Hello all, I feel like I am still in a triptophan coma, but Christmas shopping is slowly pulling me out of it. I didn't do a lot of Black Friday shopping but I did do a little damage on Cyber Monday. The next three weeks are going to be crazy busy but I thik we all experience that this time of year.
November's book club book was Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter. It is the first in the Royal House of Shadows series where each book is written by a different author. So sit back and let me tell you about Nicolai and Jane.
Lord of the Vampires, Gena Showalter, Harlequin Nocturne
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...
Jane was a scientist until a drunk driver took the life of her family and left her struggling to regain not just her life but the use of her legs. She has been experiencing dreams of a man chained up and being held against his will. When Jane receives a book in the mail it seems to have been written about her dream man and he is asking for her help. She doesn't know why she thinks this, she just does. Jane falls asleep reading the book and wakes up in another time and place… in Delfina, as Princess Odette. Jane of course having no clue how this has happened is glad to find that her dream man is in fact real and his name is Nicolai.
Nicolai has been kept as a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina. His memory lost, he remembers nothing but his own name. He just feels this constant need for vengeance. Nicolai’s only hope of escape is the mysterious woman who appears in his cell, unseen to all others but him. Bringing her to this magical realm, he must earn Jane’s trust to gain her assistance and then escape the sadistic princess who has imprisoned him.
But even if Nicolai can convince Jane to help him he still has to find a way to retrieve his lost memories and find his way home.
The beginning is a little hard to get into, but once you do, it is hard to put down. It's a very unique twist to the fairy tale story that we all grew up with. The story line is packed with action and some truly great villians that will have you cheering for their destruction.
One of my favorite things about this book is Jane. She is a strong, smart heroine who you couldn't help but root for. Nicolai is a great alpha hero, he is strong and powerful and his drive to protect Jane is one that almost all little girls dream of finding in their prince one day.
I found Lord of the Vampires to be a strong beginning to the Royal House of Shadows series and I am intrigued to see what direction the other three authors take the storyline and the siblings to defeat the Blood Sorcerer and take back their kingdom. I give Lord of the Vampires 4 chocolate dipped strawberries.