Publisher: Obsidian Publishing (2013)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
Format: eBook (276 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)
Abigail Tate was a normal human girl—until the day Bronx the vampire barges into her life and turns her against her will. Held captive while forced to deal with never-ending cravings for blood, Abby prays for a way to escape. Only when an opportunity arises, it’s with the aid of an innocent human named Tyler—except vampires are forbidden to interact with the unbitten. But Abby quickly learns this human has secrets of his own…secrets that can either help her or get her killed. Only Abby soon discovers that she is the one with the biggest secret of all.
At A Glance
Started out great, but the more I read, the more I disliked the characters.
The premise really was exciting, as was the beginning. Abigail getting turned into a vampire against her will by that horrible vamp, Bronx, was truly frightening. It was like watching a scary movie where you want to scream at the girl to not go down the dark alley to see what that noise was, but you know she is going to and you know it’s not going to end well. Yup, being lured by Bronx into his creepy house did not end well for Abby either. My skin crawled as Abby had to endure what she did, but she did hold up pretty well. She never gave up, she just waited for her chance to escape. But Bronx stole the show. He was that character you loved to hate. He is so bad and disgusting, you can’t help but want more of him.
I was so excited when Tyler came into the picture to save the day, though he was a little odd, which only added to the mystery. And as Abby learned of her new powers and all that she was capable off, I got more and more excited to see where it all would end.
I really, really wanted to love this book. It sounded awesome and the author is the sweetest person ever. And I did enjoy some of it, but with each page, I got deflated. The plot really started to drag in the middle and the pacing was not always so great.
The main characters, Abby and Tyler, had very little characterization. Abby was up and down most of the time and just blah for the rest. She made stupid choices that made me think less of her. She was all over the place in every aspect. I still can’t understand why she would help someone who wronged her so gravely. It’s a little sickening. Then Tyler was odd but cute in the beginning, then just odd, then creepy, then “WHAT THE HELL?” by the end. Ugh, I can’t talk further about him or I will go on a rant.
The ending was mediocre and it felt rushed.
There really isn’t sex in this book, but expect some sexual situations. I didn’t like Abby or Tyler so their romance, if you can call it that, meant nothing to me.
I will be trying out another of Ashley’s books and hopefully I will like that one better. But for now, I really could not recommend Crimson Groves to anyone, however, it seems to be doing pretty good on Goodreads, so maybe it’s just me.
“Why did I want to get back to him so badly? Desire and lust rushed my heart like a stampede. My mind wrestled in trying to make sense of these over-the-top feelings. Thoughts on how I didn’t know him zigzagged between wanting to know him and needing to feel close to him.”
“I didn’t have to be a vampire to know she was being a bitch. That’s something a woman can sense easily from other women, whether human, vampire, or anything else. I don’t need any advanced senses to determine that.”