ARC Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds – 4 Stars

Unforgiven (Vampires in America, #7.5)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #7.5 in the Vampires in America series: Release date Oct 10, 2014

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

Book Synopsis:

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood.
TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough.
UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten.

Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven.

War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again

My Review:

These Cyn and Raphael novellas are such fun.  They read almost like a spin-off series of this world.  They may be short but they are always chock full of action, steamy romance and great insight into what else is going on in the greater scope of this world revolving the war.  I did skip Aden’s book, because I didn’t have it on hand, and jumped right into this one which I kindly received from the publisher.  Will be going back and reading Aden’s book eventually, but I really don’t think it lessened my enjoyment of Unforgiven on bit nor do I feel that reading this one ruined book #7 for me in any way.

The steam was dialed down a notch in this book, which was fine with me.  It was replaced with more action and set up of the ‘bad guy’ for the next book.  We also received some closure on Alexandra, Raphael’s sister, and a fun peek into Juro’s personal life.  I hope to see more of him in future books.  We also had a slimy, but interesting new bad guy in Pascal, he didn’t last long though.  I feel he is a pretty good example of what is yet to come in this series though as the treat from Europe develops.

Raphael and Cyn’s relationship takes a little stumble in this book, and quite frankly I wish they could get over it already.  I’m all set for them to be this bad-ass team that I know they can be.  They both need to just get over their insecurities already, I’m kind of hoping the someday Cyn becomes a vamp and then maybe it would even the playing field between the two of them.  Then again it might set up a whole new bundle of troubles between then, but at least it would be something new for them to work through.

Great contribution to the series.  Works well as a stand-alone if you want to give the world a go, but like all series it is a richer tale when read in context with the other titles.   I have really enjoyed this series and am thrilled that I stumbled onto to it this year.  I expect only good things to come from future books.

 

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