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Urban Fantasy Novella Review: Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Compelled by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires in America #10.5)

Egalley thanks to ImaJinn

Synopsis from Goodreads
VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.

Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

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 As much as you don't usually need novellas between full books to understand what's happening, Compelled is different as it makes transition between Deception and Damian.

You all remember the metaphysical bomb D.B. Reynolds dropped at the end of Deception concerning Nick's identity? Well, Compelled explains Nick's background and shows how much more there is to him than Cyn has ever known.

Of course, all of this we find out between Raphael's growling and Nick's snapping at each other, while Cyn rolls her eyes, gets pissed off and finally takes the investigation into her own hands. Ah, yes, this is the gal we all know and adore.

I loved the story itself, which is about a sneaky collector of magical artifacts, Cyn and Nick working together to find a way into his house and steal the item which belonged to Nick to start with, and about Cyn's own unexplainable pull towards all things magical including vampires. So, it seems her and Raphael were destined for each other no matter what.

The pace of the novella is fast and engaging. I was happy to finish it and, armed with the knowledge of Nick's quest, plunge myself right into Damian which is all about sorcery, old curses and kickass chicks.

Recommended. Read it!

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Насколько обычно я не любительница повестей между полноценными книгами серии, так как они ничего не вносят в продвижение сюжета, Зачарованная - необходимый переход между Обманом и Дэймиеном.

Вы все помните метафизическую бомбу, что сбросила на нас Д.Б. Рейнольдс в конце Обмана? Так вот, Зачарованная углубляется в происхождение Ника Катсароса и его способности, а также в его миссию.

Естественно, Син практически ничего не знает об этой стороне её старого друга и любовника, и когда Ник просит её помочь ему найти магический артифакт, использованный в попытке уничтожить Рафаэля в Обмане, она в спешке соглашается.

Пока Рафаэль рычит на Ника, а тот в ответ огрызается, Син решает, что с неё хватит этих всплесков тестостерона и уходит в расследование сама. *смеясь* Да, вот она, наша барышня, которую мы так хорошо знаем и любим! В итоге, книга читается быстро и увлекательно. Здесь много магии и мы наконец понимаем, почему судьба столкнула Син сначала с Ником, а затем с Рафаэлем. Всё это было совсем неслучайно!

В общем, читайте. Рекомендую.
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