Goodreads Rating: 4.56 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Publication Date: January 10th 2019
My d*ck never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…
We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.
Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that happen again.
She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.
This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ruthless King is about former high school lovers Emmett Cunning and Avery Davis. Emmett is wealthy and privilege but his parents are never preset. Avery cannot rely to her father as he succumb into addiction. She had no choice but to step in as the breadwinner of the family. In spite of their socioeconomic differences, it didn’t matter for these two. They’re both young and in love but one incident ripped their relationship apart.
For years later, Emmett and Avery reunited for the summer with their friends. There’s an unresolved tension between them and it’s obvious both haven’t move on from their breakup. So much has changed over the years. Emmett is now a professional Hockey player and Avery still works in a pastry shop and plans to go to college after two weeks. One thing remains the same: their love for each other.
This book has two of my favorite tropes: enemies to lovers and second chance romance novel. It’s also my first Maya Hughes novel and I like her writing style. It’s pretty engaging and I was hooked with the story. I like the characters; Emmett is such a gentleman. He’s charming, thoughtful and sometimes overly generous. Avery is hardworking, independent, responsible, selfless and loyal. I love how protective she is for her love ones even if she has to sacrifice her plans. The chemistry between these lovebirds is great. It’s palpable and intense.
However, my main issue was the conflict. Avery should’ve spilled the whole truth from the beginning instead of revealing it by pieces. It unnecessary prolonged the novel due just to add drama. The miscommunication got on my nerves and I wish it focuses more rebuilding their trust with each other. Though it’s the third book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I am definitely reading the previous books and I can’t wait for Ford’s book.
Final rating: 3.5 / 5 stars