Reviewed by: Book Addict

Lord of the Vampires
by Gena Showalter


Published August 23, 2011 by Harlequin

In the kingdom of Elden, the evil that is the Blood Sorcerer has taken over. With their dying breath, the Queen and King each make a desperate attempt to protect their children. The Queen sends them far away to safety and the King fills them with the need for vengeance. Each of the four royal children are given a magical timepiece...

Nicolai, a vampire and the eldest of the royal siblings, was once known far and wide for his way with women. He was even given the name 'The Dark Seducer". Now the tables have turned as Nicolai has found himself in the position of a sex slave. To make matters worse, he is stuck in Delfina without his timepiece and his memory.

Each night Jane Parker is visited by a virile, sexy vampire. She is undoubtedly drawn to him and his world. The arrival of a magical book sweeps Jane from her plain, boring life into the realm of the fantastical. She's the key to Nicolai's freedom, but will she also be the key to his future?

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Gena Showalter is a goddess of writing. Seriously. I have never read anything by her that I didn't love with a capital L and this book is no exception. Lord of the Vampires is the first part of four in the new Royal House of Shadows series by Harlequin. Books 2-4 are authored by Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh.

Nicolai the vampire is the captive and sexual slave of a sadistic, cruel princess. He cannot remember anything about his past but a vague sense of wrongness and the anger burning deep in his gut.

Jane Parker has been through a traumatic event and wishes for nothing more than normality and peace. Her world is shaken by the seductive force that is Nicolai.

What I loved about this story was how real their lust at first sight was. You could almost see the pages burning up with their intense attraction. It isn't one of those hard to buy hook-ups, they fall fast and furiously for each other. Nicolai is a perfect complement to Jane - a total Tarzan, complete with ineffectual grunting and toddler cries of 'MINE!' (Does anyone else find this totally hot??) He is also intelligent, kind, caring and considerate. In short, the total alpha male package.
Jane is no wilting flower. She has come through something that would have broken lesser mortals, not only intact but stronger than ever. She can be tender and supportive but she also knows when to whack a little sense into Nicolai. For his own good, of course.

As they attempt to free Nicolai and regain his memories, they are met with obstacles at almost every turn. A few choice twists kept me guessing and the ending was both satisfying and not enough. The world of the Royal House of Shadows has been well set up and I look forward to reading the next book!

Book 2, Lord of Rage and Primal Instincts by Jill Monroe releases September 27th.

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