Sunday, July 26, 2020

Jess's Review ~ The Rivals by Vi Keeland

The Rivals
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


By far the sexiest book Vi Keeland I have ever read and I enjoyed every minute of it. Sexy and well-developed enemies-to-lovers story that kept me up WAY past my bedtime.

Weston and Sofia are enemies. Not necessarily of their own making but more because that is just the way it is. The Lockwood's and the Sterling's are rivals and do not place nice to one another. So when the two youngest are sent to The Countess to gain the majority ownership of it, all bets are off and so are their clothes.

Weston is so much more than he portrays. He has his own set of demons and issues that he hasn't fully worked through yet. His place in his family is a surprising one and his drive to do better does not come from a good head place. The thing about Weston is his ability to be kind and humble without even trying. The rest of the time, or the majority of it, he is crass and total boy.

Sophia has taken a lot of push back from her family because she is girl in a world where her father thinks only a man can handle it. Years of being made to feel like she needs to work harder has made her into this fierce but thoughtful manager. She is not afraid to do the grunt work and is not afraid to speak up for herself. She doesn't open up to many, but when she does, she is loyal and someone you need to have in your corner. She is competitive by nature and loves nothing more than a good fight. It just so happens every time she fights with Weston, they end up sans clothes.

These two characters were explosive. Whether they were fighting or not, there was this firework quality to them. There was also this really well developed story to go along with it. The side characters and atmosphere really added depth and dimension to the story. There was witty conversations and hopefully Scarlet will appear again, because I loved her. This was a great break from my typical read. There were parts that made me laugh, times that swooned, a number of times that I needed a cold glass of water, and really just an engaging story.

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