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Royal Conquest Saga #6

The Dark Pretender

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Betrayal is a heavy price to pay for a kingdom, especially when you lose the crown. But no loss is greater than love.
Life as an exiled prince in Frostweather is as bleak as the frozen landscape surrounding my prison. There’s a price on my head in Faerie. My only escape is portaling to the elven realm to attend the parties of high elves. They welcome my twin sister and me as their esteemed guests.
When my ex, the love of my life and the female I betrayed, turns up at the same house party at Amberhill, I know I need to leave. Our star burned out years ago. Yet seeing her, I feel it flare immediately back to life.
It’s pointless. She hates me. She’s moved on. Or has she?
My glory days are over. No more tournaments. No more floral championship crowns. My life ended the day of the tragedy.
A year later, I’ve agreed to marry Helio Moongold. I can’t live with my parents forever, watching the sad glances they cast my way. At least Helio makes me laugh. But after I arrive for a house party at Amberhill, his true colors start to show, and they aren’t so golden.
Then Alok Elmray shows up. I want to hate him for what he did to me and my family. I’ve tried so hard to forget him, but I can’t. Not even a little.
Even if I can find it in my heart to forgive Alok, my family never will. If King Liri ever catches him, he’s as good as dead. And if I allow myself to love Alok again, I might lose my heart forever.

Published May 29, 2020

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Nikki Jefford

60 books982 followers
Reality is overrated ... which is why I write!

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Author 60 books982 followers
September 25, 2020
Royal Reader,

Pack your bags! You are invited to attend a week-long house party at Amberhill, a gorgeous manor in the elven city of Goldendale. Take a swim in the lake, a ride through the forest, play cards & sports, enjoy the food and drinks ... but watch out for party crashers from Faerie!

I am so in love with Alok and Fraya's enemies-to-lovers, second chance romance. After their disastrous affair at the end of Holiday Crown I knew I had to continue on with the Royal Conquest Heirs.

When you lose yourself to the dark, hold on to hope and find your way back to you.

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129 reviews
May 29, 2020
Another great book! I love this series! Each one has a uniqueness to it and a new adventure for each of the main characters. I love watching how Fraya has blossomed into the woman she is now. She is strong like her mom but yet endures a lot in her story. I love Alok!! Their story is fascinating. There are lots of different emotions and new characters throughout the book. Lots of sacrifices are made but it all pans out. I’m anxiously waiting for book seven to see what new adventure this author takes us on.
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2,658 reviews66 followers
June 1, 2020
I have been waiting for Alok and Fraya's story and Nikki did not disappoint me as she brought her A game with this one! She has weaved such a brilliant world that these characters embed themselves in your soul.

I loved Fraya, she is strong, independent and gorgeous. She has gown so much since Holiday Crown. Nikki did an great job with portraying her emotions, you really felt her pain and betrayal. Alok really had to work for another chance. The twists in this were honestly brilliant and Alok's journey to redemption was great to watch play out

I don't want to say too much as it will ruin this story and you honestly need to enjoy its beauty. I have honestly loved every book in this series. Nikki has outdone herself with this series and the brilliant world she has weaved.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review from the Author

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1,095 reviews79 followers
May 15, 2020
Absolutely unputdownable!!! These fae and elves are just so intriguing and entertaining!! This was one read that I enthusiastically grabbed onto and read quite quickly!! I loved Fraya and Alok! They were just meant to be! I thought after all these years that Alok would be a bit darker, maybe a bit more bitter or cruel. But nope! He embodied the very best qualities any hero should possess. I loved loathing the bad guys! They so deserved a mighty whipping! I loved the snippets of the first generation! They totally have my heart! I was a bit worried as to what Alok's fate would be towards the end. The epilogue had me all melty! There is nothing like a dude taking care of his littles. You must read the Blooper section!! Hilarious and beautiful insightful into the creative process! I love, love, love, Nikki Jefford!! Her words are always a delight!!
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222 reviews2 followers
May 29, 2020
Second Chance for Fraya and Alok

Alok and Fraya's story was one that I became invested in 8 years ago (in the RC Universe anyway). I felt her hurt and betrayal. I didn't see how Alok would ever deserve another chance, but then The Dark Pretender started with a bit of a twist and Alok redeemed himself throughout and proved that he deserved another chance and then some. Thank you to the author, Nikki Jefford for helping to bring his redemption story to light.
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6 reviews
May 30, 2020
Sexy, Satisfying, and Happily Ever After
The Dark Pretender is one of those satisfying stories that ends just the way I hoped it would. This feel-good novel has a spunky princess, an outcast prince, and a hateful fiance who all get exactly what they deserve. Several steamy scenes spice up the story, and the epilogue is the cherry on top of this ice cream sundae of a book!
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122 reviews7 followers
May 31, 2020
Sky above, I LOVE IT!! The Dark Pretender has a Romeo & Juliet vibe. Both Fraya's and Alok's families hate each other. (If you've read Holiday Crown you know why. If you haven't, I suggest reading Holiday Crown.) Hence the Romeo/Juliet vibe. After all when your families hate each other, and there is distrust and betrayal how could you love the other person.
Alok is swoon worthy with his dark presence, cocky attitude, and that damn smirk of his. He has become my favorite male character in this series.
Fraya is every bit as fierce as her mother, Aerith. Deadly with a bow, head strong/stubborn, and loves with all her heart.
The Dark Pretender is an amazing read. One of the best novellas written by Nikki Jefford. Her fae and elvin worlds just keep getting better the more she writes. I highly recommended reading this one.
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485 reviews5 followers
May 29, 2020
🏹 🖤⚔️

Fraya and Alok are back in their follow up to Holiday Crown, years have past and hearts have been broken; enemy lines drawn. So is all lost for these two? Well I guess you’ll have to grab yourself some sweetberry tea and get reading!!! Trust me this story will keep you hooked until the end! It’s everything I hoped it would be and I enjoyed it immensely. Very excited for the next one. 5 stars 🌟
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40 reviews2 followers
June 1, 2020
I have loved Alok and Freya since the Holiday Crown. The entire family is always fiery and fun and this book is no exception. Hands down my favorite, so far!
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325 reviews
May 30, 2020
Fraya, the daughter of my favorite Royal Conquest couple, Aerith and Jhaeros, story is told in this fabulous addition of the Royal Conquest series. Fraya and Alok, once in love during their teens until Alok betrays her and her family, runs into each other at a house party. Much occurs at this house party as it lasts all week. I absolutely love this story. What Fraya has been through and how she overcomes her hardships and Alok trying to be the worthy friend and gain forgiveness for his young foolish ways is written so well by author Nikki Jefford. Read this book. And it really helps to read “Holiday Crown” first, so you truly understand the background of Fraya and Alok. I’m looking forward to the next Royal Conquest book.
Profile Image for Brittani.
60 reviews
May 29, 2020
I finished this book in two hours, without even knowing it. I simply just kept reading and didn’t even think about putting it down. I loved it! Best of the new generation so far! I loved getting back to Fraya’s POV and oh she’s been through so much. Helio was such a great villain, he made my skin crawl. Ugh. Now Alok, he’s something to talk about. Swoon. I loved Dark Pretender and I’m ready for the twins up next!
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229 reviews
May 23, 2020
Wow! I loved this story! I’m felt so bad for Fraya. She has went through so much heartache. I’m so glad she didn’t just settle and she went after what she wanted and overcame her fears! I loved the way this story ended with a happy ending for Fraya and Alok. I can’t wait to read more!
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73 reviews1 follower
May 30, 2020
I've been dying to get back to Alok and Fraya's story ever since they were torn apart by betrayal in Holiday Crown and I loved that they were reunited for good this time! I hated Helio with a passion!
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2,295 reviews
June 10, 2020
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
I enjoyed this continuation of the second generation in the series. Fraya is a fairly strong FMC that gets herself in a jamb needing some help out of it. Alok is a previously twisted MMC that can’t get past the love he destroyed in that previous book. I wasn’t sure the author could pull it off & make his villainous past -into a redeemable character worthy of Fraya, but the author really did it. He really becomes a pussy cat in the end, once again leading readers to believe that a good woman can indeed reform those bad boy villains! LOL This is definitely worth reading!
August 26, 2020
Alok and Fraya return 😁

Ever since Holiday Crown I've be dying to read Alok and Fraya's story, and I was so not disappointed. Fraya is definitely her mother's daughter; strong, independent, beautiful, and smart. I loved her just as much as her mother and aunt. Alok has definitely grown and matured since Holiday Crown, and it's for his betterment. I thought they were the perfect couple in HC but in this book I found myself hoping that they could overcome any odds to be together.

Once again Nikki Jefford has created such imagery as to make you feel like you're in the character's world. These are characters that stay with you long after the book has ended. I can't wait to read the next book in this series; Reed and Ronin are two characters I already love to pieces. This book is a five star must read.
1,373 reviews1 follower
June 22, 2020

XXX! Adult content, reader discretion advised. Freya has always been a fighter. But she took one too many hits and broke. Helio, an abusive, manipulative and controlling emp, took advantage. Freya ended up pregnant which is why she agreed to an engagement with the creep. Unbeknownst to Freya, Helio was acquainted with Alok whom she had deep and personal history with. Alok was blindsided when he saw his childhood and lifelong love at Helio's house party. Even more so when he discovered they were engaged. Was there more to the story or was a complicated past and present too much?
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820 reviews6 followers
May 30, 2020
🖤🏹You had me at hello 🖤🏹

This book gave me all the feels man! I knew from the start that Alok and Fraya were meant to be... i had hoped...but it started with a beautiful disaster. It seemed hopeless. Their love seemed doom from the start as they became enemies due to “royalty gone bad” and part ways. But fate has a funny way sometimes. Decades later they meet again. An unexpected twist of events bring these two together, and this time Alok is determined to keep his promise he made years ago.

LOVEd it!! Alok has my heart and soul!
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3,973 reviews75 followers
February 3, 2021
This is a must read that once you start you cant put down no matter what. It moves along at such a great speed for reading which is neither too fast nor too slow, has interesting characters that you will fall in love with and a story that will not let you down. This book needs to be on your list of books for 2021, there is no doubt about it.
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440 reviews2 followers
October 24, 2020
Favorite Quote:

“You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.” “Are you sure about that?” I ran my fingers over his arm—the one I’d shot when we were teenagers.
“I’d take a thousand arrows for you.
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