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A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1 | [Sylvia Day]

A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.
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Publisher's Summary

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans.

But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can’t help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life - she could lose her very soul....

©2013 Sylvia Day (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Explodes with passion and heat. A hot, sexy angel to die for and a gutsy heroine make for one exciting read." (New York Times best-selling author Cheyenne McCray)

"Sylvia Day spins a gorgeous adventure that combines gritty, exciting storytelling with soaring lyricism. Adrian is my favorite kind of hero - an alpha-male angel determined to win the heart of his heroine, Lindsay, while protecting her from his lethal enemy.... This is definitely a book for your keeper shelf." (New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight)

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-20-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 01-20-13

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    "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"

    Vampires, Lycans, Watchers, Minions, Nephalims, Sentinels, Seraphine Angels and humans all inhabit this paranormal world that S.D. has soooo brilliantly created for us to share in and enjoy.

    This listen captures you from the first few chapters where a paranormal Special Ops team of Angels fight the Fallen (Vampires) with the help of the Lycans but when Aiden (the Angelic Leader) stumbles upon Lindsay (his reincarnated soul mate) then everything is put on hold and action, tension, attraction, seduction and lots and lots of passion ensue as Ms Day skilfully mixes all these ingredients together to create a non-stop listen.

    She also then adds a bucket full of interesting characters (including lots of yummy sexy Alpha types) who will have you drawn into this intense and sexy listen that's got plots and sub plots where we hope true love can eventually conquer all if it's only given the chance. However, psychological and biological warfare is also going on as Heavenly rules and regulations are slowly being broken and all the characters are secretly and cleverly being manipulated by someone...... but who?

    Worth a credit? Yes it definitely would be - but for $7.34 why use one. However, beware this does contain sex scenes and some strong language so if you don't like these ingredients in your listens then opt for a different book - as for me, we'll I'm off to listen to book 2.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Bratenahl, OH, United States 03-28-13
    Jeffrey Bratenahl, OH, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Too distracted by the romance story line"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less concern with physical descriptions and the story implied eroticism


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again?

    No way


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the voices. He keeps me interested and he is not dull an monotonous.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and boredome


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone who is interested in adventure fantasy. However, if you are interested in romance this may be a perfect novel for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Audible helps me with my book addiction.

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    "Good book if you don't think so hard."

    I believe in honesty as the best policy so as much as I hate to say it this book left me feeling a bit confused. From the moment is started I got hit with definitions for all these things that turned my brain around and made me want to listen to them again, so I approached the story thinking things would be complicated. It was not.

    If you don't want to think too hard about the problems with the book and love it as it is, don't read on. Plus, it might get spoilery.

    Let's start with how the book bashes you over the head with a beginning. No slow beginning this one - the lovely couple bump into each other at the airport and she goes home with him (and not for a one night stand)... ?

    Meet Adrian. Angel, badass, faithful lover to Shadoe, a woman who is reborn every now and then (the last time was 200 years ago) and who has his undying loyalty. Epic love.

    Meet Lindsey. Buffy with curls, minus the chosen stuff, plus an extra soul. But there's where the story gets confusing. This whole time the book talks about how Lindsey IS Shadoe, Adrian sees her wants her, she wants him for an unknown reason, but resists for his sake which makes him want her more... then we discover she's not Shadoe, she's herself, and Shadoe is like an infection (extra soul/leech) Adrian wants to rid Lindsey of. huuuhhhh?

    We're taught to follow this epic love story then it's smashed to pieces for a bizarre twist. And that's only the beginning. None of the characters are really developed except for the lovebirds and a lycan. Humans seem to be ignorant of EVERYTHING despite stuff happening out in the open all the time. The angels seem to be making their own problems grow (consistantly creating vampires who can create more vampires) while mindlessly sticking to a plan that began "in the beginning" and the bad guys don't seem all that bad - in fact one of them gets cleared of a murder and that's never explained before the book is over (can we foresee a sequel? Oh yeah, there it is for sale).

    In the end I couldn't figure out where Adrian's love of Lindsey came from - let alone Shadoe who is this shallow harlot who apparently fondled herself in front of him at every turn until he caved. Seriously? And Adrian didn't know how vampires are made... even though he makes them? AND to top it all off, Adrian is doing the exact thing he kills other angels for and no one bats an eye?! Not to mention the whole slavery issue and how everyone was like... meh. By the end of the book I sat there wondering what the heck was going on with the story - things didn't make since and it seemed super shallow.

    And in the end, Lindsey's choice, the big one, you know what I'm talking about and if you don't I'm not spoiling it... made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was so against character, the result of it was a deus ex machina, and the resolution with the baddies just fizzled and BOOM everything was just peachy keen for everyone. No big fight, no conflict, just a weak little climax not worthy of such a sexy book. So now there's a slew of new questions but, look, the book's over.

    Okay so maybe this is more of a rant, but when people rate a book 5 stars when it clearly doesn't deserve it I feel like I need to make them see the problems. And for readers/listeners like me who reads reviews, I enjoy when a person confronts a book's issues before I spend a credit. Is it worth it? Maybe... if you don't think too hard.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    tina cokato, MN, United States 01-31-13
    tina cokato, MN, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Meh"

    This is the second story I have listened to by this author. I didn't like the first book and thought it was because of the similarities to Fifty Shades of Gray. But after listen to this book I have now decided that it is the author's writing style I don't like. The plot had potential but the story was so wrapped up in personal angst, that the plot was forgotten and only touched apon briefly. It was a chore to get through this book. I couldn't wait for the book to end.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 09-03-14
    Zulu 09-03-14
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    "Could use more character deveopment"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it wasn't that interesting. There wasn't that much actual action.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sylvia Day? Why or why not?

    I've read several of her other books.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Elijah.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More action.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a great job and probably earned it an extra star. There just wasn't much character development, especially for the main characters. The only character I ended up really caring about was Elijah, and feeling sort of sorry for Adrian.

    Since this is a trilogy and I already have the second book I'll continue with the story, although there's a good chance if I didn't have the second book I probably wouldn't have continued.

    As of right now Audible only has the first two books of the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-10-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Um...I liked it...kinda"

    Ok first off. I really enjoyed Luke Daniels narration. While he sounds somewhat awful trying to do female voices, I guess it would be more weird to have him sound better than me at it so eh.

    While it did have some pretty good steam, it didn't have enough substance.

    The story was decent and it had a good concept to it but it seemed to creep by, and build up without a big bang....Hey! I was waiting on that bang!!! Yeah never happened. If I did smoke, this book definitely wouldn't have earned that necessary cigarette after.

    I would have liked it better if I had gotten it on a sale, but even at $7.34 I guess it was worth it. I guess you get what you pay for. And please don't take it that I'm saying don't buy it. If you can't find anything else to read and need something this pass the time this works. It just won't get you where you need to be.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 02-13-13
    Leesa 02-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "A winner!"
    If you could sum up A Touch of Crimson in three words, what would they be?

    Another great series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First listen and he did fine.


    Any additional comments?

    It is at such a good price I didn't use a credit. If you like this genre of book then I think you'll be well pleased with this one. It is the first book in the series and I'm already looking foward to getting the next one.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steven el paso, TX, United States 11-10-14
    Steven el paso, TX, United States 11-10-14
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    "Great story bad language (X-RATED)"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think Sylvia Day could have told this story just as well without all the sex and curse words. I understand some situations cursing is magnifying but in this book it is so obligatory I may as well purchase an erotic book. This story is such a great story there is no need to add all the graphic visuals and constant cursing. Take a page from Kevin Hearne and curse only on occasion to increase the impact of it. Beware if you have children. If your listening in your car with your kids this book is well beyond their age group for listening. I would be hesitant to even listen around a 12 year old let alone my own mom and dad. I wish she had taken the high road and put a warning at the beginning of the book so I would not have started listening to this on the road with my six year old son in the car. I will more than likely not buy the next few books in the series just because I have never really enjoyed semi erotica books. The story is so well molded I really wish she had not gone overboard with the language and sexual references/descriptions.

    Luke Daniels is great in this though. He really knows how to narrate a story. I think he could read stereo instructions and make people want to listen to that over and over.


    Would you recommend A Touch of Crimson to your friends? Why or why not?

    The single and only reason I would not recommend this book is because of the language/sex references. A good author can forgo most of that with better words. Lazy writing is not worth the money. But the story over all is great. Sadly you spend all your time on sexual references in this book rather than the story itself.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    He can perform any character. It is really hard to pin down a favorite with him.


    Did A Touch of Crimson inspire you to do anything?

    No it did not but I suspect a teenage boy would be inspired to do something with this book. Sadly it would not be writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 08-02-14
    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "spoilers"

    ** spoiler alert ** After reading the Crossfire series I had high hopes for this book...
    while the story was good I just found it lacking details. It could have been so much better and I think seeing the potential in it ruined what was actually there.

    For the most part its a good book, but it's not something that I'll be continuing on with. It didn't keep my attention and there really isn't anything significant that happens as far as action, or even romance. A few small trysts in the bedroom and mentions of fights, but where are the details?
    For all the talk about Adrian being a hunter and always in the field there was no action. If he is SO worried about them changing her over, why didn't he try to get there to stop it instead of wondering if it happened and a few weeks later the enemy just drops her off at the doorstep no questions asked?! Why did Shadoe just give up in the end without a fight after holding on for centuries?
    It just didn't work for me, but that's not to say that it doesn't appeal to other people - I just prefer lots of action in my books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Savannah Reynard Illinois 07-01-14
    Savannah Reynard Illinois 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Two words, Angels and Vampires. Nuff said!"
    Where does A Touch of Crimson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could NOT put this book down. I did not write, sleep, or get anything other than reading accomplished for the past two days!!! Cannot WAIT to get my hands on the next book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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