“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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Power. Passion. Betrayal.
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.
The Kingmaker is an epic love story that spans over a decade. When a story spans over such a long time I need a foundation for the two main characters to hold my attention. That foundation is laid in the author’s notes and when Lennix meets Maxim when she’s 17. An encounter that leaves an everlasting impression on both of them. A match has been struck and the flame keeps simmering until they meet again years later.
Their connection is immediate and so on point from their first meeting and even more palpable the second time. There’s no doubt about their chemistry. They’re fascinated and intrigued by one another. How they slowly get to know one another through words and intimacy is written flawlessly. A beautiful and sensual exploration between two souls who are destined for each other but the timing isn’t right.
Lennix is a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, an American Indian tribe. Her cultural background and heritage is a huge part of her and her identity. It shaped her to be that strong and powerful woman she grows up to be. She’s a formidable heroine. To complement her she needed a just as strong and determined opposite. A man who knows what he wants and takes it.
Maxim Cade is Lennix’s match. A man who grows up in wealth and destined to take over his father’s empire but Maxim has other ideas. He doesn’t share and agrees with his father’s visions and beliefs. Maxim cuts himself off from his father and ventures out on his own.
Lennix and Maxim. This couple. They complement each other beautifully. Their connection and love is so strong despite them being apart for years! That’s a testament to the author and her exquisite writing. She’s done her research. Not only in her characters but to the overall story. There’s a red thread from start to finish.
The Kingmaker is so much than romance. It’s a powerful love story. A love story between a man and woman. It’s a story about a love between a woman and her heritage. Lennix’s cultural background is such a huge part of who she is. Kennedy Ryan has left no stones unturned when it comes to telling and exploring Lennix past. I was fully immersed in her story and that’s all because of Ryan’s dedication to her story and her attention to details. She takes on not only crucial historical moments but also important society topics such as climate change. It’s a tour de force in flawless storytelling.
The Kingmaker is a powerful tale of two people who goes after what they want. It’s sensual, thrilling and suspenseful. I stated at the beginning of this review that it’s epic but epic is not a big enough word for The Kingmaker. Just read it and be blown away. I certainly was and still am. Brava!!
5+ Magnificent and Brilliant Stars to I Want The Girl Who Chases Stars
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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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