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Summary

Malibu, California, - home to rock-and-roll gods and movie stars, the beautiful, the rich...and vampires.

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

Cynthia Leighton is smart, tough, and sexy - a private investigator and former cop who's tired of spying on cheating spouses and digging out old bank accounts. When Raphael asks for her help in tracking down the kidnappers, Cyn's happy to accept. But she soon realizes her greatest danger comes not from the humans, but from Raphael himself.

Battling Russian mobsters and treacherous vampires, and getting betrayed by those they trusted, Cyn and Raphael find themselves fighting for their lives while caught up in a passion of blood and violence that is destined to destroy them both.

©2009 Donna Beltz (P)2014 ImaJinn Books

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GREAT VAMPIRES

If you could sum up Raphael in three words, what would they be?

Strong alpha male

What was one of the most memorable moments of Raphael?

When he and cyn start to realise that they are falling in love

What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have read all of this series of the american vampires
The stories are great and as soon as i read one book i bought the next one to read .
It is a hard book to get the characters right .
But traci seems to have got into this book and got the personalities right .

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This series had me holding my breath ,making me frightened ,cry and laught

Any additional comments?

I would of liked to have been able to buy all of this series in audible. as having read the whole series in paperbackSo i am looking forward to seeing more of these books soon on audible

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good but not overwhelming

Would you consider the audio edition of Raphael to be better than the print version?

I don't know I have never read the print version.

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favourite?

I liked Cyn. The character would not have worked so well if she didn't have money. Traci Odom was good but took some getting used too as I recently heard her read another series which I loved and I found it initially difficult to hear her as Cyn and the other characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very end when they were both at the airport unbeknown to each other.

Any additional comments?

The story is good, not to aggressive or sexual. The author has developed a detailed world which includes vampires etc. I will definately be buying the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Wealie
  • Salisbury UK
  • 15-06-18

A deliciously, sexy, gritty, violent and dark hero

5 star series opener with a gritty & dark hero & take no prisoners heroine. A great antidote to the ‘Twilight effect‘.

‘Raphael’ is The first book in D.B. Reynolds' paranormal romance Vampires in America (VIA) series.
Reynolds weaves a good plot with complex and flawed characters that are as deadly and violent as they are sexy and seductive. This novel, and indeed the rest of the series are not for those who like their PNR sweet and cozy, but if you can handle a darker more violent side to romance and like your vampire lovers with edge then 'Raphael' and the 'VIA series' is definitely for you.

Raphael is a powerful, old and darkly seductive vampire lord, one of only eight vampire lords in America. Cyn is the human private investigator reluctantly tasked with finding the humans involved in the kidnapping of Raphael's sister. Raphael hasn't found a human interesting in many years, but something about the feisty PI Cyn draws him like no other, making him determined to have this woman who continues to deny him.

Cyn knows she needs to tread lightly, being the PI of choice for the vampires of Malibu doesn't prepare her for working for a vampire lord and definitely not when the lord in question haunts her dreams and insists on working alongside her.

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love

Love can take u at any time , I was not to sure when I first started to read and nearly gave up on it but am really glad I didn't I Can was warie which is natural But I loved Raphael so carn't wait to start the next one

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  • Troublemer
  • 22-08-16

Action Packed

this book is the first book i have ready by DB Reynolds. I had seen this before and have intended to try it but just have not gotten around to it. I got a chance to get this book free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review. Wow, I did not know what i was missing. This is exactly the type of paranormal romance/urban fantasy i love. Raphael, the vampire lord of the west hires P I Cyn(ex cop) to find his sister. Raphael is intimidating and everyone is afraid of him. Cyn, however, stands up to him and goes against him when he tries to tell her what to do. There is lots of action, some hot romance. No this does not end with happily ever after but the story is continued and i have faith that Raphael and Cyn will finally get together. I can't wait to read more of this series. I think i have found me a new author. The narrator is great. She really brought the characters for me.

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  • Robert
  • 06-07-15

Amateurish

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Needs more description, I wasn't drawn into their world.

Has Raphael turned you off from other books in this genre?

Once again: Characters needs more description

What does Traci Odom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good Narrator, is what it is... THE STORY

Could you see Raphael being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 12-07-14

WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST

Just when you think you've heard the last of a good vampire book BANG this series hits Audible's vast Library and you dare to hope that it's going to be good. Well I can happily tell you it's not only good..…. it's positively great.

The dark, handsome, sexy and very Alpha Lord of the West Coast Vampires Raphael needs the help of a P.I. and Cynthia (aka Cyn) is more than capable at what she does but isn't prepared for the raw power that oozes out of Raphael he rules, he orders and all obeys him but although Cyn is frightened she is also fearless. Their attraction slowly simmers in the background then all of a sudden it erupts and the sex is frenzied, powerful and memorable and the sexual tension becomes intense. The romance runs alongside the other main plot of kidnapping, spies, murder, Russian vamps, a take-over bid, intrigue and some tense nail-biting times as the well described plot of who, when and why plays out with characters that are loveable, likeable, interesting and some that are just plain evil.

Worth a credit? It was exciting, fast-paced, addictive, action-packed, fresh and I couldn't stop listening (being desperate to get to the HEA part) BUT shock and horror, no it's not a cliffhanger, it's a 'to be continued' listen which was equally a 'rip you hair out and scream' moment and very frustrating. However, very credit-worthy and an auto download for book 2 and I only hope that the wait is going to be a short one….. because I want it like yesterday!!!!.

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  • Cheri
  • 05-09-16

A Hidden Gem!

This story came highly recommended to me by a close friend, and it was a really good. It's fast paced, well written and had excellent character development. What I liked most, was the balance between action, suspense and the sexual tension between the H/h. There was never a dull moment. What I liked least, was the unresolved relationship between the H/h. I love vampire romances, and Raphael is everything I look for in a sexy alpha vampire so I know I will be listening to the other stories in the series.

Traci Odom's performance was great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-15

I really wanted to like the book....

I really-really wanted to like the book, especially since it has such high ratings... but I just did not. Just as another reviewer said, I could not relate to the characters at all. All of the characters feel too shallow for me and not exciting at all. I did not like the voice of Rapahel, it was pronounced as Rafiel by the narrator which also drove me crazy.

And Puskin character? Really? Looks as author just simply was out of ideas.... If the author is going to use the individual that revered by millions of people in the book, it makes only sense to develop a special character. As such, in my opinion it brought the value of the story down.

I am not sure if will continue with this author... Off to revisiting BDB, Night Huntres, Mercy Thompson, the books that make me to forget about everything in the world...

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  • TU
  • 30-11-17

Started mid series and came back to the beginning

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I started this series with books 5, 6 and 7, and have now gone back to the beginning of the series to catch up. I already knew I'd like them, and this was not a disappointment. The narrator is quite different from where I started, as this narrator is a female. Because I was used to Nick J Russo, it DID take me some getting used to. So, keep that in mind as you go through this series and the narrator changes in book 5. Traci Odom did a good job, but I immediately noticed a slight echo to her audio which made it not as clean as I was used to. That being said, she still had a dynamic enough voice, and unique voices that I got used to it quickly and enjoyed the book.

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  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
  • 24-08-16

Really good story

BOOK REVIEW......
Good story. I liked the characters and the world the author built. I look forward to reading/listening to more from this series and author.

NARRATOR REVIEW........
The narrator did a very good job of bring life to the story and characters.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

L.

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  • Monica
  • 06-08-14

Great story , cant wait for the next !!

What did you love best about Raphael?

The action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Raphael

Which scene was your favorite?

The last scene , it keeps you hanging

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Hurry up and release the next books please

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  • Kindlegirl
  • 31-07-14

Excellent Narration, Great Series!

I have read (re-read) all of the Vampire in America series.... and they are excellent reads. Raphael is the first in the series and have characters that you will find in most of the other books. Be warned that to me Raphael ends in a "cliffhanger". When I read the Kindle book I was able to immediately purchase Jabril (crisis averted)..... which is what you will want to do. Amazon has it. The author has stated that Jabril for audible is in production. This a series worth the time invested.

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  • anna
  • 26-07-14

Need more Raphael!!!

If you could sum up Raphael in three words, what would they be?

Raphael is one of the best alpha males ever! I have read the series. I like all the books but I love Raphael and Cyn books the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cyn was my favorite because she doesn't hold back. She doesn't play with words or silly head games. I love her feelings for Raphael.

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

She had a perfect woman voice. Personally I don't like women portraying a man's voice. I like my men sounding like a man. She did a good job making each voice different.

If you could rename Raphael, what would you call it?

I wouldn't because he's one of my favorite vamps.

Any additional comments?

Please get the next book out on audible asap!!! Need it now!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful