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Ristéard’s Unwilling Empress

Lords of Kassis, Book 4
Narrated by: Samantha Cook
Series: Lords of Kassis, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of science fiction, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance brings another action-, adventure-, and suspense-filled story to transport listeners out of this world.

Ristéard Roald is the powerful and deadly ruler of Elpidios, a planet that is slowly dying without the Blood Stones needed to absorb the radiation gradually destroying its stratosphere. He has sworn to do whatever it takes to protect his world and his people, but time is running out.

Hope comes from an unexpected source, the Kassis. They have found a way to replicate the Blood Stones needed to save his world, but his first dealings with a traitorous Kassisan has left a deep distrust for the species.

Ricki Bailey is used to dealing with diplomats and handling complex situations. After all, as the daughter of the owners of Cirque de Magik, the most spectacular circus to the stars, she is used to organizing their trips to foreign countries. Her life changes when her mother and father decide to take the circus to the real stars, and to another star system!

If she thought learning new laws and customs was going to be a challenge, it was nothing compared to the sudden interest she was getting from a huge blue male known as the Grand Ruler! Ricki discovers words that she didn't even realize were in her vocabulary, most of them not in the least polite.

She decides the best way to deal with the arrogant male is to treat him like she did when encountering difficult Consuls during the circus' travels on Earth; stay cool, calm, and professional, and only deal with the facts necessary to complete whatever business transaction was required.

Ristéard is stunned when a strange, alien female, foretold in the ancient tablets as being the great empress who will save his world, appears. He is even more astonished when she refuses his attentions! With the life of his planet at stake - not to mention his own peace of mind and body - he will do whatever is necessary to ensure the female stays by his side.

Yet, there are forces working against him and Ricki, powerful forces that do not want him to be successful. Dangers and traitors among his own council threaten not only him, but her. It will take all of Ristéard's resources, and a few unexpected allies, to complete the dangerous journey ahead of them.

Can he keep his unwilling empress safe from those that would destroy her? Better yet, can he save his world when there are those that would destroy it for the treasure of precious Blood Stones hidden somewhere beneath its surface?

©2016 Susan E. Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio

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This is the fourth book and I have to say this is my favorite one out of the series. Such a good love story with lots of action secrets uncovered. I am looking forward to the next book, but until then, I will relisten to the series over again.

I have to say S.E. Smith is one of my top authors.

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I quite enjoyed this book

yes I did enjoy reading the book. And no I didn't have any trouble finishing the book. When Ricky took down the emperor. The narrator was very good. It did not feel like she was putting me to sleep, so I quite enjoyed the book.

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  • Linda
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
  • 08-30-16

Loved it

Fantastic series. Ristèard learned quick, don't mess with human women! Ricki puts her skills to work! The anxious and the unwilling meet half way!

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A re listen

I have read this book in the past and had to get it once I saw it was part of the romance package. I love this entire series and would listen to it again. The narrator is awesome with pitch and accents!

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love it

I really liked it a lot. it helped to read the other 3 stories first but it is not necessary to enjoy this one.

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women gives power to man she hates?

This story was ridiculous! I have enjoyed the S.E. Smith stories across multiple series, but this won was near shameful in the laziness of the romance development. We have all seen then i don't like you but I am attracted to you stories before but this one didn't even try. The Heroin was kidnapped, literally to save his world, and after only one nut shot she is doing what ever he wants and allowing him whatever access to her body that he wants. She may not verbally admit to her attraction, but if you are kidnapped, it should take more than one forced kiss before doing anything the your kidnapper wants. Yes she is a good person and wants to help his world, but that doesn't mean doing anything else because he said so. No trust has been earned why would you accept that your kidnapper a known womanizer, who keeps "claiming" you as his, is trust worthy. Being attracted to someone doesn't make them a good person, and again KIDNAPPING and claiming does say good guy either.

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Great

Ristéard was attracted to Rikki but she wasn't interested. He went home and read more about a prophecy. In the prophecy there was a picture of a woman who looked like Rikki who was to be the one to save Ristéard's planet and his people. So he went to Kassis and captured Rikki.
This book is very exciting! They go on an adventure into the past and the planet. There is also a betrayal that takes place against the pair. This author is amazing! The narrator is awesome too!

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A royal romance like no other!

It was the perfect balance of suspense, romance, humor, and surprises. It will keep you guessing till the end.

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Risteard and Ricki

Everything that S E Smith, (author), and David Brenin, (narrator), pair up on is great. This is no exception. I make sure that I have everything that they do together. Keep it up.

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Another great book by S. E. Smith

Just one more great book by the amazing author S. E. Smith ! I didn't think I cried enough the last book and I'm just glad that I've found this amazing author! From being a baby left on the step of a couple who owned a traveling circus to being an Empress to an Alien world ! That's the life that Rikki gets to live and to get a sexy Alien man made it totally work lol ! And everyone gets a HEA !

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  • Kindle Customer Cecilia Mary O'Shea
  • 06-25-18

Risteard's Unwilling Empress

Excellent story love it it was an impressive 4th book, I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-16

Another great reading

S E Smith does it again . This is another great story in the continuing Lords of Kassis storyline

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  • jamoz23
  • 04-13-19

A good narration which I enjoyed but at 1.25 speed

A good narration which I enjoyed but at 1.25 speed. BOOK REVIEW Another great book by Ms Smith. I have waited ages for his book and it did not disappoint. We met Ricki and Risteard in Star’s Storm book 2. I just loved how composed Ricki is to everything going on around her. Talk about one OCD lady who cannot be ruffled. Risteard has had it tough, taking care of a dying planet and its people must be agonising, add that to him being one tough SOB due to his childhood and you have one hard, cold, deadly ruler. Luckily he learnt what falling in love was all about which will make him a better leader in the long run for his planet. Ricki is just awesome and when she learns about her heritage, wow, super special lady. No wonder she is the Empress. How Ms Smith comes up with all this stuff and keeps all these interconnected books fresh and gripping is amazing. Another brilliant book in this series which gives us even more information and characters. I have reread this series so many times and still love it. Ms Smith’s books are my go to when I need to relax and laugh.

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  • IMEE B
  • 01-28-17

The Ristéard's Unwilling Empress

Another awesome and entertaining book by S. E. Smith. The narrative is excellent by Samantha Cook, her voice as a woman is extremely sexy and as a man well not bad, i would have like David Brenin to play Ristéard's character but all in all it's fantastic, hot and sexy as hell ;) xox