Erryn reviews ‘King Me’ (A Forever Wilde Novel) by Lucy Lennox. The ebook was published July 16, 2019, 275 pages. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I have read every book in the series and this one sounded like fun.
Falcon: Three years ago I arrived at the scene of an art heist to find Kingston Wilde tied to a radiator, claiming to be an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was only later I learned he was actually the elusive art thief I’d been tracking for years. And I was the one who’d let him sweet-talk his way out of my grasp. Ever since, I’ve made it my mission to get my hands on him again, and this time I don’t plan on letting go.
Unfortunately, fate has other plans. A priceless artifact has gone missing, and King is the only one who can help recover it. I thought nothing could be worse than being forced to work with the egotistical SOB, but I was wrong. Falling for the charming art thief in the middle of an operation is way, way worse.
King: The key to being a good art thief is knowing when to call it quits. After one close call too many, I decide that time is now and head home to Hobie, Texas, intending to hang up my lock picks for good. Unfortunately, the FBI has other plans. Agent Dirk Falcon approaches me with an offer I can’t refuse: full immunity for my past crimes in exchange for helping him with one last job.
The catch? The job involves stealing from the very man who taught me everything I know. The same man who double-crossed me years ago. Pulling this off means trusting Falcon and his team, but how do I trust the sexy agent when he’s staked his career on taking me down?
I wasn’t sure Lucy could top Wilde Love. I mean, I LOVED that book. Doc and Granpa’s love story? Perfection. She left a little open thread with King and it was clear his would be the next story. At the time I’d been intrigued – who was this stranger who showed up at the wedding demanding King go with him? And why did King hightail it out there, missing Doc and Granpa’s vow renewal ceremony? I figured it had to be pretty important. And, of course, it was.
This book starts two years before that fateful meeting. I have to admit, I was surprised to discover King was a criminal. He’s a Wilde and they’re all law-abiding citizens, right? I mean that’s how Doc and Granpa helped raise them. Well, this Wilde had veered off the straight and narrow and man has it gotten him in a lot of trouble. And in the crosshairs of law enforcement and, in particular, Dirk Falcon of the FBI (great porn name, BTW). The first meeting between King and Falcon is auspicious at best and one man gains the upper hand, but he doesn’t maintain it. The game of cat and mouse has begun but it’s always a game. Of chess maybe? And each man believes he has the upper hand but it takes one quick move to change all that.
The corner of King’s lip quirked up. “You’d make a good papa bear. Anyone ever told you that?”
I couldn’t decide if that was a comment about my sexuality, my age, or my body hair.
“Relax,” he said with a soft laugh. “I just meant you’re protective. You look out for the team.” He stood and stretched, revealing that tantalizing strip of skin above the waistband that had always been a weak spot of mine.
I tried not to look.
King caught me staring. “Like what you see, Papa Bear?”
“Don’t call me that, pup.”
More deep laughter. It vibrated straight to my groin.
The attraction between these two men sizzles as they struggle to maintain a professional relationship. Of course they can’t and once they admit the sexual attraction, things heat up.
I have to take a moment to talk about Falcon’s ‘team’. Secondary characters can always be tricky but Lucy always does a great job of fleshing them out and making them real. The snark, the vulnerability, the comradery – this team had all those things and it worked so well. I enjoyed their interactions almost as much as I loved watching King and Falcon. But back to the men. This is King speaking to Falcon:
I sniffed. “Why are you being nice to me? I don’t deserve it.”
Falcon stopped what he was doing and pulled back to look up at me. “You’re hurting, and when you’re hurting, I’m always going to be nice to you no matter how annoyed I am. That’s what you do when you care about someone.”
“You care about me.” I tested the words on my tongue. They tasted so good.
Some Wildes make appearances at just the right time to remind King of the life he used to enjoy and as a way to show Falcon what a family looks like. The book has a very satisfying ending and there was lots of intrigue and mystery in the middle. I’m so glad I got to read this and I can’t wait for the next book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1990s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.