AFTER LOSING MY JOB and my home in the same day, I need a miracle. And that miracle is coming in the form of an interview with the son of a local oil baron, Gentry King. The catch? I have to hop on a private jet with said gorgeous oil baron to get to the interview.
Except, I miss the interview when we get waylaid by a snowstorm. Now I’m stranded with Mr. King. In the same hotel room. With only one bed.
I’VE MADE A PROMISE TO MYSELF—no more women. It’s not like I’m a love ’em and leave ’em kind of guy. They all know the score, and they’re all looking for the same thing I am. But I have to set a better example for my grown sons, who seem to be making all the wrong decisions when it comes to their relationships.
The last thing I need is to be stranded in a snowstorm with Kendall, twenty years my junior and unintentionally sexy. We’re stuck in very close quarters. With no electricity. And no heat other than what we can generate…
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Kendall & Gentry’s perspectives.
This is the first book in the Oil Kings series. While each book covers a couple and can be read on its own, the series is best experienced in order.
Having never read anything by Marie Johnston before, I was a little nervous. However, I absolutely loved King’s Crown beginning to end.
From the way Johnston set up enough background to intrigue me and maneuvered Gentry & Kendall up to meet. Then there was a forced proximity, where they are snowed in to “the only hotel room (with one bed!) in town”. Except they’ve just met and as conversations unfold they’re committed not to let any superficial attraction go wild. So they have a lot of fun getting to know one another. After the trip they end up working together. Then dating. The only angst was responding to Gentry’s grown children and his deceased wife’s mother being upset about the new relationship.
Johnston did such a fantastic job of building a solid foundation for Kendall & Gentry as individuals and as a couple. While a 20 year age gap (49 & 29) could have been a huge issue – Kendall has a number of life experiences, education, & work history to prove she’s no helpless ingénue. It’s also not often that authors create characters that don’t want children and I appreciated how that played out here. I loved and totally believed in their HEA. Perfect couple.
I’m looking forward to Beck’s story in King’s Ransom.
I loved Kelsey Navarro as Kendall. Her spunkiness, dedication, and self-confidence really shown through. I also loved Tor Thom as Gentry. Deep and sexy voice. Gentry’s awe at discovering Kendall was “the one” really came through. Navarro & Thom compliment each other well. I know this is one I’ll be listening to over and over.
About the author:
Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both.
Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with story telling.
The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER. She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years.
Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries.
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About the narrators:
You can connect with Kelsey Navarro here:
Tor Thom. SOVAS Award Winner. Earphones Award Winner. Romance narrator. Live, love, and listen.
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My Favorite Quotes
I’m a peon. I’m used to being ordered around. – King’s Crown by @mjohnstonwriter #Audiobook narrated by @kelseydnavarro & @TorThomNarrator #Romance #AgeGap #ForcedProximity #OilKingsTweet
I’m glad it was you I was snowed in with. – King’s Crown by @mjohnstonwriter #Audiobook narrated by @kelseydnavarro & @TorThomNarrator #Romance #AgeGap #ForcedProximity #OilKingsTweet
I . . . I don’t want this to be the end. Of us. – King’s Crown by @mjohnstonwriter #Audiobook narrated by @kelseydnavarro & @TorThomNarrator #Romance #AgeGap #ForcedProximity #OilKingsTweet
I don’t care if you come to my place, or I go to yours, but I want to spend the weekend so buried in you that we won’t know when Monday hits. And keep these fucking boots on. – King’s Crown by @mjohnstonwriter #Audiobook narrated by @kelseydnavarro & @TorThomNarrator #Romance #AgeGap #ForcedProximity #OilKingsTweet
Yeah, my life before Kendall had been day-old muffins. Now it was fresh baked, full of sweetness—and heart-stopping blow jobs. – King’s Crown by @mjohnstonwriter #Audiobook narrated by @kelseydnavarro & @TorThomNarrator #Romance #AgeGap #ForcedProximity #OilKingsTweet