Sunday, June 3, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with Laura Kaye!

Please welcome back to the Nest, author Laura Kaye! 

(My review of the first book in the Vampire Warrior Kings series can be found here and my review of book 2 is directly below this post, here.)

Top Ten Reasons to Fall in Love with Nikolai Vasilyev

Today I’m very excited to be at Reading Lark after Dark to celebrate the release of my dark vampire romance, Seduced by the Vampire King. This book is the second in my Vampire Warrior Kings series from Harlequin Nocturne—definitively not your mother’s Harlequin! *grins* (The first book, In the Service of the King, released in February.) And, since I adore heroes, I thought I’d share the top ten reasons I think you just might fall in love with mine:

10) Nikolai is tortured by the guilt of his brothers’ deaths. He believes his own failure of leadership and honor caused their deaths, and not he feels unworthy of leading his people. He believes he deserves the pain he feels.

9) He is protective of those he loves and selfless to a fault, denying himself the things he needs so he can give what he believes everyone around him requires.

8) He’s has a warrior’s heart…and body. A warrior who bears the marks of centuries of warfare. A fighter who does what has to be done. He’s a bad-ass, take-no-prisoners, hold-nothing-back kind of soldier.

7) He’s tattooed. If you guys know me at all, you know I love heroes with tattoos. And Nikolai’s body bears multiple fascinating inked marks of his royal status and position. You’ll enjoy discovering them one inch of skin at a time. Yum.

6) He has long hair. Long hair on a guy just kills me. And what I love even more about that hair is how much he loves the heroine stroking and tugging it, how it’s the one soft part on a guy who is otherwise all rough edges and sharp angles. Gah.

5) He lives in a massive, ancient mansion. Vasilievskoe is the setting for most of the story, a real abandoned mansion about an hour’s drive east of Moscow, Russia. I am completely fascinated with the sheer number and former glory of the literally hundreds of abandoned historical castles and mansions that still exist today all over Russia.

4) He’s a king. A freaking king, people. Before you even get to the body or the fangs or the man within, his rank is an aphrodisiac all itself. Plus, he’s an ancient king living in the modern era, and it’s a mix of history and modernity that is so sexy. AND, he’s so tortured, he believes himself unworthy of the position, and that makes me just ache for him!

4a) He has fangs and he knows how to use ‘em! (AKA, he haz skillz!)

3) He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Katherine Bordessa. The possessiveness that floods through him shocks even Nikolai, especially when he discovers another vampire has lent her some clothes. I. Love. That. Scene.

2) He’s a skilled lover (AKA, he haz skillz part deux!). Just ask Katherine Bordessa. Whether he’s claiming her in a dungeon cell or in his bed, he knows how to please. Me likey!

1) He’s freaking gorgeous, from his golden hair, to his sapphire eyes that flare with preternatural light, to his tattoos, to the incredible muscles covering every inch of his body.

Need more convincing? Read on…

Excerpt – so, since I teased you with it, I thought I’d share a part of the another male’s clothes scene! Enjoy!:

Nearby, the plumbing whined. Someone was running the water. Nikolai backtracked and turned down an adjacent hallway. Light shined from under the door of the lone guest room in his part of the manor.

He was going to kill Mikhail.

Before he even thought to do it, he found himself standing in front of that door. Her door.

Oh, what the hell was he doing?

He should apologize. Rationale squarely in place, he rapped his knuckles against the heavy panel of wood. Again. No answer. “Katherine?”

He knocked his head against the door. Deep need rose within him, to lay eyes on her and reassure himself she was okay. She’d been attacked, bitten, kidnapped and imprisoned. Not goddamn likely she was okay. And that wasn’t even considering what had happened between them, which had been phenomenal until he acted like a son of a bitch. The urge to see her made it hard to breathe.

He pushed through the door and called her name again. Two things struck him simultaneously: soft splashes of water from the direction of the open bathroom door and a stack of clothes on her bed.

Inside the room, her sweet-blooded scent infused the air and reawakened his cock, reminding him of his unsated arousal from before. Each breath pulled more of her into him, until he ached to penetrate her in return, in any way she’d allow. In every way she’d allow. Prickles on the skin of his right palm made him fist his hand.

His breath coming faster, shallower, Nikolai stepped over her discarded clothing to the bed and quickly flipped through the pile of fabric—robe, T-shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants. All Mikhail’s.

An image flashed into his mind. Katherine, wearing Mikhail’s shirt and sweatpants, so big on her she had to roll them at the waist and ankles. Katherine, wearing Mikhail’s clothes.

Another. Male’s. Clothes.

Nearly blind with a possessiveness he had no right to feel, Nikolai grabbed all the clothes and stalked out of the room. Bursting through the door to his apartment, he chucked everything in the general direction of the nearest trash can. He whipped his robe off the back of his closet door and ripped a few articles of clothing from a drawer. He wasn’t even aware he’d returned to the guest room until her scent invaded his brain.

Nikolai glanced up, and found himself looking into Katherine’s startled pale blue eyes.

So, what do you think? Did I convince you to fall in love with Nikolai, even the smallest bit? Tell me what about him appeals to you most and I’ll offer a GIVEAWAY! One commenter will win an ebook of Seduced by the Vampire King! Good luck! And thanks for reading!

Laura Kaye

About Seduced by the Vampire King:
Book 2: Vampire Warrior Kings Series

American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she's instinctively driven to protect him--and feels an undeniable spark of desire.

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion--a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


  1. Mmmmm, he sounds yummy. I love the macho possessive type, in books. LOL There is no way I could handle a guy like that in real life. We'd be constantly fighting and that's not fun.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    1. Agreed! But the fantasy of it... yum! :)

  2. Finished the book yesterday...all I can say is that I wish it hadn't been over so soon. Would love to see you continue both stories in the future.

    1. YAY! Thanks for reading Susan! More to come ;)

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  4. So possessive. I love that he doesn't want Katherine to wear another man's clothes, only his.
    This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the blog tour.

  5. I love reading about vampires and tortured heroes. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  6. Hmmm Nikolai sounds yummy enough. No need to convince me, Laura! Everything about him is appealing enough but I particularly like his skillz *wink* Oh now I cannot wait to read it!

  7. I can't wait to get my copy. I'm feeling Nikolai :).

  8. *Fanning self.* Already in love with the characters in the book just from your description above. Can't wait to read it.

  9. Oh this book sounds HOT!! Definitely going to read this series.

  10. Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. Thanks for kicking off the comments Lisa and Susan! :)

  12. Hmm Nikolai sounds good enough to eat (that's an interesting idea) *grin* Everything about him is quite appealing but I particularly appreciate his skillz *evil grin* Thank you for this fun tour!

  13. What appeals to me most about Nikolai (other than his name) is all 10 of those reasons listed! Loved all the pics too!

  14. Can I just say it all appeals to me? The long hair, tats, all the great skillz.....yum! I can't wait to read this book, I loved the first one of the series. I know that I will love this one too. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  15. OMG!!! He has skills with his fangs. *big sigh* Oh bite me please! And don't get me started with tattoos. I wanna se a pic of those babies. I wanna run my tongue along those tattoo lines. Whew!!! Is it hot in here????
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  16. I love his possessiveness and that he feels so much! My cousin would say it's the golden hair,sapphire eyes, and tattoos!

  17. Omigosh! Love reading about the possessive males who think "Mine!" of the heroine. They are so swoonworthy! Wouldn't mind more excerpts tho I'm quite convinced I would love reading his story. Winning the book would be even better!

  18. Yep, convinced! And you didn't even need 10 reasons to sell me. Fun excerpt!

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunity.

  19. Oh yes! Long hair, tats, possesive and protective,what more could a girl possibly need than a sexy vampire who knows what he's doing.*sigh*

  20. He sounds like a great hero! I've met some heroes with tattooes and I'm always curious as to the story behind them.


  21. I love it!! Can't wait to read!! I love possessive males that just can't help but prove their female will only belong to them!! can't wait!!
    thank for the giveaway!!


  22. Cant wait to read this!! I love reading possessive alphas that NEED to prove to others that their females are taken! =D
    Thanks for the giveaway!!



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