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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sheep Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Lord of the Vampires, by Gena Showalter, is the first of a series of four books in the Royal House of Shadows saga. Each book in this series is written by a different author (Showalter, Monroe, Andersen, Singh) but all the authors teamed up to create the shared world and if book one is any indication to the rest...then I'm sold!

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.

A vampire Prince is stripped of his memories and forced to become a sex slave to some of the nastiest witches you'll ever meet. He's bound and chained but he's unbroken, if only through sheer force of will keeping him going. Ripped away from his two younger brothers and sister and haunted by a bloody past he can't remember, Nicolai is one lost soul trying to breaking free of not just his physical chains but mental as well. Stuck in a land where time holds no meaning he has no clue what day or even what year it is, but he has one thought pounding in his mind. Escape. Of course, escape is closely followed up by KILL! I fell in love with this dark and twisted man from the start because he's sex and danger all wrapped into one. He's honest and willing to fight to protect what's his. With nothing standing in his way, except the hag witches, he uses powers seeded deep within his soul to call forth the one woman that can free him from this hell.... Jane Parker, the scarred earth realm scientist with a heart of gold.

I LOVED Jane, with her nonstop thinking and her ability to assess any situation and pull it together. She's not a weepy, needy type of lead female, oh no, she's a ballsy take no-prisoners gal who may not win a fight but she'll be damed if she goes down without trying. LOVED her. Jane is drawn to Nicolai through a series of dreams and a mysterious book that ends up on her door step. Jane ends up traveling through time and space to the one man who's been calling to her. The sexiest vampire in all the land...and he's got eyes for only her. Did I mention he's also a Prince and one day ruler of his land?

Action-packed high-stakes adventure that leads these two on the chase of a lifetime. Vividly written and given such exquisite detail my mouth was watering for more! Magic spells gone array and plot twisting mystery leave you wanting to know more, while sticky situations and run-ins with grotesque Orges take these two to hell and back but never do they give up. They end up forging a bond that's one out of fairy tales but a fairy tale you can buy into. A heavy Alice and Wonderland influence is felt throughout the book as well, giving a much darker side to the stories you read as a child.

I loved this book and I'm recommending it as a must read to fellow PNR folks that can't help but love an alpha and a lead female that can bring down the house with pure excellence. The only thing I would have liked was MORE STORY! Coming in at 278 pages it's a short read that breezes buy like lighting. The second half of the book is filled with other Showalter works like: The Darkest Angel (2012) The Amazon's Curse (2009) and The Darkest Prison (2009) for folks wanting more from this author it's a win but if you're needing more of this particular series you'll have to wait for the next book.

That review will be coming up tomorrow! Jill Monroe takes over in book two with Lord of Rage, Princess Breena.

Getting 4 and 1/2 oiled up dancing Sheep
Lord of the Vampires 4-in-1
Lord of the Vampires 4-in-1


  1. Just wanted to say that I love your blog. This is my first post. I have been stalking for a while. Your reviews have added quite a few books to my wish list and my TBR pile.

    I read this series. For me they were hit and miss. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews of the rest of the books.

  2. I read this book and it didn't hit me with as much of the *I gotta read more of this series* as some of her other books do, so I didn't read past this book.

  3. @Mary maybe it's my love of vamps that sucked me in. Or the leading lady who carried it further...I don't really know but it got into it and I was glad I kept with it. :) Not all the books are as hard hitting but still good reads.

    Stay tuned because we might be giving away all 4 to a lucky person.... ;)

  4. I have this in my TBR pile :) LOVE Gena and your Blog! Great reads both

  5. @Corky Gena is a stellar author of that there is no doubt. :) Thank you for the blog love it means a lot to us. *air hugs*

  6. Loved this book, it got 5 star from me! Loved Jane too, alot! :D

  7. Thanks for the great review, looks like another for my wishlist :)