Jabril (Vampires in America Series #2)

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Houston, Texas-Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right? Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A....
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Houston, Texas-Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right? Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal. For Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. For in Jabril Karim, Cyn will confront a true enemy, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers and expand his power. Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn's journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn't end there. For Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933417516
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Series: Vampires in America Series , #2
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 845,086
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

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    This series continues to deliver the action packed thrill ride a

    This series continues to deliver the action packed thrill ride and sizzling vampire drama for Cyn and Raphael. This book was a bit of a twist that I have not seen before. Often in these series they are set up one of two ways each book centers around a different couple in the world or you follow a single couple or hero/ine through each book in the series. This one threw me a bit, but in a good way. I was expecting a story based solely around Jabril finding a love interest. I was fine with that, but was so tempted to skip ahead to a couple of novellas to see what happen with Cyn and Raphael thanks to book one ending with out a resolution to their relationship. I'm so glad I decided to read them in order as this book, while Jabril plays a major role in the story line, definitely a continuation off of book one and is still centered around Cyn and Raphael's relationship.




    So what role does Jabril play then. Well he is quite frankly an ass harboring medieval ideals in regards to women and their roles in society. He is also one of the slimiest bad guys that I have read in a while. The characters in this world have depth and are complex, even the supporting characters are well developed. I had a moment of hesitancy when I figured out the character the book was named for was the bad guy. I also drew back when he was a Muslim, kinda ready to be offended at the drop of the hat. (My husband and in-laws are all Muslim and I can be sensitive to stereotypes about them and how they can automatically be the 'bad guy' in film and story) I was relieved though as I read on and there was really no mention of religion this was just a character from an Arab part of the world and his behaviors reflected the environment and time period he came from. It was well done and I found nothing to take offence towards. 




    The book once again has several story lines going on; one dealing with betray, a missing person (runaway this time) and of course the romance between Cyn and Raphael. I like how their coming together wasn't easy. The author put challenges there for both characters. Often in vampire stories they hook up and then automatically one of them knows they are meant to be for eternity and spends the rest of the book trying to convince the other. Which I find enjoyable, but a twist is nice from time to time too. This author has done good job of taking a genre and found a way to keep it fresh and bring an angle that I haven't found before. After a while when you read a lot of books in a certain genre you can start picking out the authors that influenced each other. You see elements of them in each other's books. While some of this series feels familiar it also feels fresh to me. 




    Again this is a good series and I look forward to working my way back to Lucas's book and beyond.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

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    The second book in the Vampires in America series keeps the read

    The second book in the Vampires in America series keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.
    Private investigator Cynthia Leighton heads to Houston, Texas on a case to find a missing teen for another Vampire Lord, Jabril Karim.  Cyn soon discovers that no all vampires are created equal and Jabril is the face of evil and makes a powerful enemy when she decides to fight for the lives of the two young sisters. The fight takes her back to L. A. where the police are determined to take Raphael down for the murders of several young girls. Not to mention, that now Jabril is determined to make not only the young teen his own, but Cyn as well.
    The fast paced and intriguing plot keeps the readers hopping with lots of action, suspense and romance.  The story grabs the reader’s attention with vivid descriptions and compelling characters that keep the reader thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.  
    The attraction between Raphael and Cyn continues to radiate from every page and the sex scenes are hot and steamy. The relationship has some rocky turmoil to overcome and the emotions and passion is easily related to, ensuring the reader gets caught up in their lives as they story progresses.
    The author has created a riveting world of vampires with unique elements and enthralling characters. The reader can’t help but become enamored with all of the characters because the author brings them all to life making it seem as if the  reader feel as if they are part of their world and know them personally.  The author paid attention to some small details that most of the time are overlooked which gives added depth to the store making the story as well as the characters believable.  I have added this series to my favorites list and am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

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    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!  Another action

    My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!  Another action packed adventure with Cyn!!
    ***Received ebook through Netgalley for an honest review

    The cover was redone, and it is definitely better than the original, but I still like the cover for book 1 better :)

    Okay this one was just as action packed as the first.  I loved that Cyn & Raphael were still very much a part of the book.  More steamy scenes with Raphael!!! :) There is all sorts of new drama and trouble for Cyn to get into.  We are introduced to a new vampire lord who I personally love to hate.  Jabril is ruthless and totally evil.

    I don’t want to give anything away, so this review is really hard to write.  There is kidnapping, escapes, a serial killer, teenage runaways, angry vampires, and so much more.

    This is definitely a series I recommend to my paranormal romance fans who want action too with their romance.  I will definitely be looking into acquiring the rest of the series in the future.  I can’t wait to read more.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    This book is the continuation on the story of Cyn and Raphael an

    This book is the continuation on the story of Cyn and Raphael and introduction to the evil vampire lord, Jabril. Jabril is a greedy snake and doesn’t care about his people. He rules with fear and cruelty and he has targeted two young sisters in order to get his paws on their extremely large inheritance. Cyn is hired by Jabril to help find the human sister who’s escaped under his watch. However, Jabril doesn’t respect women and only called Cyn down to Texas in order to anger Raphael. 

    Cyn is no fool and knows all about Jabril’s plans; her only concern is the missing girl. But things take a dramatic turn when Cyn actually meets the vampire lord. Things are not as they seem and Cyn ends up rescuing the other sister, who is a vampire turned against her will and constantly abused by Jabril’s hateful subjugation, and flees back to California…and to Raphael’s protection. So much for wanting to get some distance :)

    I loved this story! There was action, suspense and an unexpected traitor revealed. I really enjoyed the vampire politics and watching good triumph over evil. We get to see a more vulnerable Raphael and an even tougher Cyn in this book. They finally got their forever ever after. I’m really looking forward to reading more about the other vampire lords and watching Raphael and Cyn’s relationship unfold. Another great read from D.B. Reynolds!

    ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    "I have been mastered at last, sweet Cyn, helpless in the f

    "I have been mastered at last, sweet Cyn, helpless in the face of that most human of faillings. I love you."
    Raphael to Cyn, page 222

    I can't tell well enough how much I loved this book! It's got everything I love to read about: vampires, a strong heroine, an attractive hero, romance, action, a thrilling and interesting plot and a malefic bad guy.

    In this second book, after being hired to find a missing girl, Cyn helps this girl's sister escape Jabril's malevolence and brings her to Raphael's territory. Jabril is the epitome of all that is evil and he doesn't accept losing both girls, because he wants the sister's fortune. Cyn is determined to help these sisters and bringing them together.

    Raphael revealed being a true hero to any woman and I loved everytime he appeared. After some weeks being separated from his lubimaya, he's determined to get his Cyn back. Their relationship amazed me; the author's writing made me emotional and I had my eyes watery several times, in their romantic scenes.

    I'm so anxious to read the next books, all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Lots of excitement!

    Lots of excitement! Enjoyed reading it!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Great read!!

    Great follow up to the first book in the series. Highly recommend.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

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    will appeal to fans of vampire romantic thrillers

    Jabril Karim used his political clout to gain guardianship pf Elizabeth and Mirabelle. When she turned the legal age of consent eighteen, Jabril converted her into a vampire like he is. He took over their home and the teen's fortune. The Vampire Lord is outsmarted by Elizabeth who planned and executed her escape perfectly. Jabril hires a male private investigator to find her, but also employs P.I. Cynthia Leighton who once had a relationship with Vampire Lord Raphael until he walked away from her.

    Jabril wants to irritate his rival Raphael so he pretends Cyn is his only sleuth working for him. His scheme backfires when she finds in Houston what condition Mirabelle is in. Cyn rescues her and takes her to her home in Los Angeles where she comes into Raphael's orbit because she must beg her former lover to make the teen his own. Cyn looks for Liz among the runaways, but is unaware that a snake creeps in Raphael's realm ready to sell the women to foster favor with an outraged fuming Jabril.

    Jabril is a monster out of the Stoker school of vampires as power is his elixir and anyone else is expendable regardless of the laws governing the North American vampires. Raphael is his opposite coming out of the modern day romance school of vampires as he cares what happens to others and abides by the governing laws. The fabulous story line focuses on the vast diversity of ethics between the eight Vampire Lords with the concentration being on the two polar opposites. Cyn is sinfully perfect as the rope in the vampiric tug of war. Wit this sequel to RAPHAEL, D.B. Reynolds provides a wonderful and exciting Vampires in America urban fantasy that will appeal to fans of vampire romantic thrillers.

    Harriet Klausner

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