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Ruthless King (The Anti-Heroes Collection) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 17, 2017
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- "Mind blown in the best possible way! Ruthless King is a 5 STAR READ!" ~Carly Phillips, Wall Street Journal, and NY Times Bestselling Author
- "Seductive and addicting with a bruising pace that never let up. I couldn't put it down, and Lachlan Mount left me begging for more!" ~K.A. Linde, USA Today Bestselling Author
- "This right here...THIS is the type of romance that I LIVE FOR! Brutally beautiful and one of the SEXIEST reads of the year! Meghan March is CONQUERING this genre!" ~Shayna Renee, Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads
- "Ruthless King is a must read for all romantic suspense readers who crave some dark elements. This is Meghan March at her best." ~Mile High KINK Book Club
- "WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST READ???? Meghan March has seriously upped her alpha romance, sassy heroine, unexpected plot twist game. The end of this story had me staring at my e-reader with my mouth gaping, thinking, "Wait! What?? What does that mean??" ~Sarah, Musings of the Modern Belle
- "Excuse me while I try to formulate into words how much I loved this book! Meghan March nailed it with this darker read of hers, and I think it is safe to say this is my favorite book by her." ~Beneath The Covers Blog
About the Author
Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had.
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What she didn't know, was that her late husband left behind a debt that would never show up on the books, much as the name of the person to whom that debt was owed would likewise never show up.
Lachlan Mount, so much more than an underworld kingpin, is the man who owns not just half of the property in New Orleans, but more importantly, through various means, owns the allegiance of virtually all of the city's underworld, and no small number of “upstanding” citizens. A man who lives in shadows. A name that people who know it fear to whisper.
And now, in lieu of a payment he knows she couldn't possibly make, he's decided to own her.
As an admitted Meghan March fan, I've been looking forward to this book for some time. Not simply because it's been written by Meghan, but perhaps even more so because of how she's spoken about the book as she was writing it. How consumed she was with the characters and the story. How her entire writing process, a formula that's been quite successful to date, changed as the task of getting these characters and their story took over her life.
Now that I've read it, I totally get that. Almost every one of Meghan's heroes to date have been strong alpha males who had a purity of spirit hiding beneath a rough and sometimes broken exterior. Not so with Mount. He genuinely is what his reputation would have you believe. Cold, callous, calculating, ruthless. All the nasty with no discernible redeeming qualities.
Keira, on the other hand is perhaps more than his calculations allowed for. Proud, confident, loyal, determined, and with the kind of stubborn streak that comes from already having been broken, embarrassed and humiliated.
The combination of the two provides for no small amount of conflict and tension, as Keira bends, but refuses to break, despite her unwanted physical attraction to the man who holds all the cards, and despite the very real danger that a man of his nature has no need to threaten.
Still there's something there. Something between them hints at fissures in his facade, and a recognition on her part of something incredibly right amid everything so terribly wrong.
As revelations keep turning the narrative in different directions, what struck me most was that the intensity of this book. The sizzling attraction undercut by coercion and threats, the hints of nobility that are almost completely obscured by the seedy underhandedness of Mount's entire world, the sense of anticipation that built from the very first page and surely didn't end with the last.
A gripping, thrilling ride that had me breathless, and left me thankful that there's only a few short weeks before the story continues.
What I didn't like:
I've read lots of books with the meanest, baddest, dirtiest alpha heroes. This one was trying too hard. The things he said weren't the dirtiest things I've ever read. Yet, it felt like too much. The first few dirty lines were good, I admit, but it got old WAY too quickly. It was like "Let's see how many dirty words we can use in one quote." I don't thing that is what makes a hero hot. A hero can deliver the hottest line of the year without having to say a dirty word. AND who is this man? The author depicts him as if he's more powerful than God and more legendary than Keyser Söze <--(sorry this is a movie reference. The Usual Suspects). If the heroine didn't follow his rules, every single person in her life would die. And I mean EVERYONE.. family, friends, employees, the mailman.. Okay, so maybe not the mailman but you get the picture. He had every law enforcement agency and every mafia organization you can think of in his pockets. TOO MUCH of a stretch.
She hates him. She *wants* to hate him. BUT her body betrays her. Really? He ONLY threw a couple of dirty words your way and you already need a new pair of undies. Agghh! This brings me to another reason I didn't continue reading..
She owes him. He owns her. She hates him. He talks dirty to her. She's turned on. She's feisty. He's intrigued.
Maybe this works in other books but it didn't work for me in this book.
The Best Friend
Again, I don't buy it. The heroine is naive, innocent, sweet and owns a reputable business. Her BFF is the equivalent of Heidi Fleiss. NOPE
Another DNF *cue the tears*
*sigh* Moving on..