Review: Tyrant by R.K. Lilley (The Wild Side #5)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Grey's Promotions.

Oh, how I've missed this author's writing! My last read from R.K. Lilley was the trilogy composed of The Wild Side, Iris, and Dair back in 2014. Nearly nine years since then, I found out that not only had I missed a few of her other releases post the first three books in the Wild Side series, but that she had a new novel coming out! That latest release is none other than Tyrant, the fifth book in the aforementioned series. While characters from the first four books make appearances, you can read this new one regardless of whether or not you're familiar with the previous ones. I'm saying that with a fair bit of confidence because while I did books one to three, which featured the same couple throughout, I haven't had the opportunity to read the fourth book, The Other Man, and I was still able to fully enjoy Tyrant. That being said, my curiosity's been piqued, and I've added The Other Man and any other books I've missed by R.K. Lilley on my to-be-read list.

Turner Thorn is a bestselling author of horror fiction in his mid-thirties with a reputation. His way with words has made him a great deal of money, but it's also led to a revolving door of women, several of whom have worked for him as his personal assistant. The newest one comes from his good friend Dair, aka fellow bestselling author Alasdair Masters, but while twenty-three-year-old Deveraux Laurent is gorgeous, she's nothing like the assistants who came before her. She isn't fawning over Turner, nor is she giving into her boss's charm and constant flirting. The aspiring author and illustrator hopes to learn about the publishing world from Turner, while he's hoping to teach her a thing or two in his sex room. But Ro is a cut above the rest, and Turner finds himself wanting more than he ever dared want before. It looks like this tyrant has met his match.

The banter! The tension! The everything in between! Goodness, but how I was smitten silly with Turner and Ro and their story--almost as smitten as he was with her. Turner was addicted to Ro's smirks and snarky comebacks, and dare I say that he was a wee bit obsessed with her. This was a highly entertaining slow burn romance that had heat, heart, AND humor, and maybe a sprinkling of angst as well. I enjoyed seeing how being around each other changed them, and I was curious to see what would happen if one or the other hesitated to openly acknowledge what was actually developing between them. I enjoyed the heck out of this book, and read it in one sitting, something I haven't done in quite a while. Tyrant receives five stars, with hope for at least another book in the series.

Release Date: 29 August 2023

Date Read: 20 August 2023

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