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Paranormal Romance Review: Lucas by D.B.Reynolds

Lucas by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #6)


Synopsis from Goodreads
THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA … haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and … vampires?

LUCAS DONLON is a Vampire Lord, one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring vampire lord declares war, he soon discovers that Lucas is as every bit as lethal as he is charming.

KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep.

Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.

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 I already said just how much I love this series despite the very unfortunate covers here and here.

I was trying to analyse why this mix of urban fantasy and paranormal romance suits me so well and came up with a few points:

- the balance of power between hero and heroine. Apart from the unfortunate 3rd book Rajmund, all the women in this series are badass without being overpowering. The same goes for men. There is a great sense of equality that I don't see very often in UF and PNR where there is always some kind of dominance game going on. The main characters admit each other strengths and then work as a team against mutual enemies.

- the chemistry is unbelievable and at the same time there is always some sort of vulnerability in both characters which makes them hesitate reaching for a full blown relationship until the very end. Hell, first book, Raphael doesn't even have a happy ending! You have to read book #2 for this *grinning*

- it's all very modern and vampires utilise all the advantages of human technology instead of being stuck in Dark Ages.

So for me the paranormal romance and the urban fantasy sides of the story totally work.

Lucas has all these elements in abundance, it's also scorching hot and scrumptious when you read about both Lucas and Kathryn's interactions. The plot is pretty simple but not silly and although I wished for a deeper mystery I still read this book in one go and enjoyed it very much!

Very much recommended.

Series order: Raphael | Jabril | Rajmund | Sophia - 8.5/10 | Duncan - 8.5/10 | Lucas - 8.5/10

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Как обычно, буду рекламировать очередную книгу Донны. Но вот классно пишет она, ничего не могу поделать!

Каждая книга просто проглатывается, читается легко и интересно, искры между главными героями так и сверкают, очень всё сексуально и стильно, да и сюжет хоть и простой, но динамичный и без каких-либо роялей в кустах.

Насколько мало я читаю паранормальные романы из-за того, что они очень часто скатываются в идиотские, шаблонные клише характеров и ситуаций, а вот у Донны всегда выходит свеженько и просто отлично.

Я уже говорила почему я считаю её книги очень сильными в рецензиях на Софию и Дункана, поэтому повторяться не буду. Советую читать и любителям паранормального романа и фанатам городского фэнтэзи.
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