Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #3
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…
I’ll never get enough of second chance romance stories; there’s just something about a shared history and a foundation of feelings that make me root for the couple to find their way back to each other, fixing what was broken and working through the bitterness and heartbreak that they may still be carrying all the time they were apart. I also think I handle the angst of the book better when it’s made clear that the hero and heroine meant something significant to each other at one time and now have to how to let go of the baggage of the past and move forward to everything their future can be.
In true Kings of Rittenhouse’s fashion, Emmett, the hero of Ruthless King, is a cocky bastard whose demeanor is due to a past of painful experiences, and for that very reason, at the beginning of his and Avery’s story, it’s clear that he has one objective when it comes to the girl who broke his heart – payback – which makes Avery enemy number one and makes for quite a few awkward interactions since they’re friends with the same people and have to be around one another even when they’d rather not.
There’s so much pain and heartache that Emmett and Avery must work through if they stand a chance at making things work this time around and because most of their issues center around misunderstandings and miscommunications, nothing will straighten things out except the truth, regardless of how harsh or hurtful it is.
I do have to confess that Emmett and Avery frustrated the heck out of me at times because they acted and reacted instead of taking the time to think things through, but once they took a breath and let one another truly be heard, the healing process could begin and the bond that was created four years ago can resurface, offering them an opportunity to make things right and be together in a way that will last.
But boy does Maya Hughes make her characters and her readers work for every step in Emmett and Avery’s second chance, and while it put my head and my heart through the ringer to experience the push and pull as well as the ups and downs of their journey, it also solidified that they belonged together and needed to do everything in their power to become what they were always meant to be.
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.