Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Fearless King | Kings of Rittenhouse Series by Maya Hughes

Fearless KingMy first crush. My first heartbreak. My brother’s best friend.

The butterflies in my stomach turned into full blown eagles the second our lips touched. A kiss under the stars that changed our relationship forever. 

After a lifetime of wishing, I stared up into Ford’s eyes with his fingers caressing my cheek and my heart racing.

The evening ended with my heart bleeding on the ballroom floor. 

He destroyed my heart two years ago…but now he wants back in my life. 

This time I won’t fall under his spell. I’ll resist his sexy, scruffy beard, and panty-melting smirk. 

I thought I was over him. Hell, I fully planned to wave to him through my rearview mirror…but with one text, in the middle of the night, I know I’m in over my head.

Ford: I need you.

5 stars

Romance | New Adult | Sports | Contemporary

I have loved this series from the start, Kings of Rittenhouse has grabbed me by my swooning heart and will not let me go. I have loved every character in this series, Maya Hughes has definitely become somewhat of a auto-buy author for me recently. So this should be absolutely no surprise I am here for one of my absolutely favorite romance tropes, Liv has a crush on her Brothers Best Friend. Oh my stars, I think I am drooling already.

Olivia, or Liv (though I prefer her Olive nickname – thanks Ford), was definitely a fun character, I really liked her appearances until now and my obsession for her only grew as I finally got to know her more. She had this free spirit, kind-very gentle personality, she is in a place of her life where she knows what she wants but still questions herself. She has this wholesome, real feeling personality that is beyond relatable. All her life she had this one goal yet over time she is questioning herself; her dreams and thoughts-this is such a powerful connection between lead to reader. She is empowering, and I love how she embraces herself as an adult and a woman, exploring herself like most women in her age group, I just simply loved everything about her from her sureness, to her flaws and down to her personal struggles.

Then there is Ford, the oh my lanta, drool me more Ford. Can I have him, please? I will feed him and kennel him, he is downright adorable and I need one.He was the ideal man meat. I probably say this constantly, but seriously this character had me at Hello. I loved his personality. Though to be fair, the drama factor between him and Colm really shines Ford in a different light might question my sanity, but honestly Ford really tries to make things right. He seems like this sweet, caring, charismatic kind of guy. He is the brunt of a lot of hatred with Colm, but for the sake of the team and the friends, and even Liv, he takes things like a trooper. He is loyal beyond reason, he does it with himself, his mother (which oh my gawd, cuteness overload), Liv, all the Kings. He is just this great guy in the corner. I like the flaws he brings to the table, it is refreshing.

The chemistry between Ford and Liv was beyond gratifying. Firstly, I enjoyed the age gap that was present between them. No it wasn’t the main attribute in things which I will get to more in a second, but it was a great additive to their constant tug relationship. Also, their romance was really not just a “Brothers Best Friend Crush” trope but truly, Liv and Ford were actually friends too. It is one added factor that made this book flawless, Maya Hughes flipping smashed this trope out of the field and slayed me in the process. Their connection in all forms was simply perfection. From the beginning, paying out every detail had me swooning…

For starters, Liv has always had the crush on Ford, this was established pretty early in the series, Ford though admitted that he hasn’t always been attracted to Liv in the same form. This is actually what butts heads with Ford’s younger brother too. To Ford’s credit, he actually didn’t really notice notice Liv as a woman, an attractive woman until he tasted what he believes he shouldn’t – oh yes comrades, the secret kiss at the wedding party. Ford finally noticed Liv for what she was, or rather who she was and it absolutely terrified him. This is when the trope is done right, and I mean in the most delicious torturous kinds of ways, Liv and Ford were a fiery connection that was waiting to explode. And before you go all, “Oh Suey, what makes this so different from the other Friends to Lovers tropes you hate?” Well easy, back it up to the age gap if you will that I mentioned. Ford never noticed Liv until now is mostly because there is an age gap, one that is would have been borderline ick if he had admitted to being attracted to her before. So to me, this was just executed very well on all fronts of their chemistry and romance dynamic. I could feel their passion, the realization, understand their connection to the fullest. It was beautiful. And I loved every minute reading it. 

And what would be my favorite “Best Friends Sibling Crush” Trope without a little bit of big brother drama? Am I right? This is honestly what I crave from these types of dynamics. I know, I am strange. I have seen anything from where the sibling is the guarded, ‘I will end you if you hurt her’ kind, the hilarious bromance ‘My sister is lucky to have you because I love you man’ kind of outcomes, but very rarely do you see the asshole complex. Oh thank you Maya you devil you! I loathed Colm, Olivia’s brother was honestly downright disgusting human, and it made me love this series more. There was a point where I couldn’t wrap my brain around how controlling, dare I say manipulative towards Olivia. At the end of the day, I understand his distaste for the situation, there was a huge surrounding issue between Ford and Colm that really shined light on the development that was the hatred but I truly felt Colm was a brat. Constantly. This was such a great additive too towards the drama factor, one that i could get on board with since it was such a believable scenario. Dare I say I am really looking forward to his book (assuming he gets one) because i need closure for Liv and Ford, but also for Colm; his personal demons and his swirling hatred, it is needed to be seen! 

Bottom line, if you are not picking up what I am putting down, then there is a problem because i loved everythig about Fearless King. It was an amazing read, one of my personal favorite tropes. I cannot get enough of Maya Hughes writing style. I really look forward to whatever this woman writes next because I know it will send my romance heart into a tizzy. 

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