Possessiveness, jealousy and some major revelations!
This book was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be. Every book in this series gets better, from Cruel King, to Deviant King and Now Steel Princess. Rina Kent published her first book this year and she will have published something like 11 books by the end of 2019. I think I have rated every one of her books 5 stars. I love that she has strong possessive men as the Hero’s and even stronger women who are not afraid to stand up to them.
I don’t know why possessiveness and Jealousy is so hot in romance novels, and so disturbing and controlling in real life, but I just love a possessive guy in a romance. In this book, Aiden is extremely jealous and possessive and way over the top about it. He even doesn’t like his best friends or his cousin to touch her. Though Elsa stands up to him and lets him know when he is out of line or she laughs at him when he is being excessive.
Aiden is a sociopath, so his bullying and then later his possessive nature can be explained by the fact that he doesn’t feel empathy and can’t understand why she would want to have male friends, since she has him. Elsa is aware that he feels something for her, and she also displays some jealousy and possessiveness towards Aiden. And though Elsa is more justified in her feelings than Aiden is, the jealousy is a bit exaggerated in her as well.
King has no filter whatsoever. He treats you like I’ve never seen him treat anyone else.”
“And how is that?”
“Like he wants to shield you from the world. I don’t think you even notice it, but sometimes, he looks at you like he can’t breathe without you. And believe me, that’s not the King everyone knows.”
The main characters are in high school, but this is definitely an erotic romance. The heat level between Aiden and Elsa is off the charts, five flames out of five 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥. Like I said, Aiden is a sociopath and he is extremely dominant. There may be triggers for some people. The love scenes are incredibly steamy and there are times when he gets jealous and things start out in anger. Though both Aiden and Elsa can’t seem to resist each other.
“I know I don’t take it easy on you. I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m not. I can’t control myself with you, Elsa. I tried and it’s impossible.” He grins. “I can, however, run you baths and give you massages.”
Like in Deviant King, there are a lot of people that have secrets, mostly the secrets are about the period of Elsa’s life that her subconscious mind has blocked from her. The time before her parents were killed in a fire at their house. Also like the previous book, the reader doesn’t find out anything more about the secrets than Elsa. Elsa continues to have nightmares and she is remembering bits about the past as the book progresses, but she is desperate to learn what happened in her past and she feels that Aiden knows something but won’t tell her.
The book also has the rest of the four horsemen, Xander Knight, Cole Nash and Ronan Astor as well as Elsa’s best friend Kimmie. There is also a new student, a guy named Knox who transferred from another private school. Aiden’s ex hookup Ginger and his father Jonathan play big roles in this book as do Elsa’s Aunt and Uncle that raised her. All the supporting characters are well developed and add to the story. Everyone has secrets, some were revealed in the story, and some still remain. Of course there was a spectacular cliffhanger so now there are more items that need to be answered in the next book. 😲😮😬
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.