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A Taste of Crimson (Crimson City) [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie M. Liu
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Book Description

“Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now.”
Publishers Weekly

“Anyone who loves my work should love [Lui’s].”
—Christina Feehan

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu’s magnificent Dirk and Steele novels are the gold standard of paranormal romance fiction. Stepping briefly away from her unique detective agency of shapeshifters, psychics, and extraordinary beings, Lui enters the dangerous shadows of Crimson City with A Taste of Crimson. Set in a dark and twisted version of Los Angeles—a “City of Angels” from which the angels have long since fled—A Taste of Crimson has a beautiful creature of the night teaming up with an enemy, a slayer, to get to the root of an impending catastrophe that threatens to shatter a tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves. A breathtaking blend of sensuous romance with superior urban fantasy in the bestselling vein of Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh, A Taste of Crimson is a satisfying feast for every paranormal fan. Perhaps Booklist put it best: “If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”


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From the Back Cover

Los Angeles is no longerthe City of Angels…

Dark, restless things prowl the L.A. streets.A series of unexplained murders threatens to shatter anuneasy peace among humans, vampires, and werewolves.

Keeli Maddox needs to find the answers. And now,if she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man asdifferent from her as night is from day. Michael is a slayer,a betrayer. . . an enemy. But Keeli, herself no stranger toshadow, knows that nobility can lurk in unexpected places—and that this remarkable being who takes her breathaway is meant to be with her. . . forever. In the midst ofgravest peril, their lives are about to change, as togetherthey rediscover the unparalleled pleasure of skin on skin,and the sweet, forbidden ecstasy found in a taste of crimson.

About the Author

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0505526328
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WALM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of crimson- marjorie m liu 19 May 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is fast paced fun and well written. The central character is a werewolf, she is brave, gutsy, niave and funny. She is willing to put herself on the line for her family and friends and does not rely on her partner (the vampire) to rescue her(unlike so many female protagonists seem to.) There is a nice twist in the tail at the end of the book, which you can probably see coming, but which is satisfying anyway. The other good thing about the book is that it stands alone, you do not have to read any of her other books to enjoy it and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion, even though it sets up the next book in the series. If you like Sookie Stackhouse and Anita Blake then you will enjoy this. I reccomend it!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When you do a random library pick you often end up with complete rubbish - I picked "A Taste Of Crimson" from a shelf in the sci-fi category without expecting too much of it - the cover image had a wolf howling at the moon overlaid with a picture of a man in a big cloak running down a road. The blurb on the back seemed overblown and cheesy (as usual) so I expected another run-of-the-mill vampire-werewolf-romance-thriller-chiller story.

"A Taste Of Crimson" surprised me. Yes, it is a story whose main characters are werewolves and vampires. Yes, it's a romance with all the usual trimmings. Yes, there are heroes and heroines and magical vampirey/werewolfy things going on. But there is a very strong theme running through this book that is definitely not run-of-the-mill - it's the theme of acceptance or ostracism of those different to you.

In the Los Angeles of this book, the humans are aware of the vampires and werewolves but are afraid of them and are starting to discriminate against them; werewolves are the bottom of the pile as they aren't rich, well-dressed and sexy like the vampires, so our heroine Keeli Maddox, a werewolf, can barely hold down a waitressing job because of the suspicion with which she is faced. And it's not only the humans who dislike the werewolves, there is also huge mutual antagonism between the vampire and werewolf community. Thus when Keeli meets Michael, a vampire assassin (he kills vampires that have gone rogue and is therefore disliked by his own kind), they face huge difficulties from both her culture and his over their relationship. What is so good about this book is the way in which these problems are described.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better & Better, Gripping Stuff..... 21 Aug. 2005
By Shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt its streets - dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger in...A TASTE OF CRIMSON.
This was the first one I read in this series...it was gripping stuff, kept you guessing till the end, but love always wins through if you trust it enough... This author knows how to write a story and keep you interested, right till the end and still want more.
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