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Lord of the Vampires

(Royal House of Shadows #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,032 ratings  ·  586 reviews
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with a need for vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.

Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex
Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Harlequin Nocturne (first published August 22nd 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Warning! This book contains sex… wow. Hot, crazy, vampire sex! And lots of it.

Lord of the Vampires is the first book in the new Royal House of Shadows series, and my first read of Gena Showalter’s writing. I’ve heard her name mentioned time and time again as friends encouraged me to read her Lords of the Underworld series, but when I saw Lord of the Vampires listed on netgalley, I just couldn’t pass it up!

The first thing that really stood out, and I enjoyed very much, was just how edgy and vici
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it

Once upon a time, a vampire prince named Nicolai was an arrogant seducer of anything with breasts. He lived happily, frolicking with his brothers and sister, learning to fight, to control his temper, to use his powers, and learn to heal...until one day, an evil sorcerer attacks. His parents, the king and queen, are slaughtered, and with their dying breaths, each casts a spell. His mother sends all 4 of her children to safety, while the king instills a need
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Sadly, I was pretty disappointed with this book. If it was written by another author that I didn't have higher expectations for, I would have liked it fairly well. But for Gena Showalter, and what I know she can write, this one didn't quite measure up. I think it's the Harlequin Nocturne curse. I've found that these books don't have enough content to make this PNR fan happy. Ms. Showalter seemed to have some issues with the word count restrictions. I think she did the best she could, but I felt ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
3.5 Stars. I think I would have liked this more if I had read it vs listening to the audiobook. The narrator was good with most character voices...until she did the heroes voice. Unfortunately, her male voice made me cringe. I know I’m pretty picky about that, so I tried to ignore her performance of his character and enjoy the story despite it. I did like this story and will have to do a re-read with the book another time.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Look, if you're going to write about a heroine who's supposed to be a scientist, please make sure that her thought process is rational, at the very least . No amount of term dropping would convince me that she's smart if she acts like a bloody dimwit most of the time. Seriously. What self-respecting scientist would believe in vampires in the first place?
She knew that vampires, shape-shifters and other creatures of the night existed, even though her coworkers on the quantum physics side of the
Ren Puspita
e-ARC provided by

Edited rating : 3,5 stars

The first book of Royal House of Shadows series. The story about the crown prince of Elden, Nicolai, who turned to sex slave and need this woman, Jane Parker, to save him.

Nicolai, once a crown prince of Elden, the magical Kingdom. Knowing as Dark Seducer, he seduced many women as he want, never bother to search his queen. But when Blood Sorcerer took over his kingdom, the king and the queen was killed but before their last breath, they sen
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Lord of the Vampires was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Harlequin.

3 stars - but only because of the originality of the story.

“They called him Nicolai,” and he is one of the four royal heirs to the kingdom of Elden. After his father the King and his mother the Queen cast spells in a poor attempt to protect their children, the spells go awry and Nicolai winds up having his powers bound, his memory wiped clean, and being the prisoner of Odette, princess of the witches in Delfina, “a kingdom
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PNR, romance,erotic
Shelves: scorching-hot
This was my first read by Gena Showalter and I am happy to say that I was very pleased with this story. Lately, I’ve had a difficult time find good paranormal romance novels that I could really get involved with. I enjoy my PNR with solid world building, believable characters, and hot and heavy on the romance; “Lord of the Vampire’s” was full of both.
After the king and queen of Elden are tragically slain, their four children are cast out being protected by a spell cast by their witch mother. Alo
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I love the concept of the Royal House of Shadows. It's a bit fairytale, a bit paranormal, and some time traveling.

Nicolai is a vampire. He was bought as a slave years ago and has been kept prisoner, and used as a sex slave. He now finds a way to bring a human female to him to rescue him. He is in a land where there is not time. And to escape, this human comes in the form of one of his captors. Only he can see her true self. He is a bit of a caveman, sometimes he can't put complete sentences tog
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This is the first book I have picked up from Gena Showalter, though I have a few of her ebooks in my TBR shelf. I was completely unimpressed.

The writing style felt stilted, the story had holes the size of Uluru in it, not to mention that the characters were so two dimensional it was off-putting. The only thing this story had going for it was the steam factor, but even then, I quickly came to the conclusion that I'd rather have good plot and wit than mediocre storytelling with a touch of smexines
ARC provided by Netgalley & Harlequin.

Lord of the Vampires is the first book in the 4-part “Royal House of Shadows” series by Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen and Nalini Singh about four royal siblings who are sent to different kingdoms by their parents after being defeated by the corrupt “Blood Sorcerer.” The hero is Nicolai, a dark-haired vampire with a frustrating case of memory loss who fights and seduces with equal passion. The heroine, Jane, is an intelligent scientist recover
Nicolai is a slave, his past gone, only the thirst for revenge remaining. Well, and the desire to kill the princesses that tortured and used him for years. But to escape his prison he needs help. Help that comes in shape of a human woman, a scientist that researches his kind. But the moment he sees her, his planes change. There's no way he could sacrifice her life in exchange for his freedom. The best laid plans...

Jane is incredibly surprised to find herself in a strange bedroom with people call
Riverina Romantics
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-blog
3.5 Stars

Since I started reading The Lords of the Underworld series my heart starts to beat a little faster whenever I hear of a new Gena Showalter release.

Gena is a brilliantly talented author! She has a flair for hunky sexy hero’s who make my knees weak, an amazing sense of humour that draws me in and the ability to make me hang on her every it pains me to say that I didn’t feel a great deal of any of that in this book.

Lord of the Vampires contained the style of writing I have gro
When I first heard about this series, I was really intrigued by the idea that four different authors were going to write one of the four books. And I was really looking forward to the Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh ones.

Despite hearing that this wasn't one of Gena's best, I really liked it. It may not be my "Oh my God, this is totally my favorite of hers!" book, but it was still really good. I liked the world she started building up and I loved Nicolai and Jane. They were a great couple.

My only
Aug 14, 2011 added it
Shelves: on-hold-for-now, dnf
Could not finish this book, will leave for later
1.5** for only the parts I read which was 1/3 of the book.
May 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampire
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Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gena Showalter fans, paranormal romanca fans

This is a group review for Under the Covers

Lord of the Vampires is the first book in the Royal House of Shadows series. This series tells the tale of three brothers and one sister, each is a prince or princess in the royal house of Elden, that is until their home is destroyed and their parents, the King and Queen, murdered by the Blood Sorcerer who now rules cruelly and desecrates their land. We loved the sound of this series, and as massive fans of Gena Showalter we had to pick it up and read
Lord of the Vampires
2 Stars

Once a vampire renowned for his virility, Nicolai is currently a sex slave to a revolting family of witches. When he summons help, the most unlikely of women is unable to disobey his call. Jane Parker is a human scientist who finds herself in a magical realm and must save the life of the only man she has ever craved.

An intriguing reverse fairytale plot, however, the execution is exceedingly disappointing.

While I’m usually a fan of dominant alpha males,
The BookChick
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Book Description:
Nicolai the Vampire is renowned for his virility, but in a cruel twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” has become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remains is a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who can help him.

When the wanton vampire summons Jane Parker, she is helpless to obey. She's drawn to his dark sexuality and into his magical realm. But for this human, all is not a fairy tale. For saving Nicol
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
My gods that was freaking painful and so disappointing, I really expected more from Gena Showalter.

I did not like any of the characters.

Story line wise there was some potential but it I couldn't see past it. If not for a challenge I would have gladly dnf it.

Jane finds a book one evening on her door step, the text is directed to her. Come safe me...blah blah she poof wakes up in another world they all think she's a princess, lots sex and saying of the word mine, I'm yours, mine. Bl
Susan (susayq ~)
2-2.5 stars. This was my first Gena Showalter and it was ok. I'm kind of disappointed that other than Jane and Nicolai getting together, nothing happened. He didn't even make it back to his home land. Yeah, I get that he'll need his brothers and sister to fight and defeat the Blood Sorcerer, but he could have started the journey to either find his family or to his home land. There was lots of SEX. Not that I'm against reading that, cause I'm definitely not. But it seemed like all they were doing ...more
I liked Nicolai and Jane and the story well enough, but just hated the ending. And I hated it not only because it was too rushed but also because it was left as a cliff hanger. I guess, we'll only know what really happens to Nicolai and his kingdom after the fourth book.

Each book in the Royal House of Shadows series was written by different author, so will be a hit or a miss with each one.
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Sep 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't seem to be having a good week for reading Gena Showalter this week. I read The Darkest Prison Novella and was...unimpressed, shall we say? Now this effort...

This is book one in a multi-author series called the Royal House of Shadows. With this only being book one, I don't, as yet, know how each book is connected with the others, or whether or not I actually needed to read this one to get background information for the rest of the books in the series. Out of the four authors currently in
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Notes: I read the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book. The book will be released August 23rd. Contains violence in the form of attempted rape and murder.

The Royal House of Elden was attacked. In an effort to save their children, the Queen cast a spell to send each of them to a different kingdom. At the same time, the King cast a spell so that each of his children would seek vengeance upon the Blood Sorcerer. Each child possess a silver timepiece which connects each child to the other and to
Jen Davis
I feel like a traitor. I LOVE Gena Showalter. She is one of my top go-to authors for paranormal romance. So when I found out about this book and the Royal House of Shadows series, I was sooo excited. But (I can't believe I'm saying this) I was disappointed. This book had all the hot sex you'd expect from a Showalter story, but for me, it was missing something substantial. I couldn't connect with it; I couldn't feel what the characters were feeling.

The premise of the series is this: An evil sorce
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nicolai is one of four children who at the time of his parent’s death were sent away from the royal palace that was under attack. Only a time piece that he is no longer in possession of links him to his siblings. He is not even aware of a missing timepiece though. His lusty ways and an error in magic cast by a dying parent sent him to the slave market, as a sex slave. His purchasers have wiped his memory repeatedly. In an attempt to escape he writes magic into a book and draw a modern time huma ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I really should start this off by saying that I have huge issues with books who have main characters that meet someone of the opposite sex and within about 3 seconds flat think its an awesome idea to leave their lives and go run off with them abandoning everything else. (regardless of how little that may actually be) It gives me Twilight post traumatic stress syndrome. I just want to lock these women in a padded room and keep them well medicated.

Lord of the Vampires, (Royal House of Shadows #1)
Duchess Nicole
This was okay. A bit confusing and convoluted at times, though I like the idea behind the series. I thought it just seemed a bit rushed, like she skipped a lot of the details so she could hurry through to get to the end. It comes across as almost a fantasy world, with this different dimension full of mythical creatures. I'm assuming that the other three books in the series, with Nicolai's siblings, will delve a bit more into the details and conclusions to the storyline. Though since Nicolai is s ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Nicolai is a vampire with no memory of his past. He can’t remember that as his parents were being attacked and ultimately killed by the Blood Sorcerer, they each cast spells to protect him and his siblings. One spell cast was to send them away, the other to get vengeance on their killer. The spells went wrong and Nicolai ends up being sold as a sex slave, his memory is wiped and he’s held prisoner. First by one horrible princess Odette, then after her dea
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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