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King's Killer

The Kings of Men MC, Book 1
Narrated by: Kaeomakana Tiwanak
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
3.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Walking the Line Between Good and Evil

Physician’s assistant by day, doctor to the Kings of Men MC by night. Grant Arthur’s life is tough to balance, but he does what he can to help his brother, Aaron “King” Arthur, the president of the motorcycle club. Trapped as an outsider to the club by his brother for safety, Grant prefers the quiet life, until the Kings visit him in the middle of the night with an injured member. With them is Kai Woodrow, rugged and dangerous, who Grant can’t tear his gaze from.

A Killer Who Gave Away His Heart

Reaper kills for a living. He’s the man King calls when he needs to send a gruesome message. Unfortunately, Reaper’s also human, and has all the needs of a man. He’s been in love with Grant since they shared a foster home as teens, but he knows how protective King is. Reaper could never betray his president and friend, even if Grant’s the only one who sees him as Kai. He settles with quietly stalking Grant, until one night they bring him an injured club member.

One Wild Night

When Grant is nearly hurt, Kai can’t resist living in the moment, even if it’s bound to get him killed by King - or someone worse. The world doesn’t stop turning because he finally kissed Grant, but with any illegal motorcycle club, trouble comes along for the ride. When Grant is kidnapped, Kai would move heaven and hell to find him, and destroy the people who took him.

©2019 Ki Brightly, M.D. Gregory (P)2019 Ki Brightly, M.D. Gregory

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<.< side-eyeing hard

Soooooo.....no.

The writing in this book is fine. However, despite a strong start it was a total flop for me. The reason being the sex. At one point while listening to this book I strolled by a mirror and noticed that I actually had my lip physically curled into a sneer. I was that displeased with it.

Here's the thing. I have no problem with the Master/pet, Sir/boy, D/s (whatever you want to call it) relationship as a kink. HOWEVER, in a book it really has to be tied in somehow. In King's Killer, not only did nothing in the narrative suggest either man was into this sort of sex (and at no point had either felt the other out to see if the feeling was mutual), prior to the first sex scene the reader is given the distinct impression at least one of them is against it and the other has only ever really had one night stands. There is a scene in which Grant is speaking to another King, who is into whips, chains and such, and Kai thinks to himself that Grant is too good to get involved with such things. So, when Kai later literally pulls out a chain during sex it felt HORRIBLY incongruous.

Further, part of what Kai is supposed to love about Grant is that he can be his more gentle self. Kai is supposed to be the only man he doesn't want to see him as a monster. So, the first thing he does once he gets him in bed is slap him and start calling him Boy in a distancing manner? No, it doesn't fit the narrative AT ALL! I sneered every time he said it.

I cannot stress enough how out of place this dynamic felt to the story. In fact, I strongly suspect it was only included because the whole Sir/Boy thing was a fad for a little while. I just started skipping through the sex scenes.

Similarly, Kai and Grant were supposed to have known each other since they were children. Exact time frames aren't given. But it's more than 10 years, at least. Since Kai is older, he's fantasized about Grant since he was 16, and Kai is 27 in the book. But the two seem like practical strangers. In the beginning Kai insists on keeping his distance from Kai because he's loyal to Aaron and Grant is afraid of Kai. Then out of nowhere, with no instigating event, the two suddenly threw themselves at one another. What changed? NO idea.

Lastly, I need to address the narrator. He did a fine job. Mechanically I have no complaints. But I think he was the wrong choice for this book. He sounds about 12. I looked him up. He seems to be mid-twenties (or there about), but he sounds young. This made the already unappealing sex scenes super awkward and uncomfortable for me.

All in all, I felt like this book tried to accomplish something it wasn't able to. It didn't have the foundation to carry the dynamic the authors set out to develop (or fell into developing).

I also have a few odd little notes. I'm a little befuddled by one author naming a character after themselves. It may be spelled differently, but I listened to the audio. So, that made no never mind to me. And I think there was a point late in the book where Grant was referred to as Arthur more than once. I was confused, maybe I was misunderstanding something.

Note: I received a free copy of this audio. I chose to listen and review it.

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Great listen.

Thisnis a great start to this series. Kai and Great has great chemistry together. I like this storyline and I definitely didn't want to stop listening. Kaeomakana Tiwanak did a good job in narrating this story.

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New to me author and narrator

This was a new to me author and narrator. I liked the idea of it, but I felt there was something missing.

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This tore me up

Aaron irked me to no end!! He was well meaning in his intentions for his brother, but he caused more problems for him than solving them. Grant and Kai made my heart hurt, but then they renewed my heart and spirit at the end! The narrator did an excellent job of making it all come to life. Need more!!

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Sexy Fun

I love an m/m mc! The story was fun and quick paced. I really enjoyed the characters and can't wait for the Undertakers story. The characters have the right amount of grit and great sex.

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So-so

This is a tough one to review. I think I might have liked it more with a different narrator. I think that Kaeomakana Tiwanak's voice for Grant was fine, his voice for Kai was not good. I felt like the boy/sir relationship came out of nowhere. I liked the overall story and will listen to the next in the series. The heat level is a medium and not too angsty.

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Great

Great book , so delightfully romantic. Not at all what I was expecting. I highly recommend this book full of laughs and some angst.

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satisfying listen...

King's Killer is the first book in The Kings of Men MC series by Ki Brightly and MD Gregory. Hot and steamy, but also a taste of sweet love... this story tantalized and satisfied.

A friend's brother, along time crush finally realized...Kai is a killer, a patched in MC member and Grant is a physician's assistant and the brother of the MC's president. Kai and Grant weren't supposed to happen but their chemistry is undeniable and combustible. I loved them together.

The story has drama, suspense, danger, action, violence, steam, and family. It was entertaining and kept my interest while making me hope theres more coming soon about this MC.

Narration by Kaeomakana Tiwanak does a good job bringing the story to the audiobook audience. Smooth and clear voicework and recording.

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  • Ines C.
  • 10-25-19

DNF

Unfortunately, I had to DNF at 40%.
I tried hard, but I just couldn’t mesh with the narrator.
Going to give the ebook version a try as the story itself sounded very good

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