Kiss of Crimson follows Dante, a warrior of the Breed, on his mission to rid the world of Rogues (blood addicts). After coming up against a new kind of blood addict who isn’t effected by titanium the way normal Rogues are, Dante is shot and washed away in the river. He ends up in Tess Culver’s veterinarian clinic.
Needing blood to survive he drinks from Tess before realizing that she is a Breedmate, one of the few human females able to bond and reproduce with vampires. Knowing that Tess is unable to handle the news of vampires existing, Dante wipes Tess’ memory of his existence. By drinking Tess’ blood Dante has begun the process of tying the two people together and can’t get her out of his mind.
Tess has her own problems. Her clinic isn’t bringing in much money and her ex-boyfriend is into some dangerous shit. He unknowingly brings danger to Tess and it is the same danger that Dante and the Breed are investigating.
Tess has powers like Gabrielle, the Breedmate heroine from book one. They aren’t the same powers, but they show a trend in the Breedmates being special women. They all posses the same birth mark and the women introduced so far are all ‘damaged’. Tess was abused in the past and the heroine for the next book suffered great loss. Tess, like most women, has a loser ex-boyfriend that helps makes her a sympathetic character.
Dante is a ferocious alpha male who is extremely possessive of his new mate. He is also loyal to the Order and is learning to balance his need to protect Tess and stop the Rogues. When it becomes clear that the two missions are going to intersect, he finds a way to deal with a past that has haunted him for years. I enjoyed this book. It was a great follow up to Kiss of Midnight and I can’t wait until Tegan’s story is released in December (Midnight Awakening).