Blog Tour: Ruthless Rival by LJ Shen is available now.

“This addictive enemies-to-lovers romance…captures both characters’ intense emotions and undeniable chemistry. It’s sure to have readers hooked.” —Publishers Weekly

Ruthless Rival, an all-new addictive and emotional romance from Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is now live!

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an enemies-to-lovers romance about the fine line between seeking revenge and finding love.

When she was young, Arya Roth became best friends with her housekeeper’s son. Soon, friendship turned to young love, and when Arya dared him to kiss her, a chain reaction of disastrous events led to the boy being sent away and out of Arya’s life.

Now, two decades later, Arya is an on-the-rise publicist with her beloved father as one of her biggest clients. So when her father is sued by a former employee, Arya sets out to prove that her father is not the monster he is accused of being. The only problem is the attorney who is determined to destroy her father’s good name. Christian Miller is charming, ambitious, and devilishly good looking, and Arya has no idea he is that same boy who kissed her all those years ago.

Past and present collide as Arya falls hard for Christian. But when she finds out who he really is and about his obsession with getting revenge on her father, can she choose love over family?


I am a sucker for LJ Shen books and Ruthless Rival got basically all my favorite tropes – childhood friends/rich girl & housekeep son/enemies-to-lovers/second chance romance.  Written in past and present version.  You can see the sweetest part when they were just lonely kids enjoying each other company and eventually became more.  The older version of Christian is to die for – gorgeous, successful and all alpha male 😊 Arya is also successful, beautiful, smart but still a bit gullible when it comes to her family.  I really enjoy the banters and the slow-burn but I think I was expecting a little more angst between them.  I guess since Christian was hiding his identity, I did not get the anger and resentment coming from both sides. However, the chemistry is palpable though.  Arya and Christian were definitely made for each other.  You can tell they are drawn to each other despite the fact that Christian was no longer the young Nicholai from the past.  This trope I have seen before but they storyline is pretty unique.  We have childhood romance with identify changed and some twists, fierce enemies turn passionate romance.  The story is also about family and forgiveness.  I would have loved more romance and less family drama/revenge.  Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I love the epilogue.  First standalone and a beautiful beginning to Cruel Castaways series.


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About LJ Shen L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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