Wednesday, November 20, 2019

REVIEW: The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan

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“This is the future of romance.” -- Adriana Herrera, author of the Dreamers series

The Rebel King, the powerful conclusion to the All The King’s Men Duet, from USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Ryan,

is available now!



I've been an original ride or die Kennedy Ryan fan and it's been exciting to see her successes through the years. I have no right to feel like a proud mama because I've done nothing to be proud of... but to see someone I consider a friend continue to not just grow her audience, but to win awards and write these epic issue-driven novels and series in a romance community that's only now becoming more diverse it's just so dang gratifying.


As an early reader of The Rebel I can tell you that this novel is one you're going to love. It picks up right where Kingmaker ends and is a total page turner. The various subplots are all continued and are all resolved by the time you reach "the end" and the HEA just feels exactly right for Nix and Maxim..and the sexy times?! LAWD the're gonna be hot when reading these two.

But more than all of that, let me tell you that this novel feels so fresh and relevant and once again, Kennedy Ryan gives us a look at issues and characters who are woefully underrepresented in popular romance. Nix and Maxim are the ultimate power couple and not only in the sense that they're in positions of power in society but in the sense of how they make their relationship work. It's couples like this couple that make me want to believe in real romance (I'm truly one of the least romantic people I know which is strange since I read a ton of romance). The way they love, respect, and support each other made my heart squeeze in all the right places and I was just so enamored with how they never needed one to be weak in order to feel strong--it felt real and messy and honest.

I loved reading about the issues that were explored through these characters--their passion for their causes, their families, and their politics--it was so refreshing to read. Kennedy Ryan has just the right touch--the views of the characters never felt heavy handed or preachy and what they were striving for and how they went about working through challenges felt exactly right for the characters she built-- something I admire so much. She knows her characters, she deeply cares about getting them right, and the amount of research she puts into each of her novels is much appreciated.

I could probably go on and on and on about how much I enjoyed this duet but I'll just end it by saying that this is one of my new favorites from Kennedy Ryan and I have a feeling it'll be yours too.

Ambition. Revenge. Love.
RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the gripping conclusion to the All the King’s Men Duet.
Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.
Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we’re the pawns and players.
Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

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Her words break on a sob, and the elegant line of her shoulders trembles. “No one like you.” I palm her breasts, squeezing the tight nipples between my fingers. Her indrawn breath tells me she likes it. “Anything you want,” she pants, circling her ass on me. “Take it.” “I want today with you,” I say, changing the angle of my thrust slightly, but hitting a new spot that makes her moan. “I can’t.” I force myself to stop abruptly and start easing out. “No!” She reaches back and grabs my ass. “Don’t you dare.” I stop pulling out, but don’t move. She squirms, tries to grind on my cock, but I grip her hips, holding her still. “Son of a bitch,” she growls. “Finish me, Doc.” “No.” “Do you think I don’t feel how hard that cock is? You want this, too.” “Obviously,” I force my voice to casual, like it doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. “But I want a day with you more. What’s it going to be?” I push in and give her a quick, shallow thrust. “Oh, yes.” She starts circling her hips, and I stop again. “Bastard!” “I’ve told you my terms.” My cock hates me, silently cursing me in four different languages for not finishing this right now. “One day,” she concedes breathlessly. “I can give you one day.” I take off the reins and fuck her until we’re both shaking. We almost fall when our orgasms hit. I ease out, sit on the shower bench and set her on my lap. Greedy, thirsty, we kiss until my lips are numb, her fingers burrowing into my wet hair, my fingers tunneled into hers. I break the kiss, taking her face between my slick hands and searching her eyes. “One day,” I remind her, panting. She nods, sucking my bottom lip smiling. “One day.”
About Kennedy
USA Today bestseller, RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.
She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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