Leslie Kingmaker has three weeks to choose a leader for the supernatural community, find her soul mate and break a curse. To make matters worse, the three candidates vying for leadership and her heart – a werewolf, fae and vampire – won’t tell her what she needs to know to navigate the trials. One of them is supposed to betray her, and all she has to guide her is the obscure, rambling commentary in the Book of Secrets, an ancient tome that’s been in her family for two thousand years.
She soon discovers the candidates aren’t the ones on trial – she is. The family curse is a threat to the supernatural community, and the three candidates have sworn to do whatever it takes to break the curse, even if it means killing her. In a race to understand the ancient spell that befell her family, and struggling not to lose her heart to any of the sexy, brilliant men in the process, Leslie must defy the odds and end the curse if she is to survive the trials.
The stories all centre on Leslie who is trying to discover who murdered her father. Leslie is the last of the Kingmakers and it's her task to choose a leader for the paranormal community, a clan to exile, and her own mate from three candidates set before her. Yet Leslie has been sheltered and knows nothing about the task she is set with. All she's sure of is she will spend one week with each candidate bound by powerful magic to live together as mates whilst she tests each candidate in turn, but what if one of them is her father’s killer?
The first book introduces Ben, the werewolf, and from the start it's clear he is a very physical male. Got an itch to scratch? Then Ben is your guy and luckily Leslie has no compunction about climbing him like a tree! Yet a week is a short time to decide the fate of so many so Leslie has to not only assimilate being a shifter for just one week but also find out just what is really going on. There's a curse at work and no one will tell her just what will happen if she gets it wrong!
The second week/book is spent with Tristan, the Fae leader, and he turns Leslie right on her head! Not only does he appear a cool customer but it turns out he's empathic so how can Leslie discover all his secrets? Yet the magic drives them both and passion is not far behind, but with Tristan there's no wham bang thank you ma'am it's all wait, feel, beg! Trying to discover his motives puts Leslie in even more danger but she starts to evolve in this book and we see her good intentions put to the test.
By the third book with Myca, the vampire, stepping up its pretty clear there are no easy answers for Leslie. Time is running out to break the curse and she's still being kept in the dark about so much. Are the candidates on trial or is it Leslie herself? By this point I expected not to like Myca but he completely blindsided me. He was almost the most helpful and certainly has a playful side. More to the point, Myca genuinely seemed to want to help Leslie discover the truth about the curse and her own family’s deep involvement. If Ben was animalistic, Tristan a sensual delight then Myca is without doubt a hedonist of the wildest kind! As this ends Leslie has some answers but of course the biggest questions are quite literally only one week away!
The final book changes everything. Leslie cares about all three of the guys she has come to know. Yet the curse is really making itself felt in this book and there's even a character introduced that I never expected. Wow, what a twist. Leslie has been lied to, kept in the dark, but we find out why. Sacrifices have been made but there's still one more to come. One to lead, one to love, and one to exile but making the right choice has never been as important as it is now.
I didn't always like Leslie but her growth is undeniable. I even began to understand why she could go so easily from wolf to Fae and then to vampire as not only is she a woman responsible for her own appetites but the Kingmaker magic is leading her forward. I'm not sure if I'd just bought the first book that I would have read more, but I'm very glad I had this complete set. The final book is not a sexy read but it's all about the curse and how everyone has tried to help, not just Leslie, but the paranormal community as a whole. I've tried hard not to give spoilers as it’s a crazy journey for Leslie and at times the way she was treated had me questioning why she wouldn't run for the hills but she sticks it out and makes what's possibly her bravest choice.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.