Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Quinn Keitt’s Crimson Stained is a wonderful story of a love meant to overcome all obstacles. While this is a vampire romance, it could very well be a book about any young couple struggling with the beginnings of their relationship, dealing with addictions, family, friends, and the doubts. Keitt brings so much emotion into her story that any adult would be hard to not reminisce and empathize with the characters in the story. The vampire aspect of the story doesn’t come through as a main issue in the story, but adding a unique element that enhances the relationships. Crimson Stained will appeal to the fans of Twilight and True Blood alike.
Lacey is a young woman, living her life on her own and for the most part, she’s quite happy with it. Sure, she would love to not have to go to work everyday at the clothing store and sure, she’d love to have a good man to wake up next to everyday, but, such is life and she’s taken care of herself for a long time. One night as Lacey is coming home from work she sees an attractive, god-like specimen of a man in the parking garage. He notices her and their eyes meet; it’s an immediate attraction as he gravitates towards her. Unfortunately before he could reach her, he’s attacked by some kind of monster; a monster that bites into the boy’s neck and rips it open while sucking down the blood. Great! If she’s not lusting after Tristan, a boy that can’t seem to get the hint that she’s in love with him, then she’s watching the next potential date get his throat torn out. Just her luck. Things seem to only be getting crazier when the boy she saw attacked shows up at her balcony window one night, completely naked! Not that she would complain about an Adonis-like man, naked on her door step, but this one seems to want something from her as he continues to show up at midnight every single night. They strike up a somewhat awkward friendship through his continuous visits. She’s always been a sucker for the blond hair and green eyes, but she is not crazy enough to let him into her apartment! She soon learns hat Kevin is of all things, a vampire. Yep - just her luck. He’s not just a crazy naked boy; he’s a crazy naked vampire.
Kevin remembers seeing Lacey right before he was attacked. Now that he’s a vampire he has a single objective, to make Lacey his. Kevin is used to being on his own, but the possessive instincts of a vampire are hard to deny. While he doubts she would want a monster, who must kill to survive, he continues to show up at her balcony door every night, biding his time. He could enter her home without her permission (just one of the many myths he learned was untrue of vampires) but he does not want to scare her. He wants her to come to him willingly and become his mate. His patience is growing thin, and he devises a way to claim her on his terms.
As the relationship continues Lacey finds herself struggling with having to keep his secret, struggling with knowing the man she loves is a murderer. They face many of the same struggles that other young couples face in their relationship; dealing with family, friends, Kevin’s jealously over Tristan (who just happens to be noticing her now) and a pregnancy that has the potential to destroy their love for each other, on top of the issues of having a vampire for a lover.
Kevin soon finds it harder and harder to keep himself stable both physically and mentally. The demon that attacked him and changed him seems to have passed along his insatiable thirst and uncontrollable rages. Kevin is killing more and more people just to be able to function. The bodies are piling up and the police are taking notice. He’s becoming a danger to everyone including Lacey. Lacey knows that any sane person would run as fast as they can, but Kevin would find her, he’ll never let her go. Despite her natural fears, she knows she loves him too much to ever leave him, especially when he needs her the most. Lacey must find a way to save Kevin from the demon trying to take over his mind and body before he destroys any chance of their love surviving, not to mention their undead lives.
Luc Taverson is a man with a plan. He’s a successful chef with many book deals, a TV show in the works and a girlfriend who is a beautiful, upstanding teacher. He wants the all-American family; the lovely wife that’s a pillar in society to mother his children and take care of their family. Nothing will get in the way of his plan for the future; not his fertility issues that are a secret to all but a select few, not his dark desires he keeps hidden, and most of all not Alyssa Devereaux, the exotic dancer turned strip-club owner.
Luc and Alyssa spent one night together, which ended up being such a wild uninhibited night of passion it left Alyssa desperate for more and Luc scared of the lack of control he experienced.
Alyssa is proud of the life she’s made for herself. She has built a successful business at Sexy Siren’s and now she is opening her very own upscale restaurant. Luc agreed to help her by coming in and working the restaurant for opening week. His name alone will bring people to the restaurant. Alyssa has an additional plan in the works for Luc though; she will have him for herself because one night was not enough.
Luc is determined to go in, work the week, and leave. No mixing business with pleasure. He can’t afford to have feelings for a woman like Alyssa Devereaux. She’s sexy as hell and he would love nothing more than to have a week of pleasure with her. However, Alyssa just doesn’t fit into his future plans. He doesn’t see her as the “motherly” type and what would it look like to have a stripper as a wife; someone who is always being picketed by the local minister as a whore and sinner?
Luc can’t hold back any longer when he realizes that he is not the only one wanting Alyssa. His possessive nature comes out full force when Alyssa starts receiving threats. Alyssa would love for Luc to want her out of true feelings for her, but it seems he only wants her behind closed doors. His accusations of her show he doesn’t trust her and his respect for her is nonexistent. Can she give him her body without submitting her heart and soul to him? Luc and Alyssa both have secrets that are dark and devastating.
The threats to Alyssa get more and more serious and Luc finds it impossible to let her go when her life is in danger. Luc must find a way to save Alyssa without giving up the future he has so carefully planned.