Christian by D.B. Reynolds

Christian (Vampires in America, #10)

Book #10 in the Vampires in America series: Published 11/15/15: 260 pages

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

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Book Synopsis:

Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

My Review:

Let me end the suspense here this is a five-star review.  I loved Christian, he was all kinds of yummy and Natalie was an authentic person which is a refreshing change of a heroine in a paranormal romance.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and am so thankful that I stumbled upon it last year.  Despite my fondness for the series this is however only my second five-star rating for the Vampires in America.  For those of you that haven’t started the series yet please go back and start from the beginning.  I’m not saying you won’t enjoy Christian, but there is some major plot threads that develop from the beginning and this one is best read in order.

Now for what made the book for me.  A lot of my enjoyment can be credited to the lead male.  He was such a great alpha male, I loved the cockiness and smug attitude he had.  It wasn’t that I thought he didn’t deserve the attitude, because he did,  Christian was one of them more powerful vamp lords in the series.  It made for delicious interaction between him and Natalie as she stood up to this all-powerful vamp and turned his world upside down.  Christian also came with a smaller entourage then most of the other vamps in this series only having one that he turned to back him up.  The chemistry was pretty strong between them as well and I would have liked to explore their history together some more.  Perhaps in a future book…

Then there is Natalie.  She was a nice change of pace for me.  Too often in paranormal romance we end up with a female heroine that is as tough, or attempts to be, as the lead male.  She is either right there kicking ass with her guy or running off, getting in trouble and needing to be saved.  Natalie had those instincts too, but she also was level-headed and didn’t go putting herself in unnecessary danger.  Sure it might have found her eventually and she could save herself, but she used reason and knew she was no match for a paranormal creature.  She used her head and the skills she possessed to help her guy.    Now I do appreciate a female lead that can kick ass with the boys, but it is nice to read about a heroine that reacts to situations a little closer to how I might react in the same situation.

This is a fun series with lots of drama and a plot thread that carries over and builds from book to book.  We are learning more about what makes up these vampires.  Trouble is still brewing in this world and I look forward to seeing what happens with the bleeping cliffhanger that Ms. Reynolds left us with…  Love these vamps and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 5 Stars

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