Lord of the Vampires Paperback – January 1, 2011
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- ASIN : B0073P5VYU
- Publisher : Harlequin Books; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 281 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0373618662
- ISBN-13 : 978-0373618668
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,985,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The basic premise is simple: the 4 children of murdered parents are sent away by magic before their parents' murderer can get to them. This is the story of the oldest, Nicolai.
I thought I could get past the bad dialogue (think Tarzan: Jane, Mine.) I thought I could get past the pages upon pages of telling backstory that is used to try and flesh out each character rather than showing in present tense how they grow and develop as people. And it's repetitive, as if the author couldn't find new things to fill in the history of the characters.
I just couldn't get past the confusing and muddled way Showalter tried to weave together a plot. I got so confused at one point trying to understand whether or not Jane and Nicolai had met before I read several chapters twice and still found myself scratching my head. There's no continuity. No connection between scenes at times, or even between events within a single scene.
I couldn't even enjoy the love scenes because they are so muddled with bad dialogue and awkwardness that I found them amusing rather than sensual.
So why didn't I give it a single star? Because I'll keep reading just in hopes that I'll understand the final book a little better.
Jane has a very quiet, lonely life. After a car accident took away all of her family and she pushed away her boyfriend, she went thru months of brutal rehab and surgeries just to be able to walk again. She doesn't have to work because she's got more than enough money so she moves to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. She's had dreams of a vampire and one day when she returns from her jog she finds a book on her doorstep and it makes her think of him. Falling asleep with it in her arms she's transported to a different world where she appears with the facade of a horrible princess. One that Nikolai had actually just killed. Stripped of his memories with his powers sealed, he only knows he has to get back to Elden and kill the king there. But his powers are coming back to him as he's the one who summoned Jane to his world and cast her in a glamor of the dead princess. Waking up in an unknown place, Jane is thoroughly confused but is determined to figure out what's going on. When she first goes to him in his cell, Nikolai is overwhelmed with his need to have her but still only sees her as a means to his freedom. Jane deals with the role she must play in order to survive and Nikolai does what he can to protect her after something in him snaps at witnessing an act against her that he is powerless to prevent. But it doesn't always go well for him. As his memories break thru he can't always control where he goes or even remain standing because of the pain. Despite that, Nikolai truly is a fearsome man and slays anyone who dares harm Jane (it really is totally hot). Which is good because they not only have to deal with the guards from the castle and the other evil princess, but they get attacked by ogres as well. He knows he must reclaim his home but chooses Jane above all else. But that's fine because together they defeat their immediate enemy and go off to get Nikolai his crown and kingdom back.
I loved most of the book. But things at the end I just didn't. Like how she got back to him. And what happened to her. I'm also not sure how I feel about what her job was. It kind of made sense to add it, but it seemed to be just so out of place and ...off. I don't know.
Jane Parker, or Plain Jane as she was nicknamed, Has dreams of her handsome prince. Thinking he dream prince is not real she dismisses him until she gets a book. This book is hand written and tells of Nicolai's imprisonment but besides tell his story it is a magic key to get to her dream prince. Only once she sets him free will Nicolai discard PLAIN JANE like he has the most beautiful women of the realm?
The Royal House of Shadows Series:
1. Lord of the Vampires (Gena Showalter)
2. Lord of Rage (Jill Monroe)
3. Lord of the Wolfyn (Jessica Andersen)
4. Lord of the Abyss (Nalini Singh)
Top reviews from other countries
This book was a fantastic read! Transcends, action and a love story. I was hooked from the start and finished this book in less than a day, and that was only because I had chores haha!
Well done Gina, another too selling book!