by D. B. Reynolds

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Malibu, California - home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich . . . and vampires.

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough, and sexy - a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.

Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires and betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148148098
Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Inc.
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Series: Vampires in America Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 100,485
File size: 3 MB

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Raphael 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although the government and the people know that vampires exist, for the most part mortals prefer not to acknowledge the nocturnal species and the bloodsuckers concur keeping a low profile. There are eight vampire lords, each controlling a jurisdiction while respecting boundaries to avoid a lethal vampire war. Raphael is the most powerful of the octet with thousands of loyalists calling him Master throughout his domain, the Western states in America.-------------------- Two human traitors from within storm his Malibu estate in daylight while he is away; they kidnap Alexandria, a vamp he vowed to protect with his life. To deal with mortals, Raphael hires human private investigator Cynthia Leighton, who works vampire cases. From the moment the client and the sleuth meet they are attracted to one another, but Cyn learned early in life not to believe in love, passion, or trust as they will be used as a weapon of mental destruction. Still she is determined to help the vampire lord rescue his sister.--------------------- The first Vampires of America urban romantic fantasy, RAPHAEL, is a terrific tale that if it is an indication of the series, sub-genre fans are in for a treat. The protagonist is tough yet vulnerable as she uses psychological defense mechanisms to conceal her weaknesses behind a kick butt façade. The title hero is more aligned towards typical vampire behavior as an arrogant haughty alpha leader used to obedience until his dependant is abducted showing a rare weakness and then meeting the sleuth showing that rarity is a little more common than his minion thought. The investigation enhances the fine story line as star-crossed lovers try to mount the rescue.------------------ Harriet Klausner
IAmy More than 1 year ago
Oh bloody hell,  freaking cliff hangers.  Maybe I need to read some non-series books for a while.  Probably not.  Anyways... I read book 6 in this series a few books ago and decided to check out the beginning.  I was not disappointed by book one.  I found much of what I enjoyed in book six in this book too.    The author seems to have a love of guns, as they have played a prominent role in both books.  Much of the information about them went right over my head and I could have probably been told less about them and still enjoyed the story as much.  For those gun lovers out there though, this is a series you should definitely check out.  Again we have a strong Alpha male who is in charge of a large territory and used to having others quake in his presence.  We also have a strong female that is used to doing things on her own and not depending on anyone for much of anything.  She is used to having things her way too and being self reliant.  Both are strong personalities that can't help but butt heads.  Makes you want to smack the both upside the head every now and again.   This story like Lucas's centers around a kidnapping and a power play, I wonder if this will be a reoccurring theme for the series.  I liked how the lead couple don't just jump into bed despite the mutual attraction.  The author lets things simmer a little bit, which is a nice change of pace.  Another change of pace I can't talk about because I don't want to spoil the ending, but things are not quite settled between this couple and I am so tempted to jump ahead a few books to see how it is resolved.  Hence the upset over the cliffhanger.   This is a smart series and well thought out.  There is a mystery to move the story along and a yummy Alpha male to keep you reading on.  Looking forward to the next book, which I am starting right now.
Ainlif More than 1 year ago
Fantastic first novel! I loved the characters, plot, action, vampire politics, everything (oh yes, and the steamy sex too! - though unlike some vampire romance novels, this one doesn't force the steamy parts into every crevice of the book - it's definitely a romance, but there's PLOT and the girl doesn't helplessly fall for the guy, nor is she completely stupid in her rebuttal of him). Make sure you read the books in order! While it's not strictly necessary, each one does build on the characters introduced in previous books (specially the couple introduced in books 1 & 2, they're our gateway to all the other books and often have very integral rolls in all the other books). 
Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
***NetGalley Giveaway*** Mmmm Raphael... After reading the Black Brotherhood series by JR ward, I have been searching for a good vampire series to sink my fangs..um teeth into. Well ladies and gents? I've found it! Whoo hoo. This book delivers. Its got action, suspense and romance. I truly enjoyed it and can't wait to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, and vampire thing going on, but the lack of a HEA took my happy buzz away at the end.
CindyLG More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this book. They are strong, dark and very sexy. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this s Bell ok and certainly hope there was a a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book on a whim, and it did not disappoint! Great book! On to the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book the ending makes you want to read the next book to see what happens between the characters, not really a cliff hanger, but some unfinished business. On to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good beginning to hopefully a long series. Great story, suspense and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ends with 'to be continued' although i would not say it is a cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book and the series .
LeahLC More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this series. LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!!!!!
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CDKeith More than 1 year ago
This is going to be a great new series.  Raphael is the Lord of vampires.  Sure there are Lords of other areas but none compare to his power.  Cyn is a private investigator that Raphael has hired to find a missing vampire. Raphael is definitely the dominant vampire but Cyn is not to be controlled.  She doesn't take crap from anyone and will speak her mind.  This is just the beginning of the heat between them.  They are just hot together.  On to book 2. Thank you BelleBooks and NetGalley for ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read a vampire book like this. I LOVE THIS BOOK and have went on to the entire series. You won't want to put it down!!!
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lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A great book Contemporary, Paranormal, Malibu, California Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton once was a cop but is now a private investigator that is sexy, smart and tough. She is also tired of tracking down and spying on cheating spouses so when she is asked to help tracking down some kidnappers, Cyn is more than happy to accept this newest case. Cyn soon realizes that while she thought the danger came from the humans the biggest danger is from her newest client, Raphael the king of the vampires. Raphael is very powerful and charismatic. He also has the power of life and death of every vampire in existence though he isn’t the only one that has that power. Raphael is determined to catch the ones responsible for a daytime raid that killed many of his people and kidnapped the one female vampire that he would willingly give his life for. He knows that one way to track the humans is to get Cyn’s help. Now they are fighting for their lives and are caught up in the passion of blood and violence that could destroy them both. This is a very different vampire story. It gives new life to a genre that has had many books written about it. The story line pulls the reader in from the very first page and keeps them engrossed until the very last page. While the plot of this story is tied up very nicely it also leaves the story between Raphael and Cyn open for the rest of the stories in this series. If the rest of the books continue along this line it is sure to be a fantastic series that will have readers wanting to read all the books. It will also have readers wanting to know what will happen to Raphael and Cyn in the end. The way the back story for Raphael is woven into the overall story is well done and keeps the story moving along well and doesn’t leave the reader wondering what is going on. For those that love vampire stories this is one to definitely check out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes there's little more than you can say than "Wow". Well, I rarely have that problem, so I'll say "wow", and then a whole bunch more. ;) I can't believe this is this author's first book. It's cleverly engaging from beginning to end. The plot sucks you in, and the hot vampires keep you there. Loved all the characters. Raphael was everything you hope for in an alpha male, powerful, sexy, slightly aloof and normally a bit detached until he encounters the heroine. Cyn is strong and independent and, as with most strong, independent female characters, has a couple tstl moments. But, they end up working out well for her so they're easier to forgive. She's a bit wounded, kinda the poor little rich girl type of thing. Not enough to be off putting, but enough to remind that even silver linings sometimes surround gray colored clouds. I also enjoyed Duncan, the main secondary character and his relationship with Raphael. The ending was slightly unexpected, but I rather liked the approach. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!! Yummy Vamp book!  Must Read for Vamp lovers :) ***Received ebook through Netgalley for an honest review The cover was redone, and I love the facelift.  Let’s just say the eye candy is yummy :)  Definitely makes me take notice of the book :) The book started a little slow as some first books do while building the world for us, but in no time at all, there was all sorts of action.  I have a few books that were realistic fiction, so I had to have a paranormal fix and chose this one because I needed a good vamp book.  D.B. also challenged my vocabulary in this book, so I had to break out my Google to learn some new words :) Okay this is totally an adult book with several very steamy scenes that wow is all I can say :) Cynthia or Cyn as she is fondly called is an amazing woman who fits into my warrior category who doesn’t sit on the sidelines like a damsel in distress.  She definitely has issues thinking she is always unwanted because of her upbringing.   Raphael, hmmm what can I say about him.  At first, I think I hated him for his arrogance and dictator like rule, but things happened and then BAM I loved him and wanted him for my own ;) Watching Cyn and Raphael is infuriating and comical at times, but you can read the book to get more details.  This book has intrigue, betrayal, lust, battles, and so much more.  I can’t wait to read book 2 :)  Then I’m going to have to invest in the rest of the series because I won’t be able to not read it. If you are a paranormal vamp book lover, you must read this book.  LOVED IT!!!
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
A thrilling beginning to a brand new series! In this brand new world where Vampires are known to mankind and a force to be reckoned with, Raphael is the ultimate leader. Vampire Lords rule their territories with an iron fist and demand loyalty and acquiesce from their people, Vampire and human alike.  However, as with all cultures, the Vampire race and its leaders are constantly faced with danger, power plays, and deception in a world where strength reigns supreme, and greed can result in stupidity.  I have read many Vampire Series, but after reading Raphael, have become a staunch D.B.Reynolds fan and know this series will continue to be brilliant.  The Vampires in America are dark, violent and powerful, yet totally devoted to those they love. I strongly recommend this series to even one that loves Vamps, and no one, has failed to love it!! Here’s a little snippet to whet your appetite: “Raphael came through the door like a child's nightmare, his eyes glowing an almost solid silver with wrath, his gleaming fangs fully extended, blood painting his mouth a brilliant red, dripping from his chin to shine wetly against the tattered remains of his black shirt. His huge chest was heaving with the fury of his breath, and his hands curled into claws as his gaze found her and he growled a warning. 'Release her, human.' 'Who are you? the man rasped, fear taking away his breath, coarsening his voice. 'Release her.' The man tightened his grip, 'Come closer and she dies.' Rachael's mouth widened in a terrifying smile, 'You think to bargain with me?” Can you see why I love him?
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