Published by Maroon Ash Publishing on July 24th 2014
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Multicultural & Interracial, Romance, Suspense
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**GET THIS BOOK FOR $.99 IN THE SHADES OF DESIRE BOX SET!****The Queen Quartette**In this seductive series, four lives collide in a riveting tale of secrets, deception, betrayal, and revenge...and this story is about...the cunning mistress…Athena Lewis is a mistress of deception. She’s savvy with a computer, has a sharp mind and an even sharper attitude. Except when it comes to “Davie,” the only man who’s ever made her feel safe. But to protect the only family she has left, Athena must embark on a mission that goes against everything she believes in—and that includes using the last trick she has left. Her body.Royal Courts co-founder, David Carrone has worked hard for what he has. As the illegitimate son of a notorious crime boss, he makes it his mission to distance himself from that world—and those he once called friends. Yet when his past comes back in the form of smooth curves and raw passion, David is immediately brought low, putting his thriving young company at risk.With David’s trust betrayed and Athena’s “mission” compromised, they both set out to right some wrongs while playing a game that can only end with them losing their hearts.This story has been enhanced from the short, previously published title, The Bedpost Queen.
His Bedpost Queen is the second installment of the Queen Quartette series by Lena Hart. You can read my review of His Flower Queen here.
Like the first book, His Bedpost Queen is set in Vegas and features the Royal Courts casino. It stars Gabe’s business partner, David. The heroine is Athena (Tena) Lewis, whose blind loyalty to her brother, Anthony, puts her in a very uncomfortable situation as she has to betray someone she cares about. If you guessed David then you are correct. These two have history. They ran together in the same crew, stealing, many years ago. David got out and was able to make a name for himself. Though he has never forgotten his past, he has worked very hard to overcome his beginnings and distance himself from the Carrone name; an alleged crime family.
This was a romantic suspense coupled with a reunion 14 years in the making. Tena’s brother got into a bit of trouble with some people from their past. As he always does, he went to his sister to bail him out. Her task? To retrieve something of value from David. These old friends turned briefly to adversaries before becoming what they were always destined to be; lovers.
David was definitely more likable to me than Gabe. He was lovable, protective but with just the right amount of edge. Athena and David’s past was a murky one and I loved the initial flashback and the memories we were treated to. By doing this, readers got more backstory and was able to sympathize with both of them at certain points in the book. We understood more of why these main characters went their separate ways.
I wasn’t fond of the vagueness regarding the job Tena had to complete. What were they really after? Yes, she had to retrieve David’s hard drive but we weren’t told WHAT was on the hard drive. Tena was also way too gullible when it came to her brother. I understand that they were family but she went into all of this just a bit too quickly for my taste.
There is an ongoing storyline that started with His Flower Queen but you don’t have to read that in order to enjoy His Bedpost Queen. Another piece of this puzzle slid into place regarding the larger plot that will carry on throughout the next two books. The romance was definitely at the forefront of this book but Hart did a good job of luring you into the mystery. I look forward to reading the remainder of the books to find out just who is trying to sabotage David and Gabe’s hard work.
I love a friends-turned-lovers story so this was enjoyable for me. Tena had feelings for David since she was a kid so it was nice to see that love returned, even though it took many years.
Another quick read, His Bedpost Queen was a delightful addition to the Queen Quartette series.