Shameless King by Maya Hughes
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…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love sports romance, especially hockey. But most of the ones I’ve read have been at the NHL level. This one focuses on a group of college players. Hot, swoon-worthy college hockey players! I couldn’t wait to dive into this one!
This book was a fun, angsty new adult, sports themed thriller! Declan and Mackenna rubbed each other the wrong way in high school, and couldn’t wait to part ways once graduation arrived. But then, they arrive at college only to find themselves paired together to complete an assignment that is going to throw them closely together for the entire class. This sounds like an explosion waiting to happen! And it was! A hot, steamy explosion, that leads to an amazing HEA!
Declan is a sweet, misunderstood hockey master. Hockey is his life, but there is so much more to him, that he doesn’t share with just anyone. He seems to put on a front, hiding the real him behind a mask. Mac is a girl who hides her vulnerability behind her studies, and doesn’t let anyone in. This leads to to hard feelings and confusion that follows them from high school to college.
This coming of age story was full of emotions, full of the kind of vulnerability that so many work so hard at this age to overcome. It highlights the difficulties that face young adults as they are finding out who they are, and who they could be. This fabulous story is the beginning of what promises to be an amazing series, that I am eagerly waiting for!