The Goblin King

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The Goblin King (The Kings #4)The Goblin King by Heather Killough-Walden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What comes to mind when you think of goblins? Creatures with multiple rows of razor sharp teeth, talons, horns, scales, pretty much a monster. You would be correct in your thinking in this case as well until you happen to run across the Goblin King. Damon Chroi is the walking, talking epitome of bad-ass deliciousness. He was exiled from the Fae kingdom in his youth because of his immense power. As one of the thirteen kings, Damon knows that the day is coming that he will meet his queen. When he stumbles across Diana Piper one night in an alley, he knows instantly that she is his queen and that he cannot live without her another minute.

Diana has the power to heal. Since this is not an everyday talent, she is open to the possibility that other magical beings/things might exist. The night she meets Damon, she realizes that being open to the possibility and finding out other beings exist are two very different things. As with the other Queens, Diana is in danger from the scurge that is hunting them.

Since the Goblin Kingdom has ‘restricted’ access, Damon thinks Diana will be safe there. However, the bad guys have a loop hole. The Ka, who attacked the Kings at the end of the Warlock King, resurfaces. Damon’s Ka is able to enter the Goblin kingdom because they are in essence exact clones. Like all Fae, Damon does not give anyone his true name because names have power. Damon’s battle with his Ka is a battle of epic proportions, one not soon forgotten.

This was another great addition to The Kings series, a spinoff of the Big Bad Wolf series. We get to visit with many of the characters followers of the series have come to love. With that said, this book does not give us an in depth look at the progression of Damon and Diana’s relationship. What we get instead is a building of what is coming down the line with their story woven in.

What carrot does H K-W dangle in front of us to make us anticipate the next installment even more? We meet one of the future queens and find out who the next two kings and queens will be. “Happy dance!!!!”

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His to Command

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His to Command (His to Command, #1-6)His to Command by Opal Carew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It’s not you, it’s me.” Countless people have heard this sentiment through the eons of time. However, in the case of Matt and Kate, it really is Kate. This is not a story where the female character is being forced to become a submissive because of the male character having issues with the need to control and dominate her. Matt is a dominant so it would seem they would have the perfect relationship since Kate is a submissive. The problem is that Kate just can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that she is a strong, independent woman who naturally becomes submissive in the bedroom.

If there was ever a story of incorrect assumptions and misunderstandings this is it. If the two main characters had had a conversation two years ago there would not have been a book. Kate, not accepting the person she is, jumps at the opportunity to see Matt as a monster and flees. Matt, assuming Kate wants to end the relationship, takes her disappearance and lack of response to his attempts to communicate with her as her way of ending the relationship. They each felt betrayed by the other one.

Both of the characters are very likable and it’s easy to see how they end up in their predicament. Let this book be a lesson in the folly of making assumptions and not communicating.

This is a quick, enjoyable read from Opal Carew.

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Seduced in the Dark

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Seduced in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #2)Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First and foremost you have to pay very close attention. This book jumps back and forth between present day and events that occurred over the four months prior to the present. C.J. Roberts made this book significantly longer than Captive in the Dark so a lot more happens over a longer period of time. We find out a lot more about Caleb’s past. The fact that Caleb has any humanity left in him at all after enduring his past speaks to his strength of character; he is the poster child of how our past shapes our present and the person we are.

We find out almost immediately that Livvie successfully escapes. The book opens with her in the hospital after her escape. She recounts her time in captivity to the FBI over the course of the book which is how we find out how she escapes.

This book begs the question, ‘What are the chances of the average person falling in love with someone who had them kidnapped with the intent on auctioning them off as a sex slave?” (Throughout the book there is no doubt that Livvie is in love with Caleb; her grief is an almost tangible thing through the pages of the book.)However, that is not the point. As a reader, you must be willing to endure the darkness of the story to glimpse the bit of light at the end.

C.J. Roberts gives us a glimpse of the horror that is human trafficking while also giving us a story of betrayal, revenge, redemption, and forgiveness. While Livvie appears to be the obvious victim in the two books, we find out that Caleb has suffered the most horrifying betrayal, making you cheer for him to exact his revenge in spite of his tumultuous relationship with Livvie. Livvie’s biggest role is in offering Caleb forgiveness and allowing him to see that redemption is possible.

I honestly did not know how I felt at the end of this one, I still don’t. Do I feel I wasted my time reading it…definitely not. It was a very well written story. Both of the main characters are struggling to live but from very different aspects. She is literally fighting for her life while he is struggling to have a future and not drown in the past.

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