The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan Book Review

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The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan


From beloved, RITA-award-winning author Kennedy Ryan comes the gripping, passionate finale of the All the King’s Men duology.

Though surrender is what Maxim Cade demanded of Lennix Hunter’s body and heart, she had other plans. They were fast-burning fascination and combustible chemistry, the son of an oil baron and the Apache daughter at war with his family, but she trusted him, and he turned out to be a thief who stole her love.

Still, if what they had was a lie, why had it felt so real?

Now, the man she swore to hate is about to have it all, and he wants Lennix at his side. But when the two of them are forced to face the unthinkable, their rocky foundation is tested, as is the invisible thread that seems to wind their fates together. As they navigate a treacherous political landscape in their quest for justice, Maxim and Lennix soon learn that power is a game, and they are merely the pawns and players. Facing insurmountable odds, will they win the world, or will they lose it all?

Sensitive Content

Here is the sensitive content that I observed while reading:

  • Alcohol
  • Car Accident/Death in a car
  • Death of a parent
  • Grief
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Racism
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Violence


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There are possible **SPOILERS** beyond this point!

Overall Rating

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Rebel King was emotional and intense from beginning to end!! I flipped pages like crazy trying to find out what happened next in this book! I absolutely loved Kennedy’s writing in this love story just as much as the last, if not more! These characters went through it! From kidnapping, to murder, to electoral campaigning, this couple weathered trials that many others could not come out on top of. The resolution to Lennix and Maxim did not disappoint at all!

One of my favorite things about this series so far has been the deeper discussions being had about patriotism, activism (justice for indigenous peoples in this country and climate change), as well as monied privilege. This book is fiction but you can see how much research Kennedy put into Lennox’s character and all the politics! It’s presented to us in such an artful way that I don’t feel like it’s info dumped here and there. Seamless.

Lennix is such a fierce character! She fights for what is right and her voice is strong. She is one of my favorite characters and I was in turmoil over the way this book starts with her being held hostage. Her life is never the same after that. Lennix is able to return to her life trying to get Owen Cade elected president. She’s focused on her job and won’t let her feeling for Maxim ruin everything she’s worked for! I am such a fan girl about how Lennix dominates everything she sets her mind to! Seriously want to be her when I grow up.

Maxim! My man. I have loved his bossy self since the beginning! Priority for Maxim Cade is Lennix. Period. If Nix is not involved, her doesn’t care. The way this man loved Nix against EVERY. SINGLE. ODD! The was never any wavering in Max’s love for Lennix. It’s the consistency for me. He was always impeccably dress and I loved it! Also, I just think he’s pretty funny and well spoken. The way he communicates his feeling with Nix and how open his is sharing how he feels got to me everytime. I’m in tears! I was in absolute shambles by the end of this book. He was just so smooth and that dirty mouth. Mr. President doesn’t sound too bad.

There was never a dull moment as this book went from one major event to the next and I was always on the edge of my seat! This book is a bit more spicy than the first and we are not mad about it! The relationship between Nix and Max was rocky and had its ups and downs all along the way but it’s a lot more ups than downs in The Rebel King. I liked when Lennix and Maxim were still sneaking around but I wanted this HEA badly. I love their epilogue!

I highly recommend this romance book to all my second chance romance lovers! Thank you to the author for this copy of The Rebel King for this review 🫶🏽

Spice Rating

3/5 🌶️🌶️🌶️

There are several open door scenes in this book. There is only minimal innuendo though but it’s present!

Genre & Tropes


Contemporary Romance


  • Second Chance Romance
  • Billionaire Romance
  • Opposites Attract
  • Age Gap Romance
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Favorite Quotes

“The girl who chases stars landed on the moon, planted her flag, and I’ve been hers ever since.”

“They buried us, but they didn’t know we were seeds.”

“You signed up for me … And I signed up for you, whatever that means, wherever that takes us.”

“All these years, I’ve been searching for the once-in-a-lifetime candidate, and I’ve found him. Maxim is my once-in-a-lifetime, and I’m his. Once in a lifetime and for the rest of our lives.”

“Prove them all wrong. Blaze your own trail. Girl, woman, they’ll never give you the world. You have to make your own.”

“You said, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? I don’t think you can,’ but I did right away. I knew who you were, Lennix, before we even met. When I saw that dog headed for you, I didn’t think about the fact that we didn’t know each other. I didn’t care what my father thought. There was no time to think. I couldn’t have put words to it in that moment, but on some level, I knew who you were, and I knew you were mine.”

“Every cell in my body screams with the need to reclaim her physically. To stamp myself into her skin and feel the imprint of her burned into mine.”


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