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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review: Crimson Rose (Book 1) by Robin Malone


where I got my copy: Robin Malone
where to buy: Amazon, B&N

The last few years have not been kind to Rose. She has lost her husband, and is currently residing with an abusive boyfriend. What's more, an enigmatic, but very handsome man is stalking her. Ultimately, she finds that he is a supernatural being from heaven; or perhaps he has emerged from the depths of hell... Regardless, from his pointed teeth, to his blood-kissed lips, Stefan is indeed a vampire; a creature Rose once thought merely existed in folklore. He has emerged from the sinister darkness, and come to claim her as his own...

Stefan Hansen has seen the very worst of mankind. Before his transitioning, he had endured the horrors of World War II, and the violent loss of his Jewish love. Thinking that the past was dead, he could not have been more wrong... And an apparition from his past was scheming to prove it; with destructive intentions.

Wow! what a remarkable story!!! This book is so hard to put down, the moment the vampire Stefan kidnapped Rose, I was intrigued on what will happen next. Most vampire books that I've read, only gave you a brief history of the resident vampire and most author's gradually inserts their history through out the series. Not in Malone's Crimson Rose, in here she took me to Stefan's past, an extensive history, his human past. From his first ever love Eva Bauer, to the crimes that he has forcefully commited as a Nazi soldier to the end of his human life bestowed upon by his former friend Miles and how he lived savagely after that, giving himself to the bloodlust. His history reeks of heartbreak and injustice.

A century later he found another love in the breathing feature of Rose. An enigmatic, strong and likeable woman with a lovely son named Jacob, but seems to have such questionable taste in men. After Rose's husband died/murdered she met the abusive Shane. Not long after that, Stefan started REALLY persuing her and fell in love with him despite the shocking transgression. Their story was quite unconventional, it is dark, disturbing and totally opposite of the fluttering butterflies in my stomach reaction that I get when reading a human - vampire melodrama. Stefan is brusque, forceful, possessive, dangerous and seriously twisted. Yet he did everything because he love Rose? Since I am only human (LOL) part of me felt Rose's fears, (carried away much?) His methods are quite appalling yet eerily romantic, as much as I would like to divulge the information in details the twist of the whole plot and the exqusite shocking of discovery will totally kill it for you guys. You simply must read to know exactly what I'm saying.

I wish that I have not read this twice as fast because now I would have to lay in wait for the next book. Thank you so much Robin Malone for giving me the pleasure of reading and reviewing your book.

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Mishel said...

Love the sound of this. I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

Robin said...

Thank you so much, Patricia!!

Robin :)

(R. Malone)

Moonsanity said...

It sounds good, but dark, which is okay. I like dark. I'll add to my list which just keeps getting longer, and longer. Thanks for the review, and not giving away the plot:)

Cym Lowell said...

Don't you just love a 5 star book or peace signs in your case?!!?

Thanks for linking-

PeaceLove&Pat said...

Cym - yes 5 peace signs are always memorable books :) thanks for stopping by.

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