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The Nymph King (Atlantis #3)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,664 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by HQN Books (first published February 1st 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
Dec 09, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
This book spits on everything that feminism has been trying to accomplish for the last century.
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
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
Apr 12, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Gena Showalter fan
Recommended to Wendy 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.
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Maru.

“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
Aug 12, 2011 Kerra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
May 04, 2009 Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a fluffy/generic Para Romance to kill some time.
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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 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
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
Maria D'Isidoro
Mar 14, 2010 Maria D'Isidoro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-loan
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
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.
Jul 18, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 life. N
Feb 09, 2013 Sophia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
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
Aug 14, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
A fairly typical Showalter romance novel. Lots of smut in this one; not really much of a plot persey. But it delivers enough to make me read to the end.
One thing I wish Showalter did with these books is that we got to see more of our past characters (the women in particular) that cross with the new characters being introduced. But I hope that comes later in the series. This is only book 3 after all.
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,
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
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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???
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Valerian, king of the Nymphs, has never had to work at getting a woman, but he has to work for Shaye, a human and his mate. I love it!! Not even Poseidon can interfere. A good continuation of the Atlantis series. She is untouched by any man until him, and he has bedded anything that came near him for centuries. Complete opposites, but very compatible in all ways. Great read!!
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.
Feb 16, 2011 Viohlet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gena fans, romantica fans, people who like something a little different
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Jul 06, 2012 Jilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 29, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
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
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
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
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
This book wasn't a bad read at all. It kept me entertained while it lasted. But for some reasons I just cannot get over the orgy scene starring the Hero and 3 girls (if I remember correctly) in the beginning of the book!

It's been a month and I still cannot get over it.

Silly me.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Atlantis (5 books)
  • Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis, #1)
  • Jewel of Atlantis (Atlantis, #2)
  • The Vampire's Bride (Atlantis, #4)
  • The Amazon's Curse (Atlantis, #5)

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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".”
“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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