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Review: The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill

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The Mark of the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen #2) by Joey W. Hill
Erotica, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Trade Paperback (BERKLEY TRADE, 384 pages, $15.00)
ISBN# 0425219321
Full servant. With his new title, Jacob must attend to Lady Lyssa's every need, venturing into a world of passion darker than he's ever known. As a vampire hunter he wasn't prepared to embrace a world where humans are sexual commodities, but he has adapted. Now he finds the integrity of his soul challenged as he serves his Mistress's needs as fully as he services her desires.
He loves her, though other servants warn against giving her his soul. Everyone knows that Vampires have no regard for humans, so why would a Vampiress bother treating a mere sex toy with respect? But Jacob knows a human servant is far more than that. His Mistress needs a warrior, a friend and a lover. A man who will serve her in all ways, even if he has to betray the priceless treasure of her love.

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Mastering The Mistress (4 stars)

Picking up where The Vampire Queen's Servant left off, The Mark of the Vampire Queen gives us a carefully written reminder of the previous installments events. Jacob Green has been given the third mark by Lady Lyssa. But she is dying and this leaves him bound to die with her if a cure for the Delilah virus cannot be found. Jacob's concern lies mainly in saving Lyssa though she must live if the vampire world is to maintain what little civility it currently has. There are some vampires who view humans not only as lesser beings but as less than even cattle.

With the Council's gathering approaching Lyssa needs to be in top health and the planning of her yearly kill must go through perfectly. Without it she will not last. But in helping her kill an innocent is Jacob compromising everything he has always stood for? The gathering itself may prove to be the undoing of everything both Jacob and Lyssa have worked for.

I do apologize for the slightly weak summary. There was a lot more plot packed into this book than the previous one. There are the preparations for the gathering and the gathering itself, then more story! If you enjoyed the first but wished it had just a bit more butt-kicking action this one will be a treat. What there was less of to an extent were the lengthy graphic sex scenes between Jacob and Lyssa. I think Hill did well in curbing that aspect of the book just enough to keep them from becoming stale and dull. There was a lot less of the BDSM element this time as well, for me I didn't mind but if you come in expecting it to top The Vampire Queen's Servant you'll likely be disappointed.

What I did greatly enjoy with this one was the vast use of secondary characters both to send the plot in many directions and in the sex scenes. I felt the scenes were multiple persons were sexually engaged were more tasteful and erotic than the first book. Seeing the vampire world openly at the gathering was a bit like watching Eyes Wide Shut, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a carefully plotted homage there. My only dislike about the book was that just when I thought the story was ended it went on. I really felt that the story could have ended at the one point and it would have been a little tragic but so much more romantic than the additional chapters.

Overall this was a fast paced and very well plotted story with great erotic threads tying it all together. If you're looking for an erotic paranormal romance with vampires this one is sure to please.

1 comment:

SciFiGuy said...

Loved your review! I'm looking forward to the third book next month.


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