#Review “The Rebel King” by Kennedy Ryan

“Every time I think Kennedy Ryan can’t possibly raise the bar any further, she proves me wrong in the most delightful way possible. Lennix left me breathless. Maxim stole my heart.” — Katee Robert, New York Times Bestselling Author

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The Rebel King, the stunning, beautiful conclusion to the All The King’s Men Duet, from USA Today bestselling author Kennedy Ryan, is available now! Get ready for a binge read!

Aundi’s Musings…

5 Must Read CROWNS

This duet has left me with the most EPIC book hangover of the year. From the start it drags you in and pulls you under with its suspense/angst. I was completely enthralled from the first line of the first page and I could not put it down until I finished. This duet will consume every aspect of you until you are finished. Kennedy has proven once again why she is a one-click author for me. 

The world comes to a complete stop and the only thing still in motion is the blood galloping through my veins like wild horses, like mustangs.

The evolution of Nix and Maxim is truly fascinating to see. These two are both so strong willed and complex people that they can’t help but buttheads. And at the same time their love is so all consuming that they complete each other on a level that no one has been able to. I loved the duality of them and their relationship, they are pure strength and vulnerability but only with each other. Nix and Maxims connection is embedded in their souls down to their very marrow and it will cause your heart to ache with the feelings this story elicits. 

“Lennix Moon Hunter, Yavapai-Apache Nation,” she says, her voice fierce, her eyes lit for battle. “The last warriors to surrender. And I am the girl who chases stars.”

Nix’s unwavering and defiant spirit is shown throughout this masterpiece. In every page she is on you can feel her strength come through. I am in complete awe of this woman that Kennedy has created. Listening to her words and watching her stand her ground pours from the pages and seeps into your soul. You can’t help but be touched by her steadfast convictions and her brilliant mind, this character, this woman is one that you can look up to. 

Every cell in my body screams with the need to reclaim her physically. To stamp myself into her skin and feel the imprint of her burned into mine. 

Maxims possessive/alpha nature shines through in this story more than the first. You can’t help but want to peek into his complex and brilliant mind. This man consumes any room he is in. He fills it with nothing more than just his presence, but you can’t escape. You can feel him in every pore of your body and soul. When he speaks, you listen. The determined nature of his persona and the way he loves Nix so completely will make you fall head of heels for this man. 

I signed on for you, whatever that means, wherever that takes us. 

This story caused me to ache in places I didn’t even know existed, I cried through so much of this, but felt the strength of these character’s build up through their tears and pain. Watching as Nix and Maxim hold onto their convictions even through their grief while also trying to reconcile their new life with their old one, caused my soul to ache. But with all the tragedy and all the tears wept, Kennedy infuses humor to help lighten some of the levity of this story and help lift your heart up.

We weren’t unlikely, Nix, “I say, no levity in the words. “We were inevitable.” 

Kennedy has created a dynamic and consuming read that brings to light socio-economic issues on a global level that so desperately need to be addressed. And at the same time an EPIC love story that will pull at every single emotion you have. This duet is absolutely a MUST READ! Kennedy doesn’t pull any punches with this story, she doesn’t shy away from the true issues and reading it will open your eyes to some things that you may have never thought of prior. This is unequivocally the best duet of 2019!!!

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Tricia’s Musings…

5 let’s change the world CROWNS
I was completely consumed and captivated by the wonderful conclusion to this epic duet. Ms Ryan is without a doubt an amazingly talented author. It’s fortunate that my review is a written one, as right now she’s left me speechless.
The storyline is intense, thrilling and suspenseful, the words poetic, with beautiful descriptive language that helps you experience events as if with your own eyes. Ms Ryan holds nothing back and I don’t think there was an emotion I didn’t experience during the course of this book. It took several turns I really wasn’t expecting, ones which both shocked and surprised me, left me open mouthed and quite frankly feeling like I’d been put through the wringer.
Oh how I love Maxim and Lennix. Their relationship is complex, hot and intense and, whilst their intimate moments are passionate, the connection between them does not just exist in the bedroom. There is a spiritual layer to their relationship that cannot be explained by mere chemistry and their bond continues to grow and mature in a way which makes them stronger and fills them with determination. I respected them so much, both as a couple and individuals. Neither of them were envious of, or threatened by, the others success. Maxim’s pride in Lennix, how he evolved and learned to listen to her in a way he didn’t when they were younger was inspiring. The way Lennix has the courage of her convictions means she is someone to look up to in my eyes. She is not without fear, but she is brave, even in the face of great danger.
Lennix Moon Hunter, Yavapai-Apache Nation,” she says, her voice fierce, her eyes lit for battle. “The last warriors to surrender. And I am the girl who chases stars” “… every line of her body a declaration of war”
I was so proud of her. I particularly loved the way she refused to let anyone define her, drawing strength from her traditions and her mother’s teachings at times when she’s feeling overwhelmed by life’s events. The way she spoke of her mother was wonderful and incredibly touching.
“They buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds” … “Mama lives on. I am her harvest”
Personally, this author’s books are not merely stories, not simply an escape from reality. Without lecturing or preaching to the reader, they are inspiring and thought provoking, in a way which for me educates as well as entertains. The Rebel King is a stunning conclusion to this superb duet, one I did not want to end.
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Sarah’s Musings…
What is there to say about The Rebel King? It was consuming, inspiring, and emotional. It pulled on every single heart string I have, and when it was all said and done I wasn’t ready to move on or say goodbye. I wanted a million and one epilogues. I wanted to stay with Maxim and Lennix well into their relationship, like old and gray.

These two change and evolve after the events at the end of book one; they kind of have to as a result of what occurs. Kennedy Ryan, however, still kept the core of their characters and what drives them. Their love is still all encompassing, their love passionate and transformational. I truly am infatuated with their love.

The Rebel King is such a poignant novel. It touches on so many social issues that are plaguing our world. I found myself understanding not just the specific issues that were important to each character but the overall theme that what we are doing isn’t working, and understanding the desire for a better world, for something different, someone different. Kennedy Ryan truly speaks to the social climate we are currently in, but she also leaves us with hope, inspiration that things can get better with the right people. The world needs innovators, fighters, and dreamers. We need intellectuals who are willing to think outside of the box and people who are willing to break down the walls of the status quo. We need a Rebel King and Queen.

Kennedy Ryan proves time and again why she is a must read author. Her style is poetic, emotive. I feel every word. Her stories are didactic and romantic. She combines every facet I love about reading into one epic romance time and again, and The Kingmaker duet is all of this and more.




Ambition. Revenge. Love.

RITA® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan delivers the gripping conclusion to the All the King’s Men Duet.

Raised to resist. Bred to fight. Survival is in my blood and surrender is never an option.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of my body and heart, I had other plans. We were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, but the man I trusted with everything was a trickster. A thief who stole my love. If what we had was a lie, why did it feel so real? The man I swore to hate will have it all, and wants me at his side. But power is a game, and we’re the pawns and players.

Facing insurmountable odds, will we win the world, or will we lose it all?

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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. Just finished “The Rebel King”. What a stunning series! I loved everything about the story!

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