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"To be ruled by a woman is to be ruled by weakness and kingdoms are only as strong as their rulers. A king must stand alone, beholden to none." - King Attor of the Var

Agent Ulyssa Payne is on a mission. It's her job to make sure the Medical Mafia leader doesn't leave the planet of Qurilixen. But, when her target is killed by his own daughter, her mission is over. Now, she's stuck on a barbarian planet for three months until the Agency comes to get her.

Getting kidnapped by King Attor, she's left in the Var harem to await his return. But, when the King dies in battle and doesn't come for her, she's stuck dealing with his son, the new savage King of the Var. This is one complication Ulyssa didn't need.

A royal complication.

The Var Princes were raised by a hard man who put no stock in love - especially love with one woman. Bred to never take a life mate, these men will do everything in their power to live up to the dead King Attor's expectations and never fall in love.

Kirill is a man who must do his duty, only he didn't expect to do it so soon. When his father dies, he knows it's his destiny to be king. What he didn't expect is the troublesome mistress that's now his to deal with.

©2013 The Raven Books LLC (P)2016 The Raven Books LLC

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Loved this story!!

I really loved this story!! This is my first book by Michelle M. Pillow and will not be the last! I couldn't put it down and tried to hear the whole thing in just one day! The minute that I finished it, I turned back around and started it over. DO NOT MISS this amazing series by Michelle M. Pillow! The narration by Michael Ferraiuolo was great!

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 06-06-16

Loved the book... And the cover..

I can’t say I’ve read too many “other” planet books but the ones I’ve read I’ve enjoyed. This one is no different. My only complaint, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, is that there was too much sex. According to “Jane’s Data” (another reviewer) there were 7 sex scenes and they took up 29 pages. That’s way too much for a 228 page book. When there’s that much sex that’s when I start skimming, and that’s never a good thing. Ms. Pillow is a good writer but she needs to concentrate more on the story and less on the sex. Of the 7 sex scenes I read 2 of them, and by then I’d had enough and zipped right over the rest.

Other than that it was a good book. I especially liked the part where Ulyssa took her first bath ever. She was used to a decontaminator, not an actual a water bath. Her reaction to it after she’d been in it a while was hysterical, and scared Kirill half to death. It was all pretty funny.

I liked the mess Kirill’s mind was in, thanks to his father’s teachings. Wow, I was sure dear-old-dad was dead when the story started. Him never showing Ulyssa any affection in public did get annoying but he did have to un-learn all that his father had crammed into Kirill’s brain his whole life. It was nice watching him slowly come awake, in how to treat the one you love.

I liked his brothers, too, but I liked Falke the best. He was the biggest and the blandest of the lot.

As mentioned before there was LOTS of sex, and he!! and da*n was used a very few times and the F-bomb was let lose 1 time.

As to the narrator: He was terrific. He really, really laughed when the book called for it. He whispered, groaned, sniffed when Ulyssa was crying. He was simply superb when it came to his wide variety of emotions. Every single man had his own voice and the women couldn’t have sounded more feminine if they’d been done by a female narrator.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Var-y Good

This was my first sci fi shifter story, and I really enjoyed it. I hadn't read the Dragon Lords series first, but I felt like this book was able to stand alone. It had great world building, and I enjoyed the cultural differences between the characters. I loved the humor at the end over the use of the word property.

I loved the Var prince brothers and look forward to the stories about the rest of the brothers. I liked Ulyssa for the most part, but there were moments when she came off as childish or TSTL. She redeemed herself in most cases, though. I especially liked how her relationship with Falke developed.

The narrator did a great job with all the different male characters, giving each a different tone and accent, making it easy to tell who's speaking. However, I didn't enjoy his rendition of the women's voices. Like so many male narrators, his female voices are a bit whiny, especially over time.

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  • Nadina
  • Laval, QC, Canada
  • 09-30-16

Glad to have discovered this author

Really enjoyed this first book of the series Can't wait to read the others. The story was original and entertaining. You keep rooting for the new king and his mistress that they will get past their misunderstandings to find love. If you like shifter romance with futuristic overtones and a feisty heroine you will enjoy this book. The narrator has the perfect voice for this story. I like his use of accents.

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  • seelk
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-22-16

a captivating listen

I am a big fan of Ms. Pillows' stories and I was not disappointed with this one either. I listened to all the Dragon Lords stories and after listening to this one, I am seeing the Var in a new light, it was fun joining Ulyssa and Kirill on their bumpy and sexy journey to HEA
I am looking forward to the next stories in the series and learning more about the Var.

Great choice in narrators, new-to-me, Mr. Ferraiuolo did an amazing job as he brought the story to life with various voices and plenty of emotion. I like it when a talented voice brings me into the story and keeps me captive. Thank you!

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awesome book, audio is lovely to listen to

I adored this book so much I started the rest of the collection. the characters are bright, inviting, interesting. the voices, the whole thing is amazing. youll not only like the story (finding an interesting, vivid new world) the support characters practicality calls for there own books. take a chance on this on, you'll love it.

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Pretty darn steamy..characters were likable!

Would you listen to The Savage King: A Dragon Lords Story again? Why?

So, I listened to The Savage King: Lords of the Var, not sure why it says A Dragon Lords Story. It was a fun easy listen. Great while driving to work. I liked all the characters too. No one was an ass.

What other book might you compare The Savage King: A Dragon Lords Story to and why?

it's pretty unique, at least for me. I don't normally read other planet books.

Which scene was your favorite?

All the two main character scenes! They were fun and playful.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure, but I didn't.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tammy
  • Northern Ontario
  • 05-15-16

Best one yet!!

Best book yet! Awesome narrator also!! Can't wait for the next one in this series

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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captivating

Couldn't stop listening!! Ready to move through the series immediately! I loved the way the characters came to life. I'm sure people driving by me were concerned for me. I kept catching myself making faces to match the characters' emotions!!!

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Absolutely Fabulous Book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Savage King: A Dragon Lords Story to be better than the print version?

I love listening to the audio edition book. The reader Michael Ferraiuolo's voice is sexy as sin. I love that they need to lean to trust each other in order to find happiness. I enjoy all of Michelle's book but this one by far i my favor it!!!!!

Which character – as performed by Michael Ferraiuolo – was your favorite?

The new King Krill and Agent Ulyssa

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-16

Its savagely romantic

Wow i love all Michelle Pillow's dragon lords series, its so romantic and hot and sexy all the princes are and the new king and Lisa romance woah its swoon worthy (sighs) tnx also Michael Ferraiuolo for the excellent narrative :)