Review: Rajmund by D.B.Reynolds (@Mollykatie112, @DBReynoldsWrite)

Posted December 19, 2015 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 23 Comments

Review: Rajmund by D.B.Reynolds (@Mollykatie112, @DBReynoldsWrite)
Rajmund by D.B. Reynolds
Series: Vampires in America #3
Published by ImaJinn Books Inc.
Published on: January 9, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 284
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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?

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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.

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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.


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23 responses to “Review: Rajmund by D.B.Reynolds (@Mollykatie112, @DBReynoldsWrite)

    • If you like vampires set in a world where people know about them, with romance, action and suspense-then you probably will like these! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas!

  1. I am so happy you enjoyed it, Lorna! It’s one of my favourite pnr series ever. I love how there is no taking away the choices from the vampire and his partner, they are free to be together or not, instead of supernatural mambo jambo forcing them together.

  2. I read Aden and this one and stopped reading this authors books. I really disliked this book because Sarah was just so unlikable and at times this read more like a Horror novel than a romance. I’m glad to hear you liked it, but I won’t be reading anymore of this series.

  3. I like what you said about Reynolds’ romances not being simple, Lorna. I’ve only read the first one but I found that to be true. I liked the intricate plot in that one. So I’m eager to see how she weaves more intricacies into her vampire world. And I’m very happy to see that you found #3 such a worthy addition to this series. It’s a series I intend to get back to as soon as I can. 🙂

    • Yes, I remember you liked the first one. Book 2 was really good too, Brandee. I hope you are able to get back to this series, I know it seemed to take me forever to 🙂