Addison Godwin is a Non-Glam—one of the one in ten thousand humans who is immune to vampire glamour and mind tricks. Her gift enables her to work as an Auditor, enforcing the law that vampires and humans keep their distance from each other except in a purely non-physical way. The law is necessary because when a vampire tries to have sex with a human their blood-lust combines with their sexual appetite and the result looks like road kill.
Alec Corbin is a Four Star Master Vampire with piercing blue eyes and intentions to get Addison into his bed. He promises he can be gentle but Addison has seen way too many vamp/human crime scenes to go for that. She has no interest in the six foot four hunk of sexy vampire man candy, even if he is supernaturally hot.
But just because she Audits (and sometimes executes) vampires for a living, doesn’t mean she hates them all. Her best friend, Taylor, was turned against her will. Now, living as a slave to one of the crueler Master vamps in town, she leads a miserable existence and Addison is helpless to save her within the confines of the law.
Things come to a head when the Vampire Inquisitor comes to town and Taylor is given to him as a sex slave. When Addison sees her best friend tortured, beaten, and burned with silver she knows she has to do something—even if it means teaming up with Corbin and paying the Crimson Debt.
Addison is a non-glam human, and can't be glamoured by vampires. This makes her job working as an Auditor ideal as she keeps the vampires in her area in check - making sure they don't do any harm to humans.
But Addison (who initially wanted to be a Literature professor) has a powerful reason for choosing her current job over her initial passion of literature– her best friend, Taylor. Addison and Taylor were both two young college girls in pursuit of their dreams until one fateful night they catch a show of a powerful vampire, Celeste.
Celeste takes a liking to Taylor and takes her against her will, turning Taylor into a vampire. Now, both of the girls' lives have changed forever. Celeste is not a good master, and treats Taylor horribly.
Addison is besides herself and no matter how many citations she issues, she just cant save her best friend from Celeste’s clutches - after all the Auditors serve only to help humans in need. Addison sets about trying to do her job, and ends up at Under the Fang, a local club run by an old vampire, Alec Corbin.
Corbin constantly hits on her, but Addison pays him no mind since it's illegal for vampires and humans to be in a relationship. But Corbin comes on to her relentlessly and maybe it's time Addison took one for the team. Addison calls in a favor to Corbin: she'll do whatever he wants in exchange for him helping out her friend, Taylor.
Corbin readily agrees, and makes Addison his consort as the Inquisitor in town, an older and much more powerful vampire than him has set his hooks on poor Taylor. In order to pull it off that Corbin and Addison are actually together, they have to fake being in a relationship, but is it really faking? Addison can't help her attraction for Corbin and Corbin can't help himself around Addison.
Danger and intrigue rolls around each corner as Addison tries to free her best friend of her predicament. Will Corbin's savviness prevail, or will the inquisitor enslave everyone and everything Corbin has worked for in his existence? And why is Addison worth such a risk to Corbin?
Plus, what about the Crimson Debt? Vampires can't control themselves when having sex and they are offered blood. The end result of having sex with a vampire is a human who looks like they've been through a blender, but the Crimson Debt is said to cure all ills, especially when it's done out of love. Will the Crimson Debt be Addison's saving grace and solve all her problems, or will it end up claiming her life?
This is truly the book Charlaine Harris should have written. There were so many similarities to the Sookie Stackhouse series, without any of the annoying characteristics.
I mean when you have a gift, for the love of God – YOU USE IT!!! You do not, Charlaine Harris hide yourself in a podunk town, hoping the world passes you by while you struggle in poverty and sling beers to rude patrons. Ugh! I truly hated everything about that world – and I kept reading, hoping Sookie would grow a brain. Instead, as an end reward we got seal sex scenes. LMAO!
I’m over the moon with Addison, though. She’s brave and has a good head on her shoulders, plus her snarkiness is awesome. Definitely loving this series!
Crimson Debt features:
- oral sex
- paranormal romance
- snarky female
Rating: 5 Kisses