#Review “The Kingmaker” by Kennedy Ryan

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The Kingmaker, the first in the all-new powerful and emotional All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!

Trica’s Musings…

5+ all the moon and stars CROWNS

To say that I loved this book is an understatement, I adored it. The way this author infuses the most amazing, beautiful love stories with such important social issues is both jaw dropping and awe inspiring.

Maxim and Lennix are everything. Oh, this couple! Their fierceness, their fire, their principles, their passion for life, and for each other is incredible. It’s palpable and intoxicating and just leaps from the pages. Not to mention, their first kiss was the most wonderful, pleasurable, toe curling description of a kiss I’ve ever read.
“If a kiss has a color, this one is the muted shades of the sky overhead, a ménage à trois of midnight and indigo and moonshine silver. If a kiss has a sound, this one is the concert of our breaths and sighs and moans”
Ms Ryan’s gorgeous descriptive language throughout is simply sublime. The story itself is deep and multilayered and I couldn’t put it down. Yes it’s a wonderful love story but it’s also deeply moving. An education in cultural heritage and in the environmental and historical impact that industry has, not just in the planet but on the customs and traditions of certain societies, it’s delivered in a sensitive way which is both informative and enlightening. It was emotional and heartbreaking at times, yet it infused me with a sense of pride for those fighting injustice. It made me want to stand shoulder to shoulder with them as they faced down those who would take everything from them without thought to the consequences of their actions.
This couple may come from very different backgrounds but each have a driving need to change the world for the better in their own unique way. They are kindred spirits, crusaders, warriors, and I loved them both. Needless to say, it’s a must read, and I’m counting the days until Rebel King is here.  I suspect, however, that I’m never going to get my fill of these characters and their touching and thought provoking story.
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Aundi’s Musings…

5 Girl Who Chases Stars CROWNS

Kennedy has written a sensational romance laced with environmental and societal implication’s that have been grossly overlooked or disregarding in today’s age. Her creation grabs your attention from the start and completely and utterly enthralls you tell the very last sentence. This is one of those stories that will live with you long after you’ve read it. And you will continue to come back and reread just to relive these feelings again.

She’s a straight line of color sketched into the desert landscape, transformed by a glamor of dust and sunlight.

I don’t want to give anything away because this story should be gone into completely blind, so that you can really feel what’s happening in the pages and draw your own conclusion’s regarding the content. But just know that you will not be the same once you read this. This book will change an integral part of you and you won’t want it back.

Some people leave an impression. Lennix Moon Hunter has left more than an impression. She’s left her mark on me. And it’s shaped like a star.

Lennix and Maxim are forces to be reckoned with. Separately they are completely dedicated to their separate causes. And they have all the ideals and passions that they want to complete. They are powerhouses that will bring forth the change that they wish to see, whether you are with them or against them. Their vehemence regarding these issues is remarkable and the way they voice their opinions on the topics and the force behind it makes you want to stand alongside them and fight with them.

His body, so beautiful and strong, sets off an impossible, primordial chant inside of me. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

The potency with which they fight for their causes directly translates into the intensity between Maxim and Lennix making it even more formidable and all-consuming. From the moment they meet it’s as if their souls have found their missing piece. Every one of their interactions throughout the whole story was filled with conviction and passion, you could feel it come through the pages and blanket your skin. Their kind of connection is once-in-a-lifetime, so much so, that you feel inspired just to be a part of it in this small way. Their passion for each other will steal your breath away and leave you completely captivated.

I thought I wanted her then, but it was just a struck match. What burns inside me now is rampant, a wildfire I’m tired of trying to contain.

An intelligently written and concise story full of intense subject matter is so beautifully done. This story will pull forth so many differing emotions from you and leave you wanting so much more. This story does end on the mother of all cliffhangers so be prepared for that. But I honestly cannot wait to see where Kennedy takes us in book two, if this story has created this intensity in me, I can only imagine what will happen in the conclusion. This book is a must read for all. Do not hesitate you will love this story cover to cover!!

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Sarah’s Musings…


Phew! Every single time I read a Kennedy Ryan book, I sit down my kindle after the final page and just blink in awe, awe of her talent, her wordsmithing, her ability to weave such urgent social issues, unseen social injustices with these epic romances. I walk away from every one of her books with a new understanding, a new need to help, a new need to share my newfound knowledge, and, last but not least, a new couple to exemplify REAL ( life is hard) LOVE. In short, I feel inspired.

Part of that inspiration comes from these characters. Each with their own drive and passion, it bleeds off the page. Their dialogue and their intellect sucked me in. I believed in their convictions, I wanted to jump into the pages and join them. More than just loving them, these are the types of heroines and heroes I want my daughters to read about, be inspired by. I want this couple to be the example for them, showing them the importance of knowing the past, present and future, of being educated and knowledgeable, of being conscious and respectful, of being accepting and appreciative of all the world and society has to offer.

In addition to these amazing characters we get another epic romance, and I know I seem to say this with all Kennedy Ryan couples, but each one is so unique, so different from the last, and yet the way they all love each other is encompassing, endless, eternal. Her couples, including this hero and heroine, their stories and the way they love fiercely, passionately is the stuff of romances. It is the way we want to be loved and love in return.

This story is captivating, the pacing perfect. From the moment they meet and every moment after, each page is filled with emotion, passion, love, trials. It is filled with life, each page seeming to have its own beat and pulse. Kennedy Ryan has composed another must read romance that has me already begging for the final book in this duet. I am that consumed with this story and these characters, desperate to know how it is all going to end.

With a Kennedy Ryan book, I always have high expectations, and she consistently meets them. She writes with such integrity, such honesty that I feel each story in my soul. Her characters, no matter who they are or what their convictions and passions are , are relatable and inspirational. I feel changed when I read her books. I want to be better. Better for the world, for my kids, for society. And this, this is what great literature is about, effecting change, inspiring hope, shining light on current issues. Kennedy Ryan is so much more than a romance writer, she is that (trust me, the romance aspect doesn’t disappoint on any level), but she and her stories are more.




Power. Passion. Betrayal.

RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King’s Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and would do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

And neither will I.

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About the Author:

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A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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  1. I was excited for this duet already but with each review I read, I grow more determined to read.

  2. This book sounds amazing!!!! It has everything I want. Thanks to these awesome reviews, I am definitely downloading it.

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