Title: Crimson Groves
Author: Ashley Robertson
Publication Date: November 2011
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Source: Review Copy from Author
Intense and suspenseful with a twist of romance. 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 discovers that she was the one with the biggest secret of them all. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I was sent a review copy of this title by the author - and how could I refuse when vampires are involved!?
This was a story that caught my attention right from the start. I enjoyed the way vampires were portrayed in this world - think Twilight rules sans sparkling - and I found Abby an interesting and engaging heroine. The main characters were all well portrayed; although, I would have liked to have seen more of Stone as I liked him best. But that might happen in a future book.
The pacing on the whole was good and the opening was strong and gripping. There was a slight lull in the middle of the book, but things picked up again towards the end.
The only minor negative for me was that I never understood the appeal of Abby's main love interest, especially considering the ways things work out and the position both characters are in by the end of the book. But maybe I'm just biased since I liked Stone best.
This is an enjoyable read for vampire fans and I would certainly be keen to continue reading and see how Abby's story will progress.