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Roma King by Callie Hart

Roma King (Roma Royals #1)
by Callie Hart

Rating: ★★★★★
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“911. What is your emergency?”

Every night, Zara Llewelyn picks up the phone and assists people in distress. House fires. Assault. Motor vehicle accidents. Home invasions…

Between the hours of six and two, she is the answer to a thousand cries for help. But when the payphone outside Zara’s apartment building mysteriously begins ringing night after night, the very last thing she wants to do is pick it up. And yet, she can’t seem to help herself…

Pasha Rivin’s trying to outrun fate. He’s been running from it for years now, but escape isn’t in his cards. As the oldest son of the oldest Roma family in the country, he’s not just a member of a proud and fiercely traditional clan. He is their reluctant king…and now he’s expected to find a wife.

The fiery redhead that shows up on his doorstep, following a trail of breadcrumbs, hunting for a missing little boy, is the last person Pasha’s mother has in mind, however. She’s an outsider, an intruder, and as far as his family are concerned, she’s not welcome on their land, let alone in their king’s bed.

Pasha has never allowed his destiny to stand in the way of what he wants, however. And he’s never wanted anything more than he wants the girl with the burning green eyes.

Zara Llewelyn picked up the phone and learned a secret.

Falling in love has never been so dangerous…

*ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Holy shit, I’m still stuck in cloud nine after finishing Roma King. Brimming with intrigue, suspense and surprise turns, I devoured this read within twelve hours as everything about it is perfect! Zara and Pasha’s unique relationship, bound together by an intricate series of events, pulled me in—they made me fall in love with it. Every step of the way.

Callie Hart writes bad boy anti-heroes that will have you down on your knees begging and wanting more of them. They’re always damaged, oftentimes rebellious and dripping in tantalising naughtiness with a hint of buried sweetness that only the women they obsess over discover. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Zeth Motherfucking Mayfair, Pasha will capture your heart in similar fashion.

I want to fucking consume her. There’s a part of me that wants to fucking destroy her, if only so no one will ever be able to look at her.

Pasha Rivin is an anti-hero that will capture your attention straight away. He’s the epitome of tall, dark and handsome while simultaneously screaming titillating sin and veiled danger. He isn’t just wicked, full of cockiness and intimidation, and brandishing a filthy mouth that’ll leave your cheeks burning.

Pasha’s an enigma that you’ll want to learn more about. Destined to become a Roma king, a path paved with greatness, he craves freedom—to be free of responsibilities and superstitions and manipulative clan members. And the more you pry open, the more entranced and obsessed you’ll become with Roma’s upcoming king.

I’ve done everything in my power to banish him from my thoughts, but there’s something about the man standing before me that won’t be quelled.

Despite leading an independent simple life, Zara Llewelyn is an intriguing and compelling heroine. She’s filled with so much empathy and compassion, you can’t help but find her wonderfully endearing. I admire the strength and determination and ferocity she exudes—especially when confronted with unexpected situations that transform her humble routine into something more complicated.

Sometimes a glimpse of vulnerability will surface, making Zara a more real and relatable character. She isn’t easily intimidated though—her own sassiness and fierceness comes through when coming head-to-head with Pasha in verbal sparring.

“I take it back,” he rumbles. “You’re no nightmare, Zara Llewelyn. You’re every single beautiful dream I’ve ever had. And I don’t plan on letting you go now.”

When Zara and Pasha are together, your panties will melt and your heart will pound—they’re scorching and burning with intense chemistry and sexual tension. Roma King is teeming with suspense and premonitions, your jaw will drop in surprise. You’ll almost forget that this feels like a slow burn, forbidden romance between a Roma and gadje.

While there’s a suggestion that implies they know each other through predestined dreams—feeling almost paranormal—there’s no instant-love here, but rather instant-attraction. It doesn’t come across as unrealistic; instead it is an interesting example of Roma culture’s fascinating world.

Roma King is unique, a riveting story where the author weaves detailed segments into a captivating storyline filled with deep-rooted traditions and superstitions of an intriguing culture. If you’ve read, loved and obsessed over Callie Hart’s other series, I guarantee you’ll want to acquaint yourself with Pasha Rivin. Get ready—you’ll lose your panties, heart and mind to this Roma king dripping in sinful naughtiness and wicked cockiness.

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