Friday, May 3, 2013

The Royal Flush by D.N. Simmons

Title:  The Royal Flush
Author:  D.N. Simmons
Series: Knights of Darkness #3
Published:   May 10th 2006 by Authorhouse
Page Count: 268
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★★

Book Blurb:

The Royal Flush is the third novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. In the third installment of this tale, the hunt is on! The coven, Pack and Pride must join forces to stop a group of big game hunters by any means necessary! Hold on to your seat as the Knights take you on yet another wild ride that will not let you go until the last word is read and the book is closed!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and
take you for a ride you won't forget!

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.


“Hello?” asked Sebastian, finally utilizing the call-waiting feature by clicking over.

“Listen to me very carefully,” Elise said sternly. Sebastian remained silent as he waited for her to continue. “There are five assassins surrounding the mansion. Who is there with you?”

“Daniel, Miranda, my Mom, and Carmen,” Sebastian quickly replied.

“Tell them to search the grounds and kill whomever they find. Sebastian, tell them now!” The telephone was dropped to the floor. Elise could hear Sebastian call out to the others. She listened carefully as he relayed the information.

“What’s the matter?” Daniel asked.

“Elise said that there are some hit-men surrounding the mansion, they’re planning to kill us!” Sebastian panted excitedly.

“Go to the cellar, don’t come out until we tell you, do you understand?” Daniel ordered in a rushed tone.

“Yes.” Sebastian ran off towards the cellar.

Elise heard footsteps and someone picking up the receiver.

“It’s Daniel.”

“Kill anyone you see,” Elise instructed.

“Will do.” Daniel hung up the telephone.

My Review:

Simmons hits the ball out of the park again. With each segment in this series I get drawn further and further into the series and into the world itself.

This is one of those books that won’t get time locked based on descriptions and props. The main character listens to ‘her favourite R&B song’ rather than to a specific song. It is the small descriptive techniques such as these that keeps the story in the reader’s present. Everything could all happen last week, today, or in 10 years. It makes this phenomenal paranormal world easier to immerse yourself in.

Simmons embraces sexuality in all forms in her novels. There are very few (if any) stereotypically normal couples in this novel. At the same time, Simmons never slights any form of sexual orientation. Everyone is accepted and loved for who they are. Families and friends are accepting of relationships that lay outside the norm. it’s very reassuring and interesting to read about.

You really get to know the main characters better in this sequel. You no longer just know who they are, but also who they were. Simmons has painted such a complete picture of these individuals that you can also see who they may become. It’s cute how these characters who have lived longer than many Empires slip back into the speech patterns from their birth era. It adds an extra layer to the characters. Simmons has a very interesting way of bringing new characters to light and telling us all about them, making them instantly real in your mind.

As a whole, this was a phenomenal story that I couldn’t put down, even for a moment. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. I need to get back into this world with these phenomenal characters who I’ve come to love and know so well.

Buy your copy online via Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, or All Romance eBooks today!

Author Bio:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.  She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

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