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The Vampire's Bride

(Atlantis #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  11,103 ratings  ·  313 reviews
He is Layel, king of the vampires, a master seducer no woman can deny. But since a rogue horde of dragons killed his beloved over two centuries ago, Layel has existed only for vengeance - until he meets Delilah.

Wary of love, the beautiful Amazon wants nothing to do with the tormented vampire. Yet there's no denying their consuming desire every time he nears her.

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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HQN
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I was really looking forward to reading this, so I was pretty surprised when I realized I didn't like it that much. I liked the whole 'survivor island' thing, but not so much the rest of it. There were two main stories running at the same time, the vampire/amazon and the vampire-demon/nymph. My problem really isn't with the fact that there was more than one story, it's just that both of the couples seem to have the same theme going in their relationships. The woman is in total love and the man d ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think that The Vampire’s Bride might be the Atlantis series’ book that I appreciated the most.

Generally speaking, I enjoyed this series. However, I must confess that part of the rating I gave to these books is based more on my predisposition to like everything Gena Showalter writes than in my actual valuation of the books, sorry, my bad.

The Lords of the Underworld series and Alien Huntress series have a more complex and interesting universe, and on the whole I consider them to be superior to
Julie (jjmachshev)
Nov 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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If you're a big fan of the TV show 'Survivor', then you'll love Gena Showalter's "The Vampire's Bride". This is the story of the vampire king Layel and fans have been waiting for it since 2007 when she published her last 'Atlantis' book. You could call this one 'Survivor: Atlantis' or 'Paranormal Survivor' and you'd pretty much have it.

The gods have returned to Atlantis after centuries...and they're bored. To amuse themselves (which is NEVER a good thing), they decide to pit their creations aga
I'm bored. Listen, I like human men. Human. Just normal, warm-blooded, mortal men with all their faults and talents. I don't need a vampire, werewolf, nymph, weredragon, or whatever to make me happy. Why on earth would I want some supernatural being following me around, drooling and talking about how he "owns" me? I don't find this appealing.

This book is like a soap opera. A weird one. Layel is king of all vampires. He's consumed by hatred ever since his pregnant human wife was gang-raped and th
Well this series ha some serious ups and downs. I loved books 1 and 3 but didn't enjoy close as much books 2 and 4. And it's weird because I was so sure I would love this one as everyone seemed to do so.

In this installment we get to read about Layel, king of the vampires, in a quest to kill everybody involved in the assassination of his past mate. We see everything he went through and how he suffered. While at the beginning it was sweet that he wouldn't let anything in between him and her memory
There’s something missing for me in Gena Showalter’s Atlantis series. This is the fourth book in the series, and each one has received a three star rating from me. On my scale, this equates to being pretty much an OK/average read – not bad, but nothing special, either – a mildly entertaining way to pass some time.

It’s a shame, because the premise has so much potential: The hidden city of Atlantis, populated by vampires, dragons, demons, nymphs, Amazons, centaurs, minotaurs, gorgons and formorian
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others from the series, I was over half way through the book before I really got into it and before that frankly I was bored and had to force myself to pick it up each time. ...more
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying, I love Gena. I cut my PNR teeth on the Lords of the Underworld last year and have ravaged many a PNR series since then. I read the first 3 tales of Atlantis last month to get ready for this new one. For me, the Vampire's Bride was anticlimactic.

1. I never liked Layel in any of the books. To find find him as a likeable character was a stretch for me, but I made the journey.

2. My favorite parts were the minor plot of Shivawn and Alyssa. In my opinion, that would have been a
Diandra Huffman
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Even when I say I won't read Gena Showalter again, I tend to pick up her books because I KNOW that i have to finish this series. It was hard to engage myself at the beginning. I literally forced myself to read the chapters until I found something I enjoyed, which ended up being Alyssa and Shivawn's story. I then found myself skipping chapters to read their story instead of Delilah and Layel's Survivor: Paradise story. Their story was boring...It's all "I hate you because I want your body which m ...more
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Loved it! It was an Atlantean version of Survivor and it was (of course) to the death. I loved the Amazons and I hope we get to see Nola's story next.
Not only were they fighting their desires, fighting for their lives, and fighting Layel's (the vampire king) memories of his dead mate, they were unkowingly fighting for the gods. It was a great read and an exciting book that was more than just boy meets girl (or vampire meets amazon) they deny love, they fight their desire, and they live happily e
Ronda  Tutt
Oct 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The God's will have their fun!

The Vampire King I believe has to be the most fierce and most logical being out of all the mystical species - LOL

Deliahla is definitely the perfect match for the vampire king. I enjoyed their story and found the God's mysterious island trails to determine who was the most fierce and intelligent warrior very humorous. At first it was very harsh and cold but in the end it showed the God's having a sense of riddled humor and sensible humanity. Besides love always wins
Oct 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will write a full review when I'm at my pc but for now absolutely amazing ...more
Freaking amazing!!! It was like the hunger games of the underworld and no PG restriction!!

Another great book by GS :))
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This was the final novel in the Atlantis series and I confess, it was the one I was most curious about because it was the challenge of turning the bad guy into the good guy or at least a guy who would wasn't all bad.

Truthfully, I have never really looked on Layel, the Vampire king, as the bad guy. He had something horrific happen in his life and it broke him. I hated many of his actions, but I've mostly just felt pity. And pity isn't something I like for the most dominant thing I feel for my he
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have a soft spot for vampires because it seems to be hard for me to read a book about them and not enjoy it. From the beginning, I had a hard time pulling myself away from The Vampire's Bride. There's a real story going on, not just a love story. The Gods have decided to wage a competition that involves all the races of Atlantis. People's true feelings for each other are revealed in the process, making friends enemies and enemies friends. Well... almost. They have to learn to live with ea ...more
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for Layel's book since he was first introduced and he didn't disappoint. He's tormented, bloodthirsty, strong and caring all at once. Of course, the tormented thing was mostly his own doing. I mean, there comes a point where you have to let things go. Right? If you don't it'll eat you alive and turn you into a shadow of the sexy vamp-hunk you should be. Poor Layel. All angry and brooding and not getting sexed up for 200 years. Come to think of it, that would make me both broodi ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
AUTHOR: Had I read this book BEFORE having read Gena Showalter’s “Lords of the Underworld” series I would probably be done with this author. “The Vampire’s Bride” is book four of the Atlantis series. Continuous incessant and boring dialogue coupled with extreme sex scenes make the book dull and dry.

Two of the strongest from the various mythical characters living in Atlantis, vampires, dragons, demons and other legendary creatures, are pitted against each other. They have been transpor
i was sadly disappointed with this one definitely my least fav in the series so far. i had hih hopes to see what she did with layel but the plot was a big bomb for me. as with the first book he struggles with a strong desire to KILL the female lead which to me makes for poor romance silly girl that i am. alsothe survivor like tone had potential but just dragged on far too long. i loved delilah because how could i not love a tattooed blue haired amazon woman, but layel was the least appealing cha ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Have you ever picked up a book and thought to yourself "oh, I won't like this"? But then you thought "well, its part of a series, I might miss something if I don't read it"?

I should have listened to myself.

This is the continuing saga of Atlantis and Layel's storyline. I've never been a fan of turning the bad guy into your hero in your next book - which is what this is. Its also very violent in the beginning. It also seems to glamorize pain and suffering to an extent, for the female lead - Amazo
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
3 1/2 stars to 4 stars.

Not quite as good as the previous three in my opinion, but good none the less. Finally a female lead who isn't a virgin! Hallelujah! Poor tormented Layel, caught between the pain of losing his past love and moving on with his new-found lover.
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Maru
So much better then the 1st read :D
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Sarah Marie
The Vampire's Bride by Gena Showalter

Fourth in the Atlantis series

4.25 stars

Layel is the king of the vampires and he has seen more deaths than all of the armies of Atlantis combined have… and he has been the one giving it. After the dragons viciously murdered the woman he loved he vowed to destroy the entire race for the death of his mate and unborn child. Layel meets Delilah during a battle between the dragons and Amazon’s that he decided to join. Delilah is one the fiercest Amazon warriors and

TammyJo Eckhart
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have enjoyed several Gena Showalter short stories in the past even if many of them are "alpha" man types because her female characters are strong, too. That's true to this novel, the first of her novels that I have read, but from there it quickly went downhill for me.

My first problem is that there are just too many viewpoint characters. Honestly once our main two characters are taken from Atlantis, I don't need to know what others are doing back there. I found the returning chapters or chapter
Kim Merino
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
So I've finally finished the Atlantis series and although it's a relief, there is something inside of me that wants to find out what happens next.

I found myself enjoying The Vampire's Bride a lot more than the others in the series. The main female character is an Amazon, a strong warrior able to take care of herself and hurrah not a virgin! Turns out there are women in Atlantis that have had sex before.

Layel the Vampire King is inexplicably attracted to the Delilah, he hasn't been interested in
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My favourite book of this series hands down!! And Layel is my favourite man!

As for the gods again? Assholes. They ask (order) them to compete against each other for their amusement. It could be fun..but they are actually fighting for their own lifes. All this is happening in an island where they divide them into teams. Gena created a sexy paranormal 'survivor' game everyone! How interesting is that!

We have two awesome main characters, Layel and Delilah. Layel has a painful past and he can't love
Not my favorite of the series story wise. I liked the characters, but the story/setting felt too forced.

The whole trapped on an island in a Survivor-meets-Hunger-Games style "test" seemed like she was out of ideas inside actual Atlantis. I would have rather seen the gods interfere in the city and cause political intrigue and war *within* Atlantis.

Also, the 2 other love plots felt like an attempt to fill pages. They were stuffed in there because there wasn't enough story to fill the book alone. I
Unicorn    Dealer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the fact that the main character was struggling with accepting even the slightest possibility of finding a love equal with that which he felt for his first wife as this showed that he could not just move on after her death like so many other book characters because he just found a new girl that intrigued him. Also i liked the way that the author played with Greek mythology and the presentation of the gods as representatives for each species which lived it atlantis.
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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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