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.
Joey W. Hill is one of the best erotic romance writers out there, bar none. Her rich, unique prose is always lush, and never more so than in this first of her Vampire Servant series. The role reversal, with an alpha male learning the pleasure in submitting to a powerful female vampire, allows her to play with sexual dynamics in new and refreshing ways, and while this isn't a fast read, it's a more than satisfying one. Its only drawback for me is that I am not a fan of headhopping, but when the prose is as good as this, I'm willing to overlook it to get lost in the sensuality of the story.
This book is a bit unusual in it's genre (erotica) because the heroine is the Dominant. It took me a good third of the book to get past the idea that the heroine wants the hero to submit to her while she continually proves that she can overpower him (physically, as she's a vampire and he is not) and that she wishes to really Master him.
I wasn't sure this premise was very sexy or appealing but Joey Hill writes a compelling and very erotic story. She manages to give us a strong, masculine, and himself dominant, hero who nonetheless submits to the heroine. By the end I "got" what Hill (and the heroine) was aiming for, that there is something very hot about a man that strong and self actualized who is willing to give up control to a woman. I needed some convincing, but she got there.
I was not entirely convinced about the love story. The characters were too invested in each other too early in the book. It is explained later but I'm not sure I totally bought it. That said, I will BUY the next book in the series rather than waiting. It was very good.
Donna S. (gamer42) - , reviewed The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book immensely, finding myself drawn into the story and not wanting to put it down.
There are some very intense BDSM passages as well as what some might consider gratuitous violence/abuse, so if you're not able to immerse yourself into another culture (the Vampire's) where that behavior truly is accepted and even expected by both the Masters/Mistresses and their servants, I would suggest this book may not be for you.
I found this to be a very touching story of love and loyalty with both participants at times questioning their thoughts and feelings (their own and each others), struggling with ingrained resistances as they try to come to grips with what their relationship could and should be.
It can be read as a stand-alone story, since the ending is not a cliff-hanger per se, but certainly there are story-line threads left hanging. For those who enjoy this book, I would say the next book in the series, The Mark of the Vampire Queen, is an absolute must-read.