The Sinful King by Claire Contreras
Release Date: March 5, 2020
The Sinful King, a new, sexy, 100% stand-alone novel by New York Times bestselling author, Claire Contreras.
If you had any ties to Marbella, it was impossible for you not to have heard the stories about Prince Elias and his debauchery.
Every summer he arrived with his security detail and friends in tow and rented out a row of cottages near the water.
Cottages that belonged to my family.
Each of those summers, my parents sent me away – summer camp and later, boarding school. Anything to keep me away from the royals and their partying.
I hadn’t been home in years, but when I finally come back for the summer, I see that not much has changed. Like all the summers I’d been gone, Prince Elias is back, but this time with an incognito security detail and no friends. This time, there is no partying, no noise, no crowds. No reason at all to even think he was there.
I’m given strict orders not to talk to him, not to even look in his direction, but he makes this an impossible task. I may be doing everything in my power to stay away from him, but there is no one in the world who can say no to the future King of France.
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“I am.” I swallowed. “I don’t normally do this.”
“That’s okay.” His lips formed a slow smile. “We’ll take it slow.”
“Should . . . should I take my mask off?” I whispered.
“Do you want to?”
“Are you going to take yours off?”
“Do you want me to?”
“Yes.” I let out a shuddering breath. “I think we should.”
He didn’t hesitate. His mask came off immediately, and even though I couldn’t fully see him, I could fully appreciate his gorgeousness. He must have been a model. Or an actor. Or something. My rapid thought process reminded me of something.
“I don’t even know your name.”
“I don’t know yours.”
“That doesn’t bother you?” I felt my eyebrows pull in.
“You’re leaving to another country tomorrow. Does it make a difference? Will it stop you from doing this?”
“No.” I pulled the mask over my head and tossed it aside.
“You’re beautiful.” The tips of his fingers caressed my cheek, my lips.
“You can barely see me.”
“And yet, I know you’re beautiful.” He brought his lips to mine then and kissed me.
My breath hitched. I brought my hands up to his face and kissed him back, parting my lips to make way for his tongue to dance with mine as my entire body came alive. His kiss was electric, his touch an awakening as his hands made their way down my body, unzipping my dress and letting it pool at our feet. He touched my naked breasts and explored my hips, stopping at the elastic of my panties. I undid his bow-tie and unbuttoned the white dress shirt he had on, my fingers fumbling on a few. When I reached his belt and undid it, I paused, breathing heavily as he broke the kiss.
“You okay?” The tip of his nose touched mine.
“Better than okay.”
“We can stop any time you’d like.”
“I don’t want to stop.” I continued working on his pants until they met the same fate as my dress, and then we stood there, chest to chest, in the middle of a darkened room, with only our underwear on. “Do you want to stop?”
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.
She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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|Ms. Contreras drew a wicked picture of a France that still had a king. I really liked the way “The Sinful King” played with how this country might look today if the monarchies still existed. I loved the plot in total and her writing was as good as I expected it to be from previous books I read. Some of the dialogues I read in this story are sure to make their way into lists with favorite book quotes – of that I am sure…. as they were pretty swoon-worthy.
And honestly this is also why I do not fully understand my own reaction to the book. On first sight it really had everything I love – yet I was not able to really go with the flow … I tried very hard to love the characters and to feel with them but I could not bring myself to more than a LIKE no matter how hard I tried. …
Why? Well I thought hard about that and the only thing I can think of is the beginning of the book. The book starts of in a way that I can not connect to. I could not understand the way the female lead (re)acted – I naturally understand the allure of mystery and attraction at first sight but I couldn’t follow these specific characters on their journey. And when the story really picked up a few years later after that opening chapter I struggled with one of the most basic facts that would not leave my mind – and when such a detail is burned in my brain I simply can not rid myself of it and it follows me questioning far to much of a plot. – With as little as possible spoiler I would describe my “problem” with … “As a future King of France you should be able to get any information that you really want at any given time” and I will leave it at that .
But these to issues are probably really only my personal problem and others will not mind them at all. As I said the plot itself is pretty good and interesting read that will keep the readers hooked.