Flora Reviews… Haunted by the King of Death (Eternal Mates #11) by Felicity Heaton
I originally read Haunted by the King of Death back in the summer of 2016. However, for some reason, I didn’t post a review here on my blog. Therefore, I thought that I’d re-read it and write a proper review and share it with you today.
Read: 10th – 11th August 2016
Re-Read: 29th – 31st December 2017
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
Haunted by the King of Death is the eleventh paranormal romance novel (approx 277 pages) and in Ms Heaton’s Eternal Mates series. Currently 15 books in the series. This book is about a deadly vampire and ghost like creatures call wraiths and phantoms.
The Eternal Mates world is the same as Ms Heaton’s London Vampires series. Many of the characters found at the Vampire theatre make an appearance in this book. Ms Heaton weaves any relevant information into this story. However, I’d like to point out that as with most books within a well established series, you may miss things. For example, the nuances of experiencing past relationships and adventures when reading Haunted by the King of Death as a standalone story.
A multitude of different paranormal beings inhabit Ms Heaton’s world including: Vampires, various species of fae such as elves, sirens, incubi and succubae. Fallen angels as well as heavenly angels, demons, wraiths and phantoms. Magic users such as witches, sorcerers and mages and, of course, shapeshifters of every species imaginable.
As with all of the books in this series, the romance aspect of the tale between Grave and Isla is concluded by the end of the book in Ms Heaton’s signature Happy Ever After style, so no nasty cliffhangers wondering will they, won’t they? Woop! Woop!
I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.
Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.
New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents: Haunted by the King of Death (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 11)
A ruthless vampire warrior, Grave Van der Garde rules the mercenary Preux Chevaliers with an iron fist, determined to retain his hard-won position as one of the most powerful men in Hell and his reputation as the heartless King of Death. But beneath the cold façade beats the heart of a vampire torn between love and hate, ripped in two directions by a single ethereally beautiful female—his fated phantom mate.
Driven by her phantom instincts, Isla used a spell to make her solid in order to deceive the vampire who killed her sister’s demon mate and have revenge on him, condemning him with a single kiss to become a phantom too. But her plan took an unexpected turn when she fell in love with him, and with her new life, and the night she betrayed him shattered both of their hearts. Now, he lives to make her suffer through their connection, one that is fading with them as they begin to slip into the phantom world, and she must face the monster she created if she is to save herself and the vampire she still loves.
With a demon from Grave’s past determined to destroy him and everything he holds dear, and the clock ticking down to their inevitable doom, can he and Isla overcome their past and their pride to work together to secure the future they both desire deep in their hearts? Or will death finally catch up with the vampire king and his phantom mate?
So, what did I like about it?
I’m already a big fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style. I think I’ve mentioned that before. Lol! She creates a very believable paranormal world and then packs it with multifaceted characters with very real human foibles. THEN weaves their stories around an engaging background arc that it just draws me in.
Haunted by the King of Death did not let me down.
I enjoyed the dilemma aspect of this romance tale which Ms Heaton gives us here. Following your heart to your fated mate or being led by your instincts for revenge. Both Grave and Isla feel the weight of their natures putting their instincts and duty before their own happiness.
Now I must admit, I was already a bit of a Grave Van der Garde fan. There are various scenes throughout the Eternal Mates series where this skilled predator appears. I loved getting beneath that ruthless, stoic exterior at last. I loved meeting Grave’s family and seeing the characters from Vampirerotique Theatre once again. If you haven’t read the London Vampires series of novellas, I suggest you do, you won’t regret it! Isla is exactly what I want from a main female character; resilient, intelligent, funny and loyal! Fabulous!
I need to confess that one of the reasons why I love Ms Heaton’s books so much is the sex. She manages to make the most explicit sexual scenes very romantic. I think that it takes a very talented writer to accomplish this. These erotic interludes are balanced beautifully with heartfelt imagery and poignant internal dialogue from our main romantic pair.
Ms Heaton gives all her characters such depth of personality that they become real. I found myself getting caught up with the passion (who wouldn’t!) and the fighting. However, it’s the tender insights into Grave and Isla’s inner fears, their doubts and the emotional turmoil throughout this book that I loved.
I loved the dizzyingly passionate love scenes, the edge-of-your-seat fight scenes, I was a blubbering mess during the tender/sad scenes and I chuckled out loud at the humour; I was gripped from the first page to the last and couldn’t stop reading!
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
*wow* What an amazing paranormal romance story! It’s got everything that I’m looking for in a 5 star book. Action, romance, humour, passion and plenty of well written erotic sex scenes. Couldn’t stop reading this book!
There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.
I’d recommend Haunted by the King of Death to adults only who are fans of relationship and romance stories. Especially those who love vampire books with oodles of passion and bite.
So, has my review of HAUNTED BY THE KING OF DEATH (ETERNAL MATES #11) fired your interest? Click on any of the links below to check it out yourself, or other books in the Eternal Mates series. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
Step out of Vampirerotique (London Vampires series) and into the wider world of powerful dark elves, immortal demon kings, sexy shape-shifters, lethal fae, wicked vampires, dark sorceresses, light witches and the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel… where portals link realms both terrifying and fantastical, and men are willing to risk all to claim the hearts of their eternal mates.
If you haven’t read any of the Eternal Mates books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventures. Most can be read as standalone titles. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1) (2013)
- Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates #2) (2014)
- Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates #3) (2014)
- Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4) (2015)
- Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates #5) (2015)
- Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates #6) (2015)
- Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates #7) (2015)
- Marked by an Assassin (Eternal Mates #8) (2015)
- Possessed by a Dark Warrior (Eternal Mates #9) (2016)
- Awakened by a Demoness (Eternal Mates #10) (2016)
- Haunted by the King of Death (Eternal Mates #11) (2016)
- Turned by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #12) (2017)
- Tamed by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #13) (2017)
- Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14) (2017)
- Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates #15) (2017)
- Avenged by an Angel (Eternal Mates #16) (2019)
- Seduced by a Demon King (Eternal Mates #17) (2019)
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About The Author
Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!
If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.
Which of her series are for you?
If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. Or if you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling London Vampires series. Seven sexy and sinful Greek god brothers can be your new addiction in the Guardians of Hades series. Or how about four hot alpha shifter brothers in her Cougar Creek Mates series? Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at her Eternal Mates series.
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