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The Last King (The Kings #1) by Katee Robert

The Last King, Katee Robert 
For those who don't know I run a Romance Book Club at Inklings Bookshop in Washington State. Katee Robert will (hopefully, no one wants this COVID madness to last that long), be in our store this August with a bunch of other amazing authors and I wanted to introduce my book club to her. I like a little spice on my books so although I've read her books, it was her Mafia Romance series and not this one. Well, I guess now I found another series to be hooked on, it was fab :)

Blurb:
Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in Texas. But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert introduces a red-hot new series.

THE MAN SHE HATES TO LOVE

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.

The Review: 4.5 Stars

Romantic suspense and me have a funny relationship. Some I love, some I despise. I need my romance books to have the romance as the main focus and rather often romantic suspense books have the romance as a secondary thing. That is so not ok for me. And so, I always go into these kinds of books a little nervous. I should have known Katee would not do that to me. This book was HOT HOT HOT. The romance, the chemistry between the main characters, the suspense... all of it had the right balance. 

Samara was not easy to love. She has a strong personality and at the start came across rather selfish and bitchy. But as the story progresses a whole new side of her comes to life. She is loyal and kind. She cares about those she loves and will stand by their side doesn't matter what. 

Beckett was dreamy with capital D. This man was seriously charismatic. Is he a little sure of himself and tad cocky? well yah... He is gorgeous and rich, why wouldn't he be? but he is also a little damaged.  His character was so well written I could feel his pain and loneliness through my bones while reading it.  It was impossible not to feel for him. 

As for negatives, I think the book got a little slow at times, to the point that at one occasion I was tempted to skip read a little. I didn't, but the temptation was there, so it can't be a 5 from me. Did that stop me from continuing reading though? no way. Two sittings and done!

Needless to say, I highly recommend Katee's books! Not just The Last King but all her other books too. This lady is very talented and I can't wait to meet her :) 

Find the book at: Inklings Bookshop

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