London is in the grip of an unnatural darkness. Rose is in the grasp of an unrelenting power and Raven and Thistle, along with their supernatural allies, are battling to survive and find a way to restore their home city.
For the fey, the song remains the same. They must return the power to Faerie or die. Unfortunately for them, the task has been superseded by an even more important one – help save Earth or perish along with it!
For Rose, the stakes are even higher as she is forced to make a terrible deal that will damn her if she does and damn her if she doesn’t.
Now enemies must work together as allies if they are to save their worlds from an ancient threat….
Okay, wow! Crimson Darkness definitely starts off with a few stunning stories. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, and – oh my god, Faye and her toy, um yeah, that was shocking!
After the preface, we meet again with the old gang, minus Rose, who’s being kept prisoner in a glass box, and a few other key members of the group. At first, I was a little confused and felt like I had to play catch up – which may be just what Amos Cassidy was intending. Afterall, London was in a state of chaos and her inhabitants were being thwarted and confused and eaten by the demonic arrivals following the end of Crimson Midnight!
I enjoyed the interaction between Rose, Gaia, and “the power” that resided within her. Bits and pieces of information were granted which kept me wanting to read on to find out the answers to the many questions Rose had. Speaking of characters who raise questions – hello Rune and Lazarus! Rune quickly replaced Roman as the yummy stud of the story (seriously, don’t get me started on Roman and how many times I wanted to reach into the book and strangle him . . . and then at the end, well, no, I won’t say. You’ll just have to read to find out for yourself). The connection between Rune and Rose is intense and their sexual interludes are riveting – I’m curious to know the cause of the crazy-attached feelings they have for each other because there’s got to be more to it than it just being a side effect of the feedings . . . there’s just gotta be! And they’re not the only ones stuck in an emotional tangle – yep I’m looking at you Thistle and Gabriel! And I suppose I should include Faye’s demented dalliance with Harold (poor Harold) – let’s just say I hope Faye gets her come-uppins at some point!
Amos Cassidy does a good job of keeping the story flowing and the pages turning. The evil creatures actually make a friendship with the fey an attractive option – but I still hope the fey’s ultimate plans are thwarted in the final book of the series! Again, Amos Cassidy ends the story with a huge cliffhanger – so be forewarned! All in all, it was an enjoyable, entertaining read and I’m looking forward to the conclusion in book 3 – Crimson Dawn!
Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 17 & up.
A soft knock at the door interrupted her thoughts. “What?” she called.
“It’s me. Gabriel. Can I come in?”
The door opened and Gabriel stepped into the room closing it softly behind him. Thistle was immediately on her feet glaring at him, hands on hips. “Let me guess, no one’s ever said no to you before have they?”
“I just wanted to make sure that you were okay.”
“Well, you’ve seen me. I’m okay. Now get out.” She pointed to the door.
Gabriel sighed. “You’re not okay, Thistle. You’ve just lost the two people closest to you.”
Thistle felt her temper flare. “So you’ve come to rub it in have you?”
Gabriel looked taken aback. He exhaled in exasperation and raked a hand through his hair. “Look, I’m not very good at this. I just wanted to say I’m sorry and…and I’m here if you need me. I am your superior and it’s my job to provide counsel in times like these.”
She couldn’t believe it. He was playing the superiority card again. After everything that had happened, that was happening; he couldn’t get off his high horse for one minute and show some humanity. Instead he wanted to counsel her!
“Get out.” Her voice was low, dangerous.
“Get OUT!” She flew at him, pushing him with all her might. “Get out get out get out!” she punched him in the chest, slapped at him, kicked him. “I don’t need you, I don’t fucking need anybody! I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m…” the tears came again then, hot and salty burning a trail down her face. Strong arms wrapped themselves around her. She resisted at first, tried to pull away but he was stronger and in that moment more determined. She was suddenly so tired. All the fight had drained out of her and she found herself pressed against his hard chest, his arms like bands of comforting steel holding her upright.
“It’s okay, I’m here. Let me be here,” he crooned soothingly, his lips close to her ear, face pressed to the side of her head. He was like a big muscular teddy bear, offering comfort. Her arms moved as if of their own accord until she was hugging him back, her hands pressed against his shoulder blades. She allowed the tears to flow, her heart to break.
After what seemed like an eternity, she slowly pulled back until she was staring at his shirt, stained with her tears.
A finger caressed her jaw line, stopped at her chin and tilted her face up until she was looking into warm amber eyes.
Gabriel’s expression was soft, unguarded. He dropped his chin so his forehead was pressed against hers. “Okay?” He whispered softly.
She wasn’t sure what made her do it. Maybe it was a vulnerability that a culmination of the lack of moonlight, the loss of her friends and the warmth of those honey eyes had wrought. Or maybe it was those perfectly formed luscious lips only an inch away from hers. Whatever the reason she pushed up on her toes and pressed her lips against his. It was meant as a gesture of thanks, at least that was what she told herself and she pulled away after a second. She studied him boldly, his lips were parted, his expression dazed. Shit, she’d probably scared the crap out of him.
“Are you?” His voice was husky, sexy.
Their eyes remained locked for the longest moment; a moment in which she allowed herself to feel every point of contact between their bodies. Her fingers against the hard ridges of his shoulder blades, her chest pressed against the muscled planes of his, the heat from his thighs seeping into hers.
“No,” she said softly.
The corners of his eyes crinkled in a smile and his lips descended to meet hers.
The earth shook and a siren ripped through the air.
They jumped apart.
“What the hell was that?” Thistle stood hand on heart.
Gabriel was already at the door. “The shield’s been breached!” he called over his shoulder as he disappeared out the door.
Amos Cassidy – a team of two. Amos is a 29 year old Diva and Cassidy a 36 year old mum of three.
Aside from a passion for writing and a love of reading they also share an addiction to coffee, love anything Joss Whedon and are constantly playing tug of war over Jensen Ackles.
They have been writing together for four years and are currently working on the third book in their Crimson Series.
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Other books in the Crimson Series:
Book 1 of the Crimson Series: Crimson Midnight
Rose wants excitement, bright lights and late nights, but she gets more than she bargained for when she swaps her wholesome country life for the hustle and bustle of London.
The city night is home to hungry shadows, eager to consume her.
Rose discovers there is more to this world than what the mundane eye sees, and that she herself is a part of it. Unexpected friendships are forged and unwanted, sometimes dangerous, attractions flare.
London becomes a playground for magic, danger and supernatural threat. While her life, and those of who she loves, hangs in the balance, she must endeavour to embrace her new nature and assist in identifying the hidden threat before it succeeds in its dark purpose.
An Urban Fantasy filled with moon-praising, flat-dwelling vampires, chic corporate werewolves, bar-tending warlocks, ravenous demons and much, much more.
Book 3 of the Crimson Series: Crimson Dawn
The Power has arisen.
The Power has taken what belongs to Raven.
The Power must pay.
Raven will do anything to reclaim what is his, even venture into The Dreaming – a part of Faerie that is shunned even by the fey – to seek out the one being who may be able to give him the answers he seeks. With Mick as his guide and Maxwell and Harold at his back, Raven must fight his demons to reach his angel.
The Power is home.
The Power has taken the throne.
Bres, Lugh and Faye will all feel the consequences of their actions in different ways. The Power has a plan and it will eliminate all who stand in its way.
The Devourer is awake.
The Devourer has a champion.
Roman has been charged with a task that will save the world, but at a devastating cost.
The Power is in control.
The Power has a vessel.
Rose will do anything to reclaim her body and stop The Power from exacting his selfish ambitions. With the help of her Guardian she must find a way to expel The Power. But will her plan succeed, or will her final sacrifice be her last?
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