I liked the first book (Raphael) and I like this one even better. Rajmund was a ‘warmer’ person than Raphael but certainly not a teddy bear. Just as alpha but less powerful than Raphael, he is still a power to be reckoned with.
The setup was interesting with converging plot lines for both the hero and the heroine. Sarah is a human friend of Cyn’s (Raphael’s mate from books one and two) who has left sunny California for a teaching position in a Buffalo, New York university. And if teaching freshman history surrounded by cold, snow and ice isn’t bad enough; her psychic ability to channel traumatized women comes screaming back. She can’t tell anyone, who would believe her? But she has to do something, it’s all happening again…
Cyn, who doesn’t know about the psychic stuff or her past, still recognizes her friend is depressed and unhappy. She talks Raphael into taking her to New York where she and Sarah can meet and have some ‘girl time’.
Raphael uses the excuse to meet with Rajmund, the vampire in charge of New York City, about a growing problem and imminent power struggle in the Vampire Council. Raj meets Sarah and they are both attracted but each move on to their separate lives. That’s until they end up working on finding the missing girls together and the sexual tension begins to build…
There’s a lot of wit in this one and less angst. I loved quotes like Cyn’s answer when asked about the weather in California: "It's raining, which means the natives are convinced the end is near and are engaged in ritual auto pileups in an attempt to appease the angry gods." (Having grown up in California, all too true!)
The Sarah and Raj plot lines resolve nicely. My only complaint? There’s a cliff-hanger teaser masquerading as an epilogue…
Copy received from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review.
Vampires in America
#1 - Raphael
#2 - Jabril
#3 - Rajmund
#4 - Sophia
#5 - Duncan
#5.1 - Vampires in America The Vignettes, Volume 1
#5.5 - Betrayed: A Cyn & Raphael Novella
#6 - Lucas
#6.5 - Hunted: A Cyn & Raphael Novella
#7 - Aden