Thank you, Alta Hensley and the Dangerous Press team for the advance reader copy of King of Spades, which releases on April 5th!
If you picked up the Meet Me Under the Mistletoe short story anthology then you may already be aware of Nick and Lyriope. She is a secret Morelli half-sister and Nick is sure intrigued by her. I knew I wanted an entire trilogy about them and we are finally getting it.
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“Nick Hudson has a dangerous reputation.
That’s what I need if I’m going to survive.
Desperation makes me seek out a ruthlessly powerful billionaire.
I need protection.
He demands my virtue as payment.
I’m falling into a world of luxury and sin.
With every twist and turn, I need more.
Except this is not a man to love.
This is a man to fear.
His obsession grows. So does the threat, until I’m trapped in a world of depravity. I’ll need more than Nick’s strength to survive. I’m going to need his heart.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Lyriope Bailey is our heroine and she is Bryant Morelli’s bastard daughter. Our story opens with her having no relationship with any of her half-siblings and is hiding from the Russian mob to whom she owes money. You cannot help but feel bad for her, she is in over her head. Her background as a Morelli bastard is very intriguing. I am interested to see the future reactions of Leo, Lucian and even Bryant. Our hero is Nick Hudson, a tattooed bad boy. He owns the private club, Wonderland. He is incredibly mysterious but seems to know a lot about Lyriope and the world of the Morellis and the Constantines. I loved Nick’s characterization, but I will not go into too much detail about the trauma in his past. I don’t want to spoil it for you. I am excited to see him give his heart to Lyriope.
- Setting: It is always good to return to Bishop’s Landing. It was nice to see someone, Nick who amassed wealth and influence but that wealth was not inherited. One of the settings is Wonderland, Nick’s club. I just wanted more of it! We only got a taste of the sexy side of the secret club. I am hopeful that a future book uses the setting more.
- Pacing: The pacing was quick. I could not stop reading. I just wanted to engulf it. So, by the time the story was finished I only wanted more. I just wish it was a little longer because I was enjoying it so much.
- Romance: This book is so incredibly hot! Lyriope is a virgin and she bargains it away to Nick. Once it is taken Nick will release her. To delay this Nick is not quick to sleep with her. He doesn’t want to admit he’s a sweet guy, but he didn’t want to lose her. All of this does not keep them from having fun in and out of the bedroom. These are some of the hottest scenes I have read in a long time.
King of Spades receives four out of five stars.
You can pick up the story below…
Thank you again to Alta Hensley and the Dangerous Press team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!