King of Hyde Park by bestselling author, Lisa Watson, is book eight of the nine book Kings of the Castle series by various female authors. Book one, Kings of the Castle, is an introduction to all of the Kings, with emphasis on Vikkas Germaine. Books two through nine are standalones with no cliffhangers and can be read in any order, though I’m reading them in sequence.
Nine former students of Khalil Germaine, now Kings of The Castle, are recruited by their mentor to root out and eliminate the corruption that has infiltrated The Castle, initially a humanitarian endeavor. They vow to protect The Castle and each other from future attacks, while searching for the person or persons responsible for the attempted assassination of their mentor, Khalil, and his son, Vikkas. Along the way they meet some extraordinary women. This is Alejandro “Dro” Reyes’ story.
Victor Alejandro “Dro” Reyes, King of Hyde Park, is known as a “Fixer”, someone who discreetly cleans up and handles situations for high profile people, repairing professional reputations. He owns a crisis management company, Vantage Point. Dro has been contracted, though reluctantly, to clean up the bad boy image of Shawn Mayhew, son of Alistair Mayhew.
Lola Samuels is the Director of Public Relations for Alistair Mayhew. Mr. Mayhew tasks Lola with working alongside Alejandro to restore his son’s reputation. Lola finds herself ridiculously attracted to Dro and he is equally attracted to her. Initially they are wary of each other but soon establish a relationship.
King of Hyde Park is the next success in the Kings of the Castle series. The main characters, Dro and Lola, are completely believable and are suitable residents in the world of The Castle. Dro’s calm, measured manner is the perfect counterpart to Lola’s more carefree personality. The story is wonderfully cohesive and maintains the amazing continuity of the series. The ending is sublime. This is a story about love, betrayal and the determination of the human spirit. I’ve read each of the previous seven books and each was a 5 star read and this one is as good as the others, so I rate it 5 out of 5 stars as well. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys multicultural romantic suspense or well-written contemporary romance.
My thanks to Independent Publishers Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: December 20, 2019