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King’s Ransom

(Oil Kings #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  70 reviews
When revenge turns into a fake engagement...

It was supposed to be a simple case of revenge: get to know King Tech owner and CEO Beckett King, learn his secrets, and ruin his life like he ruined my brother’s. But Beckett King offers me a deal I can't refuse.

Not only does he want me to pretend to be engaged to him, he needs to marry me to get his grandmother off his back. An
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Published April 6th 2020 by LE Publishing (first published March 23rd 2020)
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Secrets and Lies!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️😉😀

The heroine: Eva Chase - She had been stalking Beckett King and is now ready to go after revenge from him because he is the man that ruined her brother Adam’s life. Now Adam does nothing but veg out and play video games (a bit like my son). She decided to get a job with Beckett’s company and do whatever she could to destroy him as he de
There were things that I liked about the story. I liked that Beckett was not a manhoe. I get so sick of reading about manhoes and thankfully he was not one. I also like that he and Eva were faithful to each other. No sex with OP after meeting.

I liked Eva. She was down to earth but not perfect. She was friendly and personable. She cared about other people's feelings and never acted like she above anyone else. (Unlike Beckett). I loved that Eva had a good sex life before Beckett. Yes, it was the b
Rellim’s on semi-hiatus
This is the second book in the Oil Kings series. The relationship arc of Beckett & Eva is completed in the book. However other themes/events carry through the series and these are best enjoyed in order.

Fake Dating/Engagement & “Get Married Because the Will stipulates” were fun tropes in this one. With Grams trying to get Beck married ASAP and Eva trying to get revenge on him. When they bump onto each other, it leads to a job, fake engagement, and real feelings.

While things were kind of insta,
Jessica Alcazar
I had the opportunity to read the first three books in the Oil Kings series back to back and I am so glad I took advantage of that opportunity. I’ve only read a handful of books by this author but so far they have all been a pleasurable experience. I spent a weekend with these three Kings and I have zero regrets!

If you’ve read Gentry’s story, then you already know about the craziness and hoops the Kings have to jump thru for their inheritance. It’s not a new storyline for me as I read like 400 t
Khanique McDaniel
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had one issue with this story but I will get to that later.

I am mad at myself for believing more of the reviews I saw than my experience reading King's Crown.

Somehow, Beckett is nothing like I was led to believe in book one and even Gentry isn't quite the father I believed him to be either. The only one we can count on to never change is Grams.

Beckett is so kind and loving and honest. The honesty in this novel was a positive for me. Because even while faking it, the characters were honest with
Kari Hansen
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eva is determined to atone for her past by getting revenge against the man that destroyed her brother’s dream. She has come up with the perfect plan which involves her working for him, but she didn’t think it would also involve a business arrangement that included marriage.

In order to inherit Beckett needs to marry and stay married for one year. She is exactly what he is looking for, both personally and professionally but when their arrangement start to feel real will the secrets of Eva’s past d
Pamela with Dreamer's Books
Eva wants revenge against Beckett King for destroying her brother's dream. The goal is to become his employee. Beckett needs to marry in order to inherit from his grandmother and Eva meets all his requirements. The two expect to marry then go their separate ways in one year with both being richer. Plans don't always go the way you want in life. The couple have sizzling sexual chemistry that won't be denied even for revenge. Will Eva's secrets ruin any chance the couple may have to stay together? ...more
Lisa Bing
Sep 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story where you could say the past really formed what's happening now. Both Beckett and Eva had tragic pasts and the hoops he had to jump through to get his inheritance were crazy. Don't get me started on Gams! These two formed a fake relationship that included no cheating and honesty, however, things did hit the fan and everything went sideways. You can expect a fake relationship, a break up and a make up in this book but the journey for all that was twisted and had me invested in how ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give it 4.5 stars

I really liked this one better than the first book. Both characters were good. I liked Beck and he played a broody alpha pretty well and Eva really was good for him. Then I thought Eva and her brother Adam and what both did for ea other to help them stay afloat and the heartache they endured was amazing. A lot of hard lessons learned for all. This is a good series so far. Moving to the next one.
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

King’s Ransom is the second book in the Oil Kings Series, a story full of romance, secrets and second chances. Without a doubt a story that will leave you wanting for more.

Eva Chase has dealt with a lot in her life and she is at the point where she wants to do what she can to make things right for her brother, Adam. After his dream of launching an app was crushed, he succumbed to depression and their lives have not been the same. Eva has b
Literary Temptations

RELEASE DATE: March 2020

ARC was kindly provided for an honest review

If you’ve read book one of this series, then you’re already familiar with Beck and the decision that is facing him.

Having learnt from the mistake his older brother made and deciding not to be a disappointment to his father, like Aiden was, Beck decides to take a more honourable and honest route to meeting the terms of his trust. He lays all the cards out on the table from day one with a little pi
An enemies to lovers I suppose, only Beckett doesn’t realise Eva hates him and wants to ruin his reputation and company!

Beckett never wanted to go into the Oil business, nor did he see himself becoming a full time rancher.
Beck has a knack of spotting things people need and then creating apps or promoting those those created the apps.
And he’s become very successful.
So successful that he needs a PA, his last one just wanted to marry him and get hold of his inheritance!
And the one after that m
Reading With Lola
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King’s Ransom (Oil Kings #2) - Marie Johnston

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.



Rating: 4 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh wow, everything about this book had me like yes! ❤

Flirty, fun, fabulous..... three words to describe this wonderful offering from Marie Johnston.

I needed a book to reset my mind from the other dark books I've been reading lately, and this was the perfect one to do it! I was honored to be included for an ARC and I can't thank @everyth
Jul 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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💫💫💞Review Post💞💫💫
King's Ransom
⚔For a romance that begins in revenge it really was a sweet love story! 💖
Beckett King, the second son of Gentry King, has got issues stemming from his mother's murder.
Eva Chase is heartbroken 💔 over her brother's depression after Beckett pulled the rug out from him.
The deal between Beckett and Eva was suppose to be simple. 💍💒Fake engagement and fake marriage.
Eva was in a position that she could use a good job and the payout after the divorce. S
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
INTENSE! Marie hits the motherload with this beautifully composed spin, presenting one compelling storyline and engaging plot, mixing it up and laying it out, meshing this sparkling jewel together sleek, shiny and tight. A swirling vortex chocked-full of unbelievable circumstances and a slew of daunting mishaps, thrust those churning emotions into play, keeping you riveted and frozen to your seat. Anarchy, escapades and havoc run amuck, booting this slim jim into a ragi
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
This book was sooooooo good. I really fell in love with Eva and Beckett. In this story we meet Eva and her brother, Adam. They both lost their parents very young and well Eva ended up in trouble and that meant Adam was also arrested. Now years later Adam came up with an app and was in discussions with Beckett's tech company to promote it when he pulled out because he learned Adam went to jail. Now Adam is very depressed, he barely eats or showers and just spends his time on the couch. So Eva dec ...more
Nov 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King's Ransom
Oil Kings Bk 2
by Marie Johnston
Narrated by Kelli Tager & Michael Gallagher

Revenge. It's not always as sweet as expected. Eva has the chance to seek hers now as Beckett King has offered her an option. Marry him for a year, and walk away with 1/2 of his inheritance. This is her chance to get to know the man, and use all the secrets she can to get back at him for destroying her brother. But what these two don't expect is to have feelings, even before they get married! As they get to k
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read book one in the series, you're familiar with Beckett King, son of Gentry King and self-made billionaire. I can't say he was an agreeable character in the first book, but he comes around in this now. Now, if you're not familiar with the series, let me make a quick summary: four King boys need to get married and stay married for a year, in order to receive a certain sum of money. The matriarch, the grandmother is the one breathing down the guys' necks, while the father - Gentry - is ...more
sherri jones-teachout
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eva was a real person who saw the good in people despite their flaws. Loved her. Eva and her half-brother Adam lost their parents when Eva was young and her brother sacrificed a lot to raise her. Still getting over her grief at their loss, she fell in with a bad crowd and committed petty theft. Her brother Adam took the fall, ended up in prison, and when he pitched an app to Beckett King, the deal fell through because of his prison record. Now after meeting Beckett she has a chance for revenge a ...more
KL Cassanello
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beckett destroyed her brother. Eva shows up at his office, intent on destroying him. Instead, he hires her as his assistant, and she's mulling over his offer to marry him. Fake, of course. So he can meet the terms of his mother's will and inherit $100M. Eva will get half when they divorce a year later. She just has to do it without falling in love. After meeting his family and spending time together, he wants her for real now. But she still has a secret, one that will destroy their fragile relat ...more
Terri Zumbrook
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Oh what a tangled web we weave...Eva’s intent upon meeting Beckett was to exact revenge for the failure of her brother’s app and subsequent plunge into depression. She ended up working as Beckett’s PA without him knowing he was the one that “crushed” her brother’s dreams.

Beckett had some deceptions of his own to pull off in order to claim his inheritance - and Eva agreed to become his fake fiancé. That got Gram off his back so she could begin working on a bride for the next brother -
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a NON-SPOILER REVIEW. King's Ransom by Marie Johnston is the second book in the Oil Kings series. I read this book as a drop-in (I didn't read the first book), but I plan to go back and read it! I really loved this book. The characters were really well developed and I just felt a connection to Eva and Beckett. Even Adam and the rest of the King clan were compelling characters. Sexy (Mature Readers Only), dramatic and loaded with sweet moments as well as a bunch of cringe worthy ones, thi ...more
Debbie Caswell
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book set in the world of the King's oil rig royalty who aren't all that they seem

Eva Chase blames Beckett King for destroying her half brothers dreams of launching an App after all he wouldn't deal with him because he had a prison record a record that should have actually been Eva's after she fell off the rails after the death of their parents. So she gets a job working for Beck hoping that she can learn secrets to bring him to his knees What she doesn't expect is that he will
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara Cuyler
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. This second book is almost as good. Beckett is really stringent with his rules about not giving anyone who's abused drugs or been imprisoned a chance, but what had happened to his mother makes his rigid views understandable. Eva is keeping her brother's and her past a secret from Beckett with good reason considering the fact that she's witnessed Beckett's no-second-chance stance. I don't usually like books where one person is keeping a ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the King family they are so not perfect, even though they have all that money they all have issues. I really enjoyed Beckett and Eva's story both were such strong characters. Eva was easy to like she was the underdog, trying to protect and take care of her brother Adam you could feel the love and loyalty. Beckett is rich with family money and a successful self-made millionaire with his tech company but has his own issues stemming from his childhood after his mother's death. A chance meeti ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible and emotional read. Ava wanted revenge on the rich and powerful Beckett King, who destroyed her brother and left him an empty shell. Beckett needs a wife before his 29th birthday and be married for a year in order to inherit his trust fund. When he sees Ava outside his office he thinks she’s the new assistant his father or grandmother were pushing for him to marry. An awesome storyline and wonderful, captivating characters you can help falling in love with. Deep ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in this fantastic series and is Beckett and Eva’s story. Beckett is the CEO and owner of his Tech company, and when he rejects Eva’s brother Adam’s app, which has him spiralling into depression, she goes there to give him a piece of her mind. Eva is out for revenge and wants to find out all of Beckett’s secrets to destroy him, but she ends up being hired as his assistant, as well as in a fake engagement to get his grandmother off his back, and an agreement that when he gets ...more
Emma bramley
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in this series by this author and these books just keep getting better. This is the story of Eva and Bennett, these two characters have sizzling chemistry and lots of romance through out the book. This is a revenge romance with a well written story line and interesting characters. This book has a super sweet ending which will definitely make you swoon. This is an amazing addition to this series from this author and I can't wait to read the next one.

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Marie Johnston is an award-winning, best-selling paranormal and contemporary romance writer. She grew up in the upper Midwest and planned to go to college for English. Didn't happen. She started college in accounting and was awful! Grabbing her inner science geek by the pocket protector, she changed to microbiology and medical technology where her only writing involved scientific articles and proc ...more

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