TITLE - Queen Heir (NYC Mecca Series #1)
AUTHOR - Jaymin Eve & Leia Stone
A gripping new fantasy series by USA Today bestselling authors Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone.
Betrayal. Forbidden romance. And a fight to the death.
Arianna is a 20 year old queen heir, eligible for the crown of wolf shifters. Heirs are trained and groomed from birth so that they're ready to rule should the queen perish during their time of eligibility. Only heirs can control the mecca, a powerful force of magic that runs beneath the boroughs of New York City.
Of course, there's little chance that the Red Queen will fall, she has stood for a century, and her power is beyond reckoning. Or so Arianna believes, right up until the final tolling of the bells. The queen has been murdered and four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.
If that wasn't enough to keep Arianna busy she also has to deal with a forbidden kiss, a bear king who may or may not be behind the war on her people, and the reappearance of a race of beings who were thought to be no more than urban legends.
Just another day in New York City. Let the Summit begin.
I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book! I picked up this book a while back with plans to read it but never did. This weekend I was looking for something interesting to read and decide to go ahead and start it. Once I started I could not put this sucker down. I devoured this book to the point that I was up at 2am trying to finish it but couldn’t keep my eyes open. It is always an amazing thing when you find a book that makes you want to choose reading over sleep. This book is a shifter book. It has plenty of mystery and action, with some romance thrown in. It is a wonderful story, but warning, there is no HEA. This book is part of a series.
The plot of this book intrigued me which is why I picked it up in the first place. I love shifter books. There has always been something about them that interests me. What caught my eye about this book was the blurb. “The queen has been murdered and four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.” This just spoke to me for some reason. I feel this promises plenty of action in the book, which is one thing I think shifter books need. Then there is the bit about a “forbidden kiss” and a “bear king” that just adds some mystery along with some idea that this romance is going to be far from typical.
The characters in this book are so dynamic. Arianna is a wonderful character. I love how much strength she has. She is 20 years old and has been groomed to be queen one day, but never thought it would happen. Even with that, she has run a whole borough of the city as Alpha and seems to be doing a great job at it. Add in the fact that she takes responsibility for her 5 year old sister and you have one strong and amazing female character that our young girls can look up to. I think what I love most about this character is she allows herself to feel fear, but does not let it control her. She is able to keep herself put together for her people.
This book has many other characters as well. The council plays a part in this book and it just reminds me of how much I hate politics. You have the other heirs as well. Only one was most noteworthy and not in the best of ways. Arianna’s friends play a big role in this book. She has her circle of 6 who guard her, but who are also her friends. They protect her not out of duty but out of love. It shows what kind of person Arianna is. Then you have her advisor who is pretty amazing. While she is a stickler for rules, she also genuinely cares about Arianna. Violet is a wonderful character and I hope she gets her own book or novella in the future because she is a spitfire that would be interesting to read from her point of view. The final character is Kade, the bear king. He is probably my favorite character because while Arianna is mistrusting of him, it is clear to me as a reader that Kade is transparent. He is strong and fair. I wish we got to read from his point of view.
The heat in this book is there, but not too much. There are a couple of forbidden kisses and intense moments, but no outright hands on moments. I feel this book’s goal in the heat department was to get the readers to really invest in this forbidden romance and be rooting for it. Each time the two characters would get together, even the readers could feel the sexual tension. I think this aspect of the book was wonderfully written.
The writing style of this book was flawless. I could not believe that this book was written by not one, but two authors. I feel it is hard to get a book to seem so smooth when there are two different people who have two different voices writing the same story. I am amazed that this book did not seem to have a problem. The pace of this book is steady with a lot going on, but not so much that the reader feels there is too much. I think this book was just the right amount of mystery and set up the series to continue on into the next books.
Overall, I fell in love with this book. It is an amazing novel that kept me enamored the entire time I was reading it. I did not want to put it down. I have already started recommending this book to friends. I have already started the next book and plan to have the series read in the next day or two. If you haven’t started it, then what are you waiting for?
Writing Style: 5/5