by Tyler King
(April 30, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99)
4 Unexpected Crowns
This is my first book by Tyler King, and it wasn’t what I expected. Filled with complex characters and an unexpected story-line, it was a beautifully written romance.
The complexity of not only the characters but also their relationship is unusual in the romance world. Originally, readers see Avery as a character who needs guidance. As a survivor of a cult, she seems to be the one who struggles in public and social situations. Readers assume that she is the one that will need the saving, but, in a turn of events, she becomes the who has immense strength. She is the one who saves, and readers get to see her come into her own and gain the confidence she needs from the very beginning. As well as being a savior and needing saved, Ethan is a damaged and complex hero. He is the main reason Avery becomes the woman she does in the novel, but he also has demons that plague him. Readers see him travel down a dangerous path, but similar to Avery he fights his way back.
What readers will ultimately love about these characters is that they support each other unconditionally. There love, although quick, seems to whether all the storms life throws at them, and their love is unalterable and authentic.
This story will take readers places they never expected. I know that I expected an office type romance between the newest reporter and the superstar writer, but it is so much more. Yes, there is an office romance, but it becomes more. It is a story about love, real love, and the hardships life asks that love to endure. It shows that it isn’t always easy, and sometimes it is best to walk away. At the core, though, love is about unconditional support and acceptance.
Tyler King has penned a very tragic yet beautiful romance that will pull at readers’ heartstrings. Filled with angst, romance, and redemption, it is sure to be a favorite.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes, getting in too deep is the only way to survive…
As darkly charismatic as he is unpredictable, Ethan Ash knows me better than I know myself. He’s spent years unraveling the family scandal I’ve tried desperately to escape. I once thought that made us adversaries. Now he’s the closest ally I have left.
Ethan’s both the chaos around me and the deep, calm center where I feel safe. People warn me about him, tell me he’s dangerous. Don’t fall for him. But its too late. Beacuase I can’t tell where my addiction ends…and his obsession begins.
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“You awake?” Ethan shifts next to me in bed beneath the blankets. “Something wrong?”
“I’m fine. Go back to sleep.”
He rolls to his side, wrapping his arm around my waist. “Talk to me.”
“Really, it’s nothing. I’m just restless.”
“You’re safe with me.” His fingers slide under the hem of my tank top to lightly brush bare skin. “I won’t let anything happen to you.”
“No, I know. It isn’t that, I’m just…”
I don’t have the words to articulate it. Even if I could, I’m not sure it’d make sense.
“What can I do?” he asks, trying to understand.
Ethan needs a problem he can fix. Something with bolts and buttons. Something he can take apart, reassemble, or knock with a hammer. People aren’t as easy.
Instead, I kiss him. My lips against his, it isn’t a solution, but it makes me feel better. Wrapped in blankets, secluded in darkness, he overwhelms my senses. The taste of mint on his tongue, the clean, rich scent of his skin—they drive all other thoughts from my mind. I feel only his mouth, his tongue teasing mine, and his heart beating under my palm.
“Avery,” he hums against my lips. “Wait a minute.”
My fingers comb into his hair, tugging. I don’t want him to speak. To let words break the illusion. I just want him, everywhere, all at once and nothing else.
“Listen to me.” He breaks away. “I want you to hear this.”
Hand caressing the side of my face, he runs his thumb under my bottom lip until I settle.
“I mean it. Whenever you’re scared or hurting, I want you to feel safe with me. I want to be the person you talk to, not the one you hide from. Anything at all, or nothing, whatever it is that gets inside your head and makes you want to run, give it to me. I’ll take it away. I’ll bury it in the ground, and never let it hurt you again. I promise, Avery, with all my heart. You never have to be afraid of anything when you’re with me.”
The darkness turns liquid and my chest clenches.
“Why do you say things like that?” I barely whisper.
“Because they’re true. And because I love you.”
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About the Author
Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband.
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