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Review: The Rival by Kendall Ryan

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Review: The Rival by Kendall Ryan

Title: The Rival

Series: Looing to Score

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: June 1, 2021

Being stranded in remote Canada with a hottie?
Wasn’t part of my summer plans.

Dump my cheating ex? Check.

Land an amazing job with Boston’s professional hockey franchise? Check.

Fall stupidly in love with hockey’s favorite bad boy? Ugh.

After wasting years of my life with the wrong person, I told myself all I wanted was a little no-strings fun. Enter Alex Braun—a wealthy, handsome, notorious playboy who’s equal parts charming and dangerous as hell to my wounded heart.

After enduring a very public breakup of his own, the sexy player doesn’t want to be anyone’s forever. Too bad he barreled his way into my heart, instead of just my bed.

But this professional athlete knows a thing or two about competing, and he won’t let go so easily.

This romance contains one grumpy, emotionally damaged, but gorgeous-as-hell hockey player, and a whip-smart, hardworking heroine who’s never quite fit in. It should only be read by those who like their men brawny and their romances red-hot!

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The Rival is a sweet story of finding love and getting a second chance.

The Rival follows the story of Alex and Aspen. Alex is no stranger to scandal and the last thing he wants in his downtime is to spend more time in the spotlight. So, when his teammate is looking for a caretaker for his cabin in Canada, he jumps at the opportunity. What he didn’t plan on, was having company. You see, Aspen just got out of a terrible relationship and is looking for a place to land on her feet. And when Alex hears about Aspen’s situation, he can’t help but offer her the caretaker position of his friends cabin. The only catch, the two of them will have to spend the summer together…

The Rival is a quick and sexy read. I loved Alex and Aspen together. I knew there had to more to Alex than what readers had previously seen. Alex may appear grumpy and gruff, but really he’s just a sweet guy who made some stupid mistakes. Alex’s character grew leaps and bounds in this story and I couldn’t have been happier to see the true Alex. And Aspen….well, she was just what the doctor ordered. She was the bright ray of sun that Alex didn’t know he needed. Sure, she may have sworn off men thanks to her ex, but something about Alex pulled her in and made her want to take a chance.

Alex and Aspen had some amazing chemistry. I loved seeing the two of them together and couldn’t wait to see what the summer would bring. Their journey to happily ever after wasn’t without its hurdles. Alex needed to deal with his past and be open with Aspen about things going on in his life and Aspen needed to heal her heart and take a chance on Alex despite his past. Together, these two had me devouring their story and anxious to see how it would all end.

The Rival is the perfect close proximity, summer romance. The characters are fun and relatable. I enjoyed the romance, steam, and light drama. I couldn’t help but devour Alex and Aspen’s story and never wanted it to end.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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