The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)
From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) Details

TitleThe King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherEvil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Rating
GenreRomance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fairies, Fae

The King (A Wicked Trilogy #3.6) Review

  • Lori Dunn
    January 1, 1970
    If this book is even half as good as the Wicked trilogy and the first novella The Prince then it will be well worth these 5 stars. The Prince left us in an OMG place and I for one can't wait for the continued story of Caden and Brighton. I am hoping that The King picks up immediately where The Prince ended. 7/13/19--- well I just officially finished this book and my first reaction was OMG you didn't Jennifer, how could you? This book totally lived up to the hype and surpassed it. I went back and If this book is even half as good as the Wicked trilogy and the first novella The Prince then it will be well worth these 5 stars. The Prince left us in an OMG place and I for one can't wait for the continued story of Caden and Brighton. I am hoping that The King picks up immediately where The Prince ended. 7/13/19--- well I just officially finished this book and my first reaction was OMG you didn't Jennifer, how could you? This book totally lived up to the hype and surpassed it. I went back and reread the prince first then read The King today. It really put me through the emotional wringer. It is a great story and I was so ready for a HEA, not the shocking cliff hanger I got. I was totally not aware that another novella was coming and if she doesn't have plans for one she better watch her back. Im just sayin. Go out and get this story if you haven't yet Itasca total winner. 5/5 stars again.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    The King picks up after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still hell bent on getting revenge and Caden, now the King, is determined to keep her safe.What I enjoy most about these novellas is Brighton as a character. She’s the perfect mix of a capable badass while not letting her skills define her as a person. Watching her grow from the character she was in the original trilogy to who she is at the end of this novella has been a journey to say the least.Brighton and Caden’s chemistry is spicy The King picks up after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still hell bent on getting revenge and Caden, now the King, is determined to keep her safe.What I enjoy most about these novellas is Brighton as a character. She’s the perfect mix of a capable badass while not letting her skills define her as a person. Watching her grow from the character she was in the original trilogy to who she is at the end of this novella has been a journey to say the least.Brighton and Caden’s chemistry is spicy. It’s a mix of will they won’t they with a sprinkle of forbidden romance. A lot that is revealed in The King that explains Caden’s behaviour and his link to Brighton. This information is immensely satisfying. A lot of times when information is hinted at in a previous book, but not revealed until a later book doesn’t feel as impactful as it could. Thankfully, that is not the case with The King.The only criticism I have and the reason I rated the novella four stars instead of five is that The King is very similar to some events that take place in the original trilogy. When I say similar, I mean almost exactly like those previous events. This lessened the impact of these events for me and their consequences moving forward.I was not expecting there to be another novella after The King, so I was pleasantly surprised and disappointed that I have another year wait for the next novella. Especially after the information that’s revealed at the end!Overall, The King is another great addition to the Wicked universe. Brighton is a wicked character that I’ll follow until the end.***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    5 "This book should be retitled BRIGHTON." Stars!Wow, wow, wow! does this novella pack a punch! It leaves you satisfied, yet craving more. This is a must read for fans of the Wicked Trilogy- now turned saga. I don't think this is a standalone. I don't want to say much, but here it is: 1. This was surprisingly dark. 2. Though Brighton started off on my nerve, she has earned my utmost respect. 3. Caden need to learn to share his thoughts.4. I cannot wait for The Queen. A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR! That 5 "This book should be retitled BRIGHTON." Stars!Wow, wow, wow! does this novella pack a punch! It leaves you satisfied, yet craving more. This is a must read for fans of the Wicked Trilogy- now turned saga. I don't think this is a standalone. I don't want to say much, but here it is: 1. This was surprisingly dark. 2. Though Brighton started off on my nerve, she has earned my utmost respect. 3. Caden need to learn to share his thoughts.4. I cannot wait for The Queen. A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR! That is just not right... 😫Happy reading!
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Following the events of the first tie-in novella, The Prince, I truly didn't expect an e-book so small to inflict so much PAIN and FEELS! Brighton and Caden, now King of the Fae, fall between duty, love, and secrets as the threat rises in the world of the Courts and the Order needs desperately help. Now there isn't much action here and there are some scenes that might cause disturbing images to form, I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*Following the events of the first tie-in novella, The Prince, I truly didn't expect an e-book so small to inflict so much PAIN and FEELS! Brighton and Caden, now King of the Fae, fall between duty, love, and secrets as the threat rises in the world of the Courts and the Order needs desperately help. Now there isn't much action here and there are some scenes that might cause disturbing images to form, but Jennifer is a master of words and delivers a heart-pounding novella sequel despite the absence of action and yet filled with revelations and secrets.The ending was also a cliffhanger!
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  • mandy ❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 'You are my everything' Stars!*ARC provided in exchange for honest review.*The King starts off two weeks after the end of The Prince. We see Brighton dealing with the aftermath of Caden pushing her away even after all they've shared. Caden being in his new position of power prevents him from being with her. As a reader, that's a pretty obvious conclusion. But our lovely Brighton thinks otherwise. In this installment, she really has a hard time believing that Caden ever truly wanted her at all. 4 'You are my everything' Stars!*ARC provided in exchange for honest review.*The King starts off two weeks after the end of The Prince. We see Brighton dealing with the aftermath of Caden pushing her away even after all they've shared. Caden being in his new position of power prevents him from being with her. As a reader, that's a pretty obvious conclusion. But our lovely Brighton thinks otherwise. In this installment, she really has a hard time believing that Caden ever truly wanted her at all. She doesn't see how amazing she truly is. Which is no surprise when she's been considered less than among Order members - never being included in important missions. In her mind, she's insignificant. Just a ghost. Caden eventually does make her realize her mistake in thinking this, though.Despite all the obstacles standing in Caden and Brighton's way, their attraction to one another has not diminished one bit. It comes to a boiling point in this novella and boy was the wait worth it! These two are just oozing chemistry and heat. Besides all the smutty times, which we were great, the real shining moments for them were the emotional stuff. I got a major case of the feels more than once while reading this. Caden's feelings for Brighton are just so beautiful and you really get to see it this time around.We also get a lot of answers to questions that we brought up last time. Some I saw coming. But most of them were a shock to me. Jennifer always knows how to keep her readers on their toes. There is never a dull moment when it comes to her stories and this one delivered.The only complaint I really have is that I feel as though a certain situation that Brighton gets caught in during the middle of the book dragged on too long. And because of it, I feel as though we didn't get as much Caden/Brighton content as we did in the last novella. It probably won't bother other people. Maybe it's just me being selfish because I only wanted to read about them alone lol I will say one thing, though. I would love for a Caden POV next time around. I wanted so badly to read his thoughts during this story.Overall, this was another solid addition to the Wicked world. With how this ended, I am dying to get my hands on the next (and hopefully last because I can't with these cliffhangers anymore!) novella. I need it RIGHT NOW! Make sure to get your copy of The King when it releases July 23rd! You won't be disappointed!
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ‘holy freaking fae’ stars!Wow! JLA has taken us on a wildly intense ride with this book, and I was captivated!As part of the 1001 Dark Nights collection, this book is publicised as a standalone. It’s not. At all. Not only is it a spin-off from the Wicked series, but it’s a direct continuation of The Prince, and it has a cliffhanger of its very own, with another book to come. So despite assurances to the contrary, don’t try to read this one on its own. And if it’s been a while since you’ve re 4.5 ‘holy freaking fae’ stars!Wow! JLA has taken us on a wildly intense ride with this book, and I was captivated!As part of the 1001 Dark Nights collection, this book is publicised as a standalone. It’s not. At all. Not only is it a spin-off from the Wicked series, but it’s a direct continuation of The Prince, and it has a cliffhanger of its very own, with another book to come. So despite assurances to the contrary, don’t try to read this one on its own. And if it’s been a while since you’ve read The Prince, I would recommend a reread before diving into this one to remind you of what happened because there’s a lot that has gone on and there’s not a lot of recapThis book picks up right where the first one left off, taking us back to the streets of New Orleans, to where the fae exist amongst humans, and The Order, a group of human warriors, fight to maintain peace and protect mankind from the evil of the Winter Fae. Now working with the good fae of the Summer Court, behind-the-scenes Order member Brighton continues to buck the rules and is out hunting Aric, the fae that attacked her so brutally, determined to end him and the threat that he poses to the whole world. But she still has a major obstacle in her way – Caden. After that huge reveal at the end of The Prince, everything seems to have changed for our dripping-with-chemistry-almost-lovers, but their mad lust for each other has not. Though they have more hurdles to cross now, including Caden himself, there’s still sizzling UST with every encounter, with a healthy dose of anger as Brighton defies all instruction, and Caden’s wishes, and continues to put herself in danger. It’s fast-paced and exciting with a sense of anticipation as you just wait for something to happen, and OMG, I was so excited as we finally get some romantic development for these two. With Caden’s enigmatic stoicism, and Brighton’s brave and stubborn sass, they are a fantastic duo, and I just love them together. But their story takes one hell of a twist… more than one, actually, and OMG, I was not expecting the direction it went. Surprising, dark, intense, and a little bit shocking, I could not put this book down! It’s full of big reveals which add a lot of depth to the story, and more than one surprise that had me on the edge of my seat. Written entirely from Brighton’s POV, I love that Caden remains this big mystery, because it makes every time he opens himself up absolutely fantastic! Without any clue what he’s thinking or doing behind the scenes, we get to experience him as Brighton does, and that brings so much wonder and excitement to the story and I was bouncing up and down as particular scenes in this book played out. Series favourites Ivy, Ren and Tink all appear, and I loved seeing them. But this book is wholly Brighton’s as she battles the unimaginable, and I loved getting to see her deal with it all. Her strength is incredible, and we get to see so much more of that in this book, and seeing that, combined with her all-too-realistic vulnerabilities, made me love her even more. And given all that she’s been through, the unexpected fallout and yet another massive cliffy, I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store.A fantastic read – 4.5 stars.An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “He kissed–God, he kissed like a man starving. He kissed as if he were going to devour me, and I wanted that. I needed it. It was all I could think about. Or maybe I wasn’t thinking at all. Instead, I was feeling. I was just letting myself feel.”“Now, you’re seen, and you’re heard. You stand up for yourself. You’re living. They did take a lot from you, Brighton. Your mother. Your contentment. But it also seems like you gained a lot. Not from them, but from yourself.”“You are my strength. My sun. “He kissed–God, he kissed like a man starving. He kissed as if he were going to devour me, and I wanted that. I needed it. It was all I could think about. Or maybe I wasn’t thinking at all. Instead, I was feeling. I was just letting myself feel.”“Now, you’re seen, and you’re heard. You stand up for yourself. You’re living. They did take a lot from you, Brighton. Your mother. Your contentment. But it also seems like you gained a lot. Not from them, but from yourself.”“You are my strength. My sun. You are my heart.”Man, oh man, was it great to be back in this world again. The King picks up right where The Prince left off and there is never a dull moment. Yes, this book hits the ground running and just totally sucks you back in to The Wicked World. Now, don’t be fooled by the fact that this book is a novella because let me tell you, this little novella packs a punch. It will easily consume you and will leave you hanging on each and every word.Since this book is a novella, I’m going to keep my review short and sweet and just say I LOVED this book!! I loved it. Within seconds of starting this story, everything from The Wicked Series came rushing back to me. I remembered why I originally fell in love with this series and all of the characters. The King is easily a novella that you can finish in just a few short hours.The King is sexy and smartly written. The characters pull you into their story immediately. There is humor and angst. There is drama and moments that will leave you holding your breathe. There are moments where you’ll find yourself screaming at your kindle and ferociously flipping the pages to see how the story will play out. The King had it all and then some.The King was a thrilling ride from beginning to end. From will they/won’t they moments, to lots of delicious tension & steam to danger around every turn…. I just couldn’t get enough. And with an ending I never saw coming, all I can say is when do we get our hands on the next book???!!*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to read and review in exchange for an honest review***The King is the second installment in the Wicked series. This book picks up right after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still determined to get revenge for her mother and herself. Meanwhile, Caden vehemently opposes Brighton hunting Aric.I really enjoyed this novella. Brighton is such a fierce heroine. She doesn’t let other people’s opinions limit her. Instead, she fights to show people t ***Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to read and review in exchange for an honest review***The King is the second installment in the Wicked series. This book picks up right after the events of The Prince. Brighton is still determined to get revenge for her mother and herself. Meanwhile, Caden vehemently opposes Brighton hunting Aric.I really enjoyed this novella. Brighton is such a fierce heroine. She doesn’t let other people’s opinions limit her. Instead, she fights to show people that she is much more capable than they think. I won’t say anything else about the plot because it’s best for you to find out on your own.Overall, this novella had me completely entranced and on the edge of my seat. However, I called the plot twist at the end by a mile away. I’m not a fan of this plot twist, but I suppose it’s needed.
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  • Bree Howland
    January 1, 1970
    Wow... this was actually intense to read.It's been a long time since I read the Wicked Trilogy as well as The Prince, but Jennifer proved again how amazing of an author she is. Everything came back with simple little prompts and comments in The King and it was so amazing to fall back into this world.Seriously, Caden and Brighton are absolutely amazing together and I loved seeing favorite characters from past books. Tink is still amazing. I love him.And that cliffhanger... yeah, fkn watch it. Tha Wow... this was actually intense to read.It's been a long time since I read the Wicked Trilogy as well as The Prince, but Jennifer proved again how amazing of an author she is. Everything came back with simple little prompts and comments in The King and it was so amazing to fall back into this world.Seriously, Caden and Brighton are absolutely amazing together and I loved seeing favorite characters from past books. Tink is still amazing. I love him.And that cliffhanger... yeah, fkn watch it. That was crazy.Amazing as per usual❤
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  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5/5I must start with how speechless I was left when I finished this book. You have to understand that for some unknown reason when I first started the book, I thought it was a duology… so you can imagine my mindset when I realized their was no way the plot was resolved at the end of the book. I was devastated to think I’ll have to wait another year to know the ending, but nothing new I’m pretty much devastated every time I must wait for Jen’s next book!This second installment start rig Rating: 4.5/5I must start with how speechless I was left when I finished this book. You have to understand that for some unknown reason when I first started the book, I thought it was a duology… so you can imagine my mindset when I realized their was no way the plot was resolved at the end of the book. I was devastated to think I’ll have to wait another year to know the ending, but nothing new I’m pretty much devastated every time I must wait for Jen’s next book!This second installment start right where the prince ended. Like his predecessor its action packed, funny and the chemistry between Brighton and Caden is still as thick as ever. Where the first one was a little lighter this one has is dark moment. It’s about revenge and what it can make you do but also about resilience. The plot will suck you in and you’ll find yourself devouring it in one sitting. And then you’ll reach the end and you’ll be left with your jaw on the floor and your brain going through all the possibility for the next book (and then you’ll realize you have to wait a year for the conclusion…welcome to my universe!) Overall, it’s an amazing addition to the wicked universe and a great way to get you Tink fix!
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  • Maria Naydenova
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Wow! Holy fae babies, everywhere. What a kingly way to get back in this world once again. I’m starting to fall head over heels in love with these characters and I need more!This story was so unexpected and a bit bordering on the dark side, but I loved the way it managed to surprise me and all the emotions it gave me even though it was just a novella. Sigh, how I wish this was a full-length novel. I really fell under the spell of this magical fae world and didn’t want to leave it. The 4.5 stars Wow! Holy fae babies, everywhere. What a kingly way to get back in this world once again. I’m starting to fall head over heels in love with these characters and I need more!This story was so unexpected and a bit bordering on the dark side, but I loved the way it managed to surprise me and all the emotions it gave me even though it was just a novella. Sigh, how I wish this was a full-length novel. I really fell under the spell of this magical fae world and didn’t want to leave it. The book picked up where The Prince left. It started a bit on the slow side and I thought we may get more of a romantic type of story than an action-packed one, but boy was I wrong. And how much this lazy beginning with flashbacks to the past calmed me and gave me the sense of ease and fooled me to believe we’re getting a lighter story. And then BAM! Everything started happening one after another and then all at once. So many twists, so many unexpected truths revealed, so many new things happening. And the romance in between was so well intertwined. Swoonworthy moments there. Movie-worthy. I kid you not. Also, the passion and chemistry were off the charts hot and so intense. Fans self. Really steamy.I wasn’t a big fan of Caden at first and he earned so many black points in my book, but I have a thing for these bad boys after all. Plus he kind of redeemed himself eventually. He was trying to act this strong, unbreakable alpha that he was, and I could understand his reasons for being this way, but at the end of the day, he had such a soft spot for the people he loved. I wish we could have heard his voice. I’m sure he had a lot to say at some point in this book. I loved Brighton. She was one of the quiet ones that turned into a real force to be reckoned with in this book. And although I hated what she had to go through, I was in awe with her strength and determination. I felt like my heart was squeezed in a vice a good 30-40% of the book and I was biting my nails so hard at some point I don’t think I have a single one left that isn’t chipped. It was so intense, so painfully raw, dark and even frightening at places. This was a level of darkness I’m not quite familiar coming from Jen, but it was so well written it gave me all the feels and then some. I wanted to shout and scream at what was happening. I wanted to press undo and go back to the beginning where everything seemed sweet and cheerful. But I kept reading and it only got better and better. I loved the action in this book and the intense, put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, but the emotional, romantic ones at the end were just as amazing. And it had plenty of those. This book brought me to tears even though it was barely 200 pages. It was raw, dark, and painful and managed to surprise me in so many ways, but all the feels were present and you wouldn’t want to miss this exceptional adventure in this unique fae world. Now I need more. I can’t wait to see how the story would evolve in The Queen. So many possibilities to go from here and I’m bouncing with excitement to discover every single one of them.
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  • B.B. Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    “They did take a lot from you, Brighton. Your mother. Your contentment. But it also seems like you gained a lot. Not from them, but from yourself.”I have been impatiently waiting for The King and it met every single expectation I had and more. While I can’t wait for the next in the series, I found myself content with the depth of story Jen gave us in just a short novella. In the earlier books of the Wicked Trilogy, Brighton wasn’t a very strong character. But life hardened her and forced her to “They did take a lot from you, Brighton. Your mother. Your contentment. But it also seems like you gained a lot. Not from them, but from yourself.”I have been impatiently waiting for The King and it met every single expectation I had and more. While I can’t wait for the next in the series, I found myself content with the depth of story Jen gave us in just a short novella. In the earlier books of the Wicked Trilogy, Brighton wasn’t a very strong character. But life hardened her and forced her to change. Throughout this series we have seen her blossom into a strong warrior. We learn, through Brighton’s experience, that you don’t have to take it sitting down. And I believe it changed Brighton for the better. I also love that she treats “the King” like just another person.“You made me feel shame and regret, and for all of that, I think you’re terrible.”I was so happy with the amount of character development we got from Caden. In The Prince we get to meet fae royalty, a prince who is always careful of what he says and does. And now we finally get to see unfiltered Caden. “I am a King. I must have a Queen, and you… You’re a distraction.”This story drew me in and I was turning pages as fast as I could read. I cannot wait for the next one!!! A little spoiler — it does end on a cliffhanger. So for those of you who abhor cliffhangers…beware. But it’s so worth it. “It means you are…you are my strength. My sun. You are my heart...Through you, complete and utter control of me is possible.”
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  • ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
    January 1, 1970
    Original review on Julalicious Book ParadiseOh my... A lot happened in this novella and I don’t know where to start this review. Well... I guess with the beginning...The King continues a little after where The Prince ended. Caden is now King and Brighton is still set on avenging her mother’s death. Learning the name of the Ancient that killed her just pushes Brighton to continue on this mission.Caden is still trying to stop her with more or less success. The two of them still argue and is still Original review on Julalicious Book ParadiseOh my... A lot happened in this novella and I don’t know where to start this review. Well... I guess with the beginning...The King continues a little after where The Prince ended. Caden is now King and Brighton is still set on avenging her mother’s death. Learning the name of the Ancient that killed her just pushes Brighton to continue on this mission.Caden is still trying to stop her with more or less success. The two of them still argue and is still filled with a raw intensity of chemistry. When they are together, they push and pull at each other wanting more and trying to avoid it at the same time which always gets them back to fighting.But beyond their bickering, so much happens in this novella and I swear all of my feels went in every direction. I’m just saying be prepare when you start this one because Brighton and Caden’s continued story will hook you from the first chapters.Just needed to add that Tink is still the same old brownie we love and adore and I wish there were more of him and his huge spending habits lol I seriously love this character.It’s quite general for a review but this being a novella, so much happens in a short time that telling you even a tiny thing would probably be a spoiler, but I’m telling you that you need to read this book as much as I’ll you need the next and final one.I was giving an advanced copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a digital arc for an honest review]The King is the second novella in Jennifer L Armentrout's Wicked trilogy. It picks up after the end of the first novella, The Prince. This one is full of sexual tension, life or death situations, and surprising revelations.The King fits right in the rest of the Wicked trilogy seamlessly. Brighton continues to be strong and independent while still remaining clueless when it comes to Caden's true feelings towards her. We also a finally given answer to [I received a digital arc for an honest review]The King is the second novella in Jennifer L Armentrout's Wicked trilogy. It picks up after the end of the first novella, The Prince. This one is full of sexual tension, life or death situations, and surprising revelations.The King fits right in the rest of the Wicked trilogy seamlessly. Brighton continues to be strong and independent while still remaining clueless when it comes to Caden's true feelings towards her. We also a finally given answer to questions about Cadens past and his true connection with Brighton. The best part is the fact that Caden and Brighton's sexual tension finally comes to a head and it was everything I wanted it to be."He kissed - God, he kissed like a man starving. He kissed as if he were going to devour me, and I wanted that. I needed it."Let's talk about a trope that not everyone loves but Jennifer L Armentrout is a pro at writing. Boy likes girl but knows that being with him will only get her hurt. Therefore, boy pushes girl away by being cruel and indifferent towards her. Frustratingly girl can't see that he's doing it to protect her and believes his cruel words. That's about the gist of half of The King, and I was there for every predictable second of it. However, because of the predictably, including the cliffhanger that I guessed long before it was revealed, I had to subtract a star.
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  • Manon the Malicious
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 Stars**I was provided an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.*The King is the second book of this spin-off series. It follows Brighton a thirty something woman who's living in New Orleans and works in the Order, a super secret organisation meant to deal with Faeries.I can't actually say much more about this book without completely spoiling either the first book of this series or the Wicked Trilogy.They say the second book in a trilogy is usually the worst one. I don't see how *4.5 Stars**I was provided an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.*The King is the second book of this spin-off series. It follows Brighton a thirty something woman who's living in New Orleans and works in the Order, a super secret organisation meant to deal with Faeries.I can't actually say much more about this book without completely spoiling either the first book of this series or the Wicked Trilogy.They say the second book in a trilogy is usually the worst one. I don't see how that can be true here. This was really great. I actually reread book 1 right before reading this one and managed to read both in a day. I simply could not put this one down. I didn't see most of the twists coming and the ones I did see coming, I just felt smart as hell to have figured it out.I love the set-up in the series. The world is incredible, as are the characters. They are so layered and filled with flaws but in the best way. The romance was pretty damn good too, almost as amazing as the side characters are! The banter was on point, as usual with JLA's books, and it made me grin a lot. But I also cried a lot and even sobbed, it was all so perfectly paced and it made me feel so much. I swooned, raged, cried, laughed...I also love how short these books are. I mean, they're novellas but it feels like just the right length and that's a nice change of pace for my very full tbr.So, yeah, I can't wait for book 3 and if you haven't read this series yet, do it.
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  • Misha Carlstedt Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    The King was an action-packed continuation of Brighton and Caden’s story. I have so much respect for Brighton, and I was in awe of her strength in this installment. Brighton does not give herself enough credit; she is a complete badass. Her need for vengeance did cause her to make some poor choices, but I understood how that need could not be ignored. Caden positively melted my heart. I was sympathetic to the demands placed on him by being king. Although he had a few missteps, he more than made The King was an action-packed continuation of Brighton and Caden’s story. I have so much respect for Brighton, and I was in awe of her strength in this installment. Brighton does not give herself enough credit; she is a complete badass. Her need for vengeance did cause her to make some poor choices, but I understood how that need could not be ignored. Caden positively melted my heart. I was sympathetic to the demands placed on him by being king. Although he had a few missteps, he more than made up for it in the end. His tenderness was incredibly endearing. This novella was so good that I read it all in one sitting!
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    "I feel more awake than I have in centuries."Oh Caden, you've stolen the words from my lips.To say I'm obsessed would be putting it lightly. The Prince and The King are far, faaaar, better than the Wicked trilogy and hell, I don't even know what to do with myself until next year.
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  • Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic! I couldn’t put this book down. I was instantly sucked in from the beginning and can’t wait to read more from this series. This was the first book I read by the author and I’m hungry for more!
  • Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
    January 1, 1970
    The King picks up right where The Prince leaves off, with Caden becoming King and as such, he must distance himself from Brighton. Meanwhile, Brighton has her own agenda to find the evil Fae who tortured her and her mother. It involves some extremely dangerous activities and when Caden finds out, he’s really upset with the fact that Brighton is doing so. He wants her safe. Through all of this, the attraction between them hasn’t died out, if anything it makes them hotter for each other, until one The King picks up right where The Prince leaves off, with Caden becoming King and as such, he must distance himself from Brighton. Meanwhile, Brighton has her own agenda to find the evil Fae who tortured her and her mother. It involves some extremely dangerous activities and when Caden finds out, he’s really upset with the fact that Brighton is doing so. He wants her safe. Through all of this, the attraction between them hasn’t died out, if anything it makes them hotter for each other, until one day… well, you can guess what happens! It’s steamy and hot, and everything for both Caden and Brighton. But afterwards, there are lots of mixed signals and Brighton is knocked for a loop with additional news that just breaks her heart.Brighton doesn’t get much time to nurse her heart though, because she’s got her own hell as the tables are turned on her. This is a really tough part of the book, but it’s also exciting, tension-filled and super engaging from this reader’s perspective. I was on the edge of my seat, turning the pages and wanting to know how everything was going to end. Jennifer L. Armentrout takes things to the edge here and I absolutely loved it every word of it. And that’s not all. There’s a great ending (you may see it coming) that left me breathless and impatient for the next installment in this story. The King has everything that I love in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s stories – great characters, plenty of tension, and a reluctant hero that is about to have his world imploded. How does it get any better than that! Definitely recommended! An ARC was provided for review.
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  • Ceres95
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so awesome, can't wait for The Queen.I don't know where to start, this book is absolutely awesome. It’s intense and you must be prepared to suffer with Brighton. This is not the last book, so don't panic when you read The King. We find Brighton trying at all costs to kill Aric, she wants revenge and even if only Tink and Caden are aware of it and the latter tries as best he can to stop her. Brighton is an interesting character, she has evolved so much since we met her, she doesn't r This book is so awesome, can't wait for The Queen.I don't know where to start, this book is absolutely awesome. It’s intense and you must be prepared to suffer with Brighton. This is not the last book, so don't panic when you read The King. We find Brighton trying at all costs to kill Aric, she wants revenge and even if only Tink and Caden are aware of it and the latter tries as best he can to stop her. Brighton is an interesting character, she has evolved so much since we met her, she doesn't realize it and it's Caden who points it out to her. And I might as well tell you that it's not over with everything that's happening to her in The King. As for Caden, he remains true to himself, his objective is to kill Aric and protect Brighton but he is clumsy in his decisions and actions. I really liked this book, we discover all the strength of character of Brighton, I look forward to reading The Queen in order to know the end of the story, Caden's reaction and especially I want a happy ending for them. Quick word: Another nugget written by Jennifer L Armentrout.
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  • Sofia Fredes
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. Wow. I liked this waaaay more than the first one! Such. A. Good. Book.Honestly, I was expecting it to be good, but not THIS good. I'm obsessed. ***Review to come on release day!~~~23/07/19HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO THIS BEAUTY! 5/5 STARSWow, what a ride. I loved how not only the characters improved a lot, but also the story. I was hooked from page one. I swear this novella made me cry rivers and it felt way to short because I was flying through it. I think I said it on my previous review of The Okay. Wow. I liked this waaaay more than the first one! Such. A. Good. Book.Honestly, I was expecting it to be good, but not THIS good. I'm obsessed. ***Review to come on release day!~~~23/07/19HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO THIS BEAUTY! 5/5 STARSWow, what a ride. I loved how not only the characters improved a lot, but also the story. I was hooked from page one. I swear this novella made me cry rivers and it felt way to short because I was flying through it. I think I said it on my previous review of The Prince, but I love Brighton SO much. She's queen and she's so badass. I can relate so much with her, because I think we all have those moments where we feel we don't belong into something or into a group of people just because we don't think much of ourselves. We don't see ourselves worthy of that. I'm glad she is as strong as she is and the fact that she survived what she did it's impresive and I'm shook to the ground. And I can't leave without mentioning sweetheart Caden because I love him even though he messed up SO MANY TIMES, whyyyy Caden. I wanted to be mad at him, I really did, but seeing how things turned out, I am glad I haven't turned my back on him just yet. This novella will leave you wanting more and, if you're like me who didn't know this was going to be a freaking trilogy, then get ready to cry and wonder why you make the choices that you make.This. Novella. Is. Awesome. ***I was given an e-Arc of this novella and all opinions are my own.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Oh.My.God.Sometimes a series will take over your emotions; will become an obsession. This is such a series.There is so much that is dark about this book, that is hopeless. Except for that one small spot of light on the horizon.And even when that light looks to be extinguished, the author still keeps that hope alive.This is an extraordinary book.I inhaled it. I need the conclusion, like I need air.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
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  • Jamie Lee Zonneveld
    January 1, 1970
    The King is the sequel of the Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The King picks up where the Prince stopped. It's full of action and romance. I love Brighton and Caden. Brighton is an amazing character who is an awesome combination of vulnerable and badass. Caden is an amazing combination of alpha male and tenderness. He melted my heart. I loved this novella so much. The story was amazing!! I can't wait for the last book!! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
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  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    Are you freaking kidding me? I don't know if I can wait a year for the next one.
  • Ashley Speakman
    January 1, 1970
    My heart is torn out. Brighton is such a great female character. She doesn’t back down when people tell her she can’t do something. She had fallen in love with The King in the previous novella The Prince. The King can not be with her out of duty to his Court. I loved the whole book. I only wish it were a full length novel! The last two chapters had me on the edge of my seat. Great job JLA. Another story I won’t forget.
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  • Ashley Carr, LSoR
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read in this series and I want more!! I will definitely be reading the first books of the series. This book is an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. The book is fast-paced and never a dull moment. Brighton not only is a bada$$, but she is also strong, resilient and beautiful. Caden, the Fae King, is stuck between duty and his desire for Brighton, a human. This book ends in a cliffhanger so there is no plot resolution but that just means I need The Queen This is the first book I have read in this series and I want more!! I will definitely be reading the first books of the series. This book is an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. The book is fast-paced and never a dull moment. Brighton not only is a bada$$, but she is also strong, resilient and beautiful. Caden, the Fae King, is stuck between duty and his desire for Brighton, a human. This book ends in a cliffhanger so there is no plot resolution but that just means I need The Queen stat!!
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout and InkSlinger PR!The King is a novella in the Wicked series and tells the story of Brighton and Caden. Although this is set in a series, it can be read as a standalone.The King is the first book I’ve read in the Wicked series and I really liked it. It makes me want to read the first three books in the series as well as the other novella. I really liked the Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout and InkSlinger PR!The King is a novella in the Wicked series and tells the story of Brighton and Caden. Although this is set in a series, it can be read as a standalone.The King is the first book I’ve read in the Wicked series and I really liked it. It makes me want to read the first three books in the series as well as the other novella. I really liked the world Jennifer L. Armentrout has created and I really like the characters.Even though I didn’t read The Prince novella, I could easily follow the story of Brighton and Caden. Brighton is such a strong person, she’s been through a lot before this book and in this book. I also really like Caden because he’s just so hot, oops.The King was an amazing novella and I cannot wait to read the next novella as well as the four other books in the series. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors and she did an amazing job with The King!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Since “The Prince” came out, I’ve been obsessively wanting the next installment. I dropped everything to read “The King,” and I was not disappointed.“The King” picks up right where “The Prince” left off, with all the glorious angst coming to head. Our lovely Brighton and Caden are at odds, but a bigger threat in their world pushes them back together. “The King” was everything I wanted, even if it left off on a cliff hanger (again), making me anxious for the third (and final) installment in this Since “The Prince” came out, I’ve been obsessively wanting the next installment. I dropped everything to read “The King,” and I was not disappointed.“The King” picks up right where “The Prince” left off, with all the glorious angst coming to head. Our lovely Brighton and Caden are at odds, but a bigger threat in their world pushes them back together. “The King” was everything I wanted, even if it left off on a cliff hanger (again), making me anxious for the third (and final) installment in this Wicked Series spin-off.I loved Caden and Brighton’s characters, and of course, Tink is the best supporting character there is. JLA is the expert at romance, and “The King” is no exception!
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  • Asis GC
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange of honest review.Beware of spoilers because there was a small cliffhanger at the end of the previous one and it was one of the longest waitings I've ever done for a book. But The King is finally here and it did not disappoint. I had a million theories and a million things I wanted to happen and I am so satisfied with every single thing that ACTUALLY happened here. I don't understand how is it possible that a story in a novella format ended up surpassing the actual origin ARC received in exchange of honest review.Beware of spoilers because there was a small cliffhanger at the end of the previous one and it was one of the longest waitings I've ever done for a book. But The King is finally here and it did not disappoint. I had a million theories and a million things I wanted to happen and I am so satisfied with every single thing that ACTUALLY happened here. I don't understand how is it possible that a story in a novella format ended up surpassing the actual original trilogy (Wicked) but that's what's happening here. I am amazed by this story.Caden is seriously one of my favorite characters ever written, and admittedly, I wasn't that much of a fan with his twist in Wicked but hey, I can't even try to hate him at this point. Bri is also such a fun, strong and amazing heroine and I LOVE being in her head. Their banter, their passion, their tension, their love... it all comes back even stronger in this sequel and I AM HERE FOR IT.A lot happened here, but overall, this book was amazing, it had drama, it had fights, it had tension, it had tragedy, it had some good old steamy scenes, it had plot twists and also some incredibly swoony and romantic and just completely adorable scenes. The ending is almost as hard as the one in the first story so here is for a long wait next year, The Queen can't come soon enough.
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    The King was action packed, emotional and there was even more sexual tension between Brighton and Caden *fans face*. When I finished that last page, I was shocked again that I read a novella. At almost 200 pages, there was so much packed into this book and I even found myself crying because I was so emotionally invested. The King was definitely a phenomenal follow up to The Prince! So if you're a fan of The Wicked Trilogy, fae or Jennifer Armentrout then you have to pick this one up! The King w The King was action packed, emotional and there was even more sexual tension between Brighton and Caden *fans face*. When I finished that last page, I was shocked again that I read a novella. At almost 200 pages, there was so much packed into this book and I even found myself crying because I was so emotionally invested. The King was definitely a phenomenal follow up to The Prince! So if you're a fan of The Wicked Trilogy, fae or Jennifer Armentrout then you have to pick this one up! The King was quiet for several moments, and then he looked at me. “If you knew that someone you…you looked fondly upon was doing something that would surely lead to their demise, would you not try to stop them?” “Are you saying you look fondly upon me, King?” His head tilted, and then he looked away. The story started two years after The Prince ended. Brighton was focused on hunting down the fae who killed her mother and nearly killed her too. It didn't matter that she had never hunt fae for The Order, she'd been trained just like everyone else. So while Brighton was out for revenge and redemption, Caden seemed to turn up wherever Brighton was. Part of me hated how my body responded to him, how my heart swelled and raced whenever he was near. All of me wanted him, though, and I loathed that most of all. Caden and Brighton traveled down a forbidden path that had me absolutely addicted. He's fae, she's in The Order. They should not be together, but their story was oh so seductive and sexy. And when we learned both of their secrets, ohhhhhh it was so good! With twists and turns, it was impossible to put this book down. Especially since you can binge it in one sitting. While one of the twists hurt my heart, the other one I saw coming! But hold on because there are also some dark and twisted moments that left me horrified to read what unfolded next. This was insane. I was mad at him, and he was beyond frustrated with me, but this… God, this felt right, and I was so full of raw, painful need that I didn’t care what came next. With lots of angst, my emotions were through the roof. And while this story pulled at my heart, there was also moments of lightness since we got to spend time with our favorites. Tink was hilarious as ever with his Amazon addiction and his antics with Dixon. Ren, Ivy and so many others we cared for from The Wicked Trilogy were in the story too. Plus I loved watching how much Brighton grew emotionally and physically. And Caden. Sigh. He stole my heart even more. Caden was beyond protective and while I knew he had to have a huge heart, well, I can't say more other than he easily became one of my book boyfriends! “Duty should never supersede what is right,” he said. “No matter the cost.” So yes, I definitely recommend this book! But start with The Prince. And if you even want to go further back, then you can pick up The Wicked Trilogy. They're all so amazing! Now I'm counting down the days until I can read the third and final book about Caden and Brighton. That ending has me desperately wanting to know what happens next but also left me screaming and smiling I Knew It!! Enjoy!*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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