Release Blitz + Review: Heartless King by Maya Hughes



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Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs


Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend. 

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet. 

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive...ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle. 

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!



The way she bit her bottom lip while sitting in the back of the taxi sent my heart thundering against my ribs, trying to make a quick escape out the window. She was going through all those thoughts blinking like big caution signs on a dark night saying “No, don’t do this. It’s irresponsible. Here are twenty seven reasons this is a bad idea.” I didn’t want to be a bad idea or a mistake in her mind. She sure as hell wasn’t one in mine.
Tugging her toward me, nearly sitting on my lap, I sealed her parted lips mid-gasp with a kiss. Threading my fingers through her hair, I let my tongue dance along her lips, before delving inside.
The taxi driver cleared her throat. Only then did I remove my hand from under her skirt, tracing the edges of her panty line with the tips of my fingers.
I released my hold on her.
Now, her pink cheeked glances and slightly mussed hair were a hallmark to how far away I’d pushed those thoughts out of her mind. That along with her fingers intertwined with mine. Her pulse drumming against my palm.
She had no trouble putting her hands all over me during one of our sessions, but could still be shy about us exploring one another's bodies. An exploration I wouldn’t be finished with until I’d committed each inch of her to memory and could discover which spots made her gasp, whimper and moan.
Her gaze kept darting to the tent in my pants.
”At this point, I’d think you’d be used to it.”
With a hasty cash tip to the driver, I hustled her out of the taxi. 
We burst through the front door like a zombie hoard was following us through the streets.
With a mischievous grin over her shoulder, Imogen danced outside of my grasp.
Her laugh made me smile as she took off up the stairs, shedding clothes along the way. I gathered up each piece like the world's most tempting breadcrumbs.
A heel, then another.
Her soft black wrap.
The perfectly formed cups of her light gray bra hung on the railing at the top of the stairs.
I stood silently, trying to find her. She was a stripping Houdini.
Her dress, the one that fit her perfectly, in a heap on the floor.
My blood thrummed in my veins, pounding harder with each step. I’d been inside her less than an hour ago and already I was ravenous for her touch.
And that’s when I remembered. The bright blue, lacy fabric in my pocket.
She was totally naked.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

This is the final book in the Kings of Rittenhouse series, however, it is only the second book I read from it. I am really picky when it comes to sports/contemporary romance. However, I was intrigued by the surprise pregnancy part and wanted to give this book a chance. It was an okay read for me. There were a couple of things that I didn't like, in particular Colm's behavior, he was very judgmental and acted childish in certain situations. I couldn't fully understand his reasoning at the beginning and that could be because I haven't known him as long as other readers who have read every book in this series. So I was glad that the author included a couple of flashbacks because those helped me a bit more in getting to know the characters better. Colm has been under pressure to act and be a certain way after the death of his parents. Always doing the responsible thing and not really living his life to the fullest. Imogen has been living in the past, and just surviving each day, and taking more on than she can handle.

Imogen she is a very caring and understanding heroine. She was determined to get Colm out of his funk and get him back to playing ice hockey. She has some stuff from the past she is dealing with, but I think she grew a lot in this book. Colm made a couple of rushed decisions and these scared Imogen off, which Colm interpreted wrong sometimes. Open communication, especially in the first half of the book would've been better. I enjoyed this couple more in the last half of the book, and I loved seeing them be more open to each other. Overall, I think this couple were right for each other, and it was nice seeing them happy together. They were two broken characters that helped each other heal and discover what they really want in life. I think readers who have read and been on this journey longer than I have will enjoy this book more than I did. But I still think it can be read as a stand-alone.


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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.

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