Book #8 in the Vampires in America series: Release date 11/1/14
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.
Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.
Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.
Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.
This might just be my favorite in the entire series. Yep, I think it is. I have enjoyed all of the books thus far, but only Lucas’s and Vincent’s stories have enthralled me into giving them five stars. This titles like many of the others could have been read as a stand alone and been enjoyable, but reading it in the context of the larger story arch makes it just all the more fun. This book left me wanting more, in a good way, and I really can’t wait for the next title to see how all this build up explodes for the American vamps. I think it is going to be one helluva fight and I want front row seats and a bowl of popcorn to watch…read what goes down.
This story picks up where the last novella left off, Raphael has one more vampire lord to set in place for his united front against the European vamps who want to carve up the American territories and create chaos. Thanks to Cyn, Lana is sent to Vincent with a message and mission to start the ball rolling. From what I gather, Vincent ruling Mexico was inevitable, but was not happening on Raphael’s schedule so they needed to intervene and give Vincent a little push.
Everything I enjoyed in previous books was included in this one; great characters, good paced and plenty of action, sizzling chemistry, strong female lead and hot steamy scenes. What really clicked for me in this book though was the two lead characters, Vincent and Lana. They were great together. Vincent was such a hoot, a sexy playboy that was definitely a ladies man and loved it. He was a strong alpha male used to having everything his way until Lana walked in and turned his world upside down. She was not impressed and couldn’t be swayed by his charms, being used to dealing with alphas in her profession. How could he resist. Lana was smart, tough and didn’t just roll over and sleep with him at the drop of a hat. I felt that their relationship grew authentically, they learned to trust each other through the events that unfolded and developed a strong bond. I also loved how honorable Vincent was, he took responsibility for vamps that were not his and made thing right for them. Who wouldn’t root for someone like that.
The end was a little abrupt, I would have liked a little more time with Lana and Vincent as they figured out their relationship. I would have also liked some closure between Lana and her dad, perhaps in future books (fingers crossed). This was a fun and sexy read that left me wanting more. So looking forward to the next book in this series, things are just getting good!