Mini-Review: King of Wall Street

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Louise Bay
King of Wall Street
Released August 24, 2016
(ebook: $3.99; Free on Kindle Unlimited!)

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Hello lovely romance readers!  I’m starting a new feature this week: mini-reviews!  I wasn’t necessarily planning to review King of Wall Street, but I was so impressed with it, I can’t resist.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a huge trend in contemporary romance: a$$hole billionaire dude seduces and eventually shows his softer side to wishy-washy ingenue (thanks, Fifty Shades).  To be clear, I’m definitely not hating on those billionaire alphas– they’re sure fun to read about and the stories are always steamy– but I am a little tired of reading about men who are not terribly likable and women who are…overly-compliant (Granted, I understand that a lot of books in this theme fall under a BDSM umbrella, but I’ve also noticed even when the couples aren’t specifically in some sort of D/S relationship, the alpha-men are ultra bossy and the women are not always the strongest).  A couple weeks ago, I saw promos for King of Wall Street and, despite its pretty unique cover art, figured it would be like the dime-a-dozen business butthead books that are so popular.

Thus, what a refreshing surprise King of Wall Street was!  Louise Bay has taken a common trope and turned it into a compelling, emotional story filled with the best (i.e. sexy) parts of the Fifty Shades and Crossfire series, but upending some of the frustrating cliches of that sub-genre.  Max King, the illustrious hero, is at first blush your typical Wall Street power mogul: he’s arrogant, he’s rude, and he takes no prisoners.  But, throughout the story, Max’s softer side comes out.  He’s dealing with single-fatherhood of a delightful 14 year-old daughter; he has two annoying sisters always meddling in his life; he’s been patronizing the same New York deli for ten years.  There are so many signs of life here!

Even better, Harper Jayne is a heroine I can get behind.  She’s smart, she’s successful, she’s sassy, and she stands up for herself!  How awesome it is to read about a heroine in one of these billionaire books who isn’t a wet blanket!  She totally fits the model for our favorite types of heroines.

King of Wall Street is a lot of fun.  The characters are engaging, the story is light-hearted, with just enough obstacle to make the romance interesting.  I’d recommend this book to fans of Fifty Shades, the Crossfire series, or some of Maya Banks’ series, especially if you like reading about office romances and alpha-men, but aren’t necessarily looking for the heavy emotional baggage a lot of the characters in those books tend to carry.  Also, this book is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and it’s definitely worth a read if you’re a subscriber!

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