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The Kingmaker

(All the King's Men #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  13,140 ratings  ·  1,926 reviews
Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.

My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the momen
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 28th 2019 by Scribechick Media, LLC (first published October 25th 2019)
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
AHHHH!!! You guys!! Kennedy Ryan just dropped the boom mic heard 'round the world. The Kingmaker was absolutely incredible!! Maxim and Lennix were pure fiery intensity. Their story was so powerful and heartfelt that I felt every word straight down to my core. This novel was truly magnificent and is a gamechanger to be reckoned with!

Without giving away ANY spoilers, just know that like in every Kennedy Ryan book, I was spellbound from the very first page. I fell in love with Maxim Cade and Lennix
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Thinking about this book and how I felt reading the opening chapters of the story gives me goose bumps.

Kennedy has gone and done it again. ♡ When I begin one of her stories, I know I’ll be taken on a special journey. She has a gift for pushing the boundary of romance novels, exploring important and sensitive issues, and turning them into a compelling narrative that we need to hear in a story arc that provokes understanding. Her writing is pure go
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


Book 1 in duet
𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡.
Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition. In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.
My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I’m determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we me
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Maxim Kingman Cade says "Some people leave an impression, but Lennix left her mark on me. Shaped like a star"
He is mouthing my words and the object of admiration is Kennedy "The Queen" Ryan. And add about 5 stars while you're at it!!
"Injustice never rest and neither will I"
Kennedy treads off the beaten path, finds new subject matters and infuses them with her trademark passion to make memorable tales highlighting social injustices wrapped in love stories.
A powerful story honoring th
The Kingmaker is an epic love story that spans over a decade. When a story spans over such a long time I need a foundation for the two main characters to hold my attention. That foundation is laid in the author’s notes and when Lennix meets Maxim when she’s 17. An encounter that leaves an everlasting impression on both of them. A match has been struck and the flame keeps simmering until they meet again years later.
Their connection is immediate and so on point from their first meeting and even mo
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'THE KINGMAKER' is the first full length romance book in Kennedy Ryan's 'All The Kings Men' duet. In this we're introduced to Lennix & Maxim. Broken up into 3 parts and is spoken in 'Dual Perspectives'

𝙋𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧. 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣. 𝘽𝙚𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙮𝙖𝙡 ...
As soon as I started this I was beyond HOOKED!! And I have questioned myself numerous times whilst reading this, why I haven't read anything previous by this author, because this book right here was AMAZING!!

Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-heroines
2.5 stars

Am I being punk'd right now? Because there is no way this was written by the same author who wrote the amazing Hoops series...

This book was sooo cliched and had absolutely no development between the characters or the romance it honestly read like one of those cliched, insta-lovey billionaire romances that used to be a huge thing back in the "50 shades" era.

It's clear the author did her research about Lennox's and her Native American heritage and I love that so much about this book. How
Franci Neill
5 Can They Have a Forever Stars!!!

This book is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. This shouldn’t surprise me though because whenever I pickup a book by Ms. Ryan my life is transformed. I’ve been wanting to read this book since she first started talking about it. I had absolutely no intentions of reading it in one sitting that’s for sure. But when I got home from work on a Friday night after a very long and frustrating week at work, I was exhausted and ready to go to bed early….al
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Phew! Every single time I read a Kennedy Ryan book, I sit down my kindle after the final page and just blink in awe, awe of her talent, her wordsmithing, her ability to weave such urgent social issues, unseen social injustices with these epic romances. I walk away from every one of her books with a new understanding, a new need to help, a new need to share my newfound knowledge, and, last but not least, a new couple to exemplify REAL ( life is hard) LOVE. In
Update: So hero has sex with TONS of women (after being with the heroine and claiming to madly love her) but she has BAD sex with ONE guy after giving her virginity to the hero? HOW ORGINAL. Dear author, women are perfectly capable of enjoying sex with men who are not the so called love of their life-we also have needs. Lets stop with the double standards.

Sounds very terrible and unsafe according to this review

- cliché, predictable, insta-love, underdevel
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
4.5 stars. I have 100% been converted into a Kennedy Ryan fangirl, omg
Melanie A.
"Hope hurts when it doesn't deliver."
Oh, man, sorry guys, but after a lot of thought, I have to round this one down. 😢

WARNING: Unpopular opinion on the horizon . . .

How I wish I could gush along with everyone else, but while there were flashes of brilliance throughout The Kingmaker, I can't say that I loved it.

A huge thank you to JAMIE for reading this with me. I love the way we bounce our thoughts back and forth!

I'll start with the positives:

(1) Lennix. She was an incr
The Book Bee
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"If a kiss has a taste, it tastes like this. Hunger flavored with yearning and spiced with desperation."

Kennedy Ryan amazes me and this story is yet another reason why she sits on my Favorite Authors list. She gets in the trenches of a subject, pulls out all the knowledge - big and small - and then basically manipulates my emotions with an honest truth. I know I will sit amongst the many other raving reviews out there, and many will want a more diverse review with some negat
Kennedy Ryan
Oct 05, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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"𝙄 𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄'𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙎𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙢𝙚, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙪𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙙...𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙣𝙚𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙄."

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Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 ‘Poweful’ stars

I finally had a whole day off after finally finishing my midterm exams and what I did is devour this book. This was such a powerful inspiring great book that ignited my soul and left me in awe.

"Some people leave an impression. Lennix Moon Hunter has left more than an impression. She’s left her mark on me.
And it’s shaped like a star.”

Lennix stole the show in this book. I admired and loved her a lot! I felt her power slipping from the book to my soul. She’s fierce, strong, ambiti
3.5 🌟
First half was great. It was a whirlwind of romance and politics and the set up was great since we got to know the characters and their dreams. I loved how ambitious they were.
Second half kinda lost me. The ten year jump felt unnecessary? I wish we had more moments between them but it was great to see them established in their careers.

But 10 years of pining after someone? I’m quitting. It could’ve been done well but no effort was made on both their sides. Or is that because we never got
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Title: ➳ The Kingmaker
Series ➳ All the King's Men Duet 1#
Author: ➳ Kennedy Ryan
Published October 28th 2019
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ღ My 1st book by Kennedy Ryan & one hell of book! This book was Recommendation……Thank you so much L💕veツ,…..
Lennix & Maxim.

Their first encounter together was very brief, but yet at the same time it left impression on both of them

Several years later they encountered each other again in Amsterdam, With agreement just to have this one beautiful week together, but there time toget
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 “Exquisite” Stars

What a magnificent read I just finished. It was packed with emotion, heart, knowledge, and filled with a spectacular and powerful romance. It was an epic read that gripped my soul because of the moving and intelligent words that spins from this author’s talented fingers.

Lennix and Maxim meet each other at age 17 and 24. It’s not the right time but their paths do cross again at 21 and 28 and its their time, until its not, and then they must wait another 10 years to see each oth
Larissa Cambusano
Sep 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️ dont mind me, going through kennedy ryan’s entire backlist.

round of applause for the title of this book being the most full circle moment. that needs to be said.

lennix is such a strong female mc, my favorite thing ever. and maxim is her perfect match. both of them wanting to change the world in different ways, and being so opposite and yet so similar!!!! their love radiated throughout this book.

not only that, but the representation, the plot, the topics discussed!!! all of it is so imp
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Another terrific story from my favorite author and I'm already excited for the next book! 😊😊😊

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review. ❤


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Apr 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-hero
Scorching love story that had me simultaneously eager to know what happened next and not wanting the story to end.
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
#1 the kingmaker — 4.5 stars
#2 the rebel king — 4 stars

💎 if i was as rich as maxim, i would send out a copy of this book to every single hopeless romantic fool out there as an early christmas present. unfortunately as it's not the case, i can only tell you that you should definitely add this book to your tbr. if you already did, then you should prioritize it.

💎 yes, my friends, this book is that good. this author did it again!! she really killed it with this new duet. im now officially trash
Who doesn't know already how much I love Kennedy Ryan's books?!
She delivers each and every time....
This was something completely different from what I was expecting. And I love that fact too.
I love the fact that these two lead characters stand perfect alone but are great together.

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"She's left her mark on me.And it's shaped like a star."

Such a beautiful,powerful and addictive story!The romance is heavy,intense and hot!The characters were strong and original, everything about thi
Wil Loves Books!
This is a must read!!!

Wow, just wow! Kennedy has done it again. She seriously doesn’t disappoint and has truly become one of my favorite authors and a go-to for diverse, woc stories. The Kingmaker is one seriously epic story. I was captivated from beginning to end by the beautiful writing and the amazing storytelling.

The storyline is fresh and original, it’s also full of current and social issues that need to be written about. Lenix is definitely everything I look for in a heroine, strong, smart
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
This book is ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. It deserves all the stars and all the love. I haven’t felt this giggly and excited about a read in a while, but The Kingmaker blew. me. away. It’s sexy, smart, aware – I LOVED the way Kennedy Ryan blended the romance and politics. Also… Maxim and Lennix were on fire together!!! This book without a doubt is definitely going on my best of 2019 list and right now I’m willing to do anything to get my hands on the sequel.

It’s been a while since my last Kennedy Ryan r
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Can you see me? Because I don’t think you can.

Holy smokes! This book blew me away! It’s not very often a book comes along that makes you want to be a better person. Makes you want to stand up and fight injustice. Makes you want to make the world a better place for all people to coexist.

The Kingmaker has been haunting my thoughts since I put it down. Am I part of the problem or solution happening in the world around us?! Do I see the people around me and listen to their voices?

Those quest
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kennedy Ryan is truly a rare gem in the romance community. I love every book I've read by her, not only because of the romance but also because of the social commentary she always includes. Kennedy Ryan isn't afraid to tackle real issues in today's society and her newest release is no different.

Right off the bat, I was entranced with Lennix's character and her deep love for her Native American heritage. What happened to the Native Americans ever since the Europeans settled in American is a crim
Berry ♡ Nice
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duets

Kennedy Ryan's writing is outstanding. She gives us stories that fill our hearts with love and our minds with hope. Stories that are felt and leave a lasting impression.

The Kingmaker is exquisite, unique, meaningful and sexy. A highly anticipated read that was everything and more. I haven't read another like this and I appreciate the passion that comes from the pages. It's impressive to read a story that can make me smile, swoon, hot, make my heart skip and give me pause f
5 "I want the girl who chases stars." Stars

Kennedy Ryan possesses a gift. A gift she so willingly and brilliantly shares with the world. This gift is an innate calling to tell painful, important, beautiful love stories surrounding sensitive topics we should all be talking about with the utmost conviction, honesty, and passion.

Her gift extends to the deepest parts of her characters hearts and souls to provide a truly fitting romance set against message Ryan wants to explore and the feelings she
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