Garnet Flats by Devney Perry is now live!
Talia Eden loved Foster Madden for one year, two months and eleven days. It was on day 438 that her love died. The day he chose to marry her best friend. The day she vowed never to think of Foster again.
Until years later when he has the audacity to show up in her small hometown of Quincy, begging for her help.
The ink on his divorce papers is barely dry, yet he comes armed with apologies and promises. She knows it’s all a ploy. Foster is the king of games and secrets. But he’s got delusions the size of Montana if he thinks she’ll help him train for a world championship fight.
Except Talia has forgotten exactly what made Foster famous. The man has dedicated his life to victory. He’s steadfast. He’s determined. And he won’t stop fighting until he’s won her heart.
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Winner winner chicken dinner! Another small town second chance romance in the book. This is the third book of The Edens series about professional fighter Foster Madden and a small-town doctor, Tally.
Talia and Foster met in college. They were in love and had planned a future together but right before Talia moved away for medical school Foster broke her heart. He married her best friend. Talia left town and never looked back. Seven years later, Foster showed up at Talia hometown of Quincy. Newly divorcee, he reached out to Talia and had the nerve to give her the engagement ring that she picked out many moons ago in hope of winning her back. FAT CHANCE, right? Talia is pissed to say the least. She is no fool and isn’t about to fall for Foster’s charms again.
WHOA! Talks about slow burn, angst and a whole lot of shovels. I love Foster and Talia relationship – they are very honest about their feelings and situations. They both don’t play games. Foster knows exactly who he wants in his future and is not afraid to let it be known. Talia, too is not about to hide how much Foster had hurt her in the past. I like that their relationship slowly builds up to something more meaningful and beautiful – it makes sense because there were a lot of trust and commitment issues. Talia is such a great character – she is kind hearted, hardworking, caring and she has the ability to forgive and open her heart to love again. When I read the blurb I was nervous for the hero – not such a stellar guy, but turns out he is a good guy at heart. Foster grew up a hard life, nothing is handed to him for free. Foster has a chip on his shoulder and he has a displaced sense that he has to provide the world for Talia but in fact all she wanted was just Foster, however he came. I adore the whole Edens clan – how they have fights but they always love each other hard. I could do away with all the drama with Vivi and her father but I guess that was the big part of Foster’s journey and how he became the man he is now.
I love me a second chance romance especially one where the hero made a huge mistake and had to grovel his way back … talk about slow burn, angsts, and all the feels!!! It was all worth it at the end. There is a nice bonus epilogue if you singed up for newsletter at the end. Super cute.
And OMG! We got a glimpse of Eloise and Jasper’s story – sounds like shotgun wedding and fake marriage. Cannot wait for Jasper Vale coming Feb, 2023 🙂
Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.
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A Curse of Blood & Stone by K.A. Tucker is now live!
From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker comes the second novel in her Fate and Flame series, an adult fantasy story that should be read in series order.
“I do not know how to love you and be a good king to my people.”
From jewelry thief to interloper to queen-in-waiting, Romeria flees Cirilea a traitor to all. But the yawning distance between her and Zander troubles her more than any king’s bounty on her head. While Zander may have escaped by her side, he seeks to regain his throne, and no immortal will ever welcome her as Islor’s queen. She fears it won’t be long before Zander abandons her as everyone else she’s ever loved has.
Zander sacrificed his crown to save Romeria’s life, yet he dreads what her existence means for the future of his realm. As Ybaris’s plan to destroy Islor unfurls, a more insidious threat, orchestrated by rival fates, lurks beneath the surface. He can offer his allies no honest explanation for why he protects the Ybarisan princess and takes counsel from Queen Neilina’s caster, leading those closest to doubt his wisdom—and his allegiance.
As their company aims for the Venhorn Mountains, steered by prophecy, Romeria is desperate to wield her newfound abilities to undo Princess Romeria’s treachery before the kingdom tears itself apart. But with the mortal rebellion swelling, bolstered by the gift of Ybaris’s poison, it may already be too late.
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A Curse of Blood and Stone is book 2 of Fate & Flame series. You will need to read Fate of Wrath & Flame first to know what is going on … trust me it is not a hardship. I don’t usually read fantasy type books, but this series is actually pretty phenomenal and addicting. Romeria’s former life and identify is now known to King Zander. Romeria, Zander and the legionaries are fleeing to another city since Zander’ brother overtook Islor. Zander is now at a crossroad – he is in love with Romeria, but his duty is to his people. Zander must do what is best for his kingdom even if that hurts Romeria and himself in the process. Zander must keep Romeria alive to use her power and affinities in order to win back his kingdom. Easy said than done, right? They are both struggling because the heart wants what it wants … Second book continue with plenty of actions, drama, magic, suspense and it kept me captivated from the beginning until the end. Once I started it was impossible to put it down. You will want to know what happens next knowing there is no ending in-sight 😊 Mini cliffhanger at the end – kind of like the end of a chapter but there much more to come. I really need book 3 like right now!
I honestly amazed with this author’s imaginative mind. I mean I don’t know how she comes up with this kind of storyline – it’s like she came from another world herself 😊
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K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women.
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He needs an image makeover, she needs a mojo upgrade. A new lessons-in-seduction hockey romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Sarina Bowen.
After I’m arrested for throwing a raucous party, my hockey team says I have an image problem. And I need to fix it, stat.
Charity work? Check. Haircut? Sure. But I draw the line at hiring my neighbor to style me. In the first place “style” shouldn’t be a verb. And I’m tired of people who’d judge me on appearances.
Vera and I don’t see eye to eye on anything. She wants me to try on clothes, while I just want to remove hers. She’s distractingly pretty, with soulful eyes and a sinful mouth that likes to argue with me.
But when management threatens my summer vacation, I grudgingly agree to Vera’s unusual proposal: she’ll give me an image makeover. But in return, she wants lessons in the art of seduction.
It sounds a little nutty, but I know a good opening when I hear it. Besides, it’s not like I’ll ever fall for her…
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Super cute bad boy/good girl enemy-to-lover/opposite attract romance. Ian is a hockey star who get in a lot of trouble. His image isn’t great for himself and more importantly it is effecting his team, so the team PR demands he clean it up pronto. Vera is a good girl, beautiful inside and out but thanks to her douche bag ex-boyfriend she lost her confidence. These two are neighbor and lets just say they are not very neighborly seeing that Vera called the cops and landed Ian in jail for a quick second When their mutual friend planned a trip to Italy, Ian and Vera has no choice but to play nice. What happened when their rooms are adjacent and they have to share a bathroom together? A lot of shenanigans … that is what Ian helped Vera get her confidence back and Vera helped clean up Ian’s image … literally … haircut, wardrobe, full on make-over and all. I really enjoy the banters – super funny. These two are quite different but boy do they have some sizzling chemistry. It is adorable to see them go from sorta enemies to platonic friendship to falling in love and what better place than Italy ❤ Over Love Lessons is lighthearted, fun, sexy and entertaining.
True to Vi Keeland’s style, The Boss Project is another gorgeous office romance full of hilarious banters, sexy times and a little touch of emotional feels. Devoured this baby in one night. The first time Evie and Merrick met was already a disaster – Evie was caught in a male dressing room sniffing her own pits and freaked out on a certain male that innocently barged into the correct dressing room J Soon after Evie found out said handsome stranger is about to be her new boss. Merrick is not interested in hiring a therapist to help his employees destress (he thinks it a waste of money and time). Evie’s resume was not that stellar, and after the first unfortunate run-in Merrick is not impressed. Merrick is hell bend on hiring Evie aka the underqualified therapist just to spite the company’s demand. Well … let’s just say his plan back fired. Not only Evie managed to win the employees over, she began to wiggled her way into his heart. I love Merrick and Evie together even during the slow burn chase. Their chemistry is undeniable – love all the flirting and banters. Evie is attracted to her boss but she wants to keep her job professional. Merrick is relentless. Smart man for a reason – he found a loophole and eventually broke down Evie’s armor. Of course all romance has a bit of up and down. Love is pain right? At one point I want to kick Merrick in the behind but thankfully he redeemed himself. The sweet HEA ending made it all worth it. Over all, this was such an entertaining read – adorable, lighthearted, sexy and just a feel good romance.
Sometimes first loves deserve a second chance . . .
On One Condition by K. Bromberg is now live!
First loves deserve a second chance in an all-new small town, billionaire romance by New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg.
The requirement is ridiculous but simple. Spend two months in Cedar Falls and play the mayor’s games to ensure that The Retreat, Sharpe International’s newest resort, can open.
But I have a history with this small, Montana town. One I’d tried to forget but never could. Asher Wells. My Lavender Girl.
She’d had dreams and aspirations to leave Cedar Falls and make her mark on the world. So why is she still here, standing in front of me? And more importantly, why is she looking at me with hurt in her eyes when I was the one who‘d been forced to leave or else face the damning consequences of that night?
I have everything in life: money, success, an empire to run . . . everything except for one, very important thing. Her.
Fifteen years is a long time to wonder. . . what if. I’ll be damned if I leave town this time without her.
Are you ready to fall for the Sharpe brothers in K. Bromberg’s sexy, contemporary, billionaire romance series? These books can all be read as a standalone, but can be enjoyed as a series as well . . .
Last Resort (Book #1)
On One Condition (Book #2)
Final Proposal (Book #3)
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Super sweet story! I absolutely LOVED Last Resort which was the first book of the SIN series and I was so excited to read this one. On One Condition is about one of the brother Ledger. This is a second chance, small town romance. Work brought Ledger back to Cedar Falls, the last place Ledger thought he ever set foot in again. Ledger and his brother used to vacationed in Cedar Falls every summer when they were younger. That was where he met Asher – his first love and his first heart break. Ledger and Asher spent every summer together, falling love and planning a future together until an unfortunate misunderstanding happened that tore them apart. Now that Ledger is back in town he is once again faced Asher. They will have to sort out the past betrayal and anger, learn to forgive themselves and each other in order to have a HEA. I enjoyed Ledger and Asher’s story albeit a little predictable, only became we got a taste of Ledger’s father in the previous book so I kind of predict the direction of the story a little bit. I still enjoy a good slow burn, emotional second chance romance. Really glad to hear from Ford and Callahan again, and I am very excited for Ford’s journey.
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary romance novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.
A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow and her mind scattered in too many different directions.
Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across eighteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by the streaming platform, Passionflix, with the first movie (Driven) out now.
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From USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author comes a brand-new contemporary romance—an angsty, emotional love story between a grumpy firefighter who thinks he has his life figured out and a beautiful ad exec whose life is anything but.
Between Hello and Goodbye by Emma Scott is now live!
She’s a city girl in Seattle. He’s a firefighter in a rainforest. This is never going to work…
Faith Benson isn’t your emergency contact, she’s the party-girl friend you call for a good time. The gal-pal who loves mimosas at brunch and martinis at Happy Hour. But her carefree lifestyle threatens her job at a top Seattle ad agency. There’s no one better at landing big accounts (when she shows up) but her boss demands she take a leave of absence to get her head on straight. Faith heads to the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai, far away from the vices that get her in trouble. A twisted ankle on Day One requires rescuing by a man who is vice personified–a gorgeous firefighter who awakens feelings in her heart she never knew existed. Asher Mackey doesn’t get involved with beautiful tourists beyond taking them to bed and then watching them leave his tiny island. He’s devoted his life to the safety and care of everyone around him…except himself. Until he meets Faith Benson, the city girl whose vibrant, inner beauty shines a light on the dark corners of his life, showing him how safe—but empty—it truly is. Despite their best efforts to keep their distance, Faith and Asher fall hard and fast, but there’s an ocean between them. Both are building their lives on opposite sides of the Pacific while their feelings for each other grow more profound and undeniable by the day. Something has to give. When Asher receives devastating news, he and Faith have to decide once and for all to entrust their hearts fully to the other or return to their safe—but separate—worlds. Because neither can endure much longer, living somewhere between hello and goodbye. Between Hello and Goodbye is a contemporary romance about love, loss, and experiencing life in all its facets. It deals with sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.
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Brielle Davis wakes up with no memory of the last three years and turns to her brother’s best friend, Spencer Cross to help her remember.
Help Me Remember by Corinne Michaels is now live!
New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels brings you a new small-town, brother’s best friend romance.
In one second, my life disappeared.
My past. My memories. My future.
The only certainty I have from the last three years is that my older brother is dead, and I am the only eye witness.
In order to protect the case, the lawyers demand that no one give me any information about my life . . . I must remember on my own. My only help comes from my brother’s best friend and world-renowned investigative reporter, Spencer Cross.
He has no idea how many nights I’ve spent dreaming of his name—and his body—next to mine.
Now we’re a team and our goal is to recover my memories and retrace my past. But each day we spend together, he’s looking at me as more than his friend’s little sister and I find it harder to want my old life back. Instead I’m wishing for a new one—with him. His kiss feels like home. His arms make me feel safe, and I never want this to end.
As my memories return, forcing me to face my future, everything falls apart… especially when I find an engagement ring hidden in my apartment. I have no idea who gave it to me, or what it means about my past.
I may have asked Spencer to help me remember, but now I wish I could forget.
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Spencer and Brie love story was beautiful. CM writes story that really make you feels. The premise of this story is that Brie was in an accident and could not remember the last 3 years of her life. Due to the ongoing investigation no one can tell her what was going on in her past so Brie has to piece everything back together as her memory comes. She is a bit frustrated and lost so she turned to her brother’s best friend Spencer for help. Spencer is caring and quite swoony and of course he was there to catch her when she falls. I love that this book has a bit of everything that kept you going – childhood crush, angst, slow burn, true love, mystery and suspense. The epilogue was lovely. What a beautiful start of a new Rose Canyon series.
Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.
Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed–reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.
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He’s about to learn that love isn’t logical at all.
Doctor Love, an all new sizzling opposites attract standalone romance from International Bestselling author Leisa Rayven, is out now!
Toby Jenner may be tall, handsome, and own the world’s greatest collection of cardigans, but his track record with women is woeful. Even though he’s the tech genius behind the most successful matchmaking app of all time, it seems as though Doctor Love is able to predict everyone’s perfect partner except his own.
All that changes when a beautiful, intelligent, quirky-as-hell woman crashes into his life. Plagued by her own relationship woes, Joanna’s done with dating guys who aren’t right and pins her hopes on the Happy Ever After app turning her love life around.
Within hours of meeting her, Toby realizes he’s finally found the soul-deep connection he’s always craved. Even better, she seems to feel the same way.
There’s just one problem–according to his own state-of-the-art compatibility algorithm, they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of working out.
Being a man of logic, Toby knows he should forget about her and move on. He knows he shouldn’t move into her plush Manhattan apartment so he can monitor the glitchy A. I. that runs/ruins her life. He knows he should be fine with her dating men whose compatibility scores aren’t in the single digits. And he should absolutely ignore how just being near her sets his entire world on fire.
Yes, Toby is very aware that falling for his perfectly imperfect match will lead to devastating heartbreak. But he also knows that if there’s even a one-percent chance of them making it, he’ll move heaven and earth to beat the odds.
A sizzling new standalone from the internationally bestselling author of Bad Romeo.
WHOA Loved it! The heroine is a tough nut to crack. The hero is so lovely. Such a feel good story…
Love Toby and Joanna. Toby is a tech guru who invented the matchmaking app. He is caring, sweet, nerdy, and completely allergic to romantic relationship. He is quite successful at playing match maker but he is not so lucky in love. Joanna is the opposite – a spitfire, smart, successful, independent, and gorgeous. On paper, their numbers don’t aligned but some odd reasons they could not help but drawn to one another. These two have great chemistry so it’s just a matter of time before they ignite and the inferno is unstoppable. This was such a feel good story – slow burn, friends-to-lovers filled with humor, passion, and emotional moment.
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I down more of my drink. For an eighteen-dollarish glass of whiskey, it’s not bad.
When I glance at Eden, I see her eyes have glazed over. I follow her gaze across the room to where her boyfriend is talking to one of the test couples. As if he feels her staring, Max turns, and the expression he gets makes me shake my head. Pretty sure I’ve never looked at a girl like that, but I’d like to.
I wonder what it must be like to be that much in love. The way they’re looking at each other … the chemistry is so thick, you can almost see it shimmering in the air. It’s like there’s no one else in this entire place but them. Whenever I witness the passion between Eden and Max, I wonder if that sort of depth of emotion is reserved for a lucky few. Will everyone get to feel something that powerful during their lifetimes? Or is it some kind of cosmic lottery that most of us never get to win?
“Out of interest,” I say. “Did you and Max fill out your compatibility questionnaires?”
Eden drags herself away from her man and leans one elbow on the bar. “Of course. Max wanted to make sure your algorithm was working.”
“So, what did you score?”
She gives me a smug smile. “Ninety-two.”
I almost choke on my own saliva. “Are you fucking kidding me?”
She looks confused. “No. Why?”
I stand up straighter. “Just haven’t seen a score that high before. New record.” Up until now, the highest was eighty-six, and that was one of my research couples who’d been together for thirty years. “Guess it must feel good to know you chose right.”
She smiles wistfully into her wine. “I don’t need a score to tell me Max is my soul mate. When you know, you know.”
I roll my neck again to try and relieve the tension in my shoulders. “So I hear.”
She touches my forearm, and I can feel the sympathy she’s exuding. “Toby, you’re a six-foot-five, totally ripped, scruffily handsome genius. I have zero doubt you’ll meet your perfect match someday soon.”
I shrug her off. “Doesn’t bother me.” I’m such a liar. I want a soul mate just as much as the next person. I just doubt it’s something I’m ever going to have.
Eden frowns for a second, before turning to me with an excited expression. “Well smack my ass and call me stupid, why didn’t I think of it before? I have a single friend who’d be great for you.”
Oh, Jesus, here we go. “Yeah, I don’t think so.”
“Just hear me out. She’s gorgeous, intelligent, quirky as hell––”
“Eden, I’m the professional matchmaker here. How about we leave potential dates to the expert instead of just hooking me up with some random woman you know.”
“She’s not random. She’s Asha’s best friend.”
I cringe. “Are you talking about that Joanna chick you mentioned ages ago? The one who first told you about Mister Romance? Didn’t you say she was a compulsive liar?”
“That was before I got to know her. She’s actually remarkably cool.”
“I’m sure. Still not interested. Plus, I’ve already made it clear that until this app is out in the big, bad world, I have zero time to scratch myself, let alone date.”
She nods like she understands, but knowing Eden, this subject is not being dropped any time soon. “Okay. Sure. I hear you. But just know that one day, you’ll meet someone amazing and forget all about how busy you are. When your soul mate shows up, you can try to deny them, or ignore them, but it won’t work. They’ll bully their way into your life whether you want them to or not. Take it from someone who knows.”
I down the dregs of my whiskey and put the empty glass on the bar. I love Eden like a sister, and I’m grateful that she looks out for me, but I’m really not in the mood for this conversation tonight. She’s working on the assumption that there’s someone out there for everyone, and the more I study the numbers, the more certain I am that most of us are destined to stagger from one bad relationship to the next, until we die, miserable and alone.
“Well, thanks for the drink,” I say as I pat her shoulder. “But I really need to get back to work.” Without waiting for permission, I sit back down in front of my laptop and open it.
She rubs my back. “Okay, then, Doctor Love. Go matchmake your little heart out. I have to head home to finish up a story, but I’ll see you at work on Monday, okay?”
“Yep, see you then.”
As she heads across the room to kiss Max goodbye, I watch them for a few seconds before taking a deep breath and diving back into the dizzying labyrinth of code on the screen in front of me.
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About Leisa Rayven
Author, actor, and professional snuggler, Leisa is the creator of the critically acclaimed Starcrossed series, published through Macmillan New York: BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART. The finale in the Starcrossed series was the holiday-themed anthology, BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS.
Her latest endeavor is the Masters of Love series, which has everyone swooning over some spectacular book boyfriends who will do anything for their soul mates. The first two books, (MISTER ROMANCE and PROFESSOR FEELGOOD,) are now available, and DOCTOR LOVE is scheduled to be published in early 2019.
Leisa’s books have gained hordes of passionate fans all over the world, and can be found on e-readers and bookshelves in fifteen foreign countries, and she’s also been featured on various international bestseller lists.
Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two enormous teenage sons, four cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)
When Leisa isn’t writing books, she’s probably eating cheese. Or guacamole. Or cheese covered in guacamole.
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“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.
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