Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Published: August 23rd, 2011 (Harlequin)
Age group: Adult
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Other: Royal House of Shadows, #1
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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..
I had very high hopes for this book. I love Showalters Lords of the Underworld series and was hoping this was just as good, but it wasn't. Even though it didn't live up to my expectations, this book was very enjoyable and I liked reading it.
My main issue with this book (the reason why I didn't like it so much), was that everything seemed to happen very easily. I like it when characters have to struggle a bit for what they want, but in this book, everything went pretty smoothly - except for one encounter with blood thirsty creatures. Everything pretty much worked out the way they wanted of the way they planned.
I liked Jane, but I had some problems to get to like Nicolai. I get it, he's this royal hottie who is used to getting what he wants, but it made him selfish and also made it harder for me as the reader to get to like him. In the end, he was still selfish, but he wasn't as bad as he was in the beginning.
This is the first book in a collaboration series of four books, and I'm curious to see what happens in book two, even though this book didn't blow my mind. It made an enjoyable read and it was just the easy read I was looking for at the moment I read it.