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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

REVIEW-SOPHIA (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #4) BY D.B. REYNOLDS

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
 
 
"I'm personally rather fond of my testosterone."
 
~Colin
 
 
I have officially fallen in love with this series. While books 1 and 2 were good, books 3 and 4 really set it off, full speed ahead! I'm at the point now where I can't seem to read fast enough. Sigh...my poor kindle.
 
Sophia begins with tragedy. Raphael is rendered powerless, paralyzed in sleep, only his blood tinged tears flow as two of his children lose their lives. With Cyn at his side, Raphael and his people head to the scene of the crime, Coopers Rest, located in north Washington state.
 
At the same time, Sophia is called back to Vancouver by her Sire, Lucian. Only Lucian is nowhere to be found when she arrives. The only sign of him is the letter he left behind, specifically for Sophia's eyes. Lucian, Vampire Lord of the Canadian territories, is nothing like Raphael. He enjoys the more leizurely side of being immortal. The money, the beuties, both men and women. This 'easy go' lifestyle seems to have gotten him into trouble but it doesnt stop with him. Facing her sense of duty, Sophia too finds herself in the sleepy villiage outside of Seattle.
 
Colin, former SEAL, stands 6'4" with black hair and blue eyes, his Georgian accent tops it off, leaving things oh so peachy. He fits right in with these strong vamps, he's 100% alpha. That being said, he's nearly brought to his knees when he looks into eyes that he thought long since perished. Multiple storylines spawn from the main focus of this installment, and that is to find the killers.
 
Sophia is action packed, full of twists and turns, shocking revelations and steamy romance. Along with Sophia's story, Raphael and Cyn fans get a healthy dose of the couple. They are truly becoming one of my favorite couples in this genre. All things considered, the pairing is quite realistic. She is constantly reminding him that SHE is NOT one of his vamps. She has her own mind and basically does whatever the hell she wants. I love that she doesn't take his shit and he loves her all the more because of it. His vamps quiver in his presense, and rightfully so, while his mate flips him off and calls him an asshole when need be.
 
Vampires In America is shaping up to be a fantastic series and I am totally and completely hooked. And now...Duncan.
 
 
  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

REVIEW-RAJMUND (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #3) BY D.B. REYNOLDS

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
 
"I see you need to learn your place, little one. And that is beneath your master."
 
~Raj
 
My absolute favorite of the series thus far! I do have to say, I was confused a bit by the introduction of Sarah. Since when did Cyn really have gal pals? Even though Sarah literally came out of nowhere, I'm glad she did. I really like her character and if creating her is what it took to give me Raj, you won't hear a complaint from me.
 
Sarah has recently moved to Buffalo from California to take a job at the university teaching World History to freshmans. Being that she and Cyn are such close friends, Cyn can tell something is bothering Sarah and it's more than just being home sick. What Sarah won't reveal is her sleepless nights and why she prefers them to actual sleep, that more often than not, result in nightmares. What's more disturbing, these nightmares do not belong to her. She is seeing through someone else's eyes.
 
The reader is treated to sweet dose of Raphael and Cyn at the beginning of the book. Their relationship has taken on a new dynamic and they are, they're just adorable. Cyn wants to visit her friend Sarah but isn't sure how to broach the subject to Raphael, the epitome of all things "alpha". Even with his hard exterior, he aims to keep her happy and it just so happens that he to needs to visit New York, more specifically, Manhattan.
 
Rajmund is the powerful vamp who runs the city of Manhattan for his Sire, Vampire Lord Krystof. He stands as tall as Raphael but with short blonde hair and his clear blue eyes top off his 'pure Slavic features'. Did I mention the man can dance? He has business with Raphael and is happy to host the meeting at one of his nightclubs. He expected the meeting to be slightly strained. What he wasn't expecting is the cute little package that came along with Raphael's mate. The chemistry is off the charts and I just loved their first dance...
 
Rajmund is set at a fantastic pace. There is romance and action, two storylines that weave together very nicely. Not to mention an introduction to a great new character, Emelie, who I hope gets her own book later on in the series. Her backstory and how she came to such high rank in Raj's children, if done right, has the makings of a fantastic read!
 
Sophia is next...

                                       



Sunday, November 11, 2012

REVIEW-JABRIL (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #2) BY D.B. REYNOLDS

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"You told me once I haunted your dreams...with you gone, I have lived for those moments stolen from your sleep. I wanted you to remember me so that no other man could touch you the way I had."
 ~Raphael

Jabril picks up right where Raphael left off. This book flowed a bit better than the previous with lots of romance and even more kick ass action. I loved the fact that parts of the book took place close to home, in Houston Texas.

In hopes of taking her mind off of Raphael, Cyn takes a job offer from another, much different Vampire Lord by the name of Jabril who rules much of the South and calls Houston home. Jabril rules through fear, violence and greed.  While Raphael and Cyn's dance continues, the main storyline is the introduction of two sisters, Mirabelle and Elizabeth. The sisters have something Jabril wants and will do anything to have and keep. Getting Cyn within his reach, just to piss off Raphael is a bonus.

What starts out as a job finding a missing girl, turns into much  more. Cyn is not only determined to find runaway Elizabeth but rescue Mirabelle from this hellish prison. If Jabril has his way, he'll not only have both sisters and all that comes with their last name, but Cyn as well.

In book one it's very apparent, early on, that Cyn is a kick ass heroine. In  Jabril she takes it to a whole new level. I like that author displayed vulnerability, her broken heart over Raphael but instead of writing her heroine into a corner, weeping and waiting to be rescued and to 'matter' again, she sent Cyn out, guns blazing...literally. Such a fast paced, exciting read that screamed GIRL POWER!! All those big bad vampires underestimating all things female...tsk tsk.

Without spoiling, I have to say, Raphael has a way with words. Such a force and yet his heart, his heart is so pure. He too will face difficult decisions, difficult realizations and changes in his world. Changes that will lead straight into book 3. Next stop, Buffalo!



 
On this Veterans Day 2012, I would like to thank all those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Our solders and their families past, present and future, are greatly appreciated. Thank a Veteran today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

REVIEW-RAPHAEL (VAMPIRES IN AMERICA #1) BY D.B. REYNOLDS

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

"I could throw you down and have you right here, sweet Cyn, and you'd do nothing but scream for more. You are mine. My blood sings in your veins; it calls you to me even now."

~Raphael


Raphael is the first installment in the Vampires in America series by D.B. Reynolds. I really enjoyed the beginning of what is sure to be a fantastic series. Cynthia, aka "Cyn" is the ultimate female lead. She is kick ass, no nonsense and fiercely independent while at the same time, she is all woman whose heart you do not want to see broken. Former LAPD, Cyn now works on her own as a PI mostly catching cheating spouses and digging up old bank accounts. She longs for more, and when she accepts the job offer presented by a Vampire Lord, she is definately in store for more...much more.

Standing atleast 6'3" with short dark hair and even darker eyes, Raphael is a strong, lethal Vampire Lord with just one weakness, someone he loves, someone he won't fail again. That is until he hires a striking Private Investigator to help him hunt down those who dare take from him. Raphael didn't expect this stunning woman, a human no less, to stir feels and emotions in him that he's long deemed dormant.

The pull between Raphael and Cyn was especially enjoyable to read. I liked that while pretty much "immediate", she didn't simply fall into his arms and they lived happily ever after. She drove him to distraction, challenged him, confused him and excited him all at the same time. Cyn "fell" almost immediately but she didn't just loose herself in him, everything else be damned.  The reason I only gave Raphael 3.5 stars is because it took awhile for me to get into it. Quite the slow start and it wasn't until I hit roughly the halfway mark that I really started to take note and get more invested. I will continue onto book 2 because I like the world Ms. Reynolds has created. I only hope that it doesn't take me quite as long to connect.