Pleasure Pairing: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

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The Kingmaker

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If you’ve never read Rita Award winner Kennedy Ryan, you’re missing out. Pick up The Kingmaker STAT! You want to be ready when the second book The Rebel King drops November 17.


Let’s back up a bit.

The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

The Kingmaker is the first book of All the King’s Men Duet. It’s sexy and will take you on an emotional roller coaster.

We meet Lennix who is fiercely strong and not afraid to fight for the rights of her Native American her family–her community. At the age of 17, she leads a protest against the building of a gas pipeline on sacred grounds.

Maxim doesn’t agree with his father’s decision to build the pipeline or how sent in officers with tear gas and unleashed dogs onto the protesters. Mesmerized by Lennix’s passion, he leaps in to save her. There’s an instant connection between the two, but Maxim knows she’s too young. Lennix is bailed out of jail before learning who Maxim really is.

Four years later, they meet again and the sparks are still there. This time Maxim has renounced his father. Determined to spite his father, Maxim is on a mission to perfect clean energy resources and save the planet from climate change.

As he and Lennix fall deeper in love, it becomes harder to tell her who he really is. Can their love survive such a dark betrayal?

Sexy Excerpt

In the sensual excerpt below, Lennix and Maxim make love for the first time. In fact, it’s Lennix’s first time ever to have intercourse. He wants to make sure this is what she really wants. Tired of talk, she convinces him of her decision another way.

He doesn’t move, so I do, tipping up to press my mouth to his. At first he just watches me kiss him, eyelids lowered, lips closed, like he’s still not sure we should. I lick into the seam of this mouth,and he groans my name, his eyes closing. That sound vibrates through my lips and to my core–to the seat of my need and want and curiosity. I want to understand this physical mystery I’ve eschewed all my life, and I want it with him. If the price is ultimately heartbreak, my eyes are wide open.

I cover his hand with mine and coax it up to my breast, press myself deeper into his palm. He squeezes and slides a thumb under the bra to tease my nipple. My breath stutters and my eyes close. He runs his hand up my shoulder and under the silk bra strap, persuading it down my arm. Under his touch, the bra’s clasp snaps free, baring me to him. I’m proud of my body, not because it’s a certain size or because i’m fit, but because it’s what I have to offer him. I chose this man, chose this time. In a world where so many of us don’t get to choose, I cherish that. It’s my right, but that doesn’t mean I take it for granted. Not when I’ve seen so many stripped of that choice. Not when I’ve seen so many who regretted their first time.

I can already tell that won’t be the case. Not with Maxim.

You’ll have to read The Kingmaker to see if Lennix hit the “V-card lottery,” as her girlfriends call it.

Then preorder The Rebel King.

Pleasure Pairing

Find the right pairing for The Kingmaker was challenging. Both Lennix and Maxim are very passionate about their causes so I couldn’t pick just any erotic item. The product had to be as thoughtful as the two characters.

Blush Novelties Gaia Eco Vibe

The Gaia Eco Vibrator is the world’s first biodegradable and recyclable vibrator. Now you can have orgasms without worrying about the products’ effects on our planet.

Yes, you read that right. The Eco crafted from Biofeel, a starch based bioplastic. It uses less energy and creates less greenhouse gas emission than any other sex toy on the market.

Just because it’s biodegradable doesn’t mean it skimps on features. The classically shaped vibe has powerful vibrations that can be adjusted with a twist. It’s waterproof–in case you want to take it out for a tryst in the rain like Lennix and Maxim.

What other erotic products would you pair with The Kingmaker?

About Kennedy Ryan

All the King's Men Duet

A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.


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