D. B. Reynolds
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
April 28, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Novel, 244 pages
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The Pacific Northwest . . . home to lush forests and constant rain, to lumberjacks and computer geeks, especially those of the vampire kind.
Sophia, beautiful and deadly, has spent the last hundred years dancing her way through the balmy nights and hot-blooded men of South America. But when her Sire sends an urgent summons, Sophia rushes home to Vancouver only to find he has disappeared, leaving nothing behind but three dead vampires and a letter with Sophia’s name on it.
Colin Murphy, a former Navy SEAL, came to the Northwest seeking a quiet place to heal the scars earned in more than a decade at war. But when someone starts killing local vampires and torturing their mates, Colin takes on the mantle of a warrior once again as he sets out to find the killers and do whatever it takes to stop them, even if that means hunting with vampires.
Following her Sire’s trail of death to a small town in northern Washington, Sophia unexpectedly discovers the heat of a South American night in Colin’s arms. But all too soon Sophia and Colin find themselves in a race to uncover the killers before the next dead vampire is Sophia herself.
SOPHIA is Book #4 in the Vampires in America series. Although I haven’t read the first three books in the series, I didn’t have any problem acclimating to the nuances of this wonderful, preternatural world. There are actually two stories running concurrently here: Sophia and Colin along with Raphael and Cyn. SOPHIA began with a helluva hook and didn’t let up.
After many years, Sophia is summoned back to Vancouver by her Sire, Lucien. When she arrives, Sophia finds Lucien missing and three Vampires of the nest murdered. Her inquires lead her to Seattle. While just outside of Seattle, Colin, a former Navy SEAL and “sort of police” receives a call about gun shots being fired. When he investigates, he finds a woman – a Vampire’s mate – horribly beaten and on the verge of death.
Lord Raphael controls all of the US territory west of the Rockies. Because of his connection with his “children”, he feels two of his Seattle nest vampires being destroyed. He gathers his staff and they travel to the compound looking for the ones who did this.
Cyn (Cynthia) is Raphael’s human mate. She is an ex-law officer and feels very protective of Raphael, much to his consternation. She takes a lead role in the investigation. And you can only imagine how Raphael feels about that!
To complicate matters, Sophia and Colin have a history, *wagging eyebrows* but they haven’t seen one another for 10 years. The stage is set as all of the players converge in the Seattle area.
Raphael raked his gaze over the remaining vampires. “An outrage has been perpetrated on us, and it will not stand. No one. . . no one touches what is mine and lives. Prepare yourselves gentlemen. Tomorrow, we hunt.”
In a world where the vampires are out, they still suffer prejudice. A small faction of fanatics has an elaborate plan to push their agenda to the forefront. As the investigation gets under way and the relationships heat-up, the vampires start to show their true colors.
The story line of SOPHIA is riveting. These vamps (and humans too) are ruthless when it comes to protecting their own. Lord Raphael is the uber-alpha leader. None of his children or visiting vampires gives him any lip. The only one that gets away with it is his mate, Cyn. You won’t find any twinkling, day-walkers here. The vampires are merciless when necessary, but honorable and loyal and, oh so HAWT!
I could gush on and on about this book, but I’ll just hit on the things I enjoyed the most. The witty repartee between Cyn and Colin, and the close relationship they develop. Raphael and Cyn: She gives as good as she gets. Duncan, Duncan, DUNCAN! The plot twists and turns. The violent encounters and sexy escapades!
SOPHIA is a rollicking good time!