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I loved the premise of this book. I loved the romantic suspense, but it seemed there were a lot of parts of this book that served little to no purpose, in driving the story forward. There are 3 chapters dedicated to just proving a point about jealousy to the h. A lot of things could have been trimmed and made it more enjoyable of a pace story wise. Characters overall are fantastic, but I was getting more and more annoyed with the flip flop behavior of the h as the story went on. She would act firm and tough, demanding respect as the H's partner only to take his word on everything, fail to confront him on issues after long dialogues about how it bothered her, or would gloss over things that were built up overtime, like it wasn't that big of a deal, even when the actions of the H are shoved in her face she just accepts every compromising situation, as ok because he explained it and he pretty much gives her the impression that she takes it as it is because of who they are to each other. Also she has this moral compass that is admirable but when it comes to something that is crucial for her to share she hides it. It was 33 hours of indecisive self doubting, and lack of a backbone. If the story was trimmed her behavior would have been more tolerable, but there is only so long a person can listen to the same rhetoric, over and over. What makes it more frustrating as a reader is that it ends in a cliff, and even after 33 hours and similar length in book one, the story is dragged out for another 5 books after this, all equally as long winded. I love the story premise enough to want to know what happens but I disliked the long winded whining enough that I won't continue the series, it was so long I just stopped caring what happened. The length of time isn't exactly the issue by its self, And I love long stories if they move forward and pace well. This one did not.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I need more Draven and Kiera. I love the narrator as she brings all the characters to life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I like a good series as i like to watch how people progress through their lives/events in more detail. I got a little bit lost at one point where there may have been too much detail which over complicated a situation, but overall a nice stepping stone book in a series.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who enjoy abuse stories
What character would you cut from The Two Kings?
Dominic Draven. He is so abusive but as with most stories like this, it's all okay because he's supposed to be super sexy so is totally forgiven.
Any additional comments?
As much as I hate criticizing other authors, this story has me so angry. At a time when we should be encouraging women to strive for equality, we yet again are filling young minds with the idea that a manipulating, possessive, aggressive and sexually controlling man is what we all should want because he of course is insanely rich and obviously attractive. The fact that this has once again been written by a woman makes me even more furious! If it had been written by a man, we would all be up in arms about it! I only read the second book because the first one showed some promise of the main character standing up for herself but the second book finds her with even less of a spine.
I am sorry Stephanie Hudson, I don't mean to troll, but I can't help but feel your writing needs some serious work. If the book was a third of the size with a quarter of the repetitive sex scenes and overused wording breezed over by the narrator, then you might have something salvageable. And if you must insist on having Draven unable to control his abusive nature then at least have Kiera standing up for herself more often and not be so terrified of the man who is supposedly meant to love and care for her. You attempted this only when it suited the plot which is not a healthy way to write the story, it devalues the characters.