quickly. The physical occurred way too fast from the time of their first meeting. The startling "you're my life" type of declarations sprang out of nowhere, when it felt like they don't even know the basic information of the other. What's her favorite color? What does she like to eat when she's depressed?  Is she the type to mule over her order before placing it, or knows immediately what she wants? Those are small things, but they matter. 

It feels like, if someone asked them to describe the other, they could fill up two sentences tops. And I don't believe you can be in love with someone if that's the case. Therefore, I never believed their love.

And, well, that means I didn't believe most of the story. And it's hard to enjoy a story like that.

I honestly don't know where I'm headed with this series. I usually give standalone series at least three books before finale judgment, but at the moment I can't see myself continuing with this series. Too many good series out there to waste my time on one that's failed to impress me twice already, you know?... 


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