REVIEW: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

“A dazzling, thought-provoking, layered romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the best books of 2019.”

— L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author

The Kingmaker, the first in the all-new powerful and emotional All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!


Power. Passion. Betrayal.

Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King’s Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.

In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.

And neither will I.


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My Review

Kennedy Ryan’s writing, once again, captures the human experience and paints it in all of its necessary colors, in her newest release, The Kingmaker, examining the idea as well as proving that the world is not solely black and white…that there’s an in-between where life is messy, difficult, but also rewarding, and it’s that area between where decisions are both provoked and promoted, depending on one’s role in society and the gains or losses that can be accrued.

Timing seems to always be an issue when the hero and heroine, Maxim Cade and Lennix Hunter, cross paths, because of the positions that they both are in due to their backgrounds, familial obligations, as well as their perceptions of the world; the reality of their lives is not easily overcome regardless of how much they want it to  be, partly due to the extenuating circumstances that seem to divide them no matter how much they don’t want them to. But what’s also made abundantly clear is that while each situation doesn’t allow them to fully examine/explore the intense feelings they have for each other, the connection these two share is a living and breathing part of both of them, which is why it remains steadfast, why it still grows and expands with every interaction/connection, making what they have very much a risk worth taking…if only it was that easy and only their decision.

Both characters want to evoke change, to be someone who changes the world and the people around them for the better; that’s what continually drives them, pushing themselves every step of the way for the good of mankind. And while their methods and even their financial situations differ greatly, when Lennix and Maxim’s personality is stripped bare to only the most essential traits that they have, it’s clear that they complement each other extremely well, indicating just how natural a relationship between them would be if their circumstances were different.

The diversity of the subjects explored as well as the depth of Kennedy Ryan’s authentic characters allow readers to gain insight into matters of importance – those of the heart, the mind, the soul, and the body. And while, there will always be a learning curve when it comes to understanding people’s actions and rationalizing why people do what they do, the fact that Ryan elicits those necessary conversations, serving as a mouthpiece for social injustices and the need for diversity in all areas and aspects of life. Through her chosen medium of books, she explores those social topics that urgently require action and begins the process through her writing for her readers to understand the process of acquiring the necessary knowledge for change.

Her stories are character-driven in a way that no two couples are alike; each hero and heroine are their own people; there’s nothing cookie cutter about them. They are uniquely them in every sense of the word and that’s why it’s so easy to be captivated by Ryan’s books…she seems to have the pulse on what matters…on what needs to be explored and discussed so that readers understand the magnitude of these situations and feel resolved to bring focus to ways to solve these issues instead of creating new ones due to apathy and prejudice. 

The Kingmaker explores the idea of passionate pursuits, both in life and in love, and through her characters’ drive, perseverance, and intelligence, Kennedy Ryan truly captures the human spirit and what can occur as long as obstacles can be overcome and life can be lived on their terms and no one else’s.

I’m dying to get my hands on book 2!!

5+ Poison Apples 

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Releasing November 17th


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About Kennedy

A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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