Book Review: Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson

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.


Vampire lovers rejoice! There is a new kind of clan of vampires in town, and they are terrified of the sunlight, fire, and decapitation.

With every new vampire story come a new set of rules to which these creatures live by. Ashley Robertson has given her vampires a unique twist. Although the vampires of Crimson Groves cannot withstand the sunlight, they do not sleep when the sun is up – or ever.

The story starts with a disgruntled Abigail Tate on seemingly normal day. But after a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend, a mysterious phone call from her estranged father and a sudden undeniable attraction to a stranger that waltzes into the bar that she works in, her life is never going to be the same.

Bronx Granger seems like a dream come true, until a passionate make out session turns into deadly nightmare. Abigail is turned into a vampire against her will, and trapped my an overbearing and jealous Bronx who is in a constant state of denial that Abby will become his lover.

Abby quickly learns about an underground world of blood donors that line up to be bitten by a vampire, because a vampire’s venom causes a euphoric and addicting attraction to be bitten again.

The whole while Abigail struggles with who she has become, what is happening to her body and mind, and overall, how to escape from Bronx.

I was going to look twenty-one forever. I knew plenty of people that would pay big money for that. I had to pay for it with my soul.

I enjoyed Ashley Robertson’s take on the vampire, and the book was well written. There seemed to be a bit too much crying from Abby, but it was a defining part of her personality, and an essential trait to show how she was struggling with her new life. I find jealousy in a man’s character a huge turn off, which all of the men involved oozed, so I couldn’t really feel for them. The plot was strong and well planned with a couple of huge twists. Good job Ashley, I look forward to reading more.

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