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…
This – the second book the Midnight Breed vampire series – is my favourite.
In this universe, all vampires are male and can only mate with human women called breedmates: women who are born with a special marking to identify them. Once one feeds from the other, they are permanently linked.
In an unfortunate (or fortunate, perhaps!) turn of events, the author starts this book off by putting vampire Dante in a difficult position: he drinks from Tess before realising what she is, accidentally linking himself to her forever.
Because he has reason to believe he will soon die, the last thing he wants is to have a mate.
Dante and Tess work perfectly together. Dante is everything dark and broody and vampiric and Tess is strong and smart but also easy to identify with. The vampires of this series are of the tough, leather-clad, fighting the bad guys variety, and there’s plenty of that to go around in this book!
As I’ve said before, Midnight Breed is my guilty pleasure series. I have hardly read any paranormal books in the past few years, but this is one series I always know I’ll enjoy. Kiss of Crimson provides a few hours of dark fun.