"When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim?"
Amanda J. Greene
Pages: 388 pages
Publisher: Self Published on January 2013
Form: E-book (from the author/publisher for an honest review)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Rulers of Darkness #3
Amazon: Buy / $4.95 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see yours )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $1.99 (Nook)
"Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.
To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.
Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption? " ~ From Goodreads
I had forgotten how much I like Amanda J. Greene's writing, she has a talent of uniting sexy vampires with spunky modern women and creating lots of yummy romance drama! This time though Caressed by a Crimson Moon was lacking the fast pace plot the previous books had. I immensely enjoyed the first and last 20% of the book, they had the drama and the action and the story telling I've come to love from Ms. Greene. The 60% in the middle could have been better. Why, you ask? Well the story seemed to stall while Eva and Hadrian simply lusted after each other and met "randomly" around the castle she'd been brought to. And if you know me at all, you know I really dislike flashback memories. So why did you give it 4 stars then, you ask? Well, read on. ;)
Hot, hot, hot! Although first part of Eva's and Hardian's love life was the ultimate tease, it was still super tempting and that hot; will I, won't I, and should I, shouldn't I? was extremely addictive to read, I couldn't have stopped had I wanted to, because The Law of Romance Novels says the couple must knock boots! And they did eventually. The middle 60% was reading like erotic romance as where the surrounding 20% were the paranormal romance, with all the other characters I've grown to love like Gabriel, Gannon, Sonya, Dimitri and Dorian and their respected mates.
Now what I loved about Hadrian was that he was the ultimate bad boy, kinda mad but wanting so badly to redeem himself and be a good ruler for his clan, the poor guy just never gave himself enough credit and that started to grate my nerves, but luckily he had Eva who brought out the sexy side of his alpha nature which worked wonder on those grated nerves. ;) The first 80% of Caressed by the Crimson Moon I didn't think I was going to like Eva and Hadrian as a couple, but I totally changed my mind ( as we women are allowed to ) after Hadrian got his shit together and decided to fight for her. I loved Eva in the beginning she was a spunky survivor and you immediately took her side and wanted her to get away from her abusive Pack, then thought she was way too easy in the middle, and loved when she got her ducks in a row at the end. A real roller coaster read for me!
Rulers of Darkness Book 1 ~ Caressed By Moonlight
Rulers of Darkness Book 2 ~ Caressed By Night