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

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.

After reading the 13th book in this series, I wanted to see how it all began. The series started with Raphael, someone kidnapped someone that was very important to him. Now he was on a serious mission on finding the culprit and making them pay. To do so he must hire a human, to follow the human trail of suspects, before he can find the mastermind behind the plot.

Raphael  (Vampires In America #1) was fast-paced and highly entertaining as we see what Raphael would do to protect the ones he loves.

While I was reading this book, I didn’t like Raphael. He came off to Alpha if that is even possible. But later I see that him being to Alpha was just his character. So, in a way, his strength was an advantage and a disadvantage. It was a good thing he found a mate that was just as strong. I liked Cynthia’s character right off. She showed guts and fortitude among the vampires.

Raphael (Vampires in America #1) was one of those books that you might find your unable to put down until the very last page is turned. So, after reading now the first and the last book in this series, I determined that this series could be read as a standalone, but to receive the full entertainment value I would read them in order.


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