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Publisher's Summary

My forbidden husband.

I kissed my father’s best friend, and it kind of didn’t go well.

Not only because he’s 18 years older than me - but he also didn’t like it. Not one bit.

In my defense, I didn’t mean to fall for him. It just happened.

Nathaniel Weaver is the most attractive man I’ve ever seen with enough charisma to blind the sun.

He’s bigger than the world, owns half of it, and conquered the other half.

He was forbidden. Wrong.

So I totally got over him. Or so I told myself.

Until we’re forced to get married.

Now I’m trapped.

But maybe he’s trapped too.

Because we’re both reaching for that forbidden fruit dangling between us.

Empire of Desire is a complete stand-alone. No other books should be listened to prior to this.

©2021 Rina Kent (P)2021 Rina Kent

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Beautiful ❤️

What an amazing story and Nate is daddy - only wish the audio was performed as a duet narration

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female narrator is annoying also trigger warnings

female narrator is breathy skipped chapters also it sounds like the female character needs serious therapy to help deal with issues like suicidal thoughts and issues with both her parents an ok book but not one of my favorites

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  • Cami Cole
  • 29-11-2021

Sexy, Age Gap Romance

I love Rina Kent! I prepare to be completely swept away every time I read one of her novels. I know I’ll be worthless until I’ve finished! That goes for this story as well, although this one was a bit more predictable than most of her books. And coincidentally, I’ve read a couple other age gap books recently that had several similarities so it took away some of the freshness for me. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one…good balance of heat, romance, heartfelt moments as well as a hint of mystery. Listeners can have pretty strong opinions about narrators and we don’t all like the same thing…but for me, this narration trio was excellent! Three of my favorites!! 5 star narration and 4 star story. Yes, I definitely recommend!

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  • Rita
  • 21-11-2021

Female character is awful

Not sure if it was her voice or character but I found myself skipping through her chapters. The book itself was a slow start and then when I thought there was going to be some action with her dad's accident, her mother, or Suzanne it fell flat. Nothing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2021

Just amazing

Empire of Desire was just what I expected from Rina, her books are always amazing I couldn't put it down/ quit listening . Narration was awesome, I love Aiden Snows Voice.

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  • jojodeen
  • 15-11-2021

Another Amazing Story from Rina Kent

Iam Huge fan of Rina Kent books so when I got the chance to listen Empire of Desire I was just so pumped because OMG did everyone read that blurb it screams LISTEN TO ME . LOL . Gwen and Nate story was just everything. I was eagerly devouring every word of their story, their story was sexy, addicting, fun, wicked and gave the perfecting Happily ever after. Rina Kent never disappoints and when I say the plot of this book was top tier iam serious and the plot twist omg it made me audibly gasp. If your wondering if you should pick of this fantastic standalone the answer is YES go pick this one up right now.

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  • ReaderAddict
  • 10-11-2021

Loved Listening to this!

I Give this Book a 4/5 Star Rating.

Formats Read: Ebook & Audiobook.
Updated: Audiobook Review at Bottom.

HEA(?): Yes!
Relationship Type: MF
Heat: 3.5-4/5
Romance: 4-4.5/5
Drama: 3-3.5/5, There really isn’t that much drama as I was expecting but I’m perfectly okay with that to be honest.
Suspense: 3/5
Pacing: Mid. But reads a bit faster.
Dark(?): No.

This was a very enjoyable read, I personally love Rina Kent’s writing style cause it’s so addictive.
This book in particular is a Perfect Palate Cleanser
/Book Block Breaker, while the writing does read a tiny bit faster than her normal books it’s quite a relaxing read which is actually exactly what I was needing/looking for.
This will most definitely be a continuous reread for me.
I can’t wait to read Knox’s book and I would love it if Kingsley gets a book as well! ☺️


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Overall: 4.5/5, Listing as 5.
Story: 4/5
Performance: 4.5/5, Listing as 5.
Narrators: Aiden Snow, Callie Dalton & Connor Crais

Listening to this book after I read it, you get a different take of the book due to the narration and it’s even more enjoyable to me actually. I really recommend the audiobook ☺️

When it comes to Aiden Snow, his voice is just pure Cat Nip. It’s absolutely gorgeous and could listen to him forever! He did a wonderful job!

Callie Dalton, her voice did sound a bit uncomfortable in the beginning, a little robotic. But once you get into the flow with her narrating it’s apparent she’s is getting more comfortable with the character she is playing and in the end voices her character quite well.

Connor Crais, his voice wasn’t what I was picturing for King at first, but he does fit King later on. I really curious to listen to more books he’s narrated.

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  • Joy Avery
  • 07-11-2021

Incredibly HOT romance!

I get why everyone swoons over Aiden Snow's voice. I really loved this book and dual narration.

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  • BestsellingDreamer
  • 07-11-2021

Super Hot!🔥🔥🔥

I love a true, age -gap romance, and this was all that and more. Super steamy with an alpha to die for! The female character is a tad too immature, but a total 5 stars otherwise!!

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  • C. Y.
  • 11-11-2021

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As with all of Rina‘s books, I loved it. She has a way of creating such complex characters that in real life you would probably not want to know them. The men are always alphas who demand the respect and obedience of the women. But, she creates women who are spunky and fight back. I love that.

I love the idea of age gap romances although in real life I was never attracted to older men. I just think about later in life when the man is in his 60s and the woman is still younger. It’s nice to just listen to a book and escape reality.

I loved the three-way point of view we got through the story. The surprise at the end was shocking when Gwyneth’s mom is revealed. There were a few unanswered questions, but I’m sure that we’re gonna find the answers in the next book or so in the series.

The only negative that I would say about this book is that there was so much profanity. I think the F bomb was said every other sentence. To me, lawyers should have a better mind and vocabulary than using the F word to express anger. That’s such a minor thing, but it is a warning that this book is for mature adults. I also like it when she does the duet narration rather than the duel.

All three narrators did a great job. I did find that Connor and Aiden read much slower than Callie so I was constantly changing the speed.

Rina is the queen of complex stories. You won’t be sorry. I cannot wait for Knox‘s story to come out, and it was so exciting to have him and Daniel mentioned in this book.

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  • SmilingJade
  • 10-11-2021

Age Gap romance with 5 hot hot stars!

I love Rina Kent’s books and this one did not disappoint at all. It was beautifully written with the heroine as very complex dealing with abandonment issues and two best friends. It was typical age gap story but the narration was outstanding especially by Connor Craig’s and Aiden Snow.

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  • M.Ghorm
  • 06-11-2021

Another win for Rina Kent

Kent is an auto click purchase for me. I have my favorites of her pieces and even though this story didn’t trump my faves it was still very good with all the feels.

*spoilers* This would have been 5 stars if I didn’t find Gwen so childlike. I love age gaps, but Gwen was written like a needy dependent child despite being 20. Was she on the autistic spectrum?? Her emotional imbalance, coping mechanisms, and habits read like child living in a 20 year olds body. Maybe I missed the part where it spelled out that she struggled with special needs but it was very distracting while reading. One moment she was talking like a horny young adult and in the next reacting like a 10 year old (and not an immature or spoiled way but a way that she makes me question her full mental cognition.). Either way, cute story.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 09-11-2021

A new series from a trusted author

It's not much of a secret I'm a huge fan of this author, so when I found out what they were writing I was excited to say the least. This is a (huge) age gap, fathers best friend, marriage of convenience story with a dusting of the angst anyone who's read RK before will be familiar with. I couldn't put this down and finished it in less than a day. This is taboo but not as dark as previous RK books, and the tension is high. I cannot wait to see what else this series brings. I volunteered to listen and review a complimentary copy of this. All opinions are my own.

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