King: A Steamy, Suspenseful Stand-Alone Romance

· Power Players Book 5 · Gloss Publishing LLC
11 reviews

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She stole a suitcase full of cash—and secrets—from a king of the Las Vegas underworld. 

Then she stole his heart. 

It was too tempting to pass up. 

A suitcase full of cash. A new identity already burning a hole in my wallet. 

So I did it. I took the money and ran.

I had no idea the money belonged to a king of the Las Vegas underworld.

And I definitely wasn’t prepared for what he would do to get it back.


I knew I shouldn’t have let a drug addict ex-grunt pick up that suitcase, even if he was my best friend. 

I should never have agreed to be the one to get the suitcase back.

Then I wouldn’t have met Izzy Lake and fallen for her bad fake accent, her beauty, and her raw vulnerability.

If I don’t get that suitcase back in eight days, I’ll be spending the rest of my life behind bars.

I need that suitcase. But I need her more.

11 reviews
Sandy S.
March 22, 2019
3.75 stars--KING by Cassia Leo is a contemporary adult, POWER PLAYERS stand alone, erotic romantic suspense story focusing on twenty-two year old Isabel ‘Izzy’ Lake, and former US soldier Kingston ‘King’ Jameson. Told from dual first person points of view (Izzy and King) jumping between present day and the recent past KING follows Isabel Lake as she struggles to remain one step ahead of anyone looking for a missing one- point- four million dollars. A few weeks earlier, desperate for cash Izzy spent one night in Vegas as part of the world of legal prostitution that ended before it got started with a dead man on the toilet, and our heroine on the run with a suitcase full of cash, and a secret item hidden in the lining. Changing her identity, and settling down in Valdese, North Carolina, our heroine would soon meet her new neighbour, a sexy contractor who knows more about our heroine than he is willing to admit. Having no idea as to the identity of the man who died on the toilet, Izzy will discover that the politically powerful have set their sights on taking her down. What ensues is the building relationship between Izzy and King, and the fall-out as King is contracted to kill the girl, and return the suitcase and all of its’ contents as soon as possible. Kingston Jameson is desperate to return the suitcase to its’ rightful owner but desperation comes with threats against the people he loves, people he is willing to protect, to get the job done. Working as a go-between for the politically connected criminal underground, Kingston is unaware that his latest target is a woman that will call to his heart. The relationship between Izzy and King is one of immediate attraction but a relationship built upon a number of lies. Izzy is wary of anyone who tries to get up close and personal, and King is slowly falling in love with the woman he has been ordered to kill. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Izzy’s boss Edie Bryant at the local construction rehab store The Junk Drawer; King’s friend and army comrade Santos, as well as the requisite evil who are desperate for the return of the missing suitcase. The world building follows dual timelines: Kingston as he is questioned by the local police; and Izzy and Kingston’s building relationship as they dance the dance of a romantic relationship built upon a series of lies. KING by Cassia Leo is a quick read covering several weeks in the life of Izzy Lake as she settles into a routine of normal life having no idea that the man with whom she will fall in love battles between head and heart for our story line heroine. The premise is entertaining and inviting; the romance is sweet and impassioned; the characters are colorful and energetic. On the flip side, I did have a few issues including the author’s use of the phrase or parts thereof –cocks, cock, cocking an eyebrow used twelve times, or some action involving eyebrows nineteen times. I think a good editor or beta reader should have caught the multiple instances of said phrases and words. Overall, KING is an intriguing and entertaining story of enemies to lovers, romance on the run.
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Nina W
March 24, 2019
Epic Suspense Romance not to be missed! I was in a book slump but Cassia came to the rescue with this epic book! I could not put it down. This is a great one to sink your teeth into if you're looking for a total package kind of book. It had everything I needed. Superb characterization✓ Great plot✓ Great chemistry✓ Great suspense✓ Izzy had it rough her entire life and that what made her such a strong female character. She is intelligent, strong, independent, and girl crush worthy. She stole something from the wrong crowd. She decided to leave everything behind and started a new life as charming country girl Jolene. King was hired to take her out. He disguised himself as Izzy's new neighbor Colton. Following Izzy and King’s story told in past-present was so interesting and intriguing. I simply enjoyed everything starting right from the interogation room, the missing Izzy opening, the swoony romance, the climax until it reached the perfect ending. Cassia's writing style is so smooth making you wanting more and more. "I smile as I realize this is the girl I’ve been waiting for my entire life. A girl with the guts to singlehandedly steal $1.4 million from a criminal organization and abandon her whole life in the blink of an eye. This girl who can build a dozen boobytraps and learn to scuba dive in a couple weeks, but couldn’t fake a country accent if her life depended on it. She’s a goddamn wizard, through and through. More than that, she’s my queen." - King This is a must read!
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Sandy Montemayor
March 27, 2019
I have never been disappointed with anything that Cassia writes and this was no different. Izzy is attempting to be a prostitute but things don't go as planned, she comes across a suitcase full of money and makes the choice to take it and leave town. She ends up in a small town, hoping no one finds her. King is hot on her trail to find out where she hide that suitcase. There is some twist and turns and keeps you on the edge. I love the banter and connection between these two. A definite must read!!.
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