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I waited for all three books to be released before I started to listen to them because I know many of Meghan March"s books have a cliffhanger and I hate to wait too long for the next release. I know many people have a problem with cliffhangers and feel that the author should release as one book, but I just accepted it as...if you love March's books....It is what it is. Fortunately, she got each sequel out fairly quick.
With that being said, I have to admit that I love dark romances, so I was really excited about Lachlan Mount's story, especially since I completely devoured March's Beneath and Dirty Series. It was those books that got me addicted to listening to audiobooks because of the fabulous narrators and brilliant dialog that Meghan March uses in those books. Yet, I found that these three books did not reach that 5-star level that her other books did. ( I believe I gave 5 stars for all of the books in The Beneath and Dirty Series). Don't get me wrong, this was still a great story, but fell a bit short for me. I think this sometimes happens when someone falls in loves with an author's earlier works and compares them against those books. It does mean this is not a great story. It's just not my personal favorite.
Ruthless King started out strong and I was gripped by Mount's desire to control Keira and get her under his control. Mount is a true alpha who is hot and mysterious. Generally, a win-win for me. The sex scenes are off the charts sexy and definitely go beyond simple vanilla sex. Since this is a darker romance, there is not much true emotion for Mount or Keira at this point of the story. March eludes in her storytelling that Mount might have a bit of a BDSM preference. Yet, I would not even consider this a BDSM type of book. It's not that dark. In this book, March does an excellent job creating an interesting hero (if you can call him that) heroine and secondary characters. There are some mysterious twists and turns with some of the secondary characters which will ultimately affect the direction of the next two books. This book is definitely slanted more towards Mount's POV and Joe Arden is a perfect Mount (he is one of my favorite narrators). Yet, even though I read from other reviewers that Lachlan Mount is their dream book boyfriend, I personally think he is not for everyone. Even though I thought he was a sexy and deeply interesting, he would not be my favorite book boyfriend as compared to some of March's other books.
Defiant Queen was the real start of Mount and Keira's love story. This book was obviously more in Keira's POV and I do feel it was the sweetest part of the three book. Yet, it was my least favorite out of the three. Mount's decision to take Keira on her dream trip is a game changer because both Keira and Mount can let down their walls and start to really fall in love. Their get-away trip really changes the direction of the story because Mount and Keira start to remove their tough exteriors and they let some emotion into their twisted world. Unfortunately, for as much as I love gushy love stories, this audiobook was a bit slow for me. There was a lot of great sex scenes, but since I struggled with Grace Grant as a narrator, I wanted the story to move on since she was the prime narrator. Even though Grant does a good job as being the voice of a businesswoman extraordinaire, her voice as Mount and her "sexy voice" was somewhat of a turn-off for me. She comes across as whiny rather than sexy. I wish Joe Arden would have narrated more in this book.I believe if I would have read this book, rather than listened to the audio, I would have absolutely loved book 2 because I enjoy stories that have a dangerous alpha-like type hero who become sweet and tender to the woman he is falling in love with.
Sinful Empire was actually my favorite because March created all kinds of action, mystery, and drama. Plus, there are some hot sex scenes which have a deeper emotional element to them than books 1 and 2. March pulls everything together in this book to give you some great action, suspense and a Happily Ever Ending.This book was worth the wait because there are so many secrets that are revealed that make this book so much fun. Even though there was a great HEA, I did wonder how Keira was going to be a respected business owner when her husband (sorry spoiler) is basically the Mafia King of the New Orleans. Don't expect Mount to truly convert to being NOLA's citizen of the year. He is what he is.
If you are a fan of Meghan March, these books are a must-read. If you are new to Meghan March, I would recommend starting with the Beneath Series in order to fully appreciate Lachlan Mount's story since he is briefly in the Beneath Series. Overall: 4 to 4 1/2 stars and worth the purchase. Joe Arden: 5 stars Grace Grant: 3 1/2 stars.
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Wow!!! This was the perfect conclusion to this fantastic series! Twists and turns I didn't see coming, a bit of action and suspense, sexy times and an epic romance! Narrators did an amazing job of bringing Lachlan and Kiera to life! Loved this series so much and highly recommend it!
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