Monday, January 2, 2012

D.B. Reynolds--Raphael (Vampires in America #1)

Romantic suspense-vampire

Malibu, California-home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires.
Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.
Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough and sexy, a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.
Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

{4.5 stars}
After reading review after review, and seeing all the group debates over this series, I finally gave in. It was not what I was expecting at all. It has a true suspense story line, Cynthia is hired to find a kidnapped vampire by Raphael, The Lord of this territory. And in the process, gets attacked, betrayed, and falls hard for the gorgeous Vampire. The cast of characters surrounding Raphael are a great addition to the plot. They are each charming or evil in their own way, depending on the side they fall in. But the passion between Raphail and Cynthia, and her willingness to defy him, is what drives to story. Will they wind up together? Unfortunately that is the cliff-hanger at the end and now I must immediately download the next book to find out what happens. I am now hooked.

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