Gleam

by Raven Kennedy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis:

King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out… Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap… I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

Gleam Blurb: 

Book 3 of this adult fantasy series continues in this epic story inspired by the myth of King Midas, fae, fated romance, and insurmountable greed.

“I don’t choose him. Not anymore. I’m choosing me.

King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out. …Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, it’ll be me setting the trap.
…I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, as well as explicit scenes

Review:

This book absolutely blew me away, and solidified this series into my top 5. I knew pretty much only one thing heading into this series…. smut…oh.. and that everyone who has read it is OBSESSED. So I thought why not. The first book almost left a bad taste in my mouth because of the abusive relationship and almost stockholm syndrome type feel. The smut they are referring to in the beginning of the series is dirty, greedy, abusive, and just all together not the smut that readers want in a romantic relationship. I was worried Midas was going to be vindicated throughout this story and somehow they would end up together. By the time Book 1 was done I figured out that was not the case. Book 2 swept me away and let me tell you RIP?!?!?!?!? Book boyfriend numero uno! But now getting to Gleam..

Now, in Gleam, Auren is trying to make peace with choosing to leave Midas and try to move past his utter betrayal, reconciling her feelings for someone she has only known as the enemy for so long, and trying to piece back together her own identity. It is a whirlwind of emotions that cut straight to the heart. Gleam is everything you could ask for. Gut-wrenching betrayals, heart-breaking moments, and redeeming and all consuming love. I do not want to give anything away… but there is so much more to this series. Book 3 is a slow burn, breath-taking journey that I wish I could read for the first time all over again. I had so many pre- conceived notions from other peoples opinions and descriptions of it… but I am glad I took the chance on this series because it an absolute masterpiece.

The series is so much more than I was led to believe. It shows the consequences of greed. How greed can consume the person so wholly that they destroy everything around them in the process. It shows what a real leader is supposed to be like. How a man with unimaginable power chooses a different path and is kind and caring. It’s redemption and finding out who you really are. It shows that you do have the strength and the power to change your situation.

I really can not recommend this series enough.

About The Author:

Born The United States
Website https://www.ravenkennedybooks.com
Genre FantasyRomanceParanormal
Influences https://linktr.ee/ravenkennedybooks…more
Member Since August 2018
URL https://www.goodreads.com/ravenkennedy

Raven Kennedy is a tea and dark chocolate kind of girl and can often be found binge-watching The Office or The Great British Baking Show.

She enjoys writing all kinds of books, because each one brings a different experience. Whatever the genre, she hopes she creates characters you can root for.

When she’s not reading or writing, she’s with her family, probably messing up a recipe or going on a hike that she thinks she can do, but in reality she can’t because she remembers that all she does is sit at a computer all day and write her heart out.

You can connect with her on Facebook in Raven Kennedy’s Reader Group, as well as @ravenkennedybooks on Instagram. 

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