Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: King’s Trilogy #1
The Verdict: ★★★★
For: Lovers of Alpha men, supernatural twists and drama
Genres: Urban fantasy, paranormal fiction, paranormal romance
Publication details: May 4th, 2014 by P&S Inc
Format: Kindle, 294 pages
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Book Synopsis: “I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you.”
When Mia Turner’s brother goes missing in Mexico, while on an archaeological dig, she believes that life couldn’t get much worse. But when she’s blocked at every turn from finding answers, by both local and U.S. authorities, she must turn to a man she swears is the devil.
Others might be fooled by his private jet, fine tailored suits, and disarming smile, but Mia knows something dark, sinister, and unnatural lurks behind those penetrating, pale-gray eyes. And the more she learns, the more she realizes she may never be free again.
My Review: My first thoughts upon finishing King’s were a little bit confused. At first thought I was under the impression that King’s was a dark contemporary style romance and it sure starts that way, but it doesn’t continue. King’s get a little bit of a supernatural twist to it about halfway in and it’s only a minor twist so it’s not a HUGE thing.
Mia Turner’s brother Justin goes missing while on an archaeological dig in Mexico and she sets out to find him, unfortunately she hits roadblocks at every turn from both sides of the border line – Federales and the U.S. Government – she goes to a charity who help people who have lost family members during natural disasters etc and hits another roadblock. Except the receptionist gives her an address for a man name King – first or last name? No clue, man just goes by King.
Mia goes to the address and meets King who confuses her for a hooker at first glance. Now that I thought, was either a testament to what Mia was wearing (at which point I would have stopped reading the book there and then) or a testament to the fact that King comes across as a total pig (at which point I would have carried on reading to see if the author gave a reason why). Luckily, it was the second option as within minutes of their embarrassing conversation, a hooker turns up at King’s office.
How can I describe King? Other people have reviewed this book and equated him to Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. I’m not convinced. For one I liked King especially after he said this: “I am the man who can find anything or anyone. For a price. And my price is you.” Gave me a weird little shiver. King comes across as a rich, overbearing, controlling arsehole and to be fair, I actually think he is. Mia – on the other hand – comes across as weak-minded but happily defies King at every turn much to her dismay.
The plot line itself isn’t so much unique as it is odd, the brother goes missing in Mexico presumed dead, King thinks he can find him, does find him but is always one step behind because Mia is acting like an idiot. I didn’t think much about Mia, I felt that she was too much but too little but then I thought that King was too much also.
He pretty much took over her life, including tattooing her without her permission, invading her mind without her permission as “punishment” and making her quit her job, leave her apartment to come and work for him. What gets me is that Mia was okay with that. She witnessed King rip the arm off a man who was attempting to rape her and she was okay with that, didn’t go into hysterics or anything.
It will never make sense to me how some characters can be written with no back bone.
Despite my reservations of the story as a whole, I did think it was very good. It was written concisely and to the point with minimal “extra flab” in the plot line, it was fleshed out enough to keep me interested with a good few twists in there including a near death in the family, lots of omitting the truth and several deaths.
Mia has her mind “unlocked” to the supernatural and she becomes King’s Seer of Light to help him locate this Artifact that Justin found when he was digging. Justin as a character, I didn’t like at all, he gave up his family for a chance to start over. I would rather have made mistakes than to give up my family.
I think maybe the next installments bring an even better twist to the table and I look forward to reading them.