Story Rating: 4.5 stars
Audio Rating: 4.75 stars
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Length: 8 hours, 57 minutes
When FBI agent Dirk Falcon arrives to the scene of an art heist and finds a man tied to a radiator, he believes the man’s story that he was an innocent bystander. That mistake cost Dirk his promotion and his pride when he realized later that the man was the elusive art thief his team had been hunting for years. Dirk has never been able to let it go and continues to track the thief, who goes by Kingston Wilde in his everyday life, in order to catch him for good. However, when a priceless crown is stolen, the one person that can help Falcon return it, and possibly prevent an international incident, is Kingston Wilde.
When his boyfriend and mentor betrayed him, Kingston knew it was time to call it quits from being an art thief. After examining his past mistakes and trying to right some wrongs, King is looking forward to going back home to Texas and staying on the right side of the law. But Agent Falcon and the FBI are not going to make it that easy for him and, as much as they wanted to lock King up, retrieving the crown is more important.
King is offered immunity in exchange for his help and King wants nothing more than to bring down his ex who stole the priceless artifact and double-crossed him years ago. But it’s hard to focus when Dirk is in the room as the men are wildly attracted to each other and, although they both know it is a bad idea, they can’t stay away from each other. King and Falcon have to trust each other, but first they have to figure out how it can be possible to work with and go to bed with the man they have each spent years trying to bring down.
With so many characters in the Wilde family, there are so many directions their stories can go. This book in the Forever Wilde series focuses on King, one of the middle Wilde siblings, and moves the action almost completely out of Hobie, Texas. King Me is a faster paced book and the logistics of King’s life as an art thief, the heists, Falcon’s career with the FBI, and their romance are all well balanced.
King and Falcon have a history from being on the opposite sides of the law and although they have always thought the other easy on the eyes, there was never any way anything was going to happen between them. Until it did. The book easily weaves in King’s background of how he became a thief and he is a great contrast to his family who are mostly portrayed as good people and it was fun to see that King is a bad boy. The author does make him sympathetic and even when family members learn what he has been up, they just want him to not get caught and come back home. The heist scenes are engaging and it was entertaining to see King in his element. However, this is yet anther story where law enforcement is steps behind the criminal as the team with the badges struggles to keep up at times. There were also a couple of details that didn’t add up for me and one large detail at the end that I really would have liked to have seen fully wrapped up, but the personal ending for King and Falcon is sweet.
I enjoyed the romance between the men and the pull they had between each other was evident as they struggled with wanting to be together. The men find they have a lot in common both in the bedroom and out and their chemistry and move towards a relationship was well done. The Wilde family and the large cast of characters are all well developed, it’s always fun to return to them with each book, and King Me is a great addition to this series.
Michael Pauley is one of my favorite narrators and his performance has elevated this book and this series. He has a great variety of voices, which all sound natural no matter the accent or the gender. His timing is well done as he keeps the tension as well as the light-hearted moments here in perfect pace. His voices remain true for the characters that cross over from each book in the series and it’s a true pleasure to listen to his performances. It’s easy to get spoiled listening to such a talented narrator and I would most certainly suggest the audio version of this book.