Wednesday, September 5, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Vampire King

Heather Killough Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s Go Pens!) 

The Vampire King, Book #.1 of THE KINGS series 
Author:  Heather Killough Walden


It was immediate for Roman. In three thousand years, he’d never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. 


Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark and 
handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

Unbeknownst to her, Roman D'Angelo is exactly what he appears to be - a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires. 

Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. To make things more complicated, there's something very special about Evie. Something not quite human.

Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart, or will destiny betray him, and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

Our Review, by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha:

The author graciously gifted me a copy of The Vampire King to read.  While I was concerned I wouldn't get to it in a timely manner to read and review, I somehow found an opening in my schedule and settled in for the read.  Boy am I glad I did!

The Vampire King is a great 1st book in THE KINGS series, a spin-off of THE BIG BAD WOLF, but more than able to stand on its own.

I love the underlying chess concept. Original, smart, and a great foundation for a new series.  13 Kings, each of a different preternatural race, each with a Queen out there somewhere... and of course, each with their own thirst for something - power, love, knowledge, etc.

Roman is the vampire king and has been for millenia. he's sexy, powerful, and structured. He's a fair king, but he's not foolish to think that there isn't anyone out there who may want his head. When he discovers Evie and feels the attraction, he struggles with using his powers on her and I found that refreshing. I also loved how Heather detailed Roman's shock when all of a sudden said powers no longer work and the meaning behind 'why'...

Evie is an everyday woman. She's a Kindle published author taking care of her aging parents and volunteering at an animal shelter. She immerses herself in her work through because she's always felt like there's more out there and has felt more 'at home' when living in her fantasy worlds with the supernatural.  She's never really left herself time for a love life, so when Roman enters her world and kicks her hormones into hyperdrive she's not entirely sure what to do with herself.

Then there's our villain. Charles. Also a vampire, but one of the OTHER 12 Kings as well. He's got it out for Roman and will do just about anything to exact the revenge he feels is deserved, including taking away the one woman meant exclusively for Roman in all the world.

The Vampire King is an action packed story with a diverse plot and engaging storyline. The characters are relatable, and the world is fabulous. I can't wait to meet the other 11 Kings and journey through their quest to find their Queen.

LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Vampire King 4 Skulls and would recommend it to anyone looking for a sexy thrilling Vampire Romance.

I can't wait to see what's in store for the Phantom King in book #2.

The Vampire King

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