How did I get it: Netgalley. Lord of the Vampires comes out on August 30th.
Why did I get it: I liked the premise of this series, which is sort of odd for me since I don’t seek out a lot of Paranormal Romance books on a regular basis. I’ve enjoyed Gena Showalter’s works in the past though, and I figured if nothing else I’d read her contribution to the Royal House of Shadows.
How I would rate it: 4 out of 5 stars.
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…
Review: Every so often a book comes along that makes me feel utterly, absolutely, giddily vindicated in my belief that wanting a book of quality is not foolishness. A book that makes me go “Aha! There is absolutely nothing wrong with me because THIS! This is why I am picky when it comes to romance!” I do have to admit though that, in this case, I wasn’t too surprised by being so pleased by a Paranormal Romance. This is not my first trip to the Showalter… Am I allowed to call it a Rodeo? Maybe the Showalter Experience is more appropriate. Anyway, whatever you call it, this is my first time blogging about it. As you might have guessed, I’m pretty happy about it.
Lord of the Vampires is a pretty seductive little novel that I had a very hard time putting down. Showalter took the done to death theme of vampires in love and women magically going to other worlds to be with them and actually made me like it. I was charmed by just about everything this book had to offer me.* I was thrilled to read about Jane, a woman who was quite capable of dealing with problems on her own, and Nicolai, a vampire who had lost pretty much everything and was doing whatever it took to get it all back not just for himself but his family.
More importantly, I liked both of main characters and I liked them getting together. There were moments of humor, moments of hotness, moments of family, moments of interest in which the characters liked each other for reasons other than sex, and even brief mentions of gay men.** The writing was great and steamy, the chemistry was pretty epic, and the pacing was perfect. Furthermore, nothing went on for too long, nothing was too tidy, and everything was pretty much satisfying. Are there moments of predictability or cliché? Sure, but that certainly didn’t hurt this book nor did it take anything away from my enjoyment. I would point out though that there are a lot of gray areas of consent going on in parts of the book especially in regards to the creepy bad witches. It didn’t bother me, to be honest, but that I think is still worth mentioning for those who prefer to avoid such things.
In conclusion, more please! Whether you’re a hardcore Paranormal Romance fan or if, like me, you are a more skeptical, reticent one who sometimes worries that The Hater of All Things Love is going to become your moniker, I suggest checking out this book and possibly pre-ordering the others. I, for one, definitely plan on reading the rest of the Royal House of Shadows series, and I’m especially looking forward to Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh.
* I didn’t like the fact that everyone evil in this book was unattractive and that this was commented on/linked together, but thankfully, that notion got very little page time.
** Maybe it’s just me but I hate stories where everyone is the same in every concievable way or where every man has to be into the main female character because she’s female. And I hate worlds where everyone has the same sexual preference, religion, culture, etc. I don’t want to live in a world of sameness and frankly I refuse to acknowledge the possibility that I do. So I definitely appreciate the writers, like Showalter, who don’t get so caught up on things like that, but just focus on writing an awesome story. Which is pretty much all I want out of a book.