My review is posted on Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/new-reviews/lord-of-the-vampires-by-gena-showalter
Nicolai, Crown Prince of Elden, was once known as “The Dark Seducer.” That was until the Blood Sorcerer attacked Elden, murdering the king and queen. With their last bit of power, Nicolai’s mother sent her children to safety, while his father filled them with the need to avenge their parents and take back their kingdom. But something goes awry with the king and queen’s spells and Nicolai finds himself trapped in Delfina as a sex slave, his memories wiped and his powers bound. Nicolai’s only hope for gaining his freedom, powers, and memory is a woman not of his world: a human scientist named Jane Parker.
Vampires and violence and lust – oh my! Gena Showalter kicks off the Royal House of Shadows quartet with the rage-and-eroticism-filled Lord of the Vampires. Nicolai’s a dangerous vampire whose burning need for revenge makes him one scary alpha male. But Ms. Showalter tempers Nicolai’s darkness with his love for Jane. Jane may be the odd human in a world of supernatural beings, but she’s no wilting flower. How could she be, with a hero such as Nicolai? I respected Jane’s intelligence, strength, and pragmatic attitude. With two powerful protagonists, Lord of the Vampires should have been a solid read for me. Yet, I felt the smart premise of the story was dragged down a bit by too much emphasis on lust and the “Tarzan-speak” employed by some disgusting ogres and, at times, by Nicolai.
Lord of the Vampires is the first in the multi-author Royal House of Shadows series. Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh have created a fantastic world filled with possibility and Lord of the Vampires only touches on part of it. Ms. Showalter made me eager to see more. So eager, in fact, that I dove right into the second book, Lord of Rage, right after finishing Nicolai and Jane’s story. Even counting the issues I had with Lord of the Vampires, I finished it certain that the Royal House of Shadows books would make one heck of a series.