In Review: The Kingmaker (All the King’s Men Duet #1) by Kennedy Ryan

Posted November 6, 2019 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: The Kingmaker (All the King’s Men Duet #1) by Kennedy RyanThe Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 28, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 344 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Buy it: Amazon
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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 would 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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

It takes a special author to make me pick up the first book in a duet before the second is published. Kennedy Ryan is one of those special authors. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers. (And boy does this one have a doozy.) I’m counting down the days until book two’s release, but I regret nothing. The Kingmaker was gorgeous and gave me all the feels while totally putting me through the wringer.

Lennix is easily one of my new favorite heroines. She’s the embodiment of strength and determination. I’d call her amazing, but even that’s not strong enough a word to describe her. I was in awe of her throughout this entire book. Maxim is pretty wonderful in his own right. The two of them together? Incredible. The passion, the power, and the chemistry was intense. As is often the case with Kennedy’s books, The Kingmaker tackles some tough topics but does so in a way that’s eye-opening and respectful without ever feeling preachy.

I want to be cautious not to say too much about the storyline here. I feel like you really just need to experience the ride that is The Kingmaker. The balance of politics and romance was absolute perfection. Everything about this book hooked me from the prologue. Before I knew it, I was halfway through the book trying to decide whether to savor it or devour it. (I chose to devour, btw.) When the characters, story and words are this good, I have to take it all in as quickly as possible.

The Kingmaker was beautiful and relevant, full of fiery passion and plenty of emotions. Now I just need the second book. ASAP, please. Thank goodness the wait isn’t that long. I need more Lennix and Maxim feels.

Favorite Quotes:

On rare occasion, you come across someone who just gets you, and you don’t have to figure out your place. Wherever you are is okay. I think he could be a “wherever you are” person.

Some people leave an impression. Lennix Moon Hunter has left more than an impression. She’s left her mark on me. And it’s shaped like a star.

Injustice never rests and neither will I.

If a kiss has a color, this one is the muted shades of the sky overhead, a ménage à trois of midnight and indigo and moonshine silver. If a kiss has a sound, this one is the concert of our breaths and sighs and moans. If a kiss has a taste, it tastes like this. Hunger flavored with yearning and spiced with desperation. With bites and growls and tender licks and soothing whispers. Perfectly served portions of sweet and scorching.

“I have to go make my world, but when the time is right, I’ll be back for you.” 

“Just promise you’ll stop fighting for everyone else long enough to find something for yourself.”

About Kennedy Ryan

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

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, 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 Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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