Tuesday, July 21, 2020

New Release ~ #Review ~ The Rivals by Vi Keeland

Title: The Rivals
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: July 13, 2020


The feud between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
Only neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before either of us was born.
Our grandfathers had been best friends and business partners, at least up until my grandfather’s wedding day—when his bride-to-be blurted out she couldn’t marry him because she was also in love with Weston‘s grandfather.
The two men spent years fighting over Grace Copeland, who also happened to be their third business partner.  But in the end, neither man could steal half of her heart away from the other.
Eventually, they all went their separate ways.  Our grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest business rivals in history.
Our fathers continued the family tradition of feuding.  And then Weston and I did, too.
For the most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
Until the day the woman who started the feud died—and unexpectedly left one of the most valuable hotels in the world to our grandfathers to share.
Now I’m stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess our families inherited.
As usual, it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Weston Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his own good.  We were fire and ice. 
But that shouldn’t be an issue. Our families were used to being at war. There was just one minor problem, though.   Every time Weston and I fought, we somehow wound up in bed.

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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.


Author Bio

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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