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The King

(Games We Play #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Not all vampire hunters dress in head-to-toe leather and sit on rooftops overlooking a gritty vampire-ridden city. Meet Delia Roberts. At twenty-six, she’s a mid-level hunter with the Harriswood League, and, despite her best efforts, isn’t scaling the hunter hierarchy anytime soon.

Months earlier, desperate to prove herself, Delia snuck into an exclusive vampire masquerade,
Published November 21st 2016
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Claire Robinson
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3 - "Thanks for the ride... And breakfast... And for smashing that guys face in." Stars!

Liz Meldon follows up the hugely enjoyable The Fool with the second book in the Games We Play series; The King in this instalment we are given more insight into Delia and Claude and how the ramifications of their first meeting effect their lives going forwards.

I would firstly say that I am a huge fan of Liz’s work, my previous reviews attest to that, my three star rating for The King is not due to lack of enj
Lakshmi C
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Fangs

I enjoyed The Fool and transformed into Happy smurf when I got an ARC for the King. I worked hard to control myself and read it closer to the release date.
Was my patience rewarded?
I hope this vaguely resembles a review, not a list of the reasons I adored Claude ...

This story is built around Claude, Delia and The League.

Claude has to be the coolest, most proper vampire I've had the pleasure to read about. He was calm, patient and noticed the little stuff. He was open, caring but not wil
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

4 "Little Huntress" stars.


After reading The Fool, I couldn't wait to dive into The King. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn't expecting some sexy-darkish reading because hey, I’m a horny little thing and I was, but what I got here was totally different. Liz Meldon made me feel like I was reading something new. Something fresh. This book was more than just a romance between a Vampire and a Huntress. This is the story of a girl, a human girl, that when lines ge
Melanie (mells_view)
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Holy.... the game definitely played me!


The first 80% is like a campy vampire love story about a girl who is trying to figure herself out. There are funny moments, passionate moments, and moments that feel really relatable. Well, minus the whole vampire and hunter situation. Anywho it's really enjoyable and a fun story.

Then the last 20% is like action packed, crazy revelations, crazy hot love scenes, and just crazy. Like I was on the edge of my seat reading what was happening, and trying
R. Scarlett
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!

Claude's mine <3
Richelle Robinson
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this book at reading the short story The Fool. What I really liked about this story was that Delia was so relatable. She was at a crossroads in her life and wasn't sure what path she should take. Who hasn't doubted themselves and their career choices? She didn't have everything figured out and she was a hot mess at times. Then you enter in Claude who is a no nonsense bad ass Vampire King. I loved how he didn't take Delia being hot and cold. He told her how he felt and what ...more
Liz Meldon
Dec 30, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
As always, I like to leave a little review for my books, though I won't offer a rating.

The Games We Play duology (including the prologue) is my first venture into throwing my original book babies into the world. I was really interested in tackling a character like Delia, someone who is kind of a mess and struggling to navigate her twenties when her expectations of adult life aren't being met. I'm also a sucker for a sweeter, more academic and suave Heroes, the kind that stumble a bit when faced
Paperback Princess
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is why I need to read more paranormal type book!! I loved The King and I loved Claude fkn Grimm even more..I mean can you claim ownership over a fictional character?!! Lol just sayin. We come to find out not only is Claude a clan leader but he is also the regional King of all the clans and he wants Delia..a vampire hunter. Ughhh Claude damn hot did I mention that already?!!

Delia is trying her best to make it up the ranks in the League but she just can't seem to get it togeth
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received an ARC of “The King” (The Games We Play #1) to read for review purposes. When I found out that there was a prequel “The Fool” I purchased a copy to read prior to reading this installment. After reading the prequel I couldn’t wait to start “The King”, as I was eager to discover what happened after the events that took place at the masquerade ball.

The prologue was intriguing and made me want to delve further into the story. This installment was exciting, although there were moments when
S. Usher Evans
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Liz Meldon's work, and The King definitely did not disappoint. I got about 30% through the book without reading the prologue (The Fool) and decided to go back and read that first. It doesn't necessarily give any detail that's not in The King, but it's a nice introduction to the characters.

Delia is me and I am Delia. She's Liz Lemon meets Buffy, a vampire slayer who is fighting to make her way in a male-dominated workplace (be still my heart) and also has a severe problem of falling into
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I freaking LOVED this book!! The prequel novella was certainly yummy, yummy goodness, but for some reason I was skeptical about the crime genre aspect moving forward. Boy was I ever wrong! The politics and intrigue were wonderful - easy enough that knowing Liz's style, I was never overly stressed about any of it, but fast-paced and crazy enough that I was super enticed. AND DELIA AND CLAUDE ARE THE PERFECT MATCH! I absolutely loved their romance. It went in a direction I wasn't expecting at all ...more
Tales Of A Bookbug
I loved The Fool and was itching to get my hands on The King.And let me just say my (im)patience was rewarded!
What I loved the most about this book was the fact that unlike other vampire books in which the heroine is a special snowflake, our Delia here isn't special at all.In fact she is so unspecial that she is barely a mid-level hunter.Despite how hard she works she hasn't been able to move up the vampire hunter ranks and she doesn't get good assignments.She had tried her hand at sneaking into
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
You have to read the novella "The Fool" before starting this novel. You can read "The Fool" for free by going to the author's website Click on "InstaFreebie" and you can choose the format you want the story emailed in (PDF, Mobi, EPUB).

Overall, this story, while the author has done a fine job world building and isn't a terrible storyteller, I found it to be boring. I wished there was more action and more time spent on Claude and Delia interacting with ea
Sarina Langer
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I already liked Meldon's books, but this one, friends, has put her on my insta-buy list. I was looking for an intriguing urban paranormal fantasy with vampires and kickass heroines, and that's precisely what The King is. I couldn't have asked for more <3

I loved the characters, especially Delia and Claude. I already knew both from the prequel novella The Fool, but since novellas are short they didn't get the time to shine that they had here. De
Angela Jones
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I just stumbled upon it and read it in less than 24 hours, so good, right up my alley. I’m not going to give anything away, but just day go read it. Only issue I have is I need to know what happened next, and I can’t find the next book anywhere! Where is “The Queen”?
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Great series. Intriguing storyline with lots of suspense. Dynamic characters.
Rebecca Olberding
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is phenomenally well written with a plot that will have you finishing this until some ungodly hour in the morning. I've been following Liz Meldon for coming on five years, and she has always blown my mind in her creativity, plot structure, dynamic and unique characters, and of course her flawless writing. This book is highly recommended, not as a biased reader, but the fact that she's so overwhelming good at what she does. "The King" is a spectacular representative of her work, and I a ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been completely bewitched by the King and his little huntress. I don't typically read paranormal romances but this book had caught my interest immediately after reading the prologue "The Fool" and seeing some teasers on social media. I would highly recommend reading the prologue before reading this book in order to get a better feel and understanding of the story. I was really excited to read this book after I read the prologue and I must say that the author didn't disappoint. I'm officia ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is the sequel to The Fool which is a prequel novella. We follow the main characters Delia and Claude following the events of the masquerade.

The pacing felt a little slow at the beginning but we do learn more about the Hunter League and how Delia feels about her career. I found it interesting but not loving the whole hierarchy of it, especially when Delia often shrunk back against the higher ups when she should have fought back. It was fine but I feel it got more interesting near the en
Kathy Wideman
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The books picks up right where The Fool ends. Della has bit marks from her night with Claude Grimm the vampire king and she is trying to get her life together. Della is trying to hid it from the league and Claude is pursuing her. She is torn she knows she should stay away from him but she wants to spend more time with him. Della is realizing that things are not as they seem. What will she choose Claude or the League? What will happen if the League finds out? Will Claude give up or will he contin ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got an Arc copy for an Honest review!

I just loved Liz Meldon's "The Fool" and "The King"dosen't disapoint.

The heroin Delia is somewhat clumsy and "normal" and i got Crazy with her. I was like " take a chance" "Come on Delia" sometimes i just had To Put the book down . Take a break and breathe. I was sittning On nedles. Yeah she is a Caracter.

The King Claude! Had lots of patience with the heroin.
And The tension between the two is palpable. "Hot"
The reason i didn't give the book 5 stars is bec
Naomi Boom
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this and look forward to seeing Delia grow. My only complaint is I prefer standalone titles, but it is well-written and a fun read.
Oredeen (honest reviews)
It was good and then it was okay...and then it ended but unfortunately for me it missed the mark to leave me wanting more after that cliff hanger. Delia is a very weak character, and I feel like Claude is almost too sweet, he's a vampire king for petes sake. With that being said this is where this series will end for me. Good book but the sex was few and far between, the action was well there wasn't any, and the ending just made me lose interest completely.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
this didn't really improve from The Fool - i ended up really disliking Delia & Claude was just meh... argh!! i need a good book! ...more
Taylah &#x1f940;
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Are we getting a sequel? :(
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
CLIFFHANGERS.... I hate them. But this book got me hooked on!!
rated it it was amazing
Nov 24, 2016
Lost in Words
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Jan 31, 2017
Alexandra G.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, meh, vampires
3 stars

This book started out pretty well, got better, reached intriguing and fell flat .
Seriously. What was the ending?! I kept waiting and thinking ' This is the moment. Something surprising and bad will happen now. The bad guys are attacking! Now they will do something dramatic. Or maybe on the last page?' But no. Nothing freaking interesting happened.
Really disappointed with that ending. Doesn't really make me want to see what happens next. If there will even be a next book.

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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn't writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are

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