Book Reviews

Book Review: Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse#1)

Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #1), by Maya Hughes

Publication: June 28, 2018

Shameless KingAbout the book: A deliciously steamy enemies with benefits romance.

Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history.
Everyone’s impressed, well except one person…

After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball…into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact.

For years we hated each other… I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than just my arms wrapped around her.

Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah.

I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman. I’ve got one semester–only four months–to convince her everything she thought about me was wrong.

Will my queen let me prove to her I’m the King she can’t live without?

Only one way to find out…

My Review:

If you love and enemies-to-romance novel, then look no further than Maya Hughes upcoming release, Shameless King. While in high school at Kings of Rittenhouse Prep, Declan was one of the sexy, popular, and charming players on the hockey team. Makenna was super-serious, studious, and only had one real friend. After years of making assumptions about each others’ lives and pushing each others’ buttons, they each go away to college. A few years later, they are thrown together again. But what starts out as the same old bickering between them, slowly starts to turn into so much more.

I’m not typically a fan of sports-related novels, whether or not romance is involved, but I really enjoyed Shameless King. Declan had three main aspects of his life – hockey, his mother, and socializing. Makenna cared about school, working, and her parents. Although they were both very focused in their own ways, they had very different goals and obstacles to overcome to achieve those goals. The chemistry between them was undeniable from the beginning, but the problem was the way in which they assumed the other had easy, perfect lives when in actuality, they were battling their own issues regarding their families. 

In all honestly, I wasn’t crazy about Makenna. I felt bad for her family situation and was rooting for her and Declan the entire time, but I never really connected with her or became invested in her character’s outcome. However, I did enjoy witnessing her change throughout the novel, especially her growing confidence with Declan.

I’m hoping there will be more to come in the future, perhaps involving Emmett and Avery or Heath and his mystery woman. There are a lot of unique and interesting characters in the novel that I’m dying to learn more about and, of course, I hope to see Declan and Makenna in the future to see the direction this couple goes in their lives. 

*Many thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Learn more about author Maya Hughes!

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