A Darker Crimson by Carolyn Jewel (‘Crimson City’ series Book #4)

A Darker Crimson (Crimson City)A Darker Crimson by Carolyn Jewel

‘Crimson City’ series Book #4

Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages – Publisher: Love Spell (October 2005) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 0505526581 – ISBN-13: 978-0505526588

Back of the Book reads:

Long ago the portal was sealed, and Los Angeles – now Crimson City – rid itself of demons for eternity. Or so Claudia Donovan believed. With the city’s other “paranormals” more active than ever, and the treaty between humans, vampires and werewolves all but dissolved, she and the rest of the CCPD had enough to handle.

But now her daughter has been kidnapped and she’s learned that demons still exist – and that they are plotting. She herself is caught in the dark ritual and must go to the creatures shadowy world. To whom can she turn for help? The vampire, Tiberu Korzha, whose eyes promise death but whose lips taste of eternity: does she dare trust him? Or does salvation lie with the powerful Lath, he who inspires lust beyond name? Thirst, bitterness, despair – on the plane of Orcus, all these things await. But just as surely, beyond that portal are Claudia’s daughter, vitory and true love. And her first taste of…

A Darker Crimson

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Review: A little disturbing for me.

There are some good points in the book, but there are bad points as well.

I liked Tiber, however I think we could have used more background on him. You don’t get his whole story, so you don’t really understand why he does what he does. However, a strong vamp, he does what is necessary – for Claudia, Holly and himself. What he had to do in a part of this novel was really sad – a parent shouldn’t have to do what he had to do. I really felt for him.

As for Claudia, her hatred for vampires wasn’t clarified so you didn’t understand her feelings, especially the distrust. It kept coming back to what she learned in the academy. While you do get some background on her, you don’t get a whole lot, nor do you get a straight, full story on how she fell for a demon, not knowing what he was and had a baby. The idea of her being only 15 at the time had me rather frightened: my daughter is seven and I can’t imagine what life would be like at the age of 15 and finding out you’re pregnant, regardless of the life you’ve had. Couldn’t have been easy. But there isn’t enough for the ready to fully comprehend what’s going on in that department. I do, however, have to give Claudia kudos; she raised her daughter alone, and fought with everything she has inside to give her daughter a better life.

The plot was good, could have used a little more work. There is a couple of parts in the story that I’m really not happy with – rape is rape, no matter how or who, and I don’t like reading the by-play of the entire scene. Saying the victim was raped is one thing, but to be there with Claudia while it’s happening? While she’s screaming no but her body says yes? Vishtau or not, I didn’t like it, and I hope to never read something like that again. I’d have liked to take a knife to Lath myself, no doubt about that.

And it’s because of those exact scenes that I can’t give the novel a better rating than 3 stars. Sorry, Ms. Jewel! A little too ‘dark’ for my taste.



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