"a story teeming with violent pleasures"

Lucien is a vampire prince who rules over his Dominion at the murder of his father and grandsire. He is mainly interested in his magical studies and his lovers, but of these, the most that he desires and loves is Kinji, his second-in-command who is half-vampire and half-demon, and who is bonded to him in an unbreakable bond.

Kinji doesn't care about the others that Lucien takes to bed, because he knows that Lucien loves only him. The perfect submissive to Lucien's dominant, Kinji even helps train Lucien's other lovers into the kind of submissive that would please his Prince and Master. When malevolent forces rise once again to harm Lucien this time, Kinji uses everyone and everything in him to protect the Master that he loves.

This story is a fascinating mix of suspense and mystery, magic and sex, vampires and humans and shifters, but the main story revolves around Lucien and Kinji. From the start, their love for each other is already established, and it is interesting to see how far Kinji would go to protect the vampire prince that he loves. Especially when someone seeks to kill Lucien through magical and physical means. Though Kinji is Lucien's second-in-command and submissive, we see the men's mutual respect for each other, and on other aspects, we see the men meeting as equals, with Lucien asking for and taking heed of Kinji's opinion in the events that occurred in the book.

I feel that the worldbuilding is sufficient to provide a believable background, and enough information and descriptions are dropped to lend support to the story without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary details. The combination of magic and technology--magetechs and the lab--is a blast to read, especially when so often in books, the presence of one would usually preclude the other. I feel that the characters' approach to Lucien's dominance, especially that of Fleur's and Sahak's, were also excellently portrayed and differentiated, as they come from different backgrounds.

That said, I was disappointed that there's not much romance between Lucien and Sahak or Magnolia or Fleur, whom Lucien also professed to love toward the end for very different reasons. Well, maybe not Sahak. There was no build up of events that would result in Lucien realizing he also loved them. To document Lucien's romance with the three aforementioned characters may result in a book far longer than its current length, and maybe, the reason was as stated above, that this is mainly a love story between Lucien and Kinji, as they go through problems and situations like any other couple, and the others are mainly the supporting cast.

Sahak's story was also not developed much, considering the reasons by which he came to be under Lucien's Dominion, but perhaps it will be addressed in another story. Also, I find the way he changed his mind regarding his enemy a little bit unbelievable. A person who sought revenge wouldn't be so easily swayed by sex or believed the enemy's word so readily without verifying the truth.

As stated in the publisher's note, this book is not for everyone. But if you enjoy lots of violence in your pleasures and bloodplay and Dom/sub games, then you might like to pick up this book.

Reviewed by Silver Winters
Posted July 25, 2009


Vampire Prince Lucien rules over his Dominion. He can have anything his heart desires. What he desires most is Kinji, his vampire lover and bodyguard, and Kinji desires none but his Master.

But they have an agreement. Lucien can have everything he desires. His bloodharem, who want nothing more than to please him. Nina, its newest member. Even the lion shifter, Sahak, who wants him dead.

But where you have vampires and shifters you have tension, plots, and murder. Lucien’s father and grandsire were slain and the identity of the killer, or killers, is unknown. As the threat against Lucien grows, Kinji, the staff of the Prince’s Dominion, and even the bloodharem must do what they can to protect their Prince and his Dominion.

Genre: BDSM LGBT Futuristic Science Fiction Vampire/Shape-shifter Paranormal
Length: Novel Plus

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, Domination/submission, spanking, whipping), blood play/bloodletting, exhibitionism, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, ménage/moresome with same-sex interaction (m/m/m, m/m/f, f/f/m, m/m/m/f/f), voyeurism.

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by Michael Barnette

Loose Id
June 1, 2009
Available: June 1, 2009
ISBN #1596329564
EAN #9781596329560
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