Saturday, August 6, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ A Rival's Kiss by Maya Hughes


A Rival's Kiss
By: Maya Hughes
Narrated by: Stephen Dexter & Desiree Ketchum
Series: Fulton U Rivals, Book 3
Publisher: Some Kind of Wonderful Publishing

Walking away would be the smartest decision, but no one's ever accused me of being smart. Cold, determined, brutal, but never smart.

Willa's mine from the moment I rescue her. I protect her from a brawling crowd and she stares up at me like I'm her prince charming. No one's ever looked at me like that. No one has ever dared to come that close. 

I didn't know she was the little sister of one of my biggest rivals. Her brother and I have both drawn blood on the field, dislocated joints, broken bones, but I'll never want to show her that side of me. 

I long to be the man she believes I am, but there's only one way I know how to win—how to survive—and that's ensuring my enemies lose. 

Once he finds out who his sister has been dating, it'll be all-out war, and I might lose the only woman who's ever looked at me like I'm not built only for destruction. 

Changing my ways won't be easy, but I'm willing to risk it all for her.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

There's something about the broken hero that gets me every time, and Ezra hooked me from the very beginning. His story is so heartbreaking, and if anyone deserves some happy, it's Ezra. He and Willa have some hurdles to jump along the way, and the emotions are all over the place. Ezra and Willa have lived completely different lives, but they're so good for each other. Willa has this big heart that's exactly what Ezra needs to tear down the walls he's built around his.
If you've read the Fulton U series, you'll recognize Ezra from a few run-ins with the Fulton U guys - some things that are included in this book, so we get to see those run-ins from the other side. Ezra is every bit as complicated and lovable as I hoped he might be. That's not to say Willa isn't pretty great in her own right. She's a strong young woman who has had her own battles to fight, and fight them, she does. She is true to herself even when it's hard, and she's got sass, which is always a plus.
True to form, Maya Hughes takes us on a rollercoaster ride as these two figure things out, and this author is probably gonna make me eat these words, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is my favorite Fulton U Rivals couple so far. That's really saying something because these two are in some pretty great company.
I already loved this book after reading it, and Stephen Dexter and Desiree Ketchum add an extra layer to an already terrific romance. The emotion runs the gamut in this one, and it all comes through loud and clear in the narration.

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