D. B. Reynolds
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Released November 10, 2011
Available in ebook and print
Ebook supplied in exchange for an honest review
Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.
A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for nearly the entire two hundred years of his existence. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.
Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.
Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all…
As with her other novels, Ms. Reynolds uses flashback and we are graced with not only the beginning of an eternal friendship, but that of Duncan’s loss and rebirth. However, this novel is not as gritty, violent or bloody as the previous ones. What you will find is an underbelly of deceit and corruption in the halls of Washington D.C. The subject matter of nonconsensual sex is handled very well and given kid-glove treatment.
Raphael has finally met his match in Duncan. No, Raphael hasn’t been usurped – as these two vampires vary so greatly in their display of powers. Duncan is the epitome of the Southern “Vampire” Gentleman. He holds his power close to himself, only showing any type of display when absolutely necessary. And then, “Katy bar the doors!” This Southern “Vamp” Gentleman also knows how to treat a Lady. *wink wink*
Without giving too much away, there is one part where:
Duncan looked over Alaric’s shoulder, his gaze finding Emma in the deep shadows beneath a drooping tree on the other side of the yard. She stood motionless, staring at him, her hands clasped against her mouth. He slapped Alaric’s shoulder and stepped aside, starting toward her. She watched him come, her violet eyes dark, a suspicious sheen telling him she’d been crying. Her heartbeat raced faster with every step he took. When he drew close enough, her hands fell away from her face as she ran forward, his name on her lips as she threw herself in his arms.
“Duncan,” she cried, then sucked back a sobbing breath.
“Emmaline,” he whispered against her ear, burying his face in the warm silk of her hair, filling his arms with her softness and drowning himself in the scent and touch of her.
This, My Dear Friends, is why I read romance.
But, no, Ms. Reynolds isn’t content to stop there. She has to throw one helluva wrench into the story and WTH!!! I was blindsided by this one. Bravo – Well Done!
As an added bonus, we get more lusciousness in the forms of Miguel, Baldwin, Lucas, Louis. GAH – She is such a tease!