Series: The Kings #1
Published by Forever on April 3rd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley, Forever
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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 LAST KING
by Katee Robert
You know that feeling, when you open a book by an author you’ve never read before and the first couple of sentences give you that security that the writing style is exactly down your alley. This is what happenend when I started The Last King by Katee Robert. She has an effortless flow in her writing that makes it a pleasure to read.
Beckett King is heir to the Morningstar empire. His father just passed away and something about the way he died just doesn’t sit right with him. The future of the empire he inherited is now in his hands, a job he has been preparing for all his life. The company competing with Morningstar Enterprise for supremacy is Kingdom Corp, run by his aunt and while Beckett might be connected by blood to her blood doesn’t make a family.
Samara Mallick works for Kingdom Corp and short of being top management she has come a long way being. She frequently comes head to head with Morningstar’s prince when both compete for bids but that rivalry only enhances their explosive sexual chemistry. And after getting a taste of the delicious man she never can quite forget him.
All her competition and desire was mirrored back at her in that kiss, his tongue sliding against hers as they both fought for dominance. Each move had a corresponding response as if they were dancing— or fighting.
While Samara comes across prickly, often times downright bitchy, give her a chance. There is a huge learning curve and growth coming her way and while she struggles with all the knowledge she gains; when Samara and Beckett become close she starts trusting the man she’s falling in love with fast.
She has never had it easy – her father was a weak man and left her mother when she was pregnant with Samara. She doesn’t want to repeat her mother’s past so more than a little tumble in the sheets doesn’t even cross her mind. It would be disastrous to hope for more when there is such an imbalance of power between them. I understood where Samara was coming from although her tenacity sometimes made me grind my teeth. And this is what Katee Robert did right and where many authors fail: She showed me Samara’s change from a snappy, distant character to a lovely, devoted young woman. In the end I loved Samara so much.
God, her heart ached for him. He’d lost so much, and he just kept moving forward, barely missing a step.
Daddy issues is what Samara and Beckett have in common. After his mother passed away Beckett never saw eye to eye with his old man but now he realizes that he completely alone for the first time in his life. My heart broke a little for him. He is cocky, strong-willed, responsible with a fiercely protective streak. He takes Samara’s worries and her career seriously and always acts in her best interest. Beckett is a charismatic, endearing and wonderful male character I couldn’t help but fall in love with along with Samara. I loved his heart.
“I don’t give a fuck what the world throws at us. I’m keeping you, Samara.”
I love when authors educate their readers in an entertaining manner and Katee Robert won my ever-lasting devotion with this little dialogue between Samara and Beckett.
“What I wanted most in the world when I was in kindergarten was to be a trainer at SeaWorld.”
“Orcas or dolphins?”
He loved that she asked it with a straight face. Beckett answered just as seriously. “Orcas, of course. My mother took me there one weekend and I was convinced that the trainers were magic. It seemed like the most amazing thing in the world for them to work with such massive, majestic creatures.” He made a face. “That was before I grew up enough to realize what a tragedy it is to keep those animals in captivity.”
Samara pressed her lips together. “You donate to PETA, don’t you?”
“I can’t abide by some of their policies.” When she just stared, he huffed out a breath. “I donate to a small group of scientists that are funding research to prove how harmful captivity is for orcas.”
Those who know me, know that this is an issue close to my heart and I really loved that the author touched on the subject of harmful effects of orcas in captivity.
The story has suspense elements which I enjoyed a great deal. Although you know from the start who the villain is you never get bored. I wanted to see it all play out in the end and let me tell you, Beckett is also a little badass. There are secondary characters in this book I’m pretty sure we’ll get stories about and I’m very much looking forward to them all. Next up is Frank, who is an enigmatic real estate mogul with a secret side career that has me intrigued. I loved Frank’s and Beck’s bromance in The Last King! From what I’ve seen of Journey, Beck’s cousin, will give Frank a run for his money. Too bad I’ll have to wait until 2019 to get these two in my hands!