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…. From the Paperback edition.
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1 . Loved It !!
Posted June 20, 2010 by TJ in FL , FloridaGreat, great, great! Looking forward to the next one in the series!
2 . Great Book!
Posted May 19, 2010 by Bella , GreenvilleThis is my favorite from this series. It's one of those books I can read again and again!
3 . A good read
Posted May 12, 2010 by yennajenna , Ashland, KYThis is a good book, a lot like JR Ward, this reminds me of the story of Vicious. The characters are good and the plot is interesting.
4 . Good Book
Posted April 06, 2010 by Angela , ToccoaI enjoyed the story..look forward to reading # 2 in the series.
5 . Couldnt put it down!
Posted January 06, 2010 by alacia , camp lejueneThis book was just as good as the first one, actually I liked it even a little more because the healing power Tess has was to cool. One you started to read this you wont be able to stop!
6 . Fun Read
Posted November 26, 2009 by Britt , DenverI read the 1st book Kiss of Midnight because it was free and really enjoyed it. So I got the 2nd one. It was good. A little bit of the same story line but with two different characters, from the 1st book. And the two main characters from Kiss of Midnight are hardly in the 2nd. But it was different enough to keep my interest that I read the 3rd and am getting the 4th in the series. Over all good read.
7 . Fantabulous!!
Posted October 30, 2009 by SpunkBitten , BurlesonI read the book in one day...it consumed me! Once I started reading...I couldn't stop! This book was the perfect blend of heroism, tragedy, love, betrayal, loyalty, passion...a full spectrum of emotion! I'm for certain going to read this book over, and over again! Thanks to the author for a wonderful work of fiction...an engrossing tale that draws you into a fantastical realm of action, romance, and myth. I just loved it! :-)
8 . Read the first 300 pages
Posted October 12, 2009 by Lisa , WVI am only 300 pages into this book and it is better than the first. I am getting ready to purchase the third book. I am new to paranormal romance, but I am really enjoying this series.
9 . Interesting twist
Posted July 18, 2009 by Joyce , ChicopeeI am new to Paranormal Romance. Huge J.R. Ward fan thanks to my sister-in-law but, I have to say I very much enjoyed this book. I downloaded the first one because it was free and enjoyed it so much I have now paid for the second one and will continue to pay for the rest of the series. I don't believe in giving anything away about a book so I won't say what the twist for me was...
10 . GREAT READ!!! Counldn't put it down.
Posted May 10, 2009 by Tam , TulsaI'm now hooked on this author! She has a great talent for keeping the story line moving and creating fun, exciting, and realistic characters. This is the second book in the series. I strongly recommend reading them in order. If you like paranormal romance ... TRY THIS SERIES! I'm downloading book number three immediately.
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Excerpt from Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian
Dante smoothed his thumb over sweet female flesh, lingering at the carotid, where the human's pulse throbbed the strongest. His own pulse quickened too, responding to the rush of blood flowing beneath the surface of delicate white skin. Dante leaned his dark head in and kissed that tender spot, letting his tongue play over the fluttering race of the female's heartbeat.
"Tell me," he murmured against the warm skin, his voice a low growl amid the heaving beat of the club's music, "are you a good witch or a bad witch?"
The female squirmed in his lap, her fishnet-clad legs straddling him, black lace-up bustier pushing her breasts up under his chin like a buffet. She twirled her finger in her bright fuchsia wig, then let it trail down suggestively, past a Celtic cross tattoo and into her swelling cleavage.
"Oh, I'm a very, very bad witch."
Dante grunted. "My favorite."
He smiled into her drunken gaze, not bothering to hide his fangs. He was one of many vampires in the Boston dance club that Halloween night, although most of them were pretenders. Humans sporting plastic teeth, fake blood, and various ridiculous costumery. A few others--himself and a handful of males from one of the vampire nation's Darkhaven sanctuaries, hanging out near the dance floor--were the genuine article.
Dante and the others were Breed, a far cry from the pale, gothic vampires of human folklore. Neither undead nor devil-spawned, Dante's kind were a hot-blooded hybrid mix of Homo sapiens and deadly otherworlder. The Breeds' forebears, a band of alien conquerors who crash-landed on Earth millennia past and who were now long-since extinct, had bred with human females and given their offspring the thirst--the primal need--for blood.
Those alien genes had given the Breed great strengths and shattering weaknesses too. Only the human side of the Breed, those qualities passed down by their mortal mothers, kept the race civilized and adhering to any kind of Order. Even then, a few of the Breed would succumb to their savage side and turn Rogue, a one-way street paved in blood and madness.
Dante despised that element of his kind, and as one of the warrior class, it was his duty to eradicate his Rogue brethren wherever he found them. As a male who enjoyed his pleasures, Dante wasn't sure what he preferred more: a warm, juicy female vein under his mouth, or the feel of titanium-edged steel in his hand as he sliced into his enemies and dispatched them to dust in the street.
"Can I touch them?" The pink-haired witch on his lap was staring at Dante's mouth with rapt fascination. "Dang, but those fangs look wicked real! I just have to feel them."
"Be careful," he warned as she brought her fingers to his lips. "I bite."
"Yeah?" She giggled, gaze widening. "I'll bet you do, sugar."
Dante sucked her finger into his mouth, contemplating the fastest way he could get the female horizontal. He needed to feed, but he was never opposed to a little sex in the process--prelude or chaser, didn't matter. It was all good as far as he was concerned.
Chaser, he decided on impulse, letting his fangs puncture the fleshy tip of her finger as she started to withdraw it. She gasped as he suckled from the small wound, refusing to let her leave him just yet. The small taste of blood inflamed him, sharpening his pupils to vertical slits in the middle of his gold-hued eyes. Hot need rushed through him, settling into the swelling bulge of his cock, which strained beneath the black leather of his pants.
The female moaned, closing her eyes as she arched catlike on his lap. Dante let go of her finger as he wrapped his hand around the back of her head and pulled her neck closer to him.