A Spectacular Second-Chance Romance! The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan [ARC Review]

Posted October 31, 2019 by Zeee in Blog Tours, Reviews1 Comment


A Spectacular Second-Chance Romance! The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan [ARC Review]

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A Spectacular Second-Chance Romance! The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan [ARC Review]The Kingmaker written by Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: All The King's Men Duet #1
Format: eARC
Pages: 344
ISBN: 1732144346
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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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.

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My Thoughts

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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Overall: 4




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About Kennedy Ryan

A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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