BOOK REVIEW: Heartless King by Maya Hughes

Dear book-lovers,

First, I have to mention that eARC of Heartless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #5) by Maya Hughes was kindly provided by Give Me Books Promotions, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. *Note. This book is fifth in series but can be read as a standalone, however, I would advice to read the first four books before this because the stories are intertwined and very connected.

Heartless King Ebook Cover

Title: Heartless King
Author: Maya Hughes
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #5
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Source: eBook from author via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for readers who enjoys reading contemporary romance books with drama and who don’t mind surprise baby trope, and readers who love sports romances with professional ice-hockey players.


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!



I won’t be talking long about this heart-breaking but also heart-warming novel. I was entertained and emotionally invested in this book. This was the fifth book in Kings of Rittenhouse series with Colm and Imogen’s love story, which made me cry a lot and brought back painful memories from the first book. Even though it can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend to read all of the books in publishing order if you don’t want to get spoilers for previous books in the series, and also connection with each of these characters will just grow with each book and make this book more emotional impact-full.

I loved the Kings and their strong friendship, loyalty and kind of brotherly dynamics. It was always wonderful to see them together. I would have loved to see more of ice-hockey games or training with them as it is a contemporary sports romance.

There was a bit of a friends-to enemies-to lovers trope and a surprise baby trope, there was lots of family, friendship and relationship drama. There was character growth and an emotionally hard journey to happiness for both of the main characters.

Overall, I loved the characters and enjoyed the emotional roller-coaster ride of the romance, however, there was just a little bit too much drama for my liking and their misinterpreting of each other was a bit frustrating. Also the end with the public romantic display was something that I never like in books, because those type of scenes always make me cringe. I wanted more from the ending, I wanted to see even more of them together as a group at the end. Also there was a couple of unanswered questions for me, so it left me with a bit of unfinished feeling, but still I enjoyed this book a lot, as I was engaged in all of the character lives and wanted to see their Happily Ever Afters.

If you are a hockey fan, if you enjoy sports romances, if you don’t mind surprise baby trope, if you love contemporary fiction, if you like friends-to enemies-to lovers kind of love story, if you don’t mind lots of drama in your romance books and if you are looking for an emotional read then this book could be for you.

You can check out excerpt and more details about Heartless King (Kings of Rittenhouse #5) by Maya Hughes here.

Thanks for stopping by! Have you read any of the books in this series? What were your thoughts? Do you love romances with ice-hockey players or you prefer other sports?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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