MML just cannot write anything that I do not like and devour in one to three sittings. The Crimson City series is an unusual one - set in an alternate Los Angeles where vampires, werewolves, and humans barely co-exist - each book is written by a different author, based in a world created by Liz Maverick in the first book in the series.
The species do not mix well and each is suspicious of the others. Where other authors explored mostly human-vampire relationships, MML pairs a vampire and a werewolf in an exciting and passionate murder mystery in which they are trying to prevent an inter-species war. A bit like the movie, Underworld Evolution , but better.
I believe this one is the strongest book in the series, at least among the ones I've read so far. The vampire-werewolf starcrossed lovers thing has been done before, but never this well. The character's struggles with race relations and the perceptions of those around them really ring true, and I felt the emotional plotting within this book was great. The action part of the story was solid, but what really makes this one stand out for me was the relationships. Excellent book, highly recommended for fans of the series.
I realized about 20 pages in that this book is #2 in a series. After I shook off the confusion, I began to fall into the story which is a very kick-butt, action driven paranormal world ALA Buffy the Vampire Slayer except this time the slayer is male and a vampire to boot. He's called "The Punisher" cuz that's pretty much what he does. Punish the wayward vamps, kills 'em when necessary too. Though werewolves and vampires despise each other in this altiverse they must form a tentative agreement in order to avoid extinction. Keeli is a werewolf and reluctantly joins forces with Michael. She's dismayed and horrified once she realizes she's also attracted to him. This book captured my attention from beginning to end even though I didn't read book 1 in the series (though now I want to!)
I was thoroughly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are very well developed, the plot moves along at a decent pace, and there's a few interesting twists and turns. My complaints are that there are unnecessary segments that slowed the story down in just a few spots, and some of the plot twists seemed a bit convenient or forced (though not to the point of distraction). The author did very well with two cultures which are well thought out. I highly recommend this to fans of werewolf and vampire romance fiction.
pretty good story-is going to be a series. I got the second book-not as good as the first-but different authors write for this series. So the characters are not the same-It is just based on city of Crimson. Once I get the third book I will see how this series is moving along.
Set in a gritty, futuristic Los Angeles inhabited by werewolves, vampires, demons and fearful humans, this follow-up to Liz Maverick's Crimson City, the first book in Love Spell's Crimson City series, delivers a high-tension plot and protagonists so appealing that you might be tempted to invite them over for dinner-despite one being a werewolf and the other a vampire. There's no love lost between the hardscrabbling werewolves and the haughty, affluent vampires, but the two factions soon find themselves joining forces to stave off a possible human attack. All could be derailed, however, by a murderer, apparently a werewolf, who has taken to eating vampires. It's up to Michael, an outcast vampire who metes out justice among his own kind, and Keeli Maddox, the granddaughter of a powerful werewolf clan leader, to keep the peace, but their unexpected attraction may undermine everything.
Los Angeles is not longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt the streets--dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger in a taste of crimson.
Dark things haunt the streets of Los Angeles. Bodies have been found, and the tenative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox wants to know why all of this is happening. If she and her kin want to survive, she must trust a man totally different than she, as different as night and day. He is a slayer, an betrayer and her enemy. Keeli is no stranger to the shadows and Michael was meant for her.
From Amazon - Series: Crimson City | Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels
Dark, restless things prowl the L.A. streets. A series of unexplained murders threatens to shatter an uneasy peace among humans, vampires, and werewolves.
Keeli Maddox needs to find the answers. And now, if she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night is from day. Michael is a slayer, a betrayer. . . an enemy. But Keeli, herself no stranger to shadow, knows that nobility can lurk in unexpected places and that this remarkable being who takes her breath away is meant to be with her. . . forever. In the midst of gravest peril, their lives are about to change, as together they rediscover the unparalleled pleasure of skin on skin, and the sweet, forbidden ecstasy found in a taste of crimson.