In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks. Vampire enforcement agency, All the King's Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community. Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.
When ex-Army medic-turned exotic dancer Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah's life, a chain reaction sets Micah's heart on a collision course with hers, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband if they will have a chance at forever.
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""BROTHERHOOD" SERIES & ALL-GENDER RELATIONSHIPS"
I was gifted this audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher for an unbiased review.
Introducing AKM... A new series revolving around the vampire members of "All the King's Men," an ancient Royal protectorate group that has evolved to become more of a secret force against the evil Dreks.
The concept is refreshingly new and many players are expertly introduced giving us glimpses into what their stories may be. This first book is about the vampire Micah and the human Samantha. Micah is the group's toughest enforcer and we meet him at the height of despair over the break of a relationship he believed to be a heart-bound mate. Samantha is on the run from a rich but abusive husband. Being ex-military, she uses her in-shape body to stay under the radar as a cash-only exotic dancer. Unfortunately, it was Micah's friend Trace's story that grabbed me the most. Shrouded in a mysterious background and lifestyle, with a surprise identity, he turned out to be the ultimate protector.
The conceptual story is great! The execution, IMO, needed some timeline tweaking?
Introducing Micah as suicidal was a mistake. First impressions, and all, I was never able to see him as the bad-ass his character was meant to be. Also, validating Micah and Sam's connection seems like (the author's) afterthought, written in as an explanatory missing link.
Micah's story should have opened as he celebrated some Alpha victory by watching Samantha dance... leading into his attraction to Jackson. THEN I'd have met an Alpha Micah, understood his later despair in a way experience, not recollection achieves, and the ultimate (life)mate revelation would've fallen easily into place.
I was pleased with the inclusion of genderless relationships; accepting that love is love, regardless. Brushing lightly into BDSM just upped the hotness ante. Everything taken into consideration, it was a good start to a new series.
Two Thumbs Up.
"It has a lot of potential but..."
The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.
I was really looking forward to this audiobook because I really enjoy paranormal romance but it seems like so much was missing. The characters were not well developed and there was little we knew about this world. I did not expect the main male character Micah to have been mated to another male... He was also supposed to be this scary independent warrior but all I saw was a pathetic individual that wanted to end his life. If a bond was that strong it would have taken more time to get over Jackson. I don't understand why there was any M/M intimate moments. If I wanted to listen to any of that in detail, I would head over to another genre.
There was so much that could have been done with this story. It seemed to jump around a lot between characters and much of it was totally irrelevant for the main story. IMO the story did not flow well and a lot of it did not make sense to me. I did not connect with the main characters. I know some people might actually like the things I dislike so I try to explain my reasons the best I can. I'm a big fan of the BDB series. I was hoping to find a similar series but this series is just not for me.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Micah was one guy that went from total alpha back to wanting to die then back to alpha male. He is saved by Sam who is his true mate and they both have to save her from the dregs that he was allowing to kill him and her crazy X-husband. To top it all off there were hints of M/M which I don't like and am glad that it was just a small part of the story. I can see that one of the author's future books will be about the M/M couple on the team. Probably will not listen to that one. This story did have several twists but a good HEA and the narrator brought the story to life. There were parts that felt like I missed something, went back to listen but it was still not there. So I guess the author slashed it on the editing floor because it felt like something should have been there. loved the whole idea of Trace. Can't wait to listen to his story. I am also interested in the background story of their team leader. Guess I will have to wait on them as well. I got this book via audiobook boom and am happy to leave this review.
"I received this free book voluntarily from the author publisher and narrator."
The story line was good easy to follow with no cliffhangers and a HEA.the nArrator did very well and I would recommend. Would love to read next book in series.
This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was a good book. A great start to a series. Was a little confused due to lack of world building, but this was a good start to a series.
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