Coming-of-age Story, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance


  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


On the night of the blood moon, the Vampire Lord must die.

Floriane’s position as the forge maiden of Hunter’s Hamlet is one of reverence, for it is her skill that arms and protects the vampire hunters. She knows her place and is a faithful servant to the Master Hunter and her community…until the night of the blood moon. Until her brother is dying at the hands of the Vampire Lord Ruvan. 

Wanting to defend her home at all costs, Floriane fights the vampire lord, ready to give her life if it means taking his. But Ruvan doesn’t want to take her life…he wants her.

Kidnapped and brought to the vampire castle, Floriane is now blood sworn to the vampire lord. She is bound in mind and body to her worst enemy. But Ruvan isn’t the fiend she thought he was. She learns the truth of the vampires: They are not mindless monsters, but a proud people, twisted and tortured by an ancient curse.

Ruvan believes that Floriane might be the key to ending his people’s suffering. All Floriane wants is to defend her home. Loyalties are tested and the line between truth and lie is blurred.

When her dagger is at his chest, will she be able to take the heart of the man who has claimed hers?


Yes, it is time for another of my guilty pleasures—fantasy romance novels written by Elise Kova. If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know I’ve read every book in this series so far. I have no regrets.

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about this one. The protagonist, Floriane, is a blacksmith. My dad has done some blacksmithing, and now my husband has his own forge and is obsessed with the show, FORGED IN FIRE. I was so nervous that my prior knowledge would not allow me to suspend my disbelief, but Kova has clearly done her homework. At the very least, she knows the process enough to write about it, and that is awesome.

Another thing that surprised me about this book was the surplus of action. The other two books in this series had some action scenes, sure, but this book hinged on those action scenes. Honestly, there were more action scenes than romance scenes, and that made me quite happy.

Speaking of romance, I’ve not read any enemies to lovers romance novels until this month (starting with Kiss Curse and ending with this novel). I’m surprised to find I’m a fan because I’ve never found the concept realistic. Given, I’ve lived my life with only one enemy, and he was the epitome of evil. 

Ruvan and Floriane were both like-able main characters, and I was happy to root for them. The romance was hot when it needed to be but also heartbreaking. If you’re in the mood for some escapism, I strongly suggest this series. 


6 thoughts on “Kayla Reviews DUEL WITH THE VAMPIRE LORD”

  1. I like the show “Forged in Fire” too. Lol. This sounds like a good fantasy romance, Kayla, though I don’t think I could ever forgive, let alone fall for, the person who killed my brother. Did that seem believable to you?


    1. But of a spoiler alert here: he didn’t kill her brother. In fact, the reason behind the whole vampire vs. human war ends up being a lot more complicated. The author does a good job of creating a protagonist who-quite slowly-comes to the realization that things aren’t as black and white as she originally thought.

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