Review: The Vampire Queen's Servant

Review: The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill

Lady Elyssa Amaterasu Yamato Wentworth is a thousand-year-old vampire in need of a new servant - now more than ever as she's suffering the signs of a mysterious ailment that threatens to consume her. As a gift she's been given Jacob, an extraordinary physical specimen, but all wrong when it comes to being...used. A total alpha male, he's not accustomed to submitting to any woman's wishes.

Lyssa soon learns that that 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. And the passion between Lyssa and Jacob is about to yield something else unexpected - a shared history that reaches back through the centuries and is fated to challenge their destiny like nothing ever will again...


Joey W. Hill is a very unique author. She can turn the simple evolution of a couple's relationship into an epic romance, baffling the reader with the scope of this ability within the confines of three to four hundred pages. Hill is an author to be savored and dedication of time is necessary in order to appreciate her artistry.

Lady Elyssa Amaterasu Yamato Wentworth is a vampire queen not only by birth but also by the shear force of her personality. A thousand years has given Lyssa plenty of time to loose countless human servants, beloved each for their uniqueness and collectively for their submission, and also the loss of one controlling and perhaps crazed vampire husband. These years have also wrought a strange affliction upon Lyssa that forces moments of intense weakness. It's during one of these bouts that Lyssa decides to take home a potential new servant, Jacob.

Jacob, former vampire hunter and circus performer extraordinaire, has spent one man's dying months at perfecting his ability to serve and protect Lady Lyssa. Thomas, a monk and Lyssa's former servant, gifts Jacob to Lyssa by letter, provoking the queen's loneliness after a year of self enforced celibacy. She can no more resist the Renaissance man standing before her in nothing but skin tight hose, any more than she can fight the irrational need to bind him to her for centuries to come.

Combined with a supreme predatory nature and her status as Queen, Lyssa finds extraordinary sexual satisfaction by the willing submission of her servants. But, unlike those who've served before, Jacob is not a practitioner of sexual submission nor does he fully grasp the extent of submission required by a vampire. Having dabbled only in soft bondage, Jacob's inner alpha has always directed him where he needed to go in terms of a woman's pleasure. The cries and physical reactions of a woman in his arms determined where his hands and other appendages needed to go to ensure her pleasure. Being commanded what to do and punished for disobedience is a concept unknown to him. Yet, despite Jacob's need to control the situation, Lyssa's demands provokes a powerful response from him that he's never experienced before. But with his explosive desire for Lyssa also comes panic. Not that he doesn't trust his lady, but he's never been invaded so thoroughly nor so immediately by a woman before.

The rules governing the relationship between vampire and servant are ancient in their existence. It's a completely one sided affair giving the power exclusively to the vampire. At the whim of the vampire, a servant is given a total of three marks. One that is basically a tracker, resembling a mental GPS. The second allows the vampire to invade the very mind of it's servant. Again this is one sided. While the vampire can view the thoughts, emotions, fears, the past, and present of their servant's mind, the vampire may choose at it's leisure to invite the servant within the confines of it's own mind. The third and final mark links the servant to a vampire's immortality and thereby prolonging the humans life by three to four times what is normal.

Lyssa can't help but be intrigued by Jacob. While a willing submissive is her preference, Jacob's arrogance and subsequent disobedience, springs forth a tidal wave of lust and yearning for him. Although he's a man who claims to be unable to woo a woman by words, Lyssa can't deny the emotions he ignites within her with his cunning wit, dry humor, and above all his words of devotion to her and his need to not only be her protector, but her beloved companion as well. Impulsively and much to Lyssa's early chagrin, she gifts Jacob with the first two marks, yet she promises him that third will never be given for purely unselfish reasons.

I've come to see that unlike most romance authors, Hill enjoys writing about tortured heroines verses tortured heroes. Unlike Hill's 'Ice Queen' - Marguerite, who was horrifically tortured, Lyssa's vulnerability and thus my connection to her plight, was difficult to uncover. As a reader, my preferences crave a dominant hero verses a dominant heroine, so that alone counts against Lyssa. I'm also attributing it towards her being a vampire and with that is the supreme ability to crush Jacob on a whim. Plus, Lyssa has lived for a thousand years thereby having plenty of time to cultivate and perfect her controlled facade. Even Jacob states that anyone else would be hard pressed to observe the subtle nuances in her expressions, signaling her displeasure or approval. Honestly, it's not until Jacob plunges into Lyssa's mind that I could finally understand her motivations and what a revelation did they ultimately prove to be. I finally saw Lyssa as human. She's a woman who is capable of remorse which was definitely something I needed to see in order to move past some of her bad treatment of Jacob. And when Lyssa begins to acknowledge the blurred lines between vampire and servant, she realizes that she craves spending time with Jacob. The sexual desire is still there but she's surprised at even her mundane cravings of him like sitting on the couch and watching television. It's at this time, when she finally reaches out for Jacob, that her vulnerability steps out from behind her shields and I simply could no longer resist her.

Jacob, on the other hand, was very easy to connect with. He truly cares for his lady but he was also very human. I bonded with his thought processes and how even he at times questioned Lyssa's behavior and on more than one occasion, thinks he's taken the wrong path. But true to his Irish heritage, he's equally stubborn as he is motivated to belong to Lyssa, heart and soul. Simply put, Jacob is genuinely a good guy with a big heart. His compulsion to be chivalrous to all woman was very enduring.

'The Vampire Queen's Servant' is very reminiscent of Hill's Ellora's Cave contemporaries despite it's paranormal attributes. This novel puts Jacob and Lyssa's relationship center stage which is unique, IMO, in today's paranormal genre which features a lot of action and fight sequences with the romance taking a backseat. However, I don't think that the novel is for everyone. Because Lyssa's vulnerability and humanity doesn't really come out until more than halfway through the novel combined with her brutal treatment of Jacob, some people might give up on Lyssa early on and may decide to not continue reading.

The BDSM in 'The Vampire Queen's Servant' is not extreme yet the novel definitely deserves it's "erotic" label. You can expect some sharing of sexual partners and some interesting devices to enhance sexual pleasure, but I in no way found the novel to be 'uncomfortable'. Just the opposite in fact. There is a scene where Lyssa hosts a dinner for three vampires and their human servants. The scene is intensely erotic with Jacob performing sexual acts with two other woman, all at the command of Mistress Lyssa. To me it's like Joey W. Hill orchestrates this elaborate masterpiece with numerous people engaging in sexual acts on a stage. Each performs a solo with the others supporting in the background. Then they all come together in a resounding climax that leaves you breathless.

The close of 'The Vampire Queen's Servant' in no way signals the end for Jacob and Lyssa. Their story could not be contained within the confines of one book alone and is followed by it's sequel - 'The Mark of The Vampire Queen'. I think this was Lyssa's doing. You can't say no to a queen.

Again, Hill's novels are not fast reads by any means. She forces you to slow down and savor her words rather than speed through. Jacob and Lyssa's relationship is very complex and it takes time to uncover the inner workings of their hearts especially when one person is guarding their heart so well. I admit that I struggled with the novel in the beginning but about midway through, it really started to flow and the characters washed through my mind like so much silk.


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WARNING: Read At Your Own Risk!

So, there is one particular scene that had me wondering "Is that thing really real!". Lyssa places upon Jacob's penis a piece of jewelry that I've fondly dubbed 'The BDSM Pleasure Contraption'. Basically it's a ring that slides down the stalk of the penis by a couple of inches. Extending toward the tip are chains that attached to a cap. Attached to the cap is a two and half inch rod that is inserted into the urethra. It pushes into the urethra like a tack with the cap resembling the head of the pin. Of course, in 'The Vampire Queen's Servant' the basic chains are interlaced with uncut stones.

The validity of this contraption has been been put to the test and verified by Joey W. Hill with accompanying proof. Click the following link to get an eye full. If your expecting a male model, sorry to disappoint you. This link only shows the jewelry. Enjoy!

Interested in 'The Vampire Queen's Servant? Visit Joey W. Hill for more details.

Curious about Joey W. Hill's novels? Check out my reviews of 'Ice Queen', 'Mirror of My Soul', and 'A Mermaid's Kiss'.

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43 comments:

Barbara said...

O-M-Goodness. Hmmm...I checked the link you offered--like an idiot, lol. Wow, yeah...just wow. Hmmm...*puzzled as to why a man would want that thing on*

In any event, GREAT review! Seriously! And you even did some research and digging when you questioned something. You go girl!

The cover of this book has had my attention since you posted it in your sidebar. I don't think it's my type of book, but I'm thinking about getting it just for the cover!! Hey, I'm shallow what can I say? LOL!

VampFanGirl said...

Hmmm...well Jacob didn't really ask Lyssa to put it on. She basically tied him up and he was at her mercy. He seemed to enjoy it though. :)

Thanks Barbara, I'm glad you like it. Yeah, I just had to know if the jewelry was real. Joey thought my comments on it were pretty funny too.

Do you want my copy? The cover is definitely worth it. I stared at it for a long time. It really fits the story perfectly. Well, let me know if you want my copy. :)

~VFG

Barbara said...

Aw, if you like the cover, too, you should keep it! I'd feel bad.

And about the "jewelry"--ouch.

VampFanGirl said...

Well, I doubt that I'll read it again so it's just going to gather dust. But if your hesitation stems from the book's content, I understand. Let me know if you change your mind.

:) VFG

P.S. I was scared for Jacob when she came at him with that thing. Crazy woman!

Cecile said...

Umm.. Ummm... Hummm... Well, I was an idoit too Barbara! I clicked on the link, but I have to say that after reading your blog for a few days about this, I HAD too! Yea, we all know what happen to the cat with to much curiousity! HA!

Well, the cover is excellent. And your review was absolutely wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks VFG!!

Lea said...

Hey VFG:

Great Review!

As you know I read this book some time ago and did have a rough time. I read the entire book though, as difficult as it was for me.

I really didn't think that Jacob enjoyed being trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey with that think stuck up his what-who-sis though. In fact, if I remember correctly he begged for mercy, to which Lady Lyssa answered, "Do you think me merciful." Or something equally torturous. I have to admit to wanting to smack Lady Lyssa, soundly on a number of occasions but that was my reaction and Ms. Hill certainly pulls you in and provokes a reaction. The imagery written in that book was amazing.

Isn't it facinating how we all glean differing points of view and feel different things from books ladies?

I'd love to chat more about TVQS VFG, but I don't want to give away spoilers. lol

I'm learning a great deal from you with respect to BDSM, and understanding a little more. However, once they start bringing out the ball gags and dripping hot candle wax on their bare skin. Sorry, but I start screaming, and the book gets flung against the wall with a great deal of profanity following it!! lol

Thankfully, neither ball gags nor hot candle wax was used in this particular novel.

VFG, you are a better woman than I am, far, far better!!!

L

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Cecile!

LOL, yeah that pic is a bit crazy. It's one of those things you have to see to believe. I hope everyone is getting adequet warning...

Thank you for reading and enjoying my review. I get the sense that TVQS may not be your style. :) It's definitely not for everyone.

I hope your day is going great!

~VFG

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Lea! Thanks for sheading some great light on how we each view novels so differently.

I'm sure the 'jewelry' scene will provoke numerous different emotions from readers.

I suppose I reconciled with the fact that Lyssa informs Jacob that all he has to say is no, that she's pushed him far beyond his boundaries and he wishes to no longer be her servant.

I also think that Lyssa was hoping to drive Jacob away with the 'jewelry'. His presence brings out an unfamiliar yearning in her that she wishes to escape from. In the end, I think that scene displayed a battle between the two not only for dominance, but the fight to be together as well.

Based on your discomfort with the many tools of the BDSM culture, you may want to stay clear of Hill's Ellora's Cave novels. Those exhibit the very extreme side of BDSM.

I too wanted to smack Lyssa and I mentioned in my review how I had a very difficult time accepting her behavior. But after the revealing of her life with Rex and the utter annihilation of her marriage, I just couldn't resist her.

Also, I don't think myself as a better woman than you Lea, just that I happen to enjoy extreme BDSM books. ;)

Thank you so much for your input Lea. I always look forward to your thoughts.

Happy Reading,
VampFanGirl

Lea said...

Hey VFG:

I sure hope you didn't take offence to the "your a better woman than I am", comment. Truly, I admire your understanding and comfort with this theme.

And, I have to say that I am becoming more comfortable. As I mentioned previously, this was a "Baptism By Fire", sort of read for me because it was my first exposure to BDSM in a novel. Then I went through this whole "shock" issue following it because as you know I enjoy dark PNR.

I really apologize if I insulted you or anything by saying that. I really meant it as a compliment because you are that much more "worldly" than I with respect to your understanding of this particular theme in romance. Maybe I will at some point get to that level of comfort but, hmmm, not so sure. lol!

I'd feel horrible if I offended you. Your review is wonderful and it has given me a more thorough understanding of the book which, I think is what one hopes to do from sharing your thought, yes?

((hugs))

L

VampFanGirl said...

Oh Lea! No, no you didn't offend me at all. LOL!

That's one thing that drives me crazy about talking through a computer, you can't inject any voice inflection. You would have heard me laughing and saying "sheesh girl, I'm not better than you!"

I just don't consider myself a better woman than you simply because I understood and accepted Lyssa's behavior and actions.

Shoot, now I wish I didn't even remark on it. I don't want you to feel bad in any way Lea. Seriously, the comment didn't even affect me.

(((((((super giant hugs))))))

Barbara said...

The only time I read anything that had to do with candle wax was in Lover Unbound. Sigh....V.

That particular scene with V & jane I didn't find to be overbearing at all because of the emtotional part behind it. Plus, I was already far too in lurve with my V to mind that he liked a little candle wax drippins on the nips, lol.

Now, had Ward taken it to a more drastic level, I don't know for certain how I would have reacted.

I guess in the end, we never really know how we will react to a story until we read it. For all I know, I could read this story one day and really like it. I'm not betting any money on that statement,lol, but hey, you never know ;)

Lea said...

Excellent!

Good to hear. Feeling much improved. Okay, back to reading etc. etc.

Happy Reading
L

Lea said...

HA!

Hey Barbara! I'm glad you were okay with V there and is little fetish thing.

Trust me, and VFG can correct me on this, but The Vampire Queen's Servant is NOTHING like Lover Unbound...

IMHO anyway.

L

Barbara said...

LOL! I gathered as much, Lea ;)

Candle wax--sure, what the hell.

Thingy that impales the urethra--uh, ouch, I'll skip. LOL.

OMG, I miss V. He wasn't heard from in Lover Enshrined :( I hope he's in Lover Avenged. But then again, I'll likely be so wrapped up in Rehv. Nah, I won't forget my favorite. V's the man!

VampFanGirl said...

Your V?!? LOL j/k Barbara. :)

Yeah, uh compared to Hill, Ward only wrote some seriously soft porn. :) Although V was gagged....

Your right though Barbara, haveing the emotinal connection is really important. It's true to for the actual participants also. Trust is very important otherwise things could really turn in a bad way.

VampFanGirl said...

Excellent Lea! Glad were BFFL's again. :)

And you are so right Lea, 'Lover Unbound' had nothin' on TVQS! And I don't even consider TVQS to be extreme. :)

Barbara said...

Oof! I haven't read BDSM accept for Lover Unbound and I do have an Ava March ebook that I need to get to. Someday--sigh. But yeah, VFG, I can totally see how without some SERIOUS TRUST--and I mean SERIOUS TRUST--that stuff could be freakin' scary as hell!!

VampFanGirl said...

LOL Barbara! LU was definitely a good jumping off point though.

Be confident in the fact though that Hill's 'A Mermaid's Kiss' doesn't exhibit anything BDSM except for maybe with the characters address for each other. "My Lord" and "Little one" I interpreted as a lose representation of the Master and slave nomenclature.

Barbara said...

Ooh, I don't mind the "master" & "slave" roll play bit. It's the whips and stuff that make me nervous, lol. <---nervous laughter, LOL!

VampFanGirl said...

Yeah, but can you handle pixies?LMAO!!

Sorry, I'm in a giggle mood today I guess. ;P

Barbara said...

*quivers* No! Not the pixies!!! I don't know, all I keep thinking is how hard she must have had to work to, er, finish the deed. All that sliding all the way up and all the way down and so fourth. Nah, I'm not a fan of workouts, lol.

I will tell you what I'm dying for, some Ben & Jerry's. OMG I'm having such a Ben & Jerry's icecream attack now it ain't even funny! LOL!

Barbara said...

HA! My hubby had some Cherry Garcia in the freezer. Ooooohhhh Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh!!!

VampFanGirl said...

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

"All that sliding all the way up and all the way down and so fourth. Nah, I'm not a fan of workouts, lol."

OMG Barbara, you seriously know how to make a girl laugh! the people in my office think I'm nuts!!

LMAO!!!!!

VampFanGirl said...

Ice cream is my absolute fave. It's why I don't buy it at the grocery store. I'd be the only one eating it.

Enjoy a bite for me.

Barbara said...

LMAO!! It's true!!!

And I'll try and have a bite just for you but I'm already half way through the container. So, I reeeeaaaaallllyyyy can't make any promises, lol.

VampFanGirl said...

Hey, not fair! *pouting* I wanna bite!

Barbara said...

BTW, I forgot. Uh, yeah, he's MY V! So :P

VampFanGirl said...

Okay, you simply can't claim them both! *still pouting*

Barbara said...

And just why is that Missy Poo? Humph...

VampFanGirl said...

Cause first you wouldn't share your ice cream and NOW you're claiming both V and Rehv! Life is just not fair at this moment... *all in said in a petulant voice*

VampFanGirl said...

Okay, I'm done whining. :)

So anyway do think Rehv and I would look good together? I think his purple hair accents well with my fair skin. Don't you Barbara?

Blanche said...

Oh my......I didn't peek.....I probably will but so far I didn't peek!! :) Great review, Joey W. Hill is another author I've never read......you know when I think about it even though I have a bazillion books there are a bazillion plus more out there that I've never read!!

So do you think a semi interested in Vampires chick would do ok with this one?

Barbara said...

Oooohhhh No you didn't, girl *does the thing with my head and hand*

Whateva! V would look great on my left and Rehv on the right.

I think that V likes blondes for some reason, lol. And Rehv, well, I'm sure if I share my icecream I could lure him to come my way *wink* LOL! Imagine it was like that? Hey, gorgeous, want some of this...icecream? *wink wink*

LMAO!

VampFanGirl said...

LOL Blanche! Yeah, it's an interesting pic. Let me know what you think when your curiousity wins. :)

Well, I think the question is more on how you feel about BDSM, Mistress/slave kinda themes.

The vampire aspect does make it hard for the reader to relate to Lyssa cause she really possesses an otherworldly feel to her plus her treatment of Jacob can seem a bit brutal.

You know, your reaction to the pic might determine whether you'd be comfortable with the book cause is does play a role early on in the novel.

TVQS is also a slow read so time is another factor of your enjoyment of the novel.

Hmmm...hopefully those suggestions helped.

I've offered the book to Barbara but I don't think she wants it. Let me know if you'd like to read it and I'll send it to you.

~VampFanGirl

VampFanGirl said...

LMAO!! OMG Barbara! My cheeks hurt from trying so hard to contain my laughter!

I don't think I even have a good comeback for that one. It was damn good!!

*whispers* my boss just asked me what's so funny....

Blanche said...

Ok, I peeked........OMG I'm so glad I don't have a penis! YIKES that would be an owie!!

As for the BDSM......have you read the Cheyenne McCray book yet? If it is anything like that then I probably wouldn't want to read it! :)

VampFanGirl said...

You and me both Blanche! LOL

No I haven't gottent to the McCray book but I can assure that there are no bottles in sight with TVQS. :)

MsMoonlight (Elizabeth Jules Mason) said...

Good review. I've had this series in my wishlist TBB list for a while now, but haven't purchased it yet. I will. I don't really care for the whole bondage/whips for pleasure thing (I don't get it), but I do want to read this series. And being the pervert that I can be, I clicked the link and fell off my chair! *grins* I didn't know such things existed- oh my! Now when I see things of that nature, I have to wonder just WHO invented it and who the poor souls were who tested them out and worked the kinks out? ouch! LOL
Thanks for the educational review VFG- it's been enlightening. :o)

Cecile said...

Oh my gosh... VFG and Barbara, you girls are killing me!! I am dying from laughter of the conversation!
Yea VFG, reading this at work... people want to know why am I smiling so much or what the laugh was for! Makes the day a little more interesting!
You are girls are to funny! Thanks for the smiles!!

VampFanGirl said...

Hey MsMoonlight! LOL, I hope your butt is okay. Falling off a chair can be painful. :)

I was in total disbelief when I read about the "jewelry". Joey W. Hill was laughing at my reaction when I emailed her for confirmation. I just had to know if it was real and I'm so glad that she was able to provide actual proof!

While there is no whips in TVQS, there is plenty of bondage. :)

Glad I could teach you a little something about BDSM, Ms Moonlight. :) I hope you enjoy it when you decide to purchase the series.

Happy Reading,
VampFanGirl

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Cecile,

I'm so glad that Barbara and I were able to put a giant smile on your face. :) You should see our emails! It's a daily cat fight with her over Rehv. :) I'm determined to win though.

I hope your day is going well.

~VFG

Charlotte Featherstone said...

What a wonderful review! GREAT job. I was interested in this, but I think I might leave it for a while. The heroine, I think, doesnt turn my crank.

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Charlotte,

Yeah, Lyssa is a difficult one to connect with and it took me near the end to fully understand her motivations. This is a woman who has survived hell but it's left its mark on her.

Have a good weekend!
VampFanGirl

 
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