Taken by the Vampire King by Laura Kaye-Review and Giveaway
Taken By The Vampire King
Vampire Warrior Kings #3
by Laura Kaye
Release Date: August 1, 2013
TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE KING (Vampire Warrior Kings #3) by Laura Kaye
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 1, 2013
Henrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal, but a mysterious ailment leaves the vampire king near death, and not even the blood of the Proffered, human virgins trained to serve the elite, can sustain him. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman from his enemies, and is filled with blood lust and desire he hasn’t felt for centuries.
Photographer Kaira Sorenson’s life takes a nightmare turn when she’s attacked by blood-thirsty creatures—and saved by a vampire. She should be afraid of Henrik, but she can’t deny her intense attraction to this regal, enigmatic being—nor the fact that her blood may be his only salvation. Now she must decide if she’s willing to be his forever…
REVIEW: TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE KING is the third novella in Laura Kaye’s paranormal Vampire Warrior Kings series focusing on the remaining seven vampire kings and their need to find a mate. Vampire Kings must feed from the ‘proffered virgins’ and without a suitable ‘donor’ Henrick Magnusson is dying. But the night he stumbles upon Kaira Sorenson he knows he must control his blood lust or lose the only woman capable of bringing him back from the brink of extermination.
Laura Kaye takes the reader on a fast paced journey as King Henrik quickly discovers that the woman he saved from an attack may be the ‘one’. When Henrik begins to feed from Kaira, her blood begins to heal the dying king, but there is something wrong with Kaira. When the mating mark appears, Kaira has three days to decide if Henrik is the man she wants for an eternity.
Taken by the Vampire King is a short story where the relationship between Kaira and Henrik develops quickly; Kaira accepts the vampire’s existence without question and is willing to sacrifice herself for the vampire king. There is some heartache and sorrow as Henrik learns about the plight of one of his fellow vampire kings; and the discovery of Kaira’s bloodline presupposes any storyline revelation about the history of the ‘proffered and their relationship with the kings’.
The Vampire Warrior Kings series was my first foray into the world of Laura Kaye and I loved the premise surrounding the ‘proffered ‘ and survival of the king. Laura pulls the reader into the storyline with an emotional tale of survival against the odds. My only complaint-the novel was too short and in doing so, I felt there was something missing in the overall telling of the story. Again, it presupposes the background information into the ‘proffered and the kings.’ For new readers to the series, this may be a bit confusing if they were to start with this particular storyline therefore I am a strong advocate of reading a series in order.
Copy supplied by the author.
Reviewed by Sandy
In The Service of the King
Vampire Warrior Kings #1
by Laura Kaye
Release Date: February 2012
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise…and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla’s life?
Seduced by the Vampire King
Vampire Warrior Kings #2
by Laura Kaye
Release Date: June 2012
American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family’s hopes that she’ll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she’s instinctively driven to protect him–and feels an undeniable spark of desire.
Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion–a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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