Royal House of Shadows # 1
By: Gena Showalter
Pub. Date: August 23, 2011
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 have to admit, I was confused for most of the story. I didn’t really understand what was going on. Piece by piece everything started to come together and make sense. Once that happened, I was able to enjoy the story and I ended up really liking it!
I loved Nicolai. As a sex slave to a sadistic women, he lives every day being raped and beaten. With no memory of who he is, he doesn’t even know if Nicolai is his real name. All he knows is that he has a need for revenge. He was so brute and caveman like, and actually, he’s kind of ass. But once we get to know him, and his memories start to come back, we see a completely different side to him. His polar opposite personalities made for a great character that I really enjoyed reading about.
I didn’t really like Jane. I liked that she was willing to help Nicolai, but she was also kind of stupid and whiney, which annoyed me a little. I did like watching Jane and Nicolai relationship blossom as they escaped. I thought it was very sweet.
Overall, I enjoyed Lord of the Vampires and I am excited to read the next three books in the series, all written by different authors, which I think is pretty neat.
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