By: Rina Kent
Series: Royal Elite
Book # in Series: 1 of 7
Publisher: Blackthorn Books, LLC
Publication Date: October 24, 2019
My Rating: 4 Stars
My Reading Format: Kindle Unlimited
The villain isn’t supposed to be king.
I have a simple plan.
Finish Royal Elite School and get into my dream university.
One glance from the school’s king blows my plan up in smoke.
One glance and he suffocates my air.
One glance and he issues his death sentence.
His first words spiral my life into irreparable chaos.
“I will destroy you.”
Everything about Aiden King is black.
I should’ve remained quiet and endured the time I have left.
I made the irrevocable mistake of provoking the king on his throne.
The devil in his hell.
And now, I’ll pay the price.
Being hated by Aiden King is dangerous.
But being wanted by him is lethal.
Deviant King is book one of Royal Elite Series. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some readers might find offensive. Aiden isn’t the normal romance hero. In fact, he’s not a hero at ALL. So please don’t read this if any of that bothers you. This book is part of a trilogy and is NOT standalone. The entire trilogy is available.
Deviant King is the first listed book in Rina Kent’s Royal Elite series. This first book starts a trilogy that is Aiden King and Elsa Steel’s story!! And you best believe I have been waiting for this story since I first started the Royal Elite series with Cruel King! Due to Deviant King being a dark romance with a tale woven in pure suspense, I’m going to try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as I possibly can. But we all know how I get when I go on my rambling rampages. So we’ll see how well I stick with my no spoilers police in this review.
Elsa lives her life one breath and one heartbeat at a time. When she was seven years old, she had to undergo heart surgery, which leaves her toeing the line of health. And thanks to her aunt and uncle, she has a steady balance in her home life. She’s on the right track and was just accepted into one of the most prestigious schools that will surely seal the deal on her acceptance into Cambridge. What she didn’t expect was to walk into RES and gain the attention of Aiden King, leader of the four horsemen pact and the most notorious man at the school. And what she didn’t expect was for Aiden to make her life a living hell for the two years after their first introduction….. Ugh, Men.
Aiden King lives his life two moves ahead of everyone else. But when Elsa Steel steps into Royal Elite School, his chessboard of life is about to become even more complicated…. He’ll do everything in his power to keep Elsa one step behind him. And he’ll destroy anyone who dares step in to complicate and already complicated mess..
When I first picked up Deviant King, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. It’s clear now, I had no clue this whole damn time of the wreckage that was about to take place in Aiden and Elsa’s life…
I’m not going to sugar coat this, Aiden’s story was on my mind the whole time I read Cruel King (Levi’s story). And in all honesty, I may have rushed through that book, just a smidge, to get to Aiden’s story. There is something about this man that was all consuming. One minute I was falling head over heels in love with this character and the very next I’m wanting to throw my kindle into a wall and smash it to smithereens. This character literally made me a maniac in the best and worst of ways.
For starters, I had a love/hate feeling towards the way he was with Elsa. He bullied her, but stepped in to protect her from all other bullies on the outskirts. He defended her but also saw her as an opponent. He wanted her, but also wanted to keep her an arms length away. I loved the constant push and pull with him. I loved to see that fire that he possessed when his thoughts strayed to her. She was his happily ever after, and as a reader, I could see it clear as day. The push and pull was maddening. There were times I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.
Now onto Elsa. The thing I found most interesting about Elsa was all the suspense surrounding her. You see, Elsa lost a moment in time when she was a child due to a catastrophe. So throughout this first novel, we see Elsa dealing with the fact that she keeps having nightmares and visions of things that may or may not have happened when she was seven years old. In a way, it was a little like a jigsaw puzzle and finding the missing pieces. I love the fact that Rina Kent had me guessing the outcome at every turn, and I loved the fact that I was wrong damn near every time! Now when it comes to Elsa and Aiden, I loved the fact that this woman was as stubborn as a mule on a hot summer day. The more Aiden showed interest, the more Elsa pushed him away. The more he wanted her, the more she denied him. But given the fact that Aiden is as vicious as they come, sometimes the denial wasn’t heard and he would take… And here’s where my five star rating went down to a four star rating. I’m not going to lie, there were a few moments that made me a tad bit uncomfortable where intimacy took place… and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Just know if you decide to read this book, Rina Kent takes Dark romance to a whole new spectrum. Aiden is a twisted individual who is just as possessive as he is obsessive of those he claims as his…. Those being Elsa.
Now onto that Cliffhanger, all I’m going to say is I’m so grateful I decided to read this series when it was completed. I don’t even want to imagine how it would feel stumbling along with this ending and having to wait a couple months for Steel Princess to release. Not having answers would have driven me insane!
Overall, I loved the hell out of Deviant King by Rina Kent and I can’t wait to see what’s up her sleeve next! I need more Aiden and Elsa!!
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Peace Love and Happy Reading,