Roma King by Callie Hart
Series: Roma Royals #1
Published by Self-published on December 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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** Roma King is part one in the Roma Royals Duet series. The second and final book in the series, Roma Queen, will be released early February 2019**
“911. What is your emergency?”
Every night, Zara Llewelyn picks up the phone and assists people in distress. House fires. Assault. Motor vehicle accidents. Home invasions...
Between the hours of six and two, she is the answer to a thousand cries for help. But when the payphone outside Zara’s apartment building mysteriously begins ringing night after night, the very last thing she wants to do is pick it up. And yet, she can’t seem to help herself...
Pasha Rivin’s trying to outrun fate. He’s been running from it for years now, but escape isn’t in his cards. As the oldest son of the oldest Roma family in the country, he’s not just a member of a proud and fiercely traditional clan. He is their reluctant king...and now he’s expected to find a wife.
The fiery redhead that shows up on his doorstep, following a trail of breadcrumbs, hunting for a missing little boy, is the last person Pasha’s mother has in mind, however. She’s an outsider, an intruder, and as far as his family are concerned, she’s not welcome on their land, let alone in their king’s bed.
Pasha has never allowed his destiny to stand in the way of what he wants, however. And he’s never wanted anything more than he wants the girl with the burning green eyes.
Zara Llewelyn picked up the phone and learned a secret.
Falling in love has never been so dangerous...
Warning: This story ends on a minor cliffy with the hero Pasha facing the challenge ahead of him while trying to keep his dream woman calm. The ending, while leaving me super eager to read on, didn’t impede me from being able to move on to another book.
Pasha is the uncrowned Roma King who finds himself dreaming of a mystery woman. Zara exists but she is far from regal and he doesn’t know her name. She’s just a single woman getting on with life working shifts at an emergency call centre. Mystery surrounds the dreams and the meaning they contain. It all seems like a bonus if you ask the dreamers. He gets to be with a captivating woman, she gets to be swept up in her mystery man’s magic touch.
Freakish occurrences bring the dreamers together. Neither dreamer knows the other but their dreams have created a familiarity. When Zara and Pasha finally meet it doesn’t take them long to work out whom they are to each other.
Not all are who they appear to be as they are introduced in this story from what I can fathom. My first thoughts were that this was leaning towards a paranormal twist but I think it was the ancient beliefs and superstition that muddied the waters. Or maybe it is going to be a modern day collision of real world meets a mystical one.
A phone call taken by Zara at work is the catalyst for her and Pasha to meet. She is haunted by her concern for a young boy she helped when he called 911 for help and word has reached Zara that this boy is missing. It is during her search for the child that she catches that attention of Pasha.
For Zara, as much as she wants to side step Pasha she can’t resist his magnetic effect he has on her. For her he is a distraction and she only keeps him near in hope she can confirm the young boy she spoke to during an emergency call is safe.
Pasha has done his best to avoid his family like the plague and bits of information about his family come through in the story as it unfolds. What intrigued me was I don’t recall any mention of Zara’s family at all. I even decided to search family and still I couldn’t find anything. It’s obvious why Pasha is keeping his distance but why there is no mention of Zara’s is a mystery.
The reason Pasha is keeping his distance from his family is that he will be expected to marry and assume his role as King as soon as he returns. His family’s patience are wearing thin and I imagine a forced return is in the cards if he continues to avoid his duty. Spending time with Zara only manages to unsettle his family and exasperate his situation further.
Plot wise, I am wondering how all the loose ends are going to be woven in together because it is like someone unravelled a complex tapestry and a greater force is relying on Zara to put it back together again.
Based on the fast pace of the writing, and the indication that Zara and Pasha will succeed, I am going out on a limb here to say that I would happily recommend Roma King. I can’t wait to see what they will have to do to get to their HEA and how the other characters all fit into the story.
What I struggled with:
- Dream scenes that dragged on
- The unanswered questions which I hope will be addressed in the next book
What I enjoyed:
- Zara’s connection with her neighbours, especially Sarah
- The mystery surrounding the phone calls
- Details of the Roma culture and the mystery of the tarot cards
- The banter and camaraderie at their local drinking bar
4 Dream fueled Stars
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