Book Title: The King (Games We Play: Book 1)
Author: Liz Meldon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Not all vampire hunters dress in head-to-toe leather and sit on rooftops overlooking a gritty vampire-ridden city. Meet Delia Roberts. At twenty-six, she’s a mid-level hunter with the Harriswood League, and, despite her best efforts, isn’t scaling the hunter hierarchy anytime soon.
Months earlier, desperate to prove herself, Delia snuck into an exclusive vampire masquerade, only to wind up with a bite on her neck courtesy of clan leader and gorgeous vampire Claude Grimm. Fearful of the League’s punishment for succumbing to a bloodsucker’s charms, Delia does what she can to hide the bite and pretends the night never happened.
These days, however, Claude is determined to win her over, insisting the spark they felt that fateful night is worth pursuing. As Delia tries to ignore her steadily growing feelings for the enemy and fend off a mounting quarter-life crisis, vampire clan tensions worsen around the quiet city of Harriswood, bringing with them a danger unlike any the League has ever seen.
One that might change the course of history for good.
I loved The Fool and was itching to get my hands on The King.And let me just say my (im)patience was rewarded!
What I loved the most about this book was the fact that unlike other vampire books in which the heroine is a special snowflake, our Delia here isn't special at all.In fact she is so unspecial that she is barely a mid-level hunter.Despite how hard she works she hasn't been able to move up the vampire hunter ranks and she doesn't get good assignments.She had tried her hand at sneaking into a vampire masquerade a few months ago, only to end up with a hot,steamy encounter that she can't erase from her memory and a bite on her neck from vampire clan leader-Claude Grimm.
She has to do her best to hide the bite from the League and though she tries her best to stay away from Claude he seems to be popping up everywhere.
To add to the growing list of troubles, it appears as if someone from the Donovan clan is murdering other vampires and leaving behind the Donovan clan symbol as a statement.When Claude offers to help her improve her fighting skills, she wonders whether to take him up on his offer.She is surprised when she is offered a new assignment, the downside being she may have to betray Claude!What will Delia do now?With vampire tensions rising everywhere and dangerous situations popping up, will she be able to maintain her relationship with Claude and her position at the League?
I loved Delia and Claude!Delia was kickass,witty and a little stupid at times.Not everyone in this world ends up knowing what they want to do with their life.Even though being a hunter wasn't her passion, I loved how Delia was willing to work really hard for it.She didn't whine about the hand that was dealt to her.But she did irritate me at times when she kept running hot and cold towards Claude.You can't have your cake and eat it too, girl!I loved how Claude called her out on it! :*
Claude-my favorite vampire!I'm so tired of the uber-alpha type of vampires that we usually find these days.Claude was sensible for his age.He didn't try to control Delia or pursue her when she said no.He waited for her to make up her mind and was patient!*claps* And it isn't like she is his one true love either.He has been married four times before and he loves Delia in his own way!This is what a realistic vamp should be like!
The action and the suspense in the story had me at the edge of my seat, though it kind of dragged a little in the middle.And that ending!*sighs* That was quite a cliffhanger!I'm quite surprised by Claude's actions but considering his character I think that's what he would have done.He lets Delia make her own choices!(and doesn't drag her off or kidnap her!!)
I can't wait to read the next book!!I'm so excited to see what will happen to the world that the author has created!Please Ms.Meldon, I hope you release The Queen soon!:D
In the meantime I'll be reading her Lovers and Liars series!Aphrodite and Loki teaming up together?Bring it on! :D
Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn't writing about her own snarky characters, she is ghostwriting romance novellas, loitering on social media, or taking care of her many animals.
As a freelance ghostwriter, she has written over a dozen books ranging from romance to horror, full-length to novella-sized. A handful are currently on the market, and she stalks their "authors" with fiendish delight. She loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.