Title: Taken by the Vampire King
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…
Author: Laura Kaye
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: South of Surrender, Hearts in Darkness, Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can
Published by Harlequin Source: Publisher
Published: 1 August, 2013
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
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This is the first of this series that I have read, but the story is completely self-contained and utterly engrossing. The new to me vampire qualities and the setting in Norway was both well-defined and beautifully described. Laura Kaye has also inserted Scandinavian words and expressions into the story, providing several interesting word-nerd moments for me: thank you!
Henrik is instantly attracted to Kaira, her blood calls to him in a way that he hasn’t heard in years. From this point forward, their destinies are sealed; but the ride to the finish is both entertaining and wholly gripping.
Kaye has managed to create an interesting character in Henrik: it is not often that we see vampires who maintain their humanity from the blood they ingest, nor is it common to see the turmoil when they sense it fading away. Henrik had the perfect mix of bone tired frustration and pitiable sadness in his current condition, and his openness and frank speech to his brother and warriors about the worst case scenario is both realistic and believable.
In Kaira, her continual battle with the effects of her leukemia, and Kaye’s obviously well-researched, and while you worry for her she is nothing less than admirable in her determination. Together the two have an interesting and undeniable connection with her blood being so affected by the treatments that it not only nourishes him, but heals him. With some incredibly sexy feeding scenes, and the obvious physical attraction the two have for one another: this is one seriously hot story that is even more appealing for the interactions and emotions that the two display in their concern and caring for one another. I now have to read the first two in this series as I wait for the next installment.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.