Title: Crimson Ties
Authors: VL Moon and JT Cheyanne
Series: Crimson Reign, book #2
Crimson Ties by VL Moon and JT Cheyanne is a complete and very emotional reading journey. The book will hook you up from the first pages and then keep you tied down to your ereader or paperback till you reach the words “The End.” Before I go in depth with my review, here are a few details on the book you should definitely go buy right now:
Not everything in Heaven is as holy as it seems…
In Crimson Ties, the second installment of the Crimson Nights Saga, Laziel is nowhere to be found, and with the ferocity of Malachi Denali’s vampiric temperament growing out of control, Rome’s Vatican enclave and those that dwell there risk everything to keep their King’s throne out of Darklon De Sangue’s treacherous hands.
As Darklon’s mental state deteriorates, his treasonous plans to overthrow Malachi know no bounds. With Arial dancing upon a deadly double-edged sword and working to gain Darklon’s trust, this continuing saga keeps everyone on tenterhooks as new treaties are strengthened and friendships are forged by oaths and blood.
Will Laziel return in time to save Malachi from those that threaten the male he loves, or will the fury of Malachi’s distain for emotion see Laziel ascend if he refuses to accept the hand that destiny has dealt him and the gift of his angel’s love?
With emotions running high, and Malachi’s past turning up to haunt them both in the form of the mysterious Vischeral Bourne, the twists and turns may prove too much for Laziel and his vampire. While Malachi and Laziel struggle with fate, an alliance with the wolves and the secrets behind the Nephilim and their sadistic Queen threaten to rock the very foundations of the supernatural world.
Who knows what ties will bind and which will fade away.
With a high element of supernatural romance and erotic sexcapades between male lovers, Crimson Ties may not be to some people’s taste, but for those brave enough to step into the wicked world of Laz and Lachi, we hope that you will read and thoroughly enjoy…
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MJQSYHE/
It’s no secret I loved Crimson Reign. The vampire Malachi (Lachi) and his angel Laziel managed to mesmerize me from the first book. The world of vampire conclaves, with the Italian one that Lachi rules placed right under the Vatican, is truly fascinating. A world where war is waged against the Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and their human mates. A world where danger lurks everywhere, and comes from outside and from within.
Book two however is in its very own league. It is so much better than book one and a lot of other stories I’ve read! Not only is there a lot of action to keep you hooked, but the love relationships that unfold get a lot of defining touches, nuances that make them so much more real. Although Lachi and Laz spend a lot of time apart, with the seraphim angel’s female counterpart, Loz, being in control, their love is so vivid, so outright jumping out of the pages of the book, it can’t really be contained. The relationship between supporting characters, Roman and Tobias, Copi and Vishous, as well as budding love stories left for other installments in the series, are just as beautifully crafted. You can’t help but love everyone.
Crimson Ties starts right where Crimson Reign left us, and although some of the past events are mentioned and explained briefly, I would strongly recommend not to read this book before the first installment. A lot of things won’t make sense and it’s a true same not to discover Laz and Lachi’s story properly.
What made this book so much better was the added gray areas. Nothing, in any world, is black and white. The reasons behind the Nephilim war, the fact that not every member of a species or society is good or bad just because of what they are, the feeling you get that most things are not what they appear to be, everything gives the Crimson Nights Saga all those beautifully intricate layers and depths that make it an amazing read.
I strongly recommend you go buy your copy now and get to reading! Here’s an excerpt to further convince you:
“As you wish,” he said quietly and turned back to face the doors. “If you will be so good as to introduce me, I’m ready.” He hated the stiff formality in his voice, but Tobias’s agitation and then his rejection unsettled him. Tobias caught the change in his voice and demeanor immediately. But, when he reached for his arm, Roman very carefully and deliberately evaded his touch and stared pointedly at the door.
“Roman, you don’t understand,” he began. Roman wasn’t in the frame of mind to listen. Stepping to the door, he twisted the handle giving the wolf no choice but to enter. Tobias growled low in frustration before stepping over the threshold.
He left the door ajar and strode to the center of the circular room. Directly across from the doors, Roman saw a raised dais with a chair similar, though not as large, to the one his own King occupied for court. A very large male sat stiff and straight, and by no way gave any indication he faced his son.
Across the distance, the man resembled Tobias. The facial structure was the same although the hair was several shades darker. Lines etched their way through his forehead and around the eyes; signs the Summus very seldom wore any expression save the frown currently on his face. Broad shoulders were tense with stress and responsibility.
Roman’s eyes swung to either side of the Alpha. Six men, three to either side sat in smaller chairs one step down. Various shades of hair and builds, but power emanated from each one. Hostile eyes surveyed him in return. He knew each of their names thanks to Tobias and the access to Denali’s connections. Other rustlings and murmurings told him the seats outside of his view were filled. He refused to squirm under their surveillance and stood tall and stoic. He was the representative of the King and he would not fail his race.
“Jorn Chamberlin, esteemed Alphas, it is my privilege to introduce to you, Elder Roman De Sangue, personal envoy of His Royal Highness, King Malachi Denali, Sovereign of the Vampire Race.” Tobias turned at his approach, but Roman refused to meet his eyes. Instead, he held Jorn Chamberlin’s unwavering stare. The frown deepened. Growls erupted around the room.
“Roman, drop your gaze,” Tobias whispered urgently. His scent changed slightly, and Roman realized that something about his father deeply affected Tobias. He filed the information away, and focused on the shifter rising to his feet.
“It seems my Beta failed to ensure you knew the rules of etiquette when greeting an Alpha.” The deep voice boomed into the room. Indolent smiles appeared on a few faces, and growls of approval rang in the room.
“Your son,” Roman enunciated the word carefully, “was very thorough in his explanations of your etiquette. It is my understanding that holding your gaze is considered a challenge. Only someone very brave or very stupid challenges an Alpha, especially the Summus. I believe those were his words.” Beside him, Tobias dropped his head. “It’s also my understanding from a study of your race and your culture that dropping one’s eyes is a show of submission.” Chamberlin’s eyes narrowed.
“I can assure you that I am not stupid,” Roman stated. “What I am, is an emissary of my King, a fiercely savage and highly revered vampire without equal.” More growls vibrated into the room. Roman ignored them, keeping his attention solely focused on the wolf in front of him.
“He is not, nor am I as his envoy, submissive. I will not give the appearance of being such. King Denali sends his regrets that he is not able to attend himself and has sent me, as Elder of the Court, in his stead.” Roman paused, but his stare never wavered.
If you haven’t read book one, you should start there:
Book #1 Crimson Reign
A pulse of light preceded the gift of life breathed into the coldest and darkest of souls. Bathed in the glow of celestial love and swathed in a blanket of black satin wings nestled a king among kings, a vampire born to destroy the decay threatening to eradicate the race he was destined to save.
An angelic heart torn by yearning, suffering and pain throbbed to the rhythm of the life he created; a life prophesied in the scriptures by the Creator’s own hand. A vow of servitude given in blood sealed the fate of a Seraphim’s heart and tied it eternally to the creation he craves, protects…loves.
Ancient treaties are lost and reborn, rising from the ashes as the Nephilim ravage the vampire race. The deviant desire that soared in Malachi Denali’s blood threatens to bring Rome to its knees when Malachi’s world, his soul and his heart are brutally shattered and torn apart.
Will purity born of an angel’s love be enough to calm the savage mind of Malachi Denali? Or will Laziel be doomed to a life of purgatory for loving the life he was gifted to create…
This is not a HEA, or even a HFN….Who knows what will happen to seal their fate…only time will tell. Vampires, angels, demons and wolves together with love, betrayal, sadness and yearning make up the ongoing story that is…
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F8QFP24/
About the authors
Laz and Lachi Publications is the combined writing team of J.T. Cheyanne and V.L. Moon. The two met in 2010, fell hard and fast for each other and married in April 2014. They write both independently and together in the gay erotica and gay paranormal genres. They also have a couple of contemporary romance novels under their belt.