Kingdom (Avenues Ink Series #2) by A.M. Johnson
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Mary Ruth – The Reading Ruth
Cover Model: Steve Gehrke
Release Date: May 25, 2017
4 Fairy-tale CROWNS
As with all of A.M. Johnson’s novels. Kingdom is beautifully written story that intertwines the past, the present, and a fairy-tale that connects Liam and Kelly from the time they are young. The artistry behind this story, and all of her stories, is what keeps me coming back as a reader.
Liam is a very serious man, forced into growing up much sooner than he should have in order to take care of his family. As a result, he is forced to put his dreams on hold, and he loses at least a part of his happily-ever-after. This loss has left him emotionally detached from any romantic relationship, only pursuing physical gratification. Once he comes back into contact with Kelly, readers get to see a different side to this emotionally closed off man. They get to see the fire burning inside of him, and he really develops as a character once he gets his Princess back. Kelly, like Liam, has also come from a bad home, and from the time she was little, she longed to flee her cage. Even when she is given her freedom, she isn’t really and slowly begins to wither in a different cage. In order to save herself, she runs from the only man she has loved, and while she has found success, her life is shallow, all glitter on the outside and devoid of anything real on the inside. Also like Liam, when she returns to her home, the two of them find everything they were looking for, and the King and Queen take their place within their Kingdom, finding a world filled with happiness, love, and fulfillment, finally beating their demons.
This story is told through three different avenues. There are chapters written in the past, written in the present, and written in relation to the fairy tale. Each part of the story fills in the holes of the story, giving the reader a complete tale of loss and love. Like most A.M. Johnson stories, though, this is more than a romantic love story. It is one that focuses on finding happiness and fulfillment for yourself, about losing people who you love, and about family support and belief. Only once these characters have found all three do they get their fairy-tale ending.
A.M. Johnson continues to write fantastic stories. As always, I am blown away at her talent, the way she develops complex and broken characters, and intricate plot lines, and I have no idea the final brother’s book will be just as phenomenal.
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Kelly Kavanagh was Liam’s happily ever after, his loyal princess. A lifeline to something better than any high school dropout could ever hope for…until the day she left to pursue a dream that didn’t include him and slowly his kingdom crumbled to the ground.
Liam O’Connell was the sun to Kelly’s everlasting moon, her painted prince. A strong and devoted soul to fight the war she was slowly losing against herself…until his promises had become lies and her dream was the only way she would ever survive.
They have more than just miles and time between them now. The twin fortresses they’ve built around their hearts are next to impossible to scale. But, when two parallel fates collide in life and in death, will the impact be powerful enough to break down their self-imposed walls?
Every love story starts with Once Upon a Time, but in real life there are no fairytale endings, and the prince who rescues you…will never wear a crown.
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Paige Simon was the only girl Declan ever loved. The only one capable of silencing his voices, the only person to ever have faith in who he was, until the day her faith turned to doubt and destroyed everything they’d made together.
Declan O ’Connell was the only person Paige could be herself with. The only one she could rely on, until the day she was forced to make a choice that would condemn them both.
They’ve had years apart, and second chances don’t belong to the damned. But when you come face to face with your savior, it’s almost impossible to walk away. In order to move beyond the sins of their past, and forever silence the demons in his head, they’ll have to risk it all.
But with love, there are real reasons to be afraid and, sometimes… your salvation is your damnation.
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About the Author:
Amanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse. Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters.
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