When Rivals Fall In Love: The Last King by Katee Robert

Monday, April 2, 2018


by Katee Robert
Series: The Kings #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
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Katee Robert is easily an auto-read author for me. I was so excited to hear about The Kings series. I'm a sucker for all things complicated families and the Kings sounded like that kind of family. I can always count on this author to deliver achingly swoony romances and she certainly delivered that here with The Last King.

I always have zero trouble falling for Katee Robert's heroes. Beckett was no different. He had a quiet intensity to him that I found very intriguing. I just wanted to peel all the layers of mystery surrounding his character. He was thrust into this position of high responsibility after his father's suspicious passing, but the guy was confident and pretty brilliant at his job. Beckett was a man who went after what he wanted and didn't bow down to others, a quality he most certainly needed to face his manipulative aunt. The only person he couldn't seem to woo was Samara. Samara was a fantastic heroine herself. She was very goal-oriented, confident and could absolutely crush you with her heels. I loved how ambitious and affirmative Samara was. Samara was also an Indian America and I appreciated the diversity. That being said, I do wish Samara's Indian representation had been a stronger element here than just mentions of "samosa" and "biryani". There were also some Hindi words here that were not used properly. I'm hoping that this has changed in the final copy.

The romance between Beckett and Samara was really one of the highlights of The Last King. Their chemistry together was smoking and as always, the steamy scenes were out of the world. I love how Katee Robert's sexy-times scenes aren't just about the physical aspects of sex. She always manages to intertwine the emotional connection between the couple. Beckett and Samara had a "rivals to lovers" romance, a trope that I don't think we see enough of in romance, and it was done really well here. The tension between the two because of their positions was A+. I also could not get enough of the side characters here. I thought Beckett's whole family was just fascinating. I was especially intrigued by his aunt, Lydia King, who made for a pretty freaking awesome villain. Also, I'm already here for Journey, Beckett's cousin, and Frank, Beckett's best friend's, book. They are next so I don't have much of wait, thankfully!

The Last King was a great start to The Kings series. If you like your romances steamy with some hate-to-love dynamics, scandalous family feuds and headstrong characters, this is a book for you.

Have you read Katee Robert's books before? Who are some of your favorite fictional families?
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