Title: Lord of the Vampire (Royal House of Shadows #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publication Date: 1st September 2011
Format: E-Book PDF
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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...(Goodreads Synopsis)
This was my first time reading anything by Gena Showalter and overall I found it an enjoyable read.
I really liked the concept behind this series of recreating other fairytales in a new setting and I think Showalter did a good job of capturing her story and reinventing it. Nicolai was an interesting character and there was certainly good chemistry between him and Jane. Some of the ideas about the rules of this world and how it relates to our own were original and clever and they really helped the story along.
On the downside, the story did feel a little repetitive at times, as if the author felt the reader needed to be constantly reminded of what was happening, and Nicolai's frequent one word utterances were cute at first, but soon became a tad annoying.
One thing I would have loved is more background to the world and the story of the fall of Elden, however this is part of an ongoing series and it may well be we get more information as the books progress. Certainly, I am inspired enough by this book to be keen to read the rest of the series.
There is a lot of sex and a near-rape scene in this book, so it is one for the adults and not geared to a YA audience.