March 3, 2009
When a human male and a female vampire find common ground, a bond is formed that
blazes the trail to a more substantial emotion Ė love.
Both Dev and Lady Daniela have lost their families. Each is alone in the world,
with no one to rely on but themselves. That is, until they meet each other.
From their very first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. Of
course, neither of them really tries to deny it, lol.
Beyond the physical attraction, however, they soon realize there is something
more between them, something lasting.
Lady Daniela stirs every protective instinct that alpha male Devlin has. But
Daniela is a born vampire, and is normally quite capable of protecting herself.
When an attempt on her life is barely thwarted, however, she realizes the time
has come for her to take a vampire servant. Marking Dev would not only
strengthen her, but would cement the connection between them in the most
permanent of ways.
The question is whether Dev can submit to Lady Daniela as a servant to a vampire
must? Failure in this area can mean certain death to him and worse, possibly to
the woman he loves should her enemies see her as weak.
Joey W. Hill delivers the third tale in her VAMPIRE QUEEN saga,
A VAMPIREíS CLAIM. This story takes us back in time to when Lady
Daniela and Dev first met. Readers were first introduced to this charismatic
couple in the previous story, THE MARK OF THE VAMPIRE QUEEN, and I
was delighted to learn this new book explores their relationship.
Both Dev and Lady Daniela are heartbreaking characters. Each carries the pain
of lost loved ones with them, and that pain draws them together as surely as
their sexual desire does. Beyond the pain and desire, however, they find a
deeper connection, one that would equal love and forever in a human
relationship. In the world of vampire politics, though, love between a vampire
female and her human servant is frowned upon. It is acceptable to have a human
male for a servant, but to treat him as an equal? It just isnít done.
Things work a little differently in private, however. Lady Daniela is certainly
dominant most of the time, but she shares the power in their relationship with
Dev, allowing him full reign when he needs it.
Dev is a fantastic specimen of a man. He is resourceful, caring, strong, and
pretty much every other positive quality you might want in a romantic hero. It
isnít hard to understand just why Lady Daniela is drawn to him.
I do have to say that the story started out a little bit slow for me. The
beginning moved at a pace that was a little slow, yet still fascinating. It
didnít take long for things to pick up, however, and no matter the pacing, all
of it was good. Although Iím a fast reader, all of the VAMPIRE QUEEN
books have been slower reads for me, and I believe it is due to the intricate
politics of the vampire society that Ms. Hill has crafted in these books. This
isnít a bad thing, but it does slow me down a little.
Also, readers should be prepared for a story that is rife with darkness, and
some pretty intense sexual scenes. This world has no limits, and it isnít
unusual to see a female dominating a man, some BDSM, and even a little male/male
A VAMPIREíS CLAIM is a fantastic continuation of an addictive
series, and will undoubtedly thrill fans of Joey W. Hillís just as it did me.
Lovers of paranormal romance who are new to this series will have no trouble
diving in with this book first if they so wish, as it works remarkably well as a
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