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Review: The King by Liz Meldon (Games We Play, #1)

“Not all vampire hunters dress in head-to-toe leather and sit on rooftops overlooking a gritty vampire-ridden city. Meet Delia Roberts. At twenty-six, she’s a mid-level hunter with the Harriswood League, and, despite her best efforts, isn’t scaling the hunter hierarchy anytime soon.

Months earlier, desperate to prove herself, Delia snuck into an exclusive vampire masquerade, only to wind up with a bite on her neck courtesy of clan leader and gorgeous vampire Claude Grimm. Fearful of the League’s punishment for succumbing to a bloodsucker’s charms, Delia does what she can to hide the bite and pretends the night never happened.

These days, however, Claude is determined to win her over, insisting the spark they felt that fateful night is worth pursuing. As Delia tries to ignore her steadily growing feelings for the enemy and fend off a mounting quarter-life crisis, vampire clan tensions worsen around the quiet city of Harriswood, bringing with them a danger unlike any the League has ever seen.

One that might change the course of history for good.”

What I thought:

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I already liked Meldon’s books, but this one, friends, has put her on my insta-buy list. I was looking for an intriguing urban paranormal fantasy with vampires and kickass heroines, and that’s precisely what The King is. I couldn’t have asked for more <3

I loved the characters, especially Delia and Claude. I already knew both from the prequel novella The Fool, but since novellas are short they didn’t get the time to shine that they had here. Delia is one of the most relatable characters I’ve read in a while. She tries to do the right thing when she isn’t being told half of the details herself, and makes a few bad decisions because of it, usually followed by regret. Who hasn’t been in that situation? She isn’t one of those heroines who just kinda gets lucky a lot, and guesses correctly most of the time. She’s real, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her struggle her way through life with the best intentions.

“Do you want me to take you home?” he asked, gently, like he was speaking to a lost child. Only she wasn’t a lost child. Just a somewhat broken adult, one who needed some time alone with a tub of ice cream, a bottle of wine, and trashy TV to nurse her bruises – on her body and on her ego.

I was actually amazed at how quickly I got through this. I wasn’t expecting a fast read since this isn’t a novella, but I flew through it all the same.

The King also had a villain I loved to hate – although, “villain” isn’t really the right word here, especially compared to the real bad guy. Kain was a twat, and added to Delia’s problems. He tries to do the right thing, too, and he believes in his cause, I just happen to disagree with him on everything 🙂

I don’t normally comment on this, but then it’s not usually worth a mention: The chapter titles were brilliant. My favourites include “CHAPTER 4: That Dream Where You’re Standing In Front of The Class Wearing No Pants…Yeah, That, But Worse”, “CHAPTER 5: I Like You, but You Suck at Your Job (Subtext)”, and “CHAPTER 11: We’re Bad at This.” :’)

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, believable paranormal erotic romance with a kick-ass heroine, you’ve found it! It’s not necessary to have read the prequel to enjoy this one, but I recommend you do anyway because there are some references to The Fool, and because it’ll give you a great introduction to the main characters. I’m waiting for the sequel The Queen now and can’t wait to get my hands on it <3


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2 Comments

  1. Fab review. Sounds like a read I’d enjoy!

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