Review: The Vampire Queen’s Servant (Vampire Queen #1) by Joey W. Hill

    The Vampire Queen’s Servant (Vampire Queen, Book 1)
Joey W. Hill; Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Berkley
“Paranormal erotica from an award-winning author who stands out in a genre known for its out-of-the-ordinary love play.”” (Romance Studio) 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 Elyssa 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.”
– Goodreads on The Vampire Queen’s Servant

Oh my gosh, how hot that cover is!! Really hot.

Well…a friend of mine recommended me this read as “hardcore”, but with cool vampires. We were having this discussion about how vampires are more and more presented as basically human beings with special drinking habits and maybe some convenient tricks up their sleeves. Anyway, she said this series by Joey W. Hill had cool vampires, and some dom going on. She didn’t tell me what kind of dom, though; I thought, what the hell,let’s give it a try, right? So I did.

The first thing I must say is I really don’t get what is so hardcore about this. Maybe the really hardcore part is in the other books? I mean I’m not saying it’s fluffy, it’s a light femDom BDSM, but it didn’t seem to me nowhere near as ‘hardcore’ as others qualify it. Of course, I know saying this is directly linked to just what I’d label really hardcore, I mean it’s a personal thing. If you’re iffy about any sort of power-play, and ties, and some pain-play, then this might seem hardcore. To me it seemed lukewarm, let’s say. And it wasn’t at all my kind of thing; though I’ve read quite a few power-play fics, and some of those I would call hardcore, I’ve never actually read any femDom. I mean, I came across fics of the sort, I just never really had an interest in them, you know?

So when I gave this book a try, I thought, ok, let’s see what this plays out like. Maybe I’ll find another thing I really like reading, and I’m never one to say ‘no’ before trying it out first. So I got into reading it.
The first thing that struck me, really, was I didn’t respond at all to the writing. I’m not fussy about styles much, but I just do connect with someone’s writing, or I don’t. In this case, I didn’t; as a result, I had no connection with the characters, didn’t care about them at all, and just went on reading in the hope somewhere on page X things would turn around some and I’d get into it on some level. It didn’t happen, really.
There was something I enjoyed though, but not a terrible lot. The Elyssa / Jacob scenes were the sole relatively interesting part of the whole thing, but because I didn’t have a feel for the characters, it was sort of interesting on a very basic, and sort of crude way. Those parts were fun, but not overwhelmingly so.

In all honesty, had the series not been recommended to me by a friend, I would have dropped this book after the first 30 pages, because it was plenty clear at that point I was not going to connect with the writing in the least. Am I going to read the rest of the books? I just might; I find I develop this strange curiosity about some series, I want to see of the rest of the books are as a bad a match to me as the first. So if the mood strikes, I just might read some more.
So anyway, if you’re into femDom and vampires, this is probably a read you’d wanna give a try.

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