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review 2019-01-11 11:00
New Release Review! King's Rule (Kings of Sydeny #2) Jackie Ashenden!

 

Today, I am visiting Down Under and reviewing the 2nd book in the Kings of Sydney series - King's Rule by Jackie Ashenden! Enjoy your visit and don't forget to add the book to your shelves!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

The second book in the red-hot Kings of Sydney series finds Xander King working with his sexy stepsister, Poppy. But can he keep his dark past hidden when their sizzling chemistry takes them from the boardroom to the bedroom?

 

I don’t know what’s worse: hating my stepsister or lusting after her. I knew that hiring Poppy could be a mistake, but what choice did I have? Nobody else wants to work with a King—my crime lord father made sure of that before my brothers and I sent him to prison.

 

It’s not all bad, though; Poppy is a little more open-minded than I remember. It turns out my attraction to her isn’t completely one-sided—apparently, she finds my authority as exciting as I find her body. The animosity between us only makes it more exhilarating…

 

But a dark secret from my past could ruin everything. Poppy’s father used to work with mine, and I know more about his death than she guesses. I’ve been living with the guilt for years, and now that I’m so close to Poppy every day, I don’t know how much longer I can hide it.

 

I could tell her everything and risk our thrillingly wild fling—but am I willing to give up something that feels so good?

 

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This contemporary romance keeps readers well entertained throughout as a billionaire and his stepsister navigate a hate / love relationship. Xander and Poppy are strong characters that stand out as they draw readers into their story. The relationship between is earthquake shaky and full of snark, attitude, stubborn clashes and sizzling chemistry. The passion burns hot both in their heated arguments and during their intimate times together and the emotional turmoil that takes place during this relationship is quite intense. Readers can’t practically feel the energy between Xander and Poppy leap off the pages as they go head to head in battle, well actually the energy can be felt throughout the story no matter what the couple is doing.

 

The plot is fast paced and keeps readers well entertained with some chuckle worthy events, some heart tugging events and quite a bit of suspense as both characters are holding back due to past events and secrets that they don’t want to let go of. But on the down side of that, readers may find some of the antics between Xander and Poppy to be a bit overdone, although this can easily be overlooked due to the fact that it is also quite amusing and there is enough of the sweet and romantic fall in love events to balance it out, which keeps readers turning the pages.

 

 

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Author's Book Page - http://www.jackieashenden.com/tb-books/kings-rule/

 


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42100385-king-s-rule

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/king-s-rule-jackie-ashenden/book,13994420

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/king-s-rule-by-jackie-ashenden-2019-01-03

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1032787

 

Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c24790e01dbc864fb96d0f6/kings-rule-jackie-ashenden

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=nURvDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=jackie+ashenden+king%27s+rule&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxzK3tr-LfAhUxnq0KHavMD1kQ6AEIKjAA

 


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King's Rule is the 2nd book in the Kings of Sydney series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/245728-kings-of-sydney

 

HQN - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/miniseries/kings-of-sydney.html

 


1 King's Price
2 King's Rule

 

 

 APRIL 1, 2019

 

#3 King's Ransom


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42116663-king-s-ransom

 


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AVAILABLE in ebook

 

HQN - https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488048449_kings-rule.html

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Rule-Sydney-Jackie-Ashenden-ebook/dp/B07HJ838JB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537675987&sr=8-1&keywords=King%27s+rule+ashenden

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kings-rule-jackie-ashenden/1129320955?ean=9781488048449

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/kings-rule/id1436834945?mt=11

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/king-s-rule

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jackie_Ashenden_King_s_Rule?id=nURvDwAAQBAJ

 


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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

 

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.


 

Website - http://www.jackieashenden.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6577006.Jackie_Ashenden

 

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/JackieAshenden

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jackie-ashenden

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/jackie-ashenden/author,3200349

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120761624729120&ref=br_rs

 


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review 2016-09-04 18:56
FORBIDDEN DESIRE by Ava Sterling
Forbidden Desires: A Step Brother Story - Ava Sterling

Crystal has been trying to get her roommate Kara back into the dating game.  With Kara’s permission, Crystal sets us an online profile for Kara at a dating site. One of the responses comes from Kara’s stepbrother.  Kara does not want to be involved in what she considers an illicit pairing.  Crystal has no such qualms.

 

I liked this story.  There is more setting up of the world of Crystal and Kara with Brad joining later.  This definitely needs to be longer for this world to be explored.  I can see so much potential here.  The sex is also an introductory tryst that needs to be explored further.  I hope to see these three again.

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review 2016-04-11 03:41
STEPBROTHER: UNBREAKABLE by Victoria Villenueve
Stepbrother: Unbreakable (A Billionaire Stepbrother Romance) - Victoria Villeneuve
  Mikki has been telling Jaret no for their whole high school careers but gives in on prom night. The next day she finds out her mom will be marrying his dad. She wants nothing to do with him and moves across the country to go to college. Four years later they meet up at her mother's funeral. She gives into temptation again. Now she must live with the consequences.

I enjoyed Mikki and Jaret. Both needed to grow up and they did. The four years apart have helped. When Mikki needs Jaret, he is there for her. I liked how he had her back especially as they deal with the consequences of their actions. Both have to communicate with the other and when they begin to, they begin to see that neither is the façade they wear each day. The secondary characters form a good support system around them. I was glad to see them interacting with others especially Mikki. She kept a lot inside of her.

The story was good. I could feel Mikki's exasperation with Jaret. I could feel his getting to get a rise out of her. Because the characters were so well written and defined I knew they would get through the things that happened to them. Their reactions were what they were like. I cried as Mikki went through her difficulties. I cried as Mikki and Jaret faced their loss together and cheered as Jaret taught Mikki to hold her head up and not let the naysayers get to her.

I loved this story. I loved these characters. It's not a story I will walk away from.
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review 2016-01-27 01:09
BROKEN by Foxy Tale
Broken: Alpha Bad Boy MMA Fighter Stepbrother Romance - Foxy Tale
  This was a very emotional read. It deals with child abuse and domestic violence. It is very intense as it deals with Kayla's past and its affect on her present. Kayla takes up fighting because of the past. She uses it as a way to protect herself and free herself from the abuse. Along the way she has left Chase behind because her past caught up with her. He finally finds her and wants to hate her but when he learns her reasons he cannot hate her but wants to help her.

Kayla is scarred but she is s
This was a very emotional read. It deals with child abuse and domestic violence. It is very intense as it deals with Kayla's past and its affect on her present. Kayla takes up fighting because of the past. She uses it as a way to protect herself and free herself from the abuse. Along the way she has left Chase behind because her past caught up with her. He finally finds her and wants to hate her but when he learns her reasons he cannot hate her but wants to help her.

Kayla is scarred but she is strong. I like her. I also liked Chase and can understand his feelings. When aspects of Kayla's past are revealed, I came to strongly dislike people from her past. The story is realistic. I loved the intensity of the writing as well as the changing first person point of view of Kayla and Chase. It made me feel that I was in Kayla's shoes.

While this story left me drained, I would read Foxy Tale again. I liked her writing.
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review 2015-05-17 21:35
BOSS: A BILLIONAIRE STEPBROTHER ROMANCE by Victoria Villenueve
BOSS: A Stepbrother Billionaire Romance - Victoria Villeneuve
  Tina has fled the family she grew up in leaving her mother behind. Kiegan has also left the family but they meet up again in Seattle after two years. She starts working for him.

I liked the story. The flashback is predictable but the present and future are wide open. I liked that Kiegan is not staid, living for the family name. I also like that Tina gives back as good as she gets from him this time. I also enjoyed the two of them working together, coming up with a solution to Tina's past. The ending was not predictable at all. I liked it and would like to see where Tina and Kiegan go from there.

Kiegan is a jerk. Tina is a typical poor teenager placed in new circumstances where she is afraid. I rooted for her from the beginning. Kiegan grew on me but I would have liked to smack him upside his head sometimes. Their parents cared more about the family name and reputation than they did their children. How sad! Tina and Kiegan were interesting characters.

 

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