by Ashley Robertson

PUBLISHER: Self-published
RELEASE DATE: 9th November 2011
FORMAT: Ebook, 282 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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. (Goodreads)


After recently reading a few vampire books in quick succession, which I really enjoyed, I then picked up CRIMSON GROVES. I found writing this review challenging as being negative does not come naturally to me.

CRIMSON GROVES is a vampire urban fantasy set in Florida, written from the point of view of the main protagonist Abigail (Abby). Abby is a pretty blonde barmaid that feels sad, desperate and alone. Abby has felt this way after she walked in on her best friend Mandy and boyfriend John sleeping together six months ago.

Abby has many trust issues, which I would expect from anyone who has been cheated on, keeping herself closed off and currently avoiding any relationships. Then into the bar walks an attractive stranger. Talking and flirting with her new customer she finds out that his name is Bronx. Bronx is a gifted vampire and uses his gifts to lure Abby to his home where he seduces and turns Abby against her knowledge and will.

Bronx came across as domineering and sleazy, which I know was the point as he is the villain but I found the kissing scene repulsive.

His kisses grew more urgent and sloppy. I moved my hands from his neck up to his hair and grabbed big handfuls of it, lightly pulling and tugging. Then he slowly moved away from my lips. I gasped, catching my breath. My body was too hot. My heart hammered in a rush. His fingers caressed my cheeks, and his lips slid down my neck. He began kissing and sucking, wetly and sloppily.

Maybe it’s me but I dislike the idea of someone slobbering over me, I found it to be a real turn off. The other problem I had was with the writing style. The sentencing is short and to the point lacking fluidity, which made for a slow reading experience.

The good points, the plot was enjoyable and had a little unexpected twist and I liked some of the characters. Tyler, a psychic human who helps Abby escape, Lily, a human blood donor who becomes a close friend of Abby’s, and Stone, a vampire that owns a vampire bar who helps Abby learn the hierarchy and rules of the vampire world along with teaching her how to fight and use the powers she possesses. These characters help explain the rules of the vampire world and all are pleasant.

Abby has formidable powers and feeling invincible with her new abilities, she decides that Lily needs rescuing. Abby plans to rescue Lily alone, so as to avoid risking the lives of Tyler or Stone. However, someone has betrayed her trust and she ends up as Bronx’s pr`isoner one more. Abby needs to somehow escape again, but can she do it and who can she trust to help her?

The biggest problem for me is that I found Abby’s personality to be inconsistent. One minute she is crying for no reason, the next she’s brave and strong. She is naive and trusts the wrong people, in some situations she holds a grudge, and in other circumstances she forgives freely, even protecting that person. I became frustrated at the pace of the book and didn’t connect with the main character.

This is Robertson’s first book and I do feel that she may have something to offer a reader in the future, so I will be picking up her new release, Unguarded, soon.


Overall a disappointment, for me CRIMSON GROVES lacked fluidity and was full of short sentencing that distracted me from the flow of the story. It was the writing style rather than the plot that I disliked the most and in an oversaturated vampire market CRIMSON GROVES just didn’t excite me.


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A midnight book worm who loves dystopian and young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. As long as the leading man is dead sexy, she's happy. [Becs no longer reviews for the site.]


Carolyn July 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Mmm, I don’t think I’d like slobbery, wet kisses either – not particularly appealing to read, even if he is the villain. Great review, Becs x


Becs July 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Yes hot, steamy and wild kisses any day. Wet ones not so much ;) Thanks Carolyn xxx


Gemma July 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

The mere mention of “Slobbery kisses” just instantly conjours up the image of a Beethoven, the St Bernard! lol!

Great review Becs, and I’d be interested to see what you think of the second book.


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