ARC REVIEW

King’s Queen (Oil Kings Book 5) by Marie Johnston

Description

When Aiden King asked me out four years ago, I went from mousy librarian to wife of the most wanted bachelor in Montana in four months flat. No longer the nerdy girl from the wrong side of the tracks, I was a CFO’s wife in a mansion by the river—and my husband was the man of my dreams. I almost couldn’t believe my good fortune.

Turns out, I shouldn’t have believed it. After years of rattling around that mansion alone while Aiden put in long hours at the office, I learned his secret: he’d needed to marry someone, anyone, to fulfill his trust requirements, and the nerdy girl from the wrong side of the tracks had been an easy target.

I never thought I’d be the girl asking a handsome millionaire for a divorce. Now, my pride and I just want to limp back to my family and start over. But to do that, I’ll have to swallow one question. If the trust only required him to be married for a year, why has it been four years since we said I do?

Publication date 16/8/2021

King’s Queen (Oil Kings Book 5) by Marie Johnston

EXCERPT:

Can I get a room for the next three nights?” Preferably as close to Kate as possible? I glanced up. Seven levels. What were the odds I’d land on the same floor?

“I’m so sorry, sir. We don’t have any vacancies.”

None? It was December. A slow month for conferences and sporting events. Ah. “Construction?”

Her smile was sympathetic. “I’m sorry. I can help you find a room in a hotel nearby.” 

I hadn’t expected to spend a lot of time with Kate while she was at her convention, but I’d at least hoped to be under the same roof. The roof might house a few hundred rooms, but I’d remained optimistic. 

Kate’s attention was on us. “No opening?” 

I tucked my wallet back into my slacks. “No problem. I’ll talk with Luna about the bedroom.” Could I use it when the plane wasn’t in use? I didn’t care to sit in another hotel.

“On the plane?” Kate glanced at the young man helping her, then at the woman assisting me. Her gaze landed on me, full of resolve. “Just stay with me.” 

“This is your conference.” I could fist pump right now, but I hadn’t meant to intrude this much on her weekend. She was technically working, after all. 

“It’s all right, Aiden.” 

I thanked Cynthia for her time, gathered my suitcase and Kate’s, and shouldered my tech bag while she finished up. 

On the way to the elevator, she handed me a key, hesitant. “There’s two beds. Two queens.” 

Damn. “All right.” 

Still. Progress was progress. We were talking. She hadn’t asked when we were going to sign the divorce papers. I was making progress whether I was back in her bed or not.

My Review

We start briefly in the past…..

Kate has loved Aiden for years. Seeing him beat her brother at wrestling was the start of her fascination. Years later an opportunity comes to watch him in action at his family’s company she jumps at the chance. He won’t remember her. Will he?

A whirlwind romance has Kate and Aiden married within moments of meeting. It’s all she’s ever dreamed of. But the reality four years later is not what Kate had envisaged! Late nights, time away and hardly any contact has Kate clinging to her marriage! But the final blow in their marriage is when Kate finds out her husband only married her for money! She needs to go …. And divorce is her only option!

A second chance is all Aiden wants with his wife. But how can he balance his home life when being the CFO of the family company is all he knows?!

This was my favourite in the series. We got to see this couple married from the first book, but not was mentioned, but as the series progressed we find out snippets, we find out that Aiden puts too much time into work and not enough time with Kate.

And now we get to read all about their story….

Aiden being the eldest King had been groomed to take over the family company. But what most people don’t know is that Aiden never wanted it, wanted the freedom his brothers had, but his grandfather gave him such a lecture that Aiden knew he’d never have the life his brothers would get. And when his mother died, and his father went off the rails, Aiden stepped into that role too! But the last straw comes when Kate hands him divorce papers. The day he’s dreaded for so long to has happened! He should have just told her about his mother’s will!! Kate is his one moment of happy, his point of peace and contentment. He needs her n his life. And he’s not going to give her up…..

Kate is absolutely devastated! Not only did her husband marry her for money, but his whole family knew! Even the women that married her brothers -in -law, everyone but her! It was cruel and it bashed an already fragile ego! Kate knew she would lose her husband one day, she was never smart enough, pretty enough or dress correctly. But over the years Kate tried really hard. But no more! She’s free, and she’s going to live her own life.

So can Aiden really change his outlook on life? Can he show Kate she means more to him than money? And can he open up to his family and tell them all the secrets he’s held in his heart for so long?

And the final note belongs to their father. And he does make me smile with what he says.

🦋

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AUTHOR BIO

Marie Johnston writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She also works as a medical laboratory scientist and has worked as a public health microbiologist. Depending on the situation, she can be oddly unconcerned about germs or weirdly phobic. Marie’s been a volunteer EMT, a college instructor, a security guard, a phlebotomist, a hotel clerk, and a coffee pourer in a bingo hall. All fodder for a writer!! She has a husband, four kids, and even more cats.


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