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King (Skin Walkers Book 1) Kindle Edition

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A consummate professional, Lilly Worthington, has been personal assistant to CEO, Monroe StoneCrow for years. In that time, she’s witnessed much that leads her to believe there is something strange about Monroe and his staff. Tight-lipped and unwilling to rock the boat, Lilly performs her duties with skilled efficiency. Nothing could make her falter from her schooled indifference to the odd occurrences that plague StoneCrow…that is until King Mulholland arrives.

After years of being surrounded by Monroe’s gorgeous staff, Lilly is disconcerted to find that she cannot shake her attraction to King. Worse, he’s assigned as Monroe’s Chief of Security meaning he’s constantly in her presence. The distraction of King coupled with sudden threats at home has Lilly wondering if the two aren’t somehow connected. Are Monroe and King hiding something?

Skin Walker, King Mulholland, is called home to repay a debt to his friend, and Dominant Skin Walker, Monroe StoneCrow. Determined to even the field and then move on, King goes to great lengths to avoid Monroe’s machinations where pairing Walkers is concerned. Only two things stand between King and his freedom: Monroe’s scheming, and Lilly Worthington.

Inexplicably drawn to Monroe’s personal assistant, King is certain Monroe is somehow to blame. King struggles to fight his urges where Lilly is concerned; however, when Lilly is attacked all bets are off. Single-minded, feral, possession consumes him and his need to protect Lilly begins to outweigh his desire to play hardball with Monroe.

When King is finally stricken with what Monroe calls the affliction, King is more than ready to claim his angel…he is eager!

About the Author

My pack territory is in Central Montana, between Stone Crow estates and the North Fortress. Born and raised in an untamed location that bridges the gap between rolling prairies and majestic mountain peaks, I am born to a family that also bridges the gap between cultures. My father’s people boast a fiercely proud Scottish ancestry while my mother’s tribes descend from two savagely beautiful and unique nations that inspire my Skin Walkers series. I'm a huge fan of MMA, boxing, hockey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, DMX, the Killers, and 21 Pilots. I also love to read because it encourages me to write. (I hate it when authors add that they love coffee and chocolate. Really? Who doesn't love coffee and chocolate?) Anyway, I love beer...kidding. I don't love beer but we are engaged in a very serious relationship. (Mom, please don't call me when you read this.) Check me out at www.susanbliler.com Please leave feedback. Believe it or not I actually read your opinions/suggestions and try to adapt my work accordingly. A’hau.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Susan A. Bliler (Oct. 28 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GX1PC9E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2014
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First read for me by this author, this is well written with plenty of detail. Skin Walkers live among humans, and for the most part they manage to keep their existance a secret. Lilly has worked for Monroe StoneCrow for five years. It has not escaped her notice during that time that there were things going on that just weren't right, that lead Lilly to believe that most of the people living and working at StoneCrow Estates were not human. When her boss hires King Mulholland as head of security, Lilly is immediately attracted to him.

King Mulholland is not happy having been summoned to work for Monroe, but he owes Monroe a debt, so agrees to stay for a year.
King tries to ignore his attraction to Lilly and not just because she's a human, he has no time for relationships. But when Lilly is threatened he jumps in to protect her.

A very nice read, that introduces skin walkers who seem to be a mix of a number of paranormal creatures they have fangs like vampires and are able to shift as well. I will certainly read more from this series. My only complaint is I felt the relationship between King and Lilly was rushed, there was a lot else going on which meant pages dedicated to them were limited.
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By Popcorn on Dec 30 2013
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I loved it. Great story line, but the rest of the books do not follow any order. I read what I thought was the next book in the series, but found out upon visiting the authors web site that the second book has not even been published. Mean while the books contain major spoilers for books that have not been published. I have no idea what to say, but WTF!!!!!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cea4f8) out of 5 stars Nope, waste of time. March 26 2014
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
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What in the hell did I just read?

I had such high hopes for this book, only to be shot down in a blaze of glory. I had so many issues with the book while reading.

1) WHY IS EVERYONE YELLING AT ME? Seriously, the author went crazy with the all caps key. Characters don't need to yell at me to emphasize a point. That's what italics is for.

2) Where did the time go? This book skipped through time like no one's business. How did we get from point A to point Q? I don't know, because apparently the other letters don't matter.

3) Can I get some mood stabilizers here? These characters switched their standings so fast that I found myself getting whiplash. Yes, I totally agree with you. You go girl! Wait. What did you just say? The complete opposite of what you adamantly believed 3 seconds ago? No, you didn't? What? You're back to believing the first thing again? Oh wait, sorry, no you're not? I must be the one confused.

4) I would like a side of betrayal with my betrayal, please. There's so much deceiving going on throughout the entire book. Seriously, what best friend experiments on their best friend continuously without their knowledge? Not a spoiler, freaking know about it in the first chapter. I don't care how much you shove the reason down my throat, it's still wrong! You're a doctor for crying out loud!

What's wrong with these people? I know this is a work of fiction, but I like realism in my story. No sane person would act like these characters. The main guy King, I felt he was out of character for the last 95% of the book. Why would I think that you ask? Because he goes from this macho military soldier to a blubbering fangirl. He is all up Lilly's ass and I sit here thinking "what the hell happened to the strong alpha male we first met?" Don't even get me started on Lilly.

This sucks because I really liked the author's concept. It's just the execution of the story that killed it. So disappointed.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cea744) out of 5 stars This is most likely a series ending for me. Very disappointed!! Dec 6 2013
By Ikie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the other books in the series in the order they were published, but the timeline for the books do not seem to follow any timeline. To not let the readers know this is unacceptable. That is just the tip of the iceberg on what I found wrong with this book. This series had such potential to start with. Great concept. I understand that in this genre the first book or two can be a bit bogged down with world building and character relationships but we should be past that point now. This story was not flushed out. It was way to short, with not nearly enough relationship building between the main character's.

I'm also going to address another dislike so don't go any further if you don't want to read a spoiler!!!!!

SPOILER********************************************

The doctor....grrrrrr. With friends like her who needs enemy's? She had no problem lying to her "friend" and had no problem trying to manipulate the mating "affliction", having no clue what the results might be from her experimenting on her friend and her friends mate. Then as a reader we are left hanging. I was waiting for the fall out from what she had done and .... NOTHING, NADA, ZIP! This should not have been left hanging but should have been addressed in some way, shape or form before the ending.

END OF SPOILER***********************************

By the end of the book I was left feeling like I had not been given what I was expecting and what I paid for. It's very doubtful I will bother buying another book in this series. That's a shame as, like I said before, it had such potential.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cea708) out of 5 stars Wish I could have given it more than 3 stars. Nov. 29 2013
By Lettee - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely LOVE Susan's stories. And because I truly respect Susan, I won't hide my true feelings on why I can only give this one only "3" stars. (Well, I actually ALWAYS tell the truth when I write my reviews. But I didn't want to write this review because I didn't want to offend her. But, I know she would appreciate this honesty. I hope. lol) There were a few things that caused me to be confused and filling a little empty with some holes from the story. Not to mention a few times the typos threw me way off the story to the point I had to reread a few areas over to try to understand what was really meant.

Here are the things that made it difficult:

* This should have been the first book released in the SW series. OR It should be a Prequel, OR there should be a little blurb stating this is a flash back for someone OR just simply stating this is an earlier story. It is plain to see that this is definitely not in order of the series and it is quite confusing at first. I had to start reading it all over when I finally figured it out.

***SPOILER ALERT*** (I "hate" doing these things but feel it it necessary at this point.)

* I found it quite difficult to believe or be comfortable with someone demanding their boss to "order" someone to have sex with them. (Maybe it's just me, and that's okay too.)

* There should have been a little bit more information on the history behind Lilly and her attackers to help explain why they disliked each other. Also, a little bit more explanation on her attacker in general because Monroe had stated that her attack wasn't personal and yet King stated he "scented anger directed at Lilly" where she was attacked. Why was he so angry? Was he actually aiming for her? Did he think she was a Walker or someone protecting Walkers and therefore needed to be punished? Etc..

***END OF SPOILER ALERT***

* I normally don't really care if there are typos, but a few times I had to literally stop and reread some areas to try and understand what Susan was trying to say. (Example: There is a part where Lilly was supposedly talking but Jenny's name was there instead. There are a couple of areas where it said "he" instead of "she" and vice versa. Etc..) Like I said, normally no big deal, but it took me out of the story too many times. If you are a picky grammatical type of reader, you will probably not like reading it for that reason alone, but I will stress this - It is STILL a good story!!

I hope those reasons I have of only putting "3" stars don't come across as nit picking. Because like I mentioned earlier, I didn't want to write this review, but felt I owed it to Susan and other readers to explain.

With THAT said, I do want to stress that even though there a things that disappointed me in this one, it still was an overall good story and I am still looking forward to all the rest in this series!! You still have your normal Susan yummy dominant, ego carrying, sexy as all Hell Walker who wants his Angel. But doesn't "really" want her. You also have your female who is in denial and fights against him. You have a little action, suspense, sex scenes, some humor and more. So, you won't be disappointed with any of that!

I still recommend this read. IF you haven't started reading this series, start with this one then go on to the so called 1st one released. If you have read the others in this series, you will still appreciate this one. I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what happens with Cindy and Redknife!! Also, Shy and York. HELL! I can't wait for all of them to come out. So, start-a-typing Susan! You have a large order to fill. :-)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cea9fc) out of 5 stars 2.5 stars Dec 21 2013
By Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
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2.5 stars. Overall, I liked the story but the book as a whole had issues.

The attraction was VERY reminiscent of Lora Leigh's Breed series, with a bit of Patricia Briggs and J.R. Ward thrown in for funsies. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I realize there's only so much woo-woo you can do in a paranormal before you are becoming similar to another authors work, but if you read this you will see the similarities with Leigh's world.

King is a borderline alphahole. Deep inside he loves women and wants to protect them, but the way he goes about it in the beginning of the book makes him a jerk. He does reform though, almost too much. During the "finally we are intimate" scene, he calls Lilly "his queen". Really? In bed? Maybe if you're playing around and being silly but not when you are dead in the water serious.

I'm not sure I liked Lilly. She is the consummate professional, the raging bitch and the weepy heroine. She needed some hormones.

My main issue with the book though, was the complete lack of an editor. Punctuation thrown around willy nilly (especially commas), no punctuation at all in other areas. There was also the near constant misuse of 'your' when the author needed 'you're' or some other contracted word. What really bugged me was that I don't think she had a proofreader. Lilly was also Lillie at one point. The doctor and the nurses names (both females) got reversed, and Mr. StoneCrow was Mr. StoneCrowe at least once that I saw.

There is potential here but the lack of an editor is extremely detrimental to her work. I'm going to give her one more shot because I DID like the story. I'm hoping I just somehow got my hands on an unedited arc.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ceaa5c) out of 5 stars Needs work. Dec 16 2013
By Tammy Parton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my first read from this author. It will probably be my last. I had no problem figuring out about the Walkers. Nice idea. I even liked some of the characters. However, the way some of the characters acted made no sense to me. For instance, why would a female Walker be so against mating that she would purposely mess with the mating of another couple to try to find a way out of her own mating? The Walkers seemed to be like most paranormal alpha males: drop dead gorgeous, willing to protect and pamper you, with neanderthal tendencies. Doesn't seem so bad to me. Most series are filled with strong women who figure a way to make it work.

***spoiler***

My biggest problem with this book revolved around the stomach wound to Lilly. Apparently she has to have an emergency hysterectomy to save her life. I had uterine cancer so I'm completely understanding what would be going through her head. But then, low and behold, she can be saved and RESTORED. All you need is one halo and one bought of sex. Presto, chango, with no pain at all you go from having no uterus to be pregnant. SERIOUSLY? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No pain. No delay. Just magic and sex and baby. Before this I thought the book was OK. Nothing special, slightly annoying at times but not bad. After that I almost put the book down. I have no problem with the fact that she was 'fixed' with magic. I just can't believe the author would present it so cleanly and clear cut. That was my biggest problem with the book. It seemed superficial. Just a rough outline and whenever things got a bit complicated we just skip over that and move on to a little more surface paint.

***end spoiler***

My suggestions to the author: take the time and write a complete book full of complicated characters THAT MAKES SENSE. Not just makes sense to you but to your reader too. We don't know what your thinking. You have to tell us. I don't believe you did that here. I think that you left to much unsaid that really needed to be spoken.

The series has potential but isn't worth the effort as it currently is.