Monday, April 1, 2013

Caressed By A Crimson Moon, Amanda J. Greene

Third in the Rulers of Darkness Series, Caressed By A Crimson Moon, is yet another wonderful addition to Ms. Greene's fabulous series.

Cover Blurb:
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?

Each of the books in the series chronicles the rise of the rightful king, which is only proven when someone ascends to the throne and then finds their soul mate.  If they ascend to the throne without finding their mate they will eventually go mad and another will ascend until the rightful king is found.  In the previous books, Hadrian is described as being completely mad, too the point where he put himself in a self imposed exile and is presumed dead.  That is until the Black Knight, Falcon, finds him and begins the process of trying to bring him back.  Part of that process is to begin to work on and enforce long abandoned political alliances and treaties.  It is in this state that the story begins.  Hadrian is holding onto sanity by a very thin thread.  Falcon is sent to the shifter pack to demand that their treaty be upheld and the terms carried out - the main stipulation that one of the Pack's beloved daughters be given over as a ward.  Eva is handed over.  She is the hated basterd child and is therefore perceived by the Shifter Pack as worthless.  In Hadrian's state they would never dream of giving over one of their pure bred daughters.

Eva arrives at the castle and is thrust right into a masterfully written tale of Beauty and the Beast.  She has be neglected and mistreated for so long that she is thrilled to be in such lavish surroundings.  And the pain she sees in Hadrian's eye's calls for her to return his kindness.  His mind is broken from tragic events that happened hundred's of years ago but her presence seems to begin to pull him back to sanity, as nothing else could.  And when she is around him she begins to feel things that she shouldn't be able to experience given that she is a half breed and not a full shifter.

This story is wonderfully written.  The setting is magical and gives any Disney, Broadway, Hollywood version of Beauty and the Beast a strong competitor.  But having said that, it is it's own fresh take and will have you constantly turning the page to see what happens next!  The passion between them is magical and will keep you from putting the book down for a minute.  I highly recommend this one and the two before it.  If you missed my review on the previous two, please use the search bar on the left and search by Amanda J. Greene.

RATING: Five Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

This book was given to us by Amanda J. Greene. Many thanks.
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