Betrayed by D.B. Reynolds – 3 Stars

Betrayed  (Vampires in America,  #5.5)

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Book 5.5 in the Vampires in America series

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Love, the ache in your heart when you meet the one. It can take you to soaring heights; and it can leave you bleeding in the wreckage. Loyalty, the thing which binds a Vampire Lord to his children for eternity … unless it rots from within, birthing hatred. Betrayal, it comes in many forms and from many sources … love … loyalty … betrayal. War has come to the North American vampires, and Vampire Lords are reaching across territorial lines to strengthen allies and weaken enemies. The most powerful Lord of them all, Raphael, could change the course of the war and determine who raises the final banner of victory. But at what price? And will his mate, Cyn, be the one to pay it?

My Review:

I enjoyed this short addition to a series I discovered this year.  This book takes place right before the story I first read, #6 in the series.  The books in this world work well as stand-alone, but as with any series you get a richer picture if you read them all and in order.  This novella brings us back to Cyn and Raphael, whom much of this series revolves around.  The chemistry between this couple is pretty steamy and it was nice to get to spend some time with them again.

This story brings us to the brink of war in this world and we get to see the key players choosing sides and rallying around Raphael.  There are also some shakes up in Cyn and Raphael’s relationship as they face a threat that could end their relationship.  They each need to learn to trust in each other’s strength more and the event in this book was a wake up call for both of them.

This was a good read and added some key events that moved this world forward along with a couple of really steamy scenes. To readers of the series I would suggest not skipping this one, even thought it is so short.  I look forward to reading the next short novella centered around this couple and even the next full length novel I have yet to get to.

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