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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Book Review: Lucas by D.B. Reynolds
Author: D.B. Reynolds
Series: Vampires in America, book 6
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Source: From author for review
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FBI Special Agent Kathryn Hunter's brother has gone missing and she'll to do anything, even defy her bosses, to find him. Her search takes her to South Dakota where she crosses paths with one of the most powerful vampires in North America. War has come to Vampire Lord Lucas Donlon's territory, which leaves little time for a pesky FBI agent. But when Kathryn arrives at his home, Lucas' legendary charm comes out to play and he plans to help Kathryn in her search, whether she likes it or not. As war heats up and the stakes get higher, Kathryn and Lucas will need to rely on each other to survive the battle and find her brother.
Lucas is a very charismatic, commanding character. In a short scene at the end of Duncan, he won me over and I've been (not so patiently) waiting for his book ever since. He didn't disappoint. A notorious flirt and a man who readily enjoys life's pleasures, Lucas also has a serious edge and power that when let loose, can be felt far and wide. With a somber past that tugs at your heart and a commendable love and devotion he feels towards his people, Lucas was everything I'd hope he'd be and more.
I didn't have the same warm feeling towards Kathryn. She's worked hard to get where she's at in a testosterone dominate career and its left her feeling kind of cold. The only time I felt any genuine emotions from her was when she'd talked about her missing brother Daniel. When it came to Lucas, she dipped her toe in the water but never jumped in. I thought he was more open to her about himself and if it wasn't for the situations they found themselves in, she wouldn't have shared anything at all. Kathryn has her reasons for keeping things close to the vest and I understand that but so does Lucas and he didn't let that stop him. I didn't care for her and outside of the bedroom (and let me tell you, the sex is so hot, it'll make you want a cigarette afterwards) and I thought they had a fraction of the chemistry the other couples in this series have.
A war with a neighboring Lord has been brewing. Klemens wants Lucas' Plains Territory and in this book, it all comes to a head. The bloody and deadly battles between the two powerhouses quickly escalate and leads to a winner take all finale. As expected, there's plenty action and we get to see Lucas' impressive skills that'll leave you in awe. As for Daniel and Kathryn's investigation into his disappearance, I was happy to see it resolved but wouldn't have cared if a less dramatic reason had brought Kathryn to Lucas.
Yes, I had problems with the heroine but Lucas more than made up for issues with her. D.B. Reynolds writes some of my favorite alpha vampires and Lucas fits right in. The "real" world her vampires rule is always one I can't wait to come back to and the ending sets up events for the next book in this addictive series.