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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Dark King by Gina L. Maxwell Book Review


This book had me so excited because of the blurb.

Unfortunately, it suffers a lot from "telling not showing syndrome"... 

While the concept was good, a Vegas billionaire also fae king marrying a small-town girl after hooking up with both of them having no memories of it in the morning. It failed to deliver, a lot was in there, things happened rather quickly for the size of the book, there was a lack of actual scenes showing what happens it was more a "let me tell you why" as a character appeared with the information or a "let me think of everything you need to know" so that we as reader would learn about the Fae world. This was disappointing as our MFC was as lost as us, it would have been better to learn the world with her, the laws, the events, etc. 

The writing was also not for me, it took me a while to get into it and once I was into it, it felt like there were scenes missing for the pace of the book or the events unfolding. The ending was also rushed and the last bit of it felt like just an excuse to set up the next book. Which I personally will not be reading, it did not leave me wanting more or even interested in knowing more about any character as we barely got anytime to know anyone. Our main characters have a flat personality, more (again) telling who they are are/mentioning it rather than showing it. All characters have a lack of character development, I didn't care about anyone. 

The sex scenes were all over the place, there are a lot but only half of them really made me enjoy the book, it was a half and half each time they came as to if I would enjoy it or not. They are heavy on BDSM, but not healthy in any way. While our MMC does mention the principles of BDSM he blatantly fails at respecting them in some aspect (even though he prides himself on it (knowing everything regarding it and being good at it) & his brother mentions that's the only thing he is good at in a relation with a woman), while it is reinforced throughout the book that he is a "young king" he is hundreds of years old and lacks emotional maturity in terms of romantic relationships as she is his first romantic interest. 

While I did have some fun with it, we never got explanations for some of the fantasy aspects of the book or if we did get some it still missed some information for us to really understand the Fae world. The ending left me meh, while it is not the worst book I have ever read, it is also not a read I would really personally recommend, there are books that just do it better in my opinion and this is simultaneously a very short and lengthy book.

I can see why some people loved it, but it unfortunately did not work for me. Overall, a disappointing read, I am happy some people enjoyed it.

2.5/5 stars


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