Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: Ruthless King |Kings of Rittenhouse by Maya Hughes

ruthless kingMy d*ck never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…

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…

4 Stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary | Sport & Academic Romance

Yes please! Can I just say finally? Yep. I have been itching to get my hands on Ruthless King, the third book in the Kings of Rittenhouse series, and yes I have rather enjoyed all of them, but this my furry friends – Ruthless King was the trope I have been waiting not so patiently to read. And surprise surprise, it is one of my least favorite tropes, second chances with high school sweethearts is not my usual go to but damnit, Hughes had me hanging by a thread every time Emmett and Avery were even mentioned, I had to know, had to see their happy romance ending. And boy, did I get it. 

I will be the first to admit this, I went into Ruthless King knowing it would take a smidge to understand everything about Avery, and to be fair, that I might not actually like her character. I know, shame on my fellow la-feminine supportive, but I am sorry, Emmett is just Emmett. So yeah, I went into this not sure how much I would actually like Avery. Honestly, I am still on the fence with her character. I like her, but I also don’t. Hear me out. She is kind of annoying. There I said it. She is annoying because she sets herself on this pedestal, one that is either below this person, this person, or higher than this person, she is rather segregated from a lot of individuals because of how she sees herself. I totally understand the meaning of this as well, so don’t think I wasn’t picking up the self-esteem issues from Avery, which we do actually get more background story on, especially in terms of how this portrayed onto Emmett. But honestly, more times than not, she was a bit of a whiny turd then other times she found her voice and was high and mighty, stand my ground kind of gal – it was extremely backlash of personality. 

And speaking of terms of Emmett he has my heart. I am sorry Avery, Emmett is delicious. He is to, rather scrumptious. I loved his personality, I have since the beginning. To me he has always been there for his friends, his family and honestly he seemed rather guarded. But with this I finally got to understand something I wasn’t expecting to find with him, he buys his lifestyle. Yes I know, he was constantly throwing money at friends, but it really took a ugly turn in Ruthless King. He absolutely allowed money to dictate how he reacted to people, his friends included, made him rather asshole-ish. I think it really comes to a huge light when Avery is in the picture, especially while both are battling their sexual tension or wanting to punch the other – emotions are a tricky thing. 

Finally too, we got the backstory of the truth to all things Emmett and Avery, because you can’t have a second chance at love without battling out those past demons. Oh my lanta behold the actual surrounding drama that is the high school breakup – it was a lot to absorb. To speak rather frankly, no I was not expecting the twist that Hughes played for the web that is this relationship. Was I excited? Absolutely. Was it intriguing? You bet your bottom dollar. Was it over the top? Most definitely. Even so, the re-igniting of the passion that was between Avery and Emmett was fierce. I loved their passion, their chemistry and their overall connection. It was like they never stopped caring for one another. I also enjoyed how they grew together both emotionally and mentally, they matured as adults, both seeing their flaws in how they project themselves as well as around other people. It really allowed their relationship to flourish. 

Something that also gets my ticker, really where I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around in some of the plot twists – the adults, or rather the parents in this gem. Are there no actual functioning adults that actually act appropriately in this series? I mean seriously, Emmett’s parents are just as childish as the college students, and this is something that always effects my connections sometimes. I just cannot wrap my mind around it… I just can’t.

Overall, I enjoyed Ruthless King a lot! I had such high hopes for this romance dynamic that Hughes really lived up to that expectation and more. I loved the passion between Emmett and Avery, loved their struggles and honestly even with the awkward over dramatic pet peeve, I still say it over and over, I loved their ending. They had such a sublime, sweet, very much needed ending that was very well deserved. 

But fear not, series is not over and here comes my favorite trope – I see a king crushing on his best friend’s little sister and I am sent in a tizzy for this one! Bring on Ford baby, I need him. 

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