Released: July 2010
Target Age: Adult
Summary from Barnes & Noble:
Vampire princess Alexia Feodorovna has been undead for 125 years, so it's been a while since any man has made her pulse race. Until Declan Black. One look at his bronzed body and a fire like no other consumes her. Then she discovers that he's a dragon lord come to take revenge on the vamps who killed his parents. And claim a crystal said to imbue its owner with incredible powers.
Alexia is ordered to torture and kill the dragon lord. Yet with each reckless encounter, she finds herself consumed by his fiery passion. A passion Declan battles, as well. Will he be able to resist the fire of lust she kindles within him and keep revenge in his heart? Or will he risk everything to quench the burning desire and claim the vampire as his own?
Meagan Hatfield writes a steamy novel! By page 25 things were heating up in the steamy department. While I really enjoyed the spark between Alexia and Declan, I was a tiny bit confused about what was going on sometimes. However, by the time I finished the book a lot of the issues I was confused about were explained and the book ended with me feeling much more informed on the politics of the whole Vampire/Dragon shifter's past. I think I would have loved this book if there had been a little more about what had been going on with these two very different clans. I felt that we really got to know and care about the Dragon shifters and I was very much in love with them and rooting for everything to work out in their favor. The vampire's that we were introduced to were mostly soldiers or insane, power hungry, evil vampires. Maybe that is why I was rooting for the dragon shifters! I am keeping my fingers crossed for another novel, because there was definitely another story line brewing toward the end of Shadow of the Vampire. Whoa~ I just saw that a novella called Dragon Warrior was released that actually gave background information to Shadow of the Vampire. Oh! if only I had known about this novella. My advice is READ Shadow of the Vampire but I'm thinking maybe you should read Dragon Warrior first, I'll be reading it to see if I think that I would have been a little less confused which would have made my experience top notch. I'll let you know.
I was sent a review copy of this book through NetGalley and Harlequin. I received no compensation to read or review it.