Review of Shards of Crimson

Reviewed by Sinclair Reid of Romance Reviews Today

SHARDS OF CRIMSON – L. Maverick, C. Jewel, J. Lee, P. O’Shea
Crimson City ~ the Not so Distant Future

Welcome back to Crimson City, once known as Los Angeles. A city split into three divisions: Vampires, Humans, and Werewolves. Unfortunately, someone is trying to open a portal that will allow demons to run free. Will they succeed?

A Time to Howl – Liz Maverick

Leader of the Rogues, a misfit group of werewolves, a vampire, and a human, trying to make a name for themselves, Tajo Maddox and his compatriots are waiting outside the Dumont Towers where they were told to be for a meeting. When a limo arrives carrying the betrothed of one of the Dumont brothers, a sudden explosion puts Tajo and his team right smack dab in the middle of the perfect opportunity. Tajo takes Princess Gianna Asprey as his prisoner, at least for the time being. They will return her in time. Tajo never expects to fall hard for Gia or that she’s made of sterner stuff than meets the eye.

Princess Gianna “Gia” Asprey from House Royale arrives at Dumont Towers to meet her future husband. An arranged marriage to cement their two houses, Gia will do her duty…although, just once she’d like to see what it’s like to live dangerously. Just once! Gia gets her wish when she wakes in the arms of Tajo Maddox. He’s handsome and makes her heart go pitter pat. Unfortunately, he plans to return her as soon as possible. Well, she’ll just have to change his mind, won’t she?

In Ms. Maverick’s A Time to Howl, readers get a chance to see what has been going on with several characters from her other two stories. We get to see what Tajo has been up to, what his plans are, and who he’s been hanging out with. And…She also promises us die-hard fans the story that I’m sure we’ve all been waiting on sometime in the future.

DX – Carolyn Jewel

Private Investigator Helen “Hell” Marshall is called in to help her former employer, B-Ops, on a case. They want her to bring them a rogue werewolf named Elijah Douglas. She’s not too keen on the job, but the promise of her reputation being restored and compensation given makes up for it. Or it did until they assign Agent Gorgeous, I mean, Jaden Lightfeather to be her partner. There’s a demon on the loose, and they believe Elijah is working on a new portal. Hell learns a lot about Jaden, including that she is very attracted to him. After one very involved and heated kiss, Hell finds it hard to concentrate on anything but Jaden. However, work does come first. Then Hell learns the truth about Jaden and what he truly is…Bak Faru. The worst demon around. Fantastic! Fan-freaking-tastic! Does B-Ops know about Jaden? If so, why assign a demon to work with her?

Carolyn Jewel’s DX is fascinating. Hell is my kind of woman. Tough as nails, couldn’t care less what people think of how she dresses, and totally cool. And the way she handles learning that Jaden is Bak Faru and could easily bend her to his will, is awesome. Is she brave enough to bond with Jaden? Can she handle it? Read the story to find out.

School Bites – Jade Lee

A teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School , Toni Freedman never expected to be bitten by a werewolf. But that’s precisely what happens. She’s given a shot to counteract the bite, but it’s a fifty-fifty chance whether or not she’ll turn furry. It’s troubling to learn that Principal Ben Wong is taking it so easily in stride and promises to be by her side and help her through it. Does this mean he’s a wolf too? Nope! Ben is a Druid, and he’s going to teach Toni how to maintain a perfect balance between her wolf and human sides. Of course, that’s going to be difficult when all Toni can think about is getting Ben into her bed. Plus, there’s the fact that a mob is forming outside the school just waiting for Toni to go all furry and start attacking people. As if! Hmm…what happens if she can’t control the wolf?

Jade Lee writes an interesting tale with a hint of humor. I like Toni’s character and enjoyed watching her evolve throughout the story. And Ben…well, let’s just say, “spank me.” Principal? Paddling? Get it? School Bites captured my attention just as the other tales did, holding me enthralled to the very end.

Dark Awakening – Patti O’Shea

Kimi Noguchi has learned that she’s a kijo — whatever that means. It must be something pretty good, or else a Dark One called Augustus wouldn’t be wanting her magic. Oh yeah! Kimi’s a witch. Anyway, Kimi escapes and summons a demon for protection. Who does she call? Nicodemus, or Nic for short. Kimi met him eight months ago at her cousin’s wedding and something clicked. Unfortunately for Kimi, Nic considered her a nuisance and stayed away from her. So it’s rather funny that he tells her what kijo means and that she’s his mate, the only woman he will ever love. Well ain’t that grand! Kimi is Nic’s mate, and he thinks human women are weak. It’s going to take everything the two of them have to keep Augustus from taking Kimi’s magic. Plus, Nic’s got his work cut out for him convincing Kimi that she’s the only woman for him.

In Patti O’Shea’s Dark Awakening, readers are swept up into the storyline by the lead protagonists, Kimi and Nic. Nic has known for a long time that Kim was his vishtau mate, but because she’s human he wanted to give her time to mature. When she summons him for protection, Nic knows the time has come to claim what is rightfully his. Will Kimi fight it? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Once again the talents of Liz Maverick, Carolyn Jewel, Jade Lee, and Patti O’Shea are showcased beautifully in SHARDS OF CRIMSON. Returning to Crimson City was a stroke of genius, in my humble opinion, and I’m glad they did. It was nice to see what’s been going on with past characters and to meet some new faces. I can only hope…or beg, as the case may be, that these ladies will continue to write stories about Crimson City and its occupants. (Hint! Hint! Ms. Maverick)

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