Vampires in America: The Vignettes - Volume 1

D. B. Reynolds
Vampires in America: The Vignettes - Volume 1
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Publisher
D. B. Reynolds
Release Date
February 2012
ISBN
9781469978215
Series
Book 6 of Vampires in America (5.5)
Genre
Erotic Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
From award-winning author D. B. Reynolds, nine stories of seduction and intrigue set in her Vampires in America universe.

Note: This is a collection of short stories, not a complete novel.

For the first time in print, The Vampire Vignettes From New Year's Eve on the beaches of Malibu, to love in a penthouse over Manhattan, and a challenge fought on a snowy night in Montreal, Reynolds takes us behind the scenes with seven steamy Vignettes featuring her ultimate alpha Vampire Lords and their beautiful and independent mates.

And Never Before Published - Two brand new, full-length short stories. You Belong To Me follows Duncan and his mate Emma as they consolidate power in his new territory, while generating plenty of heat in the bedroom. And then it's time for The Wedding, as readers join Rajmund and Sarah for their big weekend ... and Cyn's girls-night-out bachelorette party.

Unfortunately, some local kidnappers have other plans, and Cyn and Sarah will have to outwit their abductors before Raphael and Raj start hunting, and the entire wedding is ruined!

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Aug 10, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
Probably the two enormous drawbacks to being a series devotee is keeping all the players straight, and the interminable waiting between new releases. Fortunately, for fans of the Vampires in America series, D.B. Reynolds has mitigated both these dilemmas by providing a super little anthology of stories to tide her readers over and provide a glimpse into the lives and loves of her leading characters.

These stories are great behind-the-scenes moments with the heroes and heroines of the previous four novels in the series: Raphael and Cyn handle a threat as dangerous as any they have yet faced—a formal party for Cyn's grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary; Sarah finally gets the wedding proposal she has always hoped to have; Sophia and her mate Colin attempt to further consolidate her power by challenging one of her sire's most favored—and most ruthless—vampires.

Followers of D.B. Reynolds' website will recognize some of these stories as posted "Vampire Vignettes", but even so, they are definitely worth a re-read. As the series grows and develops, a lot of the interactions in these short stories take on new depth and add to each character's relationship with their mate. Not to mention, they are intensely steamy with some phenomenally strong alpha males and feisty, strong, powerful heroines, which should be reason enough to read, and to reread.

Best of all, two longer, all-new stories round out the collection. "You Belong to Me", featuring Duncan and Emma, shows Duncan as he continues to establish his rule in the D.C. area and deal with his constant concerns for his beloved Emma. Being thoroughly besotted with Duncan already, this was one of my favorite stories in this anthology, especially as Duncan's professional and the personal sides are both hard at work.

"The Wedding" stars Sarah and her vampire, Rajmund, on their wedding weekend. But when a girl's night out with her best friend Cyn ends with Sarah and Cyn kidnapped, they face the choice of outwitting their kidnappers or risk the wedding being ruined by two enraged, territorial vampires on the prowl.

I do think that D.B. Reynolds' best work is her longer pieces, when her plots and characters really have a chance to develop, so for that reason, this isn't my favorite installment in the Vampires in America series. However, these were each wonderful little reminders of the characters that have made this series a must-read for me. The chance to see the little moments that don't make it into the full-length novels, those moments of intimacy that solidify these characters' relationships were immensely enjoyable, and I am eternally grateful for the chance to catch up with each of them in the lull between novels. I can only hope these vignettes keep coming as the series develops to add to the engrossing world of the Vampires in America!
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