While a standard male nymph can have every woman in his presence panting for him in minutes; Valerian, King of the Nymphs can have them on their knees begging for him in seconds, his potent sexual allure irresistible to females of all races in Atlantis. Yet a nymph has one weakness; without regular sex he will fade and weaken, no matter how mighty a warrior he may be. Under normal circumstances a lack of female attention would not be a problem; however their own women have disappeared and others hide from them, unwilling to be placed under the sexual compulsion of a nymph. Having conquered a dragon palace, Valerian requires his men strong to defend the first home the wandering nymphs have ever held, and to replenish their strength they need women. Breaking strict Atlantean law by using the dragon's portal to enter the surface world, Valerian and his warriors plan to steal human females to appease their sexual needs.
Cynical Shaye Holling is attending her mother's 6th wedding when a group of hunky underdressed and absolutely gorgeous men rise from the sea and gatecrash the party. Pretty much every woman present (including her mother) appears under some sort of sexual spell, and all the single women present merrily follow these men into the sea, except Shaye and another woman named Brenna. Unfortunately Shaye doesn't have a chance. The moment Valerian catches sight of her he knows she is his destined mate; as the only woman he will forsake all others for, Valerian has no intention of returning to Atlantis without her. Forgotten are his thoughts of never wanting to find his mate and assuming one woman could never satisfy him for more than one night; however Shaye appears immune to both his potent looks and alluring Nymph fragrance. For the first time ever, Valerian finds himself having to woo a woman unprepared to swoon at his feet as all others have done.
I wasn't sure I would like Valerian, after all how arrogant can you get faced with every female you ever met never saying no and women hanging off you like leeches, desperate for your slightest attention? Luckily Valerian slowly begins to realise that he wants to get to know Shaye and earn her love, and not just use her to replenish his strength. Shaye in turn wants to believe that Valerian is totally committed to her, yet she's constantly running into women praising his sexual expertise. She may present a calm and cool demeanour; however she too is far from immune to Valerian and knows it is only a matter of time before she succumbs to his sexual charm.
GS's 3rd foray into the world of Atlantis is as magical and exciting as its predecessors "Heart of the Dragon" and "Jewel of Atlantis". Again this author has produced a mesmerising romance with plenty of action, suspense and battles. With the assistance of the vampires, Valerian and his warriors are able to repel the dragons attack; yet a greater danger threatens when they find themselves facing the wrath of Poseidon for allowing humans to enter Atlantis. With an angry God intent on returning all the human women to the surface world with their memories of Atlantis erased, the chances of a successful relationship appear bleak.