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Review: The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill

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The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen #1) by Joey W. Hill
Erotica, Paranormal Romance
Trade Paperback (BERKLEY TRADE, 384 pages, $14.00)
ISBN# 0425215903
Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who's been given a new servant-Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman's wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life, and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Elyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected-a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.
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Mistress May I? (4 stars)

Lady Lyssa doesn't want another human servant. To take another would mean losing him the way she lost Thomas, the monk who served her faithfully for hundreds of years. But Thomas' dying wish is that his mistress be protected and cared for. As queen of the vampires Lyssa's enemies are many and she cannot show weakness. The greatest of these being the mysterious illness that has plagued her for some time now.

Jacob Green has hunted vampires alongside his brother Gideon for most of his adult life. But one look at Lady Lyssa compelled him to be a part of her life. Thinking himself prepared by Thomas' tutelage he comes to Lyssa ready to serve, but unwilling to submit. She may not want a new human servant but she can't deny the wanting she feels for Jacob. If he is going to be her protector she must make him her submissive in all things; physically, emotionally and sexually. Can either deny that through it all something deeper and stronger than lust connects them?

I haven't read erotica really in quite a long time. I've always found it very difficult to read it when there's not some sub-story outside of the sex. Sure, you read erotica for the sexual nature of it, but is it too much to ask for there to be some action too? Fortunately, The Vampire Queen's Servant delivers on both smoothly. The plot of the story and the building of Lyssa's world gives the sex purpose and depth. It never feels overly gratuitous or out of place which is a feat worthy of praise.

Though I personally do not care for 'forced' sexual situations the BDSM was light enough that it was intriguing and sensual. The push-and-pull relationship that Lyssa and Jacob share spills over into their erotic encounters which makes the question of who will be initiating them anyone's guess. I very much enjoyed that Hill chose locations for the encounters that weren't conventional. The only scene I didn't particularly care for was an orgy, not so much because I don't care for several couplings happening at once, I just didn't like the casualness. I like there to be more emotional attachment between partners. Overall the book was well... hot. It blended great elements of paranormal romance with grittier sexuality than is typical, a great change of pace.

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