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Ruthless Rival (Cruel Castaways) Kindle Edition
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?
“This addictive enemies-to-lovers romance…captures both characters’ intense emotions and undeniable chemistry. It’s sure to have readers hooked.” —Publishers Weekly
“L.J. Shen is the master of enemies-to-lovers. She had me in her angsty grip from the second I started until I’d devoured the last page, and I loved every second of it!” —A.L. Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“FIVE STARS: One of the BEST of 2022.” —Tia Louise, USA Today bestselling author
“Oh how I loved this deliciously addictive story! Once I started it, I just couldn’t put it down!” —Nicole Dykes, bestselling author
“Romantic brilliance at its finest! Blending heart-stopping angst and combustible chemistry with an exquisite plot that will keep you hooked until the final word. I’m still reeling over Christian and Arya. They’re simply unforgettable! Without question—an absolute favorite for 2022.” —Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
L.J. Shen is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon number one bestselling author of contemporary, new adult, and romance titles. She likes to write about unapologetic alpha males and the women who bring them to their knees. Her books have been sold in twenty different countries and have appeared on some of their bestseller lists. She lives in California with her husband, son, and eccentric fashion choices, and she enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows, and catching sunrays with her lazy cat.
- ASIN : B09BF8NT2W
- Publisher : Montlake (3 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1888 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542036305
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,487 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Over the years he’s convinced himself that the man’s daughter, Arya - and Christian’s first love - betrayed him too.
So when she turns up to her father’s mediation meeting, Christian can’t help but taunt her. Provoke her. Screw with her a little. Because he reinvented himself at 18, and she doesn’t even recognise that he is actually 𝘩𝘦𝘳 first love, Nicky.
Shen never disappoints with the enemies to lovers trope.
Flitting back and forth between the past and the present, you really get a feel for how deeply both their feelings ran. They never forgot about the other. But whilst Christian turned his love into hate and resentment, Arya mourned his loss and thought of him often.
Conrad Roth is a despicable excuse for a human being, but I felt Arya’s conflict. I can’t even imagine finding out that my father, my ultimate hero, was such a horrendous lech…it would be so hard to marry the two sides of him. But she handled it impeccably; she’s such a good person at her core.
The dynamic between Christian, Arséne, and Riggs is an interesting one. You can feel the true camaraderie, but they are all soooooo different. Can’t wait to read the other two’s books.
The story follows Aryra and Christian with flashbacks to their past (which I always enjoy immensely). This gives you an insight into how strong their connections is, so when you read their POV in the present, it helps you understand their character so much better.
As always, the concoction of angst, heartbreak, sauciness and happy ever after makes for a gripping read. I finished this book in a day!
Mrs Shen has written another great book with an annoyingly handsome hero and a smart, take no prisoners heroine.
Loved the story of rage to riches, upper class getting their just desserts and and angsty romance.
Loved it and I am about to read it all over again.
❤️ totally loved it but your heart will probably break for Nikolai and Aria so be prepared
Great stuff xx