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Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, Bk 1) (Harlequin Nocturne, No 119)
Lord of the Vampires - Royal House of Shadows, Bk 1 - Harlequin Nocturne, No 119
Author: Gena Showalter
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, ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780373618668
ISBN-10: 0373618662
Publication Date: 8/23/2011
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 73 ratings
Publisher: Harlequin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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iqb2001 avatar reviewed Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, Bk 1) (Harlequin Nocturne, No 119) on + 87 more book reviews
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Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I'm a big Gena Showalter fan and I've pretty much have read all of her books. Going into this one I had really high expectations. That being said, I have slightly mixed feelings when it comes to this book. It was a good book, but I felt it was just missing some of the Gena feeling that I've come to love with reading her other books. One of my favorite things I like about reading a Gena Showalter book is the banter that happens between the characters. May it be between the hero and heroine or some other character entirely, it's just something that I've grown to love from her. With this book there wasn't any banter at all between any characters. Jane and Nicolai instantly went from being strangers, to being lovers on the run. Even when they both did have discussions with each other it just seemed like they just kept telling each other how much they wanted one another. At times it seemed like Nicolai couldn't even string together a full sentence. It seemed like all he spoke was "Caveman". All he did was constantly say that Jane was "His" over and over. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely sexy when a extremely hot alpha male calls you "Mine" in the heat of passion, but with Nicolai that is all he would say. It just became very monotonous. I just wanted to hear more from him. Besides that I really enjoyed this story and the relationship between Jane and Nicolai.

Nicolai is everything I've come to love about alpha males. He's sexy, extremely protective, and not afraid to show his feelings. He is constantly worried about Jane and her well being. He will stop at absolutely nothing to keep her safe. If anyone is foolish enough to hurt her, he will stop at nothing to exact revenge and make it incredibly painful. Nicolai is definitely someone that I would not want to cross.

Jane was a great match for Nicolai. She wasn't just some whiny wimp of a heroine who waits around for the hero to save her. No sir, that isn't Jane at all. She is very self-efficient and is willing to go to great extremes to defend both Nicolai and herself. There are even a few times that she is successful at defending herself against others.

I really enjoyed these two together. They were exactly what each other needed in their lives. Both Jane and Nicolai are so hot together. They definitely had a few steamy scenes while on the run. I normally don't really believe in the whole "love at first sight" storyline but Gena does it in such a great and believable way.

With Lord of the Vampires being the beginning of this series, I can't wait to see what else we are in store for. I love that each book is written by a different author. It makes things very interesting and I am extremely anxious to see everyone else's take on this world and the characters within it.

**This was an ARC copy provided by NetGalley**
habrewer avatar reviewed Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, Bk 1) (Harlequin Nocturne, No 119) on + 43 more book reviews
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Nicolai is the royal heir to the throne of Elden. He has no memory of his life before he ended up in the auction for sex slaves. He has been used and abused for years. His only connection to Elden, his timepiece, has been stolen by Laila.

Jane was injured in a horrible car wreck where her entire family was all killed. She is alone in the world and doesnt really have anything to live for but yet she gets stronger daily. She dreams about a man chained to the wall nightly. She is drawn to him and she doesnt understand why. The only time she feels sexy is at night in her dreams.

Jane wakes up in a strange bed, in a strange world. She doesnt recognize anything around her except the book on her dresser. Instantly she realizes that she has to find the man from her dreams and try and save him.

Nicolai needs Jane to help him escape but she is disposable, at least that was his thought at first. The more time that he spends with her, the more he realizes that she is his and he will do whatever it takes to protect her. He is frustrated because he cant remember his past. With Janes help, he is slowly getting his memory back but it is still very painful.

Jane is a strong female but she has just been living life like a robot. She has no family left, she broke up with her boyfriend and quit her job. In Nicolais world Jane is blossoming. She is getting stronger and more confident every day. She is proud of the fact that she cared for him in the jungle while he was healing by herself.

I love how Nicolais character grows throughout the book. He starts out as self centered and willing to hurt anyone to get what he wants. As the story progresses he comes to care about Jane and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Her blood is making him stronger and helping to strip the cage around his memories away. He hopes with her by his side he will be able to reclaim the throne and find his siblings.

Elden and Delfina are full of magic, mystical creatures and mayhem. Elden is ruled by the Blood Sorcerer with Ogres for security. The land is stark and everything is dying because it is under evil. I hope once the royal heirs have regained control of the castle, it will be returned to a place of beauty.

The story grabbed my attention from the beginning and I cant wait to read the other three stories in this series. The characters are interesting and well written. The supporting cast is needed but they do not overpower the story or main characters. They mystical creatures help add another element t the mix; paranormals are my favorite type of stories.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It is well written and definitely worth the read. The other contributors to the series are Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh. With a superstar group of writers, how can you go wrong? I give Lord of the Vampires 4½ Flaming Hearts.
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reviewed Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, Bk 1) (Harlequin Nocturne, No 119) on + 929 more book reviews
I love Gena Showalter so I was excited to read this book. It was fun but it wasn't as good as her other ones. I agreed with the review that the banter was missing from the characters and there was a lot of cavemen / Tarzan talk, but it still had some hiliarious moments (something I adore about Showalter books). There were a few cheesy moments, especially in the beginning.

I loved both characters especially Jane because she was so resourceful. And how can you not love a sexy man that would go on an animalistic rampage to keep you safe and sound?

I would have liked a different ending for Laila (one of the baddies here) but at the same time it was fitting for the situation.

Definitely worth the read. I look forward to reading the rest of the series: "Lord of Rage" by Jill Monroe, "Lord of the Wolfyn" by Jessica Andersen, and "Lord of the Abyss" by Nalini Singh.