RAJMUND GREGOR is a vampire . . . and the undisputed Master of New York City. He bows to no one but his Sire, Krystof, who is the Vampire Lord for the entire Northeastern U.S. Based in Buffalo, NY, Krystof is an old vampire—-too old, it would seem, because he’s slowly losing his mind. Summoned back to Buffalo by his Sire, Rajmund finds his master out of touch and rapidly weakening. He knows the territory will crumble if something isn’t done, and he’s the only one of Krystof’s children strong enough to seize power. But there’s also the matter of some missing women and a rogue vampire who seems to be moving in for the kill.
SARAH STRATTON has a secret, one she’s never shared with anyone–—at least not anyone who knows her now, not even her good friend Cyn. It’s a secret that could destroy her carefully constructed life, but it’s one she may have to share with a vampire, if she’s going to save the lives of the missing women.
Review (warning spoilers)-
Hmm, I didn't love Rajmund , the latest installment in the Vampires in America series by D. B. Reynolds, as much as Raphael and Jabril but not because it's not good. Probably, I am just not as impressed by the story's heroine, Sarah Stratton. I also can't shake a nagging feeling that even Rajmund, our hero, feels the same. I have a feeling that he is also not so convinced by her. She seemed schizophrenic, and unstable, totally unlike Cyn who is quite confident and self assured. I guess D. B. Reynolds succeeded greatly in differentiating the personalities of her two heroines.
Rajmund and Sarah met when Cyn and Raphael visited Sarah in New York. They accidentally crossed paths again as Rajmund started his investigation into the disappearance of several young women in Sarah's hometown. The story centered on two things: 1. the investigation into the disappearance of the young women and 2. on how Rajmund tries to resist Sarah. Coming very close to being Lord of the Northeastern territories, he felt that he doesn't need more complications in his life. Of course in the end, he solved the mystery, became the Lord and then complicated his life with Sarah.
Unfortunately, Sarah made this story weak. She seemed so unstable, insecure, and senseless that I really don't see what Rajmund could love about her. She doesn't seem to know what she was doing and why she was doing it most of the time. Truly a damsel in a distress of her own making. He also doesn't seem convinced about her most of the time. He thought of her as a weak link rather than as someone who can strengthen him. In the end, he did leave her returning to her only after she somewhat forced herself to be with him.
Even if I am not very fond of Sarah, this book is not bad. The story is quite gripping even if it's quite long, I couldn't put in down. D. B. Reynolds tells good stories. I do love Cyn and I was happy to read about her and Raphael in the beginning of the book.
Rating: ***** Recommended