Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: King #1
Published by CreateSpace on June 15, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.
Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.
A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.
King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.
Wow, I did not know what I was getting myself into with King. I’d heard Frazier gave good anti-hero and…well, she certainly does. She grabbed me by the throat, yanked me into the story, and didn’t let go. King and Doe’s story was riveting and emotional and gritty and dark. And I enjoyed every bit.
I agree with you! King was awesome. And I had heard of Frazier, too. I actually chatted with her in London in February, in front of the hotel we were staying at for RARE. And I had no idea she was an author 😀 Dark and gritty can definitely be awesome.
That prologue was something, wasn’t it? I loved what it said about King and at the same time hated it. I loved that he stood up for the little guy because it said a lot about his character. I hated that, at 12, he knew how to use his fists like that. How did you feel about King upon meeting him?
Oh my gosh! My heart just totally broke for both King and Preppy in the prologue. No child should have to feel the way they felt. ever. And the way he stepped in to help a kid he didn’t know did say a lot about him. And I think that even if he was doing mostly OK, he definitely needed someone in his corner. And having a friend who is loyal and will have your back is important.
I adored Preppy. I admired the fact that, even though King had protected him, they ended up forming this strong and enduring friendship where they took care of each other. What did you think of Preppy and his relationship with King?
I loved Preppy. But he also kind of freaked me out a little. There were some comments about his… uhm… interests that did not appear to be particularly healthy for all involved if you know what I mean? However, the loyalty and love between the two of them was something to behold. And I think that is what somehow saved them growing up – having that strong bond with each other.
I cannot fathom not being able to remember who I am or what my life was like before, so I felt for Doe. But I also admired her pluck. She was clearly resilient as she was determined to make the most of her life now and take care of the “her” she was before. I understood her hesitation with King and I appreciated she took things slowly because it made me that much more invested in them as a couple. What were your feelings about Doe? Doe and King?
You know I often have trouble with stories including amnesia, however Doe’s amnesia didn’t feel like an empty plot device. Plus, I loved that she thought she had to take care the girl she was when without the amnesia. And Doe also really had strength to her. And she was ready to take a stand when she felt that it was necessary. Doe and King together was both beautiful and a little scary. I wasn’t sure at first what King wanted with her. He kept his cards close to the vest – even when I thought I saw glimpses of hope that Doe brought to his life.
I respected the ingenuity of the business King and Preppy had built. And it said a lot about them as men. They lived in this dark, gritty world and yet looked after these grannies. What did you think about how they were running their business?
OMG! Yes – they were definitely crafty, and that was really a lot thanks to Preppy! The way he was able to charm the grannies and make them feel important, all the while also keeping his and King’s criminal empire going strong was really something. And I also thought it showed that they had some integrity. Which I know sounds weird in the sentence after saying something about their criminal empire 😀
This world Frazier built was dark and gritty, indeed, but it had its moments of “light”. That’s why the ending was so shocking. I was dumbfounded. I didn’t want to believe it. Any of it. How did Frazier leave you feeling?
Frazier made me feel frazzled! And angry! And rather upset. I don’t even know how you were able to read any other book but Tyrant once you finished this one. I binge-read the whole King series in less than a week, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll think of the rest of the books. Because the ride ahead is also pretty wild.