In Review: Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #1) by Maya Hughes

Posted June 20, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Shameless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #1) by Maya HughesShameless King by Maya Hughes
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 28, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 280 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:

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 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...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

Y’all, I have a new bookish love — or maybe two to be exact — Mak and Declan in Maya Hughes’ Shameless King. It was hate-to-love with a side of second chance romance at it’s very best. I need some more Kings of Rittenhouse in my life soon.

Funny story about this book. Sometimes I’m terrible at checking my email. I spend so much time responding to email at work that I often slack off a bit on my personal and blog email. Anywho, I started seeing this book cover all over Instagram and the blurb sounded so good I decided I needed it in my life. I went to my inbox and did a search for the title to see if maybe Maya was working with any of the publicity companies I work with. She wasn’t… but she had reached out to me directly with a copy of the book! Best and biggest surprise ever. Because I’ve been bingeing the hell out of hockey romance, I dove right in and fell in love.

But, I digress. Back to the book. The ARC I received also contained the prequel novella, Kings of Rittenhouse, so bonus! The novella pulled me right in and left me with enough questions — and a bit of an obsession with all of the characters — that I couldn’t wait to get more. I read the book in about a day and a half and I couldn’t stop thinking about it once I started. I do love me some hate-to-love romance and Mak and Declan’s story checked all my boxes. I was absolutely all in for these two characters.

Mak and Declan were enemies from high school — even though they had one little moment that showed there was something between them. Now they’re both in college and have come face-to-face again… and they’re lab partners. I loved the setup for their story. Their chemistry was off the charts and they gave good banter, too. But, more than that, I really loved following along as they got to know each other better and realized they definitely didn’t hate each other. Their animosity transitioned to friends with benefits and then? Much more.

Shameless King was a wonderful book. It was the perfect way to introduce me to Maya Hughes’ books. It had it all — swoons, laughs, hot sexy times and just enough angst to make me feel but not drive me crazy. The romance was top notch and I loved the character growth both Mak and Declan experienced. (Mak most of all, however. My heart ached for her for what she’d been through with her brother and her guilt was so strong it was palpable. Seeing her come to terms and truly move on was beautiful.)

I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you need me, I’ll be over here waiting with grabby hands for the next Kings of Rittenhouse book.


If he couldn’t be here, I’d be the best I could so that no one ever thought the wrong Halstead had lived.

Mak was a one-woman wrecking crew, and my self-control was slipping.

I’d never felt more alive. Like every inch of me was in tune with something else in the universe. Someone else. He’d sexed me into a different dimension.

I lived for those moments. The little looks that made me forget to breathe or the smile that was only for me. He’d rewritten our story and I didn’t know how many more pages were left.

“Now that I’ve had a taste, don’t think you’re going to be able to get me from between these legs. I’m planting a flag. This is the New World, Books.”

About Maya Hughes

Maya has always loved romance novels, one look at her Kindle will confirm that. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child. One of her best friends said she should go for it and she hasn’t looked back. Now her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.

You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. She feels super weird talking about herself in third person. I write stories about characters with flaws and painful pasts, so I can heal them with my words and bring them together with their perfect match. The path is paved with love, laughter and lots of steamy nights!

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