Sex. Got your attention? This book caught mine.
Green, a former vampire hunter, has taken the third mark
from his vampire queen, thus turning him into Lady Lyssa’s
human servant. Naturally, his brother Gideon, who is still a
vampire hunter, is less than pleased with that development.
But both Jacob and Lyssa’s former servant, Brother Thomas,
believe Jacob’s human life has crossed paths with Lyssa’s
for centuries, once as her samurai protector and again, as a
knight during the Crusades. Both times he was killed. He’s
convinced he will remain at her side this time. Who knows?
Maybe the third time’s the charm.
Unfortunately, Lady Lyssa, the oldest known living vampire
and the last of the Far East Clan, has contracted a virus
for which there is a no cure, only a definitive and gruesome
death. Binding herself to Jacob has granted her enough of a
reprieve to settle her affairs. But when she dies, so will
her human servant. Lord Brian and his human servant, Debra,
are hard at work developing a cure. Until then, Lyssa must
rely on Jacob to care for her. For a Dominant vampire, this
is a huge leap of trust.
Vampire Council convening, Lyssa and Jacob must work hard to
hide her illness. If it becomes known the Council’s enforcer
is dying, the Council’s civilized veneer might slip. The
younger vampires led by Lord Carnal, chafe at the Council’s
restraints, convinced they should be the dominant species on
Earth. Child sex slaves and unlimited killing are just two
of the things they’re campaigning for.
Add a pack
of skilled and determined vampire hunters to the mix and
everyone, human and vampire, is in danger.
not having read the first book of the series, The
Vampire Queen’s Servant, I felt neither lost nor
bombarded with back-story. I absolutely loved that! That
said, when vampires are involved in the plot I’m a bit more
accustomed to fast-paced, action-oriented stories. The
Mark of the Vampire Queen moves at a leisurely
stroll, highlighting its numerous kinks and emotional scenes
and skimming the killings (a plus to some, no doubt).
Arrogant, imperious, and cruel, these are not the warm fuzzy
vampires seen in a number of other authors’ series. Sex
scenes in this story clearly reflect the strong
Dominant/submissive lifestyle so be prepared for branding,
torture, nonconsensual sex, anal sex, threesomes, foursomes,
and more. Thankfully Joey Hill has a subtle sense of humor
and a strong grasp of dialogue that lightens the book’s tone
when necessary. Packed with inventive sex, strong emotion,
and likeable characters despite their predatorial nature,
The Mark of the Vampire Queen stands out among