I can call myself a paranormal romance junkie but... lately there are many authors out there that haven't been able to captivate me as much as my 5 favorite authors. One of those five is definitely D.B. Reynolds. As a series progresses it sometimes tends to be repetitive or deviates from the original idea. Mainly, the books get boring and I start to beg for an ending.
When a very wise moderator, on the paranormal romance group I joined here on GR a little over a year ago recommended this series to me, I had a bit of a hard time deciding to read them. Basically the reason was the covers... I was and am not a huge fan of said covers (even if they are starting to get better) but I gave it a shot, and the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" took over a whole new meaning for me. I don't do it any more, EVER. I listen; I read reviews and take a chance on the books.
The Vampires in America series is one of those sometimes hidden jewels. The books are fantastically well written; professional; flawless and have a deep, original amazing plot. D.B.'s vampires are not the common denominator, she takes the myth to a whole new level and what I love the most is, her vampires are not wishy-washy, they are violent, sometimes cruel, unyielding, sexy and they can love to depths that equal their own darkness. She can definitely write violence and sexy/smexy/kinky romance and mix it altogether just fine!!! A damn good recipe.
Aden was no exception. I loved were the story is going, I loved how he played the heroine and I loved his backstory. He reminded me a bit of some of my favorite tortured heroes, especially those of Sherri K. I also liked how he was powerful enough to claim a territory with few children, that weird hidden ability of his was a surprise! The showdowns with the contenders were interesting, a little gruesome as only ViA delivers! And near the end, that scene with Lucas!!! So cool!
On the other hand, Sidoine (BTW I looooved her name) was a likable heroine. I would have preferred to know more about her and skip her inner monologues at times. I also felt her badass-ness was a tiny bit forced, hence she was no police/FBI or detective as other heroines. She was a journalist, but I didn’t feel she was such a “professional” and maybe this is the reason I felt her rushed and making some minor stupid decisions. But, she was the other half for Aden, she needed someone like him and I loved how she gave him a run for his money in the bedroom, she was never shy and all up for the kinky vampire…. Oh yes, this one was fairly into the kink! And she wasn’t shy, not even with the … mmm… u know! Read the book!! All I am going to say is that Aden went to second place on my ViA o ’meter (yes Raphael is still my number one).
I can’t wait for the next installment, so we can see were the story is going! And mostly since we are going to MEXICO!!!!! Oh yes my sweet country…… therefore Ms Reynolds, anything we Mexican fans can do to help, advise and review (in matter of Spanish phrases, places, etc. etc. here we are) I am offering because I hate, and absolutely hate to see my country wronged in books!!!! (Not that I believe you will, since you’re a pro, but… help is never underrated).
Great read! I recommend the series to any vampire book enthusiast and paranormal readers out there! They don’t disappoint.