Book Review: T.M. Frazier’s King

I was at a restaurant hanging out with the bestie when my long awaited advance reader’s copy of King showed up in my phone’s Kindle app. In that moment, I could have died of sheer happiness and I was literally dancing in my seat. Although I completely embarrassed myself in public, I didn’t care because I had a copy of King before its official release. After impatiently waiting for this novel for over a year, I was in bookworm heaven and I wasted no time driving home to dive into what I can honestly say was an adventure of epic proportions. 

So before we get started, you need to understand a few things about King. It is not a romance novel for those with delicate sensibilities expecting sweet, but misguided characters finding their way to love and happily ever after. Instead, King is a contemporary (dare I say urban) romance novel where the lines between good and evil, lust and love, savior and sinner are as enigmatic as the novel’s dark, twisty, and seemingly unredeemable characters. Moreover, reading King may make you entirely redefine “happily ever after” because, in this romance novel, love and happiness are far too fragile and fleeting. In King, there are no winners in this game of love–just losers.

If I had to summarize Doe and King’s relationship, I would encapsulate it in the lyrics of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-factor.”

It could all be so simple
But you’d rather make it hard
Loving you is like a battle
And we both end up with scars

So here’s the skinny!!! 

The Good:

  • Despite the year long wait, King didn’t disappoint. I simply couldn’t put it down. This might be the first time in my life where I can’t wait for summer to be over so that I can read the sequel. (Tyrant is due for release August 17, 2015).
  • I’m not sure if it was the visit to Grace’s or the carnival date with Doe, but I absolutely fell head over heels in love with King’s gentler side. A few ounces of light in a heart so dark, made this glimpse of him all the more precious.
  • While it was initially harder to see, Preppy was such a lovable guy. He made me laugh and somehow I always thought he was more dangerous than King. Moreover, it has to be said that the violence between Preppy and his stepfather (especially at the end of the novel) devastated and broke my heart.
  • I loved Doe’s unrelenting honesty; it made me laugh especially how it showed up at Grace’s. 
  • The sexual tension between Doe and King was off the charts hot; it was a roller coaster ride I didn’t want to get off. I swear one minute King wants to kill her and the other minute he can’t keep his hands off of her. Doe and King’s chemistry was burning up the pages of my Kindle and I couldn’t get enough.

The Bad: (Yep!!! Blame it on the English Teacher in me!)

  • A few pacing problems. There were times, especially at the very beginning and very end of the novel, where the pace could have used a little adjusting. At the beginning of the novel, I was dying for Doe and King to finally meet and interact and it seemed like it took forever to get there. I think the background on King and Preppy’s friendship could have been moved to a later time. Then at the end of the novel, I felt like the story was flying a little too fast.  I wanted the novel to slow down a tad so I could savor it a bit more. 
  • There is a major life altering incident with Doe that is majorly glossed over and it robs the novel of some of its realism. Without spoiling the novel for those of you who haven’t read or finished King, I didn’t believe Doe when she said she was over the incident. There are some things you do not get over so easily and her response (or lack thereof) to the situation does not match how she had been characterized thoughout the novel.
  • Preppy’s friendships with Doe and King, at times, almost eclipses the relationship between Doe and King. Doe and King’s moments, though explosive, left me wanting more. What can I say? I couldn’t get enough of them. Though he was a very like able character, it made me jealous that Preppy took up so much prominent space in the novel.
  • Bear: I really liked him, but he was a very thinly veiled catalyst character. Basically, he shows up to keep the plot moving between Doe and King, but it’s really clear that this is his only purpose in King. I wish Bear had been given a bigger role because his character had the potential to be so much more. Would it be too much to hope that he might get his own story in a later novel (hint, hint)?

The Ugly:

Romance novels rarely surprise me, but the cliffhanger at the end King caught me completely off guard in the best possible way!  Not only was it bittersweet, but I was absolutely astonished by the sudden revelations we learn about Doe and King by the last chapter. All I can say is be prepared for a heart attack when you read the last page. Trust me, Fraizer saved the best for last. Unfortunately, this also my major beef with the novel. Although, I was aware that there would be a sequel with the release of Tyrant, I had no idea how mind-blowing the cliffhanger in King was going to be. Having to wait until August to find out what happens next is absolutely cruel. OMG!!! How am I going to survive the 56 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes, and 4 seconds until Tyrant is released? 


Favorite Passage:

I loved sleeping with his big body next to me. I loved the way he made me feel so small. I loved the way his nostrils flared when he was about to kiss me, and then when he did, I loved that he kissed me like he was mad at me. Like it was my fault I was so desirable that he just had to put his lips to mine, his hands on me.


Final Thoughts: (Score: 4.5 of 5)

Although I received King for review, it’s a novel that I would unquestionably spend my money on. Receiving an advance copy, however, made my reading experience all the sweeterI enthusiastically recommend this novel and have already recommended it to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. So, if you’re tired of sappy, Harlequinesque romance novels, give King a try. You won’t be sorry. It’ll be the best $3.99 you ever spent.

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Blurb:

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

King, a notorious career criminal just released from prison, is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


“I’ve been in a maximum security prison. I’ve been around the worst of the worst. I’ve had to sleep with one eye open thinking that any second I could be drawing my last breath.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because. I want you to know that none of those motherfuckers ever scared me as much as you do.”


Published on June 15, 2015, King is the first book in a two part series available in Kindle, iBooks, and Nook formats for $2.99 (for a limited time and then it returns to regular price at $3.99). Tyrant, the second book in this series, is available for pre-order now for $2.99 and is due for release August 17, 2015.  


If you missed my previous excerpt reveals from King, I’ve linked them below for your reading pleasure. 

Warning: King contains graphic adult subject matter, so please keep this novel excerpt out of little hands.

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #1

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #2

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #3


If you’re interested in winning a signed paperback of King & Swag Pack check out the link below. The giveaway end June 28, 2015. 

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***Please note that this giveaway is being sponsored by T.M. Frazier not AllThingsTashia.***


About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids. t.m. frazierShe attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade, she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one and it was not about hamsters.

Stalk Her: Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


KING. IS. HERE!

NOW AVAILABLE

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1ALhF4i

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AOJb0q

iBooks: http://apple.co/1KreL6J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1B7H73R


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OMG!!! T.M. Frazier’s King is Now Available

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OMG!!! I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time. I was literally dancing in my seat when my review copy showed up in my Kindle. Yes, King is officially available and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this long awaited novel. [So stay tuned…a review is definitely in the works.] In the meantime, I was given access to another exclusive excerpt release that will whet your appetite for all that King has to offer. Please let me know that you think. (P.S. Keep reading because there is also a link to a giveaway of a signed paperback copy of King and a swag pack of goodies.)


Warning: King contains graphic adult subject matter, so please keep this novel excerpt out of little hands.

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #3


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Blurb:

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


“I’ve been in a maximum security prison. I’ve been around the worst of the worst. I’ve had to sleep with one eye open thinking that any second I could be drawing my last breath.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because. I want you to know that none of those motherfuckers ever scared me as much as you do.”


Now available for order, King is the first book in a two part series for $2.99 on Amazon in Kindle format. Tyrant is the name of the second book due out August 2015. 


If you’re interested in winning a signed paperback of King & Swag Pack check the link below.

Enter T.M. Fraizer Rafflecopter Giveaway

***Please note that this giveaway is being sponsored by T.M. Frazier not AllThingsTashia.***


About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.

t.m. frazier

She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one and it was not about hamsters.

Stalk Her: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


KING. IS. HERE!

NOW AVAILABLE

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1ALhF4i

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AOJb0q

iBooks: http://apple.co/1KreL6J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1B7H73R


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February Julep Maven 2014

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My Favorite TV Shows…

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I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of TV, but I usually schedule in some time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to watch a few of my favorite television shows.

  1. Scandal is my absolute must watch TV show right now. This modern day Sally Hemming-Jeffersonian edge to an otherwise illicit love affair keeps me on edge with each episode. The dynamic between Olivia and Fitz is fire. If you like romance, politics, and mystery, you will love this show. It’s on the ABC network  Thursdays nights (check your local listings for times).
  2. The Originals is my second favorite show. [It’s a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, which used to be my favorite show until Elena became a vampire and everyone on the show became supernatural (even Matt) and began switching supernatural abilities faster than I could keep count.] However, The Originals is keeping me entertained because it interweaves the history, romance, and power struggles that originally (no pun intended) drew me to The Vampire Diaries. Plus, I really love Klaus Mikaelson. Not only is he fine (handsome), but he’s the villain you love to hate. However, secretly I pray Klaus is redeemable. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the New Orleans setting infuses the presence of multiple ethnicities into this hybrid vampire-werewolf storyline. You can find this show on Tuesday nights on the CW network (check your local listings for times).
  3. Love it or List it is my third favorite show, but I have no idea when the actual brand new show comes on. I usually catch the renovation and real estate antics of Hilary and David when I up late or on the weekends. I love how Hillary redesigns homeowners’ homes, but I’m drawn to the new listings that David shows each couple. They showcase the best of Canada and make me long to visit British Columbia again.  Also, Hillary and David have great chemistry; they manage to make me root for them both. I love home decor and I wish I could afford to design my home so elegantly.
  4. Lastly, Chopped is one of my favorite shows to watch on the Food Network. I have no idea when the new episode is supposed to be shown, but I love the creativity of the show. It always amazes me to see such surprising selections in the challenge baskets. I love to cook, but I got out of practice during grad school. This show really inspires me to cook creatively again. 

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So what are your favorite shows to watch on TV? Comment below. I’d love to hear what you choose and maybe we’ll all discover a new TV show to love in the process. 🙂

Beauty Backlog–Collective Haul from Ulta, Walgreens, and Little Black Bag

Check out some of the things that I picked up in during my birthday month, but didn’t record until now.

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So, Verna is Justice…

OMG!!! This was the best episode of Scandal ever, but my heart is broken for Livvy. Where do you even start with an episode like this? I had a feeling Verna was going to sell Livvy out. Verna got her just deserts for a being an evil witch. She wasn’t trying to clear her conscious before she died, she just wanted to dish out a little comeuppance to Livvy.

And can you believe how fickle Fitz is? He can forgive Mellie for inducing her pregnancy and having the baby 4-weeks early, but can’t forgive Livvy for helping him, the man she loves and believes deserving, to get the presidency. Call me jaded, but men who “want to be good” are far more dangerous than those who have no desire to be.

Didn’t I say last week, Fitz would only love the easy version of Livvy? So now he wants to stay with Millie because she’s so “honest.” Really, Fitz? After all that begging you leave Livvy with nothing? See ladies…being the other woman sucks. (BTW: Doesn’t Shonda Rhimes seem to have a fascination with writing “The Other Woman” into her shows? Wasn’t Meridith, the other woman in Grey’s Anatomy before permanently landing McSteamy? You know what they say, people write what they know …hmmm.)

Anyway, I am so upset that Livvy’s one chance at normal (her would be life with Edison) is gone. I guess hell hath no fury like a President scorned. Relationships are hard enough and Fitz and Livvy’s is as complicated as it could possibly get. I heard once that “Love is giving someone the the power to destroy you and hoping they won’t.” And this episode of Scandal definitely tested the idea of this.

I can’t wait to see next week’s episode though. Now Fitz has secrets too. Can you believe he killed Verna just to stay President? Seems like he really is his father’s son. However, I can’t help being disappointed that he isn’t the once in a lifetime real deal “Jesus” candidate; he’s just a man who is more corrupt (if not more so) than this father. Nevertheless, it looks like Livvy won’t have to be lonely for too long and from the next show’s preview Fitz has competition. And you know men…they tend to want what they can’t have just for the challenge of it all.

Let’s see how long it will take for Fitz to come crawling back. And he will come crawling back to Livvy because the show needs the tension and generally men tend to be territorial. Further, Fitz wants to maintain the delusion that Livvy is his conquered territory. As such, I pray she makes him grovel for another chance. Hence the necessity for the dancing game that all men and women must play since being honest sometimes gets you mistaken for a fool. At this point, he hasn’t appreciated that her love for him is given so freely and easily. She told him in season one that he held all the cards and clearly Fitz has all the power in this relationship.

Oddly, though, breakups can be awfully freeing and empowering. And now, Fitz now has to learn a poignant lesson. He clearly doesn’t understand love (and maybe I don’t either).

However, the one character that may actually understand love is strangely the one I least suspected being capable of it. Cyrus finally showed all his cards and it’s good to see him human for a change. However, I was shocked that he was willing to have the love of his life, James, killed to keep him quiet. Cyrus was really walking the line tonight and I’m glad for once that his love overrode his ego and greed for power. Nevertheless it wouldn’t shock me that there’s a deeper darker reason for keeping James alive beyond love.

On the other hand, James apparently has a lot more cards up his sleeve than one would initially think and I can’t say I’m mad at his poker face. He lied to David Rosen like a rug. In the end, who wouldn’t do whatever they needed in order to protect hearth and home? James has stolen some of the power in his relationship with Cyrus and it was quite necessary. (BTW: I laughed my butt off when James made David Rosen look like a raving lunatic in the Grand Jury room and I ain’t mad at James for that.)

I can’t wait for next week’s episode. Can you?