Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter
Series: Royal House of Shadows (#1)
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 288
Source: NetGalley

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.

 

Review:  I’m a huge fan of Gena Showalter.  Her Lords of the Underworld books are on my limited auto-buy list.  So, when I saw she was doing a new series with a couple other romance authors, I snagged the book at NetGalley.

The concept of this series is interesting.  There are 4 siblings, children of a royal family.  When their parents rule is threatened, their mother, a witch, casts a spell sending her children to the far corners of their realm with no memory of their royal lives.  As they age, they have this compulsion of revenge.  Each of the books, written by a different author, follow these siblings as they make their way home.

Lord of the Vampires is the first book in the series and follows Nicolai, a vampire, the oldest of the siblings.  he’s been enslaved and using magic he learned from his mother, he summons Jane to help free him.  Jane is all alone in the world and can’t figure out the steamy dreams she’s been having.  And when she’s suddenly face to face with the star of those dreams and he’s asking for her help, what’s a girl to do?

Parts of this story I really enjoyed.  I loved Jane.  A strong, smart woman who has overcome a lot of adversity and is able to suspend belief and make her way in this magical realm she finds herself in.  Nicolai is a little harder to like.  He takes the alpha male role to the extreme at times.  And I wasn’t too keen on his, “after she helps me, I’ll ditch her” attitude.  Obviously since we’re talking about a romance, he gets over that.  But the romance aspect was very much overshadowed by the paranormal, borderline horror, story line.

I was left wanting with this book.  Gena Showalter is still on my favorite list, but this book didn’t help her case.  I am however, looking forward to the future books in the series.  Up next is Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe.

 

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