Also by this author: Sparrow, The Hunter (Boston Belles, #1), The Villain: A Billionaire Romance, Bad Cruz, The Rake: A Dark Royal Romance, Beautiful Graves, Thorne Princess, My Dark Romeo, Damaged Goods (All Saints High, #4)
Published by Montlake on May 3, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance 18+
From Wall Street Journal bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an enemies-to-lovers romance about the fine line between seeking revenge and finding love.
When she was young, Arya Roth became best friends with her housekeeper’s son. Soon, friendship turned to young love, and when Arya dared him to kiss her, a chain reaction of disastrous events led to the boy being sent away and out of Arya’s life.
Now, two decades later, Arya is an on-the-rise publicist with her beloved father as one of her biggest clients. So when her father is sued by a former employee, Arya sets out to prove that her father is not the monster he is accused of being. The only problem is the attorney who is determined to destroy her father’s good name. Christian Miller is charming, ambitious, and devilishly good looking, and Arya has no idea he is that same boy who kissed her all those years ago.
Past and present collide as Arya falls hard for Christian. But when she finds out who he really is and about his obsession with getting revenge on her father, can she choose love over family?
~ Maria’s Review ~
Ruthless Rival by author LJ Shen is the first book in her new Cruel Castaway series. It is a childhood friends to enemies to lovers second chance romance. It is a tension-filled, slow burn with unexpected twists and turns only author LJ Shen could deliver. Ruthless Rival had me hooked and Christian Miller may be my new favorite Shen hero!
I loved the storyline. The alternating POV and flashbacks to the past let me get inside the characters. I loved getting to know Christian and Arya. He is like a modern day Heathcliff with a soul. He’s had a hard life through no fault of his own. Arya is smart and sassy.
The tension between them is palpable. The banter is witty, engaging and sarcastic filled with innuendo. The heat between them is smoldering. I was completely invested in their journey.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Riggs and Arsené, Christian’s best friends. Their rapport and bond is endearing. I look forward to reading their stories.
Author LJ Shen delivers another hit with Ruthless Rival, proving once again her writing is versatile, creative with an addictive style of storytelling.