ISBN #: 978-0373618668
Page Count: 288
Copyright: August 2011
(Taken from Amazon)
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.
I chose this book off of NetGalley because I was somewhat familiar with Ms. Showalter's work and was curious to see what she had written this time. I was not disappointed.
Yes, we have the classic dark, sexy, dangerous vampire to whom a mere mortal (somewhat damaged) woman is seriously attracted to ... but if you think this is your standard love story, you're wrong. I could not put this book down and am so glad it's part of a series; although, the remainder of the series is written by other authors.
Jane, before her accident, used to study vampires and other paranormal oddities. She dissected them and put them through various tests to see what they could and could not endure. So, when she meets Nicolai, she's surprised to see that he disproves some of what she thought she knew.
Nicolai intends on using Jane and leaving her as soon as she freed him from the chains holding him to the castle as a sex slave. However, Jane's scent and personality stirs feelings of possessiveness within Nicolai, causing him to take her with him when he escapes.
Now together for the long haul, Jane and Nicolai get to know each other better, if you know what I mean... They go through some trials, face ogres and find a way to kill those chasing them.
Overall, this book had more action than sex, which kept me engaged until the very end. I loved that Jane could have a short attention span and start rattling off a tangent of thoughts. I loved that Nicolai was patient with Jane and helped her focus back on the conversation or task at hand. And I especially loved the fact that Nicolai knew about Jane's "secret" of her past profession dissecting vampires and he didn't care one whit.
If you like paranormal romances, Ms. Showalter's Lord of the Vampires is for you. Be warned, though ... you won't want the story to end!