Sunday, June 22, 2014

SUNNY - ARC REVIEW: "Crimson Sins" by Madeline Pryce

Created in Darkness and born of Death, three brothers carry a deadly secret.

One lethal enough to have the dead outnumber the living. Necromancer. Biohazard. Zombie. The abomination inside Bastian Hale demanded constant payment—fresh blood. Without it, he’d rot from the inside out and become little more than a mindless monster. Some called him a living vampire, others considered him contaminated. One woman would call him hers.

Morgan Cross never understood the innate necromancer power running through her veins or why ghosts and zombies sought to ruin her life. When someone’s deadly obsession throws her into Bastian’s arms, their pasts come back to haunt them and she must avoid the one thing she was born to do—claim him as hers.


Last year on this blog, I had the privilege of interviewing Madeline Pryce for her re-release of Dark Cravings. At that time, she excitedly hinted to me about a future book about three brothers, necromancers, zombies, and mages. At the time, I thought, "wow, that sounds complicated."  And it is.  Madeline Pryce creates a intricate world where the brothers are born of a powerful, dark magician necromancer and his beloved zombie wife.  However, Ms. Pryce has a writing style and point of view that makes this complex story very accessible.  

I find myself captured by Bastian's emotions - the way he holds himself tightly in control; his protectiveness forged by the abuse he endured from his sadistic father; the fear of giving his heart to someone who might reject him. Constantly fighting his father's manipulations, I feel exhausted for him.  

Morgan is just discovering her powers as a necromancer.  Prior to meeting Bastian, she didn't even know of their existence.  She is a sympathetic ingenue with flashes of snark and steely resolve. 

This is a classic PNR story with a definite upswing in eroticism. Madeline Pryce writes very erotic scenes.  And yet, Bastian and Morgan's interplay is both emotionally and physically intense:  

In that moment they were connected. His heart beat in her chest. His breath filled her lungs.  Her magic moved inside him until it found the cold part deep within his core.  The connection was instant, a tethering that wrapped around her in a way that left her breathless.  He was hers.  Body. Mind. Soul. 

I enjoyed the interactions between the brothers.  The dynamics are laid out: "Rory got them into trouble, Bastion bailed them out, and Nolan was their constant."  Already, we get clues into the direction of the next books.  Ohh, enticing hints.  I can't wait. 

Creative, emotional, erotic,  Crimson Sins is a PNR trifecta.  Don't miss it. 

Thank you to the author and publisher, Loose ID, for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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