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Duncan by D.B. Reynolds REVIEW

Duncan by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #5)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.

A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for nearly the entire two hundred years of his existence. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.

Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.

Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all …


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The tragic thing about this wonderful series is that the atrocious covers are killing it. How many of you will look at this book and no matter how much I'll plead with you to try the series you'll not touch it with a ten foot pole?


Yeah, that's what I thought.



You know I rarely read paranormal romance, but this is creme de la creme of it. There is no woe is me and she is my mate and let's be Neanderthal. Instead there are clever, cunning and strong men and women caught in a power play akin to mafia wars and making the best of it.

The only difference is? Some of them have fangs.


In this book Raphael (my favourite vampire!) makes another move by sending his Second, Duncan, to grab hold of a weak Washington, D.C. territory. The move is successful, but now Duncan has to sort out the horrendous mess his predecessor left behind, including Emma's missing friend and roommate.


Duncan, as a proper Southern gentleman takes Emma under his wing without coddling her, and allows her to help any way she can, because he knows that it will make her feel better to be in control of something.


Their chemistry is undeniable, and without pompous declarations of undying love they slip into an easy friendship and some fun in bed, which turns into something more and more serious the more dangerous their investigation becomes.


The thing that I like most about D.B.'s books is that all relationships are about partnership, there is equality and respect. Strong sides of character, intellect and experience are not only admired but UTILISED not to prove  something, but because it's a natural and logical thing to do.


For me, these books are level-headed and refreshing, passionate and humorous without excessive testosterone and drama. Duncan is no exception and for that I'm extremely grateful. 

Series order:
Raphael
Jabril
Rajmund
Sophia


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Я уже говорила почему Вампиры в Америки одна из немногих серий в жанре паранормального романа, которую я читаю с огромным удовольствием. Здесь вы не найдёте эмо-вампиров, мгновенного распознавания второй половинки по запаху и игр в пещерного человека. Вместо этого здесь много сильных, умных мужин и женщин, играющих в тонкую политическую игру баланса сил со структурой наподобие мафиозных семей.


Единственная разница в том, что у некоторых из них есть клыки.


В пятой книге серии Рафаэль совершает свой очередной ход, отправляя Дункана, своего верного летейнанта захватить слабую территорию Вашингтона и округа Колумбии.


Дункану, которого все как обычно недооценивают с его лёгким шармом и улыбчивостью южного джентельмена, это удаётся с лёгкостью. Его единственная проблема в том, что его предшественник оставил после себе много грязи, среди которой исчезновение подруги Эммы Дуке на одной из вампирских вечеринок.


Дункан привлекает Эмму к работе с его командой в расследовании исчезновения, потому что понимает как важно для неё не чувствовать себя беспомощной. Их отношения начинаются с взаимной симпатии и влечения и они прыгают в кровать без каких-либо обязательств и признаний в вечной любви. Чем серьёзнее и опаснее становится расследование, тем больше меняются их отношения во что-то более глубокое и постоянное.


Что я всегда читаю у Рейнольдс с удовольствием - это то, что её отношения основаны на партнёрстве, равноправенстве и взаимном уважении. Герои не только восхищаются умом и сообразительностью друга друга, они их активно ИСПОЛЬЗУЮТ.


И вот эта логика и прагматизм вместе со страстью и юмором как раз и читаются свежо и с легкостью на фоне чрезмерного тестостерона и нелепого драматизма большинства паранормальных романов.


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8.5/10
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