Compelled by D.B. Reynolds
Another delicious romance episode featuring the couple that made this whole series happen: Cyn and Rafael.
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Publisher’s Description: VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.
SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.
HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.
It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.
Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
As usual, I welcome an episode with Cyn and Rafael with a certain giddiness. This has a jealous vampire husband and a instigating sorcerer that can’t help but bait him.
Rafael is the king of the vampires without the title. He controls interest of so many other territories via friendship and flawless leadership to the other vampire lords. He’s an arrogant S.O.B. and he has power that could be so easily used for domination and corruption, but he’s only interested in uniting vampires – not isolating them.
Raphael annoys me sometimes, but as I’ve never met a king, maybe that’s the way they act. Cyn is always risking her well being and incurring Raphael’s worry and anger. Now, I think this marriage is a little unorthodox and not always using the best teamwork, but if Cyn and Raphael make it work, who am I to say anything?
The story is a fun dip back into the Vampires of America world. Just enough to fill an evening or couple hours waiting with some grand entertainment.
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