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Heartless King by Maya Hughes

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!

Title:Heartless King
Author:Maya Hughes
Series:Kings of Rittenhouse (Book 5)
Pages:326
Genre(s):Contemporary
New Adult
Trope(s):Surprise Pregnancy
Friends to Lovers
Sports Romance (Hockey)
Second Chance Romance
One Night Stand
Point of View:
Location:US
HEA:✔️
Release Date:23rd April, 2020
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So many feels!

Maya Hughes has a way with words that really brings you into the story. But it’s her skill with the angst that really pulls at your heart and makes you feel all the things and then some with whatever book she writes.

This is the 5th – and last – book in the Kings of Rittenhouse series. Each book follows a different couple, but since they’re all such close friends, if you’re looking to pick up this book and haven’t read those that have come before it – pick the first four in the series as well as getting this one! And we’ve obviously got to know the Kings, their Queens and their backstories – so I feel we’ve been building up to this story for a long, long time!

Colm has had his share of heartache in his life yet he’s always been the responsible one in the group. I’m not sure quite how Ms Hughes makes us feel so sorry for him even when he’s being a monumental douche – especially at the beginning. I just wanted to hug the poor man and tell him things would be okay. The fact that he was big, brash, broken and grumpy – and still a little bit of a control freak – just makes me love him more. Colm is my kind of hero even before you find out he’s so vulnerable – especially to Imo. He’s a big ol’ teddy bear.

I think that’s why Imo was so perfect in my eyes. She was the perfect foil for him – a calm to his chaos while also drawing the calm from him when she felt more chaotic herself. Imo also had a pretty heavy past and while I don’t normally go for stories where either of the main character’s have had a previous love of their life – in this case it works just fine as we ultimately know that Colm and Imo are soulmates.

“It makes you laugh, cry, but ultimately makes your heart soar with all the feels.”

The pair definitely give off that soulmate vibe – despite all the ups and downs that they go through. Fear not though, the angst is real, my friends. There’s no silly drama or convoluted points to move the story forward. Every word is so real – and you’ll race through the story with the power of Ms Hughes’ storytelling abilities. So as well as the soulmate vibe, the two also have hella chemistry. It’s the kind that clutches your stomach and makes the butterflies swirl in delight. So sexy. So, so good.

As I said, this story is so well written, with such rich and vivid details on the lives of these characters that they start to mean so much to you in the short time it takes you to fly through this book. It makes you laugh, cry, but ultimately makes your heart soar with all the feels.

Maya Hughes is an absolute goddess of the romance world. She writes with heat, heart and in a way that makes me feel like I’m coming back to meet with a well-loved friend, every time I pick up her books. And the fact that this is the end of an epic series – and I’ve come to know and love this bunch of hockey players and the women they fall for – makes it all the more emotional for me as a reader. And all the more satisfying along with it.

As with the previous Rittenhouse King novels, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You get everything you want from a love story – all the feels and enough angst to make the HEA all the more satisfying when it comes. A very worthwhile 5 stars.

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

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  • […] And man is he annoying. I would happily have given him a slap ten times over. His book is up next (Heartless King) and, at the moment, I’m feeling so annoyed with him that I’m not sure I’ll read it. But I […]

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