Gleam by Raven Kennedy

“I’m saying that you are my own good. And for you, I gave you a choice, but you chose him.”

Plot Summary

King Midas made me the woman I am today. Notorious. Unattainable. His.

The thing about being confined is that you believe it’s to keep the bad out… Until you realize it’s about keeping you in.

I’m now in a strange kingdom surrounded by liars, with no allies of my own, but I won’t sit idly by and let myself wither. No, there’s something that’s bloomed from the pit of my repression. Something dark. Something angry.

But the last thing I expected was for my anger to call out to him. King Ravinger.

He’s sinister and powerful and entirely too seductive. I’ve learned my lesson with trusting manipulative kings, so why does my chest constrict every time he’s near? I need to tread carefully, or I’m at risk of losing much more than just my freedom.

Regret and revenge war inside of me, and I need to figure out a plan fast before I get tangled up in the schemes of kings and queens.

Because I won’t be caught in a cage again. No, this time, It’ll be me setting the trap… I just hope my heart comes out of this unscathed.

Please Note: There is explicit language and steamy scenes in this book, not suitable for those under the age of 18.

Spoilers: Please note that my review will contain spoilers!

My Review

In this third book of the amazing “The Plated Prisoner” series, Auren finds herself with King Midas again. After all, she believed Midas would give her more freedom now that she proved she could take care of herself.

This story starts like the last one ends: Auren finds out that Commander Rip is also King Ravinger, also known as King Rot. On the other side, King Midas refuses to let Auren roam around the castle and since the cage isn’t an option, Midas locks her in her room.

Feeling deeply betrayed by both men, Auren starts to plan her escape and her freedom. The big problem is: King Midas keeps her highly watched and her feelings for King Rot grow stronger and stronger.

“You stood there and kissed me and tried to make me choose you, when I didn’t even know the real you at all,” I say, voice gone flat as I look back up at him. “You made me feel like the worst person in the world for choosing him, even though I warned you over and over again that I had to.”

Auren’s development in this book is even better than in Glint and why, you wonder? Because Auren finally decides to be the only one controlling her life and becomes more sassier. 

Finally we see some VERY STEAMY action between Auren and King Ravinger and I simply love how he talks (that bad boy vibe with crude and steamy words).

“The moment that sun dips, Goldfinch, you’re mine.”

The end of the book leaves the reader stunned with all the things that are happening and it ends with a cliffhanger. And unfortunately, we have to wait for the fourth book.

Highlight Moments

– Auren’s ribbons wrapping around King Ravinger

– When Rip ignores the ‘no touching rule’ and carries Auren’s to her room because she collapsed on the staircase

– Auren’s sassy moment at King Midas’ dinner

– When Auren tells Slade she was expecting him to prove to her how he feels about her and he just sat like a king at Midas’ dinner.

– Slade and Auren’s sex scene

– Slade saving Auren after she looses control with King Midas


My heart is pounding hard again, but I don’t know if that’s from the effects of his power or if it’s because he scares me in this form—King Ravinger scares me.

The goddesses made me a female. War made me an orphan. Midas made me a saddle. Up until now, those things have roped me. I’ve let myself be bridled, jerked around this way and that. But I’m sick and tired of gnawing on that bit at the back of my jaw with every tug of the reins. 

“Every person who has ever been friendly to me has done nothing but disappoint me.”

My pride was hurt, sure, but my heart was hurt more. Because Rip felt like more. Almost. He was my almost more.

“I’m glad you’re choosing you,” he says quietly, and my lips part, like I want to swallow the rumble of his cadence. “You are?” I go completely still as he moves his hand and grips my chin, like he wants to make sure I’m paying attention. I am. “Yes, Goldfinch. Because I’m choosing you, too.”

“I told you to prove it to me, and yet you sat there at that table and you were a king.”

“If I killed him—and make no mistake, Auren, I would gladly kill him for you, damn the consequences. But if I did, the truth is right there on your face. You’d resent me for it. Even if you don’t want to admit it. And isn’t that just a fucking cruel twist of it all?”

“Don’t fall.” Time stands still as he leans in and places a kiss on my temple, lips turning to whisper into my ear. “Fly.”

“But I’ll be the villain for you. Not to you.”

“I was going to make myself walk away. I was going to leave early—tomorrow actually. I had every intention of respecting your decision. Whether it was to stay with him or to run, I was going to force myself to accept it and leave you be.” I don’t like hearing him talk about leaving. Just the thought of it makes me squirm. “But make no mistake. I would’ve still wanted you.” 

“Love happens in all kinds of ways. Fast. Slow. In bits and pieces, or immediate. Filled with lust, one-sided longing, a snap realization never noticed before. Deeply. Thoroughly. Love is a whisper we didn’t hear or a sound that drums in our ears and drowns out everything else.”

There comes a point in your life when you have to choose between having regrets and the possibility of making mistakes. I’d rather make those mistakes than live without ever taking a chance, because I’ve missed out on too much already.

PLOT: ★★★★★
WRITING: ★★★★★
COVER: ★★★★★
OVERALL: ★★★★★

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