Help. I’ve suffered a book coma! Vermilion Lies left me reeling and has ruined me for all other vampire themed books. If you’re looking for a super fast paced, gut punching novel, this is the one for you.
Let’s revisit my statement about book coma, shall we?
It’s not uncommon for the author, L.D. Rose, to totally make me feel for the characters that she writes. She has a knack for writing fast paced action and for writing lust inducing heroes. Or shall I say, unconventional heroes. Because what’s cooler than vampire hybrids kicking evil vampire butt?
Rose’s heroes and heroines are tattered, bruised, and brutally put through torture. It’s a dark dystopian type world that the Senary (our heroes) live in. Where humans are few and vampires (or leeches as they’re referenced in the series) have taken over cities.
Each of the Senary hybrids have certain talents that have manifested within themselves. In Dax’s case, his ability is to conjure ice from his hands. (Whereas, for example, in Releasing the Demons, Blaze had the ability of fire).
“Cindel looked at the hybrid with new perspective, tuning into the dark aura radiating from his pores. It eddied around him like a storm, a maelstrom of blue, and the deeper it went, the colder it became, much like the open ocean itself.”
Both Dax and Cindel push the limits of their attraction and lot’s of sizzling scenes are to be had. While most of the story revolves around them, it’s always a pleasure to revisit the other characters like Blaze and Jon from the previous 2 books. I love the camaraderie of the Senary. Their banter, nicknames for each other, and tight knit bonds.
From beginning to the end, this book was filled to brim with action–bloody action. Gore. So much gore. But I’m not complaining. It’s written well, and that’s just what you expect with this kind of setting.
So yeah, I forgot. Book coma.
By the time I finished this book, I pretty much experienced a whole gamut of emotions. Just like the characters in this book, I too left bruised and battered. But in a good way. At the risk of spoiling anything, Dax goes through A LOT in this book. It’s heartbreaking.
I do believe this series can be read out of order. Everything is presented in a way that would make sense if you just picked it up.
Check out my reviews for the other books in the series!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.
As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.
Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.
Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?