A Touch of Crimson

Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads 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 that doesn’t remember him. This time he won't let her go.

With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that 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 between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There’s more at stake than her love and her life--she could lose her very soul...

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A Touch of Crimson:

Genre: Paranormal
Series: The Renegade Angels Series, Book 1
Original Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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  • Adrian graced the cover of the October 2011 issue of RT Book Reviews magazine.
  • Check out the frequently asked questions about the series.
  • Spice up your monitor with A Touch of Crimson desktop wallpaper.
  • The Renegade Angels series was sold at auction, with multiple publishing houses bidding to acquire it.
  • The cover illustration was created by artist Tony Mauro. Sylvia is such a fan of his work that she asked for him specifically. She was very excited when the publisher's art department granted her wish.
  • Adrian first appeared in Eve of Warfare.
  • Bonus Material! Sylvia compiled the vignettes and character interviews she wrote as part of A Touch of Crimson's blog tour into one FREE document (with a really hot cover): Adrian: Bonus Material for A Touch of Crimson.
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Lindsay stirred from her dreams before she was ready. Part of her mind still clung to sleep, longing for another touch of wickedly knowledgeable hands, another whisper of firm lips across her throat, another brush of silky white and crimson wings…

Her eyes opened on a soundless gasp, her heart racing and her skin hot. She was painfully aroused, her thoughts filled with flame blue eyes and raw, sexual words spoken in a purring voice of sin.

Scrubbing a hand over her face, she kicked the covers off and stared at the exposed wood beams above her head. Her future had taken a monumental detour when she’d caught Adrian Mitchell’s eye. Her life had been so black and white before—get up, go to work, come home. And in between, kill anything that set off alarm bells. Now everything was so complicated.

Lindsay rolled out of bed and crossed the massive bedroom to a private bath that was the size of her old apartment back home. There was a fireplace by the bathtub and a stunning mosaic in a shower that had six showerheads. She’d never even stayed in a hotel as luxurious, yet she felt comfortable and at ease.

Despite the opulence, the overall effect was soothing. The soft yellow and blue palette kept the space light and airy, a look she gravitated to because her life could be so dark.

After washing her face and brushing her teeth, she returned to the bedroom and found her gaze drawn to the unadorned wall of windows facing the west. The view was of rocky hills covered in dry native brush. The vista inspired feelings of remoteness and isolation, but she knew the city wasn’t far away.

She dressed, pulling on a pair of yoga pants and a ribbed tank top.

“Don’t get used to this,” she warned herself, even as she walked toward the windows. As she neared, the huge center pane slid leisurely to one side, opening the way for her to step out onto the wide deck. The morning air was cool and crisp, luring her outside. Clutching the wood railing in a white-knuckled grip, she took a deep breath and absorbed the enormity of her change in circumstance. The sun rose at her back and a soft breeze buffeted her from the front. Below, two more tiers of the house jutted over a steep craggy drop, but she couldn’t look for more than a moment, her fear of heights kicking in with a vengeance.

The rush of anxiety startled her. Not because she was feeling it, but because she realized she hadn’t been feeling it until now. All her life, she’d felt rushed and agitated. The sensation was magnified by proximity to nasty creatures, but it was always thrumming inside her regardless. The expectation that she was waiting for something to happen, waiting for the other shoe to drop, had been a part of her existence forever. And now it was gone, leaving behind an unfamiliar but welcome calm. Whatever might happen next, right now—at this moment—she felt grounded and peaceful. To make it even better, she was actually enjoying the serenity.

As she backtracked away from the edge, a large shadow swept across her back and raced along the railing. She glanced up. Sucking in a sharp breath, Lindsay turned completely around.

The sky was filled with angels.

Against the pale pink and gray morning, they dipped and spun in unique, mesmerizing dances. At least a dozen, maybe more, gliding around each other with such grace and skill. Their wingspans were enormous, their bodies so sleek and poised. They were too powerful and athletic… too lethal to inspire piousness, but they stirred reverence nevertheless.

She moved around the corner of the house, discovering that the deck widened extensively at the rear, forming a landing area of sorts. Awestruck and faintly afraid, she remembered to breathe only when her lungs burned. She’d thought she was in over her head with Adrian when he was just a man. Now—

He stood out even among angels. His pearlescent wings glimmered in the rising sun, the crimson tips streaking across the horizon as he picked up speed. He shot upward like a bullet, then plummeted straight down, spinning in a blur of blood red and alabaster.

“I think he’s trying to impress you.”

Lindsay dragged her gaze away. She found Damien standing beside her, his hands on his hips and his attention on the aerial acrobatics taking place above them. He was gorgeous: long and sculpted, with his dark brown hair cut short, and sleek, framing eyes nearly as blue as Adrian’s. But unlike Adrian, there was a stillness about him—like an ocean becalmed. His wings were on display, which she suspected was an intimidation tactic. They were gray with white tips, reminding her of a stormy sky. Framing his smooth ivory skin, they created the effect of a classical marble statue brought to life.

“It’s working,” she confessed. “I am impressed. But don’t tell him I said that.”

A surge of air and the flap of great wings preceded Adrian’s landing in front of her. His feet hit the deck almost silently, something she barely registered because he was bare chested and barefoot.

Holy shit.

Wearing only loose black pants and those glorious wings, his luscious body was on full display. Rich olive skin stretched taut over hard, lean muscle. Her hands ached to stroke his beautifully defined biceps and pectorals; her mouth watered with the desire to lick the fine line of hair bisecting his ridged abdomen. As real as her dream had felt, the reality of him was far more devastating. He’d been crafted by a master hand and honed by battle, and she couldn’t stop her mind from translating all that raw masculinity into hot sexual fantasy. The sheer force of his sex appeal was enough to rock her back on her heels and shorten her breath.


Connecting Books

A Touch of Crimson is Book 1 in The Renegade Angels Series. The full series reading order is as follows:

The Renegade Angels Series

Stand-alone Prequel: A Dark Kiss of Rapture
Book 1: A Touch of Crimson
Connected Novella: A Caress of Wings
Book 2: A Hunger So Wild

A Dark Kiss of Rapture A Touch of Crimson A Caress of Wings A Hunger So Wild

Find out more about The Renegade Angels Series →

Good News
  • Winter Rose A Touch of Crimson was named Overall Winner of the Published Division of the 2012 Winter Rose Contest and First Place Winner of the Paranormal Category of the Published Division. The Winter Rose is judged by booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and reading group members.
    — May 2012
  • Golden Quill A Touch of Crimson has been named a finalist for the Golden Quill, which is judged by readers.
    — May 2012
  • National Readers Choice A Touch of Crimson has been named a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Award in the Paranormal category!
    — April 2012
  • Award of Excellence A Touch of Crimson has been named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, which is judged by readers, booksellers, and librarians!
    — March 2012
  • Best Paranormal Cover Winner! A Touch of Crimson is the Grand Prize winner for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal cover in the Judge a Book By It’s Cover contest!
    — February 2012
  • Second Printing A Touch of Crimson has gone back to press just three weeks after release. Thank you for your support and for spreading the word!
    — October 2011
  • Bookseller’s Pick Barnes & Noble Romance Buyer/Expert Jules Herbert names A Touch of Crimson one of his must-read romances for October 2011.
    — October 2011
  • Cover Story Sylvia’s Renegade Angels trilogy is the cover story of the October 2011 issue (#332) of RT Book Reviews magazine! You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or order it online.
    — August 2011
Reviews and News
  • Lara Adrian:
    “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 Touch of Crimson is a paranormal romance lover’s feast!” — April 2011
  • 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!” — May 2011
  • Angela Knight:
    “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, Lindsay, while protecting her from his lethal enemy. Lindsay is a gutsy, likable woman with paranormal abilities of her own, as well as a dedication to protecting humanity against a race of demonic monsters. This is definitely a book for your keeper shelf.” — May 2011
  • 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!” — May 2011
  • RT Book Reviews:
    “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.” — October 2011
  • Joyfully Reviewed:
    Recommended Read!A Touch of Crimson is a remarkable, resplendent and rapturous love story with panache! Sylvia Day has started her Renegade Angel series off with a bang! A Touch of Crimson is set in a complex world filled with ingenious characters that are so easy to fall for. There are so many facets to the story that my head is spinning with the amazing possibilities that lie ahead for this stellar series.” — February 2012
  • Night Owl Reviews:
    “Sylvia Day combines angels, vampires and lycans in an intriguing and unique world. Because there is such an intricately complex world that Sylvia has to create, the beginning of the story can be overwhelming, but once the back story comes together the characters fall into place and the novel really opens up and grabs the reader. I will definitely be reaching for the next book in this series!” — September 2011
  • The Romance Reviews:
    A Touch of Crimson was an intense read with its exceptional world-building, blazing chemistry, amazing characters, and incredible plot. I was fascinated throughout the story, and I absolutely cannot wait for the series to continue!” — September 2011

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