A Vampire's Claim (Vampire Queen, #3)

A Vampire’s Claim by Joey W. Hill

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The daughter of two vampires, Lady Daniela is considered aristocracy in the vampire world. Still, she has to fight for what she wants-especially since what she wants is to depose a brutal territory overlord. For that she’ll need the help of Devlin, a handsome, brave human who inflames her desire far more than any man or beast.Even though she could easily lay her claim and take Dev on as a fully marked servant, she resists the urge-especially since Dev is still tormented by something in his past. But when her enemy makes an unexpected appearance, Dev surprises them both by yielding completely to his feelings for Danny and showing her the devotion of a true servant-until she decides to take his freedom without asking…”

This is the 3rd book in the series and moves away from Lady Lyssa and Jacob to concentrate on Lady D and Dev. The book backtracks from where we first met D and Dev to tell the story of how they 1st met and how Dev becomes D’s full servant. Again there are some pretty steamy scenes, but they are less about dominance and submission until the end. D seems to struggle with the idea of being a big bad vampire just because that’s how things are supposed to be and when she finally decides to go with it, she makes some huge mistakes that could cost both her and her servant their lives. This is really the story of D growing up (even though she is already over 200 years old). Its a good story, but I found it not as fast paced as the 1st 2 books in the series. Now that D has come into her own as the New Region Master, it will be interesting to see how she develops to become the vampire we first saw in The Mark of the Vampire Queen. I felt that it was a fill in book leading up to more stories about Lady D and Dev, however I know that the next in the series – Beloved Vampire centres around a new Vampire called Jessica. We haven’t met her, so I am left wondering how she will be introduced, or whether that book has no connection with the 3 I’ve already read.

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