Vampire and Crimson Operative Bhaltair hasn’t always played for the side of good. He’s walked a fine line throughout his immortally long life and has very few regrets.
He’s always had everything he’s ever wanted—that is until Meena. As a human descendant of the master vampire he serves, Meena isn’t on the menu.
That is until he learns he’s in danger of losing her to another supernatural male.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Titles in the Crimson Ops series include – Midnight Echoes – Expecting Darkness – Bound to Midnight – Bat out of Hell –
This series is part of an entire world that consists of several relating series. There is a suggested reading list on our Reading Order & Cross-Over Series page. I’d highly recommend reading them in that order, if possible because they all do blend together – a lot.
Series that connect: Immortal Ops — PSI Ops (Paranormal Security & Intelligence) — Crimson Ops — Shadow Agents — Immortal Outcasts
Title: Midnight Echoes
Series: Crimson Ops #1
Author: Mandy M. Roth
Published: December 13, 2016
My Rating: 4.5 stars
**Midnight Echoes previously appeared in the Taming the Vampire anthology
We’ve had glimpses of Bhaltair in earlier books within series in the Immortal Ops World of connecting series. One of the reasons I’m so glad that I did follow the author’s recommended reading order is that I’m getting a good idea of who is coming up soon to find their mate and hopefully their happy ending. While Midnight Echoes is a short novella-length story, it does give us a better understanding of this mysterious, powerful vampire (a member of the “Fang Gang” which several operatives across the different ops groups affectionately/jokingly call the Crimson Ops division).
Bhaltair is older than most, could be a master vampire in his own right yet stays as the right-hand man of the most powerful vampire around out of loyalty, and because he is drawn to watch over, protect, and guard Meena who is a human born to supernatural parents. Meena’s twin, Rose, did get powers/abilities and isn’t afraid to show off in front of Meena often. In truth, I didn’t like Rose… at all. She’s spoiled, jealous, an attention-seeking brat who constantly demeans and puts down her twin. And like all secondary characters that we’ve met, it’s very possible that one day Rose will have her own story told – hopefully finding her mate will improve her attitude.
Bhaltair is convinced that he will remain mateless, yet his draw to Meena is growing stronger especially since she’s reached adulthood. Although Meena has always been seen as frail and unable to defend herself without supernatural abilities, Bhaltair has been extremely gentle with her – except maybe that time he accidentally broke bones during a training session, it was then that he became pretty much hands-off in super protection mode. Right now, Meena is ready to move on with a secret admirer tired of being seen as helpless and weak. What Meena doesn’t know could lead to danger beyond what she could imagine… for there are others watching, waiting for the right moment to strike, and that moment has arrived.
There were times when I so wanted to shake Bhaltair or give him a stern talking to at the least… to get over himself and simply believe what is right in front of his stubborn eyes. It took a near-tragedy but he’s finally verbally claiming Meena, now if only he’d get on with the rest of their lives together instead of holding back in protection mode.
Midnight Echoes is an intriguing introduction to the Crimson Ops series – I feel like I already know many of these vampires from the appearances they’ve made in other stories, I’ll be proven wrong in that when their individual stories come out because I’m sure they all have mysteries we haven’t had even a glimpse of… yet.
Although it’s a short story it packs a powerful punch. I enjoyed Midnight Echoes and now need more vampires in my life.
I own a Kindle edition of this story.
*This review originally appeared on my Shifter Haven website, but it really belongs here among the various Paranormals. 🙂 **
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