Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review 'The Formidable King' by Alyssa J. Montgomery

A chance meeting, a misunderstanding, and a second chance for a royal love affair… 

Once, King Gabriel was bewitched by a violet-eyed beauty at a masquerade ball, but she left the function without a trace...not even a slipper. Now, Cinderella has a name. Fate has thrown India Hamilton right in Gabriel’s path, and he’s determined to expose her as the gold-digger he knows her to be. 

But Gabriel’s attempt at revenge soon loses its appeal as he spends more time with India. Her generous actions and smart control of his sister’s foundation suggest a strong, kind woman, undeserving of his scorn and anger. It soon becomes clear that this is not a Cinderella story at all: India is a beauty, and Gabriel has been behaving like a beast. 

The Facts:

Publication Date:
December 12th, 2017
Royal Affairs #3
Contemporary Romance
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My Review:

A little while ago I read the second book in the Royal Affairs series ‘The Irredeemable Prince’. Although I didn’t love that book, I definitely enjoyed reading it. So when I saw that I had this third book on my TBR list, I decided it was definitely time for me to start reading this one.

In ‘The Formidable King’ we meet King Gabriel. Gabriel has always been one who did everything for his country. But when fate throws India Hamilton, the girl who stole his heart and left him many years ago, on his path again he does and says things he just couldn’t imagine he would. India has a lot of secrets and Gabriel is determined to get his revenge on her leaving him.

Well, where do I start with this one. For one this is a standalone novel, you don’t need to have read the previous books. Secondly I really didn’t like the beginning of this book. I felt like I missed something, and Gabriel was just an insufferable and unkind man. It really took some effort from me to keep on reading. And I don’t often find myself enjoying a book that I really didn’t like in the beginning, but this one I definitely started to enjoy after the first half.

The beginning of this book felt rushed, there were a lot of assumptions from Gabriel that I just didn’t understand and I wished that India would just tell Gabriel to go away. I didn’t get there ‘chemistry’  at all. But thankfully, after the first view chapters, I began to like Gabriel more and India became this strong woman who had been through a lot. There were some thrilling and suspenseful moments and I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next. I definitely could understand there romance from that moment on.

When the ending of the book neared, I definitely thought there were some rushed moments again but I didn’t mind it as much as in the beginning. To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to read more books in this series but in the end I did enjoy reading this one. Alyssa Montgomery definitely created an interesting and unique ‘world’. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Alyssa enjoys writing pacy, passionate contemporary romance novels and her favourites involve some plot twists. She also writes medieval romance under the pen name Alyssa James.

Alyssa still has a busy private practice where she works as a Speech-Language Pathologist - mainly with children with developmental disorders, literacy difficulties and autism. She has also been a professional pianist and worked for Qantas Airways as an International Flight Attendant.

Alyssa lives with her husband and three children in New South Wales, Australia on a five acre property. They have a menagerie of animals and also enjoy occasional visits from deer, wallabies, echidna and the daily morning singing of numerous varieties of native birds.

Spare time is fairly limited with three children, however dinner parties with friends, gardening and playing tennis or saddling up the horses and going for a trail ride, are favourite activities.

For more information about Alyssa please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


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