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

I had to pick up The Rebel King immediately after finishing The Kingmaker as it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I wasn't disappointed and I wasn't prepared for the emotion my heart would have to deal with!
The Rebel King (All the King's Men Duet #2)
Title: The Rebel King
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 17th 2019

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Ambition. Revenge. Love.

RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the gripping conclusion to the All the King’s Men Duet.

Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we’re the pawns and players.

Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

I was eager to continue with Lennix and Maxim's story as they dealt with a situation out of their control. I loved watching the way that Maxim would move heaven and earth for the love of his life. Despite everything, their love never wavered and the passion never died.

Lennix continued to work with Owen, Maxim's brother, on his presidential campaign. She was a force to be reckoned with and together they were going to go all the way. However, some issue from the past managed to come back and change everything that they were working toward.

Lennix and Maxim struggled a lot with their relationship, and having the time for one another. They had to evolve and learn ways to find time for one another without causing conflict. This book wasn't easy for them, as they faced loss and had to move on. When their whole worlds collided together, it was even harder for them to manage a relationship on the down-low. Sacrifices needed to be made, and it was hard for two stubborn, determined people to make a compromise.

I truly love the cast of characters, Lennix's bestfriend and business partner Kimba, Lennix's Father, her godmother Mena, Maxim's friend and security boss Grim, Owen and his wife, Milli, and even seeing more of Maxim's parents, especially his father Warren. Each character shaped the story and the characters were better people because of them.

This was a terrific duet and I absorbed the story as fast as I could! It was an addictive read and it really opened my eyes to the hardships that Native Americans have faced for centuries. I enjoyed the way Kennedy told this story and how she drew my emotions out, allowing me to shed a tear and fall in love with these fictional characters that feel so real! I hope I get more from some of the secondary characters!! 
I just loved Maxim and the way he always expressed himself to Lennix!

“It’s like I came so close to losing you,” I say stiltedly. “And something in me wants to lay claim to you. I don’t think it’ll be gentle. It’s some caveman shit. I know that.”
“Then I must be on some cavewoman shit,” she says, her smile widening, even though her eyes remain solemn. “Because I feel the same way.”
“You do?” I barely allow the words out in case she says no.
“I do. I was lying in bed, and the sedative worked at first, but I woke up and you weren’t there. Just staring at the ceiling felt wrong. I almost died, and I want to feel alive. Nothing makes me feel more alive than making love to you.”

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“You were it for me before I even knew what it was, Nix,” I say with quiet honesty. “What I’ve done in the last ten years, most people don’t do in a lifetime. I don’t say that to brag, but to say it required everything, all my focus, all my life to build what I have now. It’s in my DNA to do that. My father, his before him, his before him—they were pioneers, businessmen, entrepreneurs who, when others saw flat plains, saw oil fields. When others saw disaster, they saw opportunity. That’s who we are, but I wouldn’t have been that with you. I’m already changing.”
“You are?”
“It’s impossible to be that single-minded when your mind is always somewhere else, and I think my mind would have always been on you.”

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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.

Other reviews featuring Kennedy Ryan
All the King's Men Duet
The Kingmaker #1

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