Rajmund by D.B. Reynolds
Series: Vampires in America #3
Published on: January 9, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Buffalo, New York—Thundering waterfalls, great sports teams . . . and a treacherous Vampire Lord who is slowly losing his mind. New York City vampire Rajmund Gregor is the undisputed master of The Big Apple. He bows to no one but his Sire, the Vampire Lord Krystof, who has ruled the Northeast for hundreds of years. But when Krystof summons Rajmund to his headquarters in Buffalo, Raj finds his master slowly descending into madness and his territory crumbling around him. Raj is the only one of Krystof's children strong enough to seize power, but he’ll have to save his master before he can destroy him. Several women have gone missing and the local police are convinced a vampire is behind it. Is Krystof so lost to reality that he’s capturing and murdering human women? Is a rogue vampire moving into Krystof’s territory for the kill? Or is it something far more insidious, something that could threaten the existence of vampires everywhere? Sarah Stratton is living a lie. Her past holds a secret she shares with no one—not even her good friend Cynthia Leighton, the West Coast vampire lord’s mate. It's a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life as a professor at a Buffalo university. It’s also a secret that could save the lives of the missing women. To save them, however, she must enter Buffalo’s vampire community and put herself into the care of Rajmund Gregor. But can she trust Raj, the dangerously seductive vampire who wants to lay claim to far more than her secrets?
Recently I came across this book and realized I needed to get back into this series, because the first two were excellent. I am so glad I did, because I could barely lay this one down, it was so good.
The story this time around is not about Raphael and Cyn, but about Cyn’s friend Sarah that has moved to Buffalo to teach at a college there. She’s got secrets and is pretty much hiding out. When Cyn and Raphael visit New York City to see her, they introduce her To Rajmund at one of the nightclubs he runs for the lord of the vampires in this vampire territory. She is immediately taken with him, and he with her. However, she returns to Buffalo and thinks she will never see him again. When the Vampire Lord calls Rajmund to Buffalo to investigate why young women are disappearing, the two run into each other again. Pretty soon they are both caught up in a diabolical plot that could threaten the entire vampire race.
Sarah had a very interesting back story, in particular the reasons for her living under an assumed name, and I found her to be a good main character, although at times she has a few of those too stupid to live moments. Raj’s back story goes back two hundred years and some of that time period is featured in the book as well. I thought he was the best character of the two. He was charming and a womanizer when we meet him, but it doesn’t take long for him to change that to only be directed at Sarah. He’s powerful, fit, and extremely hot, and he wants to do right by Sarah. And right for him is to not pull her into his vampire life. So not happening! In short, he may have a temper, but he’s a good guy.
What I like about this author’s books is the depth of her premises. You don’t get a simple romance by any means. Her books always(so far anyway)involve intricate plots with truly evil villains. Not only are the plots intricate, but the vampire world building is as well. Raj has grown into a very powerful vampire, way more powerful than the Vampire Lord that made him, and to whom he owes his allegiance. Vampire Lord Krystof is losing focus and not taking care of his territory anymore. If Raj doesn’t take over, than some lesser vampire will. That’s just part of the world building of this book, and I found all the details to be pretty fascinating.
This read is full of romance and action. Sarah manages to get into sticky situations and of course Raj ends up involved as well. I found it to be every bit as good as the previous two in the series, and that’s saying a lot! Immediately upon finishing this, I bought the next book, titled, Sophia. It should be interesting to have a female vampire as a main character for a change in this series. I highly recommend this whole series to adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers.