Review Ruthless Rival

Ruthless Rival by L.J. Shen 

  • Title: Ruthless Rival
  • Author: L.J. Shen 
  • Verlag: Montlake
  • Pages: 367 Pages
  • ASIN: B09BF8NT2W
  • Price: 4,49 €


When she was young, Arya Roth became best friends with her housekeeper’s son. Soon, friendship turned to young love, and when Arya dared him to kiss her, a chain reaction of disastrous events led to the boy being sent away and out of Arya’s life.

Now, two decades later, Arya is an on-the-rise publicist with her beloved father as one of her biggest clients. So when her father is sued by a former employee, Arya sets out to prove that her father is not the monster he is accused of being. The only problem is the attorney who is determined to destroy her father’s good name. Christian Miller is charming, ambitious, and devilishly good looking, and Arya has no idea he is that same boy who kissed her all those years ago.

Past and present collide as Arya falls hard for Christian. But when she finds out who he really is and about his obsession with getting revenge on her father, can she choose love over family?

My Opinion:

Now that her brilliant Boston Belles series has come to an end, here’s some new reading material from L.J. Shen. I couldn’t wait to dive into her new book. I just love Enemies to Lovers so much. The book begins with a flashback into the past and as the story progresses we have more chapters from the past. This way you can better understand the development between the two main characters.

Arya and Christian meet again years later, but only Christian recognizes her directly. Arya doesn’t know that her childhood sweetheart is in front of her. From the very first page, there is a connection between these two. A very explosive mixture. Christian swears revenge at the beginning and that he wants to destroy her father. But the more he sees Arya, the more he realizes that he still has genuine feelings for her. Arya is also attracted to Christian. But she struggles with herself whether she should allow these feelings, because she is still mourning the loss of her childhood love and he is the lawyer who wants to put her father behind bars. This inner conflict and her inner turmoil is presented very well and, above all, in a comprehensible manner. I love the evolution between these two and how their priorities change as well.

At the end a few more secrets come to light, which I already guessed a bit, but they also shocked me a bit. „Ruthless Rival“ was a great start and I’m looking forward to the next Books in this series.

Fans of L.J. Shen definitely shouldn’t miss her new book. I highly recommend this book. 


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