The Sinful King by Claire Contreras
Release Date: March 5, 2020
The Sinful King, a new, sexy, 100% stand-alone novel by New York Times bestselling author, Claire Contreras.
If you had any ties to Marbella, it was impossible for you not to have heard the stories about Prince Elias and his debauchery.
Every summer he arrived with his security detail and friends in tow and rented out a row of cottages near the water.
Cottages that belonged to my family.
Each of those summers, my parents sent me away – summer camp and later, boarding school. Anything to keep me away from the royals and their partying.
I hadn’t been home in years, but when I finally come back for the summer, I see that not much has changed. Like all the summers I’d been gone, Prince Elias is back, but this time with an incognito security detail and no friends. This time, there is no partying, no noise, no crowds. No reason at all to even think he was there.
I’m given strict orders not to talk to him, not to even look in his direction, but he makes this an impossible task. I may be doing everything in my power to stay away from him, but there is no one in the world who can say no to the future King of France.
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In the classic fairy tales, when a prince or princess falls in love or even just lust with a commoner, the situation never seems too dire nor does a relationship seem impossible, but in Claire Contreras’ modern-day royal story, anything significant developing between Prince Elias and Adeline Bouchard appears to be beyond impossible and not just because of their differing social statuses or the demands placed on Elias as the future King of Paris.
I don’t think there’s a single romance reader who hasn’t at least once contemplated what it would be like to be part of a royal family, to live in a castle, to experience everything that comes with the highest social position in society. But our dreams don’t truly match up with the reality of such a status, and Contreras illustrates what goes on behind the scenes and just how much pressure there is to carry oneself in the correct light as to not tarnish the crown or the name.
My perception of Prince Elias from the beginning of the story until the end constantly changed due to his temperament, his outside appearance, and the way he handled an unending list of demands that it seemed, at times, he was not ready for and given the fact that he finds himself in a position to take on that role much earlier than expected definitely shakes his very foundation. Elias’ life has truly never been his own, and so it makes sense that he enjoys his time away in Marbella. But he can’t hideout forever, nor can he pretend that his life will not always be dictated by the crown that he is destined to wear.
The fact that Adeline and Elias share a bit of a past and then find themselves together again 5 years later seems to be indicative of the fact that they were meant to share a connection. With Adeline, Elias can just be him…Elias…a single guy who feels strongly about this beautiful woman he wants to get to know, not worrying about her social status or what the public would think about a relationship between them. But as much as they both want that, it’s not something that can ever be their reality, not when he’s the future king and she’s a lowly commoner who doesn’t fit into his world or into his life, at least that’s how some people see things.
I thoroughly enjoyed Elias and Adeline’s story; it has all the components of a Contreras story as well as some fresh twists to the modern royal romance. And while Prince Elias and Adeline definitely had more than their fair share of obstacles, the fact that they endured…that they worked incredibly hard to stay strong, to stay bonded, to stay together despite everything that meant to tear them apart is exactly the kind of fairy tale send off that these two deserved.
4.5 Poison Apples
“I am.” I swallowed. “I don’t normally do this.”
“That’s okay.” His lips formed a slow smile. “We’ll take it slow.”
“Should . . . should I take my mask off?” I whispered.
“Do you want to?”
“Are you going to take yours off?”
“Do you want me to?”
“Yes.” I let out a shuddering breath. “I think we should.”
He didn’t hesitate. His mask came off immediately, and even though I couldn’t fully see him, I could fully appreciate his gorgeousness. He must have been a model. Or an actor. Or something. My rapid thought process reminded me of something.
“I don’t even know your name.”
“I don’t know yours.”
“That doesn’t bother you?” I felt my eyebrows pull in.
“You’re leaving to another country tomorrow. Does it make a difference? Will it stop you from doing this?”
“No.” I pulled the mask over my head and tossed it aside.
“You’re beautiful.” The tips of his fingers caressed my cheek, my lips.
“You can barely see me.”
“And yet, I know you’re beautiful.” He brought his lips to mine then and kissed me.
My breath hitched. I brought my hands up to his face and kissed him back, parting my lips to make way for his tongue to dance with mine as my entire body came alive. His kiss was electric, his touch an awakening as his hands made their way down my body, unzipping my dress and letting it pool at our feet. He touched my naked breasts and explored my hips, stopping at the elastic of my panties. I undid his bow-tie and unbuttoned the white dress shirt he had on, my fingers fumbling on a few. When I reached his belt and undid it, I paused, breathing heavily as he broke the kiss.
“You okay?” The tip of his nose touched mine.
“Better than okay.”
“We can stop any time you’d like.”
“I don’t want to stop.” I continued working on his pants until they met the same fate as my dress, and then we stood there, chest to chest, in the middle of a darkened room, with only our underwear on. “Do you want to stop?”
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.
She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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