Review: The Kingmaker (Kennedy Ryan)

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Series: All the King’s Men Duet, #1
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: October 28, 2019
Publisher: Scribechick Media, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡.

𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗔® 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 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 would 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.


The Kingmaker… Wow. Kennedy Ryan has done it again. The blurb pretty much says it all with powerful and passion. The journeys Lennix and Maxim went on… I’m just speechless. Kennedy Ryan is one of the best at mixing social commentary and romance, and she excelled at it in this book. I not only loved reading The Kingmaker, but I felt like I learned something.

What I loved most about The Kingmaker was Lennix. She was strong — so strong. Every part of her story was inspiring and interesting. Maxim was just kind of there when compared to Lennix. I honestly didn’t mind that either. I wanted more of her story than I did his.That’s not to say he wasn’t interesting or important. He was. He just wasn’t quite the force Lennix was.

My only issue with this book is actually in the romance of it. It was a little too insta-lovey for me. The week that tied Lennix and Maxim together wasn’t a long enough time for me to truly believe a lingering connection. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t love them together or how things played out. I just would have liked a little more time to build a lasting connection.

Wait. I lied. That wasn’t my only issue. I’m also angry with Kennedy Ryan for that freaking cliffhanger. It was brutal. One of the most brutal cliffhangers ever and she’s making us wait THREE WEEKS for the next book. At least I’ll have time to recover from everything she put me through in The Kingmaker, I guess.

23 thoughts on “Review: The Kingmaker (Kennedy Ryan)”

  1. I’m so terrified of the cliiffhanger! I’m trying to will myself to read this but the cliffhanger sounds INTENSE!

    1. I highly recommend waiting until the next book is out. You’re going to have to wait for that one anyways and the cliffhanger is brutal. Or you can be impatient like me, read it and then get mad when you don’t have the next book. 😉

        1. Oh, boy! You need to read the Grip series right away. It’s in KU, I think. You have to start with Flow. It’s the prequel novella, but it sets everything up. I think you will enjoy her writing. She’s a master at emotions and storytelling.

          1. Hmm… I would say it’s emotional, but not in a way that had me bawling all the time. At least I don’t remember it that way. It was my favorite book I read in 2018, though.

    1. Thank you!
      I think it might be worth giving this one a try. It is on KU. I think it might be sexier in spots that you would like, but you could probably skim through those parts. Her writing is really good and she always has interesting social commentary. You might end up liking it.

  2. I like how you are mad for one reason… then… are like wait no I’m mad about the cliffhanger too! hahahah Great review!! I sooooo wanna read this book but I might wait until book two is out.

    1. Thank you! LOL.
      Yes, I think you should wait so you’re not traumatized like I was. BUT have you read her Grip series? You should read that while you’re waiting. It starts with Flow. It’s one KU…

        1. I try… When you’re done with all the ones related to this one, I’m sure I’ll have more ideas on ways to torture you. 😉

  3. Oh, insta-love… Hmmm, I was excited about this one but insta-love has been annoying me lately, which is weird because even though I don’t love it it usually doesn’t bother me. I might delay reading it… Maybe. Great review, Deanna. 🙂

    1. Honestly, you would most likely be okay with it. I’m thinking it might have been my mood. They do develop a relationship and connection over a week… It’s still very worth reading.
      Thank you!

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