A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.
King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.
Warning: This book contains graphic violence, consensual and nonconsensual sex, drug use, abuse, and other taboo subjects and adult subject matter. Although originally slated to be a standalone, KING is now a two part series.
5 fantabulous STARS!!
What the. WHAT THE… What did I just read?!! Holy hairy balls Batman!! WOW! I never, I absolutely mean NEVER, write a review immediately after finishing a book. I like to let it marinate. Sit in my brain and soak up the book. Time to make sure I really still feel the same way a day or two out that I feel right after finishing. But this book? KING! It’s so solid gold! And the kicker is – there are moments in the book that had I known before hand, I never would have entertained reading it. But those tragic and traumatic scenes weren’t just laid in there because she could. No! Author T.M. Frazier took me out of my comfort zone and she does it with such finesse and ease that continues with the proper flow of the story.
I feel like I’m rambling… ugh.
King. Brantley King. What a name right? He’s as alpha as they come my friends. With a side of just-released-from-prison and a hearty helping of serious BADASS. He runs an unsavory business while running a tattoo shop from his house. He has had an extremely difficult past. And returning to life as he knew it, isn’t the same. He can’t seem to find the peace he always did before.
“…it wasn’t the same. I couldn’t reach that place of temporary reprieve no matter how hard I tried.”
I’ll spare you ask the sordid details – you have to read to get all the dirt – but know that he is a character I’ll not forget. King was a character that, even though he’s not a upstanding citizen, I still loved. I couldn’t help but love him! His need and ability to protect. As well as his vulnerabilities slowly peeking through.
What to say about Doe. Yes, Doe. As in Jane Doe. She was equally likable. From her haunted eyes, her ‘speak-before-I-think-disease’, and her I-won’t-take-your-shit attitude. She was a lost soul. Literally.
“No wallet. No ID. No money. No possessions of any kind. No fucking memory.”
I felt Doe holding onto the notion that she would one day remember everything. She was very conscious of her decisions. Weighing everything as though her life depended on it. He dilemma was one that, honestly, I never thought of. I’ve seen movies, or shows, or read other books where one character it another loses their memory. But the one fact I never thought of – obviously T.M. Frazier does! And did brilliantly!! The promise she makes is heart-wrenching!
“I’ll try harder. I promise. I can survive…for you.”
As the story digs deeper and deeper, I found myself anxious. Found I was hungrier and hungrier reading each word. There a more than a few surprises in this book!! It was as if I had no idea which direction was up. And I loved it! By the last few chapters, secrets come to light and choices are made. I knew it ended in a cliffhanger. I was prepared to want more. I was prepared to leave the story when I wouldn’t want to. I was NOT prepared, however, for the last few lines. Mind blown. Completely knocked me off my chair! Hold the freaking phone, back up, rewind sort of stuff. Amazing stuff. Solid gold stuff.
Hats off and a round of applause for T.M. Frazier! I’m literally salivating for more!