Lord of the Vampires

Lord of the Vampires

by Gena Showalter

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373618668
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Royal House of Shadows , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.

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"I need you, Jane."

Frowning, Jane Parker placed the note on her kitchen countertop. She studied the scarred, leather-bound book resting inside an unadorned box, surrounded by a sea of black velvet. A few minutes ago, she'd returned from her five-mile jog. This package had been waiting on her porch.

There'd been no return address. No explanation as to why the thing had been left for her, and no hint as to who "I" was. Or why Jane was needed. Why would anyone need her? She was twenty-seven years old and had only recently regained the use of her legs. She had no family, no friends, no job. Not anymore. Her little cabin in Smallest Town Ever, Oklahoma, was secluded, barely a blip in the neighboring expanse of lush green trees and wide-open, blue sky.

She should have tossed the thing. Of course, curiosity far outweighed caution. As always.

She carefully lifted the book. At the moment of contact, she saw her hands covered in blood and gasped, dropping the heavy tome on the counter. But when she lifted her hands to the light, they were scrubbed clean, her nails neat and painted a pretty morning rose.

You have an overactive imagination, and too much oxygen pumping through your veins from the run. That's all.

Cold hard logic—her best and only friend.

The book's binding creaked as she opened to the middle, where a tattered pink ribbon rested. The scent of dust and musk wafted up, layered with something else. Something…mouthwatering and slightly familiar. Her frowned deepened.

She shifted in her seat, a twinge of pain shooting through her legs, and sniffed. Oh, yes. Her mouth definitely watered as she caught the slightest trace of sandalwood. Goose bumps broke out over her skin, her senses tingling, her blood heating. How embarrassing. And, okay, how interesting. Since the car accident that ruined her life eleven months ago, she had experienced arousal only at night, in her dreams. To react like this in daylight, because of a book…odd.

She didn't allow herself to ponder why. There wasn't an answer that would satisfy her. Instead, she concentrated on the pages in front of her. They were yellowed and brittle, delicate. And beaded with blood? Small dots of dried crimson marred the edges.

Gently she brushed her fingertips along the handwritten text, her gaze catching on several words. Chains. Vampire. Belonged. Soul. More goose bumps, more tingling.

Some blushing.

Her eyes narrowed. At last the sandalwood cologne made sense. For the past few months, she'd dreamed of a vampire male in chains and woken to the fragrance clinging to her skin. And yes, he's the one who had aroused her. She'd told no one. So, how had anyone known to give her this.journal?

She'd worked in quantum physics for years, as well as what was considered fringe science, sometimes studying creatures of "myth" and "legend." She'd conducted controlled interviews with actual blood drinkers and even dissected the corpses brought to her lab.

She knew that vampires, shape-shifters and other creatures of the night existed, even though her coworkers on the quantum physics side of the equation had not been privy to the truth. So, maybe someone had found out and this was a simple joke. Maybe her dreams had no connection. Except, forever had seemed to pass since she'd had any contact with those coworkers. And besides, who would do such a thing? None of them had cared enough about her to do anything.

Let this go, Parker. Before it's too late.

The command from her self-preservation instincts made no sense. Too late for what?

Her instincts offered no reply. Well, the scientist in her needed to know what was going on.

Jane cleared her throat. "I'm reading a few passages, and that's that." She'd been alone since leaving the hospital several months ago, and sometimes the sound of her voice was better than silence. "'Chains circled the vampire's neck, wrists and ankles. Because his shirt and pants had been stripped away, and a loincloth was his only apparel, there was nothing to protect his already savaged skin. The links cut him deeply, to the bone, before healing—and slicing open again. He did not care. What was pain when your will, your very soul, no longer belonged to you?'"

She pressed her lips together as a wave of dizziness crashed through her. A moment passed, then another, her heartbeat speeding up and hammering wildly against her ribs.

Raw images tore through her. This man—this vampire—bound, helpless. Hungry. His lush lips were pulled taut, his teeth sharp, white. He was surprisingly tanned, temptingly muscled, with dark, mussed hair and a face so eerily beautiful he would haunt her nighttime fantasies for years to come.

What she'd just read, she'd already seen. Many times. How? She didn't know. What she did know was that in her dreams, she felt compassion for this man, even anger. And yet, there was always that low simmer of arousal in the background. Now, the arousal took center stage.

The more she breathed, the more the sandalwood scent clung to her, and the more her reality altered, as if this, her home, was nothing more than a mirage. As if the vampire's cage was real. As if she needed to stand up and walk—no, run—until she reached him. Anything to be with him, now and forever.

Okay. Enough of that. She slapped the book closed, even though so many questions were left dangling, and strode away.

Such a strong reaction coupled with her dreams utterly nixed the idea of a joke. Not that she'd placed much hope in that direction. However, the remaining possibilities upset her, and she refused to contemplate them.

She showered, dressed in a T-shirt and jeans and ate a nutritious breakfast. Unbidden, she found her gaze returning to the leather binding, over and over again. She wondered if the enslaved vampire were real—and okay. If she could help him. A few times, she even opened to the middle of the book before she realized she'd moved. Always she darted off before the story could snare her.

And perhaps that's why the stupid thing had been given to her. To hook her, to send her racing back to work. Well, she didn't need to work. Money was not a problem for her. More than that, she no longer loved the sciences. Why would she? There was never a solution, only more problems.

Because when one puzzle piece slid into place, there were always twenty more needed. And in the end, nothing you did, nothing that had been solved or unraveled, would save the ones you loved. There would always be some dumb guy throwing back a few cold ones at the local bar, getting into his car and hitting yours. Or something equally tragic.

Life was random.

Jane craved monotony.

But when midnight rolled around, her mind still hadn't settled in regards to the vampire. Giving up, she returned to the kitchen, grabbed the book and stalked to bed. Just a few more passages, damn it, then she'd start craving monotony again.

Jane's oversize T-shirt bunched at her waist as she propped the book on her upraised legs, opened to the middle of the story, where the bookmark was still set, and returned her attention to the pages. For several seconds, the words appeared to be written in a language she did not understand. Then, a blink later, they were written in English again.

O-kay. Very weird, and surely—hopefully—an I-just-need-sleep mistake on her part.

She found her place. "'They called him Nicolai.'" Nicolai. A strong, luscious name. The syllables rolled through her mind, a caress. Her nipples beaded, aching for a hot, wet kiss, and every inch of her skin flushed. She thought back. She'd never interviewed a vampire named Nicolai, and the one in her dream had never spoken to her. He had never acknowledged her in any way. "'He did not know his past or if he had a future. He knew only his present. His hated, torturous present. He was a slave, locked away like an animal.'"

Just like before, a wave of dizziness slammed through her. This time, Jane pressed on, even as her chest constricted. "'He was kept clean and oiled. Always. Just in case Princess Laila had need of him in her bed. And the princess did have need of him. Often. Her cruel, twisted desires left him beaten and bruised. Not that he ever accepted defeat. The man was wild, nearly uncontrollable, and so filled with hate anyone who looked at him saw their death in his eyes.'"

The dizziness intensified. Hell, so did the desire. To tame a man like that, to have all of his vigor focused on you, pounding into you…his participation willing… Jane shivered.

Lose the ADD, Parker. She cleared her throat. "'He was hard, merciless. A warrior at heart. A man used to absolute control. At least, he thought he was. Even with his lack of memory, he was patently aware that every order directed his way scraped his nerves raw.'"

Another shiver rocked her. She grit her teeth. He needed her compassion, not her desire. He's that real to you? Yeah, he was. "'At least he would have a few days' reprieve,'" she read on, "'forgotten by one and all. The entire palace was frothing over Princess Odette's return from the grave and—'"

The rest of the page was blank. "And what?" Jane flipped to the next, but quickly realized the story had ended on an unfinished cliff-hanger. Great.

Thankfully—or not—she discovered more writing toward the end and blinked, shook her head. The words didn't change. "'You, Jane Parker,'" she recited hollowly. "'You are Odette. Come to me, I command you. Save me, I beg you. Please, Jane. I need you.'"

Her name was in the book. How was her name in the book? And written by the same hand as the rest? On the same aged, stained pages, with the same smudged ink?

I need you.

Her attention returned to the part directed to her. She reread "You are Odette" until the urge to scream was at last overshadowed by curiosity. Her mind swirled. There were so many paths to take with this. Forged, genuine, dream, reality.

Come to me.

Save me.

Please.

I command you.

Something inside her responded to that command more than anything else in the book. The urge to run— here, there, anywhere—beat through her. As long as she found him, saved him, nothing else mattered. And she could save him, just as soon as she reached him.

I. Command. You.

Yes. She wanted to obey. So damn badly. She felt as if an invisible cord had been wound around her neck, and was now tugging at her.

Trembling, Jane closed the book. She wasn't searching for anyone. Not tonight. She needed to regroup. In the morning, after a few coffee IVs, her head would be clear and she could reason this out. She hoped.

After placing the tome on her nightstand, she flopped into her bed and closed her eyes, trying to force her brain to quiet. An unsuccessful endeavor. If Nicolai's story was true, he was as trapped by those chains as surely as she had once been trapped by her body's infirmities.

The compassion grew…spread…

While he was kept in a cage, she had been bound to a hospital bed, her bones broken, her muscles torn, her mind hazed by medication, all because a drunk driver had slammed into her car. And while she had been— was—tormented by the loss of her family, since her mother, father and sister had been in the car with her, Nicolai was tormented by a sadistic woman's unwanted touch. She felt a wave of regret, a crackle of fury.

I need you.

Jane inhaled deeply, exhaled slowly and shifted to her side, clutching her pillow close. As close as she suddenly wanted to clutch Nicolai, to comfort him. To be with him. Uh, not going there. She didn't know the man. Therefore, she wasn't going to imagine sleeping with him.

But that's exactly what she did. His plight was forgotten as she imagined him climbing on top of her, his silver eyes bright with desire, his pupils blown. His lips were plump and red from kissing her entire body, still moist with her flavor. She licked at him, tasting him, tasting herself, eager for anything and everything he would give her.

He growled his approval, flashing his fangs.

His big, muscled body surrounded her, his skin hot, little beads of sweat forming, causing them to rub and glide together, straining toward release. God, he felt good. So damn good. Long and thick. A perfect fit, stretching her just right. Rocking, rocking, faster and faster, taking her to the edge of sensation before slowing… slowing…tormenting.

She clawed at him, her nails scouring his back. He groaned. She raised her knees, squeezing his hips. Yes. Yes, more. Faster, faster still. Never enough, almost enough. More, please more.

Nicolai's tongue thrust into her mouth, rolling with hers before he bit down, drawing blood, sucking. A sharp sting, and then, finally, oh, God, finally, she tumbled over.

Ripples of satisfaction swept through her entire body, little stars winking behind her eyes. Her inner muscles clenched and unclenched, liquid heat pooling between her legs. She rode the tide for endless seconds, minutes, before sagging against the mattress, boneless, unable to catch her breath.

An orgasm, she mused dazedly. A freaking orgasm from a fantasy man, and she hadn't even needed to touch herself.

"Nicolai…mine…" she whispered, and she was smiling as she at last drifted off to sleep.

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Lord of the Vampires (Harlequin Nocturne #119) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 261 reviews.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Gena Showalter books ever since Awaken me was released from the Alien series! I enjoyed reading the lord of vampires. it was so hard to put down. A must read for paranormal readers!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: 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.
Double-Edge-Blade More than 1 year ago
This was such a great read. If you have read any of Gena books you know she spins a good story. I thought I could wait until the book came out at the library but I was bored and opted to purchased it instead. I read this book in 24 hours. I could not put this down it was so riveting. I think I'm ready to bitten! Great Read.
KLBooksAZ More than 1 year ago
This didn't sound like a normal Gena written book, but a quick put together story. I even checked the cover a few times to make sure I downloaded the correct book. I know she had a blast with it...and that's great, but it truly lacked Gena's quick whit and bantering originality. [even with ogres, unicorns, snapping fish, biting tree limbs, naked servants & several-chin'd witches] The word "okay" was used more than was nesessary...seriously...and the characters just fell, well, flat. I HATE to admit I was actually bored...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Gena's books. This one was good, but i found it lacking something.
KarmelRead2665 More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the series so I am willing to give it a chance. The author is a really great writer.
MelbaZuniga More than 1 year ago
I couldnt get into this book, had to force myself to finish it.
CrazySnowdog More than 1 year ago
I actually LOVE Showalters series "Lords of the Underworld" and the "Atlantis" series. Both are fun, exciting, humorous, sexy and suspensful....BUT, the Lord of the Vampires was really none of those things. I never found myself unable to put my nook down or never wondered what was coming next. This book was just so-so. I may try another in this series to see if it gets better, because Showalter is a great writer. I just didn't like this one.
Rina_Amz More than 1 year ago
The Royal House of Shadows is the brainchild of four bestselling paranormal romance authors, coming together to create a fantasy world for Harlequin's Nocturne series. Each subsequent book is written by a different author and Gena Showalter kicks it off with Lord of the Vampires, the story of Nicolai. Nicolai is the eldest of five royal siblings who are separated after their parents, the king and queen of Elden, have been murdered by the Blood Sorcerer. Each sibling is faced with their own obstacles to overcome, including their loss of memory, in order to be reunited with one another before time runs out and the Blood Sorcerer can't be stopped. Nicolai, after being stripped of his memories, has been taken against his will as a sex slave by witch princesses. His only chance to gain his freedom is by the help of a human scientist, Jane, who he has magically transported into his mystical world for his own gain. What he didn't count on was falling in love with her. I enjoyed Lord of the Vampires very much. Before diving in, I had perused a few reviews on it, most criticizing the book for its brevity. Yes, it was a fairly quick read but I in no way thought it took away from the great story. Nicolai is strong and sensual. You bare witness to his intense internal conflict over his insatiable need for vengeance and his new found desire to make Jane his own. Jane is smart, believably strong throughout and an overall well developed heroine, characteristics I crave in my female leads. I found myself pulling for this couple throughout their journey and hoping that the circumstances surrounding these two was not insurmountable in the long run. The book is at times graphically gruesome, but I myself enjoy the dynamic of gritty action and hot sex. I also think it showcased the excellent range at which Gena can write. The next book, Lord of Rage, penned by Jill Monroe, is the story of the lone female offspring, Breena. Jessica Anderson and Nalini Singh are the authors of the following installments. I would definitely recommend this series. I know I am looking forward to see how the story changes and progresses from author to author.
KPLord More than 1 year ago
I love Gena Showalter and I just assumed that I would like this book because she wrote it. I can't even describe what it is I don't like about it, all I know is that I had no desire to even finish the book. It was just boring I guess.
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series so when I came across this novel I was intrigued. The Royal House of Shadows novels are each written by different paranormal authors. There are four siblings, each will get their own story. This is a really interesting concept for this series. Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter focuses on the oldest of the siblings, Nicolai. He's a prince who has been trapped in the kingdom of Delfina by evil witches. Nicolai doesn't remember much of his life before but he knows with out a doubt he has a higher purpose. Nicolai uses what little power he has to summon someone from the outside world that can set him free. Jane dreams of a handsome vampire that she can't get enough of. So when a mysterious book is delivered to her doorstep it could be the answer to everything she hopes for. This book literally transports her to Nikolai. Together they must find a way to escape the clutches of the evil witches while fighting obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom and their love. This is an okay story. I thought the story line was good. It had action and romance plus a bit of mystery. Jane is a good character. She is recovering from a car accident that killed her family. She's not surprised that Nikolai is a vampire because she's worked with the paranormal before. Nikolai is a bit of a rouge who plans on just using Jane to escape but his plans change after he meets Jane in person. The romance between the two gets a little steamy but both know a relationship together might not be possible. These two characters have good chemistry. Overall the book was good. I like the action and adventure as well as the romance. The only thing that is not my cup of tea is the sexual abuse that happens in this novel. Jane and Nikolai both encounter situations that made my skin crawl. While I have some issues with this first book, I'm still interested in reading the second book in this series.
Cassie629 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1)By: Gena ShowalterISBN: 9780373618668Published August 23, 2011 by HarlequinAvailable Format: Hardcover, Paperback, ebookMy Rating: ¿¿¿¿¿Caution: This book contains adult themes, violence, and a little gore. For mature readers only!When the Blood Sorcerer ravages the kingdom of Elden, the dying king and queen cast final spells for their children¿the queen scatters them for safety while the king plants a need for vengeance in each heart. The siblings are connected only by a magical timepiece, and the time for vengeance is upon them.Nicolai is a strong, capable, extremely sexy vampire who somehow becomes a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina. The queen and her bratty witch daughters use and abuse Nicolai in unimaginable ways. In his attempt to finally gain freedom and recover his memory, he lures Jane Parker into his world. Summoned by Nicolai, Jane must obey, and she quickly finds herself mesmerized by Nicolai¿s dark power. There is more to the story of Jane and Nicolai than even they realize, and as the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, Jane realizes she might still lose the man she desires and loves above all others.Wow, this book is sizzling! I received Lord of the Vampires from NetGalley, and this is my first dive into Gena Showalter¿s writing (I have several of her books on my to-read list). She most certainly can write¿deep, edgy characters, heart-thumping action, and lots of steamy sex scenes; it¿s enough to get a girl all hot and bothered! What I really loved about this book, however, is that while there is a lot of passion involved, there is a solid underlying story as well. All the layers of the plot work perfectly together to accentuate rather than distract from the storyline. There are fairy tale undertones to the story which I enjoyed very much. Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella¿ It was very interesting to discover those little bits and pieces as we moved along, but this book is very much its own story. Nicolai is one of the most interesting male characters I have read about, and I loved that Jane had this history with the supernatural even in the real world. Of course, we¿re left with some unanswered questions and a dose of suspense, so I am anxious to see the next installment of the series to see where these two lovers go from here!
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gena, Gena, Gena girlfriend....What Happened! You are my girl. You know that don't you? BUT Gena, Gena Gena.....What Happened!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & Dirty: A paranormal twist to the story of Alice and Wonderland. Opening Sentence: Once upon a time, in a land of vampires, shape-shifters and witches, the Blood Sorcerer coveted the only power denied him: the right to rule. The Review: Once upon a time in a computer far far away, there lived four queens. Each queen had the gift of storytelling and regaled their subjects with tales of far off lands. One day, the queens decided to create a story together. ¿Our people will love them,¿ they said to each other. ¿So,¿ one commented, ¿what shall our story be about?¿ And there begins the birth of the Royal House of Shadows series. Okay, not really, but it COULD have started like that. Four friends DID get together and started a series where each author would be in charge of one book. Each book would be a twist on a fairy tale, and each one would concentrate on one of the lives of four royal siblings. The rest of it is pure speculation, and poetic license, on my part. Lord of the Vampires is about a vampire prince, with no memory of his past, and the woman from another world he summoned to save him. This story contains lots of sexual situations; including sexual abuse, attempted rape, and the occasional orgy. There are two options for buying these tales. The first is just the one story. The second includes other tales by the author. Gena Showalter¿s bonus stories include: The Darkest Angel and The Darkest Prison from her Lords of the Underworld series, and The Amazon¿s Curse, which is set in the Atlantis world. I like the option of reading more from an author that¿s easily accessible. I have added reviews for the extra stories at the end of this review. Nicolai, nick-named the ¿Dark Seducer,¿ is an alpha male in every sense of the word. He is strong, sexy, and helpless against his primal instincts. He is driven to freedom and revenge, but he does know whom to fight or why he needs to in the first place. In the beginning, he is consumed by thoughts of avenging¿ something. He vows a slow and painful death to the evil queen and her abusive daughters for their part in his imprisonment and abuse. But Nicolai is trapped and must bide his time to fulfill his vows of retribution. He sends out his magic to bring him the one who can help him; the only one who can save him, Jane. Jane Parker is a brilliant scientist from our world that is transported to where Nicolai is incarcerated. She¿s not sure how it happened but recognizes Nicolai as the man from her dreams. At first she can¿t choose between being scared or turned on. She is seen by those around her here as one of the kingdom¿s evil princesses, courtesy of Nicolai¿s glamour, and helps him bust out by exploiting her ¿position.¿ She¿s scarred both emotionally and physically by a car wreck that killed her family and left her injured yet manages to handle the stress of dimensional traveling with ease. At first, this really bugged me. I mean, who in their right mind would stay calm in the same position? Of course, the explanations of her easy acceptance are both believable and written seamlessly into the overall plot. Ms. Showalter works the back-story of Jane and Nicolai throughout the book, as opposed to dumping it all together in the beginning. I appreciate discovering his past, as recovered memories, along with Nicolai. I like that Jane¿s research in our world bridges over to Nicolai¿s and she uses that knowledge to adapt. It makes me feel like I am a part of the story; discovering tidbits as the character¿s do. Together, Nicolai and Jane fight the bad guys while falling in love with one another. But can they overcome the obstacles that face them? Can their love survive Nicolai¿s memories and Jane¿s secrets? Is his love stronger than his need for vengeance? Is her past more important than her future? This book definitely delivers. I recommend it to those who enjoy a little smut with their happily-ever-after. Notable Scene: Because they were near a stream, bathing her patient was
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was ok. Vampire prince has his memory erased. Princess of another kingdom purchases as a slave and tortures and rapes him (this is off screen). A woman from Earth crosses over into this world and saves the prince. Things go from there.
jdonnelly14 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RECEIVED FROM: NetGalley for Review***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***Nicolai is a vampire, a crown prince who during an attack on his castle, which killed his parents, has somehow become a sex slave in another kingdom with no real memory of who he is or where he came from. Jane is a modern day scientist, or she was until a car wreck killed her family, and temporarily took from her the ability to walk. When Jane wakes up in Nicolai¿s world she doesn¿t know how she got there or who she can trust. All she knows is she¿s drawn to the pleasure slave and will do anything to help him. But will helping him get her killed?This was an excellent beginning to a new series that I¿m very excited to read more of. There were only a couple things I didn¿t really like. One of which was there were a couple of sex scenes that didn¿t really further the plot. Not all of them of course and that plot definitely wasn¿t driven by sex, but I think it was used a little more than necessary. However in the defense of those scenes I will say they were well written and extremely pulse-pounding racy. Also while it became clear later in the novel that they¿d really fallen in love before the book began, but through magic had lost those memories I would have like to have seen more of that, the time when they actually fell in love so that their extreme feelings for each other didn¿t seem so abrupt. I understood why they felt what they did, but it was a bit of a stretch of the imagination for me to believe with so little of their past shown to me in the story. I would also have liked a little more revenge shown but I don¿t think that detracted from the story, more that it¿s a personal preference. To be honest with my personal preferences I¿d have like to have seen and to know more about a lot of things, Jane¿s former career, her accident, how they came to meet in the first place. The book left me curious about a lot of things that I¿ll probably never get answers to since the series it to be written by multiple authors. It¿s one of those stories that if there were a companion novel produced just giving me all that back story I¿m so curious about I¿d gladly read it. However I still left the story with a sense of fulfillment at having read a full story arc with engaging characters and plot, so I guess it¿s saying something about Showalter¿s talent as a writer that I do want to know more about her characters and the lives they had before the story begins. This is actually the first Showalter titles I¿ve read. I¿ve started one before, but had the poor luck of purchasing a misprint from Doubleday book club that I waited too long to read. So by the time I read it and realized the middle of a different book had been bound into the center of that book and it was missing the middle of the book, it was too late to get the book replaced. Even though it had nothing to do with the author, it left me a little frustrated so I just never went back to her work because imagine reading until the middle of a Showalter title and suddenly you¿re in the middle of a regency romance with no idea what happened. Logically I knew the chance of picking up another book by her so fatally flawed in the publishing house was rare, but it didn¿t stop the emotional response of not wanting to face that frustration again and therefore avoiding her titles. After having read this novel I¿m cursing myself for what I was letting myself miss by avoiding her work. Like in most romance novels Showalter didn¿t spend a lot of time building up secondary characters; however I appreciated the allusions to Alice in Wonderland in the form of the Queen of Hearts. The story also had other similarities to well known fairy tales without fully pulling those story lines into her own story. What I mean is many of the secondary characters would remind you a fairy tale character but the story was in no way a rewritten fairy tale. Almost as if the characters existed as a salute to the fairy tales of old without giv
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't love it, but it was entertaining enough. I am interested to see how the rest of the series plays out. I also appreciated the inclusion of some of Showalter's shorts -- particularly "The Amazon's Curse", which was brief and kinda cheesy yet enjoyable.
RtB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JenReview copy provided by NetGalleyI'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.
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars - maybe 4??Hmmm. I keep going back and forth on how to rate this book. As a whole, I liked this book. But the relationship kind of bugged me. Normally I am OK with things being slowly revealed to me throughout a book - actually I usually prefer it. But an important plot point revealed later in this story might have helped me better accept Nicolai and Jane's relationship if I had known it earlier. I keep thinking it is something that shouldn't bother me. Many paranormal romances have characters instantly in love (lust), and they did not bother me. This one did though.So it was the story I really liked. Nicolai is able to magically summon Jane from our world to his, Delfina, to help him escape from his captivity. He has no memory of who he is and how he ended up the sex slave of a cruel witch princess. All he knows is he is a vampire with strong powers he mostly can't use and he has a strong compulsion to go to a neighboring kingdom and kill its king. I like Delfina with its magical creatures and play on time. Jane, because of her research on earth, does not freak out (too much) when she wakes up in a strange land, and is the perfect person to help Nicolai with his problems. She is the sensible one against Nicolai's aggression and "Mine" mentality. I like her.Each book in this four book series centers on a different sibling and is written by a different author. I am very interested to see how similar and different they will be with the different writing styles of these authors. I have only before read books by this author, Gena Showalter, and the fourth book's author, Nalini Singh. How will the authors incorporate the other characters into their stories? How will Singh resolve the connecting arc? I can't wait to find out! ARC provided by NetGalley
DarlenesBookNook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this e-ARC from Netgalley.Jane Parker, a 27 year-old woman, returns home from her jog to find a mysterious box on her porch. Inside is a leather-bound book with a note attached that reads, "I need you, Jane." Jane falls asleep after reading the book, and she awakens in Delfina - a magical realm with no time or age which has differing kingdoms and is outside the notice of humans.In this alternate universe, everyone thinks that Jane is Princess Odette "returned from the grave." Odette had been stabbed and drained by her new vampire slave, Nicolai, and then thrown over the cliffs and was presumed dead. When Nicolai summoned Jane, he projected Odette's image onto her so that everyone would think that she was Odette.Jane was a scientist who studied the manipulation of macroscopic energy, like the molecular transfer of an object from one place to another. Is this the reason why Nicolai had summoned her?Jane, as Odette, must help Nikolai return to Elden so that he can kill the Blood Sorcerer who slayed his parents, King Aelfric and Queen Alvina, and find his siblings: Dayn, Breena, and Micah.This is my first Harlequin Nocturne book, and also my first reading of Showalter's work. I am now a fan of both! I thought the story was unique, and I loved the idea of travelling to another realm.I love that Jane is a strong, smart heroine and that she had overcome so much, not just in her ordinary life before Nicolai but also all that she had to endure while in Delfina. Nicolai is a hot and sexy vampire. I thought their pairing was magical, and Showalter certainly has a way with words -- the intimate scenes between Jane and Nicolai are positively sizzling!Each book in the series is written by a different author, and I hope that I will enjoy the next book in the series -- Lords of Rage by Jill Monroe (Princess Breena's story) -- as much as I did this one. I am hooked on the series, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!MY RATING: 4.5 stars!
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still in the process of recovering from a devastating and fatal car accident, Jane Parker lived a secluded life, by choice. Strange dreams of a male vampire in chains kept haunting her dreams and then she received a book. Knowing vampires were real after the research she used to do in her `before the accident¿ life, she was curios about the desire she felt for the man in her dreams, then he wasn¿t a dream anymore. Finding a way to get her to help him escape the prison he had been in, the Dark Seducer (Nicolai) had only to draw Jane to Delfina by casting a spell but even that he couldn¿t remember doing. Having had his memory taken by the witches, all Nicolai had was the need to escape so that he could slay the King of Elden. Once freed, his memories started to slowly returned enough to make him question why Jane would willingly stay and help him find the people responsible for his families lose and separation. Book 1 ¿.. So much happens in this, the first book oaf the Royal House of Shadows. As the dark and brooding character of Nicolai opens up, seeing the real him left no doubt about what a great family they are. Jane seemed a bit ADD at times with her over analyzing and flakey daydreaming, but the set up for this series is great. The magical scattering of all four of the siblings by the mother, while the father spelled them to seek revenge. I am excited about this series, the concept of these four wonderful authors coming together to bring the paranormal version of fairy tales ~ who came up with these great ideas?! Gena Showalter did fabulous (she is one of my favorite authors to begin with) starting this series with her vampire version of Alice in Wonderland, complete with the Queen of Hearts. I am eager to find out what Jill Monroe does with Princess Breena in `Lord of Rage. (I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book)
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Blood Sorcerer of Elden wanted more power, so the only thing he could do was wipe out the Elden's Royal Family so he could rule. As they were dying the king, a vampire and his wife, a witch, each cast their own spells. His was to fill his children with a sense of vengeance to kill the sorcerer and hers to get them out of there so they'd be safe. The magic goes wonky. Each of their children gets their own book, written by a different author and each coming on the heels of the other. Nicolai, the crown prince and missing his memory, is a sex slave to Princess Odette of Delfina; her entire family of witches is unbelievably cruel. He's a vampire with his own magical abilities and sends a spelled book about his circumstance to Jane, living in our reality. He begs her to come help him. Jane has a quantum physics background and she's been having dreams of a sexy man who is chained up and knows she needs to help him. When a book arrives at her door with a story about Nicolai, the spell in it to bring her to him works when she goes to bed and dreams about him that night. She finds herself in Delfina, illusioned to look like Princess Odette who was believed killed by Nicolai just two weeks ago. Their story involves their escape, a return of both their memories, the need to get back to Elden and feelings for each other. The concept is interesting as is the situation. There's plenty of lust and sex; what we've come to expect in a Gena Showalter book. Sadly, that's the best I can say about the book other than enjoyment at hearing the fate that befalls Odette's sister, Princess Laila, and of course the Happily Ever After aspect. The story is drowning in thoughts and memories, and at times was kind of confusing. If I hadn't received a copy to review it, I would have set it aside. Nicolai was easy. I get him; mostly. But I couldn't connect with any feelings for Jane and I got lost in the explanation of how they'd come to know of each other, as well as her second career. Other things just didn't ring true. For example, Jane falls asleep and rests easy in a room filled with body parts and gore after almost getting raped. Really? It's too bad that I didn't find this lead off book more enjoyable because the world and the idea is interesting and the rest of the books in the series are written by different authors. I'd like to know how everything works out but I've never read two of the four authors and unfortunately my desire to take a chance on the rest of the series, after reading this book, is in doubt. Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe - Princess Breena's story comes out 9/20/11 Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen - Price Dayn's story comes out 10/18/11 Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh - Prince Micah's story comes out 11/15/11 Reviewed for NetGalley
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Lord of the Vampires¿ is the first in a planned quartet of books with each one being penned by a different author. I was anxious to get my hands on ¿Lord¿ because it was written by Showalter, whom I really enjoy.Nicolai is the oldest child, and Crown Prince, of the King and Queen of Elden. When Elden was taken over by a blood sorcerer, the dying Queen used the last of her magic to send her children to the four corners of the globe in hopes of keeping them safe.Nicolai ended up at auction and was purchased as a sex slave for one of the Princesses of Delphina. Possessing both his Father¿s vampiric tendencies, and his Mother¿s magical abilities, he is able to summon a physicist, Jane Parker to help him escape his bonds of slavery.I love Gena Showalter! Swoon!!! It¿s hard to go into detail about what I loved about this book without revealing a whole lot! I loved that Nicolai! It was his duality that really got me. Strong and loving towards Jane¿but violent beyond belief when she or Nicolai are threatened. I loved how he constantly reassured Jane that yes he loved her unconditionally. Jane was written as ¿every girl¿. She spends a lot of time in her head, questioning everything, because of how self-conscious she was.It was a fun, incredibly sexy read, like all of Showalter¿s books are. I¿m not familiar with the writings of the other three authors in this quartet, but I do want to find out what happened to the other 3 kids of the King and Queen¿so stay tuned for those reviews.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Requested from NetGalley by meOverall Rating 3.25Story Rating 3.00Character Rating 3.50NOTE: I love Gena Showalter's writing style and her books. To quote a friend of mine, "they can't all be your favorites".What I Loved: Whatever disconnect I felt from the story, that was not missing in the couple of Nicolai and "his" Jane. In fact, I think I melted a little every time he called her "mine". There was some sizzling hot chemistry between them. As their love story unfolded, I never felt like it was rushed or forced. Gena Showalter knows how to write couples!What I Liked: I liked when we learned about Nicolai's family. I can't say much more about that because of spoilers. However, I can't wait to read his sibling's stories.Complaints: I don't have a specific complaint about the story, it was ok. I just never felt that "punch" that makes you fall in love. I did feel the pacing was excellent and all plot questions were answered. I wish I knew what just wasn't there for me but I don't have a clue.Why I gave it a 3.25: The chemistry between the main characters was off the charts and I enjoyed reading their story. I will be continuing this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago