Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter - 18+ Read

From Harlequin Nocturne:

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out….

Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate "The Dark Seducer" had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.

In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai's memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.
This is Book 1 of the Royal House of Shadows series.  Four books by four different authors.  The esteemed Gena Showalter takes the lead with Lord of the Vampires, the story of Nicolai, born a Vampire and a Prince, but now a slave with no memory of who he was or how he came to be a slave.  Jane is a human who is recovering from a horrific accident in which she lost her family.  Now alone and lonely, she dreams of a devastating stranger who needs her.  Her dreams become reality when a spell transports her to Nicolai.  Jane helps Nicolai escape and on the run the two must face their enemies and their growing passion. 

This one is definitely for the 18 and over crowd.  This story is sweet and steamy.  I did not care much for Jane, but Nicolai was an alpha vampire hottie.  It was easy to picture him as the Crown Prince, doting on his younger siblings and struggling to control his powers.  Jane felt forced and unformed, but overall, the story was enjoyable.  I look forward to reading the remainder of the series.  Book 2, Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe is out now.  Book 3, Lord of Wolfyn, is out October 18, 2011. And Book 4, Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh releases November 29, 2011. 

I have to say, for my first Gena Showalter read, I was pleased.  I give Lord of the Vampires 3 stars and recommend it if you are looking for a little sizzle...


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