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A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels Series #1)

A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels Series #1)

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by Sylvia Day

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Crossfire series comes the first novel in a hot-blooded paranormal romance series...

Adrian Mitchell is an angel of immense power and insatiable desire. Leading an elite Special Ops unit of the Seraphim, his task is to punish the Fallen—angels who have become vampires—and


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Crossfire series comes the first novel in a hot-blooded paranormal romance series...

Adrian Mitchell is an angel of immense power and insatiable desire. Leading an elite Special Ops unit of the Seraphim, his task is to punish the Fallen—angels who have become vampires—and command a restless pack of indentured lycans.
But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals—losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her—Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body with no memory of him. This time he won’t let her go.
With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson only knows she can’t help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught in the middle between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life—this time she could lose her very soul...

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Publishers Weekly
Angels, vampires, and lycans battle their emotions and each other in Day's Renegade Angels paranormal romance trilogy launch. When Lindsay Gibson flirts with Adrian Mitchell in a Phoenix airport, she doesn't realize that Adrian is a seraphim, or angel, tasked with keeping vampires and lycans in line on Earth. Adrian immediately recognizes that Lindsay contains the soul of Shadoe, the woman he has loved for centuries, and something seems to be different from Shadoe's previous incarnations. With attacks and unrest on all sides, Adrian fears he may lose his love for good this time, along with his wings. A steamy relationship between Adrian and Lindsay isn't enough to overcome the garbled mythology that keeps the larger story from ever taking off. (Oct.)
RT Book Reviews Magazine
Only Day can take a reincarnation plot and make it a gripping, touching and scintillating page-turner. She skillfully blends a timeless tale of love lost and found. A Touch of Crimson is a perfect romance with excellent worldbuilding rich with angels, lycans and vampires.
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Praise for A Touch of Crimson

“Will rock readers with a stunning new world, a hot-blooded hero, and a strong, kick-ass heroine.”—Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author
“Angels and demons, vampires and lycans, all set against an inventive, intriguing story world that hooked me from the first page. Balancing action and romance, humor and hot sensuality, Sylvia Day’s storytelling dazzles. I can’t wait to read more about this league of sexy, dangerous guardian angels and the fascinating world they inhabit...a paranormal romance lover’s feast!”—Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author
“Explodes with passion and heat. A hot, sexy angel to die for and a gutsy heroine make for one exciting read.”—Cheyenne McCray, New York Times bestselling author
“Sylvia Day spins a gorgeous adventure in A Touch of Crimson that combines gritty, exciting storytelling with soaring lyricism. Adrian is my favorite kind of hero—an alpha-male angel determined to win the heart of his heroine....Definitely a book for your keeper shelf.”—Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author

“A gripping, touching, and scintillating page-turner. [Day] skillfully blends a timeless tale of love lost and found. [This is] a perfect romance with excellent world-building that’s rich with angels, lycans, and vampires.”—RT Book Reviews


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Penguin Publishing Group
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Renegade Angels Series , #1
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What People are Saying About This

Angela Knight
Sylvia Day spins a gorgeous adventure in A Touch Of Crimson that combines gritty, exciting storytelling with soaring lyricism. This is definitely a book for your keeper shelf. (Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author)
Larissa Ione
A Touch of Crimson will rock readers with a stunning new world, a hot-blooded hero, and a strong, kick-ass heroine. This is Sylvia Day at the top of her game! (Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author)
Lara Adrian
A Touch of Crimson is a paranormal romance lover's feast! ...an inventive, intriguing story world that hooked me from the first page. Sylvia Day's storytelling dazzles. (Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author)
Cheyenne McCray
A Touch of Crimson explodes with passion and heat. A hot, sexy angel to die for and a gutsy heroine make for one exciting read! (Cheyenne McCray, New York Times bestselling author)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 42 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with over 18 million copies sold. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit Sylvia at sylviaday.com, Facebook.com/AuthorSylviaDay, and on Twitter @SylDay.

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A Touch of Crimson: A Renegade Angels Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
rwhi17 More than 1 year ago
Was very surprised by this! Good book, very interesting, def. worth reading. I'm getting the next in the series!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I liked the story line. But it had too much swearing and sex scenes for me. The idea of head Angel swearing for me was bad. Adrian was the head of Sentinels. They were too enforce the punishment of the Watchers or Fallen the Vampires. They had strict rules when they could kill the fallen and when not. Adrian had fallen in love with the lead Fallen's daughter Shadoe. Her father was in the process of bringing her over to be a vampire but Adrian killed her rather than see her become vampire. Because she was half human and have angel why her body died her sole lives and comes back every so often. Her father still wants to bring her over to vampire. Adrian is still in love for with her. Shadoe never remembers her past and she always looks different. This time she has been gone 200 years. Lindsay is now the host of Shadoe soul. Her mother was killed in front of her at age 5 and she can tell when someone is not human and kills them. Lindsey is drawn to Adrian and goes with him. Lindsey killed a demon in front of him so Adrian told her he was a Angel. The watchers became the fallen because they fell in love and had human families. They became Vampire and lost their wings. Some of them became shifters who were bound to serve and protect the Angels but they lived and had children and died. They want their freedom some of them. Elijah is an alpha and their are many trying to get him to rebel and lead them. Elijah is also Lindsey's bodyguard and friend. Lindsey saved his life. I really like Elijah. Their are a lot of story lines that kept getting me messed up. I really want to know what happens next because their are so many lines that continue. But the F word too many times and confusing different lines not sure if I really want to invest in this series. Did enjoy most of it and I probably will read at least one more. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review.
CYP More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an experience! This book sure is a refreshing take on the whole PNR-UF-angelic novel genre. I thought the whole "she's my soul mate and I wouldn't let her go now that I've found her again" was very YA-ish, and a little cliched, so I took a little time to get past my prejudices and finally picked up the book. I have to say, I was - am - not disappointed. The characters were absolutely lovable - the male protagonist, Adrian, was hot and protective, female protagonist, Lindsay, was the epitome of self-sacrificial selflessness. You could feel their love for each other permeate from the books, and it was nice to soak up all that PNR-UF goodness. However, I am giving it a four because it took some time to get into rhythm with this book. It may be because of my lingering prejudices, I don't know, but it may also be because the book wasn't as interesting at the start because of the instant connection thing that annoyed me. But I LOVED the ending. The ending is a total 6 out of 5 stars. I seriously gobbled up the ending (which is the last one-third of the book) in a span of half an hour. This is a story of true, unconditional love between lovers and a father and his daughter (ok, not much on the familial love, but it's still there), and how they had to overcome obstacles thrown at them from their past. I would say I'm looking forward to the sequel, A HUNGER SO WILD, but it's going to be about Elijah, whom I sorry to say, am not really interested in. Come on, bring us more Lindsay-Adrian love, pretty please?
Mari55 More than 1 year ago
Not to be missed great world building. Cant wait for the next one.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
KawaiiDelights More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this book, and I think part of the problem was because I had just read a similar book last week. Like "Ashes of Angels" this book was about Fallen angels and Vampires. But where "Ashes of Angels" had demons and muses, "A Touch of Crimson" Had lycans and normal angels. Once I was able to get into this book, I enjoyed it. It wasn't my favorite, but I would read the rest of the series. The characters were very strong and well written. Adrian was Very sexy! Lindsay was a very strong and independent character who held her ground and tried to fight the feelings developing between her and Adrian. Overall, like I said, not my favorite, but I will read the following books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book cant wait for the next.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the whole dynamics that this book has to offer. You get angels, vampires and lycans. There is a lot of action in this book with a smidgen of romance. The storyline progressed throughout the book fine but for some reason I just could not seem to get into the story. For starters Adrian and Linsday meet in an airport. Adrian buys her coffee, upgrades her seat so that they can sit together on the plane and then offers to drive her home. I get that this is a rekindling of lost souls but the fact that Linsday is okay with this and just goes along with it is a bit tough for me to swallow. Buying coffee, okay no big deal but my creep radar would be going off when I found out that the guy I just met upgraded my seat so that I could sit with him the entire time. The only time that I would be okay with this is if it was Kellan Lutz. Then I would throw caution to the wind and go with the flow. My favorite character was Elijah, the alpha lycan. I loved his personality and he was pretty much the only character keeping me interested. He is sent to be watched by Adrian because he shows Alpha qualities which is a HUGE no-no. The only Alpha's are the angels like Adrian. They don't want the lycans grouping up against them. When he is first tasked to be Lindsay's bodyguard he is very distant and professional but then he starts to open up and ends up becoming friends with Lindsay.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Contemporary Paranormal Adrian Mitchell is the commander of an elite group of Serephim that is in charge of keeping fallen angels in line. Since the fallen angels are now vampires sometimes keeping them in line isn't easy and throw in the fact that Adrian also has to keep the lycans under control as they are indentured to the Serephim at times it can become overwhelming. It also doesn't help that Adrian has falling in love with a mortal that keep being reincarnated but has no memories of her past lives or of her time with Adrian. Lindsay Gibson is the latest reincarnation of Shadoe, Adrian's love. Lindsay has no memory of her time in the past with Adrian but one thing she is very sure of is that she can't seem to stay away from Adrian. He is sex personified and the hottest man she has ever met. She also doesn't realize that she is the one carrying Shadoe's soul. Now Lindsay is suddenly drawn into the war between the Serephim and the fallen angels and she is finding her self in the middle of it all. Lindsay is in the middle with her lover Adrian and a father that is a vampire and a friend that is a lycan. With a full lycan revolt going on Lindsay is suddenly finding herself in a lot of trouble and even with her life in danger the one thing that she might be in the biggest danger of losing is her soul this time around. This story that a very fresh look at the world of angels, vampires and lycans. This is a very unique story that will have readers wanting to have the next book in the series. The world building is fascinating to read about. This one is hard to put down as you are dying to find out how it will end and if Lindsay and Adrian will have chance at the future and to be together. It has plenty of action to keep the story line moving along. This is one that is worth picking up and trying as the reader will not be disappointed in the story. This promises to be an excellent series. The start of the series is a great beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I am curious to see how the author ties everything together in the end. Sylvia Day never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Cant wait for her next book :)
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: What an amazing first book in the series!! This is a complicated world with a complicated set of rules governing it, but the book was NOT confusing. That being said though, I do feel like I need to re-read it to catch all the nuances of this world. There are three basic groups to these books: 1. The Sentinels: a special ops group of angels in charge of taking care of the vampires and protecting mortals. 2. The Lycan: Shifters who are basically indentured servants of the Sentinels. They can sniff out vampires and act as bodyguards for the Sentinels. 3. The Fallen: Vampires who were angels, but procreated with humans and thus lost their wings and gained a need for blood. None of these groups truly trust the either, and all are on the verge of war. It's a fragile stability that falls apart in this book. This book is about Adrian. He is an angel. In fact, he is the angel in charge of the Sentinels. He fell in love with Shadoe, a Nephilum and daughter to the leader of the Fallen, many centuries ago and is now cursed with meeting with her lifetime after lifetime where she dies over and over leaving him alone in his immortality. The book starts with him meeting Lindsey in an airport. She is carrying Shadoe's soul, although she has no idea. She does have an idea of immortals though because she saw her birth mother murdered by vampires when she was only 5 years old. Since then, she has hunted vampires searching for vengeance. Adrian is an Alpha with a capital A, and for the first time, Shadoe is in a form (under Lindsey) where she is not willing to bow down to his every want and need. She has a brain of her own and skills of her own and she is NOT going to sit on the sideline. Lindsey is tough and not willing to just sit back and accept things as they are...in life or with Adrian. She is proactive and she can kick butt with any one of these tough angels. Her personal bodyguard is Elijah. He's a Lycan and being watched because he shows signs of being an Alpha for the Lycan. The issue is that the Sentinels are in charge of the Lycan and they cannot allow a Lycan to usurp that role. I LOVED Elijah's character. He and Lindsey form a special friendship that was really truly sweet. His book is the next one in this trilogy and I cannot wait!!! There is a lot going on, and I know that it sounds confusing, but it was such a freaking good book!!! Just trust me when I say that if you enjoy paranormal, you will enjoy this one. I really waffled between an A and an A- rating. The reason it ended up with an A- is because the book left it with so many questions still hanging, but it wasn't done in a bad way...no cliffhangers. There is definitely something/someone interfering with the peace between these three groups, and there is no clarity on that in this book. I foresee Lindsey having a hand in figuring it out since she is integral and tied to all three groups, but I could be totally wrong about that. I just know that I am excited to see where it goes from here!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Phoenix, Seraphim Sentinel leader Adrian Mitchell is stunned when Jason Taylor informs him that second in command Phineas died from a vampire ambush. Adrian finds problems with the scenario as described since one of Phineas'' werewolf dogs survived and know one detected a vamp in the area. At the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Lindsay Gibson notices Adrian as he does her. She is confused with her instant attraction to the CEO of Mitchell Aeronautics while he understands their need. He knows she possesses the soul of his beloved Nephilim Shadoe who he has watched die several times over the centuries. Vowing not this time, he plans to keep his soulmate safe from her Fallen father the vampire. At the same time all hell has broken loose as someone has discovered a dangerous bloody connection between the Sentinel, their bitter Lycan foot soldiers and the Fallen watchers. This entertaining urban romantic fantasy contains a heated reincarnation love story that grips the audience with its fervor between two intriguing protagonists with quite a history and DNA. However, the overarching theme of the enforcement war between Seraphim and their Fallen former angelic brothers never fully comes across although the plight of the angry Lycan on the verge of rebelling anchors a fascinating spin in which the good guys use a volunteer group of the Fallen as expendables. Overall the first Renegade Angels tale is an exciting thriller. Harriet Klausner
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
A Touch of Crimson is the first book in the Renegade Angels trilogy and the first book I've read by Sylvia Day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look into her other PNR/UF work. Adrian Mitchell is the leader of the seraphim, an elite group of angels sent to police the Fallen. I love that in this world there is an angel hierarchy and that vampires and lycan were made from fallen angels. Adrian's purpose is to punish the Fallen, angels who have become vampires, and to keep his indentured lycans in line. Thing is eons ago Adrian secretly fell in love with a mortal woman and though she died her soul has been reincarnated many, many times. She always comes back to him and he always loses her no matter what he does to try and stop it. She is not only tied to Adrian, she is also tied to Syre, her father and first of the Fallen. Adrian recognizes Shadoe's soul as soon as he sees her no matter what her mortal body looks like. At the start of this book, it's been 200 years since his beloved Shadoe has been in his life. He is miserably lonely and just suffered a terrible loss. The second he sees Lindsay in the airport his life is turned upside-down. Lindsay Gibson has always been different and has never felt like she fit in anywhere she's been. She's had to hide the darker side of herself and has never connected with anyone. She decides to pick up, move across country and start over. Little did she know that her move would bring someone into her life that no only understands her gift but gets her. I enjoyed this book from the beginning; the world building, the character development. I felt so much for Adrian and all that he's been through. He has suffered so much throughout his life and has such a huge responsibility with the rest of the seraphim and the lycans. Last thing he needs is war to break out between the seraphim, lycans and vampires but someone or something has created a disease that is infecting the vampires and making them little more than rabid beasts. On top of that, the lycans have a pack member that shows alpha traits (which isn't allowed) and are hoping that he will free them and lead them to their salvation. Who is responsible for the turmoil? Angel, vampire or lycan? A Touch of Crimson was a book I found myself saying "just one more chapter and I'll put it aside" but just couldn't do it. Once I got sucked into the world I was hooked and needed to know what happened next. The chemistry between Adrian and Lindsay was HOT. That being said, as much as I liked the main characters in this book the character that stood out to me the most was Elijah, the reluctant alpha lycan. He seems like such a good guy and like Adrian he is thrown into a mess he doesn't know how to clean up. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, A Hunger So Wild, which is Elijah's story.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I am so glad to find another twist turned story. I love angels and demons!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I’m a fan of Ms. Day’s Crossfire series, although this book has been on my to-read list longer then I’ve known about her more popular read. I’ve owned this book for a while now and finally decided I need to get around to clearing off some of the titles that have been on my to-read list for too long. I added this one back in Oct 25 2011, shortly after it was published and just never got around to it. I’m a fan of angel and vampire paranormal stories, so thought this one would be right up my alley. It wasn’t… It was alright, but I just never got excited about the action or invested in the characters. Around page 100 I seriously thought about DNFing this title, but stuck it out a little longer and ended up finishing the book. The story must have picked up and I started sorting everything out. I didn’t hate the book, hence finishing it and not giving it one star, but I’m also not burning from desire to go out and read the next one. Book three isn’t going to be published until she finishes the Crossfire series, and who the hell knows when that is going to be… If I do continue to book two, which isn’t very likely, it will be all for the character Elijah who is the only character that was able to catch my interest in book one. So what was the problem? What didn’t work for me? Part of it was a case of too many plot threads. There was just too much going on and we never got the chance to get invested in one dilemma before moving onto the next. Each chapter in the beginning felt like a different book, the action and events didn’t start piecing together until it was almost too late for me. If I had been going my normal DNF guidelines I would have given up before the story started making sense. I never did come to care for the lead characters. I could tell at the end where I would have normally been in tears over the sacrifices they were making for each other I though oh look only 60 more pages til I’m done. I didn’t care one way or the other if they ended up together. I just wanted to be done. The idea behind the story was great, but too many plot lines made it thin for me. I also felt there was a serious lacking of ‘bad’ guy in this story. The vamps were set up to be the fall guy, but they were pretty weak and you could see the author was setting them up to be redeemed by the end of the series. Which is great, everyone ends up a good guy, but makes the story lack a real motivator for the action. We needed someone to hate or blame to become more supporting of the ‘good’ guys. So was there anything I liked? There must have been for me to finish the story. I did like Elijah and his friendship with Lindsay. I also was intrigued to learn more about the other angels living and work at the compound, but we never learned much about them beyond their not approving of Lindsay. I also kinda liked the Vamps and how they were not such bad guys as the angels would lead us to believe, but again they were not in the story much. I also did like the idea that these two had this great love and been forced apart over cycles of reincarnation of Shadoe’s soul. I wanted to like the story more, but in its current form it just didn’t work for me. Don’t let that stop you from giving it a go though. This book had the unfortunate timing of following a book I was crazy for, so that may have colored my thoughts a bit…but then again maybe not. I think I will probably just stick to her Crossfire series which I enjoyed a lot more.
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I hope there is a continuation of this series!!!!
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Review by Shannon Review originally posted at Romancing the Book This book was one hell of a ride! I've never been a huge fan of books with Angels, but this one changed my mind!  Adrian Mitchell has one mission on earth and that's to protect mortals from the Fallen (angels who broke the rules and are now vampires). He's content, most days, to hunt those who break the rule and ensure they are properly punished. He does this with the rest of his special ops group of Seraphim, along with the help of the lycans (werewolves who are basically slaves to the seraphim). The most important rule to all Seraphim, not to fall in love.  Lindsey Gibson is moving across the country to start a new life and to hunt the things that go bump in the night. She's taken aback when she sees the most gorgeous man waiting in line for her same flight to California. When they make eye contact, they have an instant connection. But despite this connection, Lindsey doesn't see anything other than a one night stand happening. She's not able to explain her special abilities or that she hunts vampires. No one would understand her need to avenge the death of her mother by a vampire attack when she was five. Except she can't seem to say no to Adrian and the more she's with him, the more she begins to realize there is more to him than meets the eye.  I loved this story. Adrian was a heartbreakingly (is that even a word??) wonderful character. Often it seemed like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders while he tried to do the right thing. But then there were other times when he was willing to let it all go so he could have the one thing he truly...Lindsey. It didn't matter how many times he told himself he'd let her go or how he was going to use her to bring the Vampires down, he could never let go of her. She was essential to him.  Lindsey was just as great. Strong and stubborn, she was hell bent on revenge for her mother's death and willing to use Adrian's resources to help her get that. But once she got to know what Adrian was and what would happen if they let their urges tempt them, she put Adrian's well-being in front of hers. She was selfishly selfless at times, thinking she knew what was better for Adrian than he did, but it was generally to ensure that he kept those gorgeous wings and not become one of the things she'd sworn to kill.  The series was set up beautifully. We have our evil Vampire lord, Sayre, and his minions out to try and get rid of the Seraphim. Then there's the lycan, tired of being slaves to the Seraphim and wanted to install the proper order to the pack system with Elijah, an assumed Alpha.  Can't wait for the next installment. Hope it's not a long!
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