For Bryn Meara, a free trip to the exclusive and ultra-luxe Nightfall hotel and casino in Vegas should’ve been the perfect way to escape the debris of her crumbling career. But waking up from a martini-and-lust-fueled night to find herself married to Caiden Verran, the reclusive billionaire who owns the hotel and most of the city, isn’t the jackpot one would think. It seems her dark and sexy new husband is actual royalty—the fae king of the Night Court—and there’s an entire world beneath the veil of Vegas.
Whether light or shadow, the fae are a far cry from fairy tales, and now they’ve made Bryn a pawn in their dark games for power. And Caiden is the most dangerous of all—an intoxicating cocktail of sin and raw, insatiable hunger. She should run. But every night of passion pulls Bryn deeper into his strange and sinister world, until she’s no longer certain she wants to leave…even if she could.
The Dark King by Gina L Maxwell is the first book in the Deviant Kings series and a great start to what I’m sure is going to be an excellent series! It perfectly balanced dark romance elements within the urban fantasy setting and gave me steamy Hades & Persephone vibes – with a fun fae twist!
To be honest, Las Vegas has never really held much appeal to me but for Caiden Verran… I’d certainly make a trip, haha. Caiden is the King of the Night Court and an alpha to his core. His instant connection with Bryn Meara is both hilarious (lots of lols in this story) and very fun to read. Neither of them initially understand what’s happening and watching the two of them traverse this new situation had me hooked.
In addition to the romance, there was also a lot going on politically within the fae world and it was really interesting seeing how Maxwell brought her version of the fae to life. Because of this, I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys either BDSM-style darker romance (though keep in mind there’s also quite a bit of comedy too) and/or fun fantasy worlds — if you’re like me and enjoy both, all the better!
Disclaimer: Thank you to Entangled Publishing for the ARC copy. All opinions in my review are my own.