Malibu, California, - home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich...and vampires.
Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.
Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough, and sexy - a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.
Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and getting betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.
©2009 Donna Beltz (P)2014 ImaJinn Books
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I loved this book so much I had to buy the eBook to continue the story when I couldn't listen to it. Worth the credit. Hot vampire, spicy heroine and it's a series, Yay.
Duncan a quiet, powerful, charismatic vamp. Can't wait for his listen. Of course, Raphael and Cyn.
I loved the scene when Rapheal entered Cyn's house and found her on the steps after she escaped the blood house.
Neither I just couldn't get enough of the story and was elated to find the story continues.
I liked how it is written in real talk, common everyday language.
this book is the first book i have ready by DB Reynolds. I had seen this before and have intended to try it but just have not gotten around to it. I got a chance to get this book free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. Wow, I did not know what i was missing. This is exactly the type of paranormal romance/urban fantasy i love. Raphael, the vampire lord of the west hires P I Cyn(ex cop) to find his sister. Raphael is intimidating and everyone is afraid of him. Cyn, however, stands up to him and goes against him when he tries to tell her what to do. There is lots of action, some hot romance. No this does not end with happily ever after but the story is continued and i have faith that Raphael and Cyn will finally get together. I can't wait to read more of this series. I think i have found me a new author. The narrator is great. She really brought the characters for me.
"Welcome to the Dark Side"
I would rank him in the top 10. This is an awesome start to a great series.
Definitely when Rafael broke into her condo to save her. That cemented the bond for me..well until he decided to be jerk and mess that up. LOL
I really liked the way the secondary characters came to life for me while listening.
Cynthia is by far my favorite character. Tough, beautiful, smart and fearless. Loved her from the first page.
I have read this entire series and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great PNR story.
"Excellent Narration, Great Series!"
I have read (re-read) all of the Vampire in America series.... and they are excellent reads. Raphael is the first in the series and have characters that you will find in most of the other books. Be warned that to me Raphael ends in a "cliffhanger". When I read the Kindle book I was able to immediately purchase Jabril (crisis averted)..... which is what you will want to do. Amazon has it. The author has stated that Jabril for audible is in production. This a series worth the time invested.
"WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
Just when you think you've heard the last of a good vampire book BANG this series hits Audible's vast Library and you dare to hope that it's going to be good. Well I can happily tell you it's not only good..…. it's positively great.
The dark, handsome, sexy and very Alpha Lord of the West Coast Vampires Raphael needs the help of a P.I. and Cynthia (aka Cyn) is more than capable at what she does but isn't prepared for the raw power that oozes out of Raphael he rules, he orders and all obeys him but although Cyn is frightened she is also fearless. Their attraction slowly simmers in the background then all of a sudden it erupts and the sex is frenzied, powerful and memorable and the sexual tension becomes intense. The romance runs alongside the other main plot of kidnapping, spies, murder, Russian vamps, a take-over bid, intrigue and some tense nail-biting times as the well described plot of who, when and why plays out with characters that are loveable, likeable, interesting and some that are just plain evil.
Worth a credit? It was exciting, fast-paced, addictive, action-packed, fresh and I couldn't stop listening (being desperate to get to the HEA part) BUT shock and horror, no it's not a cliffhanger, it's a 'to be continued' listen which was equally a 'rip you hair out and scream' moment and very frustrating. However, very credit-worthy and an auto download for book 2 and I only hope that the wait is going to be a short one….. because I want it like yesterday!!!!.
"Nicely Aged Vamp Romance"
At the time of this review, this audiobook is about 2 years old. I think it must've been released in the midst of a lot of vampire romances, and it's a shame I missed this one until now. It is well-written and well-narrated and has a good deal of action and intrigue. There are some steamy encounters, though it isn't terribly heavy on the romance (yet), but it is an enjoyable listen all the same. By the end, I could see that this is not a series where book one is the story of one couple and book two explores another but rather a series about this world in which things move at a more realistic pace. I suspect there will be more romance as we dig into the series further. I liked it, and I look forward to more. It ends on a "to be continued" but not on a cliffhanger and I greatly appreciate that. I think this series is definitely worth a listen for a credit, but given it's release date, my guess is you can get it on a sale or Whispersynch deal for less.
Traci Odom is a pro narrator. I've listened to several of her performances, and this one is about on par with her others. Narrators do tend to get better with time, and this is a bit older, but I thought she did an awesome job. Her male and female voices and the depth of emotion she gives to each character and situation is perfect for the feel of this book. I think her performance definitely brought the book to life and enhanced the writing. I received this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
"A Hidden Gem!"
This story came highly recommended to me by a close friend, and it was a really good. It's fast paced, well written and had excellent character development. What I liked most, was the balance between action, suspense and the sexual tension between the H/h. There was never a dull moment. What I liked least, was the unresolved relationship between the H/h. I love vampire romances, and Raphael is everything I look for in a sexy alpha vampire so I know I will be listening to the other stories in the series.
Traci Odom's performance was great!
"Great story! I could not put it down! Very interesting vampire series!"
This audiobook was outstanding! It has everything I look for in a book and more!
The Heroine is an independent, wealthy, and brave human detective that usually takes spouse infidelity cases but ends up taking a case of a missing female vampire that has been kidnapped.
The irresistible Vampire Lord of the West hires Cyn to find out where the missing female vampire is. One of his vampires has betrayed him and taken someone special to him.
There is action, suspense, drama, and romance. I really enjoyed this book but was disappointed to find out that the book leaves you hanging. The story is not compete. I can hardly wait so see what happens next!!!
It is definitely credit worthy! I'm so looking forward to book 2!
The narrator did a fair job bringing the story to life.
**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**
"I really wanted to like the book...."
I really-really wanted to like the book, especially since it has such high ratings... but I just did not. Just as another reviewer said, I could not relate to the characters at all. All of the characters feel too shallow for me and not exciting at all. I did not like the voice of Rapahel, it was pronounced as Rafiel by the narrator which also drove me crazy.
And Puskin character? Really? Looks as author just simply was out of ideas.... If the author is going to use the individual that revered by millions of people in the book, it makes only sense to develop a special character. As such, in my opinion it brought the value of the story down.
I am not sure if will continue with this author... Off to revisiting BDB, Night Huntres, Mercy Thompson, the books that make me to forget about everything in the world...
"DON'T PASS THIS LISTEN!"
The author wrote a freaking wonderful read....and the chosen narrator did a great job... The 2 made this a non-stop listen for me!
Cyn.... Now that is a woman with power.... She is a rich but would rather work for herself type of girl. She is a take charge, no B.S type. And what made me love her most....Her life does not revolve around Raphael!
Traci did a great job breathing life into each character. Her narration of each scene, whether funny, scary or dramatic was spot on and kept me entertained!
I would have to say Cyn all the way.... One of my favorite parts was when she bolted from Raphael's house trying to get to her house..When she got to her house, she finds that Raphael has one of his guards - Tony - watching the place. Her reaction when he told her he was going to check in & make sure she should be in HER OWN house was priceless... Most people would try to talk their way out it but not Cyn..She SHOT Tony in the leg.... The patched him up...drugged him... and left him outside her house for the other guards to eventually pick him up!
I wish I had purchased this earlier... This has been in my wish list for at least 2 years if not more.... It's a different take on the world of vampires...It has a strong female character who is a perfect match for a strong and definitely badass vampire king! It's not all perfect all the time...Cyn & the vampire world she walks into is as real as I could imagine my reaction were I to find myself in her shoes...Just the right combination of brain, heart and brawn!
Strong alpha male
When he and cyn start to realise that they are falling in love
I have read all of this series of the american vampires
The stories are great and as soon as i read one book i bought the next one to read .
It is a hard book to get the characters right .
But traci seems to have got into this book and got the personalities right .
This series had me holding my breath ,making me frightened ,cry and laught
I would of liked to have been able to buy all of this series in audible. as having read the whole series in paperbackSo i am looking forward to seeing more of these books soon on audible
"Good but not overwhelming"
I don't know I have never read the print version.
I liked Cyn. The character would not have worked so well if she didn't have money. Traci Odom was good but took some getting used too as I recently heard her read another series which I loved and I found it initially difficult to hear her as Cyn and the other characters.
The very end when they were both at the airport unbeknown to each other.
The story is good, not to aggressive or sexual. The author has developed a detailed world which includes vampires etc. I will definately be buying the next in the series.
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