Vampire Mistress {book review} * * * * *

Vampire Mistress by Joey W Hill

– paranormal, romance, erotica, BDSM –

reviewed by Tara SG

purchased eBook via Amazon.com

Book Order (Vampire Queen)

  1. Vampire Queen’s Servant {Jacob & Lyssa}
  2. The Mark of the Vampire Queen {Jacob & Lyssa}
  3. A Vampire’s Claim {Dev & Daniela}
  4. Beloved Vampire {Mason & Jessica}
  5. Vampire Mistress {Anwyn, Daegan, & Gideon} * * * * *
  6. Vampire Trinity {Anwyn, Daegan, & Gideon} * * * * 3/4
  7. Vampire Instinct {Malachi & Elisa} (July 2011)
  8. Bound by a Vampire Queen {Jacob & Lyssa} (Dec 2011)

Links

Author’s Website : www.storywitch.com

Amazon : paperback / eBook

Add To Your GoodReads TBR List (85 ratings : 4.33 avg)

This book in 6 words:

beautifully dark, surprisingly funny, sizzling hot

Brief Summary

Joey W. Hill returns to the dark and seductive landscape of her Vampire Queen novels as a desperate woman named Anwyn finds herself trapped between the desires of two men, each with his own mission of the night: vampire hunter Gideon Green and vampire Daegan Rei. But when Anwyn is attacked by a rogue bloodsucker, Gideon and Daegan must become allies in order to save the woman they both love.

– via GoodReads.com

I want to start this by asking that you read the review before you judge this based on its genre.

I don’t like BDSM books, well not usually. I’m actually surprised I gave this book a shot and very, very, very glad I did. Even though this is only the fourth 5 Star review I’ve given in the almost 150 books I’ve read this year, I won’t be recommending this to everyone. You have to be open-minded. I think people that enjoy BDB or DH, would be able to handle the darker aspects if they can try to be open-minded about the Dom/Sub and M/M/F parts (which I’ll talk about below).

You do not need to read the first four books in the series to enjoy this one. The ones with the same main characters need to be read together (this and Vampire Trinity are one story split into two books). I’ve heard that these or Beloved Vampire are the better ones to start with if you are uncomfortable with bondage.

Why I Gave This Book 5 Stars

In order for a book to get 5 Stars it not only has to have great characters (the most important aspect of a book to me), but it also has to deeply effect me. This can mean opening my mind to new things. Or causing extreme shock/pain/excitement. This book did all of the above.

The author’s ability to create dynamic characters is beyond impressive. I don’t remember the last time I saw such depth and challenge in a single character let alone three. This book focuses mainly on Anwyn and Gideon who take the term “personal demons” to a whole new level. The shifting POVs are done perfectly in this first book giving us a complete view of everyone’s experience and emotions.

On top of that, I enjoyed the plot. This first part of the story isn’t action-packed in a everyone-is-out-to-get-us kind of way. Instead we see a lot of personal struggle, but don’t think that it means that it is slow-paced or boring. I did not want to put this book down.

I laughed a lot. I did not expect to find such great humor in a book this somber. I LOVE when an author can make you not only crack a smile, but laugh out loud without taking away from the troubling storyline.

As I mentioned above, I’m not into bondage. I never understood the draw. I assumed it was all about controlling someone else. It’s not. Ms Hill’s ability to show the deeper emotions behind why people seek this kind of release is magical. It’s about trust. Trusting someone else to take care of you. Having someone else trust you completely.

Why This Book Isn’t for Everyone

In order to fully appreciate this book, you have to be open to Dominant/Submissive acts that are mostly sexual in nature. While I think they are very well-done in this book, even I was shocked.

You have to be open to male/female/male (and even a little male/male/female) sexual situations. I personally have no issue with this 🙂

While this is slightly spoilerish I feel like I need to include this. Anwyn’s attack mentioned in the summary includes a very violent rape. If you are sensitive to this, it may be a hard book for you. Watching her deal with the emotional aftershocks of this were deeply moving.

Favorite Quotes

He was a haunted house, unable to burn himself down, no matter how often he struck the match.

– Gideon, a vampire hunter who cannot find peace

“The goal is surrender.”

“To what? To whom?”

“The only opponent he’s been fighting all along. Himself. I’m going to clear the ring so he can go hand-to-hand with his soul. Then maybe he’ll let go.”

– Anwyn talking about why Gideon came to her BDSM club and what she hopes to do for him.

“When did you know you wanted to be a Dominatrix when you grew up?”

“Probably when I had Barbie torture my Ken doll.”

– this caused me to laugh in a situation that otherwise would have been beyond bleak

The misinformed thought being a Dominatrix was about quid pro quo, an abused woman getting the chance to subjugate and humiliate men. For her it had always been about pushing a man into his own soul, guiding him through the complex tangle of strength and vulnerability and letting him see both for what they are.

– I think this best explains why Anwyn is a Dom and being one means in this book.

“Wisdom is the product of the heart, not the mind. Which is why it so often leads to unavoidable regret.”

“You could put that on a greeting card. Seriously, The new slit-your-wrists-today Hallmark line.”

– I LOVE Daegan and Gideon’s banter 🙂

I really hope at least a few of you give this a try!

(Be sure to let me know what you think of it!)

Tara SG
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5 Responses to Vampire Mistress {book review} * * * * *

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  2. Felicia says:

    Actually I might use this series as part of the erotic challenge for next year. I read the Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice — since then nothing has really shocked me LOL

  3. Missie says:

    Tara,
    I know I wouldn’t have a problem with the content. The thing I was having the most trouble with was the book order. I hate to read a series out of order, but I think you made it okay by mentioning that they don’t have to be read in order and by letting us know who each book is about when you listed the series. That puts me at ease.

    I’ve already heard great things about Ms. Hill’s work and this series. Now that you have added on your 5 star review, I’m so ready to give it a try.

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Missie : While I’m going to know more about the leads in the first books (for when I go back and read them), I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in these books… if that makes sense.

      I’m really looking forward to checking out some of her other series. I’ve heard good things 🙂

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