Queen of Vampire Hearts book 1 (Fates Loves Series) by Jeanette Rose
A Woman Fleeing Persecution…
Phoebe Atreus is a witch on the run, her carefully crafted rules have kept her alive for the last decade, each one a product of a hard learned lesson. Rule Number One? Trust No One. She’s been betrayed one time too many to put her faith in anyone else’s hands. Even if the legendary vampire king might be the one person who could protect her from the enemies always one step behind.
A Man Whose Abandonment Issues Span Thousands of Years…
Lucien Silvano has been king of the vampires for the last three thousand years, he’s fought in wars that have been reduced to legend, rescued damsels in distress, seduced said damsels, and moved on.
Immortal life has become a never-ending battle against boredom. Nothing has truly stirred his interest in years , except her. She’s the exception to every rule, his Queen, his mate, the one-person Fate declared to be his. The problem? She wants nothing to do with him. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Phoebe refuses to share her past with Lucien, pushing him away at every opportunity, yet unable to resist the chemistry that explodes whenever they are together. Forced back to his castle in Romania to live as his Queen, she starts to forget the rules that have kept her safe…until the secrets Lucien has been hiding remind her why she created the rules in the first place.
lucien is a bored vampire king, after living for so long, nothing really holds his interest. So whilst planning his new war, he’s totally unprepared for when he meets HER!!! Her scent, her body, all are driving him to distraction. He must possess her, his need for her is nothing like he’s ever known!!!
Phoebe lives by a few simple rules, and these have kept her in good stead for many years. But coming to an orgy?! Not one of her best ideas, but she needs to be here, and she needs to find a demon that can help her, she’s been running and hiding for so long. And now it needs to stop, she’s been told the demon she needs to help her is here, so Phoebe needs to get in, find him, and then get out, before they find her!!
Their first meeting is at an orgy. Both are overcome with feelings for one another. But when Lucien is called away, Phoebe uses her magic to escape, she hasn’t got time for him, the people hunting her are coming ever closer, and Lucien could and would be a distraction.
Lucien has finally found someone to be at his side forever. But his happiness is short lived. She disappears on him (several times in fact) She wants nothing to do with him! She won’t tell him anything of her life before they met, and she gives him nothing but her body, she is hiding something, but what? Is it something he can help her with? There is nothing he wouldn’t do for her, but she shuns his help, and his company. She’s driving him mad!!!
Phoebe wants to trust this vampire, her heart and body yearns for him, and the more time she spends with him, the harder it is to distance herself. But when your parents are murdered and your ex lover steals the family Grimoire’s (spell books) it doesn’t help. And the Witches council want her dead (she might have accidentally killed a few when questioning her about the disappearance of the books) You can see why she had trust issues.
Lucien manages to get Phoebe to his castle (handcuffs were involved)😉there he intends to show her what her life could be like if she stays with him. Phoebe (isn’t impressed with being kidnapped) could happily live with her vampire king, she could totally be the next queen. But there is just something Phoebe can’t quite put her finger on.
And when Lucien’s secrets start to rear their ugly head, Phoebe has two choices, run or accept them and try to work through them…
I really liked this book, it made a change for the hero to work at winning his female. (Yes there are a few cheesy moments, and a few corny one liners, but you can overlook them. The plot is solid and the characters are well written.
It does jump around a little, and we go from characters point of view to the third person a lot, but once you get past the first few chapters, you settle into the rhythm and style of writing.
It’s the start of a new series, and the author has plans for a further 13/14 more books in the series (next one is out possibly in November) the author says they will be able to standalone, will there be glimpses of past characters? And who will be next?