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Gleam (3) Hardcover – 18 October 2021
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Book 3 of this adult fantasy series continues in this epic story inspired by the myth of King Midas, fae, fated romance, and insurmountable greed.
"I don't choose him. Not anymore. I'm choosing me."
King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.
The thing about being confined is that you believe it's to keep the bad out. ...Until you realize it's about keeping you in.
I'm now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won't sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there's something that's bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.
But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.
He's sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I've learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he's near? I need to tread carefully, or I'm at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.
Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.
Because I won't be caught in a cage again. No, this time, it'll be me setting the trap.
...I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.
Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, including Stockholm Syndrome and emotional manipulation, as well as explicit romance scenes. Read at your own discretion.
- Publisher : Raven Kennedy LLC (18 October 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 572 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1737633825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1737633822
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.66 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Without spoiling anything, I have to say I truly respected the fact that there are no cheap tricks or hackneyed traps, comedy of errors style misfortunes or typical plot 'go-to' devices relied on here for the arcs... Every time I thought 'ohhh noooo, she did this - now this is definitely going to happen...' it developed in a very different and much more satisfying way. So bravo - a high level execution of a beautiful piece of work. I only wish I could give an extra few stars for style, because it deserves the whole 5 for the story and characters alone.
Anyway, this series just gets better with each book and with no sign of the excitement dropping off I am well and truly pumped for book 4 which is due to release in 2022.
Glint (which was the second book) finished on a cliffhanger that near killed me, and so I was expecting the same kind of thing with Gleam, but no it finished perfectly which I am so grateful for. When I think of the series all together it's like the perfect snowball rolling down the hill getting bigger, more impressive and exciting as it gets closer to the end!
The #Aurip scenes were sensational and had plenty of🌶 🥵
If you haven't read this series you need to get onto it pronto. I don't even want to write any more about it because I think you should just read it. Now.
I think this has been the best set of books from Raven Kennedy, her development of the story was so interesting and kept me hooked till the end.
Slade/Rip's PoV came across as breath of fresh air and made me want to revisit book 2 again as you get a glimpse into the first encounter with his Goldfinch. You are just rooting for her to choose him, his love for her is just beautiful.
Auren, continues to grow and develop from the lacklustre insipid woman in book 1 to someone who is trying to take steps to forge her own way on her terms.
You learn more about the background of King Midas, watch his gaslighting of Auren and you start to hate him with a vengeance.
We are introduced to a new key character, Queen Kaila and whether she, along with Auren and Malina eventually face off as the lead females, I am really interested to see where we end up.
Cannot believe we have to waiit an entire year for book 4 which is devastating! Going back to read that bedroom scene again...
Book one was the worst. So bad. And some lines in these books are really really really really really unnecessary and just women hating, without having any impact on story or anything - it’s like, oh here’s a random stranger walking past out MC, let’s have him make a really derogatory comment about her body for no reason at the f all. Why. Why? No, really, WHY?
At least in this one she manages to gain some ground after all the abuse she has had to endure. But, still, it’s not great. It’s not even good. How are these books so popular, I just don’t get it.
I think I’m done here.
Be still my beating heart! How the heck do I survive that ending? How do I wait for the next one? This book right here is one of the main reasons why I’ve sworn off unfinished series! And here I am being shattered all over!
In Gleam we really see the fire that in Auren’s soul and all I can say is…. About damn time girl!
Brutal, heart wrenching and dazzling! This story is pure gold. Pun intended.
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Tropes I adore in this: I will burn the world for you, enemies to lovers and brooding, sexy, dark morally grey characters that I'm in love with
Cause I'm such a sucker
It also has sexy Fae 💁🏻♀️
But Kong Rot damnnnnn!
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My journey with this series had a rough start. I attempted to read Gild twice before it finally gripped me on the third time. And you know what? This is a prime example (for me, personally) of why I love to give books more than one chance to pull me in.
Gild is definitely our scene setting/character introduction and I completely fell in love with Auren. What some may see as weak, many actually know from personal experience how it’s easy to love someone that shows you kindness I’m a life filled with nothing but disappointment and abuse.
In Glint, my love for Auren only grew and the piece around her own acceptance really nestled itself deep in my soul. Plus, ya know, Rip. What a freaking character.
Gleam is, most definitely, in my top 5 books read this year. The development, the pace, the spice, the absolute heartbreak. I read it in two sittings (and only because I had to work).
Raven Kennedy has given the legend we all know a very fresh perspective. It’s clever, heart wrenching, sexy and just all around a brilliant freaking book.
Glow (book 4) is one of my most anticipated reads of 2022
Auren that we still need to bear witness to. Unfortunately, she still has to get rescued from her self at the end by King Rot, despite him being bloody useless throughout most of the book when the verbal abuse turns physical. Overall it was just a frustrating book to read.
In Gleam my heart fell so much more in love with Auren. She’s such a strong woman to have come this far and not fallen to pieces.
With books that have this kind of girth there’s always the worry that half will be waffle but you don’t have to worry with this one - SO SOooo good 👏🏻 I found myself reading too quickly then going back and re reading so I didn’t miss anything 😂 I can’t wait to see where Raven goes with this story.
Oh and Rip? Hot dayum 🔥