Up in Smoke (King #8) by T.M. Frazier

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I’m a man without a conscience.

I deal in murder and mayhem.

I’m the best at what I do.

Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.

A means to flush her father out of hiding.


Except there isn’t anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she’s keeping.

She’s stubborn as hell and the sexiest god damn thing I have ever seen, sending dark, dirty animalistic desire coursing through my veins.

She’s cocaine with legs. A f*cking addiction that makes me question things I’ve never questioned before. Want things I’ve never wanted before.

I might have her, but she isn’t mine to keep.

If her father doesn’t show his face, she will be mine.


** Other books in the King Series DO NOT have to be read to enjoy Smoke's book. Up in Smoke can be read as a standalone. **


Up In Smoke was just as amazing as I thought it would be. If you know this author already then you know the kind of story she writes. They are dark, the guys and gals are amazing (even if they are a little rough around the edges) and it gets all wrapped up in an amazing story that you don't want to put down once you start. Oh, and there can be some pretty messed up situations as this author does not hold back. Anything can happen But it works and it works oh so well. I love reading her books!

Smoke is on a mission. He wants revenge and he will not stop until he gets it. He has to find Frankie's father and will do anything he has to to find him. Including kidnapping Frankie to flush him out.

Frankie is a computer hacker working on lots of things that could get her killed but helps others. She doesn't really have any friends or let anyone too close to her because she can't chance things blowing up in her face and taking others with her. She is careful and paranoid and always watching her back, but you can't always be safe. I loved how much fight she had in her. She has her own mission, her own things she is trying to accomplish, and she will not stop trying to escape so she can get back to them.

I loved these two. I loved how they slowly start falling for each other in this crazy situation. I loved Frankie's secrets and how this all worked out. What was going on and who was involved and the glimpses of characters from prior books in the series were amazing! There is something there between them, but it is rough because Smoke can't keep Frankie. He made promises and he intends to uphold them...only plans sometimes change. Oh, they were so amazing together! I was actually surprised how much I loved Smoke. How sweet he was under his gruff exterior. He was amazing and seeing him open up a little bit with Frankie? Priceless. I could have read on and on and on. I wasn't sure this would be my favorite read going in. Something about it made me say eh, I will probably enjoy it, but Smoke and Frankie might not be my favorite couple of the series, but I was wrong. They are just as great as everyone else I have met in this wonderful world.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2


“All these bruises,” Smoke muses. “And not one of them caused by me.” He trails a hand up my arms and down my flat stomach. “Pity, but I still have time to leave my mark on you yet.”

My entire body stiffens. I’m as rigid as a corpse. 

Smoke chuckles and I’m glad I’m facing away because his laugh is pure torture, causing his erection to vibrate against my folds which are aching for more contact. 

“You will be punished, hellion. You can be sure of that.” 

I look over my shoulder and meet his dark eyes which darken even further as his pupils dilate. His lingering gaze rakes me over from my feet to my breasts and back down to the space between my thighs. He licks his full bottom lip. 

My stomach flips. My will to fight him off doesn’t waiver, but my body isn’t getting the message. My core clenches again. I turn back around to face the tile, digging my teeth into my lower lip until I taste my own blood. 

His chest presses against my back, and his hardness pulses between my legs, rubbing against my inner thighs. He squirts some shampoo in his hand, working it into my hair. He tilts my head back and rinses my hair then slides his slick and soapy hand down my body. 

I’m breathing rapidly now. Short quick breaths I can’t control. There’s a deep rumble in his throat. His hand travels lower and lower on my stomach until it’s between my legs. He’s working his thumb over my swollen nub, sending sparks of need, pangs of pleasure, and a wave of self-hatred, surging within my battered body and bruised soul. 

“What…what are you doing?” I ask, seeing flashes of white hot lust behind my closed eyes. 

“More questions…” his voice a hearty amused rasp. His fingers circle my clit while he continues to rock his hard cock between my legs. The pressure building is so strong it borders on painful. 

Tears leak from my eyes. I’m so fucking mad at myself for being turned on. For Smoke being right. I’m so wet. He feels it. There’s no way he can’t feel it. 

He leans in close. I’m stone still except for the tremors gripping my body. He licks the tear off my cheek and groans. He dips the tip of his finger inside of me and I tighten around the intrusion. It’s a foreign sensation. Strange. It feels both wrong and right. Pleasurable and painful. “Your tight little pussy is weeping too. I wonder if its tears taste the same.” 

I look over my shoulder as he withdraws his finger and sucks it into his mouth. He groans. “Fear or desire. They both taste real fuckin’ good to me.” 

He places his hand back between my legs. When I try to squeeze my thighs together to keep him out he parts them with his knee on a grunt and begins circling my clit again. This time harder. Faster. 

I’m staying as still as I can, but when I feel something begin to happen inside my body. The sparks he ignited within me are all crashing together. I can’t hold back. My face scrunches as I try to fight the orgasm fighting its way out, but it’s no use. I can’t fight it. It’s too fucking strong. I’m so fucking close. 

I arch my back without thinking, pressing my ass against him, begging for more. For what I need to push me over the edge. 

Smoke hisses. “Oh, what I could do to this beautiful little pussy.” 

The pleasure builds and builds as he strokes me harder. Faster. I’m about to come all over his fingers when the feeling is lost. 

I spin around. 

Smoke is gone. 

I can’t see through the steam so I shut off the spray and wipe the water from my eyes only to see Smoke toweling off in front of the sink on the other side of the bathroom. 

The only proof I have of what just happened between us was real is his cock. Erect. Thick. Huge. The purplish swollen head bobs against his abs, jutting out over the top of the towel he wraps around his waist. 

“What…what just happened?” I stammer, leaning back against the wall for support. 

Smoke steps forward, and when I go to jerk back, he reaches out and pinches my nipple painfully hard. I yelp and leap back, slipping on the tile, falling on my ass, taking the shower curtain down with me. 

Smoke rips the curtain off my head and glares down at me with a triumphant grin on his evil beautiful face. “What just happened was called punishment and you got off easy. Next time I’ll split that tight pussy in two with my fucking cock.” 

He goes to leave but stops. “You want pain?” he asks. “I’ll give it to you. You want pleasure? Now that’s something you’re gonna have to earn.” 

He leaves, slamming the door behind him. 

I release a shaky exhale. 

I’d hoped the rest of my time with Smoke would be tolerable, but there’s no fucking way that’s going to happen. Not now. Not with my skin crawling with need. I’m losing my mind. About where I am. About what this is all about. About this beautiful horrible evil man. 

I feel like I’ve already been split in two. 

What Smoke is doing to me is far more than punishment. 

It's pure fucking torture. 

About the Author:

T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. 

When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. 

Well…it has a beach in it!

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