King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudio

King  (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudioSeries: King #1
on 2015-06-17
Pages: 302
AmazonNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate. Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from. A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don't want to cross unless you're prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three. King's future hangs in the balance. Doe's is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. King is the first book in a two part series. Tyrant is the name of the second book due out August 2015.
four-stars

Interesting! I thought the writing and character building were really good. I thought the story was well done. It wasn’t a lovey-dovey relationship like I tend to prefer but it was real.

We start off learning how young Brantley “King” met his smart mouth partner Samuel “Preppy” and the forging of friendship. Now King and Preppy are adults, running a criminal enterprise as well as a tattoo parlor. In comes a young girl who has no memory of her past, and goes by the name “Doe” and wants protection from the streets while she figures out who she is. The story unfolds and we learn both Doe and King are much more than meets the eye.

This story wasn’t really a love story though it had a romantic love story as part of the plot. I thought it was more about survival, sacrifice and loyalty. Sure it was steamy but it also had non consensual sex, drugs and murder. It was dark, but really well written because the characters are complex. King and Preppy weren’t just evil thugs, so it was hard to just write them off as bad people. Doe couldn’t remember much about herself, but there was a conscientious effort to respect the “Her” she couldn’t remember.

I liked that Doe wasn’t a pushover and that King wasn’t a complete neanderthal as some alpha males take the caveman act to extremes. They had great chemistry and it didn’t feel forced. I liked the makeshift family thing they created. Then the mystery of who Doe is began to unfurl, and I knew that it was game time.

This one ended in a big cliff hanger so I am going to begin book 2 soon.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

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