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King of Pride

Tekijä: Ana Huang

Sarjat: Kings of Sin (2)

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"Reserved, controlled, and proper to a fault, Kai Young has neither the time nor inclination for chaos--and Isabella, with her purple hair and inappropriate jokes, is chaos personified. With a crucial CEO vote looming and a media empire at stake, the billionaire heir can't afford the distraction she brings. Isabella is everything he shouldn't want, but with every look and every touch, he's tempted to break all his rules...and claim her as his own"--… (lisätietoja)
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näyttää 4/4
Slow and a little boring ( )
  Sheryl_B | Jan 21, 2024 |
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

Book Evaluation:
Plot: 🎞️🎞️🎞️🎞️🎞️
World Building:🌎🌎🌎🌎
Cover:📔📔📔📔📔
Hero: 🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻🦸🏻
Heroine:🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏻‍♀️
Intimacy Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Relationship Building: 💒💒💒💒
Heart & Feels:💞💞💞💞💞
Witty/Banter/Reaction of Laughter: 😂😂😂😂
Page Turner Level:📖📖📖📖📖
Narration:🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Ending:🧧🧧🧧🧧🧧
Overall View: ✨✨✨✨

First Impressions
King of Pride is the second book in the "Kings of Sin" series and this is where we get Kai's book. Ever since King of Wrath, I have been wanting this story because I fell so hard for Kai's character. He is such a fun one and love how he banters with Dante. But we also received some teasers between Kai and his girl in the first book so I was very curious to see how this one would be handled. This had some unique fun dynamics that we see between Kai and Isabella. This is much more of a forbidden theme and forbidden romance is my catnip. There is something about this trope that I am just immediately drawn to. And Ana Huang definitely delivered on this one here.

First Line
"So you didn't use the glow-in-the-dark condoms I gave you?"

The Main Protagonists
The Hero: Kai Young
Aspiring CEO, British, Formal personality and all about propriety

The Heroine: Isabella Valencia
Colorful and bright, aspiring to be a author and pianists and enjoys life to the fullest. But hides secrets of her true parentage.

Summary
Isabella and Kai have been playing around each other for over a year. They have been playing this flirting game with each other where Kai always enters when there is a embarrassing moment for Isabella. But there is a connection between them, a type of bond that neither Kai nor Isabella are ready to fully admit to. But after one meeting near a piano and a sizzling kiss, there is something more between them. Despite the forbidden and that everyone wants something different for Kai and Isabella, there is something real that is building between Kai and Isabella that they are willing to fight for no matter what it takes. But will they be able to find a way past the obstacles to discover a happy ending?

What I Loved
There was something so engaging and just pure fun about Kai and Isabella being together. This is a type of pairing that just works so well together. They are such a great example of why opposites attract just fit so well. I love how they balance each other. Kai needs to learn to let loose and enjoy life, and Isabella needs some structure in her life and they really bring balance to each other in such a perfect Yin Yang way. Seeing them work through their obstacles was so interesting. I really loved the forbidden theme that is within this one here. There are forces on both sides trying to force them apart. But seeing how they come together and just stand as a team when it really matters for their relationship is what strikes gold for the story.

Kai and Isabella have such a heartwarming connection, especially when music comes into play. I really enjoyed the way that they rely on each other in certain scenarios and love their mutual friends standing by them when its pivotal for them to succeed. We definitely are seeing pieces fall into place for future books that are really coming together in this one here. And I also loved how rich this author's writing feels. She is so delectable to read and even though this one wasn't quite as good as King of Wrath, it was quite entertaining and delivered such a solid story for me. And I can't wait for book 3!!!

What I Struggled With
There could have been more relationship building aspects done on this one here, and there were some aspects in the story that just fell a bit flat for me at times.

Narration
If you can get the audiobook, than I highly recommend this one here. Its superb in every way! Ana Huang always does such a great job with the narrations.

Overall View
King of Pride is a stimulating romance that will delivers spice and sweetness in such a delightful mix to endear the reader!

Favorite Quote(s)
"You should've never let me take you, Isabella. Because now that I have, I won't be able to let you go."

I never really lived beofre you...And I don't want you to imagine living after you."

Book Details (also in my shelves)
Sub Genre: Contemporary Romance
Character Types: Billionaire, Alpha Male, Writer, Pianist
Themes: Delicious Kisses, Hot Smexy Times, Laughs, Music
Tropes: Opposites Attract, Forbidden Love

Book Perspective
Duet

Relationship Conflict vs Plot Conflict

Song This Book Inspires
You Put a Spell on Me by Austin Giorgio

Recommendation For Reading Order
Yes I recommend reading in order if you can

Steam/Spice Explanations

Steamin' up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Narrators:
David Lee Huynh, Emery Erickson ( )
  addictofromance | Jul 30, 2023 |
I enjoyed the first book so much but this was a bore fest! The entire book revolves around Kai's CEO vote and Isabella's book! I started skimming about halfway and never stopped. I did want to find out who was sabotaging Kai for the CEO position. It's too bad because I love the nerdy guy with the out going, purple hair girl trope. ( )
  DebJack | Jul 28, 2023 |
I’ll put a disclaimer here that I am not a romance reader at all. I’ve never read any book by Ana Huang, nor the billionaire romance genre. Apparently it’s a popular genre? I keep seeing these books everywhere, so I wanted to see what they’re like.
And I like an uptight, serious person growing fond of a little chaos demon, whether it be family, friends or romance.

I rolled my eyes at them in the beginning. They can’t go a single paragraph without long mentions of each other and how it makes them “feel” things.
”The side of my body facing him tingled with awareness. I hated how he could do that—make me feel so much when I’d vowed not to feel anything again toward men like him. Rich, good-looking, and far too dangerous for my mental and emotional health.”
Siiiighh. They barely know each other at this point, and this felt like an overreaction after maybe 3 conversations?

I skipped all the sex scenes so I can’t comment on those, but the second part hinged on physical attraction a lot.
Isabella kissed multiple guys but Kai felt ‘different’. She almost walks into walls because apparently he looks sexy??? He can’t focus on work anymore despite being an inscrutable businessman.
I was no longer rolling my eyes, I was genuinely trying to understand how this was supposed to be serious.

Despite that, I liked their actual interactions.
They bicker over the piano, make playfully teasing jokes and Kai gives serious replies to things that aren’t meant seriously.
Isabella jokes about Kai translating books into Latin for fun like a stiff schoolmaster, but defends him in the end if someone else says he’s boring. Kai is pretty much into Isabella from the start, but genuinely supports her beginning career as an author.
Good for them.

Personally I’d liked some slower relationship development, but I guess this is a romance book? These don’t exist to make you wait 250 pages for a kiss.
I don’t think Kai and Isabella made me a fan of this genre, but I was happy for them at the end. ( )
  MYvos | May 12, 2023 |
näyttää 4/4
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