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Paranormal Romance Review: Vincent by D.B. Reynolds

Vincent by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #8)


Egalley courtesy of ImaJinn Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.

Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.

Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.

Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.
 

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8.5/10

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Dear Vincent Kuxim, you were lovely! *grinning* Just one big bloodthirsty teddy bear, a total softie with our heroine and a beast with all his enemies, and there were many.

You know I rarely read paranormal romance, but D.B. is an author I come back to again and again. She writes such a successful blend of PNR and UF that you end up with a great mix of non-stop action and a scatter of steamy sex in between. Phew!



Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter hired by Cynthia Leighton to find an old vampire within Mexico and give him a message from Raphael. The only condition? She has to take Vincent Kuxim, a vampire lieutenant of a current territory lord with her as a partner.

Vincent is quite comfortable living away from his lord and watching over the territory that he personally thinks would be better off under his own rule. When he gets a request from Raphael to help Lana, he can't refuse because Raphael is the North-American vampire lord he wants to keep as his ally when he makes his move for the territory.

Lana intrigues and charms him as this bold, strong woman who would not give in to the attraction between them and who at the same time tries to keep him safe on their journey together.

Lana is a fantastic heroine! She knows she is outclassed by all these powerful vampires around her, and yet because she uses her wit and strength and ruthless practicality over and over again it's her who saves Vincent and does what needs to be done without much hustle. There were plenty of times I cheered for her.

I loved this book, and I loved the clash between Vincent and Lana, the tension building, and the explosive lovemaking that followed. The plot was dynamic with narco barons and vampire intrigues blended together with a bit of Vincent's history among the desolate, desert locations of the country in all its stark beauty.

Much recommended to anyone who loves strong women kicking ass and their vampire partners who can cope with that without trying to treat their females as fragile glass. An excellent read!

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Вампиры в Америке - это серия от Д.Б. Рейнольдс, на которую я всегда могу положиться, если мне в голову приходит мимолетная мысль о том, что я устала от паранормального романа и городского фэнтези, ибо этот автор очень успешно соединила оба жанра.

Вы знаете, что паранормальный роман я обычно обхожу стороной, но Д.Б. для меня остаётся исключением. Её герои - милейшие мужики, практичные, честные с собой и с женщинами, в которых они влюбляются, несмотря на то, что со своими врагами они расправляются довольно кровожадно и быстро. К тому же, они ведут нормальную жизнь, у них есть друзья, увлечения, питьё крови воспринимается ими как нами вспринимается еда, и не более. Для меня их структура и стиль жизни больше похож на мафиозную группировку, чем на вампиров, к которым привык читатель паранормального романа.

Лана Арнольд - молодая охотница за головами, которую нанимает партнёр Рафаэля, любимейшая мною Син, для того, чтобы она нашла старого вампира в Мексике и передала ему письмо от Рафаэля. Единственным условием контракта становится партнёрство Ланы с Винсентом Кушимом - вампирским лейтенантом местного лорда.

Винсент обходит своего лорда стороной и уже много лет следит за его территорией со своего города, готовясь к захвату территории, которая, как он считает, только выиграет от его правления. Когда Лана появляется на его пороге с письмом от Рафаэля, он не может её проигнорировать, так как северо-американский лорд - это вампир, которого он хочет удержать в качестве союзника.

Парочка отправляется вглубь Мексики по следам Хуана Игнасио - вампира, которого Лане необходимо найти, и их путешествие быстренько превращается в нон-стоп экшн с замешанными в вампирские интриги наркобаронами, перестрелками, вендеттами и замечательными постельными сценами когда Лана наконец сдаётся под напором чувственного шарма сеньора Кушима.

Как обычно, замечательно видеть сильную, практичную героиню, которую главный герой не пытается закутать в вату, чтобы она случайно не поранилась, и которая знает, что она делает. Лана играет большую роль во всех столкновениях и именно благодаря её смекалке и опыту она спасает жизнь Винсенту несколько раз.

Очень советую всю серию, я её как раз сейчас перечитываю.
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