Friday, February 27, 2015

Kinged (City’s Secrets, #2) written by B.B. Hamel (172 pgs) – finished reading 2/26/15 – 4.5 stars - Contemporary Romance

This book was out-of-the-blocks thrilling to say the least. The action and drama didn’t let up through the whole book. Powerful emotion and non-stop intrigue graced the pages of this intimate portrayal of two individuals just trying to find love and a place to fit in. Darcy moves to Philadelphia when a friend of hers offers her a job after getting bored with her life in New York City. And, then there’s Rex who is so far into his need for payback to an Irish mob boss that he doesn’t have much to offer anyone. When the two meet, it’s not without incident, and Darcy is attracted to the powerfully compelling man. He’s not her typical MO, but she’s more than fascinated with his handsome face and muscular physique. And, Rex is taken with Darcy as well. With her long blonde hair and mesmerizing blue eyes, she beams with wealth and arrogance. As Rex gets to know Darcy, though, he realizes that that is so far from the truth as to who she really is. She’s more down-to-earth and just wants to be needed. He, on the other hand, needs to get his life back on track. He’s been running for far too long and is all kinds of f**cked-up. When these two damaged people realize that they really need each other, will Rex’s harrowing past spoil it for them?

Loved this story! The two main characters were extremely likeable. I couldn’t help but feel sadness for Rex for not being able to drag his life out the debt that was keeping him down and holding him prisoner to a deeply disturbing man. But, meeting Darcy was a way to finally take charge of his life and get out from under Michael’s authority. Darcy was such a funny girl. She had a great sense of humor and a passionate presence. She just needed something more in her life, and Rex filled that role solely. And, talk about the intimacy between the two, wow!! Holy hotness!! It was definitely scorching!! I was more intrigued with this story than the first one mainly because it was suspenseful and not just romantic, which brought that edginess and raw grit into focus.  While the story is told mostly in Darcy’s POV, we do get glimpses of Rex’s POV occasionally. I read this book in one sitting and was totally entertained with this couple’s story!

“He was my king and I was his queen, and those empty, dark streets were our streets. People like Michael couldn’t bother us there, not in our kingdom of darkness. I kinged him in my mind and made him my ruler for the night.” ~ Darcy (Chap. 7)

Wow!!! And, look at the cover!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Review Written, 2/27/15

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