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Crimson Kiss (Crimson #1)

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Meghann "Maggie" O'Neal just wanted to be normal; to finish college and be a psychologist for abused wives and children. That was hard to accomplish being a vampire. Just going into college in 1944 as a young adult, she met Lord Simon Baldevar who entranced her into his bloodlust life. Lord Baldevar, Simon, then becoming her Master, took Meghann into his dark realms of lus ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Pinnacle Books
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Bodice Ripper, Vampire Style!!!



Meghann was a sweet, innocent girl, until she was swept off her feet by Simon Baldevar. She was a nurse with aspirations to become a doctor. She was sassy and full of life, oh, and beautiful. So beautiful and spunky, that the seven hundred year old vamp in the room couldn't get enough of her. But this is Not a Love Story and there is No Happy Ever After!!

Simon Baldevar


Simon is not only an old vampire. He is powerful, evil, and feared by all other vamps. And
Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trisha-baker
I read the rave reviews about Trisha Baker's Crimson trilogy and I was intrigued but the price of the books held me off. No way was I paying that much for a set of books! Well, I broke down and finally got them and I must say, I am so glad I did! This book is FANTASTIC!!

It starts off with our heroine, Meghann O'Neill who is a psychologist who treats battered women, saying goodbye to the last living person who knew her as the mortal Maggie O'Neill. As she says goodbye to her friend who has not s

Wow, that was defintely intense.

Vampires, set in the past, on the dark side, bloody and intense. The perfect book for this month and get you in the halloween mood, but definitely not for the faint hearted.

The story starts in the present when Meghan, a vampire psychologist who treats people involved in abusive relationships receives info that Simon Baldevar the ruthless vampire, her ex, who turned her a vampire, and with whom she had an intense, and abusive long term relationship is alive. Megha
A Macabre Tale of Love, Lust, Dominance & Horror that Earns 4.75 Stars!

I have forgotten exactly how this landed in my TBR pile though I am grateful it did because Crimson Kiss turned out to be a horrifyingly fascinating tale that held me enthralled from beginning till end. I had a hard time classifying this book because Crimson Kiss though it is a tale of lust and an undeniable love between two vampires, it is also a tale that reeks with power play and dominance that prevents it from being
Feb 09, 2016 Mela rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampire
Well, this one was unique reading.
It's not a vampire love story. But maybe we can say that this is a story how people can see love in different ways and is't possible to love true monster.

When I say a monster I don't think "Beauty and the Beast" monster. It's more like outside-beautiful-inside-ugly monster.And as much as he is a beautiful and a handsome outside, he is three time worse inside.

Lord Simon Baldevar doesn't care about who is he going to kill. That could be his own mother and if he g
Apr 14, 2013 Caroline rated it it was amazing
WOW! I think this is Macabre at its finest and I think this is the first time that I stayed up all night up until day break and up until the late morning which means that I was TOTALLY ENGROSSED AND 'GLUED' READING IT and I'm very 'fervently' persisting myself to finish it (well of course with some toilet breaks and the likes LOL :D). I really didn't feel that the night went through and the sun already came up, didn't feel any drowsiness or sleepiness or 'listlessness' and I don't know if I ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Tai rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, vampires
Outstanding...and brutal...outstandingly brutal.

A fantastic story. What, many would argue, a vampire story should be.

How I could love this book so much I do not know. And yet, I could not put this book down. Simon is such a cruel and evil bastard, with page after page describing evil deeds and brutality worse than the ones before them, and still I could not truly hate him. I felt like Meghann at times, when she was trying to understand how it was possible to have such confusing feelings for some
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Feb 23, 2011 Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
Recommended: To anyone who truly loves a good vampire story where the vampire is truly evil incarnate, and it doesn't matter who he hurts to get what he wants. I am not going to try to outdo anyone who has reviewed this story before me. These are just my thoughts alone.

Story: Meghann O'Neill Cameron is a psychologist who treats battered women. She’s also a vampire who was turned April 1944 by a twisted, and sadistic vampire named Simon Baldevar. When we first meet her, she's saying goodbye to he
Sunny Wolfe
Sep 25, 2014 Sunny Wolfe rated it it was amazing

Wow, what can I say? The description gives you all you need to know what the book is about. Of course, the rest is just my opinion.

What a book! It is a miracle if you can even get your hands on this book, it is very hard to find and I am very blessed to have a friend to get it to me. BUT - It has been re-released lately!!!!

Simon... Oh, Simon is evil, pure evil. Deliciously evil!

He is everything that a true vampire is. He does not sparkle. He does not worry about the all the lives he takes. No!
Nigella Buble
Jun 02, 2012 Nigella Buble rated it it was amazing
This book i must say is one of my favorites this year.....and its one of the most suprising reads for me maybe because i got used to the normal paranormal romance formula of the good hero getting the heroine and saving the day.This is a book that had my attention even after finishing it for days,simon is a horrible character,and i remember reading the first part of the book and thinking klaus is an amateur compared to this,bt the author has a wonderful way of making him appealing to the reader.M ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Julz rated it liked it
hero is dark. One thing I didn't like is she took another lover. I would have prefered for that not to happen. as evil as Simon is. I kinda like him. I wish the other man in story hadn't happened
I still can't believe this book!!! It was so heartbreaking at times! How can someone be so sadistic and psychotic and call what he did love??? Really?? Lord Simon Baldevar, you are the ultimate evil, yet I still want to root for you but want you dead at the same time!!! WTH??? Maggie I just hope you survive this!!!
Jessa Alonge
Aug 29, 2015 Jessa Alonge rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Whoever loves vampires
Recommended to Jessa by: My mom found it for me at a Goodwill store!!
Shelves: favorites
I LOVE this book! The trilogy is just AWESOME!! I started them when I was in high school (when they were actually still on the shelves and not $30.00 a book!) and I read it for the 2nd time recently and I'll never tire of this series.
Sep 28, 2014 mara rated it did not like it

I really hate leaving books unfinished but I really could not stomach this one. I love dark books I really do but sometimes the author has to draw the line. Simon... I liked him at first but after a while he sickened me, I mean between the rapes, abuse towards women (including our protagonist Maggie), his slaughter of innocent children. Forcing women to participate in orgies (once with a dog - may I add) and on top of that threatening to replace the women's child into the sexual act if she d
Mar 24, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I recently reread (quickly) this book before giving it to a friend to read. It's been SO long since I'd read it, I wanted to refresh my memory with all that happened in it. I can't quite remember when I read it, but it's been roughly 10 years.

I wanted to try something different with reading, so my friend and I decided to trade books. I would pick a book for her to read from my library, and she would pick one for me to read. Her book choice for me to read is The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. I am
Sep 14, 2010 Kaylenamarie rated it it was amazing
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Mar 30, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it
Meghann O’Neill is a psychologist that specializes in treating victims of abusive relationships. She is also a vampire and suffered years of brutality, and abuse from the vampire that turned her Simon Baldevar. She became his slave and was subjected to an endless cycle of pleasure, pain, passion, ecstasy, and vile and cruel punishment. She could not think without him constantly invading her mind. She thought she had killed him, but he is back and stronger than before.

Baldevar is one of the most
Aug 23, 2015 Poonam rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! What a book. I am wondering how come I did not read this before.
Not a dull moment in the book. It is fast paced page turner with a strong and likable heroine.

The hero (if you can call him that) is a utter monster. He is a sociopath and has no redeemable quality whatsoever. I think this was the first book I have read where the heroines love interest was sooo evil that I really was worried that they would end up together.
I cant imagine a HEA for them.

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Read this many years ago and bought a copy well before it was available for kindle. Simon was evil but he "made" the story for me. One of the best "vampire" books in my opinion.
Dec 05, 2011 Charlotte rated it did not like it
The first chapter held real promise, but by the 140th page the musing of the past got to such a point, that 2-3 words a page was more than enough to follow the thready plot.I found the characters one dimensional and never felt emotional invested in them.
Some of the characters had real potential but was never elaborated on, such a shame.At page 300, the whole book just deteriorated even further ( yes it was possible )into a mentally playing hopscotch in a mind field.As in unnecessary rambling and
Oct 05, 2015 Buttons marked it as to-read
Shelves: 02_later
The reviews to this series were very interesting to read and intrigued me. Normally I start the review when I actually read the book, but I had to sound my feelings on the topic of the author's website...

The first book had only 632 ratings when I marked the series as to-read and when I searched for the first book on the web I found the author's horrible website... We have a lovely German word to describe my feeling when I saw the site: Fremdschämen - describes it as [the feeling of shame
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Apr 14, 2012 Tash rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Wow wow. Wow. Is this what falling in love feels like? Because I'm pretty sure I've fallen in love with Lord Simon Baldevar. And i'm not even ashamed to admit it. No. Haha.
I loved this book! And I loved every single character, I LOVED the heroine which doesn't happen much usually lol. I loved the plot and omg I can't even begin to imagine how good the next book is going to be! I'm going to start the next book right now!
Yossra kerkeb
May 16, 2014 Yossra kerkeb rated it it was ok
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One the best vampire book series ever! Totally one of my favorite read of all time!
Holy crap but the books kept me awake till the wee hours! I LOVED IT!!!

Please check the video I made for the series!
Jul 23, 2014 Aleera rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Still 5 huge stars from me. I read the author is coming out with Crimson Revenant and Crimson Resurrection. Love this series! It is just want I needed to get my feet wet again after being gone so long from reading.
Aug 15, 2011 melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I unfortunately just couldn't get into this one. The author randomly goes from one person's point of view to another and then back again which was a bit annoying. Gave up at page 75.
Jan 21, 2015 Aleh rated it it was ok
I don't even know what to say. I was specifically looking for a book where the bad guy gets the girl. I don't know what i just read. This story is so twisted and convoluted. I don't get the point... I'm kind of confused. I don't know where this is going. The only redeeming quality is that I feel like Meghann right now. I kind of love Simon and yet I also hate him. I don't know what I'm feeling.

I don't know if i want to continue to read.

Update: I read the reviews of the next two book and HELL N
Simon is a true anti-hero. The butchery, the horror!

He doesn't make up any excuses. He has no regrets. He has a big ego, he kills children just because he can, he kills women...because he can (when he feeds). He killed so much, I wondered how he wasn't drowning in all the blood.

And this man thinks he loves Maggie, our heroine. When a man like Simon loves you, it is not something to be happy about. No. It's something to cry about. I expected him to change...for Maggie.

He didn't. Oh no, he only
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“As my good friend Will Shakespeare put it, the course of true love never did run smooth. You need not fear me, darling. I shall never again lift a hand to harm you. That would not bring me what I
most desire— your love. Be forewarned, little one, that your life without me shall be a lonely one.

Farewell for now, sweet child.

All my love,

Lord Simon Baldevar, Earl of Lecarrow.”
“As my good friend Will Shakespeare put it, the course of true love never did run smooth. You need not fear me, darling. I shall never again lift a hand to harm you. That would not bring me what I
most desire—your love. Be forewarned, little one, that your life without me shall be a lonely one.

Farewell for now, sweet child.

All my love,

Lord Simon Baldevar, Earl of Lecarrow.”
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