Shameless King by Maya Hughes | Book Review

Shameless KingKings of Rittenhouse, #1Maya HughesRomance, College RomanceJune 28th, 2018Paperback282 Pages
A deliciously steamy enemies with benefits romance. Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history. Everyone’s impressed, well except one person… After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball…into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact. For years we hated each other… I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than than just my arms wrapped around her. Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah. I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman. I’ve got one semester. Only four months to convince her everything she thought about me was wrong. Will my queen let me prove to her I’m the King she can’t live without? Only one way to find out…

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Shameless King by Maya Hughes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enemies to lovers? More like soul-mates ready to combust with an abundance of chemistry that makes you want to hug, punch, and adore this romance novel filled with raw passion and true banter between Declan and Makenna…

➳I wish I could always say “wow, this upcoming series has so much potential for more, making me crave for more of this author’s writing,” for every single novel I come across. Especially for a new author to me in which I have never read before so I need to come to a sense of getting to know their writing. Unfortunately not every single romance novel that I have read has always caught my attention of uniqueness. It is indeed rare to find that spark that as a romance reader always seems to like or crave. Yes, sometimes tropes are always welcomed when wanting to sooth the soul for something familiar. But that cannot be said for Maya Hughes in this brand new installment to a new upcoming series that will make you want more and more of the Kings of Rittenhouse Prep.

➳There aren’t a lot of college/sports romances that catch my attention of being my favorites. By far, Elle Kennedy and Kristen Callihan have a special place in my heart of ADORING their sports romances from the OFF CAMPUS and GAME ON series. Maya officially has me on the edge of my seat wanting to read more of the KINGS hockey boys. Lets count the line up shall we? We have Emmett, the swoon worthy and very down-right emotional in every rough and soft aspect guy. Then we have Declan, the guy who is full of himself but also is not as privilege of some of the other guys. We also have Colm, we don’t know much about him just yet but he is very invested in wanting to achieve at life. Next would be Heath, the blue-eyed, blonde environmentalist/astronomer (he is a laugh for sure). And last but not least, my all time favorite right now because of his broody, mysterious, and beyond sexy attitude, Ford (no one is taking or claiming Ford because he is mine…)

➳Now, let’s move on to the story shall we? This first novel to a brand new series coming soon focuses on Declan and Makenna, two individuals whom in high school have always bantered each other and have fought a strong pulsating chemistry that both do not want to admit they have. The perfect good-to-shoes, the want to be valedictorian, and also Standford University attendee, Makenna lives a life filled with studying and no partying but stay focused to become a doctor. Declan on the other hand, is the strong minded guy who knows he will be making it to the big leagues of the NHL. After a couple of years of not seeing each other after a brutal candor party, and after some life altering decisions, Makenna and Declan find themselves in the same path of being in the same class and not only that, but also as partners for the whole year. Having totally different opinions about each other, Mak and Declan soon learnt to realize that their true colors have been deceived all this time. Getting to know one another both emotionally at first, and then physically is what makes them one of my favorite characters out there in the romance world. They both become their inner keys that finally open up the doors to their feelings towards each other;

“She unlocked something in me I hadn’t been able to unlock myself. I could skate for her, and nothing else mattered. She was everything…”

➳As mentioned before, there are four more other guys that we still have to properly meet in this upcoming series. Four male specimen whom seriously have my head wrapped around so many un-answered questions. Who is coming next? As of right now Maya has not released who will be next but at the end of SHAMELESS KING she does provide with some “hmmm” pensive thoughts as to whom MIGHT be coming next. Without saying much for the lack of spoilers, just know that no matter what story comes next, Maya will indulge us with some powerful stuff of what can be predicted of the five KINGS hockey players.

➳Overall, I want to say a massive thank you to Maya for reaching out to read this new compelling sports romance that seriously has me on the edge of my nerves wanting to read more. Craving the world of the KINGS and what the next step towards their true life is. If you are interested in this sports romances—have enjoyed the college romances by Elle Kennedy and Kristen Callihan— this first installment will take your breathes away wanting for more. Don’t miss out on this book because trust me when I say that you will regret it.

ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review…

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About Maya:

Maya Hughes is a Jersey girl, no not that kind! And she also thinks it’s super weird to talk about herself in third person 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, the music I listen to, and the people I know to create stories that sparkle and shine.

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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