Also in this series: Aden, Sophia, Duncan, Lucas, Hunted
Series: Vampires in America #1
Published by ImaJinn Books on April 15th 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Source: Self Purchased
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.
Raphael is a book I was able to obtain through ImaJinn books via Netgalley. After reading the last book in the series “Aden”, I was fascinated by this authors style. I was curious why I had never heard of her before now. Well I am completely hooked. Raphael was a stunning paranormal romance that swept this reader off of her feet. A truly fantastically well written story that completely put a spell over me until I had finished. Raphael begins when someone close to Raphael ends up being kidnapped, and betrayed, he seeks retribution and Alexandra back safe and sound. Cyn, is a private investigator, and when she is approached by Raphael to find Alexandra for him, she does. Despite the danger surrounding Raphael and Cyn,a desire threatens to overcome them both until they can’t think straight.
This story was pretty intense and I was definitely had the feeling of being on the edge from beginning to end in this one. Raphael is one of the most powerful vampire lords, and everyone is afraid of him, no one defies him until Cyn. Cyn is naturally afraid of Raphael especially in the beginning, but when their relationship turns from professional to more intimate, she starts to trust him more. It was very thrilling at times, to see these two interact with each other. There was quite a high level of intensity involved, and seriously, this was a impossible to be put down. There was so many twists and turns in the plot that leave the reader breathless in anticipation. There was quite a bit of action and suspense with a mix of mystery and intrigue to satisfy any reader thirsting for some hot action and not just the intimate kind.
The characters were super intense and there was quite a bit we learn about each of them in this title, and some things you still wonder about at the end. Raphael, is very Alpha Male, domineering and controlling and possessive, and a sex machine—you can’t get any better right? He definitely knows exactly what he wants and isn’t afraid to take what he wants. We learn quite a bit about his history and how he becomes a vampire, and his beginning in becoming who he is now currently. Cyn, is not your average heroine. She is content at times with who she is and where she is going. But you see that she is restless and not knowing where she exactly fits. She doesn’t believe in marriage, since her parents divorced when she was very young. When she meets Raphael, she starts to believe in the HEA, but it isn’t always guaranteed. Cyn is very strong and a fighter and I loved seeing her personality through the story. There is much more to her than meets the eye. A very complex character, but it was very stimulating getting to know these two characters as the story progressed.
Overall I have to say WELL DONE D.B. REYNOLDS!!! This author is definitely on my watch list. I can’t believe I just recently discovered her. I love the way she has created this world of vampires, intrigue and danger. There is quite a level of complexity to her stories, and this one tops them. A fascinating tale of intense love, action packed plot and characters to die for. STIMULATING!!