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
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.
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.
Yuck, not on your life.
Let's see, hum, every word, sentence, and unwritten thought.
So bad, could not finish, although I tried. This book is really, really bad.
Yes, his performance was lovely.
No I haven't but I would listen to him again.
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.
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.
Yes, but I'm done with this series. Great writing, but there was no connection between the charatcers
I like the vampire aspect and the magic added a nice touch
Like many of the other reviewers the first 5 hours of this nearly killed me to listen too. It was fully of introductions, and not a lot of substance, and I saw little point most of it. The two main characters were rarely present and the points they were present for held little to the story.
Fast forward to last couple hours and it picked up and the story became decent and intriguing enough to make me think about trying the second novel. If it continues with actual story and less world history / explanation it should be good.
I disagree with the reviews on the narrator as I have adored everything Antony Ferguson and this one is no exception, the drag of the story was not due to his narration at all, and due to the story itself.
Love to read!
This was overall a decent book, and the start of a potentially strong series. My only issue was a lack of development between the two main characters. They went from 0 to 60 with very few interactions or even "moving" interactions. I think the author focused more on setting the stage for future books and characters, making the main character development suffer a little. However, I am definitely getting the next book in the series with hopes that it offers a little more interaction.
I'd rather listen than read!!!! This is my joy!!!
The Narrator was boring, I am not sure if he was instructed to read slow to intensify the story or if this is his normal thing. It took forever to get the story line going and then once it finally got going the story was over. Next you know epilogue.
Possession by J.R. Ward
Better Narrator, way better story line. This story line is an adaptation of Twilight.
The warewolfs had nothing to do with this story line. Why did they waste two chapters!?!?!?
I very seldom hate books but this book was a waste of my time!!!
Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior
Too to much I had to keep going back to figure out who they were.
No I was to confused by the amount and how fast he switched between characters.
Roman was smokin hot! But the sex scenes were lacking something. I'm just not sure what it was.
I am giving this review with the next couple books in mind. This story in and of it's self is a good story. It's not spectacular, but it's the basis for the next books. What I liked about this book was, it is "all about the story" there is plenty of substance and you have to pay attention. You can't space off and still know where you are in this romance. There is very little sex and it isn't graphic so you can make your own moral judgements there. It's still for adults.
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