King by T.M. Frazier
Series: King #1
Also in this series: Tyrant, Lawless, Soulless: Lawless Part 2
Published by Self-published on June 15th 2015
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Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.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.
Wow…this book is without question, one of my top 10 reads so far for this year. Be warned it’s dark and ends on a cliffy but even if I had known that I would still not have missed reading it when I did!
Imagine waking up not knowing who you are and find out no one is missing you…that’s crushing. Imagine being so desperate that you go out with the full intention of hooking up just to stay warm, fed and safe…that’s harsh. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the hook up doesn’t go as planned. Welcome to Doe’s world as she knows it.
It was a comfort knowing that whoever I was before my slate was wiped clean didn’t know what I was about to do. Because I was about to sell her body. And whatever soul I still had.
Doe is living rough and has buddied up with Nikki, another homeless girl she befriends on the street. Nikki encourages Doe to go with her to a party with the view of being picked up by one of the local bikers. This is where Doe meets three men who with Nikki, simultaneously turn her drama into a dream / nightmare. King, Preppy and Bear have one thing in common, they are all hardened survivors. Three guys that you don’t mess with, they are brothers by circumstance who have history and a healthy respect for each other. Bear sees that Doe might be the elixir to bring King around and points her in his direction. King and Doe’s first encounter is a bonus for King, not so much for Doe. She gets what she wants but realises that she may be better off without it.
In all the time I’d been living on the streets, I’ve had some close calls, some serious gut check moments. I’ve seen things that have made my skin crawl and my heart race. I was very familiar with feeling afraid. Fear had nothing on King.
King’s story is dark. He is dark, dangerous and moody. Doe coming into his life throws the dynamics out of kilter but provide him with opportunities that he doesn’t turn down. He is mostly cold and calculating but every now and then you see glimmers of humanity. He has the luxury of having two good allies in Preppy and Bear. Preppy, is a lovable eccentric guy that seems very easy going and cracking one liners but he’s just as dark and dangerous as King. Bear is Bear, not someone you mess with and like the other guys, just as dark and dangerous when he’s not partying. They both add lighter moments that eased the darkness of some harrowing situations.
I didn’t know whether I wanted to kill her or fuck her. Maybe both, but one thing was for sure. One way or another, I was going to make her scream. I was finally starting to feel like my old self again.
This is a dark suspenseful romance that includes dubious consent, where the body is willing but the mind not so. Doe is struggling with her past unknown identity and sees herself as two people. Who she is now and the person she can’t remember. King sees her as a highly valued possession and is not keen on sharing. King is so shut off from relationships and other people that he stifles his time with Doe. It takes Preppy and Bear to put the wind up him to get him fired up enough to pick his game up. Doe isn’t keen on King’s rules. Her defying him has the possibility of despair, danger and possibly death yet following his directions doesn’t seem to change her prospects. What King and Doe don’t anticipate is the cost of getting what they are both yearning for in life is greater than they imagine. Their choices are limited. Solutions seem impossible.
“Oh. My. Fuck.” “Yeah, that about sums it up,” I said, running my hand over my head. “If I wasn’t sure whether I’d ever sold my soul, I’m positive I have now.”
It’s no secret that I enjoy a dark read but be warned this is not for the faint of heart. There are triggersView Spoiler » rape, dubious consent initially, abuse, drug use and child neglect « Hide Spoiler The ending is a cliffy but there’s a reprieve via a preview of Tyrant, that did answer one of my questions.
What I loved:
• The suspense
• The guys looking out for each other
• The Granny’s
• Preppy and his upbeat approach to life
• Doe learning to be herself
• Grace and the story of the rabbits
• The cover 😉
What I struggled with:
• King not sharing what he knew, not even with the reader!
• The letter, I had to get out the required kleenex by end of it
• The ending, I want desperately to know more
Rating: 5+ Sell Your Soul Stars
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