REALM OF THE SHADOWS-THE KING
by A.J. Wildman
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jul 2023
A torrid love story 3,000 years in the making…
As one of the best PR rep’s money can buy, Maeve Perryman has just landed the assignment of her lifetime. She’s been hired to repair the marred reputations of Symmachia, a counsel of seven who oversee the seedy underbelly of the Shadows, home to all things supernatural.
She arrives at their headquarters with the attitude to win, and her quick wit. However, her first assignment is working side by side with the dangerously sexy King of Shadows, and if she’s not careful, she’ll end up breaking one of her most sacred rules and doing a lot more than righting his scarred reputation.
Aristotle Crane is a thousand-year-old soulless night walker who carved a path to the Shadow’s throne with blood, steel, and rage. For half a century, he’s scoured the globe for the annals, scrolls rumored to hold the secrets as to why every magical being is cursed. If he can discover a way to break the curse and get his soul back, he’ll finally be able to end his existence and be at peace.
Then Maeve struts into his conference room, and he finds himself second guessing his desire to die the final death. She’s slithered beneath his skin, the beautiful and fiery little human, and Aristotle isn’t sure he wants to get her out, her unbreakable rules aside.
REALM OF THE SHADOWS—THE KING is a dark paranormal romance, the first in a series. The tale is riddled with salacious acts, violence, and secrets. Carrying the reader on a journey not meant for the faint of heart, this is a love story, a redemption story, a story that reveals a world of Shadows where nothing is forbidden.
WARNING: Suicidal thoughts and attempts, dark magic, tragic backstories and a hefty amount of blood and scorching sex with multiple partners.
Not a happy ever after...
“This story takes you through history and present-day "Shadows." It weaves multiple paranormal creatures into epic battles and a flaming romance between seering hot characters with less then modest background. Readers, beware, this book starts off hot and ends hotter. Watch out for this author. This is the second title that captured my readers' thirst.”—Searra, Goodreads
Average rating from 17 members
Warning starts with a bang literally ! This is a very spicy, torrid romance by a new to me author. I will be frank and say although I wasn’t gripped by the beginning I was sufficiently intrigued to keep reading about those who live in the Shadows and I guess resemble what have previously been called Vampires but honestly there’s a lot more to this world that the author has dreamed up. About half way in the story really took off and definitely caught and held my interest. Maeve was perhaps a bit irritating at times but she certainly held her own. The change in Aristotle as the book progressed was huge and made him a much more appealing character. Definitely not for those who don’t want steam and spice in their romance because this has it aplenty. I did catch a few typos and occasionally the flow just hiccuped a bit but it didn’t mar my overall enjoyment so definitely a book I recommend if you want a slightly different paranormal romance.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Read the authors comment about the book content. But there is a fantasy good story too!!! A fun read, this is a sexy adult will they, will they, romance story!!! But (not completely over the top) with vampires and witches and a story about losing your soul, but finding your soul (mate) as well. Most people deserve to be saved! Thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for the ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.
First book is...
Realm Of The Shadows - The King.
By A.J. Wildman
I honestly loved this book. If you like fantasy, this could be up your alley. It has vampires, gnomes, witches, shifters, etc.
At first I didn't think I would love it but something about the banter between Maeve and Aristotle really brought me in and intrigued me.
The story itself has enough edge to it to keep you entertained. There is a major cliffhanger So be prepared if you are not willing to wait until winter for the next book.
If you like a SMUTTY book this is for you. It's a pretty medium burn. There's an attraction from the beginning and it's acknowledged. But the female lead keeps pushing away because she knows if she gives in everything will change. I can appreciate the acknowledgment of the attraction from the get-go. However, I do wish there was a little bit more cat and mouse/hard to get, kind of thing going on. But overall it worked.
A.J. did a great job at telling all the back details later in the book that you question throughout the beginning.
Overall I would rate this a 4 out of 5 because I would have loved just a little but more emotion. Meaning I want to cry when it deems, I want to shout when Good things happen. I think to achieve that, just a little more time spent on a couple scenes would have helped!. But this is definitely a book I could reread!
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Rating: 4.5 stars
I decided to try reading this book on a whim, and it definitely surpassed my expectations. The beginning was…a bit intense, but it definitely held my attention. I found myself more interested in the book as it went on. Maeve was an awesome, fierce MC, and Aristotle was broody but charming in his own way. Maeve and Aristotle were so fun to read about, and I absolutely loved them together. It was nice to see them develop and they both had compelling backstories.
I was really interested in the world and the magic, and I do wish it was explained more because some parts did were a little underdeveloped. I don’t want to spoil anything, but some of Maeve’s background felt a bit rushed. I would definitely love to read future books in this series!
Loved reading the engaging, mesmerizing, and spellbinding paranormal romance story. When Maeve is hired as a PR, she meets the handsome, captivating vampire Aristotle, King of the Shadows. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, and a riveting must read romance story. Can't wait to read the next story in the series!
Hooked! I am absolutely and completely hooked! I need to read the next book because hello, I need, no, have to know what happens!! Absolutely obsessed with this!
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