• In the Service of the King

  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Brock Thompson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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In the Service of the King

By: Laura Kaye
Narrated by: Brock Thompson
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Publisher's summary

Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire - even if it means risking Shayla’s life?

©2013 Laura Kaye (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Sweet and steamy

Who was your favorite character and why?

The King so conflicted and passionate, he was really interesting the listen to.

What about Brock Thompson’s performance did you like?

Oh goodness, was there something to not like? Brock has a great voice and he did excellent characters voices. His voice is fairly deep so I was surprised and impressed bu how well he did the female voices. I'll be looking for other books he's narrated.

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book, it's short, but it packs a punch. There's a fair bit of character and world building in this book, making it a great first book in a series.

There's lots of emotions and tension, and yes, some hot and steamy sex scenes.

A good purchase in my mind, I'll be listening to the next book shortly.

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Good for what it is

This is a sexy bedtime story. Definitely a decadent desert of a book - but homemade - not junk food. The narrator has a sexy voice and did well on both the male and female parts.
Would like to listen to a longer book by this author, one perhaps with just a bit more meat and potatoes. :)

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Ok, but not one of my favorite.

This was an ok start to the series. I really would have liked it more if there had been a bit more excitement. As is, the story takes place over about 48 hours which isn't bad, but it doesn't leave much room for the story to truly develop. I mean, for what was there, it was ok, but there just wasn't any real oomph behind the story. The story is a good start and there's definitely room for potential, growth, but I can't honestly say I will read this again. Also, I didn't really enjoy the way the narrator tried to do the female voice. I'm hoping the second book will be better, otherwise I can't say that I'll be able to finish the series. I'll just have to wait and see.

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Why such a low rating? A good start to a series.

I have looked at the reviews and the ratings for the story and I don't understand why it is rated so low. I personally enjoyed this quick story. I love anything paranormal and I love vampires. This falls right in my wheelhouse.

Kael rules a section of the world and he has decided that he no longer wants to have a mate because of what happened to his previous mate. Shayla has been one of many virgins that have been groomed in order to feed the Vampire King. When they are first introduced Kael is intrigued by her. He knows that there is something different and special about her but he cannot put his finger on it. When he nixes her with his fangs he realizes what makes her so special. She is a potential mate for him.

Even though this story was short we got a lot of information not only about Kale but also about Shayla's background.

One of the only issues that I have with the story is the fact that the next bookk in the series deals with another Vampire Ling verses Kale's vampire family. I absolutely adored Liam and I wish Liam got his own story but that did not happen. I am glad that I found this series because I am invested into figured out more about this world building that Laura Kaye created.

I love Brock Thompson. He is such a wonderful narrator and he makes me feel like I am part of the world that he is narrating. I don't feel like an outsider listening I feel like I'm right there observing what is happening.

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Excellent Narration!

Although everything happened pretty quick, it was still a great story. Would've liked for it to be longer and more meatier, but it was a great quick listen for what it was. Hoping she has more feature length books that I can sink my teeth into! 😉

Brock did an amazing job! Can't wait to hear more from him!

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Great book

If you could sum up In the Service of the King in three words, what would they be?

Great, great, great

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Service of the King?

The ending

Have you listened to any of Paul J. Guimont’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First listen,but fine

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

Like the warrior king books
Wish it was longer, but still great

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In the Service of the King

I like books like this where the vampires find their mates, but I guess I was hoping for more of King Kael’s backstory.
We do find out a little later that he has a previous mate. But I don’t know it kind of fell flat for me.

Shayla’s story too we don’t get enough of her, we only know a very small amount and it only leaves you wanting more.

I liked the narration actually the accents were really well done.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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Love those Vampire Bites

I read Seduced by the Vampire King before I read In the Service of the King because it was the first one available on audible. I was confused upon reading the book because I fought it started in the middle of this fascinating world. So I decided to Google the author and immediately realized that I was one book ahead of the series. When I read “In the Service of the King”, everything in book two come together and finally made sense. This book is a short read but packs a lot into those three hours. A little romance, some intrigue and world building makes this book worth a listen. This book really does sit the stage for the next book in the series. I was happy to see it finally become available on audible. And I love Brock's voice, why oh why, couldn't he have done the other two.

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short and steamy

quick easy listen, very steamy. not much of a plot but is is a shortie. so that was fine

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