Monday, September 22, 2014

The Kindness of Kings by Chelsea Ballinger

The Kindness of Kings
Release date: August 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

Some will fall. Others will rise. True love might be the only way to save them all.

In a modern world where monarchies still exist and swords and knights are replaced with bodyguards and guns, King Caius rules as a tyrant obsessed with power. He breathes it and his arrogance blinds him, hindering his faith and humility. He thrives to teach his eldest son, the crown prince, Sedgwick, these same ethics of a King. But while he has love for one son, he despises the other.

Prince Louie has always been content with his role as the second son. He is not someone who embraces responsibility and who is willing to sacrifice his freedom. He is fine being known as the bad boy prince and the black sheep of the family. He loves his brother and believes he will make a great King and even though he envies the love his father gives to his older brother, he is completely conflicted with guilt and jealousy when it comes to the girl whose eyes linger at Sedgwick like he is the sun while Louie sees her as the Universe he will never be able to grasp.

Mina has known the princes all her life. While her aunt worked in the royal palace, she shared her childhood with the brothers. Soon the playful games with Sedgwick turned into first love and the teasing from Louie turned into a low tolerance for him. Never seeing the truth of Louie or his heart, but giving hers to Sedgwick who is torn between his love for her and his loyalty to his father and his duty as the next king of Serenity.

They have all known their roles in their sheltered society, but what happens when dark times test the true nature of each? Relationships, loyalties, faith, and destiny will be tested in this epic love story that will alter a kingdom...

My Rating: 4 Roses

An intriguing mix of old world royalty and a modern world, complete with political intrigue, delightful romance, and an engaging cast of characters, The Kindness of Kings was a fantastic New Adult romance. It was definitely a different read, but it turned out to be a success and I really enjoyed reading it.

Mina was a lovely heroine. Kind, compassionate, and strong in her convictions, she was a likable character. I thought she was great.

Sedgwick was an interesting character. He could be sweet and he felt the weight of his responsibility. But, he was weak in will and that allowed his father to manipulate him, despite the fact that he was a good man at heart. His ending was heart-breaking, but appropriate and proved what a good person he really was.

Louie was a sweetie. Though he put on the act of a playboy with no interest in responsibility, he was much more than that. For one, he was kind-hearted and more invested in making his people happy than in keeping the royal family's reputation spotless. He didn't act kind to put up a good face. It didn't matter if no one ever knew. He did it simply because he was a good man.And I loved how pure his love for Mina was. He always put her happiness before his own and if that meant supporting her relationship with is brother, that's what he would do. He was just amazing and I adored him.

The romance was great. I appreciated that it didn't devolve into melodrama. It was well done, sweet, and that person that Mina ended up was the one who was perfect for her. I absolutely loved them together.

My one issue with the book was that it didn't quite flow in some places. There were just some sentences that were awkwardly phrased and the transitions definitely could have been smoother, particularly when the story went into a flashback. A few times, I didn't realize that I was reading a flashback until a few paragraphs in. It might just have been how it looked on my Kindle, but it was distracting. However, I still enjoyed the actual story.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. This book had me totally drawn in and came with a few unexpected turns. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

The Kindness of Kings was a fantastic New Adult read. It was definitely unique and I liked that about it. With its sweet romance and political intrigue, this book was amazing. Romance lovers, this is definitely a book you'll want to check out.

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*I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

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