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The book that began it all--Joey W. Hill's sensational Vampire Queen series! For fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, J.R.Ward, and Sylvia Day....  Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a seven-hundred-year-old vampire in need of a new servant— now more than ever as she’s suffering the signs of a mysterious ailment that threatens to consume her. As a gift she’s been give Jacob, an extraordinary physical specimen, but all wrong when it comes to being…used. A total alpha male, he’s not accustomed to submitting to any woman’s wishes.
Elyssa soon learns that what really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life, and awakens her soul like only true love can. And the passion between Elyssa and Jacob is about to yield something else unexpected—a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again…

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I won't be doing a full review because this book just sort of lost me somewhere. Maybe it's because I spent a week and a half to read it, stopping to glom the entire Girl Genius archives in the middle of it, but I don't think so.

The book shares three things in common with literary fiction: a trade paperback price, a love of figurative language and a lack of emphasis on plot.

Now, the reverse snob in me hates literary fiction, so anytime things start to resemble it, I get cranky. Not only that, but it lacked something in the execution. The language veered over from subtly poetic to laughably florid at times. Anytime you compare a vagina to a flower or petals, you lose me. Yes, I know flowers are effectively plant genitalia, but it's like motion and ocean, hero and zero. It's overdone in fiction writing. I also didn't think there was enough character development or change to support the lack of plot. By the end, I was a bit bored. I was skimming the sex scenes, desperately searching for character growth, story, something. My reward? No HEA. FFS.

I have book two, so I'll read the next one, where this story finishes. I'm looking forward to continuing the story, but I hope that either Lyssa and Jacob are more interesting or there's more story going on. If it's another 300 pages of charged looks, awkward power battle sex and flowery similes, I'm done with the series.more
WOW! Very emotional, touching, erotic, unique story. I don't like crying during a book but this one was worth it.more
I took a rest reading about vampires so this one took a backseat after I explored other genres like fantasy, magic, and the like. After reading something I didn't enjoy, I decided to try this one. My copy is an e-book and this is one of those I downloaded after I saw it in the "related books" or "you might also like". After browsing the ratings (note: I didn't read the reviews), I decided to get the whole series since I'm one of those who always likes to follow something.I wasn't expecting anything, and I didn't get a background of the story, I love surprises, I want to be caught off-guard, so I only read about the description when I was 40% through with the book. I got a gleam in my eye when I saw its genre: paranormal erotica, what an explosive combination, right up my alley.From the first chapter I was hooked. After reading a lot of vampire-related books, I'm open to how an author recreates the vampire world, and I'm very impressed with this one. Ms Hill writes with such clarity, vivid descriptions of places, facial expressions, and how she built the characters really piqued my interest and captivated me. Her brand of erotica is sensual, furious like a tempest, and she evoked different emotions through her characters. I loved every scene, but notice how I only gave this a 4.I'd like very much to give this a very high rating, but I hated it when Jacob was commanded to entertain the other vampires through a certain dare (won't spoil it here), and there's a gay scene which I'm not really a fan of. I tolerate it, but there's only so much I could take. The images projected about it are not something I want to elaborate on. There's also the BDSM games which I'm really trying to understand and appreciate. This just shows how I loved the author's writing style because that's how affected I was.I was never bored even though the setting was limited. I'm overwhelmed by the concepts and how the characters dealt with each other I was always on the edge. Lyssa was very unpredictable, I found myself holding my breath whenever Jacob defied her. From the beginning, they are a volatile mix - imagine a vampire queen having an alpha male for a servant, then things get more interesting than that.I love love love Jacob!!! I'm crazy about the guy and of course wish for someone like him. He is an ideal. I liked the way he disobeys, he's only human and of course he has doubts whenever Lyssa rejects him and hurts him (literally and emotionally), but he never gave up, he kept on pushing maybe because he's optimistic and he's precognitive. Being a red-blooded female, I can't help but comment that Ms Hill knows how to describe sexy characters and Jacob is smokin' hot.The story has a lot of mysteries, Ms Hill knew when to ratchet things up. Everything is balanced, everything was explained in detail, but still leaving some for the reader's imagination. I've already started reading the next and I'm sure it'll be a treat.more
It's Joey Hill, so it's well written. But it's a hard read. I didn't like it and in the end, skimmed and even then, didn't care for it. I found the heroine, Lyssa, too alien, and detached, and Jacob, too uncomfortable with the submissive role. What I loved about Nature of Desire was that it could take me into a very alien world (for me) and make me understand the relationships. Here, I just didn't get Lyssa. She's 1000 years old and enjoys torturing people. Well, good for her, do I have to spend time with her? And Jacob, so longing for a cause that he would give himself up for her? There was some reincarnation/ true love/soul mate/destiny crap going on, but I really didn't care for the central relationship and didn't like Lyssa at all. So this is a rare pass for me. There's something about Hill's supernatural motifs that just don't work for me, which saddens me because her latest books have all had it... Sigh...more
I am a Vampire fan so I picked this up. Don't mind erotica or kinky sex, but am not a real fan of Romance - too sweet and fake. This books starts out very romancey, very icky. Still I kept reading, and it got much, much better.I liked the characters, the setting, and the explanation for the vampires and their society. I enjoyed the sometimes snarky give and take between Lyssa and Jacob. I thought the introduction of the fatal vampire disease was a very good twist. The writing was very good, and so was the storytelling. It made me read it at 100 miles per hour.The sex was good if too brief, and Hill flirts with S&M-BDSM- Lite. Would have preferred if she had more courage.Will keep reading this series until it gets too repetitive, because that is the other drawback with Romance. The story becomes the same with only the details changing.more
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I won't be doing a full review because this book just sort of lost me somewhere. Maybe it's because I spent a week and a half to read it, stopping to glom the entire Girl Genius archives in the middle of it, but I don't think so.

The book shares three things in common with literary fiction: a trade paperback price, a love of figurative language and a lack of emphasis on plot.

Now, the reverse snob in me hates literary fiction, so anytime things start to resemble it, I get cranky. Not only that, but it lacked something in the execution. The language veered over from subtly poetic to laughably florid at times. Anytime you compare a vagina to a flower or petals, you lose me. Yes, I know flowers are effectively plant genitalia, but it's like motion and ocean, hero and zero. It's overdone in fiction writing. I also didn't think there was enough character development or change to support the lack of plot. By the end, I was a bit bored. I was skimming the sex scenes, desperately searching for character growth, story, something. My reward? No HEA. FFS.

I have book two, so I'll read the next one, where this story finishes. I'm looking forward to continuing the story, but I hope that either Lyssa and Jacob are more interesting or there's more story going on. If it's another 300 pages of charged looks, awkward power battle sex and flowery similes, I'm done with the series.more
WOW! Very emotional, touching, erotic, unique story. I don't like crying during a book but this one was worth it.more
I took a rest reading about vampires so this one took a backseat after I explored other genres like fantasy, magic, and the like. After reading something I didn't enjoy, I decided to try this one. My copy is an e-book and this is one of those I downloaded after I saw it in the "related books" or "you might also like". After browsing the ratings (note: I didn't read the reviews), I decided to get the whole series since I'm one of those who always likes to follow something.I wasn't expecting anything, and I didn't get a background of the story, I love surprises, I want to be caught off-guard, so I only read about the description when I was 40% through with the book. I got a gleam in my eye when I saw its genre: paranormal erotica, what an explosive combination, right up my alley.From the first chapter I was hooked. After reading a lot of vampire-related books, I'm open to how an author recreates the vampire world, and I'm very impressed with this one. Ms Hill writes with such clarity, vivid descriptions of places, facial expressions, and how she built the characters really piqued my interest and captivated me. Her brand of erotica is sensual, furious like a tempest, and she evoked different emotions through her characters. I loved every scene, but notice how I only gave this a 4.I'd like very much to give this a very high rating, but I hated it when Jacob was commanded to entertain the other vampires through a certain dare (won't spoil it here), and there's a gay scene which I'm not really a fan of. I tolerate it, but there's only so much I could take. The images projected about it are not something I want to elaborate on. There's also the BDSM games which I'm really trying to understand and appreciate. This just shows how I loved the author's writing style because that's how affected I was.I was never bored even though the setting was limited. I'm overwhelmed by the concepts and how the characters dealt with each other I was always on the edge. Lyssa was very unpredictable, I found myself holding my breath whenever Jacob defied her. From the beginning, they are a volatile mix - imagine a vampire queen having an alpha male for a servant, then things get more interesting than that.I love love love Jacob!!! I'm crazy about the guy and of course wish for someone like him. He is an ideal. I liked the way he disobeys, he's only human and of course he has doubts whenever Lyssa rejects him and hurts him (literally and emotionally), but he never gave up, he kept on pushing maybe because he's optimistic and he's precognitive. Being a red-blooded female, I can't help but comment that Ms Hill knows how to describe sexy characters and Jacob is smokin' hot.The story has a lot of mysteries, Ms Hill knew when to ratchet things up. Everything is balanced, everything was explained in detail, but still leaving some for the reader's imagination. I've already started reading the next and I'm sure it'll be a treat.more
It's Joey Hill, so it's well written. But it's a hard read. I didn't like it and in the end, skimmed and even then, didn't care for it. I found the heroine, Lyssa, too alien, and detached, and Jacob, too uncomfortable with the submissive role. What I loved about Nature of Desire was that it could take me into a very alien world (for me) and make me understand the relationships. Here, I just didn't get Lyssa. She's 1000 years old and enjoys torturing people. Well, good for her, do I have to spend time with her? And Jacob, so longing for a cause that he would give himself up for her? There was some reincarnation/ true love/soul mate/destiny crap going on, but I really didn't care for the central relationship and didn't like Lyssa at all. So this is a rare pass for me. There's something about Hill's supernatural motifs that just don't work for me, which saddens me because her latest books have all had it... Sigh...more
I am a Vampire fan so I picked this up. Don't mind erotica or kinky sex, but am not a real fan of Romance - too sweet and fake. This books starts out very romancey, very icky. Still I kept reading, and it got much, much better.I liked the characters, the setting, and the explanation for the vampires and their society. I enjoyed the sometimes snarky give and take between Lyssa and Jacob. I thought the introduction of the fatal vampire disease was a very good twist. The writing was very good, and so was the storytelling. It made me read it at 100 miles per hour.The sex was good if too brief, and Hill flirts with S&M-BDSM- Lite. Would have preferred if she had more courage.Will keep reading this series until it gets too repetitive, because that is the other drawback with Romance. The story becomes the same with only the details changing.more
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