(The King Trilogy, #1)

When Mia Turner’s brother goes missing in Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn’t get much worse. But when she’s blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil.

Others might be fooled by his private jet, fine tailored suits, and disarming smile, but Mia knows something dark, sinister, and unnatural lurks behind those penetrating, pale-gray eyes. And the more she learns, the more she realizes she may never be free again.

“I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you.”
I had this on my TBR shelf awhile, and when I first started reading this, I didn't even realize it was from the same author who wrote a book I absolutely hated, Mermen. Thankfully this book was better written and the relationship between the two main characters intrigued me.

It's a strange book that starts on a weak step. At first the heroine comes across too wishy-washy and easily rolled over with a man who was cliche rude, but it turned from a predictable story to a perplexing tangle later on. At first the 'story' seems relatively simply, but this is a case where it gets more complex the deeper you dig. For the first few chapters I was as in the dark as the main character and wanting her to ditch King, but it becomes clear soon he has a certain power and ability she can't replicate personally. It's clear there are several storylines going on, with King's own mission taking precedent in his mind, the heroine wondering who and what he IS, what he's lying about, and getting involved with all sorts of BAD people.

Yes, really BAD people. The Club 10 has some of the most disgusting members I've read about for awhile. Not much is off the table for their corruption. While the heroine starts off where I wanted to slap her, she grew on me later. She shows a backbone and independence. Humor was ramped up - her thoughts made me giggle a few times. In addition to that, the infuriating male lead was easier on the palate as I saw more of saving graces, especially uber protectiveness (gets me every time.)

It's one of those books where the story hooks you, confuses you a bit, shakes you around, and you're still not sure exactly what you read when you're done, but you know you had a fun time reading it. There's humor but there's darkness, there's intriguing characters and sexual tension, but it's not corny erotica by any means.

Not everyone will enjoy this. You have to like this kind of story, the controlling sort of alpha male, supernatural blended in, and all that stuff. If you don't have chemistry with those tropes, then pass then on - if you do, then read this one as soon as you can, it's addictive stuff.

   Book Quotes:

“I saw right through that rapturous smile. He was a cruel, sadistic son of a bitch.”

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