Coldhearted King

Coldhearted King

Coldhearted King

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Where do I begin? How do I even express the whirlwind of emotions this book stirred in me? It’s rare for me to award a book a full five-star rating, but this masterpiece left me no choice. Excellently crafted, with a narrative that’s both engaging and complex, this story truly stood out.

In “Coldhearted King,” L. M. Dalgleish masterfully weaves together the classic elements of billionaire romance with fresh, contemporary spins. Set against the high stakes backdrop of corporate boardrooms and architectural grandeur, this first installment in the Empty Kingdom series sets the bar incredibly high.


Our protagonist, whose unexpected romantic escapade lands her in the intricate web of workplace dynamics, is relatable and authentic. The decision to let go and dive into a whirlwind romance, only to find herself face to face with her one-night stand in a professional setting, is both serendipitous and a genuine nightmare. Dalgleish artfully portrays the complexity of navigating personal desires amidst professional commitments.

Cole King, the eponymous “Coldhearted King,” is every bit the enigmatic billionaire one would expect—commanding, inscrutable, and tantalizingly distant. Yet, beneath the veneer of corporate ruthlessness, glimpses of warmth and vulnerability emerge, making him an irresistibly multifaceted character. The duality of his nature—fiery passion one night and icy detachment in the boardroom—creates a palpable tension that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages.

Dalgleish’s strength lies not just in her character development but also in her ability to craft sizzling chemistry. The dynamic between the protagonists is charged with electric anticipation, making their interactions—from professional sparring to stolen moments of intimacy—an absolute delight to witness.

The narrative wonderfully balances moments of heated passion with emotional depth. The exploration of the protagonist’s internal struggles, especially her reconciling with the no-strings-attached proposition, adds layers to the story and makes her journey resonate with readers.

The inclusion of a virgin heroine brings an intriguing angle to the story, with Dalgleish handling it with grace and sensitivity. The development of their relationship from a simple one-night stand to something profound and emotionally charged showcases her adeptness at character progression.

However, potential readers should be aware that while the romance is spicy and exhilarating, it also delves deep into the emotional complexities of love, vulnerability, and trust. The story is as much about personal growth and self-discovery as it is about romance.

The main characters were richly developed, and the plot unfolded with precision. It’s the kind of book that occupies your thoughts, making you yearn to dive back into its world the moment you’re parted from it. Surprisingly, I found myself deeply in love with it, thanks to its brilliant pacing, sharp wit, and perfectly executed angst—a feat not all authors achieve. The depth of the characters added significantly to my enjoyment; they were portrayed with such realism that I felt like I was witnessing the blossoming of a true love story. I dreaded reaching the end.

This book is phenomenal, captivating, intense, and thrilling. It draws you in from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. The plot’s unpredictability ensures that you’re always eager to turn the page. It beautifully showcases the transformative power of love, asserting that despite the allure of power and wealth, love knows no bounds. The characters are lovable, and their passionate encounters are described in such a vivid, all-consuming manner. Reading this book, you’ll feel the intensity of giving your all to someone you love. Absolutely outstanding.

“Coldhearted King” is a mesmerizing blend of passion, drama, and emotional exploration. It’s a compelling start to the Empty Kingdom series and a testament to L. M. Dalgleish’s prowess in the romance genre. While it can be read as a standalone, the allure of the narrative ensures that readers will be eagerly awaiting the next installment. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance with depth, heart, and just the right amount of heat.

Coldhearted King

I never planned to give my V-card to a gorgeous stranger I met at a bar.

But for once I didn't let myself overthink things. In the few hours we spent together, he managed to push me outside my comfort zone.

And I loved every second.

I never expected to see him again. Let alone sitting at the head of the boardroom table during my architectural firm's pitch to design his new hotel chain.

Turns out the man I spent one steamy night of passion with is Cole King, billionaire COO of the King Group. And unlike our previous encounter, when it comes to business, he’s as cold as ice.

Now I’m working for him, and it’s… challenging.

He’s arrogant, demanding, and seems to delight in pushing my buttons. But with every “one-on-one” meeting he insists we have, the memory of that night simmers between us.

I should never have agreed when he proposed a no-strings-attached arrangement, but I wanted to experience more of what he could give me.

I didn’t mean to trade my heart in return.

Now it’s too late.

Because no matter the warmth his touch brings, Cole is as icy in love as he is in business.

And I’m the one who’s going to get burned.

Coldhearted King is a full-length, spicy, one-night stand, billionaire workplace romance, with a virgin heroine, a dirty-talking hero, and a guaranteed happily ever after. It's the first book in the Empty Kingdom billionaire romance series but can be read as a standalone.