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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: The Last King by Katee Robert (+ Song Choice)

The Kings are here everyone! If you haven't added this book to your TBR you really should!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Beckett King just inherited his father's fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he's going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they've been rivals for years, there's no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

The rebel. That's how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he's absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can't help wondering if it's a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she'd mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.

What’s it About? After his father’s sudden death, Beckett King finds himself in charge of a fortune, a successful company, and facing very powerful enemies. Someone familiar is gunning for his company and while she’s his rival, Beckett knows he can trust Samara Mallick to help him. For Sarmara’s part she’s convinced herself that she despises Beckett but when he asks her for help she can’t seem to refuse. Their undeniable attraction to one another is just a side perk of figuring each other out but when Beckett’s enemies start upping their game, it puts him and Samara in danger and the more they investigate, the more dark King family secrets keep popping up.

Overall reaction to the story? Reading The Last King is like going to a favorite restaurant and being surprised by a new dish that is one of the best things you’ve ever tasted. I’ve been reading Katee Robert’s books for the past three or so years and she just keeps surprising me with each new series she does. I didn’t think anything could entrance me like the O’Malleys series but I’m so glad to see I was wrong. The Last King took me hostage and I loved it! I think romances should feature more women like Samara Mallick. She’s had to fight hard and work harder to get where she’s at professionally and she doesn’t shame herself or let anyone else shame her for her ambition. She may not have been at the top of the food chain professionally but by the end of the book I had no doubt that if she wanted to she could conquer anything and anyone if she set her mind to it. Samara wasn’t perfect but she didn’t have to be because she was confident and intelligent in a way that made her a well rounded character.

Beckett was a surprise too. Sure he was arrogant, why wouldn’t he be? He came from a legendary family, has more money than he knows what to do with, and he’s an excellent businessman. Normally that would be a huge turn off for me but the one thing I noticed straight away is that Beckett didn’t try to “buy” Samara by throwing his money at her like some idiot rich guy. He never made her feel like less because he was rich and the CEO of his family’s company and she worked for his enemy. He honestly respected her and even admired her skills in the tough industry that they were in. He never used his status as a King or as the CEO of a powerful company to intimidate her into capitulating (Again like most idiot rich guys would do). He definitely enjoyed going head-to-head with Samara professionally because she was more than a match for him.

As for their romance? Well “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe Beckett and Samara. Their chemistry sets the pages on fire and that’s just when they’re in the same room. These two are both strong and passionate characters and Katee Robert didn’t waste time in showing just how hot Beckett and Samara are together. All I can say is brace yourselves readers, and as a precaution you might want to grab some ice water. Maybe a fan or two because not only does this couple turn up the heat just by looking at one another, they bring some major romance too. Beckett is surprisingly vulnerable emotionally while Samara takes on the role of rescuer that is usually given to the man. That was a reversal that put a great spin on their relationship and changed the dynamics that I know I’m used to (and bored of) in romances. Robert proves that a hero can be the emotionally vulnerable character who wants more than just sex with the heroine while still maintaining his alpha male badass-ness and that a heroine can ride to his rescue, be strong and ambitious while still maintaining her femininity. Through the ups and downs of their modern day courtship, I found myself falling in love with both characters. And I could totally hear Zayn's Dusk Till Dawn playing in the background for their romance.

Of course the plot of The Last King just wouldn’t work without supporting characters who complicate matters. Beckett comes from a powerful family that fractured when his grandfather named Beckett’s father Nathaniel as CEO of the company over Beckett’s aunt Lydia. Beckett has four cousins that he only knows professionally and has a healthy dose of mistrust towards and one of those cousins is best friends with Samara. Then there’s Beckett’s only friend, the enigmatic, powerful Frank Evans. Let’s just call him Mr. Delicious shall we? He’s got an intense interest in Beckett’s cousin Journey but that woman loathes him even as she’s attracted to him. Hmm, I have a feeling that is going to be one heck of a book. That King family though, sheesh. Without giving anything away I’ll just say that the King family is fifty kinds of messed up but I’m sure that as shady and surprising as things were in The Last King, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Do not pass this book up especially if you like red hot romance, and complicated family dynamics mixed with money, power, and secrets. BRING ON FRANK AND JOURNEY’S BOOK!

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