I’ve encountered the title several days ago and seeing I had fun reads with harlequin paranormal lines without being too darn sarcastic about cheap harlequin books so I look the nocturne-line up and frankly, I like the base of the story which wasn’t disappointing and it is quite a non-facepalming read.
Seduced by the Vampire King is a really short story about Nikolai the vampire king who was injured by a dead-blood-stained bullet in a gunfight and was bleeding to death in some alley in the Russian city. Kate who is an American student (naturally) were walking in the middle of the night and was drawn to the dying Nikolai who drink her blood to survive. She was from a family that served vampire warriors so naturally she know the implication of saving a vampire and etc so although the vampire were draining her, she was calm with the whole situation and interestingly, shoved a gun at unknown vampire in a possessive and protective act. She was thrown in the jail while the injured king swept away to infirmary. Once awaken, the vampire was enraged and then was confused with the attraction he had for the human and suspected she’s his mate whom he think he’s not deserving at all because he’s still mourning about the deaths of his brothers at arm and proceed to seduce the human girl, be indifferent and then seduce her again.
Basically thats the storyline the blurb was telling you, essentially, its really is a good reading experience if you’re bored as hell. The story progressed well but there’s also a feeling that the length is not helping with the characterization and eventual plot. Kate was supposed to be a Proffered (sounded so much like a proofreader) who is a virginal bride for these vampires and she flew to Russia to escaped her family’s plan. Along the way, her story stunted to give way to angst-ridden vampire king. I would read the first book to get the whole world building but I am very certain its much better read than some vampire novels I’ve read in agony. If a Harlequin novel is way better than your lengthy novels, there’s definitely something wrong there.
From the author’s perspective, although the descriptive location scenes were brief, the settings was somehow familiar to her so it doesn’t sound awkward like when I was reading Shadow and Bone which was a russian-based YA fantasy (I was starting the book, so probably it will get better or something). The story is rushed but I do have a feeling Laura Kaye can do normal novels than this. So she’s definitely one of the authors to be in the watch-list. Some authors who does basic paranormal romance novels can actually get better at general fiction, so like it or not, you can’t always depend on Best Sellers Lists. (I seldom look up to popular novels anyway)
As for Harlequin books itself, I swear I won’t fall into the contemporary books again. I’d admit, all of the books in romance section are repetitive but I do get tired with emo male characters who was being a bastard 90% of the book for meaningless reason and then magically he expressed their love and happily ever afters. What I like was, guns, blood and some violence in the mix and I’m a happy reader.