Today’s theme: Great books, awesome authors – and wildly wonderful, super satisfying romances! Be sure to check out the posts on Jayci Lee and Kate Clayborn, too!
I discovered Kennedy Ryan last year. I read GRIP and LONG SHOT and, like much of the romance world, I was very impressed.
However, more than one person I know and trust told me her recent series, All The King’s Men, was next level.
I’ve only read the first title, THE KINGMAKER: All the King’s Men Duet – Book 1 – which, fyi, ends in a cliffhanger! – but that’s enough to understand why my friends are saying this.
Kennedy Ryan is amazing. Her writing is gorgeous, and her books feature social justice issues that are highlighted by larger-than-life characters who are fighting for their beliefs, and by telling their story, she truly brings the subject to life in a personal and powerful way.
In THE KINGMAKER, she introduces Lennix, who’s half Apache, and Maxim, who’s the defiant son of an oil magnate. Maxim despises the oil industry and what it’s doing to the earth, and he’s drawn to Lennix the first time he meets her.
The story is epic and dynamic, both from an issues perspective and from a romance perspective. The sexual and emotional tension between Lennix and Maxim is off-the-charts, and we are invested.
Ryan is a blazing star in romance, and she is changing the landscape in potent ways. It’s going to be interesting to see where she goes next, because every time I think she can’t top herself, she does.
THE KINGMAKER: All the King’s Men Duet – Book 1
Power. Passion. Betrayal.
Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.
In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.
My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.
And neither will I.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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