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Book Review: Black Knight by Rina Kent

Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent

Title: Black Knight (Royal Elite Series #4)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully Romance
My rating:
2 of 5 stars

Beautifully written clickbait.

This is spoiler-free.

I’ve been reading this series since the start, and it’s been getting better with each book, Black Knight, by far the best in the Royal Elite Series. It’s compelling and gorgeous in its emotional depth. Kim’s characterization is fantastic and truer than book three, Twisted Kingdom when she came across like a fluffy little cheer queen. But there is so much of this book re-used from Rina Kent’s other books. And much is nonsensical as far as the plotline is concerned. And Xander, where to even start there?

And I’m prepared for the rotten tomatoes and voices of dissent but hear me out before you get angry.

Kim and Xander were besties growing up, completely inseparable. Then one day, Kim and Xan have a level two event on a scale of one-to-ten, he’s cold to Kim and tells her she’s disgusting and hates her. Boys are awful, but this is strange. It doesn’t follow the timeline mentioned in the earlier books, which is ten years old, and this occurs when these two are eleven.

Secondly, there is a point in Black Knight in which a triggering event causes a life-threatening situation. Kim’s life is endangered–wait, didn’t that happen to Ella in Twisted Kingdom? And several times to Reina in Lies and Truth Duet?

My point is we are at clickbait level of storytelling, where we all wait for the next story with the same trope with just a little further pushing of the envelope. I’m not knocking the writing; I’m knocking the lack of creativity. I waited for how many months for this, and I got a regurgitation. What’s worse; It was the wrapping paper of shock value content and a pity party for two of my favorite characters.

Which brings me to Knight, what the — ?

I couldn’t buy into the characterization sold in this book. The problem with dual POV is it ruins the mystery, right? It is also supposed to explain some of the hatred, but this POV insight further trivialized it. It made it seem as if he was unhinged. Not only bonkers–but also foolishly so that the rest of the Horseman pitied him–which is out of character. Previous three books establish Ronan as his best friend, but he comments against this, suggesting he tells his secrets to Aiden.

But that isn’t where my issues start; they are just everywhere. Xander is dealing with many home life and personal problems in this book that are supposed to clarify why he’s such a douchecanoe. We are just dealing with more clickbait fodder. It’s a mountain rather than one manageable and actionable issue. But this is typical Rina reveal fashion. Why be happy with managing one thing when we can reveal personal weakness, betrayal, scandal, lying parents, near-death experience, perversions and degradations, and the ultimate sacrifice. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. Sometimes too much is just too much.

I would like one good book that is less fan service and based on Rina ripping her heart out to write and less trying to use the stuff she’s done before.


Black Knight by Rina Kent
Black Knight by Rina Kent

About Rina Kent:

Rina Kent in an English author who’s constantly parading between France and North Africa due to her studies and her husband’s demanding job.
When she’s not packing suitcases or hopping from one plane to the other, she’s busy whipping her characters to shape. 

Since a young age, Rina has been obsessed with storytelling and flawed, edgy characters. Her heroes are often killers and anti-heroes and her books are always sprinkled with darkness, angst, violence, and lots of heat.

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Teaser Reveal: Deviant King Audiobook Announcement


๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ–คROYAL ELITE TRILOGY AUDIOBOOKS ANNOUNCEMENT๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘‘

Great news for the lovers of audiobooks! The bestselling series Royal Elite by Rina Kent will be coming in audiobook format soon!

Be ready for a gut-wrenching, twisted journey narrated by the fabulous Shane East & Keira Stevens.

This will be a duet style narration.

This teaser video is made by the wonderfully talented C.L. Matthews. ๐Ÿ–ค

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Book Review: Twisted Kingdom by Rina Kent

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Title: Twisted Kingdom (Royal Elite School #3)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: High School Bully Romance (New Adult)
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

The last books in trilogies are always tricky for me; it’s like I’m watching my children leave the nest. The story is all grown up, and now I feel so fulfilled and still somewhat empty at the same time.

The ultimate ending of Aiden and Elsa’s story ticked off all of my boxes, except for some backstory questions with which I’ve been struggling. How did Ethan know to show up at the Meet-Up at that moment? What is the actual heart condition Elsa suffers? I know how it started, but what is it she is at risk for developing–because at first, I thought it was some genetic thing, and then we find out ‘oh-no worse.’ But I don’t understand resulting complications–then again I believe that is by far the last thing I should be cross-examining.

But HOW DID ETHAN KNOW TO GO TO THE MEET-UP THAT DAY?

So right, that is where Steel Princess left off, and Rina doesn’t disappoint with the story continuation. I am attributing my Team Aiden campaign to the POV alternating in SP. But I’m not talking about which Horsemen team, but instead Team Aiden vs. Team Elsa. Twisted Kingdom opened up Aiden King’s black heart, and I felt he had a wealth of character depth–but it served to prove to me that Elsa is a fickle and fairweather girlfriend who I couldn’t support.

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Book Review: Steel Princess by Rina Kent

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Title: Steel Princess (Royal Elite #2)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully High School Romance
My rating:
4 of 5 stars


Title: Steel Princess (Royal Elite Book #2)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully High School Romance
Release Date:
December 12, 2019

I hate everything and everyone now.
Rina broke me again, and I want nothing more now than my cat, Xanax, and a panic room.

Deviant King is a mind screw of grand proportion full of little hints and easter eggs enough to make one bedlamite. The story is chockablock of broken characters who are far beyond repair; every damn one of them has more baggage than the Louis Vuitton outlet store. All the females are needy for love and affection but trade any hope for good things so they can live off the interest of the lies they tell themselves about the great future the could have if only they spring there trap. —Note to Elsa, Kim, Silvers, and Blair: You ARE your cage.

The only character that isnโ€™t an A-hole of monstrous proportions is Uncle Jaxon. But donโ€™t worry because in Steel Princess Rina breaks him too.

Both books have Elsa and Aiden considering the concepts of intuition and inevitability as their opening chapter. We return to philosophy, and Sartre: Elsa and Aiden both struggles with the ultimate existential crisis: are they the player or the game? In Steel Princess, there are references throughout Aidenโ€™s POVs of his worldview; heโ€™s the player; manipulation wonโ€™t work on him anymore. He mastered himself in the darkness of his childhood, nursing himself upon the suffering and pain forced upon him to create a self-possessed demon without weakness โ€” a villain entirely in control of his victim.

But regardless of all Aidenโ€™s encouragement, he hasnโ€™t been able to get Elsa to stop being the game and to embrace her power. Elsa spent all of Deviant King saying bullies shouldnโ€™t be understood. Rina has created her character with enough subconscious awareness to know that her amnesia, her scar, and her submissiveness are the seal on her Pandoraโ€™s box, and the key to it is to look into the abyss.

So in book two, our Steel Princess is born upon the sacrificial stone of Deviant Kingโ€™s poolside cliffhanger; the revelation has finally come to Elsa that she needs to remover herself from the Kingsโ€™ gameboard. But it hasnโ€™t occurred to her that all her research on strategy and attack is absurd in the light that she refuses to recognize what she controls. She is focused on the smallest most inconsequential parts of the larger picture and settles for crumbs when she owns the bakery.

This book is a rabbit hole of epiphany and discovery; admissions, confessions, and betrayals unloaded automatic assault weapon style and land like bombs. But the more you learn, the more you realize that you know nothing at all. For all of Rina Kentโ€™s unbundling of backstory explaining what ingredients went into creating present-day Elsa and Aiden, we canโ€™t begin to guess how two monsters will build their twisted kingdom. The last few pages only murky the waters further.
I hate it. I hate how badly I want more. I want a nap.

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Interviews: Rina Kent Author of Royal Elite Series

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Ali: Rina, I’m so excited that you were agreeable to a short interview. I know you have a lot going on with pre-release. 
Rina: My pleasure! Happy to be here.

Ali: This is the second novel in the Royal Elite School series; how happy are you with the reception of the first book in the trilogy Deviant King?ย 
Rina: To be honest, I was blown away by all the love Deviant King received. I was always a rebel who wrote what I connected with the most. Iโ€™m so happy that many readers love my words, the characters, and the worlds I create. I canโ€™t find the words to describe how much that means to me and my creative process.

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Interviews: A Short Chat with Rina and the RES Characters

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Ali: Cruel King and Deviant King reviewers have gone bonkers for Levi and the Horseman; what do you five think about becoming book boyfriends
Ronan: Boyfriend? Me? Any time, chรฉri *winks*
Xander: Any time, love *dimpled smile*
Levi: Iโ€™m only Astridโ€™s boyfriend.
Aiden: Who gave you permission to talk to me?

Ali: Which one of you thinks they are the best book boyfriend? And Rina, you’ve said that Ronan is your cinnamon roll — does he know this?
Ronan: Bien sรปre que moi! Girls love me. Okay, it might have to do with what will be written on my gravestone. I use it well.
Xander: Me. Because dimples. Think on that, ladies.

Ali: Astrid and Elsa, how does it make you feel when the King men reduce you down to chess pieces? Have you ever mentally, or aloud, demoted either of them or the Horsemen to pawns when they get out of hand.ย 

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Teaser Reveal: Steel Princess by Rina Kent

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Title: Steel Princess (Royal Elites School #2)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark High School Romance
Release Date:
December 12, 2019

๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ–คโ„‚๐• ๐•ž๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜ ๐•Š๐• ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘‘

The highly anticipated second installment of Royal Elite Series, Steel Princess, is coming on December 12th!ย 

What to expect from Steel Princess:

โœ” Dark
โœ” Twisted
โœ” Enemies to Lovers

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐‘ฌ๐’๐’”๐’‚

He said heโ€™ll destroy me, and he did.
I might have lost the battle, but the war is far from over.
They say it starts with one move to dethrone the king.
No one mentioned heโ€™ll yank me with him on the way down.

๐‘จ๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’

If Steelโ€™s little princess wants a war, then war it is.
Thereโ€™s only one rule: my rules or none at all.
By all means, show me what you got, sweetheart.

๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘Ž ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘‚๐‘‡ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’.

๐‘…๐‘œ๐‘ฆ๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐ธ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ :

#1 ๐ท๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐พ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”
#2 ๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘’๐‘™ ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ 
#3 ๐‘‡๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐พ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š

๐‘†๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘๐‘–๐‘›-๐‘œ๐‘“๐‘“:
๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™ ๐พ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” (๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’๐‘  ๐ต๐‘œ๐‘ฅ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ก)

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Cover Reveal: Cruel King by Rina Kent

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Title: Cruel King (Royal Elite School #0.5)
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: Dark Bully High School Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2020

Summary:

๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ–ค๐‡๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ž ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ .๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘‘

๐‘ณ๐’†๐’—๐’Š

Here, little princess. I’m your king.

You have three rules. Bow. Break. Bend the knee.

Fight me all you want, but soon enough, you’ll be chanting long live the king.

๐‘จ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’…

One day I’m Royal Elite School’s small fly, the next I’m hunted and left to die.

He doesn’t only shred my life to parts, but he’s also coming after my heart.

He thinks he broke me, but the new princess will bring the king to his knees.

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