Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Nicholas Bella
Series: House of Théoden #1
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 60 Pages
Publisher: Nicholas Bella
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Théoden: On the evening of branding my new son, Noel, my King has called a special meeting of his Court. I can’t possibly guess what this meeting is about, as everything within his kingdom is running perfectly. I do know one thing, Ara loves to entertain and be entertained, so at least that’s something to look forward to. What I’m not looking forward to is having to see Nolan, Lord of District Four. We really don’t get along. Well, as for my children, when the Master is away, the boys will play. In fact, I insist on it.
Noel: I’ve just received my official brand, the insignia of the House of Théoden. Along with the brand comes a load of responsibilities I am to adhere to. Apparently, my new life involves being an enforcer. I’m to be trained by Marco, my eldest and most sadistic brother. I’m not looking forward to that, not one bit. At least tonight, I’ll get a reprieve. For tonight, we celebrate as only the House of Théoden can.
Warning: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes. The novelettes in this serial will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren’t the ones from your childhood. This is NOT a romance. There are approximately 19,100 words in this novelette.
Review: This is the first book in the House of Théoden series, which is a continuation of the Chained in Darkness series. You could probably figure things out if you started here, but you really need to read from the beginning to get the total picture.
At this point, Noel has been officially branded into Théoden’s household. To celebrate his branding, Théoden has granted the brothers free reign for the night, which, of course, means lots of sex with each other. Noel still has thoughts of confusion over his new feelings of wanting and even desiring the sex, blood and killing of his new vampire nature, but the brothers continue to force him to face that reality head on. No question the sex is hot here. It’s dark and dirty and just a tiny bit kinky. These guys feed off of and even require it. It was nice to see some new dynamics that we haven’t yet been privy to, such as Bruce and Marco pairing up. However, while the scenes are always well written and highly erotic, I do get feelings of being ready to move on to the story.
Just about when those feelings are peaking, we move on to Théoden, who has been away for the evening, attending to a summons by his King. Things get interesting here. The King has called a meeting of the 5 Lords, all of which are sired by him. It would seem history had been somewhat repeating itself with Noel much in the same way Théoden became a part of King Ara’s brood. Anyhoo, we meet some of the other “brothers”, and after a bit of posturing and pleasantries, we finally get to the gist of the meeting. Things they are a changing, as King Ara has his sights set on taking over a new territory in Greece. New rules/tasks are put upon Théoden, the first of which is to acquire a rogue wolf/human hybrid and make him a part of Théoden’s House. All of the plans lead toward making King Ara and his reign stronger, but it will be interesting to see how smoothly things go.
I love seeing the little details about the various creatures. Théoden is half dragon, so he has very different qualities than his fellow full vampire brothers. We are shown a little more of his capabilities here, not relating to sex, which give further credence to his strength and power. I can’t wait to find out more or to see more of him in action now that things are being taken beyond the “bedroom.”
This continues to be an exciting, fast-paced and very interesting series. I’m really looking forward to becoming more immersed into this engaging world and hope Nicholas continues to expand on it more and more as the series progresses.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*