Destructive King by Rachel Van Dyken
Guys. I will be honest. I wasn't sure how I was going to like a second chance romance for Ash, but I loved it. I kind of didn't really love his first match, even though I hated that his heart got broken. So I wont lie that I was way excited for him to find who he was truly meant for.
So yeah, I wasn't sure till I dove in and when I did it was everything. I LOVE this series and I love this world. Rachel could write 3083586 more books and Iw oddly read them.
This novel really sets up the series in my opines. Serena's book we got to meet the "cast" but Ash's book we see the new generation really start to take the reins and lead and I loved that.
Ash was dark and broken and I really hated him for a good chunk of this book. But once he found his path, the non tool bag one, I was here for it. It was a story of healing and finding the light after you think you have been lost for good.
Now I'm dying for the next read because if the 20935308457clues that Rachel dropped weren't enough, we all knew the next the book was going to be an incoming storm all on its own.
𝐀 𝐦𝐚𝐟𝐢𝐚 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐥 𝐕𝐚𝐧 𝐃𝐲𝐤𝐞𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.
…𝑊ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔'𝑠 ℎ𝑢𝑠ℎ
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑤𝑖𝑓𝑡 𝑢𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑟𝑢𝑠ℎ
𝑂𝑓 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑒𝑡 𝑏𝑖𝑟𝑑𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑖𝑟𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑓𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑛𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡.
𝐷𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑟𝑦;
𝐼 𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒. 𝐼 𝑑𝑖𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑑𝑖𝑒.
— 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝐸𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑏𝑒𝑡ℎ 𝐹𝑦𝑟𝑒
"I'm sorry for your loss." I would rather be tortured for an eternity than hear those damn words from one more person, as if Claire, my dead fiance, was a cell phone or car keys.
How about, I'm sorry your life is over.
I'm sorry you want to die too.
I'm sorry you see her in your dreams and wake up only to relive the nightmare.
I'm supposed to be the strongest of them all. Ash Abandonato, ruler, assassin, made man, brother, friend—instead, I hurt everyone I touch in hopes that they'll feel even a sliver of the pain that bears down on my shoulders.
I didn't lose.
It was taken from me.
And it's all her fault, Annie Smith.
I daydream about her death.
And then I close my eyes, and I see her soft smile. I feel her touch, her kiss—it was a mistake what we did that night, but I can't take it back, and now she's under my father's protection—my protection.
My worst enemy.
The woman I'm the most attracted to.
I can't decide if I want to strangle her or kiss her, and now that she's stuck in my life, my only goal is to make her feel the same loss I do and destroy her in the process.
I'll trick her with my touch.
Seduce her with my kiss.
And in the end, when my enemy is at her most vulnerable—I'll bring down an entire Empire and continue my reign as King.
Bow down, I'll say as I bring the Five Families to their knees.