Heartless King by Maya Hughes

Title: Heartless King
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #5
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: April 23, 2020

Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend. 

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet. 

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive…ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle. 

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!

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Review

You know that feeling when you read a series, and you fall head over heels?  You never want it to end.  You love each and every one of the characters, and their world becomes completely real.  Yeah, that is me with the Kings.  I absolutely adore this series, so I was stuck with equal feelings of wanting Colm’s book so bad, but also dreading the end of this amazing series.  I had so many hopes and expectations at this point, and I have to admit, Maya met every single one of them.  She gave Colm and the Kings the sendoff they deserved.

This story is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I think that is the only way Colm’s story could really be told.  Always the caretaker who came up short in his personal life, Colm had a lot to deal with.  His personal life was a mess, and throughout this book it only gets messier.  However, all that “mess” came together to make a perfect beginning for him.  I didn’t see this book as his end, but rather his chance to finally start living.  My heart broke for him over and over, and at times I wanted to scream at him for self-sabotaging, but in the end, my heart was so happy!!

The heroine in this story is the best!!  I have been hoping for her story since the very beginning of this series, and I was so excited to see her get her HEA!  She has so many complicated emotions, but she has an absolute heart of gold!  Seeing her passionate side brought out by Colm was amazing!  I didn’t know she had all that in her!  My heart has been broken for her for so long, so I found myself smiling uncontrollably as she found her happy ending!

This book, this series really, is so well done.  This is the series that made me a Maya Hughes fan, and she continues to remain one of my absolute favorites for sports romance.  She created a world with so many amazing relationships (both romantic, friendships, and family) that I could continue to read them forever.  I love that this series overlaps with her Fulton U series, because even with this amazing sendoff, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye!

Excerpt

The way she bit her bottom lip while sitting in the back of the taxi sent my heart thundering against my ribs, trying to make a quick escape out the window. She was going through all those thoughts blinking like big caution signs on a dark night saying ‘No, don’t do this. It’s irresponsible. Here are twenty seven reasons this is a bad idea.’ I didn’t want to be a bad idea or a mistake in her mind. She sure as hell wasn’t one in mine.

Tugging her toward me, nearly sitting on my lap, I sealed her parted lips mid-gasp with a kiss. Threading my fingers through her hair, I let my tongue dance along her lips, before delving inside. 

The taxi driver cleared her throat. Only then did I remove my hand from under her skirt, tracing the edges of her panty line with the tips of my fingers.

I released my hold on her. 

Now, her pink cheeked glances and slightly mussed hair were a hallmark to how far away I’d pushed those thoughts out of her mind. That along with her fingers intertwined with mine. Her pulse drumming against my palm.

She had no trouble putting her hands all over me during one of our sessions, but could still be shy about us exploring one another’s bodies. An exploration I wouldn’t be finished with until I’d committed each inch of her to memory and could discover which spots made her gasp, whimper and moan.

Her gaze kept darting to the tent in my pants.

“At this point, I’d think you’d be used to it.” 

With a hasty cash tip to the driver, I hustled her out of the taxi.  

We burst through the front door like a zombie hoard was following us through the streets. 

With a mischievous grin over her shoulder, Imogen danced outside of my grasp. 

Her laugh made me smile as she took off up the stairs, shedding clothes along the way. I gathered up each piece like the world’s most tempting breadcrumbs. 

A heel, then another.

Her soft black wrap.

The perfectly formed cups of her light gray bra hung on the railing at the top of the stairs.

I stood silently, trying to find her. She was a stripping Houdini.

Her dress, the one that fit her perfectly, in a heap on the floor.

My blood thrummed in my veins, pounding harder with each step. I’d been inside her less than an hour ago and already I was ravenous for her touch. 

And that’s when I remembered. The bright blue, lacy fabric in my pocket.

She was totally naked. 

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About the Author

Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

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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