Thursday, April 23, 2020

Give Me Books Promotions Book Review: Heartless King

Title: Heartless King
Series: Standalone book #5 in the
Kings of Rittenhouse Series
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2020


Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend. 

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet. 

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive...ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle. 

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!

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The question had been running through my head all night: how could I get her to leave? But I didn’t want her to go. And now the maple syrup and cinnamon taste of her sent me hurtling close to the edge of my control. Those reserves were running on fumes. 
Everyone else had been run off by my anger or blinded by my money, but not her. If anything, she battled me, pushing me like she knew I needed it. She wouldn’t let me hide the splintered and cracked pieces of myself that I was barely holding together. 
She didn’t push me to talk, just slid in past my defenses and got me to say more than I should. 
“Do you want me to stop?” I ran my fingers through her hair, tugging on the roots. 
Her lips parted in a gasp and I deepened the kiss, needing to taste even more of her. She’d teased me, eating that French toast that smelled like a vanilla and cinnamon factory had exploded when it arrived at our table.
She stared into my eyes, heavy breaths shuddering past her lips. “Hell no.”

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Review: Heartless King is one of the few sports romances that I've read. That's not a trope I'm usually into, but the blurb for this one intrigued me and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book.

I'm not really into sports, but when I do pay attention, its hockey, so this book at least had a sport I cared about.

Its the final book in the series, and I think I could definitely go back and read the rest, because I really liked all the characters that I met in this book. (I'm notoriously bad at starting series in the middle or end). I actually think I was considering one of the past books at one time and I'm not sure why I never did jump into it. 

This book will run you through the ringer emotionally as both Colm and Imogen have baggage. Colm with guilt from his parents death and Imo with her own problems stemming from the loss of her fiance. There is a lot of stuff that both of them are dealing with and they are both emotionally damaged individuals and that makes them more human, rather than just characters on the page.

These two have a very strong chemistry though their relationship is an on again off again thing. They are definitely connected.

What I loved about this couple were they were both strong willed and Imogen was a strong woman. She was a carer, and actually Colm was too, but past events caused him to lose himself. With Imogen, her caring wasn't allowing her to be herself or have a life of her own. I understood and identified with her a lot.

Both of them had to work through issues to find happiness and I loved the way they did it, even though there were missteps along the way.

This was such a wonderful read! I devoured it in about 2 days, which is pretty good for me. I highly recommend this book and the series!

Rating: 5 flowers

Author Bio

Maya Hughes, that's me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I'm a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

I'm the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can't breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 


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