Title: Crimson Mate (2nd Edition)
Series: Of Blood and Spirit 01
Author: Nikki McCoy
Genre: Paranormal/ Shifter/ Vampire
Length: Novel (180 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (15th September 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: A war is brewing. One that could end everything unless two men can learn to trust their hearts and break the barriers that separate them.
A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal—shifters—against Vam’kir—vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways that no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.
As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers that his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible—that love might exist beyond boundaries—for failure means the end of his future and that of the rest of his race.
Reader Advisory: This book contains reference to sexual abuse.
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been expanded, revised, and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/crimson-mate
Review: This story is a 2nd edition and has been polished up and expanded, but has no changes to the storyline.
Quinn suffered for years at the hands of his father for being different, but now hiding out with his sister in America he has some semblance of peace, that is until he spots a shifter who makes him feel things he shouldn’t.
Manning wants revenge on the ones who killed his mother but when he smells his mate all he can think about is finding and claiming him, when the two meet weeks later Quinn has a secret that he can’t tell Manning and Manning thinks he knows what is for the best. Can the two sort out their problems so that they can save their races?
This is a shifter/vampire story that puts a different spin on the races and makes for an interesting storyline with a twist. Manning is a Ba’Kal (Shifter) in fact he is the ruler of them, he has many responsibilities and one of them is to mate and produce an heir, but he has other problems like finding his mother’s killers and the Vam’kir (vampires) who are targeting shifters.
Manning puts everything on a backburner when he meets his mate Quinn. Quinn though just wants to run, he knows he is different from his kinsmen Vam’kir and he can’t let Manning know that he is Vam’kir as they are enemies, but he knows he isn’t safe whichever way he turns.
There is quite a bit to this storyline as we have Quinn, who is both Ba’Kal and Vam’kir. He has been punished severely by his father for years. His sister rescues him, but even she doesn’t know the full truth. And now he has a mate. When Quinn finally learns the full truth of what he is, he has a whole load of new problems to face. Manning and Quinn do make a great couple even with the problems they face, and Manning has a world of patience as he waits for Quinn to become comfortable with him.
I wish I could go into more detail about the ongoing struggle that Quinn and Manning are facing but it is kinda complex with its explanations, and it would also give away the entire storyline. All I will tell you is that Manning and Quinn are great together and although they have problems with trust, they do come through it by the end.
This storyline is really good and the story is really well written, we get to know the characters really well and although they do have their faults, which make you want to slap them at least once, they do crawl into your hearts.
So if you love shifters and vampires, hot sex, gentle love, earned trust, complex plans from the goddess, a hard past, a happy ending, and a superb twist then this is the story for you.