Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ARC Review: Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Compelled (Vampires in America, #10.5)
From the blurb:

VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.

Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

Heather's rating:

I absolutely am addicted to the Vampires in America series. Addicted! I eat these dark, broody, hot, well-written paranormal romances up with a spoon. I can't get enough.

But what I love even more than the main series are the Raphael and Cyn novellas that are interspersed throughout.

First of all, D.B. Reynolds, never change the dynamic between Raphael and Cyn. I loooove how unwavering they are in their affection for one another. The fact that they are such a strong couple makes this series everything that it is.

This novella was another great little addition to the series. I loved how Cyn was such a strong, independent woman, while still being loyal and respectful to Raphael and their relationship. Cyn isn't afraid to step out on her own and problem solve, and she has the willpower, smarts, and strength to back her up.

I was curious as to how I would feel about the addition of Nick, the sorcerer, to the series. I was a little afraid that the author would veer off into the ridiculous and ruin all of her careful world-building. I was wrong. Nick was a really interesting character, and I really hope he gets his own full, stand-alone book in the series.

This novella is a must-read for all fans of this series. It is in the same vein as the other Raphael and Cyn books, and it brings up new opportunities for some offshoot books. Very well done.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


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