The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan ~ Review & Teaser (@kennedyrwrites)

I haven't read anything by Kennedy Ryan in a long time, so when I stumbled across this duet I had to get it. Boy was it a good read, and you bet I had to read them back to back... it was a sizzling read, with heart warming and intense moments that had me eagerly flicking the pages!
The Kingmaker (All the King's Men Duet #1)
Title: The Kingmaker
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 17th 2019 (first published October 25th 2019)

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"I'd do anything to keep her."

Power. Passion. Betrayal.

Rita Award-winning author 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.

When I started the Kingmaker, I could tell it was going to be a real eye opener. I learned about Lennix and her Native American heritage, the troubles they all faced and how she was taking on the world. I could see the impact that Maxim left on her soul and I had hope that these two would find each other once again.

I enjoyed watching Lennix and Maxim's connection grow over the years. The first initial meeting was when Lennix was 17 and Maxim was 24. It was a huge moment for both of them and shaped the way they were going to go in the next years. When they reconnected years later, they shared an amazing time together and I could see how deep that connection was. However, a few secrets and misdirections would break what they had and it was going to be a long time before they crossed paths again.

I loved how passionate each of them were to their careers and their beliefs. Lennix was determined to make change and getting people to see her and hear what she had to say, defending her lands and her peoples heritage. She shaped a career to help those in politics who were making change and those who would help her with her goals in the future.

Maxim was also looking to change the world through green fuels, which cased conflict with his father as he was a fossil fuel tycoon. He travelled a lot so that he could understand our world and had every intention of becoming rich at what he was doing. He wasn't a saint but he was an amazing man with a vision.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lennix and Maxim, and seeing them grow into amazing people. They were both strong people and the time apart made their relationship more intense. It wasn't an easy journey, but I loved the way that Kennedy wove the tale and I loved getting to know each character that she introduced. That ending though, had me on edge and I had to dive into the sequel immediately!

I just loved Maxim and how he always expressed what he wanted!

“I have to leave now for this expedition, but we’re not done.”
“I say we are.” My voice is shockingly steady, considering how I’m trembling inside.
“We’re not. Do what you need to do. Change your world,” he says softly, his eyes connected to mine so intensely there’s no hope of looking away. “I have to go make my world, but when the time is right, I’ll be back for you.”

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“What do you want?”
“The same thing I wanted ten years ago.” I soften my tone. “A chance with you.”
“Because no one else has done what you did for me. Not before you and not since. I want to see if what we had, what we should have had, is still there.”

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Kennedy RyanA 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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