Chock full of second generation alpha anti-hero goodness!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 🙂😮😥😤🥰
The heroine: Glyndon King – she is British and daughter to Levi and Astrid King. Glyn grew up in a family of sociopaths and artists. Her mother is a famous artist and her brothers Brandon and Landon are both artists as well, the latter being a sociopath like their Grandfather Jonathon and Uncle Aiden King. Glyn is also an artist, though she always felt like she didn’t add up. She keeps her emotions inside and after her best friend died a few weeks ago, she has been suffering in silence.
The Anti-Hero: Killian Carson – he is American and son to Asher Carson and Reina Ellis. Killian is a true Psychopath in every way. He is a fourth year med student despite only being 19 and an amateur photographer, he likes to take pictures of very dark subject matter. Glyndon has caught his eye and once he is focused on something, he doesn’t let up.
The Story: Glyn and Killian meet at the edge of a cliff and suffice it to say, they do not meet as friends. Killian is a gorgeous man with a penchant for cruelty and he doesn’t hold back at their first meeting. The two of them attend rival colleges which are both located on Brighton Island off the coast of England.
“While REU (Royal Elite University) is posh, sophisticated, and reeks of old aristocratic money, The King’s U is all about new money, sharp stares, and threatening auras.”
I have said it before and I will say it again, but I absolutely love books about psychopath’s and sociopath’s that fall in love. I love it when someone who doesn’t feel emotions in the traditional way finally falls for one special person. Rina Kent does it so well. She is the reigning queen of the dark romance and I just love her anti-hero’s.
This book is told in multiple points of view, mainly in Glyndon’s, but there are plenty of chapters in Killian’s point of view as well. I love seeing into the mind of the anti-hero, so we can really get an idea of what they are thinking. We can see the obsession first hand. It is fun to watch as the hardened emotionless guy struggles to figure out why he is so interested in a particular female.
There are so many interesting characters in this book. Luckily Rina put some family & relationship trees at the start of the book, which I found myself looking back on more than once as we met new characters. I loved the bonds between the sisters, brothers, cousins and friends. Especially given that there are so many sociopaths, psychopaths and mafia monsters in the mix. It certainly made things interesting and makes me what to read all the rest of this series right away.
I won’t go into the triggers and all the bad things that Killian does, but to say that there are many. Because if you don’t like reading about this kind of guy, then you shouldn’t be reading Rina Kent books. She writes for those of us that like dark romance, bullies, and anti-hero’s and she makes no bones about it. I for one love them and I haven’t disliked a book of hers that I have read so far.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.