KING. IS. HERE!
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Homeless, hungry and desperate enough to steal, Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.
A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.
King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.
Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.
When I turned around, I was eye level with a wall of leather with white patches sewn into it. One read VICE PRESIDENT and the other, BEACH BASTARDS. The man wearing the vest had long blonde hair that draped over to one side of his head, revealing the shaved area beneath. He had a beard, not stubble, a full-on beard that was a few inches long and very well groomed. He stood well over six feet, his frame lean yet very cut and muscular. I couldn’t tell what color his eyes were because his lids hung heavy and were slightly reddened. His entire neck was covered with colorful tattoos and when he went to light a cigarette I noticed that the backs of both of his hands and were covered in ink as well.
“Hey,” I answered back, trying to assert my newly found false confidence.
He was beyond attractive. He was gorgeous. If I had to end up in someone’s bed, I imagined that being in his wouldn’t be half-bad. He sniffled, drawing attention to the light dusting of white powder trapped in his nostrils.
“They call me Bear. You belong to anyone?” he asked seductively, leaning in toward me.
“Maybe…you?” I winced at my choice of words. Of all the f*cking things I could have said, THAT was what came to mind? Stupid f*cking mouth. Nikki was right. I spoke first and thought second.
Bear chuckled. “I’d love that, beautiful, but I got something else in mind.”
“Yeah, yeah I can do that,” I said. My skin prickling from his touch. And I could do it.
“What’s your name anyway?” Bear’s hand slowly traveled up the back of my leg, pushing up my skirt, it came to rest on my ass cheek, which was then exposed to anyone who might have been looking in our direction.
“Doe. My name is Doe,” I breathed.
“Fitting.” He said with a chuckle. “Well, my innocent looking little Doe.” Bear leaned in close and surprised me by planting a soft kiss on the corner of my mouth. His lips were soft, and he smelled like laundry detergent mixed with liquor and cigarettes. I was just beginning to think that the kiss meant that he’d changed his mind and didn’t want me to send me away to his friend, but no such luck. He pulled away abruptly and turned me around by my shoulders so that I was facing the stairs. He swatted me on my ass, propelling me forward. “Up the stairs you go, sweetheart. Last room at the end of the hallway. Be good to my boy, and me and you will get to play later.” He sealed his words with a wink and as I made my way up the stairs I turned back and flashed him a fake smile. I hoped the guy at the end of the hallway was like Bear, because then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.
Then a thought hit me that had me fighting back the tears that sprung from my eyes with a sudden force that almost took me to my knees.
I’d officially sold myself, and the price was far more than any dollar amount.
*Complimentary ARC received from author*
I have to admit that this is a case of "monkey see, monkey do". A lot of friends on Goodreads have this pup (pun intended *wink*) on their to-read list (and for a while at that, it seems) and what's a gal to do but not be curious and get caught up with the excitement.
This is a first TM read for me, and I'm definitely glad I got the chance to read this. I'll be the first to say that all that anticipation (on my friends' part) was definitely worth the wait. What you get here was a different story line with definitely different characters. Hello, just the blurb alone! No?
Doe, the h with memory loss, and King, the H with a colorful painful crime-laden past... They met under the shadiest of condition... The relationship starts to open... Then boom, you're caught off guard and at the end you're left hanging!!!
So yes, be warned, this has got one doozy of a cliffie. But definitely so worth the ride!!!
Doe has so much going against her given that she has no recollection of her past. But she has so much fight in her. She speaks before she thinks which I found endearing. King, with his messed up childhood, found a kindred spirit in a childhood friend, and together with his friend, whether I agree or not, has carved out a path for himself way off the straight and narrow as he grew older.
There were no making excuses for the lives they live. It just is what it is. It's not for the faint of heart. It's got grit but it will also break your heart. Over and over to boot, if I may add. And regardless of the lives they live, it left me no choice in the end but to care for these characters and to only wish that they get to their happy ending (eventually). The emotions are intense, from the confrontations to the smexy times. It had me on edge. And it had me on tears.
And before I forget, I have to give a special shout out to Preppy, King's friend from childhood. I doubt there's anyone out there who reads this book who will not be affected by him. And silly me, authors these days have serialized their stories with interconnected characters, so can I really be blamed when I wished that he was getting a story of his own?
This is one of those books for which I probably should have jotted down every thought at every turn because I know that long after I finish writing this review, I will think of other things that I wish I included. As it stands, I'll just say that this is definitely one of those books that had me reeling even way after I finished reading it.
Book 2, read you soon!!!
About the Author
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.
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