Type: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Pub
My Copy: Sent
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?
Amanda J Greene returns to her paranormal series with book 3, Caressed By A Crimson Moon with Hadrian, the crazed vampire king horror stories are made of. Hadrian, who had exiled himself long ago, has decided to come back and take his rightful place as king. In doing so he enacts a long dead treaty with a werewolf pack to bring one of their leaders daughters into his house as his ward. The werewolf leader sends his bastard, half breed daughter, Eva who he wants nothing to do with. Eva has lived in poverty and been treated like a slave for years because of her half blood ancestry but coming to the castle to belong to a vicious vampire seems like an even worse fate. Knowing her father expects her to die at his hands she still agrees to go hoping she can escape once she arrives.
What Eva finds upon arriving is nothing that she ever expected. Her body heats just seeing Hadrian and even though he fights it, Hadrian feels the pull too. She quickly finds out he isn’t nearly as crazy as everyone believes him to be but he suffers from horrible guilt and nightmares from his past. When Eva is near Hadrian’s demons have a harder time ruling his emotions and his growing feelings cause them to quiet for longer periods of time. She evokes a calmness in him that both arouse and confuse him. I loved how Hadrian evolved over the course of the book. At the beginning he’s scary and big and imposing but as the chapters wore on I started to see him simply as scarred and needing to be understood, heard and felt. He always treated Eva with respect and used a gentle hand on her, even giving up what he wanted most in the world….to die. He was complex and Greene weaves a story that leaves no holes in the plot.
Eva’s heritage is much more complex then Hadrian first believes and her life hangs in the balance even as their passion heats up. His craving of her knows no bounds and even though he believes that he must set her free to live the life she was deprived of in her pack, he is quickly becoming obsessed with her. Her mind, her body, Hadrian will take anything that Eva is willing to give him for whatever time they have together. He is brooding, alpha and yea, just a bit on the crazy side. But it worked and it worked well.
I will say parts of the book are a bit slow. There is a lot of back story that Hadrian must reveal in order for Eva to understand him as a man and as a vampire. Eva’s unlikely backstory also stalls the plot a bit as Hadrian deals with what he must sacrifice to save her. There are stretches of time that not much happens and as a reader I did get frustrated at those parts. There is also quite a set up for book four with Hadrian’s second in command.
Overall I really enjoyed Caressed By A Crimson Moon and I look forward to more from Amanda J Greene! She writes with fluidness and a passion that I have found lacking in what I have been reading lately.
I give Caressed By A Crimson Moon by Amanda J Greene 4 stars!