Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Midnight Echoes by Mandy M Roth (#1 Crimson Ops)

Title: Midnight Echoes
Series: Crimson Ops (#1)
Author: Mandy M Roth
From: Review Copy
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 13th December 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): He’s a bad-boy vampire feared the world over… She’s off limits… Vampire and Crimson Operative Bhaltair hasn’t always played for the side of good. He’s walked a fine line throughout his immortally long life and has very few regrets. He’s always had everything he’s ever wanted—that is until Meena. As a human descendant to the master vampire he serves, Meena isn’t on the menu. That is until he learns he’s in danger of losing her to another supernatural male.

Midnight Echoes is the first book in the Crimson Ops series, and is related to the other series set in the Immortal Ops world. While some of the characters have been mentioned (and made brief appearances) in Roth's other books, I felt that this one didn't need the prior knowledge of her other work. However, Midnight Echoes really added something to the overall world that Roth is creating. 

Midnight Echoes had a very interesting take on vampires, and some of the nuances in their nature weren't like anything that I'd ever read before. I liked the new angle, especially as it kept some of the more bloodthirsty nature of vampires which seems to be so often left out in some books these days. There was also the way that this mixed with other supernatural beings, and as with Roth's previous books, I just thought that that worked really well. 

There was definite chemistry between Bhaltair and Meena, and while they were mates, the chemistry seemed to have been building up over a matter of years, but with things to complicate them being together. For me this really worked as it gave both of them, as well as their relationship a deeper bond. 

I liked the twist to Meena's supernatural status too. I felt like Roth used this greatly to her advantage when crafting Meena's character, and that it worked with the overall arc of the story. There were also a few ties to the overarching plot that seems to run behind most of the series set in this world, which was good for regular readers of Roth, but didn't detract if this was a one-off read. 

I really enjoyed Midnight Echoes and can't wait for more from the Crimson Ops!