Tyrant by T.M. Frazier
Series: King #2
Also in this series: King, Lawless, Soulless: Lawless Part 2
Published by Self-published on August 16, 2015
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I. Remember. Everything.
Only now I wish I didn’t.
When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself.
But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I’m more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King’s bed.
Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.
I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul.
I don’t know if I’m strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day.
He’s already saved me in more ways than one. Now it’s my turn to do whatever it takes to save him.
Even if that means marrying someone else…
Hells Bells! That was intense.
Loved it. A book you could easily devour on a free afternoon, provided you had time to process it afterwards of course. The story and characters stay with you well after the last page. It had a good balance of steam, suspense, mystery and humour. Tyrant was a heart stopper read with defibrillator back up. All along, the transition between the difficult and enjoyable scenes were smooth.
This is why I read books, for the adrenalin filled rollercoaster ride they take you on. There were times when I had to get up and walk away from the page I was reading, it was so horrific. Fortunately, those hard scenes were limited and it was more about a guy trying to get his girl back while battling (literally) with his enemies.
Doe, is placed back into a life that remains foreign to her apart from snippets that give her something to work from. It’s not her life of choice and apart from her son, she has little reason besides curiosity to stay. She struggles with the people from her past and why they hadn’t bothered to work harder to find her.
Lots of flashbacks as Pup aka Doe aka Ramie slowly pieces together who she is and remembers the life that she left behind. She feels alone in what they tell her was her family home. There’s an obvious connection between her and her son but there is only slight hints of behaviour amongst the adults in her life that seem familiar. Her thirst to remember is driven that knowing will empower her but it will come at a cost.
Torn between King and her son Sammy, Doe makes choices based on the information she has at hand. Driven by the person she has become, she manages to maintain enough control of her situation to let others know she has some say in her destiny. Nothing could crush the fact that her heart and soul belonged to King as did hers to him.
Apart from King and his loyal friends, it is hard to pick which characters are loyal to Doe. Twists and turns appear as her memory returns. The truth is hidden and the tragedy comes to a massive head when the truth is there for all to see. What I had no doubt about was that King was a man who you didn’t mess around with and his friends likewise.
Although very different stories, this book reminded me of Poughkeepsie. Not the storyline but bond between childhood friends that continue through to adulthood. The way they’re able to maintain a bond even when you doubted that it was possible.
What I loved:
• Preppy and his reaching out, still the fun, level headed, cheeky honourable friend
• The bracelet exchange with Max
• The bond of the brotherhood
• King and his determination to not let anyone mess with his people, let alone his girl
What I struggled with:
• The unmentionable scenes where I had to stop reading and clear my head of the cruelty.
Lily’s rating: 4.5 Stars
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