Title: The Crimson Countess
Author: Brynn Myer Publisher: Indigo Ink Publications
Publication Date: June 5th, 2021 Genres: Adult Gothic Romance
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About the Book...
When a god and a vampire queen desire you, things can get complicated.
Nola Blair is a free-spirited artist who’s been offered a hefty sum to create a unique piece for a party at Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It’s an assignment she declined––twice. However, at the behest of her sister and her best friend, she finally gave in, choosing her career over her annoyance with the misogynist ass trying to secure her services.
Erzsebet Bathory has been trapped for centuries and would do anything to escape, including using her own son, Paul, to do her bidding. Soon she’ll be free and take her place among the ferals as their queen.
Andrik Kane had no idea his life would change when he saved Nola from a band of rogue vampires. Charged with the hunting of ferals and their creators, one broken rule and the blood of a beautiful brunette in distress ends up giving him more than he ever bargained for.
One wants her blood, the other wants her to be his. Who will decide Nola’s fate?
The Crimson Countess is the revamped version of the previously named Captivated by Crimson - same story, new and improved name, and cover! This is the intriguing and unexpected tale of vampires, Countess Bathory, and of Nola, an artist who gets sucked *pun intended* into the twisted world of these vampires.
As someone who loves the twisted tale of Countess Bathory, otherwise known as the Blood Countess, I had high hopes this dark, gothic, paranormal fantasy and Myers' delivered! This was everything I wanted and more, not only did we get Bathory in all her dark bloody glory but we got a new and unique origin story of vampires intertwined with the history of the Crimson Countess herself. If you're unfamiliar with the story, Countess Bathory is an infamous Hungarian historical figure who is known for killing hundreds of innocent women and bathing in their blood - infamous serial killer or vampire in disguise?
The story Myers weaves is set in the modern-day and gives us two main perspectives, the first is Nola, a modern woman working as an artist who takes on a client who is demanding a Countess Bathory commission. This unwittingly links Nola to the vampires and to Bathory's son, Paul. Nola and her friend make the commission their own and design an amazing art show, unknown to her that she is a pawn in the plan of Bathory who is trapped in a painting and longs for freedom to bring about her new rule.
The second perspective is that of our villains which I really loved. It was such an interesting POV to have and the author didn't shy away from showing us the depraved life in which Erzsebet relishes. Not only do we get Erzsebet but we also get her son, Paul, who is just as villainous and depraved. I really enjoyed the corrupted and hateful relationship of Paul and Erzsebet - Paul is forever linked to his mother forced to help her survive by feeding her innocent humans, forcing them into her prison. Paul hates women and Erzsebet hates him for it - though she really has no moral high ground to stand on since she murders and eats women too? It was fascinating to have this dark and addictive perspective into the villains, especially when compared to the light Nola brings to the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast and both perspectives blended well together to make this story wonderfully twisted and captivating.
Along with these two contrasting characters, we get Andrik, the vampire who can't help but step in to protect and save Nola, his history and role giving us insights into the vampire world as well as their history with Erzsebet. I enjoyed Andrik and Nola's scenes and loved that even within all the darkness they still found each other. This was a great storyline that added a different dynamic to the book.
Overall, this was a wonderfully gothic reimagining of Countess Bathory, resulting in a captivating tale of vampires and gods, of life and power, of light and dark. A gripping story with an interesting cast of characters, I would recommend it for anyone looking for a dark paranormal romance set in the modern-day.
A massive thank you to MTMC tours and to the author Brynn Myers for having me on the tour.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wanted to share with you the playlist I imagined would go perfectly with the story! I have added a link to the playlist I created for this story on Spotify so you can check It out and download at your leisure to read during, before or after your read!
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MTMC Tour Schedule
June 14th - The Reader and the Chef
June 15th - ShelfLove
June 16th - Bookish Bellee
June 17th - Paper Fury
June 18th - Ramblingmads
June 18th - Her Bookish Obsession
June 19th - Elle Cheshire
June 20th - Bibliosini
June 21st - Yours A-Fiction-ately
June 21st - Sprinkled with Words
June 22nd - Vanilla Moon Books
June 23rd - Brinn's Books
About Brynn Myers:
Brynn Myers is a paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover.
Brynn lives with her family in Central Florida.