Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #2
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult/Sports Romance
Release Date: August 24, 2018
An irresistibly steamy college sports romance.
I’m Heath Taylor. Laid back. Easy going. Fastest guy on two skates and chill to a fault. Until Kara.
Three nights together and I’m done for. Her laugh, her smile, the way my hand curves around her waist. She’s the one. Not a doubt in my mind…until I walk into my last class of the semester.
Kara, the woman of my dreams, is my new instructor. My hockey season and her career prospects are on the line. One false move–if anyone finds out–we’re both sunk.
On the ice I’m a beast that can’t be stopped, but thoughts of her are throwing me off my game. My fingers itch to feel her in my arms again. But risking everything could ruin what we’ve worked so hard for.
Sometimes life has a way of changing the best laid plans. And sometimes you can’t stay away no matter the promises you make.
Life doesn’t play fair, but neither do I…
First of all, any hero who uses The Breakfast Club as his ‘movie therapy’ is totally worthy of a book boyfriend nod, but that’s not all that makes Heath Taylor my kind of male lead; throughout the course of Reckless King’s story line, readers get to know Heath, the hockey player…Heath, the college student…Heath, the easy-going guy, but the one Heath that intrigues me the most is Heath, the man who can’t get enough of a certain grad student/independent study TA…the same man who needs to figure out how much he’s willing to risk and allow her to risk in order to still spend time together.
The first half of Heath and Kara’s story is all about their attraction…their connection…their physical intimacy; their first encounter is a bit of insta-lust, but their feelings grow from there and connect them emotionally as well. I enjoyed watching things develop between Heath and Kara because they both were pretty open with who they are and what defines them, but I also knew that there was going to be a pretty major obstacle preventing them from furthering their relationship.
The second half of Reckless King turns a bit angsty and overdramatic. The fact that Kara is Heath’s Independent Study TA is problematic, but I feel like if they were upfront from the very beginning and explained the situation that it would have been a much easier fix; I understand that there needs to be a conflict that drives every story, but there seemed to be too many obstacles mixed with a slew of situations that were out of Heath and Kara’s control even though their reactions to them drove them even closer to the edge.
Heath and Kara’s story was my first read by Maya Hayes, and even though I felt like the plot line wasn’t equally weighted and there were an overabundance of conflicts, I really enjoyed the main characters…getting to know them…seeing them realize who they are and what they mean to each other, which means I’ll definitely be checking out more stories by this author.
3.5/4 Poison Apples
Maya Hughes has always loved romance novels. One look at her Kindle is confirmation. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child and she hasn’t looked back. Now, her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.
You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her sweet and steamy stories range from rockstars to small towns and everything in between. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.