Corrupt Kingdom: A Standalone Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Kindle Edition
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- "Exquisite masterpiece... this book was just phenomenal" - Goodreads reviewer
- "Wow. Just wow... The perfect combination of intrigue, danger, corruption and sexual attraction." - Goodreads reviewer.
- "With more moves than a well-played chess match, Ava Harrison has once again proved to her readers that they will not be disappointed. You will not be able to put it down." The Overflowing Bookcase
- "Ava comes back with another exquisite masterpiece. The story is filled with suspense, danger, lust and romance. Definitely a must read." - Goodreads Reviewer
- ASIN : B08722SQLS
- Publisher : AH Publishing (April 12, 2020)
- Publication date : April 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 473 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cyrus is a kingpin for the underworld. He’s ruthless in his business. His clients are criminals. You don’t get to be as wealthy or as powerful without leaving a trail of casualties.
Ivy is young and sweet. Too bad her only fault was being born to a man without morals. Her father gets in over his head gambling, so to match a bet he puts up his daughter.
Ivy is about to be handed over to a man with no regard for women or life. Cyrus may be many things, but skin trade is not something he tolerates. It’s his poker game, so protecting her becomes his issue.
This could mean a war with the Russian mafia, but once Cyrus sees Ivy, he’ll do what needs to be done to protect her.
A slow burn romance between a villain and the woman who who brings light to his life. He’s a man with walls so thick no one has ever gotten through...until her. She breaks him down bit by bit. Their interaction began out of necessity, but their feelings grew out of chemistry and an unlikely friendship. Cyrus is all alpha and willing to protect Ivy at all costs. She started as a complication that quickly became his everything, the only thing that mattered.
This story was steamy with elements of suspense and a few twists that will surprise you. I loved the ending and the epilogue was perfect. Enjoy this dark and sexy romance.
The story follows Cyrus, self-proclaimed king of the underworld. He's not the typical romance hero - he does bad things on a daily basis and turns a blind eye to the bad deeds of others. The one thing he won't tolerate? The sale of human flesh. When Cyrus finds himself wrapped up in a deal that feels all kinds of wrong, he becomes a captor of sorts - taking a young woman and holding her hostage... for her own good. Ivy isn't the type of woman who will sit back and accept her fate; instead she fights back and clashes with her sexy captor until the tension sparks into something else entirely.
I love that Harrison is such a smart writer. This could've easily gone off the rails and made Cyrus seem like a terrible guy, but instead his actions just draw the reader in even more. The tension makes for a dynamic read, and I loved how complex the characters were. It kept me turning the pages just to see what would happen next, and that's the mark of a good read. This one isn't black and white; it's definitely got shades of gray, but it held my attention the whole way through. Next time Harrison releases a book, it won't take a great cover to get me reading - the quality of her work speaks for itself.
We are set up with knowing a little about Cyrus from his shadowy mentions in previous books. His dark dealings with his Friday poker games sets us up to meet our sweet heroine who has no business standing in Cyrus’s world. How can a man in touch with drugs, guns, mafias, and cartels ever earn the trust and love of such a beautiful shining soul like Ivy?
In a fashion I’ve grown to love from Ms. Harrison’s books, not only does she give us the anti-hero that we don’t trust but learn so much about, but she gives us the most kick butt, easy to relate to, intelligent female leads. Ivy is no different and though she wants to fall apart at every moment of her strange confinement, she doesn’t back down.
In all honesty, I’m a 90% audiobook-based reader, but with this I could not hold out for the audio to drop – I had to have Cyrus & Ivy in my hands – and I’m so glad I didn’t wait. The depth of feeling you grab from these characters is just jumping off the page with their inner dialogues and banter with each other. The individuals that build into their plot are so well defined that when you get to that “Ava Twist” it’s not just one moment, it’s several and you are just holding on for the ride. I know that I’ll be revisiting this when Sebastian York & Ava Erickson perform the narration and that’s only going to make Corrupt Kingdom a fiercer tale of two people finding each other; and I can’t wait to meet them in the darkness, again.