King of Pride is flawlessly gripping, entertaining, and steamy billionaire romance with the best forbidden romance trope.
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King of Pride (Kings of Sin #2King of Pride) by Ana Huang
Publication Date : April 27, 2023
Read Date : December 17, 2023
Genre : Romance
Pages : 358
Previous books in this Series –
King of Wrath (Book 1)
Other Books I have Read by the Same Author –
She’s his opposite in every way…and the greatest temptation he’s ever known.
Reserved, controlled, and proper to a fault, Kai Young has neither the time nor inclination for chaos—and Isabella, with her purple hair and inappropriate jokes, is chaos personified.
With a crucial CEO vote looming and a media empire at stake, the billionaire heir can’t afford the distraction she brings.
Isabella is everything he shouldn’t want, but with every look and every touch, he’s tempted to break all his rules…and claim her as his own.
Bold, impulsive, and full of life, Isabella Valencia has never met a party she doesn’t like or a man she couldn’t charm…except for Kai Young.
It shouldn’t matter. He’s not her type—the man translates classics into Latin for fun, and his membership at the exclusive club where she bartends means he’s strictly off limits.
But she can’t deny that, beneath his cool exterior, is a man who could make her melt with just a touch.
No matter how hard they try, they can’t resist giving into their forbidden desires.
Even if it costs them everything.
King of Pride is a steamy opposite attract, forbidden billionaire romance. It’s book two in the Kings of Sin series but can be read as a standalone.
Contains explicit content and profanity. Recommended for mature readers only.
King of Pride is amazing second installment of the Kings of Sin series that follows the story of Kai and Isabella. This started after a year of the previous book. We see stolen eyes between Isabella and Kai in King of Wrath but they keep their distance until they no longer can resist the many encounters because of Isabella’s job at Vallalah and their mutual friends.
I think I love King of Pride as much as King of Wrath or maybe more because of the trope and layers of family drama, insecurity and vulnerability of characters, forbidden romance, office politics, and defamation. And Kai and Isabella are like Vanilla + Chocolate combo that making the story a delicious Swizzilla.
I loved Kai Young, the billionaire heir and to-be-CEO of his family’s media empire. Now that his mother is stepping off the throne and CEO vote looming earlier than he expected, he cannot afford distraction or rather attention. He is the epitome of control, follows the rule book of life, and is proud of never losing anything in life but after meeting Isabella he is tempted to break all rules.
It was amazing to see this uptight heir loosen up around Isabella. His definition of fun was so geek, he translated classic novels into Latin for fun! It was hilarious to see his reaction when he stumbled upon Isabella’s condom jokes.
What I loved most about him was how caring and observant he was. Even though she was the opposite of what he wanted in his female acquaintances, he never tried to change her. He could see past her strong bold exterior. He believed in her strength and abilities and encouraged her to pursue her dream and overcome her doubts. He stole my heart when he stood up to his mother and also listened and understood what Isabella had to say when he found her secret and her past.
Isabella was fun, sassy, and charming. She reminds me of Jules in Twisted Hate. There is so many similarities between these characters of the author. This book was entertaining because of Isabella. But it pained me to see her insecurities.
She dreamed of being an erotic thriller author but she was nursing writer’s block for more than a year and there was pressure from family to finish her book in four months. She couldn’t afford the distraction that came in the name of Kai and connection with him might cost her her job at Vallalah.
She isn’t a simple character. Even though she seems free-spirited and cheerful on the outside, a lot is going on inside her. She is lonely and insecure because of self-doubt and the pressure of achieving her dream and her demoralizing older brother, Gabriel, wasn’t helping her cause. But I liked her with all her flaws and it was amazing to see her getting over her insecurities and doubts.
I never guessed in the first book she had such a big family and who they were. I enjoyed reading about them and I hope there is another series for the Valencia brothers in the future.
The chemistry between Kai and Isabella was hot and sizzling. There was tension that came with forbidden and secret romance and yet there were so many lovely moments. My favorites were the Christmas gift exchange, their island retreat, the dart game in the artists’ club, and the proposal in the end. All those condom joke scenes were super hilarious and the most epic one was when Kia and Dante came to Isabella’s house when they were testing the dildo.
The climax was tense. I predicted the media attack and Isabella’s secret but not how CEO votes turned out. It was amazing how they both handled the shitstorm like adults but the impact it had on them shattered my heart, especially for what Isabella did after she visited with her family. It was realistic and yet I cried seeing them both so broken. I loved what Kai did for Isabella and how that broke her writer’s block. Loved Isabella’s introspection and how they got back together in the end.
Overall, King of Pride is flawlessly gripping, entertaining, and steamy billionaire romance with the best forbidden romance tropes.
I highly recommend King of Pride if you like,
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