Married To The Vampire King (Blood Bonded Mates Book 2) by Jay Castle

Married to the Vampire King is book 2 in the Blood Bonded Mates series by Jay Castle and it gives us the story of Nathaniel, whom we briefly met in book 1. While Pierce got himself a lovely human mate, Nathaniel has got himself a warlock; One who is in a lot more trouble than he thinks.

From the blurb:

The bad news is that the vampires and witches of this city are all going to kill each other. Meaning that everyone I care about is pretty much doomed. The good news is, I have a plan to stop it. Step one: Marry Nathaniel Bailey, the leader of the city’s vampires. Step two: Make myself into the most enticing bait possible so that the murderous vampire who is actively trying to plunge the whole city into chaos comes after ME next. Step three: Place my life in the hands of my newly minted husband, who probably doesn’t care whether I live or die. What could possibly go wrong?  

From the very first moment I lay eyes on Ethan Solomon, I know he’s my mate. And when he proposes to me less than five minutes after our first meeting, part of an insane plan to broker peace between the witches and the vampires, I accept his proposal without hesitation. Ethan thinks that we’ve entered into a fake marriage. He has no idea how real it is for me. He has no idea how long I have waited for him. And he has no idea that I will stop at nothing until I’ve made him mine.

Married to the Vampire King is a 92,000-word MM paranormal romance novel featuring a potty-mouth warlock with no magic who just wants to protect everyone he cares about, a cinnamon roll of a vampire king who will do anything for his mate, snarky side characters, spicy scenes, a bit of magic, a dash of found family, and a guaranteed happily ever after with no cliffhanger. This is book 2 in the Blood Bonded Mates series. It contains some violence, mentions of death/loss of loved ones, strong language, sexual scenes between men, and passages depicting consensual blood drinking, as one might expect from a male-male vampire romance. This book is intended for mature audiences.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀᴍᴘɪʀᴇ ᴋɪɴɢ - ᴍʏ ʜᴜꜱʙᴀɴᴅ - ᴡᴀꜱ ᴀ ᴄɪɴɴᴀᴍᴏɴ ʀᴏʟʟ. ᴀɴ ᴏᴏᴇʏ-ɢᴏᴏᴇʏ ᴄɪɴɴᴀᴍᴏɴ ʀᴏʟʟ. ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴅʀɪᴘꜱ ꜱᴜɢᴀʀ ᴀʙꜱᴏʟᴜᴛᴇʟʏ ꜰᴜᴄᴋɪɴɢ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴡʜᴇʀᴇ. ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇꜱ ᴀ ʜᴜɢᴇ ᴍᴇꜱꜱ. ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪɴᴅ ʏᴏᴜ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ᴄᴀɴ'ᴛ ꜱᴀʏ ɴᴏ ᴛᴏ ᴀᴛ ᴀʟʟ."

Ethan had a plan. He was going to save his fellow witches from the bloodshed a war between them and the vampires would ultimately cause. His first order of business was to propose marriage to the vampire king Nathaniel. He had no idea why Nathaniel would agree, just that he would. Ethan had many other plans and unfortunately finding out that Nathaniel was his fated mate was not one of them. Kind of puts a damper on his plans to use himself as serial killer bait now doesn't it?

Nathaniel also had a plan. To ease his new husband into their relationship, all while keeping their fated status a secret so as not to spook him. It was actually quite sweet. He wanted Ethan to choose him of his own free will, not because fate dictated it so. Again and again he surprised Ethan with his caring nature. Instead of the ruthless and emotionally unstable monster Ethan was expecting, he got kindness and compassion instead. Ethan also got acceptance, something he had never even gotten from his fellow coven members. It may have taken Ethan a bit to figure out their fated connection, but it sure didn't take long for him to figure out what a catch his new hubby truly was.

The plotline of the book was also interesting. I had a feeling that the person responsible wasn't who they thought it was, but I didn't guess the culprit until most of the pieces fell into place. I enjoyed guessing along the way. We are also introduced to the MCs for the next book and it looks like those two are going to have a tough road ahead of them. I'm looking forward to their story this Summer.

Rogue's Review:

- Paranormal
- Fated Mates
- Fake Marriage
- Virgin MC
- Cinnamon Roll MC

Second in the Blood Bonded Mates series, this is Ethan and Nathaniel's story. Nathaniel is the vampire king of Seattle, and Ethan a witch with seemingly no powers. When Ethan sees a dire prediction for the future, the only way to prevent it is to marry Nathaniel and head off disaster.

I really enjoyed this, I picked it up as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, and some of those characters make a side appearance in this story too. I liked getting to know Ethan and Nathaniel, and while Nathaniel knew right away they were fated, Ethan falls for Nathaniel first before making that realisation, so it's not insta-love which it so often is with fated mates. There's a whole story about a vampire serial killer killing off witches, which is why Ethan turns to Nathaniel in the first place, to unite the factions and stave off disaster. Nathaniel is gone for Ethan the instant they meet, and he's so super protective of everyone around him too, he's definitely not your typical vampire and I loved their story. There's some heat, but not much. Enough so you see the connection between the two grow and change.

There is plenty of scope for stories in this world, and I'm here for it.

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