Blood Crystal by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (176 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint
Cerys is happy working in the bar in her hometown of Llandudno, Wales. Nobody knows her secret until she meets dark, brooding Rhodri Tryfanwy. He knows her at once, because he’s like her. Vampire.
Rhodri sees the ethereal Cerys as everything he’s ever wanted. Light to his darkness, he takes her and she responds. Long nights of passion give him the hope he’d almost given up on finding. But events move too fast, and Rhodri has to return to the dangerous, violent world of Department 57. His old adversary, Geoffrey Wilkinson, gives him no choice.
Thrown into a new world, Cerys is forced to leave everything she knows behind to search for him. She is Rhodri’s only chance. Without her help, he’ll be taken apart, piece by piece, and sold to people who will exploit what he is to make money and take power they’re not entitled to.
Without her love, he is dead. Without his love, she will want to die. Only together can they hope to survive.
Department 57 has been one of my favorite series since the first story. One of the reasons I found it so enjoyable was a plethora of interesting paranormal characters. Vampires have been one of my favorite types of paranormal creatures for a while new so I knew this story would enjoyable. Rhodri and Cerys did not disappoint me in any way.
Rhodri is an ancient vampire and it shows and his old worldly beliefs and his demanding personality. While these traits may be repulsive to modern woman, for another vampire they are endearing and cherished. It is one of the things that Cerys finds attractive about Rhodri and a reason she invites him to her bed, even if it's only temporary.
While Rhodri may be a bit demanding and domineering, Cerys seem to be the epitome of a dainty female. Even when feeding she tries to be as neat and feminine as possible.
It wasn't only the romance that was entertaining and refreshing, it was the conflict as well. While readers who are new to the series may find themselves a bit puzzled at times, I think for the most part anyone can pick up this story and still appreciate the well-written plotlines.
Wilkinson has been an enemy of the Crystal Team and Department 57 as a whole for a while and his antics carry on into this story. With the stakes high on both ends, the conflict brought excitement and tension to the story that left me at the edge of my seat. Like many of the previous stories, this is one I would read again and would recommend. Anyone who likes paranormal erotic romance will thoroughly enjoy this story.