I can't believe it took me this long to read this series and author. Although I did just find out about he* * * This review may contain spoilers * * *
I can't believe it took me this long to read this series and author. Although I did just find out about her last week so I guess better late than never! I'm not even sure where to begin, to be honest. I absolutely adore Cyn and Raphael! I don't believe their relationship was instalust or too fast. It was gradual and slow-paced. The action didn't slow down or overshadow the romance at all! The story was both interesting and exciting. At one point, I was scared for Cyn because she tends to end up in the most dangerous situations. Thankfully, she is no damsel in distress!
CYNTHIA LEIGHTON. Cyn had characteristics I always look for in a heroine: strong, bad ass, confident, witty, and passionate. As a powerful Vampire Lord, Raphael has never met anyone like Cyn before. She fascinates and intrigues him to the point that he decides he wants her for himself. Of course, Cyn tries her best to resist his efforts and I absolutely commend her for that. They had amazing chemistry and the sexual tension between the two was palpable. When Cyn realizes her love for Raphael, my heart broke for her because she comes to the realization that he isn't ready for that kind of commitment yet. It's obvious that Raphael has strong feelings for Cyn, but as someone who has never experienced love before, he's scared.
RAPHAEL. As the story progresses, Reynolds does give her readers a few glimpses of Raphael's past and boy, is it tragic. Not spoiling anything, but this first book is about Raphael's search for his sister, Alexandra, after she was kidnapped by someone he thought trusted. I actually didn't connect with Raphael right away, but as I continued to read more, he grew on me. Like Cyn, he is a strong, powerful, arrogant, and passionate character but also very dangerous. He can be merciful, but one of his people betrays him, he won't hesitate to kill them. Total bad ass, I tell ya!
Raphael is the first book to the Vampires in America series by D.B. Reynolds and it's a strong one. This book ends with a cliffhanger and the story continues in Jabril so I definitely recommend you read that one straight after. I personally loved Jabril more since Raphael and Cyn's relationship gets tested, becomes even more intense, and is fleshed out more. Overall, I highly recommend this series!...more
Despite being a Lisa Kleypas fan for many years (since 2010!), I've always had misconceptions about this b* * * This review may contain spoilers * * *
Despite being a Lisa Kleypas fan for many years (since 2010!), I've always had misconceptions about this book. Until now. I mean come on, the title of the book threw me off. That'll teach me never to judge a book by its title... haha. Although I do actually get why Kleypas decided to title her story that now. I still can't believe it took me so long to read this book since I've read Blue Eyed Devil and Smooth Talking Stranger before and loved it. Better late than never! Alright, time to get this show on the road.
GAGE TRAVIS. You sly devil! He was such a jerk towards Liberty in the beginning, but everything changed the night he had a fever and went over to his apartment. The chemistry between Gage and Liberty was absolutely amazing. I honestly wish that Kleypas had focused more on their romance rather than Liberty's entire life, family, and friends. I wouldn't have minded if the book was longer because of that. His love for Liberty was inspiring and I just loved how he claimed her as his once Hardy showed up in her life again. In addition, he was such a sweetheart and I adored his relationship with Carrington, Liberty's sister.
LIBERTY JONES. She was such a strong heroine and I definitely commend her for all the hardships she had to go through. Especially after her mom died and she basically had to become the head of the family and a "mom" to Carrington. Her relationship with Hardy was so... heartbreaking. I hated what he did to her and his betrayal broke my heart and Liberty's. It's been a long time, but I'm sure Liberty forgave him in the sequel? At least, I hope so! I should probably read it.
The ending and epilogue literally had my heart soaring. It was so touching and beautiful! Liberty finally got the family and the ending she had always wished for PLUS the amazing man to boot. All in all, I thought Sugar Daddy was one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and Lisa Kleypas definitely didn't let me down. If you've never ever read any of her books before, shame on you! You should start doing so now! ...more