Book 4 in ROAD TO HELL series
(series must be read in order)
It’s good to be the Queen…
Having ascended the throne of Hell, Madison Wescott is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. Though she has embraced her demonic nature, she has ensured the safety of everyone she loves. With both Micah and Nix at her side, she wields more power than she could have ever imagined.
But not even the throne is safe when you rule in Hell.
In the wake of a failed assassination attempt, Madison learns about a realm of the damned older than Hell itself. A fierce and powerful incubus vows to escape his imprisonment there — and his efforts are weakening the bonds that hold him and countless other monsters at bay. With no plan and nowhere else to turn, Madison contacts an unlikely source for help. But whose side is he really on? Will he help preserve her reign, or bring about Hell’s downfall?
Choose your partnerships carefully…
“Fancy meeting you all alone and out in the wide open.” Madison opened her eyes in time to catch the incubus emerge from the shadows, his gaze assessing the area like a CIA agent on a national security mission. “Is this a trap?”
“You wouldn’t believe me if I said no.” She nodded at his chest. “I see you located some clothing.” The black shirt fit the tone of his dark intentions.
“The evidence of your handprints caused a stir among the Hakarians. They doubt my ability to manage you.”
She grinned at that information.
“Do not gloat, bride.” Aramayis snagged her ankles, lifted them, and sat on the end of her chair.
“I have big plans for our Hakarians.”
“They are mine, and I do not share what is mine.” He settled her feet in his lap.
“You’ve got something of mine.”
He glanced up from her foot with a question in his eyes.
“Petra,” she clarified. “I want her back.”
“Aramayis lesson number one… take better care of your property or someone else will snag it from you. Unattended pets have a way of going missing.”
The smug bastard had a few lessons of his own to learn. “Either return her, Aramayis, or I’ll
take your Hakarians from you.”
“You are weak, not worthy of their loyalty yet.” Madison didn’t give two-shits about their loyalty, but she held her tongue and he went on. “I cannot decide if your feebleness disgusts me or offers me a beneficial opportunity.”
“I’m newly made.”
“Inconceivable possibility. You are Lynx.”
Of course he would assume just because of her genetics she’d be mature. “I’m thirty years old. I only accepted my demon—”
“What is a demon?”
“I accepted my Lynx only recently. In the last couple of months or so.”
Aramayis stared at her so long she grew antsy beneath his gaze. “You jest?”
Madison shook her head. A slight twinge of Zen’s magic tickled her skin. She hoped his obvious presence distracted the incubus enough he didn’t notice Nix’s company.
He removed her sandals and put his thumbs into her insoles. First one foot, and then the other. Not one to pass up a good foot massage, she permitted his forwardness for the time being. She rewarded his efforts with a soft groan of delight, and he smiled at her.
“Where’d you learn that, incubus?”
“Bride, everything I do is designed to elicit arousal.” He sent a bead of pheromones into the bottom of her foot, and she yanked her foot out of his grasp.
Sitting straight up, she pummeled him with a Hellish fireball, knocking him off the lawn chair to the ground. She rose to her feet, braced them apart to maintain firm footing, and loomed over him. His black eyes met hers, and for a scant moment she thought he was mystified, but then he covered it up with one of his sexual innuendos. “I look forward to discovering if your violent tendencies roll over into the bedroom.”
“Here’s a Madison life lesson for you, incubus. Kidnapping my stepdaughter is a poor way to start this relationship.” She motioned between them with a flick of her fingers. “If you want me, you gotta convince me you’re worth the trade-off. Convince me you’re a better catch than what I’ve already got, because right now all I’m seeing from you is tyranny.”
Aramayis pushed to his feet and slapped dirt off his leather pants. “With me
An absolute *must read* for Road to Hell and Team Nixah fans. Who will love it most? Those crazy gals that can't get enough of King Eliel. We get a lot more of- and in depth with Elias. Still, he hasn't won me over. As is expected of a Gracen Miller book, this special installment is full of twists and surprises, plenty of heat, and the perfect hook to leave us wanting more.
That pretty much sums it up. What I love about this story is that the passion is as strong as ever. Like we never left this amazing, disturbing world. Despite fears, doubts, and seemingly insurmountable struggles, Mads and crew never give up without a fight. Here, the problem is knowing who the enemies really are. And that is Gracen's brilliance. This woman can twist a plot and your mind. It's painfully wonderful.
Love them or hate them, each of these characters bring passion into every word, every thought, touch, or action. And each is a master manipulator- even our now-not so little- Amos. So, now that Mads is Queen, the rules have changed again- and so have alliances. The list of beings that want Madison and Amos dead is growing and time is running out.
While the risks seem to grow tenfold, the struggles hit home as well, and we find our original trio questioning their arrangement. There is no denying the love between them but can Micah continue to share his one true love and creation? Can Nix handle Madison's role in Hell? And what is going on with Elias? Will Micah ever forgive his twin for his torture of Madison?
So many questions. And many, many more. As always, Gracen pushes her characters to the limit and the results are shocking and amazing. No one is safe from exposure or their pasts. The world as they know it could very well end. Would any survive? Well, we get a great glimpse into more of our faves like Zen and Elias, and how their roles have changed through choices made and destinies shifting, and that gives us a wee peek into what the future could hold for them all. Gracen also throws in a couple of treats for her diehard fans. This book is for us, after all, and it leaves us with hope for another installment. Because honestly, we still can't get enough of these characters.
I'll be honest- my one critique... I felt Micah had lost a bit of his edge. I thought maybe he'd softened, he wasn't as frightening and threatening. It made me pause. Ya'll know I sold my heart and soul to Micah way back in Madison's Life Lessons. But, as I continued to read, I saw Gracen's vision. And though I had my own doubts, she never lead me astray.
Dramatic, highly erotic, and twists at every turn... it's exactly what we wish for in a Gracen Miller novel. Buckle in, kids, you're in for another terrifying, sexy ride on the Road to Hell.
Boy can I say it was fabulous to be back in the Road to Hell series world. Being back with Madison. Nix, Micah and of course Zen just felt like home. I sure had missed them.
If you have followed this series so far, then Royal Partnerships will be an exciting installment for you.
It was so awesome to see how much Madison has changed. How she has come in to her own...
Boy is she a true bada$$!!
But of course all that she does is followed up by the team of family that she has with her.
This is a review that revolves around book 4 in this series, so I can't give too much for those who haven't experienced this series.
But, I will say this...Royal Partnerships is a great addition to the Road to Hell series. An action packed tale that has you on roller coaster of excitement. A hot steamy read that keeps you on the edge of your seat with what will happen next.
If you haven't started this series yet, get started now....
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