Review: Vamped Up {Crimson Bay #2} by Kristen Miller

Title: Vamped Up {Crimson Bay #2}

Author: Kristen Miller

Published: Avon Impulse Dec 2011

Synopsis: On the run from hungry vampires with his lover under arm, madly possessive Ruan has one thing in mind: keep the dirty fangs of his khissmates off the neck of his one true love—a human with mouth watering blood. Eve, a tantalizing biblical studies teacher at Crimson Bay University, has no idea her life is in jeopardy. Ironically, living with the knowledge of paranormal beings and sharing a bed with one of the most cryptic vampires on the planet was not what had her protectively grasping her throat at night. It was the mention of her name in the ancient scrolls; the scrolls written by vampire elders, revealing what’s in store for the end of times…and her spilled blood.

Status: Read from December 04 to 06, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy HarperCollins/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book of of Kristin Millers Crimson Bay, Intervamption, so I was interested in seeing the direction Miller was taking the series with the release of Vamped Up.
Picking up a few weeks after the final scenes in Intervamption, Vamped Up shifts it’s relationship focus to Ruan, a 400+year old vampire and Eve, his mundane (human) lover whose blood saved the vampire race from a tainted blood supply. I enjoyed both the continuation of the story arc and the new elements that were introduced. With plenty of action, magic and and an interesting setting there is more to this book than romance. Savage is hunting elders in an attempt to control their death shades while Dylan and Slade are desperately trying to translate ancient scrolls. Eve and Ruan are the solutions to their problems, even if they don’t know it.
Crimson Bay is an interesting world complete with imaginative mythology and detail. Though dominated by vampires and shifters (therians), Miller writes her own unique twists into accepted lore.
I thought the pacing could have been sharper as Ruan’s angst and refusal to communicate initially stalled the book but it does pick up when the focus veers to Ruan and Eve’s individual destinies.
The ending is suitably climatic (and with the HEA suited to the genre)with enough loose ends tied up to be satisfying while allowing the main story arc to continue and (I assume) it is Dante that will feature next.
Vamped Up is a strong sequel to Miller’s debut and readers who enjoy paranormal romance with a darker edge will likely find this series a satisfying read.

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Read my review of Intervamption (Crimson Bay #1)

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melliane
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 08:49:39

    It sounds like an interesting series. Now I’m quite curious, and I confess I really like the conver of the second book.

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  2. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 12:33:29

    It really takes something excellent to win me over with vamp fiction, so unless it’s a 5 star book I’ll pass 🙂

    (Funny note, though: I thought the author was Kirsten Miller, who writes middle grade fiction for girls. I did a double take there for a bit!)

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