Assumption (Underground Kings #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Release Date: August 25, 2014
a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof
They say when you assume that you make an ass out of you and me. Kenton Mayson learned this lesson firsthand when he made assumptions about Autumn Freeman and the kind of woman she is based on what little information he had. What he finds out is she’s not only beautiful, but also smart, funny, a fighter, and exactly the kind of woman he wants to share his life with. Autumn made assumptions of her own about Kenton, and now he needs to prove her wrong in order to protect her and their future.
I’m not normally a fan of the ‘Alpha Male’ Hero, but I make an exception for the men Aurora Rose Reynolds creates. While her guys can be a little too Alpha, the female counterparts are typically strong enough to rein in those dominant traits and have the ability to soothe those gentle giants.
The Underground Kings series is connected to the Until series. Kenton is the cousin of the Heroes in the latter, and he’s made appearances throughout the series. In Assumption, Kenton defines the proverb “When you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME.” When Kenton first meets Autumn, a Vegas stripper, he assumes she is that and only that. He doesn’t take the time to get to know her, so when he discovers there’s more to her than her previous occupation, he is thrown through a loop. He does a pretty good job of making up for his mistakes one sweet moment at a time.
Autumn might be my favorite female written by Aurora Rose Reynolds. She’s been through hell, but remains strong and sweet. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and is willing to look like a loon to get even. I won’t give up any spoilers, but my favorite scene involves Autumn, a bed, and a car. I couldn’t hold in my smile as I read it. Also, any scene with Autumn and Justin was guaranteed to make me giggle. Their friendship is silly and genuine.
Assumption takes a darker turn than the Until series. There’s more violence and questionable actions. The line between right and wrong becomes hazy. We’re introduced to a slew of new characters, some from gritty backgrounds, which is where I’m guessing the “Underground” in the series name comes from. I think as an introductory novel, Assumption does a great job of pulling together the new characters and deeper storyline. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it!!