In the Service of the King by Laura Kaye
Series: Vampire Warrior Kings #1
Published: February 1, 2012 by Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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?
I read this because I’m a fan of Laura Kaye and the box set was on sale. Virgin offerings to the vampire are not my usual read but Kaye is always a wonderful writer so it was still enjoyable. The language is more flowery and historical romance feeling than anything I’ve read by her but it’s not too bad. I’m most impressed with the depth of the traditions and rituals that Kaye has created considering the shorter length of this book. There was so much intricacy to the Proffering and then the mating ceremony that I felt like I had this huge look into the history and culture of the vampires. I liked both Shayla and Kael but their romance definitely falls in the super fast insta-love category; the mating bond is supposed to enhance their connection and speed things along.
I would have liked more on the war with the Soul Eaters; we get some info on how they are fighting with the Warrior Vampires and how evil they are but we don’t see any of it in this book as it’s only focused on the Proffering. I also would have liked Shayla’s thoughts and speech to be more modern since she’s living in the 21st Century. The vampire society is very traditional and old-fashioned, but Shayla is human, attends college, and lives in the modern world.
3 stars – it was good
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