Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Review: Lord of the Vampires by Gena ShowalterLord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Series: Royal House of Shadows,
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Harlequin, Nocturne on August 23, 2011
Pages: 281
Format: eBook
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three-stars  

Lord of the Vampires is the first book in a series of siblings who’s kingdom is vanquished by the Blood Sorcerer. Upon their parents death, they both cast spells on the siblings. The father asked for vengeance, a driving need to come back and reclaim their kingdom from the Blood Sorcerer. The mother sent them all away from the kingdom with a timepiece that connects them all.

This first book is the start of the series with the story of Nicolai and Jane. Nicolai is a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina, in an alternate dimension from what I would consider our dimension. He is the eldest son in the family, and will take over the kingdom once it has been recaptured. Unfortunately, he has no memory of his time before becoming a sex slave.

Jane Parker is a human in our dimension who has had some tragedy in her life. She is now trying to make peace with her life, staying alone in a cabin in the woods, running and rehabilitating her damaged body from a car accident. A mysterious book shows up on her doorstep and her dreams take her to Nicolai.

When I found out about this new series I was so excited. A die-hard Gena Showalter fan, I instantly pre-ordered the book and waited anxiously for it to arrive on my Kindle. At first it was intriguing, then lost some of its charm, and finally I just didn’t like the book. The dialog was flat and often grunted out my Nicolai in one syllable words. Normally the sexual tension builds over the book, but I didn’t feel there was any tension. Just plain ole sex. On top of that, the plot was uninteresting. The premise of the series is great and wonderful, I just didn’t feel the first book did it justice.

The rest of the series is written by different authors for each book.

  • The Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe, releasing in October 2011
  • Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen, releasing November 2011
  • Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh, releasing December 2001

While I didn’t like this book, I will read the others since they are all done by different authors which may give it a different view and feel.

It is a real shame I have to give this book a low score. It isn’t horrible, just disappointing for a fan of Gena Showalter’s.

Reviewed by Shari

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • LOL! You said the same thing I did. I just couldn’t believe this was Showalter. I almost thought I misread it. It isn’t bad, true, but Showalter does great and this just wasn’t. I requested this series specifically because I saw Showalter’s name, didn’t even bother reading what the hell it was about LOL! But please do continue. I just finished book 2 and it was much better. You will be more intrigued with the story and the main guy, Osborn, doesn’t talk like Tarzan, so that is a plus 🙂 Great review again hon, thank you.

    • Looking forward to the rest of the series, but I was so sad that this one didn’t live up to her normal writing. My favorite book is Darkest Lie, so you know she is at the top of my author list.

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