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Joely Sue Burkhart “Queen takes King” | Their Vampire Queen 2

2Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Title: Queen Takes King
Series: Their Vampire Queen 2
Genre: Paranormal, Erotica, Vampires
Pages: 350
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Remember I said “Their Vampire Queen” are short books, so I’ll read them between “Chicagoland Vampires“? Well, I spoke too soon. But it worked well here, and made perfect sense, since the book felt very much like the final preparatory step towards court politics and intrigues.

About: Somewhere out there in the dark beneath the mountain rages a dying leviathan. Dark, scaly, and dreadful he haunts Shara’s dreams. Her Bloods sense that, and urge her to take action, call more Bloods to her side. Especially now that the young, wild, and powerful new Queen has been noticed by others, and attacks already began. But more Bloods mean more troubles too, mostly in their own hierarchy among themselves. Thus Shara, convinced by visions of Goddess Isis, is on the search for something more powerful than that. What she needs is not in numbers, but in political weight. What she needs is a King that would be in her power. Someone mighty, someone dreadful.

Mine: You know, if you took out all the sex, these books would make awesome YA vampire books. But for better or worse, it is not that. And I know it’s not right to complain about erotica in a book that is in erotica genre, but it feels like people there really got no other hobbies beyond limb origami. Which sometimes really works well with the story, but other times, guys, don’t you got something more important? Like nest making?? Prioritize! But I digress. I do enjoy Shara’s character quite a bit. She’s not dumb, she’s true to her heart, and while unwilling to cause harm, she enforces laws she believes in with iron fist on a table. My favorite being: nobody will be made to do anything against their will. Which shone bright once the King entered their domain, and her alpha, her dominant Blood was threatened.

Listen, I am biased here too. There’s too many little things that play to me here, like really well made vampires, a sense of political dread, the bee-hive-mentality. So I don’t know if I can recommend this off the bat. But I can absolutely give it a 5 out of 5.

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Joely Sue Burkhart “Queen Takes Knights” | Their Vampire Queen 1

1Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Title: Queen Takes Knights
Series: Their Vampire Queen 1
Genre: Vampire, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 190
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I found this doom, gloom, darkness, and blood cover, and of course it lured me in to give it a shot. The fact that it’s so short also helped. I figured I can read it between Chicagoland Vampires for a break. Though, mind you, pay attention to the genre and make sure you’re okay with the combo, for a lot of action is bed-based, and there’s blood as due to vampires.

About: Shara was hunted by monsters as long as she can remember. Creatures that come as the night falls, thirsty for blood, her blood. They killed her parents too, and she thought this night was her last, for she has been caught outside, with no shelter in sight, nor weapons at hand. But as the end seemed inevitable, two mighty fellas dropped in, and crushed the thralls like ants, promptly falling to their knees before Shara right after. For she is their Vampire Queen. She gives purpose to their life, as long as she’ll have them, and allow them to serve her. But this newly found Queen has so many questions, that the whole serving part might get delayed due to little detective line unfurling.

Mine: Vampires here seem to operate a lot like bee hives. There’s a Queen, who attracts a court of Bloods around her, and they serve her for it is in their nature to follow her will. Queens can be found in the wild, so, living among humans and such, or other courts, of which there’s only a brief mention before the end of the book, so there’s likely plenty of these little (and big) hives they call nests all over. Now, as for the erotica part, blood and sex go hand in hand here, so keep that in mind. And even beside this whole ordeal, I did really enjoy the darker take on vampires. It’s refreshing after all the humans with fangs who drink blood and happen to be immortal.

I liked this, I think I’ll continue with it. Seeing how short they are, I do think they’ll be good break-books. But I’d avoid audiobooks, the female voice… I would’ve preferred someone more mature sounding for the Queen. For now I give it a 4 out of 5.

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C.S. Pacat – Captive Prince [#1]

20878022Let me just put this out here right away, this book is strictly adult stuff. And now that I warned you, let’s talk about “Captive Prince” (ASIN B00I3REIHI; 241p; Goodreads) by C.S. Pacat, and why do I have another crush on another fictional character, and again, one that isn’t all that likable.

Damen is captured during an overthrow of power in his own country. His bastard (literally) brother is taking the throne, and has a hell prepared for the legitimate heir. Instead of just killing him, he prepped him up and sent him off with a slave shipment to a rival country. After all, Akielos bed slaves are valued all over…

In Vere nothing is as it seems. Everything is adorned, beautiful, pampered, made look pleasing for the eye. Pets are kept covered in gold and jewelry, while their masters often prefer a level of simplicity. The most vicious are the cutest, smallest, and seemingly harmless. Would that then mean one could trust those who seemed the most vicious instead? Prince Laurent, a gorgeous young man, spins a careful web of rule and survival. His uncle, current regent of the throne, seems to be the reason for all this tension. And Damen accidentally falls right in the middle of their feud. But you know how they say: where two fight… A slave might escape.

At first I thought this book to be same bdsm as Beauty’s Trilogy by Anne Rice (just with all the queerness possible, in Vere – bastards are abominations, so if you need a lover outside the marriage – it has to be your own sex), but the further it went, the more I doubted that idea. In this type of books all roads lead to bed, but this was not the case. Prince, behind his back, while loved terribly by his guards, who would’ve dropped to their knees at a mere offer from the prince (yes, that’s what I meant), kept calling him frigid for he took no lovers, and then a b-tch, for his temper made grown men stop and consider if what they’re doing won’t anger the gorgeous blond blue-blood. Even when lust-inflicting poison come into play – we don’t get a play. And, honestly, that made me admire this book, the characters too. They seemed shallow at first, but the further it went, the more I saw of that delicate little all-connecting web.

So while this is a smut book, one that doesn’t sugar-coat what’s what, it’s not your usual one. It had just about enough in it for me to develop a crush on Laurent, and start second book right after the first (I usually like to keep a bit of a space between books in series or trilogies for that matter). Politics were odd, I admit, and some things made absolutely no sense, but there was not a page boring. And when it seemed like it’ll get boring here, something real dramatic in a “dun-dun-duuuuun” sense of that word happened. So… yeah. 5 out of 5, let’s see what’s the second one all about.

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