“Powerful, gripping, unflinchingly honest and sensuously gorgeous writing.”
— Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestselling Author
The Kingmaker, the first book in the addicting All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!
Power. Passion. Betrayal.
Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King’s Men Duet.
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.
I am going to be honest with you here, I signed up to this book not having a clue what to expect. I have a type when it comes to books, I read predominantly sports books (which is how I, only this year, found Kennedy Ryan) and single dad books. For a real jackpot read I love a single dad sports book. I don’t often read books outside of this bar from a select few authors that I one click no matter what it is that they write. I was extremely lucky in that I had the opportunity to sign up to this blog tour. In return I was gifted an early copy to read.
I didn’t read the blurb, I mean when do I ever? I had no idea that this book wasn’t sports but I wasn’t long about working it out. I am thankful that I do not read blurbs. If I had read it, I probably wouldn’t have signed up or bought it upon release. Do you know what that would have been? A bloody travesty. I posted while I was reading it and this is what I had to say
This book… I know it’s not sports. I haven’t read the blurb. I’m 19% in since abandoning the book I was talking about earlier AND cleaning the house. I am enthralled y’all. (I’m so not southern or even American but that just totally flowed out of me 😂😂). I haven’t the foggiest notion where this book is going or where it’s gonna take me I just have this feeling that I’m on for a hell of a ride!
What a ride it was. This book certainly packs a punch. It has all the feels. I laughed, I smiled and I harboured my heart in my mouth for a good portion of time. When I was near the end of the book I was almost in tears, I just didn’t want it to end. At the end I almost got sick but that is another story and one you really should find out for yourself!
I am just short of begging and pleading for the next installment. I cannot urge you enough to read this book. I’ve also found someone that will be added to that select ‘one click no matter matter’ what list.
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“What do you want?”
The look he pours over me is hot oil, burning me even through serviceable layers of cotton. His heated perusal caresses my face, sluices over my breasts and hips, and then pools at my feet.
“Oh, that you won’t ever get again,” I say, my voice a soft, certain promise. “I don’t screw liars. I’m particular that way.”
“Never say never,” he drawls, tilting up my chin with his finger.
He crushes the word between our mouths. It falls apart in the scorching, sweet tangle of lips and teeth. With one hand, he digs his fingers into my hair. The other splays across my lower back, his grip on me almost convulsive, urging me up and closer. I’m in stasis. I’m completely startled by the kiss, unable to respond. I send a desperate message to my brain.
Move. Pull back. Push him away.
But the urgent glide of his hand down my spine to cup my ass melts my thoughts to liquid and they swim in my head. I can’t pull back, and all hope of resistance dissolves when he presses his thumb to my chin, prying me open. He stalks my tongue, hunts down a response, licking and sucking and groaning and growling. His hands tighten on me until I strain up to seek him, yanking his hair, pulling him even closer.
“Dammit, Nix,” he mutters between kisses. His hand wanders down my neck and across my shoulder, and cups my breast, twisting the nipple through flimsy barriers of cotton and lace. He shoves up my skirt, pulling my legs wider, and pushes my panties aside, his fingers invading me. My body remembers this mad craving that claws out of my bones—that wants out. That wants him. Under his rough touch, my body blooms and my hips rock.
“That’s it,” he says, taking my earlobe between his lips.
My head falls back and I moan. It’s so damn good. His touch awakens me. His hands, his kisses bring me to life. It feels like I’m taking my first deep breath since we were last together, and it fills my lungs, seeps into my pores.
“I missed you,” he says, sucking my lips and kissing the corners, quick, hungry. “I’m sorry. Baby, I—”
“Stop talking.” I reach between us to loosen his belt, catching his zipper and dragging it down, dragging him out. “Shut up.”
A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.
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 Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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