Everything Hurts & I'm Dying: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

THE KINGMAKER

by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 7th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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First of all Ms. Kennedy Ryan, how dare you! Second of all, HOW DARE YOU?! Oh my goodness!!! I have been really pumped for The Kingmaker and the All the King's Men Duet since the cover and summary were revealed. I've read a couple of books by Kennedy Ryan and I knew I was in for an emotional treat with this duet too. The minute the book released, I picked it up and then finished it in like half a day, which is almost UNHEARD of for me these days. This book completely wrecked my emotions and after I finished, I spent a solid half an hour in bed staring at the ceiling wondering how the heck I was going to wait THREE WHOLE WEEKS for the sequel, because HOT DAMN, was this good and I NEEDED MORE!!

This review is probably just going to be me shouting about how much I loved it and it probably won't make a lot of sense because truly, this book just about rendered me speechless, but who cares. The Kingmaker and the All the King's Men duet is a saga. It's a love story that spans decades and it freaking hurts, but man is it so worth all the pain. Lennix is probably one of my favorite heroines of all-time. Man, was she fierce. I just about loved everything about her, including her passion, loyalty, and smarts. Her Native American background is a prominent part of The Kingmaker. It was obvious that Kennedy Ryan put her time and effort into researching the cultures and traditions. We stan an author who does her research AND gets sensitivity readers when they write outside of their culture on this blog. I sound very ignorant, but I don't know much about Native American traditions other than some of the historical parts you hear in the news, so this book was super knowledgeable for me, and I always appreciate it when a book teaches me a thing or two. I was very invested in her motivations and her drive, and I was so rooting for her. I also really enjoyed how she tried to help her people by getting involved in politics to help elect Native American politicians. She was truly a powerhouse!

Her love interest, Maxim, was equally alluring. Listen, I haven't swooned as hard for a romance hero in quite a while, and Maxim sure got my ovaries saying hey! Phew, boy! I mean this was a man who was confident, assertive, and was determined to help save the world through his research in climate science. Is there anything hotter than a smart and passionate man? Nah! What about a smart, passionate man who is also a thoughtful lover in bed? NOPE. Maxim's complicated relationship with his big oil dad was at the forefront of this book. He rejects everything that his father stands for and they clashed constantly about their very differing views, but his father's name shadows him all the time. His father also happens to be Lennix' most hated man on Earth, which is why he keeps it from her when they first meet at a pipeline protest when she is 17. They connect, but they are unable to start a relationship as a result of her being underage. A chance encounter brings them together 4 years later in Amsterdam and they begin a short one-week affair that managed to be steamy, and soft at the same time. These two and their chemistry was a palpable force in The Kingmaker and while some readers might argue that their relationship is all about an instant connection, it was a connection that I personally found believable. Though they have no plans to continue their relationship beyond the one week since they both have career aspirations that will take them to opposite ends of the world, they form an attachment. Only, Maxim's secret comes back to haunt them both. I won't reveal what happens next, but you'll have to read the book to find out. Let me just tell you though, it is all good painful stuff!

Fair warning, The Kingmaker ends on a brutal cliffhanger, but thankfully the sequel will be out in just three weeks. I'm so glad I read this book. If you're looking for something that will have you reading while ignoring all your responsibilities, and a book that will leave you absolutely breathless, The Kingmaker is for you,

Have you read anything lately that had you completely invested?
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