Raphael by D.B. Reynolds – 4 stars

Raphael (Vampires in America, #1)

Book 1 in the Vampires in America Series

Book Description on Goodreads

Oh bloody hell,  freaking cliff hangers.  Maybe I need to read some non-series books for a while.  Probably not.  Anyways… I read book 6 in this series a few books ago and decided to check out the beginning.  I was not disappointed by book one.  I found much of what I enjoyed in book six in this book too.

The author seems to have a love of guns, as they have played a prominent role in both books.  Much of the information about them went right over my head and I could have probably been told less about them and still enjoyed the story as much.  For those gun lovers out there though, this is a series you should definitely check out.  Again we have a strong Alpha male who is in charge of a large territory and used to having others quake in his presence.  We also have a strong female that is used to doing things on her own and not depending on anyone for much of anything.  She is used to having things her way too and being self reliant.  Both are strong personalities that can’t help but butt heads.  Makes you want to smack the both upside the head every now and again.

This story like Lucas’s centers around a kidnapping and a power play, I wonder if this will be a reoccurring theme for the series.  I liked how the lead couple don’t just jump into bed despite the mutual attraction.  The author lets things simmer a little bit, which is a nice change of pace.  Another change of pace I can’t talk about because I don’t want to spoil the ending, but things are not quite settled between this couple and I am so tempted to jump ahead a few books to see how it is resolved.  Hence the upset over the cliffhanger.

This is a smart series and well thought out.  There is a mystery to move the story along and a yummy Alpha male to keep you reading on.  Looking forward to the next book, which I am starting right now.


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