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The Kingmaker written by Kennedy Ryan
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: All The King's Men Duet #1
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Source: Social Butterfly PR
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𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡.
𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔® 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗞𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱𝘆 𝗥𝘆𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗲𝗻 𝗗𝘂𝗲𝘁.
Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.
My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and would do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘐.
The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan is one book that I did not expect. Wow, was I surprised! The Kingmaker is a spectacular second-chance romance where our hero and heroine had a chance meeting for a few hours during a protest. I was also not expecting this book to be very political – but it is and I love it so much!
The Kingmaker checked all the boxes for me. I love second-chance romance and the way Kennedy Ryan gave it her own spin was very refreshing! I love that the hero and heroine are mature and successful when they finally get together for the majority of the book. I liked that their first meeting and their chance meeting in Amsterdam a few years later was the first part of the book because it gave me a lot of context about how Lennix views romance when Maxim betrayed her.
What I loved about The Kingmaker is the social commentary about minorities – most especially the Native Americans, and climate change. These issues felt real and relevant to our current time and I love that Kennedy Ryan tackled this sensitive subject. I love that Lennix’s Native American culture and heritage played a huge part in who she is and it was very apparent in how her character was written.
Another point that I want to mention is that the romance spans a decade but the sparks were apparent from the first time Maxim and Lennix first meet! As I mentioned, I love that the main characters have matured and have achieved their goals. Their relationship felt real to me because both of them had to give each other up because they were not at the same point in their lives.
This book is an amazing read and I can’t wait for The Rebel King to come out because I just can’t get enough of this couple!
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Have you ever read a book that has strong political themes? Which ones?