Review: The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…


Zenobia knows adventure – but only through her brother and the tales she writes about him. She kind of wants her own adventure as the only ones she’s actually experienced is when she’s been kidnapped in order to seek money from her brother.

When Zenobia’s friend Helene shows up at her house and asks her to join her on her trip to the Red City in Australia to see her husband, Zenobia agrees. Unfortunately their airship is attacked and destroyed by marauders. Zenobia, her bodyguards Mara and Cooper, Helene and some officers from the airship are rescued by none other than that Kraken King himself.

Ariq is immediately taken with Zenobia and almost immediately invites her to his bed. He has no idea who she is so she feels it might be safe to call this her adventure, but is that the best decision?

I honestly just want to tell you every little thing that happens in this wonderful novella but I’ll hold myself back. Having the story unfold is one of the best parts of the story. Meljean truly knows how to grab a readers interest and not let go. She lays the groundwork for not only a bit of a mystery but also the possible romance between Ariq and Zenobia. The sexual tension that Brook creates is explosive and I could feel it as I was reading. There was more than sex though. I could see that these two characters were perfect for each other and was excited to see what happened next.

Part I of The Kraken King is definitely worth reading – something you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Meljean Brook

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