I feel like I have been waiting for Queen Takes Checkmate by Joely Sue Burkhart my entire life. Okay, maybe that’s excessive but I feel like it’s been a long time. She is such a freaking talented writer I fall in love with every single character each and every time I read one of the books. Like how could I love these people anymore?! She makes it happen! This is book #5 in the ‘Their Vampire Queen’ series. It’s also the BEST book in the series. I’ve said that after I finish every book in this series, but just when you think Joely can’t top her last book she does. They. Are. So. Fucking. Good. Oh! & let’s talk about that cover…. Gahhhhhh all the covers in this series are so freaking gorgeous. I mean they have to be… it’s Shara Fucking Isador. Last living descendant of Isis. SHE IS THE SHIT. Let’s get into it…..
So we are back with Shara and all her guys. You know… Rik, Daire, Guillaume, Mehen, Xin, Itztli, Tlacel, Ezra, Nevarre, and Llewellyn. I literally love them all. We don’t know a huge amount about Llewellyn since he just joined but don’t worry. He’ll have a place in your heart soon. Anyways, Shara has just taken down New York’s Aima Queen, Keisha Skye. Not only did she take her down, she drained her. So now she is this disgusting pile of nasty on the floor. Defeating Keisha and her demon child Tanza, man that child was a thing of nightmares…. Bah… I swear I picture like the grudge girl and the ring girl mixed together. Eek. 😱
Everyone is intact, and all seems to be well. Shara is of course internally freaking out because what the fuck just happened. She almost lost Rik to Tanza the freaky demon child, and everything could have went to hell in a hand-basket and she could have died. All her men could have died. It could have been disastrous. Luckily, it wasn’t because Shara Fucking Isador is a badass who ALWAYS kicks ass. I mean who else could completely drain a queen?! Shara Isador, the Queen of New York biatch. But defeating Keisha doesn’t mean that Shara and her men can just all reunite and have a sexy blood orgy does it?! Of course not.. There are some political ends that need to be tied up. Like Skye Tower is now Isador tower, badass ammirite?! All of Keisha’s Furies (what she called her Blood that consisted of all females), Sibs, and other vampire groupies have to be dealt with. So, Shara has to decide who to take on, who to set free, and who to kill.. PLUS, there is an ancient sun god mummified in the basement. No biggie… 😐
Shara adds some Sibs to her team. Gwen, who’s Blood are guys from the round table *gasp * swoon*. As well as Carys, who has a badass owl that shits all over her 🤢 & has the power to determine the probably of things/actions. Things are looking pretty good. She has to kill some of the less savory characters that were into the super psychotic shit Keisha Skye was into. She also has to make a decision about this new guy she has taken in, Llewellyn. We don’t currently know a lot about him other than he used to be one of her mother’s Blood and that Keisha Skye kept him prisoner, cut out his eyes, and kept a bad over his head. I mean we already feel sorry for the poor fellow, plus he really stepped up with helping Shara defeat Keisha. Weird thing though, he used to have sex with her mom… Soooooo…. Yeah….
Now that Skye Isador Tower has been taken care of we should be able to get back to sexy time with the guys, right?! Well, kinda. We do have some suuuuper sexy scenes. Cuz I mean Joely knows how to write the sexiest scenes known to mankind. Then we also get a NEW Blood. I know what you are thinking, how the hell am I supposed to keep track of a NEW Blood?! There are so many. Well shut your trap, there are never too many 😉 This new Blood also has some qualities that separate her from the rest of the Blood… I know, you are intrigued…
Everything can’t be all sexy time though. I know, cue booing. They also have to get rid of Ra, the sun god who they’ve been trying to get rid of for a couple of books. Plus, he just recently tried to take Xochitl, Mayte’s daughter AKA Queen of Unicorns ❤ This bastard has gots to go. There are a lot of preparations that have to go into taking out Ra because he is a fucking God which means he is obviously hard to kill. Also, there was the deal made with the Goddess, Coatlicue, that in return for the cobra that will help kill Ra that one of Shara’s Blood must die. Dear. God. No. Please. So this whole time I am freaking out trying to figure out who Joely is going to kill off…. PLEASE JOELY, PLEASE DON’T *sob* 😭
This book is so amazing. Like when I finished I didn’t know what to do with myself. How do you move on from something so perfect?! You don’t. You just don’t. So, now I have to decide whether to re-read this one of just go for the long haul and re-read the entire series again. It’s that damn good! Shara is a badass heroine that we all want in our lives. She isn’t whiny or easily pushed over. She is the Queen. She is Shara Fucking Isador. Her men are swoony, hilarious, adorable, badass, sexy, and every wonderful adjective you can think of. I honestly don’t know who I love more. Sometimes it’s Mehen because ahhhh who doesn’t love a stubborn dragon who is actually a softy. Then it’s Ezra because that sexy take no nonsense cursing like a sailor bear is just so fucking hot. Then there are Rik and Daire, the original two. So sexy, protective, and their dynamic with each other and Shara is just… Ah… Swoon. There are all amazing. ALL. This can’t be the last book. It just can’t………… This won’t be the last book.
I’m swooning over here…. Wanna join?!