Title: Ruthless King
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber, Qamber Designs
Release Date: January 10, 2019



3.5 STARS for this second chance romance! This was a first time read by Maya Hughes and I am a fan! I jumped into this series rather late and it left me dying to know about the other characters in the books.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances and I’m always eager to learn about why they broke up in the first place. The conflict really had me at an impasse and had me agitated with Avery’s inability to reveal the whole truth. I can’t say I was a fan of her dropping the truth to Emmett a little bit at a time. Like, come on girlfriend!

I really loved the supporting characters and wanted to know so much more about them. I have an entire series to catch up and I will be doing so very soon!

Overall, really REALLY enjoyed the book, but couldn’t help but be a little bit irritated with some of Avery and Emmett’s actions. I wasn’t expecting to have my heart torn in two over their story, but their HEA is one you’ll be rooting for!

Maya sure knows how to weave an engaging and emotion-filled story. I’m a fan after reading this one!

Major thank you to Maya Huges for the advance reader’s copy!


I pulled the door open, ready for the fun to begin. It was going to be a kickass summer.

“I told my parents no way was I missing out on our epic last summer, so here I am.” I stood with my arms wide open and a huge smile on my face.

The ping pong ball Ford had in his hand fell to the floor, bouncing a few times before rolling under the table. Everyone was frozen in place, not a smile or a hug from anyone. Are they seriously still pissed?

“Don’t all look so happy to see me.” I dropped my arms and strode closer to the party setup.

“Okay guys, I think you’re going to love these. We were going for a cotton candy flavor.” Mak came out from what must have been the kitchen and skidded to a halt. The smile on her face sank immediately when she saw me.

I bit back a curse. I knew she hated me, but we needed to get past it. My past with Avery shouldn’t tarnish what Declan had with Mak. I’d just put Avery out of my mind for the summer, no big deal. It wasn’t just Mak coming out of the kitchen, though, and whoever was behind her stopped short and let out a yelp.

“Jesus, Mak, you almost made me drop the tray.”

The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I would have known that voice anywhere. Stepping out from behind Mak and fumbling with a tray of shots balanced on her hand was the last person I’d expected to see there. Okay, maybe not the last, but if the Pope had strolled out, I would have been less shocked. My gaze snapped to Avery’s.

“What the hell are you doing here?” we shouted at the same time, staring wide-eyed at one another. I’d only been gone for a few weeks and they were already inviting her along to take my spot?

“Oh shit.”



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