Chicago, Illinois… the windy city. Home to football greats, dinosaurs named Sue, and, when the sun goes down… powerful vampires battling for the right to rule the city and beyond.
Born into slavery, Aden is one of the most powerful vampires in North America, waging war on others of his kind in a struggle to become the next Lord of the Midwest. But in the midst of the deadliest fight of his long life, the ghosts of his past have come back to haunt him. Slavery still exists, and Aden is hellbent on destroying it and the vampires who profit from it.
Sidonie Reid is an investigative reporter in pursuit of the biggest story of her career, until that story costs the life of a friend and Sid realizes she has to do much more than write about it. Intent on bringing down the vampires and their slave network, Sid gains entry to the highest levels of vampire society, where she finds herself confronting the raw sexuality that is Aden.
Caught up in a dark passion that neither can resist, Aden and Sidonie join forces, determined to defeat the old regime and everything it stands for. The dangers are beyond calculation, but the ultimate reward is worth the risk. If they survive…
*Sigh*…I just finished Aden and I have to say that D.B. Reynolds did not disappoint. Aden was long awaited but totally worth every second of the wait. His story continues the fast-paced, thrilling, and super steamy Vampires in America series. Ladies, let me just tell you, these vampire lords are total alphas and will leave you swooning and panting for more. But, I digress *fans face*. Yes, they are sexy…but the series itself is woven together quite well. Each book builds upon the others and deepens an intricate and intriguing plot. Once the North American lords have been secured, and we have one final book to cinch that in Vincent, a larger battle looms with the European vampires seeking to expand their influence in the U.S. I cannot wait for those stories to come!
Now…onto Aden *sigh* ←boy that feels like déjà vu *LOL*
We first meet Aden in Hunted when Reynolds sets the stage for his ultimate takeover of the Midwest after the demise of the corrupt lord Klemens. Until a new Lord can be established–by conquest–Lucas hold the territory and all of its vampires in trust. But, the die has been cast and Raphael has maneuvered powerful lords and allies as rulers over the North American territories. The only two strongholds in his effort are the Midwest and Mexico. And the Midwest is where Aden comes in. Aden is one of Lucas’ vampires and by far the strongest. Lucas rallies behind Aden and he gains Raphael’s support as future lord of the Midwest. Raphael’s “blessing” is the easy part. Aden has to face challengers for Klemens old territory–challengers who were once loyal to the malevolent lord. Klemens was evil and he used drugs and sex slaves as a means of perverse control. And that is where Sidonie enters the picture. Sidonie is an investigative reporter at her father’s newspaper and she seriously begins to hunt the sex slavers to bring them down after the murder of her friend and former sex slave, Janey. Sidonie’s hunt brings her to a blood house where she meets Travis, one of Aden’s lieutenants albeit unbeknownst to her. Travis brings Sidonie to the “challenge” gala, kind of like the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, and she comes face to face with the favored challenger, Aden. That one meeting…that one moment changes the course of their destiny and weaves their paths and their future together in a most delicious manner.
Hands down, this was one of my most favorite ViA and that’s saying something because I absolutely LOOOOOOVED all of them with the exception of Sophia which I only enjoyed. I’m biased because I love the lords–THE MEN *LOL*. But, I enjoyed Aden more so because he was not the “typical” lord. He was not sweet like Duncan, good-natured like Lucas, and funny like Rajmund. He kind of reminded me with Raphael with a bite and that’s saying something because Raphael packs quite a punch himself. But, Aden had a total disregard for women because of his early life. And honestly, after reading about it, I probably would have hated women too. So, it was no small wonder that he and Sidonie bumped heads and battled wills when they first met. He saw her as a conquest and she saw him as a story. However, what they got in the process was passion and love.
I always enjoy reading the books in the series because the big, strong vampire lords are felled by strong, human women. Every single one of the lords are paired with a woman who matched him in wit and strength. Sure, not the type of strength possessed by the vampires but strength nonetheless. And, I gotta add Sidonie right there in the “strength” category with the other mates. Although she knew Aden would save her, she proved that she was no princess and saved herself. I absolutely loved that scene between her and Pinto. One of the best Reynolds has written!
This series just keeps getting better and better for me and I look forward to reading what’s next!
Rating for female protagonist: 5★ Rating for male protagonists: 5★ Rating for secondary characters: 5★ Steam Level: 5★ Plot Viability: 5★ General Storyline: 5★ Story Ending: 5★ Ease of Reading: 5★ Book editing: 5★
Overall rating: 5★
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Absolutely!
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