The Rogue King by Abigail Owens [ARC REVIEW]
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: July 30th 2019
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.
ARC provided by Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
“Legend held that the man who captured a phoenix would be blessed. Unable to put a foot wrong. Every choice the right one. Every action leading to greater fortune. Except legend had it wrong. The man had to capture the Phoenix’s heart.”
I stan paranormal romance now.
The Rogue King is a action-packed romance that tells the story of Kasia, a phoenix on the run to protect herself and her freedom, and Brand, a Dragon shifter who has been marked as rogue his entire life–a mark he is determined to revenge. When an opportunity strikes Brand’s way to deliver the Phoenix to the King of the rebelling clan with the reward of his revenge being in touching distance–Brand doesn’t hesitate. However, the rebelling clan isn’t the only ones who have found out about Kasia’s existence and they too are determined to capture her and her secrets for themselves. But as creatures are dodged and attacks ambushed, the chemistry between the two build to the point where a new plan must be made–one where she is his.
To tell you I just enjoyed this book would be a complete understatement. This is my first shifter romance, and by golly it wont be my last. From the start, Owens does an amazing job of sucking you into the story and bringing you to the dead center of the drama and action; and you stay there until the very end. A fantasy romance at its core, but a paranormal at it’s heart Rogue King was magical as it was adventurous. Owens creates a world where mystical creatures live amongst humans incognito for thousands of years, with Dragons being the top of the food chain and Phoenix’s the coveted prize of them all. Legend and lore are weaved into the story as the hunt for the only known Phoenix begins, just as a war against the Dragon clans begin to spike.
“He was a big, bad dragon shifter, a breed of male she realized took Neanderthal to a whole new level.”
Kasia is the character I truly felt connected to the most in this story, as she is this headstrong, kick-ass heroine who is determined to do whatever she has to, to make sure that her remaining family is safe–even if that means mating with the one species that killed her parents. I loved watching her character development as well as her relationship with Brand grow into something deeper and stronger. Brand on the other hand, had me swooning from left to right–front to back. I honestly could not get enough of his broody demeanor and determined swagger. Dealt a hard life because of greed and power hunger, Brand has been a loner for most of his life, cast out from his own clan, Brand was marked rogue–a mark that has every dragon watching his/her back who bears it for the rest of their life–at a young age, and has learned to take care of himself above all else; so when Kasia hurtles in and burns a path into his life–literally– he is flipped upside down and a internal conflict begins to rage within him as he begins to learn to let people in.
“You want to know what you were doing in every vision I’ve had of you?” His shoulders stiffened, his biceps stretching out his T-shirt a little more.
“Protecting. Sometimes me, sometimes others. Big ways. Small ways. But always protecting.”
The character development overall, was stunning and I loved watching the slow burn of Kasia and Brand’s relationship form. The theme of protection and destiny was a constant play with our characters, which I think completely enhanced the plot and moved it forward in ways that I don’t think anything else could.
The only reason I couldn’t give this a complete 5/5 stars, is solely because I felt like the end tale of the novel was rushed and diverged from the pace that was set from the rest of the novel. One could almost call the ending abrupt, as things we were waiting for unraveled and then instantly was wrapped up again before we could fully savor what was happening.
Overall though, this story gripped me and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. A romance like no other, The Rogue King is a fantasy that is filled to the brim with action, adventure, mystical creatures, and undeniably romance that will have anyone swooning from the first paragraph. I highly recommend anyone who loves romance and fantasy to give this one a go–you will not be sorry!
Huge thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.