Book Review of A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

Title: A Touch of Crimson

Author: Sylvia Day

Release Date: October 4th, 2011

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

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…

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I am always on the lookout for a new paranormal romance series, so when I saw this book on Net Galley, I was eager to see if this would be a series I would be hooked into. Now that I am finished I am intrigued by this world and the characters in it, but was not completely wowed.

Let’s start off with what I enjoyed about this book. The relationship between Adrian and Lindsay was by far the best element in this book. It is an instant attraction since she is a reincarnated version of his lost love, but they do not give into it right away. Their courtship develops naturally and Adrian gives Lindsay the time to get to know him and his world, which I appreciated. She is also not a damsel in distress; she could handle her own and had a few tricks up her sleeve. She gets taken along on a mission with Adrian and while there she has to fight off some vamps. She looks like just your average human, but turns into Buffy when the vamps try to attack her. Those moments when she is kicking vamp butt were awesome!

I also enjoyed the secondary characters that we are introduced to in this book. My favorite out of them is Elijah. He is the Lycan assigned to help and guard Lindsay. He starts as her protector, but they quickly bond and become friends. He seems distant at times, but underneath he cares deeply about his people and he comes to care for Lindsay as well. He is also the only alpha among his group of Lycans right now so they all look to him for leadership, which he does not want to give. I am sure this will play a role in the future, but for now I was content with what we did get to see from him.

There were a couple of confusing points in the story which is why I would say the book is pretty good, but not great. Most of the confusion for me was rooted in the mythology. The story of how the angels, Lycans, and vampires all came to be was introduced in pieces and I found myself struggling to put it all in sequential order. There were also many terms that went with each sub group and those were also difficult to keep track of. There is a glossary at the beginning so you can flip back and forth if needed, but I can usually keep up with these terms. I am not sure if it was the way the information was delivered, but I was lost a couple of times and did not like that feeling.

That being said though, I did like the whole idea behind the reason the angels fell and why they are here on Earth. Sylvia developed her characters well and as a reader you come to care for them easily. Not just the angels, but the Lycans too. I could even understand where the vampires are coming from and commiserated with their plight in this world. I am hoping we will get to see more from all three species in future books.

The only other aspect I struggled with was the abrupt ending. The whole book builds to Lindsay discovering who she is, why she is so fiercely attracted to Adrian and who her father is. When most of those events unfold, they happen so quickly I was left with my head spinning. I wished there was more time devoted to her inner struggles with that or just coming to terms with her true family. I enjoyed the beginning and middle of this book, but because the ending happened in fast forward I was left disappointed.

Overall, this is a good book and I am interested to see where it goes from here, especially since Elijah’s story is next, but I was not blown away by it. If you are thinking about reading it then I would go ahead and give it a try or at least check out some other reviews before you make up your mind. It is an interesting world to get lost for a while and Adrian alone really is reading the book for, hehe. 😉

FTC: I received this ARC from the publisher through Net Galley. (Thank you!)

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