“Powerful, gripping, unflinchingly honest and sensuously gorgeous writing.”
-- Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestselling Author
The Kingmaker, the first book in the addicting All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!
Power. Passion. Betrayal.
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 will 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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Kennedy Ryan never ceases to amaze me with her words. She has raw talent and her stories always have important messages, make me think, and make me feel. The Kingmaker is different than her previous books in many ways, but it’s still got that epic feel that all her stories have.
Lennix and Maxim meet at a pipeline protest. They are both there for different reasons, but they connect. Lennix is 17 and Maxim is in his early twenties, so it’s not the right time for them. Not yet. Fast-forward a few years, and they meet again in Amsterdam. The timing still isn’t right for them, but this time, they can’t stay away from one another. They spend time together that changes them forever, but they both have to get back to changing the world.
“Do what you need to do. Change your world,” he says softly, his eyes connected to mine so intensely there’s no hope of looking away. “I have to go make my world, but when the time is right, I’ll be back for you.”
Lennix is Native American and her heritage means so much to her. Maxim is born to a rich father who has completely different ideas than he does. They are truly from different worlds, but they fit. They are separated again by many years, but that connection they’ve shared has never wavered. If anything, it’s only grown stronger with time.
There is a secret, something Maxim has left out of telling Lennix and one that puts a divide between them. But now they’re back in each others lives, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her back.
She was a candle lit and extinguished too quickly, but the smoke of what we had has endured, lingering in the air all these years.
Lennix and Maxim both want to change the world. They both have that drive and determination and I admired both of them so much. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you which one I loved more. It would be impossible to choose. There is no damsel in distress in this story. Lennix is one of the strongest, most courageous heroines. And Maxium. Sigh. He was strong in his own right, but also 100% supportive and not intimidated by this strong woman. He only wanted her at his side.
While reading, I was obsessed with this book. Obsessed with Lennix and Maxim. Seriously, the second book can’t come soon enough. There is a bit of a cliffhanger, but don’t let that deter you from reading. Book 2 is out in just a few weeks!
The Kingmaker is a story of passion. It has an incredible prose, is thought provoking, and has so much heart. It’s an important story that needs to be read, and I can’t recommend it enough!!
We make a universe of our own. It’s just us, and this is where I want to be. She is where I want to be.
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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