Review | The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

Review | The Kingmaker by Kennedy RyanThe Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan
Series | All the King's Men Duet #1
Release Date | October 27, 2019
Genres | Contemporary, Second Chance
Format | ARC
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I'm a wolf in wolf’s clothing, and I’ll consume her if she lets me.

Ambition. 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 will 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.

“A dazzling, thought-provoking, layered romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the best books of 2019.”

— L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author

The Kingmaker, the first in the all-new powerful and emotional All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

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Ah yes, every single book that Kennedy puts out will ALWAYS be on highly-anticipated list. The Kingmaker is here and I just about devoured it. I love that Kennedy always writes about topics that NEED to be brought to everyone’s attention. And she always makes her main characters fight for their love. But the push and pull got to me more than I hoped it would.

I truly connected with Lennix about EVERYTHINGGGGGG that she’s fighting for. I’m Native Hawaiian and well there’s a lot of similarities about we’re currently and constantly fighting for. And we’ll never stop fighting for what’s ours. I loved that Kennedy did it justice and all the research she took on about the Natives.

I loved that these two share so much passion for the things they believe in and that they’re willing to put in all the effort to see them through. Even though their connection was instant, it felt real and raw to me.

As for the romance part of this one, I couldn’t quite get behind the reason that Lennix had for the time apart between her and Maxim. I understood up to a point, which it then became frustrating for me to understand. I’m even nervous to speak out about that because I know I’ll be in the minority.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this read and I’m definitely invested. I wishhhhh this wasn’t a duet because with my past history of reading them and not enough content for a second book, but after that ending I have a feeling Kennedy is going to give us WAYYYYYYY more than we bargained for.

Thank goodness we don’t have to wait long for the conclusion, I’m so ready for it!

major thank you to social butterfly pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.


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About Kennedy Ryan

A Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about 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 and Frolic, 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 Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.