Compelled: A Cyn and Raphael Novella, Book Four of the Cyn and Raphael Novellas, D.B. Reynolds

Compelled: A Cyn and Raphael Novella, Book Four of the Cyn and Raphael Novellas,  D.B. Reynolds


Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy


This is one of my favourite vampire/paranormal series. I’ve read all the main books more than once, and all the novellas, though they don’t do as much for me as full length books. They’re fun but not re-readers for me.

So we’re back with Raphael and Cyn, and I love that. The first two books covering how these two get together are still my favourite 😉 so I was pleased to read more of them. Unlike the other novellas which have a kind of side detour feel, as though they’re about main characters but you’ll not lose out missing them, this one covers things moving on from the last book and feels to me essetnial to future reads.

Nick, Cyn’s pre Raphael lover, is a lead character here. Of course he and Raphael don’t get on, and though Cyn is still very fond of him, she was shocked in the last book to find out he wasn’t just a talented and rich human but a very, very old and powerful sorcerer. Sorcerers and vampires have a bad history, and throw in that they’re both been lovers of Cyn, and they are jealous of each other,  and you can see how sparks will fly in this novella. And fly they do, and make for some terrific scenes.

Still – Nick needs Cyn’s help and that won’t come without Raphael so all three take a journey to retrieve the Amber Manacles. Simple in and out job eh? Well, that’s the plan but of course….

Well, I enjoyed this read of course, but it didn’t feel gripping in the way these books usually are. In a way the whole task seemed a bit simplistic, and the way it played out with the final dangers and drama just felt a bit underwhelming to me. A fun read, but I’ve come to expect more than that from Debbie and the North American Vampires and crew. I expected the dangers to be greater, the magic to be more mysterious, for everything not to just seem to fall neatly into place, from tracking down the manacles and who took them, to where they ended up, and then of course the final retrieval. There was danger of course, were things that didn’t go to plan, but overall it felt very slick and not the edge of seat, unexpected incidents stories I’ve so enjoyed in past books.


I’m glad I read it but as with the other novellas I don’t think I’ll be rereading it. Those who’ve given the past novellas a miss may need to ensure they read this one, as it seems to be bringing in Nick and his past history into the overall story. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the feeling I get from this book, and the end chapter.



Stars: Its a five, but not a re-reader five.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher


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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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