Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Bound by the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill

Top Pick Award

Title: Bound by the Vampire Queen (Book VIII)
Author: Joey W. Hill
Release Date: December 2011
Genre: Erotic/BDSM Paranormal Romance
Pages: 464
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Book 8/Vampire Queen
Format: Print
ISBN: 978-0425243442
Posted: February 2012
Reviewer: Barb
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat Level: III

Blurb from: Bound by the Vampire Queen
(I couldn’t have written a better blurb if I tried)

Sworn to obedience, compelled by loyalty, and threatened with damnation for betrayal, Jacob entered Lady Lyssa’s servitude as a human servant. Now he is a vampire, but still bound to Lyssa, who has found herself struggling with capricious powers that have come alive in her paternal Fae blood-and challenged by two enemies…

While the Vampire Council threatens to take away Lyssa and Jacob’s newborn son, the Fae Queen has ordered Lyssa to appear before the Otherworld court to face inescapable charges. The Fae have nothing but contempt for vampire, but to serve her, protect her, nourish her, and pleasure her, Jacob will follow his lady into hell itself. No one-neither Fae nor vampire-will compel him to break the oath he made to serve a vampire queen forever.

*Please Note: Bound  by the Vampire Queen is the 8th book in the Vampire Queen series by Joey W. Hill. But it is the third book to feature Jacob and Lyssa as the hero and heroine. While some of the books in this series can be read as standalone, I recommend that you read the first two books in the series before reading this one.

Book I Vampire Queen’s Servant, which began not only the series, is where we were first introduced to Lyssa and Jacob and their story. And it was so compelling it needed a second book to continue on in Book II, The Mark of a Vampire Queen.

And now Jacob and Lyssa are back, and in order to fully comprehend Bound by the Vampire Queen, Jacob and Lyssa's relationship, you will need to understand what brought them here to this point. Don't worry. You won’t be disappointed. 

Actually if you haven’t read any of the books in this series you are really missing out…


Hill has certainly thrown a curve ball into her Vampire Queen series with Bound  by the Vampire Queen. And bang, just like that, it’s a whole new ball game! It is such an emotionally-charged tale and so unique in the Vampire Queen series that I read it twice. To truly “get” to the heart of this story, I felt I needed to go back and revisit it. And I was right.

Bound by the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill is about a complex set of events and circumstances, involving Lyssa and Jacob as well as their newborn son. This sets into motion, though separate, an interface between their two enemies the Fae and the Vampire Council. But this book is unique (dare I say almost... evolving) from the rest of the series.

The story's premise is breaking down torturous boundaries--basically setting wrongs right once again in all things. The clinical attitude the Vampire Council has when it comes to the vampire/servant relationship, among other things, as well as breaking down the boundary that has separated the Vampires from the Fae world for too long. With so many titillating influences thrown throughout and shifting things up, this is definitely a challenge only Jacob and Lyssa are suited to face.

If they aren’t killed first…

As Lyssa and Jacob step into uncertain situations, readers will become spellbound as they are taken deeper into this gripping tale one page at a time. This is truly a wondrous adventure in both depth and texture, and is driven by a multitude of sub-plots, consecutively bringing turbulent twists and turns while subtly leading all roads back to the main plot. And the reader will never even feel a bump or a moment of distraction.

As always the main characters are well developed, but it’s the secondary characters that add a great deal of intrigue to this story. With their multiple points of view, these secondary characters bring interesting challenges and interactions to the plot. And don't forget the scenes…Bound by the Vampire Queen's scenes can only be described as kaleidoscopic. They are provocative, stimulating, at times even whimsical and capricious, and so vividly captivating you’ll find yourself thinking “How is it that even the scenes seem to have their own personalities?”

Bound by the Vampire Queen touched a chord of subjects and emotions such as irony, prejudice, fear, self-doubt, and even devotion and duty. I’d be remiss if I failed to mention trust and hope. It even touches on the sensitive subject one might see as conflict (based on ones inner conviction) when it comes to the sexual behavior of a certain higher deity.

Look no further if you're searching for arousing. Bound by the Vampire Queen has no lack of riveting sex scenes. You won’t find any hidden innuendos in reference to sexual situations. There is, of course, the classic dinner scene where the vampire servants “entertain” their Masters and Mistresses that will have you biting your nails to the quick…Oh yes, it’s that good!

Hill explores so many avenues throughout Bound by the Vampire Queen. And combined with fire rocketed mesmerizing sex scenes that are exotically inspiring sexually, this truly is a wondrous adventure.

But more importantly Hill has set into motion an enriching air of magical augmentation to this series. I am looking forward to reading Hill’s next endeavor, as she continues to enthrall and surprise me.

Reviewed by Barb
Originally posted on Risqué Reviews Website December 2011

Vampire Queen Series in Reading Order:

Vampire Queen's Servant

 The Mark of the Vampire Queen

 A Vampire's Claim (can be read as standalone) (Read Review)

 Beloved Vampire (can be read as standalone) (Read Review)

 Vampire Mistress (can be read as standalone)

 Vampire Trinity (Read Review)

 Vampire Instinct  (Read Review)

 Bound by the Vampire Queen


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