Lord of the Vampires (Early Review)

, by Kt Clapsadl

Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Royal House of Shadows #1

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 a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicolai could mean losing the only man she's ever craved...

A long time ago an evil sorcerer killed the king and queen of Elden. He would have destroyed their four children of not for the spells they gave their children with their dying breaths. One to protect, and one to fill them will a burning vengeance. Nicolai was a sort of hound dog and as fate could have it, the tables were turned on him, making him into a sex slave with no memory of his past. All he knows is that he has a burning need to be free and a human named Jane is that key. Every step closer to her brings both of them into more danger but some needs and desires are too great to be denied, even if it means losing everything in the end.

Nicholi seemed so powerful and dignified yet every time a threat came about or heck any time anything sexual was brought up he turn into a drooling neanderthal that seemed to be only capable of yelling "mine!" I was torn between annoyance and amusement at this. Well heck, I even had a few thoughts of sexiness thrown in there that Jane's mere presence could send him into that state so easily. I mean what woman wouldn't want a man to desire them so much that all rational thought was cut off. Talk about a feeling of empowerment and the ultimate turn on. Yet, back to the annoyance part of it, at times it just made me wonder how deep Nicholi's feelings truly went as it seemed to lean more to the physical side of things. Although Jane did some pretty major physical lusting as well, she just did a slightly better job of maintaining a semblance of coherence throughout.

I loved the twists and turn in this book. I can't go into them without spoiling things, but suffice it to say that there are plenty of twists of fate, as well as many "skeletons" in closets that will throw a few wrenches into things. I loved seeing how the two of them would have doubts, then reassurances, and as soon as you figured they were perfect together, something else got thrown into their path. All I can say is that they were thoroughly tested throughout the book, making their love seem all the more real in the end. No easy fluff here.

Whew! After reading Lord of the Vampires I have this funny need to take a cold shower to cool down. The steaminess practically oozed right off the page, err well, kindle screen. I really felt the attraction between the two, and loved the back story behind the book. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and getting to read about the other rightful heirs to Elden. As this is a series written by four different authors, I'm sure the "tone" will change a little with each new book. However after reading on the website how these women talk about how they collaborated their stories, and seeing their passion for the work, I am only more excited to see what happens next. If you love a very steamy paranormal romance with a seriously alpha male, a very loyal woman, and plenty of danger thrown in, then Lord of the Vampires is for you.

(Received copy from Netgalley)


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  1. You make this sound like such a yummy book! Back stories and so many twists and turns that you're praying they still end up together! I just may have to read this!

  2. Great review, I enjoyed this one as well, I can't wait to read them all!


  3. More Gena! Glad to hear the series is off to a good start. :)

  4. @Tracey I hope you enjoy it :)

    @Under the Covers Me too!

    @Smash I actually started reading Gena's Lord of the Underworld series because of this book. I had read her YA books, but this book made me want to check out the Adult books. I'm enjoying them as well. I'm treating them as guilty pleasure books without reviewing them as I needed a break. They are just the fix I needed ;)

  5. I am loving this series! I'm eagerly awaiting my download of Lord of the Abyss to my Kindle on 12/1!! True, they don't go into a TON of depth about back stories for Jane or Reda, but there's JUUUUst enough!

    However, I'm wondering where my Nicolai is at!! I think we all have a dark, naughty place inside of us that yearns for that possessive alpha male to come along and ...well, you fill in teh blanks!


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