Taken by the Vampire King by Laura Kaye
Series: Vampire Warrior Kings #3
Published: August 1, 2013 by Harlequin Nocturne Cravings
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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…
I appreciate that each book in this series has been a bit different in how the couples meet. I was worried at the beginning that each one would be a Proffering scenario but that’s not the case. I liked that Kaira had no knowledge of vampires so it was a completely new world to her. Again, the world Laura Kaye has created is very intricate and it’s an impressive amount of developed history and culture considering the shorter length of the book. I loved Kaira’s spunk and her fire as well as her compassion for others. In fact, she might be too understanding!
So the big thing that didn’t work for me was the initial confrontation between Kaira and Henrik. Kaira is out walking when she’s attacked by two Soul Eaters and then rescued by Henrik and his brother, Jakob. However something happens and it just doesn’t work for me (see bottom of page for spoiler). There’s a lot happening to Kaira against her will and she’s rolling with it way too easily and falling in love with Henrik. It just all felt a little too icky and forced for me.
**Reader Safety: Dubious consent; Hero drinks from Heroine against her will right after she’s been attacked by a rogue vampire and then kidnaps her
2 stars – it was ok
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