Lady Elyssa Amaterasu Yamato Wentworth is a half-Japanese, half-elf, half-uncle thousand-year-old vampire queen who takes on Jacob, a bad-ass ex-vampire hunter, as her bodyguard/boy toy. (Her Japanese and elf heritage is mentioned but doesn’t really come up beyond that, which is probably just as well.)

Like many things sexual, this is completely ridiculous but also pretty hot if you’re into it, and solely ridiculous if you’re not. I like reading about sexually dominant women having creative sex with men who are personally assertive but sexually submissive, which, at least within professionally written erotica, seems to be very much a minority taste. In fact Joey Hill is the only writer I’ve found who writes that. However, I don’t actually read that much erotica, so there may be much more out there that I’m not aware of. (If so, please rec it. I plan to buy [personal profile] oracne's The Duke & the Pirate Queen and/or The Moonlight Mistress
on my next Amazon run - will those suit?)

While the cracktastic A Witch’s Beauty, the one with the male angel with two-colored blood, the tentacled demon mermaid whose trauma was being eaten by fish, and the zombie dinosaur apocalypse, was readable as a novel apart from the sex, this one is pretty much wall-to-wall sex: bondage, telekinetic masturbation, CBT (the kind that isn’t cognitive-behavioral therapy – I was squicked by that and skimmed madly), “you must have sex with my vampire pals’ female servants on top of the dining room table while we all watch,” three-second refractory periods, in a mall fountain, on a sofa, on the forest floor, onna stick, etc.

I wasn’t that into Jacob, though I did like Lyssa – but then I was much more into the mermaid than the angel in the other Hill book I read, so Hill may just be better at female characters. And while I can’t say that the prose would win any prizes, Hill at least did not write here that “desire festered in his balls,” which puts the prose a huge cut above that other book of hers, which did have that line on page three, and which forever prevented me from reading any further.

What can I say? This is porn, porn, and nothing but porn. But if you’re in the mood for porn, and this is the sort of porn you like, you could do a whole lot worse.

The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen, Book 1)
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From: [personal profile] dragovianknight

Right. So. Your entire review was blasted out of my brain my the image of festering balls. DO NOT WANT.
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From: [personal profile] inkstone

Joey Hill is pretty much the only erotica writer I can read.
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From: [personal profile] snarp

Lady Elyssa Amaterasu Yamato Wentworth

That name is so bad that I just completely forgot how to speak Japanese. Unrelatedly, I henceforth wish be referred to as Duchess Nadeshiko Yankee Doodle Washington Ohtori.

Hill at least did not write here that “desire festered in his balls,” which puts the prose a huge cut above that other book of hers, which did have that line on page three, and which forever prevented me from reading any further.

Are you completely sure that this is not Anne Bishop experimenting with a new genre under a pen name?

From: [personal profile] vito_excalibur

Words cannot express how much I love you right now.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

BWAHAHAHA you read it! I haven't been able to get into it because of prose issues and Elyssa Amaterasu Yamato Wentworth, really?!

Natural Law has less ridiculous names, a terrible serial killer plot, and a very psychologically driven plot about a female Domme and male sub, in which the Domme is basically trying to break the guy down (uh, in a non-harmful way).

Am now compiling post for more women on top in romance!
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From: [personal profile] oyceter

There are more! Sadly, not a lot more, and mostly with qualifications, but there is a bit more.

(writing post now!)

From: [identity profile]

desire festered in his balls

I prescribe a 14-day course of Cipro.

From: [identity profile]

LOL--it might require a slightly longer treatment period, depending on how bad the desire is.

From: [identity profile]

"I'm sorry, sir, but it looks like you have some badly impacted desire in your balls. I'm going to put you on a month-long course of Cipro, but if that doesn't clear things up, we may have to consider surgery."

From: [identity profile]

This has been an excerpt from The Adventures of Dr. Kleine[*], Romance Novel Urologist.

[*]Pronounced "clean."

From: [identity profile]

An LJ person wrote The Duke and the Pirate Queen? Awesome. My dad picked up a postcard for that book at Readercon because the postcard was so lush. I spent quite some time looking at all the details.

... which has nothing to do with the book, I realize, just the cover. And I guess it isn't surprising that a book whose postcard you pick up at Readercon is written by a person who's also on LJ.

... this amazing coincidence suddenly seems mundane.

From: [identity profile]

She has the most insanely awesome cover luck. All the postcards and coverflats are amazing.

From: [identity profile]

It's so *warm* and so full of *stuff*

It makes me think of the song Bandit Queen, by the Decemberists.

From: [identity profile]

It's ME! And I am on LJ!

I was wondering if anybody had picked up freebies at Readercon...I couldn't tell when I gathered up the leftovers. So now I know!

From: [identity profile]

You, whom I recognize by the turtle icon! Well, yes indeed, my dad picked it up, and it was on his kitchen window sill for quite a while ^_^

From: [identity profile]

Life would be easier if we all went around with our LJ icons over our faces.

From: [identity profile]

Haha! Except I use like fifty-thousand :D

(But yes, I know what you mean--I agree!)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer

I'm having trouble getting over that vampire's name ...
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer

And the world thanks you.

I don't know if *I* do, but the world, yes.


From: [identity profile]

Hmm, so far as dominant females go, I'd choose THE DUKE & THE PIRATE QUEEN. Sylvie has a subplot.

But THE MOONLIGHT MISTRESS has frottage in a muddy shell hole and sodomy NOT in a muddy shell hole.

From: [identity profile]

Tempting! (I have always loved the word frottage. Some day I will manage to drop it into a conversation.)

From: [identity profile]

Saying "frottage in a muddy shell hole" gives me great joy.

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