Once upon a time… the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs - and time is running out.
Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina - stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge - and the only woman who could help him.
In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai’s memory… but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.
This is the first book in Royal House of Shadows. The Quartet features new books from some of the biggest names in paranormal fantasy romance: Gena Showalter, Jill Monroe, Jessica Andersen, and Nalini Singh. Listen to a new book in the series every month, from now through November.
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First I would recommend listening to some of Gena's works to get a feel of the rhythm of her stories and her off beat sense of humor. This is the first of four books written by four different authors but all tied together to tell the story of Elden. I have read the reviews of this book and disagree with most of them. The narration could have been better, but only that she didn't do a good job on the main male character Nicolai's voice. But the characterization of both Nicolai and Jane I thought was right on point. The book launches into the story and remember I said story kinda of a fairy tale of Elden. Sex yes, in your face yes, but that is Gena's style and it really doesn't take away from the tale. I took this as a very sexual fairy pulling from one of Grimm's tale. Not sure if this is for everyone and from the reviews it is not. But I found it entertaining and it falls in line with the other 3 books. So it is a flip of a credit if you choose to step into their world.
Gena, Gena, Gena what on earth happened?! Yikes! "Mine" "My woman/man" Really? I could swear you know better than this. The narrator. uggghhh what can I say. She reads the Eugenie Markham Series with Richelle Mead and it is fine. Every male character in this story sounded horrible - how could you listen to the daily takes and think, "Yeah, this lead guy needs to sound just like the ogres and dimwitted throughout the entire book." I know everyone knows better than this including the production staff. I listen only to audiobooks so I am absolutely sure everyone could have done a better job. I speak from the experience of enjoying all of Gena's other stories, other narration by Genvieve and listening to better production from the publisher.
Tay and Zi's Mom
This book made me blush majorly. I had to use head phones to listen to it, as I couldn't allow others to hear exactly what I was listening to. It goes beyond literary soft porn. It gets pretty detailed and graphic during the intimate scenes. I prefer some things to be left to the imagination. Outside of the graphic nature, the story is pretty good. It is written in typical showalter style. You know.... "she is mine", "i need to mark her" type stuff. I was hoping she would change it up a little. Imagine one of the Lords of the Underworld with fangs. The narration was pretty good. The narrator is female, and the male voice she used sort of made the main character sound unintelligent. The book starts a little slow, but give it a chance and you will become wrapped up in the story. It does make me want to read the next one in the series.
Absolutely! However, this is not Mrs. Showalter's best work. This book was lacking in plot. It was sexy but I was looking for the depth of character I am so used to finding in her novels.
Had some semblance of a plot line.
I know it has a follow up, in fact, it has several. I am not as eager to pick them up as much as I have been about her other works.
I loved Lords of the Underworld. I read them all but after reading this book I won't bother with any other books by Showalter. This one was terrible. I wish the narration was done by Max Bellmore! I think it would have made a big difference.
Don't know why this story has as many stars as it does - the narration is so bad it is impossible to get past the weird cadence to hear the story.
This is the second audiobook this narrator has ruined for me. I'll be more careful in the future
The story was good or I would have enjoyed it more , but the narration was really bad
if the narrator can't do the voice then fine , don;t try it ruins the book
the male voices were real bad and the accents if that what they were suppose to be were even worse
I liked the story and and Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors, it just wasn't the enjoyable listen it could have been
The story started out pretty slow. Listening to the narration for Nicolia was tedious and other then the word "mine", the character did not have much to say and used only 1 -3 words per sentence. I only made it about 1/3 of the way through. I ended up falling a sleep while listening and was not interested enough to go back and finish it.
The narrator completely ruined this book. She was horrible and I had to force myself to finish the book. She made the male characters sound like dumb, zombie robots. I can't believe the directors/producers let this terrible narration out the door. I will never listed to another book narrated by Genvieve Bevier.
I love Gena Showalter, but this is not one of her best works. She made Nicolai talk in very short phrases in the first half of the book, which made him very "me Tarzan, you Jane" in his speech pattern. This book could have been great is she fixed Nicolai's conversation patterns and the book had a narrator with some talent. Save your credits on this one and buy the book, if you want to read it.
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