Saturday, June 9, 2012

REVIEW: In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye


The vampire warrior king, Kael hates the Night of the Proffering, but needing either the blood of his mate, which he doesn’t have, or the blood of a virgin human to keep up his strength, so he must go through with it. Shayla has studied and trained for this night, and is ready and willing to service the king however he needs. When they set eyes on each other, the attraction is instantaneous and impossible to deny, but are they willing to take the risk it represents for them both?

Title:  In the Service of the King
Series:  Vampire Warrior Kings
Book #: 1
Author:  Laura Kaye
Approximate Book Length:  74 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit


I really enjoyed this book! I love the Irish background, and the lore that Laura Kaye has concocted is creative and new. I particularly liked the vampire-human symbiotic relationship element. The camaraderie between Kael and his right hand man is fun and loyal, while the chemistry between him and Shayla is respectful and heartwarming.

They’ve both felt the tragedy of loss, and it unites them in their views of an endless war, and makes them understand each other on a level few others truly can. Things go all wrong when they first meet, leaving Shayla in tears and Kael in a rip-roaring mood. He returns to her contrite, surprising her, and from there they’re helpless to resist the pull between them. As a reader, you end up just as helpless to resist the story Laura Kaye has provided.

In Conclusion:

In the Service of the King is a sexy novella that’s deep enough to tug on the heartstrings, but light enough for an easy read. It’s an awesome start to a sexy vampire series that will span many clans over many regions keeping some variety, the spice of life *grin*.



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