The Nymph King (Atlantis, #3)
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The Nymph King (Atlantis #3)

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Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian's touch. None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure-until he steals Shaye Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom.

The cynical Shaye wants nothing to do with the mighty warlord, but she's inexplicably drawn to him. For underneath the warrior's arrogant beauty lies a...more
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Published February 1st 2007 by HQN
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Intrigued by the "myth" of Atlantis? Always wanted to know more about nymphs? Dying to read a book with a heroine who manages fairly well to resist an irresistible hero?

Then you would love this book. Valerian is the Nymph King, irresistible to all womenkind. I was prepared to dislike Valerian, considering that he starts the book in bed with not one or two women, but three. The sneer arose on my lips at this point, yet I still kept reading. This woman is a good writer. She held my attention, and...more
valee
You guys where looking for something ORIGINAL?
Well you've found it!!!
This is a great series, very entreating, and I just wanna read more and more. I never thought I would like it so much as the ratings of it are a bit low, but IMHO this series is totally worth to be read.

In this installment we get to read about a totally new supernatural species to me, the Nymphs. They are a species that needs sex to stay strong, and one of the fiercest of them all. They are also mostly men; powerful-strong-hot...more
Els
Self-proclaimed Grade A Certified stone cold bitch is "defrosted" by a "loveable" misogynist-nymph king. You know, the usual. Except that Shaye, our female lead, isn't that bitchy. She's just got standard white girl problems that romance novels love to go on about. Let me expand, "Mommy doesn't love me, I've had over six fathers, I don't get along with any of my step-siblings, life is unfair."

I think if Shaye had actually been shown as bitchy instead of antisocial then this book would have been...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is a random book I picked up - not based on the cover, that's for sure - and bought out of boredom. So I was pleasantly surprised by its humour, sauciness and the great chemistry between many of the characters. I've always been wary of books that throw up the Atlantis thing, but I didn't mind it all here. It was fun, and racy, and (because this often comes up), Shaye didn't annoy me. I understood her, so her stubborness made sense, and helped create some sizzling sexual tension. Valerian wa...more
Valkyrie
Apr 12, 2009 Valkyrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Gena Showalter fan
Recommended to Valkyrie by: Kim
This was a good story. I really liked the chemistry between Valerian and Shaye. I also liked that there were 2 different love interests in this story. The other was between Joachim and Brenna had a story within this main story. I like that. I think I liked this story the best so far. I am moving on to The Vampire's Bride which is Layel's story. I already have a soft spot for Layel, so I'm excited to start his book.
Kerra
Sorry, Gena Showalter. Stokholm Syndrome isn't sexy.

The plot of "The Nymph King" (or any other Gena Showalter book) is essentially a porno. Valerian, the unbelievably sexy Nymph King (nymphs are basically sex addicts) kidnaps Shaye, a young, cynical woman who wants nothing to do with love. He drags her to Atlantis and basically tells her that he will have sex with her no matter how much she says no (um rape much?).

I'm assuming that in te context of a romance novel this seems sexy, but in realit...more
Carmen
Jul 05, 2014 Carmen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fiction, romance
This book spits on everything that feminism has been trying to accomplish for the last century.
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
May 04, 2009 Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a fluffy/generic Para Romance to kill some time.
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Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Maru.

Quotes:
“Do you like the palace?” he asked again.
She hesitated before saying, “I’ll be honest. Your home…the walls, remind me of you.”
Our home, little moonbeam, our home. “Thank you.”
Frowning, she slapped at his hand, trying to force him to release his hold. “That wasn’t a compliment.”
“Being told pictures of sex make you think of me is not a compliment?”
Her mouth fell open, but she snapped it closed. “That’s not how I meant it, and you know it.”
He chuckled. “Deny it all you w...more
Catherine
I was pretty excited to read this book in the Atlantis Series. Everything mentioned previously in the series describes the nymphs as the strongest warriors in Atlantis although they are the most laid back. They won't bother you if you don't bother them first.

Valerian, King of the Nymphs, has led his army to capture a castle from the dragons. To retaliate the dragons stole the nymph females. Valerian's men are getting antsy and weak because even though Valerian is still getting sex to keep his s...more
Maria D'Isidoro
A friend who thought I needed a laugh lent me this one. Laugh? boy did I ever. It's SUCH a stereotypical erotica. We've got no plot (though a little is thrown in near the end), some purple prose and questionable grammar, and exaggerated and conformist gender roles. Hello strong warrior man who knows nothing of love but is ACTUALLY totally misunderstood and needs to civilizing influence of a woman. Greetings healer woman who has daddy issues/mommy issues/abusive ex-boyfriend issues, and needs a s...more
Lynsey
WOW...I loved this! This book was incredibly sexual and I really did laugh out loud at some of the antics. You have got to respect a writer that can take a race of promiscuous sex addicts and make them desirable to the average girl. Be warned though, this book has some VERY hot love scenes - do not read it on a train...in fact make sure you are safely at home to save your embarassment!

Valerian is a warrior and king of the Nymphs. He is so handsome it hurts and NO woman can resist him. He literal...more
Gaby
El es tercer libro de la serie Atlantis. Aunque no es necesario, recomiendo leer primero Heart of the Dragon (Corazón de Dragón) y Jewel of Atlantis.

Esta vez el protagonista llamado Valerian es un hombre de la raza de los Ninfas, mas específicamente, el Rey de todos ellos. Los ninfas son una raza puramente sexual, pues de este acto obtienen fuerza. No hay mujer (y algunos hombres) que puedan resistirse a su encanto. Simplemente caen como esclavas, y son adentradas a un mundo de placer sin igual....more
Amanda
★★★☆ I liked it

O'oh. This series started so good but has kept dropping from there. I expected this to be a fantastic book focussing on the impending war between the nymphs and dragons, with a love story of course. Instead, we just get a sex-crazed King who won't stop until he gets what he wants. Sex, sex, sex. It's pretty much all that happens (or is thought about). Even the "war" was lacklustre. Shaye is meant to be his mate but he seems to just want to have sex with her for the rest of his lif...more
Sara
I was really shocked at how much I disliked this book, as I've loved everything else Ms. Showalter has written.

The lead character is controlling, abusive, narcissistic, and he ABDUCTS his "mate" who assaults him physically to try to escape. I got 1/3 through the novel and was horrified at the control he was using against her, and words like "obeying" etc. It was just a horror. Her attempts to survive and go back to her life are called "stubbornness", which implies he knows what is best for her,...more
Nonieღserenity2bliss
This is my second book by the author. I first read The Darkest Kiss which I don't like at all. I don't even remember what the story was about...

Due to that awful first time, I was ready to not like this too. I was surprised by how much I love this one! It is most definitely better than The Darkest Kiss by miles.

It's just funny and sexy and so, so seductive without being lurid or crude.

Now I only wish that I had read the first two of the Atlantis series because I'm a sucker for reading serial b...more
Becky
(Atlantis,#3) In this Atlantis story, Valerian, Nymph King, battles his constant need for sex while protecting his newly acquired home from dragons. In order to appease his warriors, Valerian travels to the surface and brings back several women including leading lady Shaye Holling. I liked that Shaye maintained her tough, cynical personality throughout the book. Valerian was not that deep of a character and I was actually a little annoyed with him about midway through. Still, this was a good rea...more
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Amazing, I think I may just love this one more then the first,I know I love it more then the second. I like how the leading lady (Shaye) didn't just give up and swoon like all the other chicks, she had strength and power. She was her own self, and I liked how Valerian didn't give up on her. I loved this book, really loved this book. But one thing bothers me, why are all the lead females virgins???
Kathrynn
This book was funny! There is a paranormal theme, i.e., the lost city of Atlantis and all that that implies...dragons, vampires, centaurs, the greek god poseidon and others.

The title was awful and I thought...ick, but someone suggested it to me and I'm so glad they did. I laughed through this book. This author has a wonderful sense of humor.
Marulett
Buddy read with Aly


Another great book :))
Viohlet
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Jilly
What can I say about this book except that it is the best one yet. I love it when a series gets better as it goes along and this is definitely the case here.

This series was recommended by a friend on a yahoo book group. So I tried it. I was definitely intrigued by the first two books though admittedly not super impressed. I had never read anything by the author but was willing to continue with the series. I'm so glad I did.

The Nymph King is the best of the series yet. Valerian oozes sexual allur...more
Rachael
i got this (as well as Jewel of atlantis) for xmas and had read The Vampire King (layels story) before and liked it but had read a snippet of this one and was hooked i really wanted to read this one next (though out of sequence it doesnt seem to affect the story which i like)

and was as good as i thought
i loved the passion and chemistry between valerian and shaye .. you could Fell it emulating from the book from the moment ya met ...
and yes he is an arrogant cocky guy whos unbelievebly good loo...more
Elisa
The Nymph King was classic Gena Showalter in that it was funny, sexy, fast-paced and unput-downable! Her characters are so interesting and original in every single book and this quality just continues to thrill and astound me. Of course Valerian and Shaye are no exception.

Shaye is just an average girl living on good ol’ planet earth attending her mom’s sixth wedding to Mr. Perfect, irritated that she’s away from her anti-card business, and being her usual caustic self when anyone tries to talk t...more
Sophia
With this third installment in the Atlantis series, I was curiously anticipating a story involving a race of creatures that aren't known for monogamy and require sex to survive. It was fascinating getting her idea of dragons and then a book that pulled a little from all the races in Atlantis, but now it zeroed in on the Nymphs who were briefly mentioned in the other books. I was ready to be intrigued yet again.

This was one of those stories that teetered on the edge of like/dislike for me. I hone...more
Renae

It was the first fiction book I picked in year 2011 (yes, I haven't read a book for almost a year), and it reminded me of how much I'd fallen in love with paranormal romance since young until this heavy school workload curses came falling upon me as I grow. Now I'm back. Falling in love with these stories again, from these amazing authors that have the "powers" to make me secretly crave for more of these oh-so-hot stories.

I am so glad I stumbled upon Gena Showalter. Her books are honestly, my ty...more
Kelly
I'm really enjoying this series. It's sexy, sweet, and action-packed. As an unrelated aside, this might be my favorite cover in the group. I think it's the guy's stomach. Or the watery overtones. Either way... niiiice.

Things I found amusing: Valerian is a total man-whore. Sure, it's a pitfall of being a member of a universally irresistable species, but the guy opens the book in bed with three women. Three. Not two. Three. I'm totally down with that, btw. Way to go, man-whore! It's a given among...more
Kaleigha
I am very much enjoying this series, and Gena Showalter is emerging as one of my favorites. While Atlantis as a setting in paranormal romance has been used before, Ms. Showalter adds her own take - including dragons, demons, nymphs and vamps. I have liked all of the series so far, and this was no exception. I think that the most original part for me is that there are no set "bad guys". When you read the first in the series, the Nymphs and Vamps are considered evil, but from this book, that is tu...more
Camilla
Once again I find myself absolutly giddy after having read one of Genas books..

The Nymph King is no different.. I really loved this one, and yes, Shaye did fight her feelings for a long time, but isnt that just what any normal girl would have done, after being kidnapped to an underwater world?

I liked all the sexual tension, so when they finally did do the nasty, it was just that more amazingness.. lol

I cant say enough good things about how Gena writes. She is just pure genius, and her books not...more
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Gena Showalter Fans: The Nymph King (Atlantis #3) 2 31 Aug 04, 2012 01:45PM  
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl...more
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“I love this quote when Valerian the King of the Nymphs says to his mate Shaye;

"I am Valerian, leader of the nymphs. You may call me Oh God, that is what the other surface dwellers have preferred to call me".”
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“Did you dream of me?" he asked.

"Yes," she admitted grudgingly. She had. She'd dreamed of his hands caressing her, of his mouth devouring her.

His lush lips inched into a surprised but pleased smile.

"You were naked," she told him.

His grin spread; his eyes gleamed with satisfaction.

"And tied up..."

He arched his eye brows in smug expectation. "I did not know the idea of bondage would please you."

"Oh, I love the idea of typing you up." She paused dramatically. "Just like in my dream, you'll be secured to an ant-hill and the little things will eat you alive.”
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