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The Vampire King: The Kings Series, Book 1 | [Heather Killough-Walden]

The Vampire King: The Kings Series, Book 1

It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 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. Everything. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 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. Everything. 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. 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?

©2012 Heather Killough-Walden (P)2013 Tantor

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    Cheri 05-11-14
    Cheri 05-11-14
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    "JUMBLED STORY"
    What would have made The Vampire King better?

    A story that flows, not this chopped up one we get to listen to. Also more dialogue between the characters. Nearly 5 hours of narration gets old.


    Has The Vampire King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will never buy another book by this author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality is that Anthony Ferguson was the narrator, he is a very talented narrator and I have enjoyed many books he has read.Too bad he had such a terrible story to read.Anthony Ferguson was the reason I purchased this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first 5 hours of this book is all narration with practically no dialogue between characters. The story jumps around so much it is disconcerting. One minute the story is in a hospital and the next it is in a house without any connection or chapter break..New characters are introduced without any warning. One minute you are reading about the king and the next paragraph it jumps to new characters. This might be ok if reading but not for listening. At least there should be a new chapter to bring in things that at the time are not connected in any way. Overall this is not a well written book. The story is weak and so slow during the first 5 hours with hardly any dialogue. I did listen through to the end because I thought something was going to happen. What a disappointment. No surprises as it is easy to predict the story. I read a lot of PNR and this one falls very short. The others usually have me hanging on to hear what happens next. Also they have a lot of dialogue. Listening to this book it seems that a lot of the story was cut out. When finding out vampires exist there should be more than a 3 word sentence. Perhaps this is bad editing because it does seem that parts of the story had been cut out. I would not recommend this to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-17-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "A VERY ENJOYABLE START TO A NEW PARANORMAL SERIES"

    If it's got the word 'Vampire' in the title then I'm interested, couple it with HKW as being the author and before you know it - it's in my basket.

    This is a spin- off from The Big Bad Wolf series, but if you haven't listened to any of them it probably won't matter much as there are a few mentions of werewolf pack members. Yet another interpretation of how vampires came about and what they can do. Roman, the Vampire King, can't resist Evie who is 'hi hoing' it through life until she becomes a 'person of great interest' not only to Roman but an old enemy of his who thinks she's the key for his revenge. Apart from vampires (obviously) it's got Hunters, Werewolves, Witches, Warlocks, magic and all sorts of other supernaturals in it (sometimes too many) and they either help or hinder Roman.

    A very enjoyable listen which was action packed and the plot was good - 13 supernatural Kings are going to find their Queens, but for me, I felt it lacked the dark sensual passion a vampire book should have (girls - if you loved and wrote vampire books and was saved twice by THE most handsome of all vampires wouldn't you say "bite me please"). If it wasn't for the very end then this seemed more YA than adult with only one not very hot or heavy sex scene.

    Worth a credit? For me, I am looking forward to book 2 The Phantom King coming soon to Audible but it would help if HKW could make them a wee bit more passionate please please please.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 05-16-13
    Shannon 05-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting story but..."
    What did you love best about The Vampire King?

    It was an interesting start to the series. I liked the unique take on Vampire mythologies, incorporating magic was a great touch.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire King?

    I'd have to say the interactions with each vampire, I wanted to know more of how their power worked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My problem with this book was the narrator. How do I explain this, Anthony put a definite pause/punctuation at the end of every sentence. So instead of it sounding like a continuous story it sounded more like bad slam poetry. It made it so very difficult to get into the story, I KNOW I would have liked it more if someone else was reading it. And since he is narrating all of them I'll have to read them instead. I can't bring myself to pay money for that experience again.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish someone else had read these books, someone else could have made them great. As is, it was more of a chore to get through.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 06-17-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "I don't get it"

    I love vampire books but this one just lacked a certain "bite" of a typical vampire romance novel. There were too many characters and too much information given in such a short amount of time. I felt a little dizzy and confused in the beginning. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more if I read the Big Bad Wolf series first. The story switched back and forth between characters too much for my taste. Some of the side stories weren't even relevant to the main story. All the more reason I think I should have read the BBW series first.

    Overall it wasn't a terrible book but it wasn't great either. I also didn't care for the narration but that's just a personal preference.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-21-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible Addict!

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    "Would be 10 stars if it had more dialogue."

    This was a fantastic story! Wow I just loved it, I read it in one sitting I couldn't put it down. This book would be getting 10 stars if there had been more dialogue in it. For me dialogue is very important when reading a book. Even though this one was lacking in dialogue I have to admit it was still a great read/listen I am hoping the rest of the series will have more.

    The characters were fantastic, so many varieties of characters and powers, its magical, and opens up a whole new world.

    AHH Roman...now that's what I call a Vampire! The story was great. The sex was mild and minimal but it was there, barely, but it was there.

    Credit worthy? OH YES.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 06-09-13
    Damita Little Rock, AR, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall good; but...."

    This is the first in the series of the 13 kings but I felt like to much information was packed into this story. It gives you information on characters, such as who they are and quite a bit of their history not to be mention again in the story. Which I found a bit hard to decipher as well as follow. The story to me seemed to deal more with the kings then them finding their queens. In this first installment I found it hard to believe that the Vampire Kings' queen had any real feelings for him other than gratitude by the time he transformed and claimed her. I mean when he abducted her he was trying to explain what he was and trying to get her past her fears then when they are reunited the author wants me to believe she loves him and nothing else has happened between them other than him rescuing her from a mad vampire. Once you get past a lot of additional character history and you can follow along with the story overall I'll say is good. To me it felt like the story was rushed and overstuffed with details that should have appeared in some of the books to come. Some of the information felt a little out of place. I will continue with the next book to see how it all comes together and I'm hopeful that the next book won't read and feel as if the author rushed the story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian 05-24-13
    Marian 05-24-13 Member Since 2008

    Daydreamer

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    "Seems like a good foundation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book intrigued me enough that I'm downloading the second in the series to see where it's going. As a stand-alone novel I don't think I would consider recommending to others, but I like the world/ situation that is set up so I'm willing to ride this out a little further.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I'm curious to see what the 13 realms are, and how the overarching plotline is going to develop. The only problem I had was the romance between the two main characters. It didn't feel very passionate or real, just contrived for the sake of the story. I'm hoping (as is often the case) that the first book/ pairing is more about getting readers adjusted to this world than anything else.


    What three words best describe Antony Ferguson’s voice?

    British, Attractive and British some more.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really torn about the narration for this book. I definitely liked the tone, cadence, etc. of Antony Ferguson's voice, but ALL of the characters in the books were done with a British accent. If the story took place in England, or the characters had all been clearly ID's as Brits that would be cool, but the story takes place in Oregon, and so it's weird to hear everyone sounding like they're from the UK. I'm hoping this was some sort of producer/ directional oversight, and there will be more variety in The Phantom King. Although, like I said, he does have a nice voice, so even though that's annoying, he puts a lot of inflection and thought into his performance, so I'm willing to suffer through it. In my book, a British accent makes everything sound better!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla 06-13-15
    Camilla 06-13-15
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    "Too much too fast."
    Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

    Probably not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Killough-Walden again?

    Yes, his performance was lovely.


    Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I would listen to him again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and confusion. I honestly didn't feel much at all for the characters and found myself frustrated by the stereotypical characters and cliched scenarios. Personally I don't find stalking a girl to be very sexy. We learned everything about Evie through exposition and that's just not a good way to present your lead. I'm also sick and tired of perfect male characters that are SO big and handsome etc etc and girls that are stunningly beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused throughout most of the book. The author seemed to force the characters and story to move at a pace that made it very unbelievable and I found myself shaking my head most of the time. I get it's fantasy but come on, people and vampires reacting that quickly and falling in love like that is just too far fetched. It takes more than 1 day to develop a relationship.

    The mystery was also very poorly presented because the author told you right away who the villain was and why he was doing it and the story unfolded very quickly leaving me wondering why did we even bother to care? The entirety of the story takes place over 3 days!!

    I certainly didn't care about the characters. The main character was adorable and i would really have liked to hear more from her and have her take center stage instead of just being a prop for the main male lead.

    Side stories were injected randomly and had no closure. The chapters jumped around like hop scotch and I didn't even register what was happening half the time because new characters were thrown in every now and then.

    Overall I think the book should have been twice as long and the story should have been given the room to breath and the relationships to develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Virginia Beach, Va 01-26-15
    Kristen Virginia Beach, Va 01-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Where was the romance?"
    Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

    Yes, but I'm done with this series. Great writing, but there was no connection between the charatcers


    Has The Vampire King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the vampire aspect and the magic added a nice touch


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 01-12-15
    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 01-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The continuation of the supernatural story theme!"

    I had to go back and get the 4 books about the wolves prior to this book. Now the storyline is making sense,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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