Review: In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye

Monday, April 7, 2014
Series: Vampire Warrior Kings #1
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.
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Okay so Kael is the vampire king. Shayla is one of the many virgins offered up to him on a semi-regaular basis so that he can drink their blood to sustain life. Apparently these virgins all have a choice and decide that this is what they want to do. He doesn't kill them or anything, he doesn't even drink from them. Since his mate died over 300 years ago, it seems he's been super celibate. That is until Shayla is one of the virgins offered and he is immediately overcome by desire and feelings for her that he doesn't want. So he blindfolds her, doesn't explain really whats going to happen and is all around cold to her. When he takes her blood, it hurts which it's not supposed to. Kael is overcome by desire and ends up kissing her, nicking her tongue with his fang and then drinking her blood and making her have a mind blowing orgasm simply by kissing.

Shayla is just willing to do whatever he wants immediately. She doesn't hardly ask him any questions or anything. I get that he's the vampire king but cmon. She was getting her degree but when she decides to mate with the king, that all changes. Because it's not safe for her to be out in the open. So while she brings it up and Kael is basically like welll maybe we can do that, there's not any kind of answer. Shayla gives up her entire life in a matter of hours for this guy.

I don't know but it all just seemed too unrealistic. Everything moved too quick and there wasn't any of that real connection that I like to see. Plus Shayla was way too submitting for me. This wasn't really for me and although it's a novella, I don't think I'll read any further with this series.


  1. Is it like BDB? But I don't like "virgin" stories though, these virgins aren't like the virgins in my day. They seem to be more knowledgeable than the dirtiest ho in the bar LOL

    1. Lol! This virgin was pretty knowledgeable. I just couldn't get into it. I'm sure other people will like it though. It's similar to BDB but I'm nit a huge fan of those either.


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