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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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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

Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 07, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kiwi
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
Kathie (katmom)
Aug 04, 2012 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2015 Keri rated it it was ok
This ended in a weird place and as much as I love LK, this was the best I could do on rating.
Linda Sims
Sep 04, 2014 Linda Sims rated it liked it

Kael is one of a number of vampire kings who rule different areas of the world. Three hundred years ago his mate and queen was killed by the enemy the soul eaters. Since that time he has vowed never to be mated again. But he needs blood to survive, and this is provided by the "proffered" human women who are virgins, but Kael refuses to drink directly from them instead he hypnotises them and drains their blood into a goblet with a blade. He never hurts them, that is u
Shera (Book Whispers)
Shit. This book here is why I quit reading erotica. (Which sucks as I was counting on it after reading Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness!) Romance in general is a genre that can get very repetitive and tiring. It was something I knew exploring the genre, and then something I grew tired of. Especially the past few years. AND especially after reading some authors who actually think outside the box. For some reason paranormal romance suffers from that repetitiveness and can be unimaginative. Same with erot ...more
Wow...nicely done Laura Kaye. Review to come...
Mar 11, 2012 Alisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: bli-rev
(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
Audrie Cruz-Sealey
Sep 21, 2012 Audrie Cruz-Sealey rated it really liked it

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
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
Laurynne Gouws -
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
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
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Jun 17, 2012 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 23, 2012 Christi Barth rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 17, 2013 JenJenBoBin rated it liked it
"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!

“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
Oct 09, 2012 Netanella rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires, romance
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.
Laurie Garrison
Jan 21, 2016 Laurie Garrison rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 22, 2013 Pearls rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 31, 2016 Brittany rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I picked up this novella on something of a whim, not realising that it was too short to fit the parameters of my book club's challenge. I needed a book set in Ireland, and this was the first one I could find on Goodreads that was immediately available in my library's digital stacks.

I can appreciate a good, trashy romance as much as the next girl; done right, they're the most wonderful diversions available. This novella? Not so much. Long story short, this was a "Plot? What Plot?" that takes an
Feb 07, 2012 *Angela* rated it liked it
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!
Jan 08, 2014 Callixta rated it really liked it

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
Isabel Hernandez milla
May 03, 2014 Isabel Hernandez milla rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved In Service of the King! Hot and Passionate, yet still sweet and emotional! full review at
Jan 23, 2013 Iva rated it liked it
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.
Apr 26, 2016 TG rated it liked it
This is a short story mainly about vampires who will become stronger by drinking a blood of a virgin or finding their mate. The first book is about Kael and Shayla. Kael does not like the Night of the Proffering where he has to drink a virgin's blood to maintain his strength to be able to fight the Soul Eaters. On the other hand, Shayla is one of the virgins who cannot wait to serve her king as she had fantasized him when she was in training to be the Proffered on their 20th birthday.

I gave it 3
Alice Clayton
Mar 30, 2012 Alice Clayton rated it really liked it
I am warm reading this, warm I say...*fans self*
May 21, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
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
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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination wi ...more
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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.” 6 likes
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