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Lately I have gotten into the habit of listening to short PNR books because they are short, sweet and to the point. This book checks all three categories. First let me explain, that this is the third book in a series entitled the Vampire Warrior Kings. The first books is In the Service of the King (which is not available via audible, yet), the second book is Seduced by the Vampire King, and then this title. Although you don’t have to read the previous books to understand the characters in this book, they do give you a bit more in depth of the world that author has created.
In all the books, there are seven vampire warrior kings, each ruling over a particular section of the world. The vampires are in a constant battle with rogue vampires called soul eaters, given the name because they drink a human’s blood until the last beat of the heart and then devour the heart. These warrior vampires have an alliance with a few human that help them keep their secret from the rest of the human population. In return, the vampires offer them their blood to help extend their lives, cure diseases, etc and the humans offer human virgins (called proffered) trained to service the elite with blood and varies other things. Sometimes in doing so, a match is formed between the vampire and human female, making her his eternal mate and producing their offspring, since vampires can only produce male offspring.
Henrik is the vampire warrior king of Norway. He is dying from a mysterious disease that nothing is able to cure, not even the blood of the proffered. He is resolute that his life is ending decides there is nothing that can be done otherwise. Kaira is a photographer whose dreams are cut short when she is diagnose with a rare condition, threatening her life. She decides to follow her dreams even if it means her life. Kaira is attacked my soul eaters and Henrik saves her life only to be tempted into a passion he hasn’t felt in ages. Henrik and Kaira are a great story. The sacrifice Henrik made to guarantee Kaira happiness is heartwarming. I genuinely like this book and will read the next book in the series.
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This was an OK listen.... if you like a short, sweet and cheap listen then, for $3.46, you get what you pay for with this. It's not deep, there's one drama scene and one sex scene as the dying Northern Vampire King finally finds his mate just in time before the rage of the beast within him finally took over his body which would leave him a deadly and vicious version of himself. So the Hero wasn't sexy at all.... he was pale haired (with bits missing), he had sunken dark rimmed colorless eyes and he was a skeletal version of himself. But the chemistry was there when he saw his mate..... trouble was they were both dying.
Dual POV's but I didn't really like the narration very much as the voice of the Hero just didn't do it for me I'm afraid because he sounded too old.
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