I'll be the first to admit that writing THE LAST KING was a
of love—emphasis on the labor part. It's always challenging to
new series after spending years being in a different world, but this book
very specific problem that it took me far too long to figure out. Beckett
the hero, was a freaking jerk. Not a sexy jerk—just a flat out jerk.
In the original version of the book, he's washed his hands of his family and
their money, left the woman he loves behind for her own good, and is
living on a beach out of the country. He was, to put it frankly, an
How do you fix a character like that?
You break him down to his bare bones and rewrite from the ground up. Let me
you, it hurts something fierce to take that drastic of a step, but the new
Beckett King that emerged as a result is one of my favorite heroes I've
to date. He still doesn't get along with his father, but he knows where his
responsibilities lie and makes his moves in response to protecting the
views as his.
This new Beckett would never dream of leaving someone he loves behind, and
he starts pursuing our heroine, Samara, he does it with them on equal
doesn't expect his money or family name to sway her, and he respects the
out of her ambition and the fact that she's been the competition for as long
he's known her. He's alpha to the core, but he's not an alpha-hole. And
that makes all the difference in the world.
With Beckett driving the book, it became less a story about a man fighting
against an unwanted role in life and more a man fighting to preserve what
he has left of a fractured family—and to protect the people he cares about
the process. He heats up the sheets with Samara, but he's got an honorable
thread that acts as a compass through the story. And that is what
heroes are made of!
Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in
But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee
Robert introduces a red-hot new series.
THE MAN SHE HATES TO
Beckett King just inherited his father's fortune, his
company-and all his enemies. If he's going to stay on top, he needs someone
can trust beside him. And though they've been rivals for years, there's no
he trusts more than Samara Mallick.
The rebel. That's how Samara has
always thought of Beckett. And he's absolutely living up to his
ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can't help
if it's a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she'd
either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.
threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets
than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.
Sensual | Romance
Contemporary [Forever, On Sale: April 3, 2018,
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781455597109 / eISBN:
they control their attraction when their lives are on the line?
Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her Grandpa’s knee. Her
then were the rather
epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance
never looked back. Now living in Eastern Washington, she spends her time--
men and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse--writing speculative
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8 comments posted.
I like seeing bad boys or jerks become heroes of their stories... I am always up for seeing character growth!
(Colleen Conklin 1:17pm April 10)
It's fun to see big bad jerks show their softer side and become these super awesome heroes they have deep inside themselves!
(Maria Smith 8:45am April 12)
It like the idea. It adds an extra something to the story when the jerk gradually transforms into a hero.
(Anna Speed 12:28pm April 15)