Series: The Kings #2
Published by Forever on February 5th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley, Forever
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Fake boyfriend. Real danger.
Journey King is an expert at managing the family business. But when her father returns to Houston hell-bent on making a play for the company, Journey will do anything to stop him, even if that means going to Frank Evans for help. Frank deals in information, the dirtier the better. Rugged and rock solid, he’s by far her best ally—and also the most dangerous.
Frank knows better than to get tangled up with the Kings. But something about Journey’s rare vulnerability drags him deep into enemy territory . . . and into her darkest past. Pretending to be her boyfriend may be necessary for their plan to work, but Frank soon finds helping Journey is much more than just another job—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
THE FEARLESS KING
by KATEE ROBERT
Last year when I finished THE LAST KING I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Frank’s book. He was an enigmatic man who, when in the same room with Journey King, did nothing but argue with her. They had quite the dynamic so I was giddy to see how they would work out.
While I got to know Journey I realized how broken she really is. There are two people in this world who are supposed to protect you and love you unconditionally. While her mother wasn’t the warmest person and a monster in her own right, she did protect Journey. Her father was the kind of man nightmares were made of – cruel and abusive with his kids, punishing them in horrific ways and it left marks on his children’s souls. Now Elliott is back and he is the same monster he was when he was chased out of the city by Journey’s mom.
Victim yet again. I had a chance to fight, and all I did was collapse in a ball and wait for him to hurt me. Pathetic. Worthless. Coward.
It was amazing and beautiful to watch Journey grow stronger under Frank’s watchful and protective eyes. He gave her strength and guided her to see what a force she was. With that weight of her father threatening her pressing down on her she was completely stressed out which led to a lot of bristling and straining against Frank’s protectiveness and good intentions but the more comfortable she grew in her relationship him, the funnier and more natural, the more fearless and courageous she became. I wouldn’t call her sweet but I admired the shit out of her and I loved her fire, sass, cleverness and attitude.
“Dang, Frank, I’m going to have to be careful. At this point, I actually like you, and you fuck like a dream. You aren’t a secret duke or something, are you? Because the only way you could be more perfect was if there was a title involved.”
Frank lost both his parents. His dad to criminal injustice in prison and his mom to cancer which she denied to be treated for. And Frank had to watch helplessly, incapable of saving either of them. He swore then that he’d always take care of the people he loved.
“You don’t have to protect me, Duchess.”
She didn’t blink. “If I don’t, who will?”
Frank didn’t have an answer for that. He didn’t know if there was an answer for that. People didn’t protect him. He protected his people.
Like Journey Frank fights her when Journey’s own protectiveness shows but he also learns that it’s not a sign of weakness to let her take care of him. He has to tone down his instincts but he learns to give Journey free reign to become the strong woman that he knows is inside her. Frank was hella sexy and charismatic. I loved his protectiveness but also that he was able to give in. Frank earned Journey’s trust, every day a little bit more. He knew she was broken but he saw the beauty in that because it made her the strong woman he was falling hard for.
The mix of bristling hurt and sweetness never failed to surprise him, though she didn’t seem to realize that there was a molten strength beneath it all.
The suspense aspect was well executed and had me holding my breath on and off. Elliott King was creepy, as in CREEPY and personally, I think he got away too easy. There is a mini-cliffy that concerns the King siblings baby sister and I can’t wait to see how that pans out. I have a theory and I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m correct.
The Fearless King was a super enjoyable installment in this series. It had a lot of steam and sexual tension, complex characters who had an intense connection that made sense despite their complicated relationship. I hope Katee Robert won’t leave us waiting too long for the next book.