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The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen, Bk 1)
The Vampire Queen's Servant - Vampire Queen, Bk 1 Author:Joey W. Hill HIS BLOOD. HIS SOUL. HIS BODY. HERS FOR THE ASKING... — Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who's been given a new servant -- Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman's wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far mor... more »e provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life, and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Elyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected -- a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.« less
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Lady Lyssa is the last remaining vampire Royal Queen. Even though she is immortal her health has been failing because of a mysterious disease. She is currently without a human servant to protect and manage her estates. She does not want to find another servant because of her close relationship that she had with Thomas who was her previous one. He recently died and she still isn't quite over his death. When Lyssa goes to her favorite salon to have a manicure, her usual manicurist is replaced with a delicious specimen of a man, Jacob. He has a letter explaining to her that Thomas spent his last dying days training this man to become her servant.
I found the The Vampire Queen's Servant to be a very interesting mix of components. On the one hand, it is a very sensual and dark book. Vampires like to dominate when they are having sex. The sex is more pleasurable when they can have a person submit willingly to them. Lyssa is drawn to Jacob because he is so virile and masculine. For him to submit willingly to her is like the taming of a great beast. It goes against Jacob's instincts to allow Lyssa to dominate him and for him to submit to her shows her how much he trusts and loves her. It was really interesting so see this dynamic between these two characters. Definitely, never a dull moment in the bedroom and just a warning; some of the sex might be too much for some readers.
Even though the book has its darker moments, there were also times when I felt there was an innocence to Lyssa and Jacob. It was as if they held a child's curiosity or a child's ability to live in the moment and just appreciate it for what it is. There is one scene in particular that takes place in a fountain at the mall. The way it was described in the book had me read it as if the characters were in slow motion. I could picture so clearly the drops of water suspended in the air before splashing down. That scene made an impact and I know I am not doing it justice. Let's just say that this book, definitely, had atmosphere.
The Vampire Queen's Servant does end with a few unresolved issues. Nothing that would qualify as a cliff-hanger to frustrate the reader. Instead, Lyssa and Jacob's story will continue in The Mark of the Vampire Queen.
The title is appropriate. The book is the telling of a relationship between the Queen and her servant. The entire book. The relationship between these two is intense. I cant say I loved this book though. It was almost 400 pages of just the relationship. The author hinted at other story lines that if more explored would have made the book better for me. Maybe they are in part 2? I dont know. I will probably read the next one but not for a while. A decent read, but not a great "vampire" story in my opinion.
Bookfanatic reviewed The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
Very intriguing and memorable. This is about a paranormal relationship between a very wealthy, beautiful, 1,000 year old vampire, and her extremely attractive new human servant. She has the need to dominate as her kind do. He of course wants her, but isn't willing to give in so easily. I didn't find any of the scenes overly disturbing or distasteful, but I've read a lot of paranormal erotica. In fact, I was expecting it to be much more into bondage and and S/M because of other reviews, and it wasn't that way at all. However, this book is not for the faint of heart for it's graphic.