Friday, November 5, 2010

Flashback Friday: Review: The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W Hill

The Vampire Queen's Servant
Erotic Romance/BDSM
Publisher: BerkleyLength: Novel Print Format
ISBN: 978-0-425-21590-6 or 0-425-21590-3
Release Date: July 2007
Format: Trade Paperback


The Blurb:
His blood. His soul. His body. Hers for the asking…
Lady Elyssa Yamato Amaterasu Wentworth is a centuries-old vampire who’s been given a new servant – Jacob, a total alpha male unaccustomed to submitting to any woman’s wishes. What really binds Jacob to her are not her sensual midnight hungers, but something far more provocative. It stirs her blood, renews her life and awakens her soul like only true love can. The passion between Lyssa and Jacob yields something else unexpected – a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again.

The Plot:
Lady Lyssa is a very old and powerful vampire with a problem... she is dying. But no one must ever know that; because if her fellow vampires knew that... well... that would be the end of "playing nice with each other" and her being Queen. And come on... who doesn't want to stay being a Queen. There is always someone who thinks they can run things better than the first.
Jacob is a pass down servant with a very strong side of loyalty.
Does a strong man, as strong as Jacob, submit to a powerful woman such as Lady Lyssa. A man who is always sure of himself and knows that his job is to serve, protect and pleasure his women. The submitting part is the hardest pill to swallow for Jacob, but submitting his will and his heart... that is the part that has him lost with himself. Do you think a powerful Queen will keep her servant if they can not be obedient to her - no matter what her request is.


The Main Players:
Lady Lyssa - At first, I thought... what a bi*ch. Then as the story progressed and my thought changed a little. I learned that she was a tortured person. When you learn of her past, you see the how and whys of the person she has come to be. For her to be in the position she is in with her vampire community, she has had to go through a lot of crap. Which is due some respect, I will give her that. But at the same time, some of the things she ask Jacob to do... makes me want to slap her. But then I had to keep in the back of my mind while I read this was "she is the Queen Vampire and she has to portray a certain picture of "discipline" or they will kill her. After getting past that... she is just a woman who is scare to open her heart up again. If she does open her heart, then the other vampires will view this as a weakness and attack. Kinda damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. But she is a strong willed character, I will say that about her. Her determination to keep the laws of her kind in tact may be the death of her, but she will die trying to keep them there.

Thomas - He was Lady Lyssa's first servant (before Jacob). He was also a monk. He trained Jacob to take his place while he was dying, because he knew, in his heart, what Lyssa needed most of all. He knew that these two were meant to be together. Thomas's letter ties this all together... you have to read to find out about that! (Gotcah)

Jacob - What a man, what a man, what a might good man!! ***still fanning myself thinking of his description*** With that being said... he is a whole hellva lot of man. He is a very loyal person, first to Thomas then to Lady Lyssa. He knows in his heart that his place is to serve Lyssa, but his pride sometimes wonders what the hell he is thinking. Some of her requests are a bit, not sure what is the right word to use here. Because if that woman would have asked me to do some of the things she asked of him... well.... I would have staked her a$$ a long time ago. I learned though, that his heart was really in it. And when that happens, well, let's just say that you will do whatever it takes to make the heart happy. I felt compassion for him, because love is a bi*ch. He is torn between submitting and loving. There is no way the two can be combined... or so one thinks. But isn't that what we do when we love with all of our heart... submit everything.

My Thoughts:
First, this is my first Joey W. Hill novel I have read.
Now, on with the story...
I liked the pace of the book. It as never a dull moment. Although, some parts were a little harder to get through than some; it was a very good read. If you want erotic with a little mix of pain/pleasure... this is the book for you. If you just want a love story... well, find another book. This book has depth to it, because of the submitting factor. I mean, who really wants to submit themselves to someone else unconditionally and expect nothing in return. And basically that is what Jacob is doing. Because he is always kept in the dark as to the desires of Lyssa and if she truly accepted him or not. Lyssa keeps you guessing at what she is thinking. Because sometimes I would swear that she had fallen in love with Jacob and would stop tearing him down. But then, she would be such a bi*ch that I would just want to slap him and say move on!!! But her leadership in her community is what stuck out the most. Her power is what everyone wants to attain... and if they find your weakness... well, we all know what happens when someone finds out what can bring you down.

The Unexpected:
There were moments where I was like "Is this really happening." But remember you have to take a moment to sit back and think back in the book to remember... oh yea... she's a control freak... so yea... this is what you get. But the overall scheme of the book, love was the only thing that surprised me. I did not expect the harsh ways of her treatment towards Jacob; servant or not.
The Expected:
Well, since he willing became her servant, you expected some of the treatment he got. She is after all, the Queen... so I expected her to be a royal pain in the butt sometimes. Which she didn't fail me on that one.

Smut Factor:
Like I said, if you want a nice, cute love story... please do not read this book. If you want an erotic, turn your world upside down, make you look up an item on google... this is the book for you! It was very hot. You know that the book is erotic and it holds true to the title!

What Pleased Me:
The ending. I was really pleased with the way it ended. It left me wanting more but not disappointing me that it was concluding. The realizations that they both, Lyssa and Jacob, came to on the matter of their love was a very pleasurable thing to me.

What Displeased Me:
Well, I guess I would have to say the treatment of Jacob sometimes. But I had to stand back from the book and realize that he walked into this very much willing. But still... When she has the party, it bothered me that she practically forced Jacob to do things that you can tell he really does NOT want to do. I know he is her servant, but still. I know she is the Queen and she was trying to prove her point to the other vampires, but still that left a bad taste in my mouth.

Cover:
Okay, this is one very smokin hot and sensual cover. Especially for vampire fans (like me). I love the contrast of the colours - that in itself is awesome. Then you look at the picture... there is not mistaking what this book is about. The cover portrays the story of the book. Although, I have to admit, I had no idea what the tattoo was on his back until I got to the very last chapters of the book.... It has to do with the markings of his mistress (you'll have to read to find out about that too =). Very hot!!!

Author link:
If you would like to find out more about Joey W. Hill this is her website:
I even fell in love with the design of her web site!!

And remember... Keep it dirty, smutty and hussy!
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6 comments:

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Wow! What a review! Funny it's what you didn't like that's got me to wondering now! I know you won't tell me so I might as well go out and buy the book if I want to know the details of what happened at that party!

Cecile, you're such a tease! Your reviews tells us all but they don't tell us the juicy details!
:-( !!!! And that's why we have to go out and buy the books...I'm going broke here because of you!
:-)

I do find it interesting how women will forgive a male hero for treating a heroine badly, with little trouble, but it's harder for the female readers to forgive a heroine who treat a hero with a stong hand.

Interesting...I once heard a reader will forgive a hero who cheats but they will not forgive a heroine who does. Is it because we expect more from a woman than we do from a man?

Thanks for giving such awesome reviews!

hug
Hawk

~Sia McKye~ said...

Cecile,

I enjoy reading your reviews. I like your honesty and your thoughts on what the story is or isn't and the little hooks you leave for readers to want to read the book.

Have a great weekend!

Blodeuedd said...

Great review Cecile, I do hear these are good.

Hawk, Interesting thoughts, I must say that I would rather forgive the female rather than the male, but I would mostly likely not forgive anything.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Sia!

Hugs and thank you for coming by!

Hawk

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Blod,

I'm with you...I don't care about the woman...my man shouldn't be tempted away from me no matter what...I don't believe a man is weaker than a woman when it comes to that over anything else!

So if something happened...I'm going for him not the woman he cheated with...if he lied to me that means he could have been lying to her...So he's for fault in my book!

But that's not how the average woman thinks...stats say a woman will blame the other woman.

Interesting.

Hugs
Hawk

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Thanks for coming over! I have to admit as I have read more of Ms Hill's books... I have fallen in love with this couple! They are awesome!!!!!!!! And you have to remember when I read this book... I was new to the BDSM world... So, the things I spoke of... I know now those are okay things, lmbo! But awesome!!!
Hugs honey! Thanks for coming over!
Hope you all are having a great weekend!