Review: King of Pride by Ana Huang





Reserved, controlled, and proper to a fault, Kai Young has neither the time nor inclination for chaos—and Isabella, with her purple hair and inappropriate jokes, is chaos personified.

With a crucial CEO vote looming and a media empire at stake, the billionaire heir can’t afford the distraction she brings.

Isabella is everything he shouldn’t want, but with every look and every touch, he’s tempted to break all his rules…and claim her as his own.


Bold, impulsive, and full of life, Isabella Valencia has never met a party she doesn’t like or a man she couldn’t charm…except for Kai Young.

It shouldn’t matter. He’s not her type—the man translates classics into Latin for fun, and his membership at the exclusive club where she bartends means he’s strictly off limits.

But she can’t deny that, beneath his cool exterior, is a man who could make her melt with just a touch.

No matter how hard they try, they can’t resist giving into their forbidden desires.

Even if it costs them everything.


Reviewed by Dakota Watson

You know, I couldn’t help but prefer King of Pride over King of Wrath. It’s funny, really. The story in King of Pride felt like a mirror image of my own life and love story, and the supporting cast? They could have been plucked straight from my husband’s friend group, who are now my closest friends. From the get-go, I was hooked. So fair warning, I might be highly partial when it comes to it’s rating!

Isabella, the main female character, was such a standout. She had this incredible balance of being a free spirit yet remarkably sharp and rational, especially when it came to setting boundaries. I was really impressed by how Isabella handled those tough moments. Her internal struggles, grappling with her deepening emotions for Kai, even though she knew he was off-limits, it was all so relatable and real.

And Kai Young! OH MY FUCKING GODDDDD! He’s totally my husband Eric! Asian American, quiet but deadly, rocking those glasses like a boss, and absolutely killing it in the business world. And let’s not forget, the man was the definition of unproblematic royalty! Despite being seemingly distant and cold, he was always so supportive of Isabella and her dreams, doing everything in his power to encourage her, give her that little nudge whenever she started doubting herself. And that filthy mouth of his!!! God!!!!!!!! It is very fair to say Eric got very lucky for the last couple of days thanks to Kai Young! hahahaha! (Jamie, I know you are going to read this. I am going to kill you and hide your body so no one ever finds you, if you ever repeat this in front of Eric!!!!! Not kidding!)

Their chemistry was so beautiful, I couldn’t put the book down. And the way they conquered all those obstacles, especially the ones that could have torn them apart because of their different backgrounds? It was like watching a masterful dance, beautifully written and utterly captivating.

Sure, on the surface, King of Pride might seem like just another billionaire romance novel. But for me, it hit differently—I mean, I related to it on such a personal level, and I had an absolute blast with it, even more so than with King of Wrath. I get that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but honestly, it’s a solid love story. Easy to read, with moments that just make your heart melt and spicy scenes that would leave you in a puddle. ;)

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