Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: The Red King by Rosemary O`Malley

The Red King by Rosemary O`Malley
Novel (300+ pgs)
4.5 Pants Off

The pirate captain known as Ruaidhri lives only for revenge. Tall and lean, with long fiery hair and a corsair’s deadly smile, his body still bears the scars of a brutal captivity at the hands of Maarten Jan de Worrt. Once Ruaidhri was a slave, but now he is the Red King, feared and respected across the high seas. Few know his true name. And fewer still know Ruaidhri will use anyone as a pawn in quest for vengeance — even a beautiful, innocent young man.

Raised in a monastery, the Scottish orphan called Andrew is helpless when pirates slay his guardians and clap him in irons. Ruaidhri offers the virgin lad freedom, but only at a terrible price. Andrew must go to Maarten’s bed, seduce and kill him. In Ruaidhri’s clutches Andrew will receive the training he needs in the art of violence — and lust.

The Red King is more legend than mortal. He fights tirelessly and knows no fear. But Andrew‘s very innocence, his open and honest nature, threatens to unlock the man inside the pirate. Ruaidhri can tempt Andrew, teaching him the forbidden pleasures of a man’s touch. But not without awakening a side of himself he long ago gave up for dead…

Warning: this is an erotic m/m romance intended for mature audiences. It contains explicit sexual situations, frank language, torture, and non-graphic descriptions of abuse of a minor.

Oh Emm Gee guys, this was such an awesome read. I love when I go into book with little or no expectations and it causes a massive pants losing. The Red King made me all nostalgic of my preteen years when I started reading Johanna Lindsey. The ruthless pirate takes an innocent virgin captive *swoons* and they fall desperately in love (which by the way ruined me for any boy in high-school cus none of them were pirates :D)

I don't want to give too much away because I want you the readers to experience this one on your own. Andrew was raised in a monastery and was happy until pirates came and killed the only family he has ever known, takes him away, and then puts him chains. He's uncertain of what will happen to him and judging by the treatment he's received he knows it won't be good. But then rescue comes in the form of a giant of a man and his beautiful red haired captain Ruaidhri (translation Rory) the one they call The Red King.

Rory is more than his appearance. He has a shipped filled with men he personally rescued or has impacted their life in a positive way. He is both feared and loved, which means he is highly respected. When Andrew falls within his grasp, Rory knows he must use him for his ultimate plan. What he never expected was that Andrew would unlock his heart and leak all the hatred from his soul (Oh My Effing word! How freaking corny was that sentence).

The Red King is truly an awesome read, not without its faults but the epic setting and awesome characters totally make up for that. I'm a fan of a well written villain and Ms O'Malley delivers a spectacular one, the infamous Maarten is vile and I looked forward to when he would appear and get his dying on. As I said, the characters are spectacular and our MCs is everything to rave about. Rory seems like an unsympathetic character but as you get to know him, I am telling you "its gonna be mad love for the man". He's overcome so much from a young age, and in some ways he is broken man but he has a zest for life and it all comes out with Andrew. I am so glad Andrew was no damsel in distress, and though he did suffer a bit, his personality shined bright and I really enjoyed him.

The sex... well lets just say pants were lost. I found Andrew and Rory to be so sexy, and the author did a good thing by making me experience it from both ends (waggles eyebrows). I got lost in Andrew's discovering of lust, passion, and love. Which made it feel new fresh, like a thirteen year old getting her hands on some Johanna Lindsey pirate lovin :D

“What I want is to feel your sweet lips around my cock and see your rosy ass raised and ready for fucking”
Yeh, imagine saying this shit to a young priest like virgin O_O Andrew's shock was my shock. +_+ Dead!

What I didn't enjoy is the long drawn out ending. It needed to be tighter and cleaner and it would have been perfect. Yeh, it had some editing problems but its not so huge that it takes from the reading. It was a stellar job by Rosemary O'Malley and I wait impatiently for a new book.

Should You Read It? YES!!! If you like sexy red headed men, out on the open sea, a vivid setting, and ever going action. Then The Red King is for you. Go get lost in Rory and Andrew's love it's quite a beautiful thing. Though do be aware, the writing is quite frank about rape and many forms of abuse but also don't let it be a deterrent. It's a quite simply a very romantic read.

4.5 Pants Off

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