December 8, 2015

Review: In the Service of the King

In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings, book 1) by Laura Kaye

In the Service of the King

Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: In the Service of the King (1)

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?


Shit. This book here is why I quit reading erotica. (Which sucks as I was counting on it after reading Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness!) Romance in general is a genre that can get very repetitive and tiring. It was something I knew exploring the genre, and then something I grew tired of. Especially the past few years. AND especially after reading some authors who actually think outside the box. For some reason paranormal romance suffers from that repetitiveness and can be unimaginative. Same with erotica.

Which I find sad. Fantasy elements are endless and imagination has no limits! All this can create an exciting world and characters. The sad truth is world building doesn't usually factor in too much. Or they've taken the same old tropes pasting them in.

In The Service of the King it could be any PNR world. The only difference is that vampires apparently have to feed from virgins.

Yeah. This book never really had a chance with me. Because I was left wondering if it was just the vampire king? It would be hard to feed all those warriors virgins only. Especially if they have to mate with them. Talk about slicing down on your inventory.


The author was trying to say that these girls were cherished. Appreciated. That by mating they weren't just blood and baby makers. Bullshit. They are. Though I appreciate it being addressed, even if it was halfhearted.

Another thing was the Souleaters. Basically evil vampires that the good vampires have had an on going war with. They had nothing to offer to the story except to be villains. They shaped both the pasts of the characters, but overall they felt like nothing more then an idea. This book was so dull that they never actually factored into the present. Except to “give purpose” to some of the events.

Overall the sex was dull, there was no chemistry between the two leads and I honestly didn't care about them. This was a copy and paste story that has been told a thousand times in the PNR/erotica genre. This is why I've quit reading erotica/romance. It's so predictable.

Sexual Content: Yeah. Nothing you haven’t seen before.

1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't.

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
In the Service of the King (1)
Seduced by the Vampire King (2)
Taken by the Vampire King (3)

In the Service of the King (1)Seduced by the Vampire King (2)
Taken by the Vampire King (3)

In the Service of the King (1)
Seduced by the Vampire King (2)
Taken by the Vampire King (3)

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