Title: Ruthless King
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber, Qamber Designs
Release Date: January 10, 2019
“She’d stood over me with my beating heart in her hand and let me walk away. She’d left me gasping for air, shouting at the sky, and craving her touch. Avery Davis had dismantled me and left me as a shell. Even knowing the pain she caused, every night I closed my eyes, it was her I dreamed about.”
What a fabulous, fabulous read. Ruthless King is my first book by author Maya Hughes and it most certainly won’t be my last.
Told from dual points of view, Ruthless King follows the story of Emmett and Avery. Emmett and Avery had the kind of romance any young kid dreamed of. They were high school sweethearts and had the world at their feet. They thought nothing would ever tear them apart and that their love would be strong enough to survive anything…..But, when it comes to Emmett and Avery’s story, things aren’t as cut and dry as you would think. One moment will turn Avery’s life completely upside down and have her heading in a direction she never saw coming. That one moment will have Emmett asking questions and furious with what he thinks is happening. It will be years before these two are reunited and once they are all bets are off. Emmett is on a mission to forget Avery, but his need for her and the truth overpowers everything. The passion between these two is stronger than ever and so are the stakes. Will Avery finally open up and give Emmett the answers he so desperately seeks? Will Avery and Emmett be able to move on from the mistakes of the past? Will there be a happily ever after in line for these two?? There’s only one way to find out….
Ruthless King is just the book I was looking for. Emmett and Avery’s story hooked me from the very first page. I loved the chemistry and sparks between the two of them. It was like an intense fire that refused to go out no matter how much time, or pain got in the way. I loved watching these two together. Despite the pain and overwhelming tension between them, they still somehow gravitated towards each other. You could tell that they both still loved and cared for one another, but were afraid to take the leap. Avery had so much to lose by telling Emmett the truth. And Emmett thought he knew what had happened, but couldn’t have been more wrong. The push and pull and the angst left me hanging on each word, dying to see just how Emmett and Avery’s story would play out.
Ruthless King was a great read from beginning to end. The author’s writing style hooked me instantly and kept me glued to the pages. I really liked that while this is technically the third book in this series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone the novel. I thought the characters were a lot of fun and enjoyed what each of them brought to the table. I loved the passion and tension. I loved the delicious angst that just pulled at my heartstrings. I needed to know what happened between Emmett and Avery. I enjoyed watching Emmett and Avery grow as characters and learn from their mistakes. It isn’t easy letting someone in and learning to trust them again; especially if they already broke your heart once before. My heart ached for both of them, yet I couldn’t help myself from rooting for these two to find their way and to just figure things out!
Overall, I really enjoyed Ruthless King. It hit all the marks I was looking for and kept me glued to the pages. A great read to spend your day getting lost in. Like I previously stated, this is my first book by this author and I can’t wait to discover more of her books.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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.