The Dark King by: Gina L. Maxwell

Releases: September 27th, 2022

Deviant Kings book 1

I received an ARC, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I thought a weekend away would be the perfect escape. Until I woke up married and trapped…by the king of the Dark Fae.

Neon Gods meets Fifty Shades… Deliciously dark and sexy!” –#1 NYT bestselling author Helen Hardt

For Bryn Meara, a free trip to the exclusive and ultra-luxe Nightfall hotel and casino in Vegas should’ve been the perfect way to escape the debris of her crumbling career. But waking up from a martini-and-lust-fueled night to find herself married to Caiden Verran, the reclusive billionaire who owns the hotel and most of the city, isn’t the jackpot one would think. It seems her dark and sexy new husband is actual royalty–the fae king of the Night Court–and there’s an entire world beneath the veil of Vegas.

Whether light or shadow, the fae are a far cry from fairy tales, and now they’ve made Bryn a pawn in their dark games for power. And Caiden is the most dangerous of all–an intoxicating cocktail of sin and raw, insatiable hunger. She should run. But every night of passion pulls Bryn deeper into his strange and sinister world, until she’s no longer certain she wants to leave…even if she could.

Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, BDSM, degradation, and violence. Mention of: drug use, abuse of power, loss of parents, car accident, torture, and murder.

Wanting a break from reality Bryn jumps at the chance of a free weekend getaway to Vegas. What better way to relax and unwind before getting back to reality and hunting for a new job? Little does Bryn know this weekend getaway is about to turn into something so much more than she bargained for.

Caiden, the King of the Dark Fae, has a lot on his plate but when he makes eye contact, across a crowded hotel lobby, with Bryn he’s determined to learn more about her. What starts out as a few drinks and a great conversation turns into… waking up married?! With fuzzy memories of the night before Caiden is determined to put some distance between them…no matter how much he craves more of Bryn’s time and attention.

Bryn is all sunshine while Caiden is a grumpy alphahole. I absolutely loved watching Caiden try to deny his growing attraction to Bryn. Everyone, except Caiden, can see just how much he wants and needs her. There’s just something so gratifying about reading a grumpy alphahole brought to his knees by his growing affection for his partner. Then we have Bryn blossoming as she learns more about herself and her desires as Caiden awakens a passion in her she’s never experienced before.

This book gives us a steamy Fae novel with the grumpy/sunshine trope, waking up married in Vegas, trying to fight a mating bond, and so much more. I had so much fun reading this book and cannot wait to see what else this series has to give us!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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