Fans of Underworld will like the set-up

A Taste Of Crimson - Marjorie M. Liu

Marjorie M. Liu could write a phone book and I would gobble that stuff up. This is one of those odd series were multiple authors write for it and I don't really have any plans of reading the other books, but this one stands well on its own.

There's a war brewing between vampires, werewolves, and humans. If the war happens humans will have the upper hand. The only way to prevent a massacre is for vampires and werewolves to form an alliance. The problem is, that there are some deep prejudices running between the two races. Despite the mistrust and hatred, the vampire and werewolf clans have decided to start negotiating on a peace treaty. However, several vampire murders threaten to end negotiations when it appears that a werewolf is the one doing the killing. In an attempt to save the peace treaty our heroes, Michael and Keeli, team up to find out who the murderer is.


Keeli is the the granddaughter of the werewolf leader and Michael is the vampires' executioner. This, combined with Michael's past makes him an outcast among his kind. Together they have to solve the mystery, while dealing with hostilities from both the vampire and werewolf clans.

Keeli and Michael's relationship was really interesting to watch progress. I loved that the conflicts of them working together and eventually having a relationship aren't pushed aside. The only thing I didn't like is how quickly they fell in love. It's only a a couple of days before they start declaring their love and that's a pretty huge leap considering how, in their world, that could mean the death of their social standings and possibly their lives.

Other than that this was a really great read. I only wish the ending didn't seem so rushed.