Deviant King

A Dark High School Bully Romance (Royal Elite, Book 1)
By: Rina Kent
Narrated by: Shane East, Keira Stevens
Series: Royal Elite, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The villain isn’t supposed to be king. 

I have a simple plan. 

Finish Royal Elite School and get into my dream university. 

One glance from the school’s king blows my plan up in smoke. 

One glance and he suffocates my air. 

One glance and he issues his death sentence. 

His first words spiral my life into irreparable chaos. 
“I will destroy you.” 

Everything about Aiden King is black. 

Black mind. 

Black heart. 

Black soul. 

I should’ve remained quiet and endured the time I have left. 

I didn’t. 

I made the irrevocable mistake of provoking the king on his throne. 

The devil in his hell. 

And now, I’ll pay the price. 

Being hated by Aiden King is dangerous. 

But being wanted by him is lethal. 

Deviant King is book one of Royal Elite Series. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some listeners might find offensive. Aiden isn’t the normal romance hero. In fact, he’s not a hero at all. So please don’t listen to this if any of that bothers you.

This book is part of a trilogy and is not a stand-alone.

©2019 Rina Kent (P)2020 Rina Kent

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A diamond in a sea of cubic zirconia!

I'll preface this review by telling anyone that hasn't read the book yet that it might be smart to hold off until the rest of the series is available because I'm nearly pulling my hair out over here since I decided that I HAD to hear this book right away and couldn't hold. off. I was not disappointed in the LEAST though.... while I don't usually buy an audiobook until I know I can binge the whole series one after another, I couldn't help myself. The premise sounded too good and it's two of my favorite things mixed together: dark romance/anti-hero with a kinky sadistic streak and a bully to lovers romance. I have the option to read the rest, but I CAN'T do that now that I know how F***ING perfect Shane East's voice fits with his character and how amazing Keira's voice was too, and I would just end up frustrated I couldn't listen to it. I come across gems like this very rarely in the dark romance genre; this book is the real deal, it is no pretender and holds no punches! It's a book that's both unpredictable yet doesn't keep you completely in the dark just to keep pumping out books for cash (the author kindly leaves some breadcrumbs for you to put the puzzle together as more information is revealed without giving away all the nitty gritty details). Not only is the story-line absolutely gripping in and of itself, but the sexiness is off the charts! Shane East and Keira Stevens were made for this series and I can't imagine any other narrators doing these books the justice they've done them [so far]. This is a dark book with somewhat dubious consent being thrown into the mix at times but it's obvious that there's much more that we don't know from the beginning and I could feel the chemistry between Elsa and Aiden from the first moment she talks about seeing him at school. If it bothers you in the beginning, keep going. There's so much more to it that we don't know at first, and it all makes sense in the end. They're both kinky and primitive, and they go into some territory that a lot of books with BDSM in them steer away from in order to keep the masses from turning on them in their ignorance). This one does no such thing; the author is unabashed in their characters' desires and needs, and I freaking LOVE IT. It's actually so hot that it's one of those books that I had difficulty listening to on a break at work or around others at my home (even with headphones on, of course) because it's the kind of book that will get you hot and bothered with no remorse and you will be so engaged in what's happening that you're lost to it and don't realize you're fanning yourself until your boyfriend or husband gives you a funny look. I'm a tad biased, to be honest, because Aiden's my dream anti-hero, doing all the things I personally would want him to do, and I fell in love with his character so much that I am looking forward to the rest of the series more than I can express in words. All of my praise aside, I do have one complaint: since the other books aren't available yet on Audible, let the audience know when it's going to be available so we know when to come back and buy it! I hate not knowing and just waiting around checking the author's page on Audible's website over and over again, it's irritating and it's also a good way to lose a portion of your audience when people are interested but not obsessive like myself and won't go so far out of their way to keep checking for new books being added on a regular basis. I may have missed something but I even checked other sites like Amazon and found nothing about the next release in the series, same with social media... all I saw was a tweet about book 2 being released on Kindle in 2019 but nothing else. The 3rd book says 2020 but the second one isn't even listed on the series' page... is that a fluke or what? I'm so confused about this and it's bad marketing not to have these ducks in a row so whomever is responsible should take a look at that page and fix it. I'm not trying to be a jerk but I just feel like some consistency and directness would be nice if not from the author from Audible, the publisher, someone, since I am so engrossed with this series that I find myself wanting to know what date to write on my calendar and count down to! Anyways, if you haven't been convinced by now, you'll never be, but you'll be missing out because this is one of the best books I've heard in a while, without a doubt in my mind. Superb story, narration, character development, sense of mystery and intrigue, and spot-on writing. Buy this book if you like dark romance and I can promise you won't be disappointed. I give it 4.5 out of 5 chess pieces. :P

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4.75 Queen or Pawn STARS

I have to admit that after the first few chapters I was ready to quit. I didn't like the heroine right away and that was the reason I hesitated. I'm so glad I gave her chance! The book isn't an easy listen. The anti-hero is obsessed and is a bully. There are some dub-con moments but there was something about Aiden King that just drew me in. When he got all possessive I literally melted. I'm a sucker for a jealous possessive hero and Aiden was that and more. Lots of secrets floating around Elsa from those closest to her. I liked that she showed up everyday to school and did her best to not show that her bullies were getting to her. After I finished the book I ended buying the paperbacks so I could finish the series since they are not available on audio yet. I hope they come out soon!

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This is a duet and was seamless when switching between narrators.
Shane East 5 stars he was the perfect alpha
Keira Stevens was 4 stars for me. I found her narration a bit harsh to my ears but eventually got used to it.

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Wow

narrators were amazing and story was great! I cant wait for next books. for sure ending is cliffhanger. I loved the story

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Exhausting

The back and forth, the second guessing and repetivness of this book was maddening. The internal dialogue of the female MC made me want to stab myself. Could have been a decent story if the author would have actually given us more content of the actual story then the driveling mind of a teenage girl.

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Amazingly Dark High School Bully Romance!

This was my first Rina Kent's book, and definitely won't be my last. This the first book in the Royal Elite Series, an amazingly Dark High School Bully Romance. You have to listen to the first three books in the series in order. Elsa and Aiden's story has it all! Drama, passion, secret, mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Elsa is a wonderful character, strong, and resilient. Aiden is dark, ruthless, and possessive. They share an undeniable, and sizzling chemistry. The supporting characters are great and intriguing. The storyline is intricate and captivating. The story ends with a cliffhanger. Shane East and Keira Stevens did an amazing job with the narration. I love their voices together. I highly recommend it! #AudiobookObsession

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WOW! I am in love with this one

Wow, just wow. This book had my mind blown, Aiden and Elsa story is a must read. Phenomenal story plot line. Bully romance is my favorite genre, this dark high school romance is simply my cup of tea times a million. All that can be twist it was, all that I thought was overpassed by and the bar is set so high, so many things going on and yet not enough. I so need more now! It's just amazing how this book got me reading all night and yet I couldn't sleep because I needed more. Simply a masterpiece.

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ROYAL ELITE SERIES

Deviant King A Dark High School Bully Romance (Royal Elite, Book 1) draws you in and creates a addictive puzzle brimming with suspense. I couldn't stop listening and continued listening to book two right away. Something about the writing style that keeps you in tune with the characters and their motivations. Dark moments along with a few creepy ones that give you the chills. An obsession by a bully who's complex mind enrages you as well as unraveling yourself to find out his motives. "The Ice Queen" Elsa is difficult to understand her actions with a complex personality and so much more to get to know about her past her compassionate side wins your heart. The writing style takes a differen ttake on a bully high school romance, unexpected plot twists, and the perfect performance of Shane and Keira brougjt forth a elite entertaining experience .

Narrators Shane East, Keira Stevens dual naration flawless performance was smooth and the icing on the cake. Shane East is the epitome of sexy british accents with a deep baritone intonation. Intoxicating and leaves you craving more. I absolutely adore Keira Stevens inflection. I'm a huge fan of british accents and Keira's is enchanting. I love these two performance together.

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Brilliant

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5🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review for Deviant King Royal EliteBook One by Author Rina Kent

Narrated by Keira Stevens, Audiobook Narrator and Shane East

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OMG! This book is full on angst as Elisa and Aidens relationship and emotions all over the place! Drama tension passion suspense and intrigue. That cliffhanger had my with my jaw dropped!

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Keira and Shane were brilliant with the narration! They did such an incredible job bring the emotions to the surface!

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A masterpiece

This book left me wordless. This was a genuine work of art. The way it is narrated is how all audio books should be (duet style). The narrators bring such character and setting to the characters, and the writing is truly beautiful. This book had me in Awh through every second, and makes me want to write fan mail to Rina! The ending so amazing and lines up for the next book so well, leaving me wanting more!

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That ending

Elsa and Aiden have a volatile relationship. On her first day at a new school Elsa is sought out and by Aiden and then bullied for the next two years by the whole school. Elsa and Aiden are hot he is a serious asshole but there is something about him that Elsa can’t stay away from. The ending leaves you wanting more. Great narration can’t wait to dive into book two.

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  • Ally WLbooks
  • 05-21-20

Steamy, Suspenseful Story with Amazing Narration

This is an edge of your seat kind of read! It’s smoking hot and these characters will both infuriate you and make you cheer!! The suspense the dubcon, all the games, and lively characters is fantastic!
The narrators are on spot! This was the first book I’ve listened to where the guy and girl talk back and forth. I thought it was neat! I’m excited about the next book being in both POVs!

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  • Rina's Reads
  • 05-19-20

What a cliffhanger!

I am speechless.... Wow.....
There is soooo much to process from this story. It has more twists than a bag of pretzels. It's a bit dark, a fair amount of OMG and a lot of sexy

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  • PATRICIA
  • 05-16-20

***10 stars****

Some books deserve more than the 5 stars we can give them, and Rina Kent's Deviant King is one. If you love dark, delicious bully romances, this should be your next listen! Elsa has entered Royal Elite and is on course to get into Cambridge. Nervous as any student, she is looking to make friends. But what she gets is the King of the school as her personal bully. Aiden King is the man. All listen to him, and if you are on his blacklist, you can surely know you will be on it with everyone. Why has Aiden chose Elsa as his target? Spend the next several hours as we delve into the connection between Elsa and Aiden. It's dark, and I found myself in a love hate relationship with several of the characters. It's mysterious as we try to decipher the reasons why things happen, and as soon as you think you will burst with anger, something sweet and tender happens. It's an emotional push pull and a thrilling story, one you just cannot stop listening to. It does leave us on a cliffhanger, so I will be watching for book two!

Rina Kent picks the perfect narrators for this. Told from Elsa's point of view, Keira Stevens sets the pace with my favorite of her narrations. She is strong and confident, scared and fearless, clear headed and confused and most of all full of hate and loving. She carries the essence straight through letting us be Elsa. Shane East comes in with duet narration of all the male characters, but his portrayal of Aiden is mesmerizing. He has a way of sounding twisted at times and so angry but we can hear an underlying hurt. This team is fantastic and I can't wait for more!

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  • Anonymous1
  • 09-12-20

Wooh... how have I not come across this gem before

I've read quite a few bully romance books. In fact, so many I'm taking a break as they've started to blur together. However, Deviant King is something completely different. The characters are compelling and wholesome, the pace is spot on - and the setting is so easy to imagine.

It would seem there's quite a few clues throughout about an underlying plot, and I cannot wait to dive into the next one and learn more!

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  • 09-01-20

Dark Bully Romance

Deviant King by Rina Kent is a dark high school bully romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Shane East and Keira Stevens. This is the first book in the Royal Elite series and does end on a cliffhanger.

The book does come with a warning “This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some listeners might find offensive. Aiden isn’t the normal romance hero. In fact, he’s not a hero at all. So please don’t listen to this if any of that bothers you.”

This is the first book of Rina’s that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. Rina pulled me in from the very first chapter. Through the whole book I wanted to get into Aiden head! I absolutely loved the pull between Elsa and Aiden. I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series Steel Princess to get more of their story.

Shane and Keira did an amazing job on the narration! I absolutely love duet narration it just brings the story to life.

I would highly recommend this book if you love dark romance or bully romance.

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 08-29-20

Angsty bully romance

This is the first book I've read by Rina Kent. I listened to the audiobook and can I just say, wow, Shane East and Keira Stevens were amazing. Shane East is one of my favorite narrators- he does an amazing job with emotions, pacing, and he has a perfect voice for Aiden (I've actually been in a Shane East audiobook binge and he's perfect for all the characters he plays because he kind of just has the perfect voice and accent. haha). Keira Stevens is a perfect foil for Shane East as Aiden's enemy/lover Elsa, Beautiful control of her voice, beautiful representation of emotions. I cannot wait to listen to the other books in this series. Please note that this book is book one of a trilogy. Book 4 in the series will start the stories about the other Four Horsemen.

As the start of the series, this one did a bit of the world building. Aiden is the King (also his last name) of their high school and for 2 years, has tortured Elsa. Their senior year, things come to a head. As noted in the description, there are times of dubious consent but this book is crazy steamy. The back and forth, the push pull was so well done. It ends on a cliffhanger (and I'm sure it will for the next book as well.) I'm looking forward to seeing how they overcome their challenges and barriers to achieve their HEA (I hope they do!)

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  • sybil_ann79
  • 08-17-20

Must Read for lovers of Bully Romance.

Holy freakin emotional roller coaster!!

My heart is in pieces and everything inside me has bottomed out. Just when it all felt too good to be true— then, THAT FREAKING HAPPENED!

𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙨, 𝙄 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙝𝙖𝙙 𝙖 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙧 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙄 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙝𝙞𝙢 𝙞𝙣. 𝘼𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣 𝙗𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙚𝙙 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙛 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙮 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩.


Aiden freaking King *a not so sweet litany of unladylike swear words * what-the-ever-loving-son-of-a-devil happened?!!! — I’m so thankful I’m on an all out binge mode because I couldn’t survive this ending.

Elsa, the frozen princess, warmed my heart through right from the start. I fear for all the things she’s yet to uncover and the things that have come to light.

What a truly gripping, heart and soul consuming story. Rina Kent you truly are THE FREAKING QUEEN OF BULLY ROMANCE!!!

** Possible triggers for some readers.
5 BULLY KING CROWNS 👑👑👑👑👑

It took me sometime to adjust to the narrator’s Brit accent in this book— but the story didn’t fall short.

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  • Emma
  • 08-10-20

Butchered English but a good read.

I thought I'd be able to overlook the constant mis- pronunciations but they were just so common, and the almost Google typed version of what 'a British person does'. That aside, it was interesting and amusing to listen to. It's a shame the voice overs weren't that great but the author did a decent job! - An amused brit.

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  • Claire M
  • 06-12-20

Waiting, waiting, waiting for book 2! ..

First of all, I'd like to get my niggles out the way... If you are going to base a story in the UK please please try and stick true to our terminology... There were a good few times where I thought "we don't say that" ... Some school scenarios seemed a little Americanised too. And finally Keira saying Cambridge questionably for a majority of the book was a little grrr worth...

That said....

I was actually able to let all the above go and thoroughly love this book!! The time flew by whilst listening, and before I knew it I was at the cliff hanger ending!! Thinking how the hell that happened. This is a fantastic bully romance with so many secrets and lies! Elsa has got a lot to deal with and I seriously can't wait till book 2!!!

Narration was top notch... Other than my Cambridge niggle ;)

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  • Monica
  • 05-21-20

Dark, angsty, and intriguing

I wasn't a fan of the idea of a bully romance -so much so that this is my first time listening to one- but now I get it! I understand now why so many people enjoy bully romances; or maybe it's Rina Kent's writing that made me enjoy it?

Aiden and Elsa's story is dark, angsty, and intriguing. I will definitely be relistening to this one before listening to Steel Princess when comes out!

Keira Stevens and Shane East were wonderful as Elsa and Aiden. Shane East is one of my favorite narrators and is the reason why I wanted to listen to this audiobook in the first place!

Deviant King is a dark, high school bully romance written in first-person POV and recorded in duet narration. It's the first book in a trilogy and ends with a cliffhanger. No cheating.

I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Felicity
  • 07-25-20

AMAZING

Make sure you have access to the next book in the series because this book does end on a cliffhanger. This book is a story about a girl who has no memory of her life before a fire that changed her life forever. Being raised by her aunt and uncle, Elsa (the female protagonist) continues to live life without those memories, however, when her sleep is plagued by nightmares and her school life is no better, the main thing she has to focus on is making sure her heart doesn't give out on her. This book really leaves you wanting to read more, leaving you with questions all the way through and an unresolved romance at the end. I listened to this as an audiobook and loved the duo narration. In this book, you may be happy to find that the male characters are presented by Shane East and all the female characters are presented by Keira Stevens. I loved this bully romance and will definitely be reading the next book soon.