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Alternative cover edition of ASIN B00XS06OS6Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims toAlternative cover edition of ASIN B00XS06OS6Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…...

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  • Jenny
    2019-02-21 11:51

    I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review.The House of Royals is a start of a new southern vampire series that is unlike any I've read so far. While reading it, I was actually thinking of the series Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and also Sookie Stackhouse. Although the plots are really not the same at all, it just had that dark, mystical, southern kind of feel. The actual concept of the novel and the atmosphere of it was definitely my favorite thing about House of Royals!Basically, Alivia has inherited this huge estate and all this money from a dad she didn't know she had. She moves from Colorado to the little town of Silent Bend, Mississippi. She soon learns that this little town is full of secrets--the biggest being that vampires still exist, and she is part of an ancient line of Royals that run the vampire society.Ian is a vampire fighter, who vows to exact revenge on the vampires that killed his parents, while trying to protect his younger sister. Although he Alivia are sworn enemies, they can't help but be attracted to each other. But their romance has an expiration date: the day Alivia will soon die to rise as Queen of the House of Royals.Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Its a unique concept on vampires. I also really liked both Ian and Alivia, as well as Rath, Alivia's trusted advisor and manager of her estate. I really liked the "Dynasty" aspect to the whole thing as well. I also really liked the setting. I love reading anything that takes place in the South, especially in quiet little towns. There's something almost magical about it. And the world building was very nicely done. I could easily picture the estate and the town.My biggest criticism is the transitioning from scene to scene. It felt like a lot of jumping around, with not much lead in for each scene. I think this may have been a conscience choice of the author's, and after awhile I did get used to the feel of it.Everything else was wonderful. An entertaining story with great characters and lots of action! The ending of this one was beyond amazing! But be forewarned, there is a big cliffhanger, so you will want to have sequel right away!

  • Beth
    2019-02-23 05:29

    House of Royals was a completely new and original vampire story. It was just the right story, exactly when I needed something fresh and new. Something about Taylor's writing style just clicked.I found the pace absolutely perfectly balanced with the story telling. It was a slow builder but all of a sudden I was completely reeled in and had me totally hooked. One of those reads that you want to turn past the last page and find more, or in my case, beg for an ARC of book two House of Pawns to find out what happens nexts. FYI, House of Pawns is coming out December 15, 2015.This was my first read by Keary Taylor but as you can tell it won’t be my last. I received this copy of House of Royals from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a honest review. My Rating: 4 StarsWritten by: Keary TaylorPaperback: 224 pagesPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication Date: June 19, 2015ISBN-10: 1514196271ISBN-13: 978-1514196274Genre: Paranormal RomanceAmazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews and More Check out: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥
    2019-03-21 09:51

    This book got a lot better as it went along. At first I felt a bit disappointed by how familiar it was. Ian was the obvious love interest and it was a bit insta-lovey. But as it went on, their relationship got rather intense and it was beautifully written. I just wish they would have met in difference circumstances so the first part of their relationship hadnt been so dull. A lot also started to happen with Liv and the House and I am now looking forward to book 2.

  • N.N. Light
    2019-03-01 09:35

    I know there have been a lot of vampire romance series since the late 90's but I still love them. In fact, I'm more drawn to them than before. So, when I started reading House of Royals by Keary Taylor, I was extremely impressed by the originality and how it drew me in. The characters and backstory of this southern vampire family kept me reading. Taylor weaves words in hypnotic fashion and I can't wait to read more! My Rating: 4.5 stars

  • Runningrabbit
    2019-03-10 11:48

    Love on the runThis is a great tale with Alivia as a completely likable modern girl who falls in love with tall dark and handsome. The plot is what keeps driving the novel into deeper waters upping and maintaining a good pace. I'm moving right on to the next book.

  • Katie_la_geek
    2019-02-24 12:45

    For this review and more check out my blog I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Sometimes I read a book that just makes me want to cry. Not because it is sad, or because it made me laugh too hard. Sometimes books make me want to cry because I really, really wanted then to be great and instead they ended up being the opposite. This is where I am with House of Royals, I am in a land of bitter disappointment. It wasn't supposed to be like this. I am a fan of Keary Taylor and I thought the description for this book sounded epic yet somehow it all went wrong. I am saddened to say that I didn't like anything about this book.A while back I read a book by Keary Taylor called What I didn't Say. It was a beautiful book full of emotion and gorgeous writing. I feel like The House of Royals is the complete opposite. It had none of the magic I found in What I Didn't Say.I thought this book was all over the place. I found the writing stale and confusing. I felt like nothing was explained properly and that not enough time was given to important things. The time line jumped constantly, in the middle section of the book it felt like you couldn't read a paragraph without it jumping forward two weeks. This utterly devastated the romance and gave it no real chance to grow. On top of that I found the whole thing boring.Unfortunately the characters were no better. There was nothing to them, no real personality. The romance lacked chemistry, structure and sparks of any kind. I could go on but I don't really want to. It really upsets me to write such a scathing review of a book written by an author I truly respect.

  • Courtney
    2019-02-25 13:27

    I don't even know where to start with this review. I have attempted writing this review at least a dozen times and every time, my only thoughts are, HOLY SHIT, I need more NOW!!!"Sometimes fate deals you the horrible and the incredible. We can't run from either."House of Royal is very distinct and well written vampire story. Yes - there are many stories about vampires and every author has a different take on them. However, it's Keary's writing and brilliant mind that makes her story stand out and keeps you intrigued.I will try my best to not give anything away because the story is just that enthralling and entertaining. Alivia is new to Silent Bend and is learning all the historical roots of the town. Ian has lived there his whole life and does he best to make sure that Alivia is aware of everything and everyone around them. But Alivia is a very strong-minded woman and doesn't take anything lying down. Things slowly unfold and when Alivia decides to put to meet fate head on, things really go awry. "You've taken and taken," I say, completely calm and collected. "And now, I promise that I will take from you what you love most."Keary does a phenomenal job of building up this story and explaining the history of the House of Royals. The characters all play important roles in this story and without them, everything would fall apart. Keary weaves every intricate detail perfectly into the story and pulls you further and further under her spell. Once you start this book, you will find yourself, hours later entrapped in this life of vampires and not wanting to escape it. For some, the book will start off kind of slow, but trust me when I say, please keep reading. The plot with thicken and you will be grateful for Keary's attention to the details.All in all - fantastic book. This is why Keary has so many dedicated fans. She is able to take a simple take on vampires and make it become an engrossing story that will have you begging for more.

  • Hetal
    2019-03-15 05:46

    Received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I was so ready to read this book. SO EXCITED for this new adult book about the paranormal, and it did not deliver. This reads like it's made for a 15 year old first learning about love."he'd called me that [sweetheart] twice now."Are you kidding me? Why are you excited main character whose name I can't even bother to remember. Is this something I really need to care about? She's falling for him within the first day she meets him, but makes it sounds like she's known him for a while. She talks about how "slowly" he is growing on her...it hasn't even been a full day, in fact. How can he be SLOWLY growing on you in a day. STOP. I just couldn't take it. Aside from the romance, the information about her new role in society was poorly executed and didn't have a feeling of realism to it. Essentially Butler and hot boy explain it to her and she's like "Omg this can't be. Okay. I guess I'm staying with swoon-worthy boy who I don't trust yet (for the first 3 hours only) even though I JUST GOT TO MY NEW HOUSE. TODAY." Just...don't read this if you like a book with a backbone, setting, plot, and realistic 3-dimensional characters.

  • kariny
    2019-02-23 05:22

    *i received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*Alivia, a normal girl discovers that she has inherited an estate in a town from her recently deceased father. She does not expect an enormous mansion with cooks, maids, a butler and chandeliers. Having never known she had a father, Alivia is desperate to know the man who has left her his house but when her research leads her to an old macabre scene, she discovers that her father was not the man she expected him to be. He was feared, and as she soon discovers, not a human, Alivia has not yet become a vampire but the house of vampires her father should have ruled wants to claim her, while she has to keep her feelings at bay for the hot vampire hunter who will soon become her enemy.I'm going to give you a quick background info on the houses and all. So basically you have a king vampire and he had sons and they had sons etc...some of them went evil and they were killed. Now the houses are each ruled by a royal-a descendant of the king himself. The house of vampires at Silent Bend doesn't have a royal as a ruler so they've been kind of shunned by their society and disgraced. Alivia's father who should have ruled the house wanted nothing to do with them.This is one of the most unique and entertaining books i've ever read about vampires. You've got this power struggle within the houses and with others. A ruthless king who's searching for his dead queen that resurrects once in a while. You've got so many things going on but not in an overwhelming way-it just made the story so much richer. There were myths and legends and a very in depth history that really made you realize that this wold of vampire politics runs deep.I really liked Alivia, she was brave and a little reckless but sweet and determined. Ian was a pretty badass hunter and quite cocky but sometimes the author would portray him as sweet, innocent and vulnerable, I also really enjoyed Rath's character and the fatherly relationship he has going on with Alivia.The house that Alivia should rule is one of the most fascinating factors of the book. You've got the ruler, Jasmine, who is not a royal but wants a royal to claim the house without her giving up her position. Talk about power thirsty! Then you have some other members, all unique and vicious. And they all hate Alivia! It will be interesting to see if she will be able to win them over.My only problem with the book was that it was predictable, even the ending was. I would have liked some more twists or surprises...and also i wish we had a little more on the King and his search for his resurrected queen. I get that this book focuses more on the royal claiming a house part and i'm guessing the second book will explore more of the king part. I really hope we get to meet him, he sounds super scary and powerful!A very enjoyable read if you're into vampires and royals!

  • Hannah
    2019-02-21 13:30

    This was a quick and enjoyable read. If you are into vampires I would recommend this book to you. Alivia finds out who and what her dad really was. She then moves to his plantation after inheriting all of his things. She goes from broke to excessively rich. However, it comes with a price. Alivia spends the book coming to terms with it and embraces who she is meant to be.

  • Angela
    2019-02-23 07:22

    2 December 2015: $0.00 FREE on Kindle

  • Kei • lovelypagesreviews •
    2019-03-11 09:45

    3 stars!Slow paced book that focused mainly on the characters rather than the action, I needed more vampires tbh. It was a nice introduction to the series though.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-10 06:40

    This book was surprisingly good. I actually found myself gripped by it and struggled to put it down at times. The main character is Alivia Ryan a seemingly normal girl who finds out in her fathers will that she is very rich and ends up moving to the small town to live in the mansion he owned. There she learns the true secret of her father and ends up being thrown into the world of vampires and vampire hunters. The most noteworthy secondary character is Ian, the hot as hell vampire hunter who protects Alivia even though she is going to turn into his nightmare. The storyline is excellent and completely not what I was expecting. The pacing is very good and I look forward to reading the other books in the series. 4 stars

  • Marilyn Almodóvar
    2019-03-14 13:39

    This is a Review for a copy of the audio version of House of Royals by Keary Taylor4 StarsI picked this audiobook after it popped a few times in my Facebook newsfeed. I wasn’t really in the mood for vampires, but something about the blurb struck a chord with me and so I took the plunge. The first thing I have to say is that I’ll ignore the fact that I listened to the audio book and instead I’ll concentrate on the story and Ms. Taylor’s great world building. Otherwise I would have given this book 3 stars. I don’t know if you have audio book samples through Audible, if you do, I encourage you to listen to the people narrating the books before you buy copies. I wish I could have done so before buying the audiobook for House of Royal. House of Royals is the story of Alivia Ryan. After a man who claims to be her father dies, she inherits Conrath Plantation. The plantation is in a town called Silent Bend, Mississippi. The town has its history and skeletons, and the locals know not to go out after dark and the police never looks into crimes involving blood. Once she arrives at Silent Bend, a man called Ian Ward tries to kill her, but later, after getting to know her, he insists that she most learn to defend herself so he trains her. Why should she learn to defend herself? Because the House might try to manipulate her for their own political reasons and she could be hurt in the process. I really liked Ms. Taylor world building. A powerful vampire called Jasmin is in charge of the House; however, it should be Liv, since her father was at one point the man in charge. Liv is after all a born vampire Princess. However, she’s reluctant to get involved. Part of the world building is the different kinds of vampires, born versus bitten. These were a welcomed addition in a genre where it seems that we go for only bitten vampires or born and hardly mix the two. I liked that there were clear differences between both species, and that those differences were never in conflict during the story.The relationship between Liv and Ian progressed slowly. It felt as if the characters were taking their time and trying to assess their feelings before actually jumping in the whole can’t live without you plot, that so many books seem to have nowadays. I quite liked that Liv doesn’t label Ian as her boyfriend straight away, and instead wonders what to call him. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, which are out now, especially after that cliffhanger. 

  • Candice
    2019-02-22 07:29

    Oh. My. Lord!!! First off....I had a bit of trouble getting into this book. But it really had nothing to do with the boo k itself. I've been on a rom-com kick lately and just had a bit of trouble getting into the paranormal vibe when I started reading this one. However..........Once I was a few chapters in, I could not put this book down. What started with a slow start, finished all too quickly. Keary Taylor is an amazing author and I have not yet read a book by her that I didn't love. Her writing is descriptive enough for you to get a mental image of what you're reading, but not so descriptive that it takes away from the writing itself. So. House of Royals. It's a vampire story. It's a love story. It's a story about betrayal and revenge. Alivia has just inherited her father's estate; the father she was never able to meet. She has left her home in Colorado and moved into her father's mansion in Silent Bend. She's trying to get to know who her father was. Silent Bend seems like a small, sleepy little town, but Alivia soon learns that it's not as quiet as she first thought. She is almost immediately thrust into a brand new world, a world she didn't even know existed outside of books and movies. She meets a guy named Ian pretty soon after her arrival in the small town. With Ian and Rath's guidance (Rath is/was her father's servant/best friend/estate handler), Alivia is able to navigate her new world. Until she learns of The House.....The House is a group of vampires. They all live together. The House wants to claim Alivia as one of their own to garner respect and finances from the vampire King Cyrus. The House in Silent Bend has been shamed because they have no royal to lead them. This is why they want Alivia. Her father Hentry was a royal, therefore, Alivia too, is a royal. The House sees her as an opportunity. Alivia herself just wants to live her life, but she knows she will never again have the normal life she had before moving to this supernatural little town. Alivia decides to take fate into her own hands and makes a deal with the house leader Jasmine. What Alivia doesn't realize is that Jasmine will do whatever it takes to keep her throne as leader of the House. This book ends in a cliff hanger. Which was horrible!!! I mean....it was a great cliff hanger, but really?!?! I NEED to know what happens next. So.....I'm off to start book 2! The rest of you......should definitely read this book if you haven't already.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-01 12:50

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity. If you are a fan of The Originals, Buffy, Beautiful Creatures or Twilight you must read this book! House of Royals was unique and different but still had undertones of all my favorite paranormal shows and books. Alivia, our main character, is 22 years old and has been on her own since her mother died tragically when Alivia was 19. One day she gets a call saying her father, whom she has never known, has recently passed away and she is the sole heir of his estate. She ventures to Mississippi only to find that her father has left her a mansion and she’s basically a princess. In this small sleepy southern town you wouldn’t expect things to go awry, but they quickly do. Alivia is attacked and the chaos begins. She discovers she is actually vampire royalty and won’t transition until after she’s been killed. The House wants her crown and a handsome young vampire hunter named Ian wants to help her but he also knows that eventually he’ll have to but a stake through her heart. I had so much fun reading this book. Alivia is such a strong character, I love that she doesn’t back down from a challenge. People are trying to kill her and manipulate her but she keeps on living life. At one point she even takes a job at a bakery even though there is a target on her back and she’s so rich she doesn’t have to work. I love that she is so spunky. Rath and Ian (oh my heart) were both such great characters as well. In fact all the characters in this book were really well developed and even though there were quite a few people in this novel none of them really blurred together because they were so well written. Another great thing about House of Royals is that it has a lot of POC representations. The only “con” I can see with this book is that I wish the plot had been a little bit tighter considering it’s such a short novels. I felt like those little details needed more of a spotlight on them. But one thing I did love about this book was the back story of Henry, Elijah, their family and their roots in the south. The southern gothic feel of this book was perfect. As for the ending I was hoping and praying it would end the way it did. If it didn’t I would have been so sad haha. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book!!

  • Laura Greenwood
    2019-03-12 05:37

    http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Title: House of Royals Series: House of Royals (#1) Author: Keary Taylor From: Netgalley Genre: Urban Fantasy, ParanormalRelease Date: 21st June 2015Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss ChallengeLinks: Goodreads - AmazonWhen Alivia finds out she has inherited a mansion from the father she never knew, she didn't expect to be thrown into such a dramatically different world. Not only does she have to get used to living in the South but she learns that Vampires are real, and that one day she is destined to become one. To make matters worse she finds herself attracted to a man that tried to kill her the first time they met, and is a sworn enemy of vampires everywhere...MORE! Please! I finished this book and had to sit down for a moment. Somewhere between a quarter of the way through and the end it completely grabbed me and now has me anxious to find out what happens next. On top of that was the ending. Normally I'm not a massive fan on predictable twists, and with this one I guessed it right, but still felt really happy about it (though obviously it will make things complicated for the characters). There was also a chapter or two where I was devastated and second guessing myself too. I loved the different take on Vampire lore that House of Royals seemed to take. Vampires are such a done subject now (says someone who writes about vampires herself) that having something that sets a book apart from the others is a good thing, and House of Royals certainly had that. I'm still curious, mostly about how the Bitten work as opposed to the Born (really most of the characters are Born so more is known about them). Ian and Alivia's relationship was actually quite subtle. I mean there was no doubt that it was there, and the chemistry between them was great, but I meant that it wasn't thrown in the reader's face. There was way more going on than the two of them, though they were a strong part of the story. I also liked the politics that was creeping in. It's clear that book 2 will be even stronger in that department, but I do enjoy a complex plot and I do find that they are quite difficult to find in the urban fantasy/paranormal genre sometimes. I loved this book, and I'm sure I'll love the next one, I'm certainly looking forward to finding out!

  • Michelle
    2019-02-28 13:45

    I not only have a love/dislike relationship with this author, (Loved some of her books, disliked some) I also am not a fan of vampire novels so when I got this book I was excited and hesitant all at the same time. Well there was no need to be hesitant as I freaking loved this book. Here's why..The writing was absolutely beautiful. I loved all the details and descriptions and truly felt like I was there in this world.The characters were interesting and I loved every single one of them whether good or bad. The way the vampires worked and how they became was a very interesting take which is also refreshing considering most of them are usually cliche.So the book starts out with Alivia Ryan moving in to her new home that she has recently inherited from a father she didn't know she had. While there she meets the staff which includes a butler by the name of Rath. Although most of the staff are afraid of her (the reason is unknown to Alivia at the time), Rath feels sad for her even though he doesn't quite know what to think. One night she decides to get out of the house and explore the new town. She begins to feel something isn't right in this quiet sleepy town when she receives a text from Rath telling her to be home before dark and a lady comes out of her house asking Alivia if she had a death wish. She chalks it up to being treated like a child until she is attacked. Unfortunately to tell you what happens next is giving the story away but she meets a man named Ian Ward and from then on her life becomes very different. She learns the story of her past and just what exactly her inheritance entails. While the story does drag at times it doesn't take long to get back in to the good stuff. It has a decent amount of action and I really enjoyed the vampire lore in this story. If you are a fan of Keary and vampires you will love this, if you are not a fan of Keary or vampires I still believe you will like this. It sucks you in right from the very beginning and keeps on holding tight til the end.Thank you so much Ms. Taylor for this Arc and for proving to me that vampire novels can indeed be fun and entertaining.I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Roxana
    2019-03-09 07:39

    I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.I have read every single one of Keary Taylor’s books, and I can honestly say that I absolutely LOVE her work. I love her writing style and her character development.We immediately meet Alivia Ryan as she’s had to move her entire life to the small town of Silent Bend, Mississippi. She’s introduced to a whole new world where nothing is at it seems. What she does know is that the town is creepy and eerie and no one likes her, but that’s because of her families’ history in that town.We also meet Ian Ward, who happens to try and kill Alivia the very first time that they meet. The circumstances under which they meet are very interesting and scary. He’s young and handsome, and did I mention single?The chemistry between Alivia and Ian is beautiful and what they develop is even better. It’s such a sweet bitter moment/relationship for them because of who they are and what they will be, especially to each other in the near future. The time and moments that they do have together are amazing and I love that they are both willing to set aside everything else to have each other, for the time being.She does a great job of describing and giving us the story line, enough that I was able to picture everything that Alivia was experiencing. I think that she does a great job at giving us a paranormal story. And the fact that it deals with Vampires, um yes please. I enjoyed the twists that were laid out for us while reading this.We get to meet some other interesting characters, like Rath, her late fathers’ loyal servant. I’m still trying to figure out what the deal is with him. Hopefully we’ll be able to learn more about him in the next book. But the main ones and probably more important, other than Alivia and Ian are the Vamps that live in the House of Royals.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I do have to say that the ending was something that I did NOT expect. My brain was trying to come up with things to make this right, hopefully I’m not too far off. Thank you Keary for the opportunity of reading this story! You’ve done it again!

  • Angie
    2019-03-07 12:27

    We kiss like there's no tomorrow, which there isn't.This is it.This is the end of Ian and Alivia.This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! This is my first novel by Keary Taylor, and I just happened upon it while perusing the Goodreads Firstreads giveaways. For some reason, it caught my attention, and I just had to have it. I downloaded it as soon as I could and started reading it right after. And I was NOT disappointed! This novel was a whirlwind of emotions. Yes, I know the vampire genre has sort of been overdone and drawn out, but this book still managed to be unique and tread its own path in the vampire world. I was interested, a little confused (which is good because it keeps me reading), and in the end definitely hooked. My romance-loving bug was also very happy.But then, that happened, and I was an absolute mess. Like a complete mess.But then, you know.... THAT CLIFFHANGER!I came into this novel with pretty high expectations. I was so excited to win the Firstreads giveaway--which has not come true as of now btw--just so I could read it like now. Nevertheless, it absolutely surpassed my expectations, and I CANNOT WAIT TILL BOOK TWO.

  • Jennifer Shiels
    2019-03-16 09:23

    This was a pretty good book. Alivia Ryan grew up with a single mother and living in Colorado. When she was 19 years old, her mother was killed by a girl texting on her phone. She never knew her father but only knew that he was a man her mother met at a party and had a one night stand. She finds out that her father passed away and she's rich. She moves to Mississippi to his mansion and the small town he lived in. The people that work in the mansion will not look her in the eyes and they seem to fear her. The people in the town aren't much better. She is attacked one night and meets Ian Ward. He's gorgeous but he has very sad eyes. He's an EMT but he hunts vampires and tries to keep his family and town safe. His parents were murdered by vampires when he was 10 years old. Alivia's life is changed completely when she moves to South Bend. It is a completely different world than she is used to. She didn't know vampires existed and that her father was one. Ian is gorgeous and she can't help but be attracted to him. They are supposed to be enemies but it doesn't feel like that. Ian didn't really get to experience much of a childhood. He lost his parents at a pretty young age but they continually fought while alive. He feels a need to protect his younger sister and grandmother. He's trying to help people against vampires but also working as an EMT. He feels this strong pull and need for Alivia. He can't stay away from her. Worth reading.

  • The BookWhisperer
    2019-03-19 07:37

    It has been quite some time since I have encountered a book with such a story. I love these types of adventures that will swallow you into the story line, and play out in your mind like your favorite movie. House of Royals is just that kind of book. Honestly, isn't every story that I have had the pleasure of experiencing from Ms. Keary Taylor, but this one quietly just slipped into the number one spot on my list. The carefully crafted story here is detailed precisely building a story of mystery and intrigue. Alivia is discovering a whole new world, but yet it is one that some could say she was born to rule literally and figuratively. The perfection of her personality with this role is amazing. The curious mind that she harbors will lead her straight down the dark and sinister hole of betrayal, but I think it was an excellent set up to pull her into the leader role. This journey is just beginning, and I have no doubt the novels to come will prove we have only glimpsed the tip of the wonders in store. Keary Taylor has really outdone herself with this one, and just sealed her series as the top of my most anticipated to read list. House of Pawns is due out shortly, and I can safely assume I will have to be one of the first to review. Be on the lookout for more, or better yet quit reading this and go buy this book. You Won't Be Sorry!!!!!~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

  • Gemma Ironside
    2019-03-05 08:52

    Someone recommended House of Royals to me, knowing I have a love for anything vampires and it’s safe to say this book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the unique take on vampirism and the way that Keary carefully builds the story based on the history of the vampires and the town.I love Alivia’s strong female character and how doesn’t allow the target on her back to stop her from living her life or getting the man she wants. She doesn’t allow the house to manipulate her, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. No matter the danger.For me I think my favourite part of the book has to be the ending it was so tense and full of suspense, there is a great cliffhanger which I’m sure has left many with a book hangover. It made me super excited to start the next book, eager to know what happened.Overall I really enjoyed this book and have given it a five-star rating. I have also already begun recommending it to other people. This book is full of politics and vampire hierarchy and takes you on a great journey of a new vampire world. If you enjoy young adult and vampire then this book is definitely for you.

  • Andrea Heltsley
    2019-02-25 08:31

    I enjoyed this author's previous angel series, so when this book came out, I instantly one-clicked it on Amazon. I'm glad I got this book. It was good. There were some things that happened in the book you can see coming, but the end was a total plot twist that left me craving the sequel. I have to know what happens next! I mean, vampires! Vampire hunters! Rogue vampires, and bitchy vampires! What could be better than that?I am giving this book five glittery stars for being a great book and a total surprise for me.I will be stalking this author until she produces the sequel!

  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    2019-03-01 08:44

    DNF. Not sure what it was, but I just couldn't really get into this one. Started off strong, but then it took a turn. I am not rating it because I am not 100% sure I want to give up on it. I plan to try it again another time. Could be my mood.... *shrug*

  • Sara
    2019-02-27 08:43

    A bit different and satisfying than other vampire books. Glad I picked this up, or downloaded it :) And I was not expecting the ending, so I am on to book two now.

  • Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
    2019-02-22 10:36

    Bored me to tears.

  • Asia
    2019-02-27 07:50

    Interesting and what a plot twist!

  • Rae Sontheyon
    2019-02-25 09:31

    Vampire Royals, Politics, and Secrets. . . Didn't know what to expect when reading yet another vampire book, but this one was a good one. The main character is in a unique situation and has to play in the dangerous games of vampire politics that will always end with someones death. Having the world be about more than just vampires vs. humans is an interesting twist that adds a whole new layer of complexity that pulls you in and makes you want to read more.Recently bestowed an estate in Mississippi after the death of her unknown father, Alivia Ryan, leaves Colorado to start a new life in Silent Bend. Once in town Alivia begins to uncover the secret the place holds and the dark history she inherited. Alivia decides to take on the problems of the town with the help of the local vampire slayer, Ian Ward, and her loyal estate caretaker, Rath, even if that means inciting the wrath of The House. The biggest unspoken secret of Silent Bend is The House, a group of born vampires who without a Royal are left to rule the town in disgrace. But with the arrival of Alivia and surprise attacks by seemingly rogue bitten, things are about to change forever in Silent Bend.Overall, good book with a strong female lead. That was one thing I really loved about this book, most of the times in vampire books the female protagonist is rather weak and lead by her male counterpart. However, in this story Alivia is strong willed and full of purpose; once she knows who and what she is she decides what to do not letting others dictate her life. Making me say, You Go Girl! Now my only issues with the book were a few plot points which seemed out of place and would stop the flow of the story at times. The scenes did make sense eventually, but could have been placed better for plot structure. The other issue was the relationship between Alivia and Ian, it was stagnant for 1/3 of the book then intense. I never really understood Ian until all of a sudden he spills his guts to Alivia, then they just seemed to click. And they click in the most beautiful Romeo-Juliet way or I should say Buffy-Angel way. So if you are ready to read a book spotlighting a girl entering a world of vampires where she must play into a game of royal politics in a small town in hopes of saving everyone she holds dear; Than this book and series looks like a good one, I know I'm hooked.**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**------Read more of my reviews at: http://heyitwasfree.blogspot.com/------

  • Mary Strunk
    2019-03-07 06:40

    **New author alert** This is the first book I've read by the author and I wasn't disappointed. The author writes a really good plot from the beginning till the end. There is no HEA in this book and man what a cliffhanger but it's so worth it. I really enjoyed reading this book and love how the author makes you feel a connection with the characters. This vampire read is like no other and totally different then what I've read before.Alivia doesn't know who her father is or anything about him but after receiving a message to come to his home after he passed, she does just that. When she arrives at the house, the staff looks at her with fear in her eyes and she doesn't understand why. Rath who has been with her father for a very long time will help her the best he can. Ian tries to kill her but then he saves her. Now, she has Rath and Ian to help her learn everything. She goes with Ian and learns some history and fighting skills and the more time she spends with Ian, the more she connects with him. Ian has been a vampire slayer for a few years and one night he's out he sees Alivia get attacked. He decides that he is going to kill her but then after he realizes who she is, he saves her. Ian decides that he will help Alivia with anything he can and also teach her. He fills her in on some history about her father and place she lives along with history of himself. Ian can't stay away from her and he decides to let her know that and also that he is banned from the royal's. Alivia & Ian will take you on one heck of a journey. You'll have different emotions go through you and all the betrayal, hurt and much more happen. This book will keep you on your toes and you'll want to finish the book. You'll learn about Born vs Bitten and The King. You'll experience what it means to be Royal and what all comes with being a Royal.Great job to the author and I look forward to reading more in this series. I need the next book like now. I highly recommend.Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon An Alpha