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Book Review-Unchosen Ruler by Maggie Cole

by | May 12, 2022 | Book Reviews | 2 comments

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

He’s the future unchosen ruler of the O’Malleys.

Locked away for too many years.
Underestimated and pissed off.
Protective beyond all rationale.
Possessive unlike any man I’ve ever known.
I should run. Except Liam O’Malley isn’t a choice. He’s the air I breathe.
Still, I wonder if I can really be queen of the O’Malleys—especially when I discover the truth about who I am.
Anyone else in our shoes would make a different choice, but nothing with Liam is predictable.
In our world, anything but strength gets you killed.
It’s what makes him the perfect unchosen ruler.

”Unchosen Ruler” is the sixth jaw-dropping installment of the “Mafia Wars” series. It begins the O’Malley crime family reign and is a forbidden Dark Mafia romance, interconnecting stand-alone, and guaranteed to have an HEA.

Every moment of our kiss shows me everything I’ve been missing. Liam’s a tidal wave, and I’m in the middle of the current, unable to escape the power of his hold over me.

My Review

First Impressions

Unchosen Ruler is the sixth installment in the Mafia Wars series and YES I know I am binging this series and I seriously need to hold or a bit because I am becoming addicted but this is the last book because I need a breather from all this delicious mafia goodness. I just couldn’t resist picking up Liam’s book to be honest. I just had to have it, I have been wanting his book since book 2 and he has such an aura of mystery that surrounds him that is intriguing to the reader and will only make you want to know him more, I really did love seeing another side to him and Maggie Cole did a detailed job in portraying his character in such a way that worked so well.l with how he has been built up throughout the series so far. We also get to see his queen and their romance was sexy and deep and everything I could have wanted and more! If you are a fan of this series, then Liam’s book will definitely satisfy your heart’s desire.

When I’m with Liam, I feel alive. I’m taken care of and his priority. And I’ve never been with any man who’s so fiercely loyal or kindhearted.


Liam O Malley has been locked away in prison for fifteen years since he made a mistake and has paid for his crime in one of the worst prisons in the country. Now he is free, his father is dying and he will have to take the steps to take the throne of the O’Malley clan. And to just complicate matters, he falls head over heels in love with a sexy sweet kitten of a Schoolteacher who fires up his blood and makes him believe in good again. But as Liam starts to take over his father’s rule, and cement the details that will further the future of the O’Malley clan, there are hidden secrets about Hailee and her past especially surrounding her heritage which has been kept from her for years. But now it will put them all at risk. Hailee has been used to staying hidden as she grew up in an abusive atmosphere and now that they are safe, she has embraced the man that she loves but now they have enemies that want her and her sister returned to them. But despite the struggles, Hailee is determined to stay by Liam’s side and rise from the ashes to be his queen…

He’s the future king of the O’Malleys. And I’m already so far in, I don’t question if it will happen or not. I couldn’t leave Liam if I tried. That makes me someone I never thought I’d be. And I wonder if I’m really capable of being an O’Malley queen

What I Loved

Unchosen Ruler was such a story that tied me up in knots and in all of the best of ways. I was so fascinated by the connection that Hailee and Liam,. From their first meeting, there has been this strong connection and these sweet early moments of their courtship were so endearing. I was really curious by the hints that we see in the previous books on how they past some hurdles and Hailee really surprised me in this book wow she is a sex kitten, I honestly never expected it. I guess its the innocent ones that surprise you when you least expect it. The relationship that builds between Liam and Hailee was so fascinating. Hailee while she is reserved about Liam’s past, is also willing to overlook it because she knows what they have is solid and real and that Liam is a good man despite his position and even knowing that he will have to do some uncomfortable things to protect his family and territory. Then we have Liam who is such a strong hero and I was cheering him on all the way. He deserved someone good like Hailee, who was willing to stand by his side and who is his perfect match in every way. We get some fun family shenanigans and Liams parental (they were a hoot and SO Irish haha). We also see more happening to the overreaching plot of the series which left the book with a bit of a cliffhanger that makes me itchy to read the next book (but I won’t because I need to space myself haha ) but I do think Maggie Cole is brilliant is ending with these type of cliffhangers, you can easily binge the series.

It’s you and me forever. No one else. The sooner you come to terms with who you are and what being with me means, the easier it’ll be for both of us.

What I Struggled With

NOTHING!!! It was just about perfect for me in every way!

Overall View

I found Unchosen Ruler to be an endearing story of love, healing, and growth. Of learning your heritage and rising above the bad and embracing the best parts of yourself and paving aq way to a glorious future! This story kept me on my toes and I am eager to see what the author delivers next!

At the end of the day, the only person who needs to believe you’re capable is in here. Everyone else can fuck themselves. The moment you stop worrying about what others think is when you’ll be ready to lead.

Title: Unchosen Ruler

Author: Maggie Cole

Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance

Format: eBook

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Length: 436 Pages

Amazon| Goodreads| StoryGraph| Literal Club

Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4.5

Story Itself: 4.75

Character Development: 4.5

Writing Style: 5

World Building 4.25

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4.25

Pacing: 5

Plot 5

Cover Art 4.25

Ending 5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Mafia Wars

Ruthless Stranger-Pub 2021 # 1 in the Series

Broken Fighter-Pub 2021 #2 in the Series

Cruel Enforcer-Pub 2021 #3 in the Series

Vicious Protector-Pub 2021 #4 in the Series

Savage Tracker-Pub 2021 #5 in the Series

Unchosen Ruler-Pub 2021 #6 in the Series

Perfect Sinner-Pub 2021 #7 in the Series

Brutal Defender-Pub 2021 #8 in the Series

Deviant Hacker-Pub 2021 #9 in the Series

Relentless Hunter-Pub 2022 #10 in the Series

About The Author

Maggie Cole is committed to bringing her readers alphalicious book boyfriends. She’s been called the “literary master of steamy romance.”
Her books are full of raw emotion, suspense, and will always keep you wanting more. She is a masterful storyteller of contemporary romance and loves writing about broken people who rise above the ashes.
Maggie lives in Florida with her son. She loves sunshine, anything to do with water, and everything naughty.

Her current series were written in the order below:
All In (Stand alones with entwined characters)
It’s Complicated (Stand alones with entwined characters)
Together We Stand (Brooks Family Saga – read in order)
Behind Closed Doors (Read in order)
Mafia Wars
Coming in 2022 – Mafia Wars New York

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  1. Carole

    It has been a very long time since I last read a mafia book. I do love the sound of these characters.


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