Title: Steel Princess
Series: Royal Elite #2
Author: Rina Kent
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: April 13th 2020
Format: eBook Kindle Unlimited
Reread: Four times
Warning – Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Deviant King, the first book in the Royal Elite series.
Steel Princess starts off where the first ends, with Elsa reeling from the massive revelation of Aiden’s motivations. Trust me, this series gets better, hotter and intense. There are secrets to be revealed, the past that haunts Elsa and Aiden, and the ruthless players – both known and unknown – playing the field.
Elsa’s not sure whom to trust anymore. After eavesdropping on a conversation between Silver and Aiden’s father, and later almost dying from an incident, she’s on the quest to find the answers. The secrets that only her past can reveal.
Unfortunately for her, Aiden’s a part of that past. He knows about her family, her name, and the legacy they are both born to lead. But Aiden’s the enemy and the King family are out to destroy her.
Rina’s writing style is crisp. She knows her characters and I love how she has developed Elsa from frozen to this strong girl fighting for herself. She knows she is the key to open Pandora’s Box that is her past.
I love her determination to stop herself from being played by people and start playing the game herself. We follow along as Elsa discovers more of the secrets. Rina’s skillfully written story makes you feel what Elsa feels – the pain, the attraction to the enemy, the darkness in her mind and her own deviant nature.
I love possessive heroes. I mean, if I ever met Aiden IRL, I’d run from him, but in the books – I just can’t help but fall for him. There are chapters in Aiden’s POV as well, and we get to know him. He is completely bonkers about Elsa, and you can see it.
His darkness molds to Elsa’s. He is possessive about her and will destroy everyone to keep her safe. He is the villain, and he had a goal to destroy Elsa before. We understand the reason behind that.
He has darker sociopathic tendencies, lacks empathy, and plays the game better than anyone. He is a complex character, and I loved reading those glimpses of his smart AF brain. The past may have twisted him to the point of no return, but he knows Elsa’s the one to calm his demons.
The past binds Elsa and Aiden. It’s like fate or destiny made them for each other. After Aiden’s ‘betrayal’, Elsa tries her best to push Aiden away. But he is having none of that crap. The push and pull added to their explosive relationship, the chemistry scorching, their connection so intense.
They bring out the bad and the good in each other. And as you read further, you just know Aiden needs Elsa in his life and vice versa. I love them!
The review is incomplete without mentioning the other members of the Horsemen – Xander, Cole and Ronan! I am so intrigued by their friendship. They are competitive and at times antagonistic towards each other. But they are tight.
The plot is addictive. There are some twists and turns I didn’t predict, as well as Aiden’s enigmatic father, Jonathan King, who saved her all those years back.
The story progresses at a faster pace, the suspense and mystery keeping you on your toes, and that insanely passionate romance. I was there for everything! That ending is explosive – should have seen that coming!
I so recommend this series for all the Dark Romance, New Adult Romance readers!
Blurb of Steel Princess by Rina Kent
The princess isn’t supposed to dethrone the king.
He said he’ll destroy me, and he did.
I might have lost the battle, but the war is far from over.
They say it starts with one move to dethrone the king.
No one mentioned he’ll yank me with him on the way down.
If Steel’s little princess wants a war, then war it is.
There’s only one rule: my rules or none at all.
By all means, show me what you got, sweetheart.
Steel Princess is book two of Royal Elite series and should be read after Deviant King. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some readers might find offensive.
This book is part of a trilogy and is NOT standalone.
The entire trilogy is available
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About Rina Kent:
Rina Kent is an international bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.
Darkness is her playground, suspense is her best friend, and twists are her brain’s food. However, she likes to think she’s a romantic at heart in some way, so don’t kill her hopes just yet.
Her heroes are anti-heroes and villains because she was always the weirdo who fell in love with the guys no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of angst, a pinch of violence, and lots of intense passion.
Rina spends her private days in a peaceful town in North Africa daydreaming about the next plot idea or laughing like an evil mastermind when those ideas come together.