Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Raphael (Vampires in America #1) by D.B. Reynolds

Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: HOLY HANNAH!  WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO BY STARTING THIS SERIES?  I'm going to have to go get the next couple books before I go insane with curiosity, aren't I?  Immediately.  Right now.  Dang it.

My first character shout out goes to Raphael for being a vicious killer when he needs to be.  I love that he's so removed from humanity that he has to apologize for being less than tactful with Cyn after insulting her humanity.  It's honestly nice to see a vampire who isn't cuddly.  Not that I mind the cuddly ones upon occasion but the dark, feral ones give me the shivers.  What else did I like about the guy?  His backstory.  Awe.some.  Those glimpses into his past gave him such depth that I could hardly stand it.

Bottom line: the book was fantastically fun.  The pacing kept me riveted, the characters made me bite my nails and OMG!THE SEX!  Raphael is freaking sex on a stick.  And when he and Cyn finally hit the sheets - or the wall, as the case may be - it was HOT.  Whoa.  Like, big whoa.

Loved it.  Loved it.  Loved it.
I will be continuing with this series very, very soon.

More books by D.B. Reynolds

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Vampire Challenge


  1. "Sex on a stick" is such a loaded phrase. I like it.

  2. Amanda: Isn't it? And so accurate, in this case. Lol!

  3. Pheew! I am so glad you liked it. :)

  4. Bea: At this point I've picked up book 2 at the library becasue I couldn't wait to see how things worked out! So, yeah... LIKED IT!