Release Blitz: Crooks & Kings by London Miller

March 20, 2017

Title: Crooks & Kings
Series: The Wild Bunch #1
Author: London Miller
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Release Date: March 20, 2017


In a game of crooks and kings, only the cunning survive … 

She was a girl with secrets.
He was a man with demons.

For her, it was supposed to be a way out from beneath the hands of a man who wanted her dead.
For him, it was supposed to be a job to make amends for a past wrong.

They were never meant to fall in love.

** Please forgive me if this is overly simplified. My contact scratched my eye, and I am writing this review while squinting out of one of them praying that I am hitting the right keys.**

Mariya and Christophe, a. k. a. Fang, are both running away from their pasts for different reasons. Mariya is a bratva princess who fled from her home after being forced to marry one of her grandfather’s highest ranking men. Christophe is drowning in grief after watching helplessly as the love of his life died before his eyes. Neither of them are trying to form any new connections, but they wind up making one with each other. Both of them are holding back information about who they really are. When Mariya’s husband comes for her, she finds out that Christophe is more than just the hot guy from next door. He is going to help her solve her problem once and for all. When all of their secrets come to light, will it change the way they feel for one another? Will Mariya always feel like she is living in another woman’s shadow? Will Christophe risk a war with the Russian mafia for a girl he has only known for a couple of months?

Never having read anything by London Miller before, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Thankfully, now that I've read it, I can tell you that there will be more of her books in my future. Crooks and Kings is an enjoyable read with great characters and an intriguing storyline. There are numerous flashbacks that tell the story of Mariya and Christophe’s past while we also get to experience their present. The way they come together and begin to fall for one another felt natural and believable given their circumstances. Though the story has a couple of steamy scenes, they are not the focus of the story. Now that I think about it, I would have actually liked more of them if only because I think it would’ve added to their connection. So much of the book focuses on telling their stories and figuring out what to do about Mariya’s husband that the romance sometimes seems to play second fiddle. Despite that, the story was good enough that it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment too much.

What really made the story for me was Christophe and “his brothers.” Christophe is a sexy, dangerous, possessive, alpha male that will do anything he can to protect those he loves. On top of the fact that he had to watch his girlfriend die, he also had a horrific childhood full of abuse and heartache. After his whole family died a tragic death, he went to live in a Romanian orphanage where he endured things no child should have to. There he met a group of men he considers to be his brothers. They call themselves the Wild Bunch, and I fell in love with them. I want to know more about all of them, and I hope I get to in future books. (Please let Tacut be next!) 

The main issue I had with this book was the pacing. The story felt like it was moving so slowly at times that it made me want to put it down more than once. With this type of book, I prefer a faster pace, so it just comes down to personal preference. Despite that, I powered through, and in the end, I’m glad I did. 

Overall, Crooks and Kings is a well written story with intriguing characters that I think many will enjoy. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next. If you love mafia romance, and don’t mind slower paced stories, I recommend this one to you!

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Author Bio

With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.

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