Christian, Book 10 of The Vampires in America Series, D. B. Reynolds
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
This is one of my favourite Vampire series. Each book is almost a stand alone in that its a complete story, but there are threads of the battle to come, the European vampires that want to take over America, that weave through all the books. Slowly the parameters are set, the lines are being drawn and Allies forming, masterminded by the clever and intriguing Raphael ( books one and two). This time we meet Christian, child of Mathilde. She was killed in the last book after using some devious means to try to get to Raphael, and Christian refused to support her.
Debbie’s vampires are tough, very Alpha, and hold their territories by power alone. Anthony holds the South after a battle there but isn’t strong enough to hold it himself, and has been supported by Raphael as a strategic move. It was actually Cynthia, Raphael’s human mate, that killed the former Lord but of course that can’t get out – they have some very strong and traditional laws, and a human killing a vampire lord wouldn’t be seen kindly. For that reason even though many suspect the truth its seen as Raphael that defeated him, but with his own territory to run he’s delegated Anthony. Now that support is being withdrawn, he’s helped with the set up and Anthony should have been able to manage, but he’s proved not to be up to it. He’s resigned, something unheard of, usually territories are gained by formal challenges or a battle to the death. Anthony is secretly working away underhandedly in the background though to keep himself in power in an area that suits him. He certainly doesn’t want Christian to be the next Lord, he’s far too strong to allow Anthony’s plans to come to fruition.
Then there’s Natalie. She’s been working for Anthony for the past two years, he has her family in a stranglehold and she’s had to fall in with him. So far he’s kept it all circumspect and allowed her to do her job without any interference in her personal life, but as things heat up and he’s preparing his next move he has plans for her too, regardless of what she wants.
Its another torrid, fast moving, sensual read with action and drama throughout, interspersed with some searingly hot vampire sex. Those guys certainly know how to show a lady a good time….As always there are things from previous books that creep in, scenes that were set much earlier and that’s why I’d recommend reading the previous books to fully enjoy this one, even though its complete in itself. As with past books I loved it and it will join my keepers file. I find with Debbie’s books each time I re-read I find little things I missed first time round, little references to past events and clues for future ones. Some series get a bit tired after this many book but this is as fresh still as the first few books and I’m happy for it to continue. I look forward to more – looks like Sophia, the only female vampire Lord, is set to feature largely in the next book. Although she’s the only one in America at the moment there are some strong female characters placed throughout the series, both vampire and human, no simpering milksops here. They all have to be tough to survive the events that surround them.
Stars: Five, another fantastic instalment.
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