Review: The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan
"The first is that I can no longer call what I feel for Lennix obsession, mere attraction, or anything less than what it is. I’m absolutely, irrevocably in love with her."
Title: The Rebel King
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: All The Kings Men (Book Two)
Genre/Themes : Adult, Romance, Politics
First thing first, if you read my review on the first book of this series called The KingMaker I am happy to announce - it does get better. As we finished off our first book with a cliffhanger, that made me read the second book even though I wasn't entirely up for it. However, I decided to give it a try and I am happy I did. It wasn't my favorite book of the month, or the week or even the hour. However, the plot thickens and the author through her variety of twists and turns allows us to forget the somewhat slimy and cringe sex scenes that are voraciously scattered around the pages.
One of my main problems with the story (apart from the sex scenes, but you know this already) is the lack of character development the story offers. Unfortunately, book two doesn't change that. Maxim Cade is still a powerful man who desires to control every little thing around him, sure we do see his inhibitions and the walls he puts up slowly fall around Lennix but that's about it. Lennix on the other hand is still stubborn and still somewhat selfish. I guess my love for the characters wasn't completely there, hence why this story wasn't my cup of tea.
As for the characters and their subplots, this did change tremendously in book 2. Book 1 we had a lot of fillers for characters, like Owen and Millie with their beautiful political family which we wanted more of but the author only allowed glimpses of their life and their personality. This time around, the subplots that surround our secondary characters are more lively and interesting (and heartbreaking too).
The plot grew from being a second chance unidimensional story to become a book that discussed the scheme of being a politician (the dangers of it too), the importance of family and with it the added dimension of family trouble. The story ends with a nice little bow, wrapping our questions and the troubles we wanted to see ceased. Which I enjoyed and was thankful that it ended the way it did.
“But what if those crazy kids who dreamed in a tulip field all those years ago about changing the world, about making it a better place, actually get
to do it together?”
Lastly, you guys are aware I hated the romance scenes and sex scenes (because I've said it a million times) but I must end this review with saying how Lennix crying (or actually sobbing) every time they had sex because it was and I quote "so perfect" was unreal and in reality somewhat toxic.
-- 2.5 stars -