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The Two Kings

By: Stephanie Hudson
Narrated by: Rebecca Rainsford
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After facing her nightmares head on, Keira soon finds her troubles have only just begun, and if she thought mortals were dangerous, then being hunted by the world’s most powerful beings will spin her further into a web of supernatural destruction.

Keira can’t help seeing the handsome man before her. She can’t help the dreams that consume her, and neither can she stop him from wanting her. But the controlling man who follows her every move isn’t the man she’s dating but the man who's hunting her.

Now it’s down to the only man with enough power to keep her safe, and he doesn’t play well with others. Nor does he take kindly to people trying to take what belongs to him, and Keira belongs to only one man...Dominic Draven. Will the fight for their love be enough to survive the new world she is forced to live in? And, more importantly, can she survive being with the king of the Afterlife?

Stephanie Hudson has dreamed of being a writer ever since her obsession with reading books at an early age. What first became a quest to overcome the boundaries set against her in the form of dyslexia has turned into a life's dream. Afterlife is her first book in the series of seven, with the story of Keira and Draven becoming ever more complicated in a world that sets them miles apart.

©2012 Stephanie Hudson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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18 hours too long and still 5 books to go.

I loved the premise of this book. I loved the romantic suspense, but it seemed there were a lot of parts of this book that served little to no purpose, in driving the story forward. There are 3 chapters dedicated to just proving a point about jealousy to the h. A lot of things could have been trimmed and made it more enjoyable of a pace story wise. Characters overall are fantastic, but I was getting more and more annoyed with the flip flop behavior of the h as the story went on. She would act firm and tough, demanding respect as the H's partner only to take his word on everything, fail to confront him on issues after long dialogues about how it bothered her, or would gloss over things that were built up overtime, like it wasn't that big of a deal, even when the actions of the H are shoved in her face she just accepts every compromising situation, as ok because he explained it and he pretty much gives her the impression that she takes it as it is because of who they are to each other. Also she has this moral compass that is admirable but when it comes to something that is crucial for her to share she hides it. It was 33 hours of indecisive self doubting, and lack of a backbone. If the story was trimmed her behavior would have been more tolerable, but there is only so long a person can listen to the same rhetoric, over and over. What makes it more frustrating as a reader is that it ends in a cliff, and even after 33 hours and similar length in book one, the story is dragged out for another 5 books after this, all equally as long winded. I love the story premise enough to want to know what happens but I disliked the long winded whining enough that I won't continue the series, it was so long I just stopped caring what happened. The length of time isn't exactly the issue by its self, And I love long stories if they move forward and pace well. This one did not.

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HORRIBLE narrator, great story!!

Great book, TERRIBLE narrator!!! Her American accents are absolutely the worst I've ever heard!!! At $2-3 its tolerable, only so I can multi-task!! But at $26 or whatever it is, there is NO way it's worth that!!!!!

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Struggling with this...

There is lots of potential with this storyline...clearly because there are a lot more books in the series. But, my issue is similar to other reviewers. Keira is ridiculously immature. She’s 23 but acts like a 13 y/o when it comes to so many things. Did we really need multiple chapters where she whines about having her period? Her life is over, clearly. *rolls eyes
I would rather have more actual character development and get into Lucius storyline rather than waste chapters on her childish whining over her period, her PITA cousin and other lame antics. She makes everything into needless drama.
Not sure I’ll continue with this one. Other reviews say the next book is better. This one is going so slow.

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Loved

I truly loved this series, and it was hard to put down! Absolutely recommend this series

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Still would have liked a deeper voice for Dominic

So....Book#2.....This one, I felt I had to trudge through a lot. While it may be setting up Keira for more things to come and more chances to show strength, right now...she seems very whiny. I mean, sure, she is still getting used to this supernatural world into which she was propelled. And yes, a human natural abilities versus a Demon or Angel or whatever other creature's, there is a big difference and deference needed. But there are times you want to just shake the girl!
However, this book does leave you with a cliffhanger that definitely leaves you begging for more. The read is worth it. As you get further in the series, part will come back to you and you'll see significance.

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I'm totally hooked

I need more Draven and Kiera. I love the narrator as she brings all the characters to life.

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  • 01-27-16

Awesome!!!!

Bring on book 3!!!!

New spin on the supernaturally weird. Well narrated and surprisingly not repetitive for such long books.

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This book needs a trigger warning ⚠️

I love the potential this storyline, but I have never wished so hard for a blossoming love to die! I was literally yelling at the main character to pick a different man, literally anyone else, for the last 2 books worth of this story. I say it should have a trigger warning because it reminds me of every abusive relationship I have ever had. The man is constantly yelling at her, breaking things, and turning every bad thing he does around to make her feel like it was her fault. He controls her, not letting her go where she wants or work as much as she wants and fights with her when she wants to go see friends. She walks on eggshells around him and is afraid to talk about her problems or wants and needs cause she is afraid he will get mad at her. He even goes so far as to make changes to her body without her permission because he thinks she belongs to him and it's his right to do whatever he wants to her. She continues to forgive him because he fixes what he breaks and explains everything away and they have great makeup sex. This book was a huge trigger for me and the only reason I continued to the next book is in hopes she wakes up and moves on but also because I love the potential for the story line. It's a good book just can't stand the guy in the book.

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So much whining

OMG this girl just whine and whine. So much possibility to make this story great but just cant go on if this us how is going to be for the next books.

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Didn’t care for

Got tired of Keira whining and making stupid decisions. Couldn’t imagine being in a relationship with a jealous, possessive, controlling Draven. I really wanted to like this series. Characters were so under developed and under whelming. I guess more for YA.

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  • Mina R
  • 03-17-17

Typical toxic relationship.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy abuse stories

What character would you cut from The Two Kings?

Dominic Draven. He is so abusive but as with most stories like this, it's all okay because he's supposed to be super sexy so is totally forgiven.

Any additional comments?

As much as I hate criticizing other authors, this story has me so angry. At a time when we should be encouraging women to strive for equality, we yet again are filling young minds with the idea that a manipulating, possessive, aggressive and sexually controlling man is what we all should want because he of course is insanely rich and obviously attractive. The fact that this has once again been written by a woman makes me even more furious! If it had been written by a man, we would all be up in arms about it! I only read the second book because the first one showed some promise of the main character standing up for herself but the second book finds her with even less of a spine.

I am sorry Stephanie Hudson, I don't mean to troll, but I can't help but feel your writing needs some serious work. If the book was a third of the size with a quarter of the repetitive sex scenes and overused wording breezed over by the narrator, then you might have something salvageable. And if you must insist on having Draven unable to control his abusive nature then at least have Kiera standing up for herself more often and not be so terrified of the man who is supposedly meant to love and care for her. You attempted this only when it suited the plot which is not a healthy way to write the story, it devalues the characters.

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  • Laura Henman
  • 11-23-21

Do i hear repetitive?

This book would be 400 pages less if ,only all of the repetitive material was cut out and, the story allowed to flow and would be so much more enjoyable for it!! I loved the actual story i just don't need to be told the same thing in differing orders throughout the book!!! Yes we get it, mind blowing orgasms and he's holding himself back, mind blowing orgasms and he's holding himself back mind blowing orgasms and he's holding himself back (see how annoying that is?!?) Oh, and how she loves his laugh!! Eurghhh!! Just nine of the mind blowing sex was any better or different from book one, but yes please remind us say a couple of times in the following books, cos it feels like she's just used this constant rewind and replay to fill the pages!! And the arguments?? How bored of her whiny self righteous ass are we to endure!?!? If she was my friend I'd have shook her senseless by now!! Some things I'd have agreed with, but the rest??? Oh hell to the no on that one!! I won't say that that's the end of it though, cos I'm actually expecting much of the same in the rest of the novels!! If you were to do a rewrite I'd scrub half of the screams and poundings and focus more on the story line because then this would be an excellent book.....well not off to see the wizard, but down to book three....just what is it going to hold!!

P.S but listen out on how inventory is pronounced sheesh....sorry!!!

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  • Beccy
  • 06-11-17

Stepping stone in series

I like a good series as i like to watch how people progress through their lives/events in more detail. I got a little bit lost at one point where there may have been too much detail which over complicated a situation, but overall a nice stepping stone book in a series.

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  • Kerry morgan
  • 08-15-22

Again Cnpd book !!!

Again a cnpd ( could not put down ) book , again Keira life is up and down with not every day ups and downs no ! Big arse scary life-threatening supernatural ups and downs , I found myself wanting to cry , scream and sometimes holding my breath and not realising it. As I walked through this book in Keira’s shoes .. I feel emotionally tired like I have been up and down on the rollercoaster where I feel like I ve been thrown , twisted and spanned every way known to man BUT I’m so addicted that I can’t wait for the next ride. Bring on book three .

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  • Emma
  • 01-28-22

abusive

I didn't mind the first book, the second book had promise but then I listened to it, it's abusive, manipulative and she takes it and blames herself for it. After everything she had been through and fights to survive, you would think the author would make her more of a stronger person. if you are young, I wouldn't recommend you read this as this is not how love is and should never be considered. very disappointed.

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  • Brenda
  • 12-08-21

Constant repetition and voices so childish

In stopped listening because Keira was so infantile and I was wondering if she was a fantasizing 15 year old. Finishing this overlong audio book was almost a.punishment and I listening to book 3 showed that the voice had changed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-21

Amazing!!

This was absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to listen to more. Thank you! .

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  • san
  • 07-15-21

leuk verhaal

deel twee is net zo leuk als deel in. zit er zo helemaal in. vraagt je steeds af hoe loopt het af.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-21

Highly recommended

Fab story can’t wait to listen to the next one even though it is a bit long winded at times.
Love how the narrator slips into her Liverpudlian accent.

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  • Loves 2 Listen
  • 01-14-21

I can't get enough

very good narration and I'm just sold on seeing Draven and Kiera's journey through now. im invested in the characters now and that's the beauty of the way Stephanie writes, so if you don't get caught up on dissecting the story by thinking ' is the story being pushed forward enough' or 'its too descriptive' and just go with the flow and sit back and just listen you'll enjoy it far more. I know there are 12 books but I don't think that's going to be enough.

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  • Kelly Pasalich
  • 08-23-20

Annoying female character

The main female character is annoying in her stubbornness. She's predictable and causes all the problems.

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  • Chrissie
  • 09-29-16

Absolutely brilliant

This is the second book and it is read really well with the passion it requires. Thank you