Vincent (Vampires in America #8) by D.B. Reynolds

Sinaloa, Mexico . . . haunting deserts, hot nights, and vampires, who’ve been there for hundreds of years, watching from the shadows, playing their games, manipulating humans, and surviving at any cost.

Vincent Kuxim, powerful and charismatic, was made vampire by an ambitious leader looking for soldiers to pave his way to the rule of all Mexico. But more than a century later, Vincent’s Sire is looking over his shoulder as Vincent closes in for the kill, ready to claim the title Lord of Mexico for himself.

Lana Arnold is a bounty hunter, smart, beautiful, and determined to chart her own future. So when the most powerful vampire lord in all of North America enlists her help in tracking down a very old and elusive bloodsucker, Lana sees nothing but opportunity. There’s only one catch. The client wants her to take Vincent—a vampire she neither knows nor trusts—along on her hunt. Then again, maybe it’s herself she doesn’t trust, because Vincent Kuxim is sex walking in a pair of tight black jeans.

Thrown together by circumstance, Vincent and Lana soon find themselves battling an evil they didn’t know existed in a fight that makes Vincent all the more determined to destroy his Sire, seize Mexico for himself . . . and keep Lana by his side forever.

My Thoughts:

Once again D.B. Reynolds does not disappoint in this latest installment of the Vampires in America series. Vincent was sexy, gritty, and more than a little intriguing. I love that Reynolds creates strong heroines who manage to put the lords through their paces. Lana shares similar characteristics to the other strong women in the series — a PI, a FBI agent, a bounty hunter … Reynold’s female protagonists are strong but I love that they are real women and not afraid to be so. And Vincent…le sigh… his disposition was reminiscent ofLucas and Rajmund but not a carbon copy of them. Quite the contrary. Vincent is dynamic and flirtatious and beyond all, powerful in his own right. He commands the respect of many. I also enjoyed the manner by which Reynolds allowed him to acquire children. It was sad to read about in one instance, in particular, but compelling! It showed WHY Vincent would be a powerful lord. Not because of his strength alone but because of his compassion, too.

With a letter in hand from Raphael, Lana is sent on a mission to deliver it to a very old vampire. But the catch is that Raphael pretty much mandates her to seek out Vincent so that he can accompany her on her postal delivery mission. But Lena’s task isn’t as simple as delivering the letter. First they have to find the vampire, but more importantly for her, she has to resist Vincent’s subtle and not-so-subtle seduction. Vincent is a potent and virile vampire (lord in the wings) and he knows what he wants…and he wants Lana.

Lana and Vincent encounter one hurdle after another and Vincent discovers how truly evil and depraved his sire Enrique is. For me, I absolutely loathed the vampire. I thoughtJabril was bad. Pffft! Jabril has got nothing on Enrique! He caused the suffering of many and deserved the retribution he received at Vincent’s had. The plot in Vincent is simple and I love how Reynolds intersected his past and present, all with Lana at his side and his back. She was fierce and protective and had the “I don’t need a man to protect me…but he can if he beats me to it” spirit. She got Vincent out of a pretty precarious situation and it was awesome to read. Reynolds is really a master storyteller and has the ability to draw you into the story completely in only a few words.

The battle for the North American lords is far from over. Raphael’s subtle machinations have garnered him a full Council of allies — trusted allies. Now we have to wait until March 2015 for Deception to see how the plot will further unfold. I can’t wait!

Ratings Detail:

Rating for male protagonist: 5★
Rating for female protagonist: 5★
Rating for secondary characters: 5★
Plot Viability: 5★
General Storyline: 5★
Story Ending: 5★
Ease of Reading: 5★
Heat Level: 5+++★

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