King of Lawndale by bestselling author, Janice M. Allen, is the final book in 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’s story. Books two through nine are standalones with no cliffhangers and can be read in any order, though I read them in sequence. I do recommend reading book nine last, as it is the only novel that could provide spoilers for the others.
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 Dwayne Harper’s story.
Dwayne Harper is a professor of World Studies at a local college and owner of a private college prep school, Excel Charter School. He’s been somewhat in the background throughout the series but finally comes into his own as King of Lawndale.
Tiffany Richards is Dwayne’s girlfriend and potential wife, but a mutual friend has made her interest in Dwayne known. Dwayne is faced with a difficult choice that’s only made harder by a secret that Tiffany holds close. Dwayne might have taken his time, but this King finally finds his Queen.
The Castle is more than just a magnificent building. It’s a new way of thinking and living. Success can be attained when like minds work together for a common righteous goal. The Castle now has a full complement of Kings, Queens, Princes and Knights who are using their new power, resources and connections to affect positive change. Dwayne’s new mantra: “I am surrounded by greatness.”
King of Lawndale is the final success in a successful series. Ms. Allen ties all the loose ends together into a nice bow that maintains the continuity and integrity of the series. The plot twists are epic. The ending is beyond epic. I loved the entire series and this final installment was worth the wait. The series started with a 5 out of 5 star read and ends the same way. I can’t recommend it any more highly 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 23, 2019