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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062268414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062268419
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaele on 15 April 2014
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From reading the blurb for this title, I was expecting a steamy romance: what I got was an edgier story: more urban and street than romance and sexy. You have to be aware of that before picking up this title, the story does not unfold simply or gently, and the characters are often more dressing for action and ‘name dropping’ of cultural references than developed with a clear sense of purpose.

Told in the first person point of view, Kimberly alternates between sober and out of control, sweet and hateful, and often utterly incapable or unwilling to take account for her part in anything. Giving me a reason to continue on with the story was the fact that I could dislike, roll my eyes and even want to shake her throughout the book: when the walls start to crack and the reasons behind her many issues start to come forward, her behavior becomes more understood, although still not acceptable.

“King”, is her dalliance: not quite love interest as she isn’t capable of love, but sexy enough to bring a yum to your brain as he swaggers in and provides her some escape and security. There is more to his reluctance to engage himself wholly with her: his own issues and the added element of some burned bridges that Kimberly didn’t realize she had torched kept the potential for a ‘quiet romantic plot’ completely out of reach. They had some sizzling moments – but her calculation and lack of self-awareness didn’t add to their chemistry.

Overall, the story was ambitious, although never quite hitting the mark of a romance as most readers would expect. There isn’t a true sense of love, although by the end of the story you have characters to wish well, if not necessarily seeing them on a path to a happily ever after.
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I am not quite sure what to make of this romance. I get a bit confused sometimes as to what the storyline is meant to be about. I guess because I am a U.K reader I don't understand some of the American style of expressions. I got bored halfway through because it seems a bit repetitive, the exotic bits were far too exaggerated, and not realistic and went on a bit too much in detail, that you actually lost focus on who is who. e.g Kim1 and Kim 2, two weird names with number at the end of their name. Wendy Williams should of considered using two different names, that way I wouldn't get lost whilst I was reading it. Anyway I haven't finished reading the entire book yet, but I will continue to the end. Before the book went to print the editor should of checked all spellings as there is an spelling error in it, no big deal. When I have completed the book I will update my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TamTam on 13 May 2014
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I read hope there's a sequel to this book. Maybe Paul comes looking for them? Maybe queen really was pregnant??

I need MORE!!!
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Absolutely loved this. Not your typical adult romance. It was thrilling, emotional and lots of suspense. The main character has to make some hard choices, between her hard fought for life or breaking the expectations. It's a really great read. I read it whilst on holiday in one day. I couldn't put my kindle down.
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It took a while to get into the story and it was difficult to relate to the characters early on. However, once over the initial stage, I found the story very intriguing and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Slightly disappointed with the ending..
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By TARA C HENDRICKSON on 30 Oct. 2014
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Fantastic book. I love watching Wendy Williams on her talk show so I was very impressed with the style and storyline of the book. Read it while on holiday and loved every chapter. Cant wait for the next book. "How you doin' Wendy?" lol
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