Ruthless King, by Meghan March is a 252-page contemporary romance novel and is the first book out of a trilogy. It is written from a first-person POV, two-sided.
First time reading this author and I’m glad I did.
Oh, heads up…there is a bit of BDSM, really light, but there is anal sex. I thought I should mention that because I read someone’s review of this book and the anal play really disgusted then. And yes, Lachlan is NOT a good man…he’s a mafia boss. So he’s a killer and a manipulator, he is essentially the ruler of all underground happenings in New Orlens. <– Felt I had to throw that in as well because someone had also reviewed that they didn’t understand why Keira (female protagonist) was okay with this. The thing about dark romances is there is rarely a magical turnaround for the anti-hero. They will most likely remain in their profession, be it hired killer, mafia boss, or conman. The books focus is going to be about bringing someone who is “innocent” into the dark world and either converting them to their way of life or having the innocent one provide a balance to the darkness.
Spoilers Ahead ***
I’ll start off by saying I dislike duets and trilogies because I prefer to have a romance be settled in one novel versus going on and on and on…but surprisingly, I didn’t mind it here. Keira and Mount as characters were dynamic and fun to read.
Keira is running her family’s whisky company and doing the best she can even though her dead husband left her with a mountain of debt, her father is retired, and she’s revamping the business to include whisky tastings, a restaurant, and still trying to keep on her staff. Needless to say, she’s a busy woman. What she doesn’t need is Mount–full name, Lachlan Mount, the King of New Orlenas. And we aren’t talking some Mardi Gras King, we’re talking King who runs the town on the dark side. He comes to her and informs her that her ex owes him quite a bit of cash and she needs to pay up. If she can’t give him the cash he’s taking her family’s business.
Does Mount want to blackmail Keira? Yes. Yes he does. He’s a business man, a very infatuated business man. He’s had a thing for Keira for years and this is how he’s getting her. Is it normal for a man to blackmail a woman he’s interested in? Of course not, but Mount is more of a chessmaster than a normal man.
The one thing I wish…is that the POV was more balanced in this book. It was very Keira heavy. Mount is such a fascinating character I really wanted to learn more about him.
In summary, I give this a 4 out of 5