Review: Return of the Lycan King: Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first by Candace Blackburn and it’s not going to be my last. The first book in her Return of the Lycan King series is a winner. Fast paced, fun and just enough action to keep the pages turning – I found it to be a solid start to the series. I’m going to do my best to not give a spoiler because I really liked this.

When I saw the blurb for this, my eyes went big. I’m a sucker for damaged main characters and knowing it’s the heroine was the icing on the cake. The world building was good, I mean very good. Nothing over the top and all very subtle. The majority of the story is told from Kristen’s angle as the new girl on the block per se and we see the world through her eyes. It’s an interesting world.

Growing up human, Kristen had a fulfilling life until a few years ago when she suffered from a sports injury resulting in surgery and also the time when her mother disappeared. By the way, Kristen’s most recent sport that she indulges in is one that I myself am an avid fan and practitioner of. So there might be some squee moments when she’s killin’ it and I’m giggling with joy. But I digress.

When everything came crashing down for Kristen, her dependence started as a means of recovery from the surgery. However, soon after greater dependence on those same pills skyrocketed and Kristen found herself doing things she never thought she would do for that monkey on her back. Blackburn does an admirable job of going into the neurosis of Kristen’s addiction and her continuing recovery. It’s just enough to not have the addiction be present today and gone tomorrow kind of thing.

Nicholas is a lycan. He’s always been and always will be. I enjoyed the world that Blackburn is building with the shifters. Considering Nicholas’s age, it’s understandable that he’s amassed a fortune over his lifetime. His is a fun world to know. Nicholas and Kristen’s fate as a couple was decided a long time ago. One of the specific things about lycans is their need to find their mate. There’s some detail that’s explained but just know that Nicholas has been looking for Kristen, his mate, for a very long time. I was worried about the alpha as*hole syndrome coming into effect but it didn’t and I liked Nicholas and I especially liked him for Kristen. She needs someone who’s not going to roughshod over her or her wants and needs.

Starting off strong, Return of the Lycan King, has some slow moments for character development, but overall it’s a solid read with just enough sexy times and action to keep this reader completely engaged. If I didn’t have to work for a living I’d have read it in a single day.

There’s an entire supporting cast that makes this an even more rounded out series. Kristen’s brother, Darren, has a prominent role. Nicholas main guy, Lex, is something to behold. I’m very curious about Dante, the Italian chef. He can do a lot of things with his hands…I hope. And then there’re the ladies. Cass and Elizabeth seem strong enough to hold their own in this household of machismo.

I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series because I can’t wait for Lex to show me what he’s made of.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon

Return of the Lycan King: Nicholas and Kristen
by Candace Blackburn
Release Date: July 14, 2015

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