In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings, #1)
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Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and...more
Kindle Edition, 74 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
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Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: An enjoyable read on a sunny afternoon.

Opening Sentence: Kael paced the length of his private sleeping chamber, avoiding the plush emerald carpet and keeping to the uncovered stone floor at the edge of the room.

The Review:

In a world where vampires are known to some humans and almost worshipped by them even, live the seven vampire kings, each holding rule over their portion of the Earth. Surrounding each is a group of humans known as the Elec...more
Jenn
well it was REALLY short im on the fence, as well it was really short and just kinda went bam! we are in love now, and your mine.

ok let me explain I have read both these books in the space of about 4 hours reading time, being interrupted and what not yes I actually have a life.....sometimes.
in both these books it goes......

boy meets girl.....
boy mistreats girl....
boy remorseful.....
girl confused...
girl accepts...
they fuck...
they drink blood...
....
...
..
now they are mated
THE END!



OR NOT!!!
Kathie (katmom)
THEN: Just bought it...taking it on vacation!

NOW: This was a wonderful vacation read...or maybe those few free hours when you want to get away from it all, and get TO IT.

Once again Laura Kay has taken the well-used theme of vampires and given it her own twist. Kael is HOT and Shayla is a good match for him.

The only "con" here is that it wasn't pages and pages LONGER.

I did read it on vacation and immediately was grateful that my hotel had wi-fi so that I could get book two...!

I hope she has an en...more
Karla
Wow...nicely done Laura Kaye. Review to come...
Alisha
(review first posted at Book Lovers Inc)

There’s a question that oft asked about fictional tales. The plot or the characters: what’s more important, and which did you enjoy more? Well, in the case of this particular story, I’d say the attraction (that existed between the two lead characters) was the top element.

Such a cop-out answer, I know. ^_^ It’s neither plot nor character. But the attraction was the star of the show, almost like a character itself. With the relatively short length of this ta...more
Audrie Cruz-Sealey
Laura,

I love your books! I just wish they were looooonnnnnngggger :)

I feel so teased, LoL!

For example in this book,

Kael is a Vampire King that must feed on the blood of a virgin or his mate in order to stay strong (also his subjects won't feed unless he does). So even though he hates taking part in this ritual, he does so because of his position. Kael has been hurt...his mate died 300 years ago in child birth and he has no desire to replace her. She went into early labor because she was stress...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
In The Service of the King, Laura Kaye creates an intriguing new vampire subculture set in modern times. Kael is a King of Vampires, and as such he has responsibilities to his subjects. Part of the responsibilities he bears is to be strong, which means he has to drink the blood of an innocent woman, or his mate. Since he does not have a mate, he must drink from a volunteer, the Proffered. Kael has always seen the Proffering as a responsibility to bear, until Shayla. Shayla is different, she make...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Kael despises feeding from innocent human virgins though they offer themselves willingly and are trained for the practice, his other only alternative though is to feed from a mate which he lost long ago. Since then he has questioned his ability to protect those he loves and is terrified of history repeating itself if he was to find a mate again. But to keep him and his warriors strong, he follows tradition and forces himself through the ritual every three months.
Shayla has prepared her whole li...more
Laurynne - BookReviewBay.com
Sexy. Gripping. Magical. Perfection! It's what I've come to expect from the amazing Laura Kaye! Respect.

The buzz radiating off me right now is so hard to explain. I can't stop smiling. I was on a hunt for a really good paranormal. It took a few tries to find something that would grab me and hold me glued - and hallelujah, I've finally found it. And you wont believe how excited I am that there are two more books in the Vampire Warrior Kings series for me to devour. Laura Kaye is a beautiful perso...more
Sebina~☆~ClassicMaiden
"Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him.
...more
Rebecca
I won a copy of this book from the blog The Qwillery.

I enjoyed this book, especially the historic setting (which you can see on the lovely cover). However, I kept waiting for something to HAPPEN, and, other than the virgin heroine mating with the vampire king, not all that much happened. I kept thinking, "where's the conflict?" because there really wasn't much of a conflict to be honest. The vamp king was at first resistent to taking a mate, because he lost a mate over 300 years ago and it was a...more
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Shayla has been working hard to find a way to avenge her sister’s murder. Finally finds that way, in the King of Vampires. She just never imagined how much it would change her life.

Kael is just doing what he has to do to survive and have his people survive. But the last thing he wants to do is feed. But one look into Shayla’s mismatched eyes everything changes.

I liked this story, but didn’t love it. I was hoping for a little more action. Maybe a rescue scene or two, but at last it was not to ha...more
GraceSweetSpotBookBlog
If you like tortured vampires, then you must meet Kael the Fair! Having lost his mate, Kael dreads the Proferring ritual that occurs every 3 months when he has to drink the blood of a human female virgin, that is until Shayla comes along. In Laura Kaye's latest novella, she lays out a fascinating vampire world for her new Vampire Warrior Kings series. I don't want to give away too much detail, since this is a short story, but I will tell you that the attention to detail is just amazing! From the...more
Christi Barth
The emotional depth of this book took my knees out from under me. I love that in today's world, the heroine is a virgin, saving herself for the vampire king - and it is BELIEVABLE! The king is tortured and living only a shadow of his life without his mate. The twists and heart-wrenching turns these to go through will keep you up reading all night. And did I mention the hot-as-it-gets sex? Royalty, eons of sacrifice, jewels, blood, burn up the sheets sensuality and vampires - this book is everyth...more
JenJenBoBin
"3 Stars!

Steamy little read!!! Would have been better had it been a full novel! Great world would have loved the author to continue to build on it!

*swoon*
“I am on my knees before you because we will always be equals, partners in all things. I hold your hand in mine, because we will always be together. I look into your eyes to see into the real you, and let you see into the real me. I pledge to take care of you, protect you, and cherish you for all time.”
― Laura Kaye, In the Service of the King
Netanella
This shorter story by Kaye didn't quite live up to the perfection that is Hearts in Darkness, but it is a very good story that sets up what could potentially be a great contemporary vampire series. Kaye writes good emotional angst and steamy sex scenes, and she apparently has a thing with tattoed guys, because Kael is covered in them, as was our earlier hero Caden from the elevator. Not that I'm complaining.
Susan (susayq ~)
4.5 stars! And that's only because I wanted more!!! When an author can make me connect with the story and characters in a novella, I know I've found an author that I want to read everything they've written. So, now I'm on a hunt for everything by Laura Kaye :)

This was hot and steamy and I loved the small hint of playfulness we saw in Kael that was hidden among his strong warrior being.
Pearls
Once again, Laura Kaye reminds us of her ability to explore the connections and emotions between her characters. While respecting the role of tradition and institutions in our society, she shows how much more important that personal connection can be. Now that she has set up her vampire universe, I expect the rest of the stories will continue to build and enchant.
*Angela*
As a start to a new series, this one fell short for me. I was not sucked into this new world or the characters. That being said, I will probably still give the next book in the series a shot because I think Laura Kaye can do it!
Callixta
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On ne présente plus Laura Kaye qui écrit avec un succès égal dans des genres différents. Elle signe chez Harlequin une nouvelle très sympathique qui introduit une série paranormale autour d’un monde vampire tout à fait séduisant.

Laura Kaye va utiliser au mieux le format relativement court de cette nouvelle pour poser son univers. Nous sommes dans un monde où les vampires cohabitent avec les humains. Certains d’entre eux sont dangereux et menacent les humai...more
Isabel Hernandez milla
Hmm for a short simple, one.shot story it was very well, the story wasent boring, it was understandable, their connection was nice and simple but not plain. The characters are intresting and the romance was warm and perfect. Despite that there were no scenes (or hardly) or emotional pain or anything really devestating about the soul eaters attacking or other stufff like that, it makes me very glad that the romance wasent delayed unlike other novels, where they just keep making s*** happen before...more
Tamara
Absolutely loved In Service of the King! Hot and Passionate, yet still sweet and emotional! full review at http://www.sizzlinghotbooks.net/2012/...
Iva
If these two novellas were a full length novel, they would've been much better, especially the second one. But like this - I just enjoyed them a lot, nothing more.
Alice Clayton
I am warm reading this, warm I say...*fans self*
Angie
Synopsis: "Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to pl...more
Barbara
Got this as an ebook. Don't remember page total but I don't think it was a very long book. Again, typical romance lots of hot sex scenes, which is really the only reason anyone reads romance novels its porn on a page for women by women, and though I really did not like the writing style I did like the characters and the whole plot thing though I thought the heroine was sort of stupid. But then I think all the heroines are basically stupid :-) Didn't think the hero, a king of some scottish clan o...more
Melissa
This was a fun short erotica. The whole story revolves around Kael a vampire who is involved in a ritual feeding to keep him immortal and strong. Their enemy are soul eaters, vampires who have turned against tradition and rape and kill their prey in the most heinous way. He hates the feeding because it reminds him of his mate who was killed by soul eaters. Having vowed never to mate again, he is still forced in the ritual feeding as dictated by tradition and magic. Shayla is someone who was brou...more
Kristen
While I love Laura Kaye's writing style and I love vampire stories, I didn't love this novella. I'm not exactly sure why though. One thing that I know for sure is that I never "get" or enjoy the sexual turn-on that some humans find in drinking vampire blood. I'm okay with the vampires drinking human blood because, well, they're vampires. That's part of the deal. But I draw the line when the human drinks blood and then enjoys it or even finds it erotic. Ugh. So that was a turn-off for me.

I liked...more
Starry
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“I am on my knees before you because we will always be equals, partners in all things. I hold your hand in mine, because we will always be together. I look into your eyes to see into the real you, and let you see into the real me. I pledge to take care of you, protect you, and cherish you for all time.” 5 likes
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