The Last King by Katee Robert
Series: The Kings #1
Published: April 3, 2018 by Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Beckett King just inherited his father’s fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he’s going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they’ve been rivals for years, there’s no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.
The rebel. That’s how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he’s absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can’t help wondering if it’s a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she’d mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.
But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.
I enjoyed The Last King for the most part, though I did find the middle portion a little slow in pace but it quickly picked back up. Things did start off sexy as business rivals Samara and Beckett find themselves indulging in a one night stand. There’s even some light suspense surrounding the death of Beckett’s father and future of his company. This really kept things moving along and Robert did a great job of weaving together the romance and the action.
Beckett was the kind of alpha hero I like to read about; strong, assertive, and possessive, but also surprisingly sweet and dedicated to those he cares about. He’s never stopped thinking about Samara and he wants her for the long term but he knows he has his work cut out for him to convince her that he’ll always have her back. Samara doesn’t trust love and she especially doesn’t trust rich men. She’s outrageously attracted to Beckett but she continues to keep a strong wall between them. As a millionaire and heir to the King legacy, Beckett can survive any fallout from their relationship but all Samara has is her reputation and she refuses to lose that.
Samara was prickly, independent, and deeply loyal, and I say all of those things as a compliment. She’s a complex woman but once she goes all in for someone, she’s gives everything for them. I loved seeing Samara’s tough side when she dealt with her ruthless boss Lydia but also her softer side when she interacted with her mother and best friend Journey. I also enjoyed seeing how Samara came to trust Beckett and realize that he needs someone to be on his side now that he’s alone in the world. Samara has so much compassion to give but you have to earn the right first.
The King family is truly dysfunctional and I’ll be curious to see where this series goes as it continues.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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