Heartless King by Maya Hughes



Title: Heartless King

Series: Kings of Rittenhouse #5

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

Release Date: April 23, 2020


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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!


The way she bit her bottom lip while sitting in the back of the taxi sent my heart thundering against my ribs, trying to make a quick escape out the window. She was going through all those thoughts blinking like big caution signs on a dark night saying ‘No, don’t do this. It’s irresponsible. Here are twenty seven reasons this is a bad idea.’ I didn’t want to be a bad idea or a mistake in her mind. She sure as hell wasn’t one in mine.

Tugging her toward me, nearly sitting on my lap, I sealed her parted lips mid-gasp with a kiss. Threading my fingers through her hair, I let my tongue dance along her lips, before delving inside. 

The taxi driver cleared her throat. Only then did I remove my hand from under her skirt, tracing the edges of her panty line with the tips of my fingers.

I released my hold on her. 

Now, her pink cheeked glances and slightly mussed hair were a hallmark to how far away I’d pushed those thoughts out of her mind. That along with her fingers intertwined with mine. Her pulse drumming against my palm.

She had no trouble putting her hands all over me during one of our sessions, but could still be shy about us exploring one another’s bodies. An exploration I wouldn’t be finished with until I’d committed each inch of her to memory and could discover which spots made her gasp, whimper and moan.

Her gaze kept darting to the tent in my pants.

“At this point, I’d think you’d be used to it.” 

With a hasty cash tip to the driver, I hustled her out of the taxi.  

We burst through the front door like a zombie hoard was following us through the streets. 

With a mischievous grin over her shoulder, Imogen danced outside of my grasp. 

Her laugh made me smile as she took off up the stairs, shedding clothes along the way. I gathered up each piece like the world’s most tempting breadcrumbs. 

A heel, then another.

Her soft black wrap.

The perfectly formed cups of her light gray bra hung on the railing at the top of the stairs.

I stood silently, trying to find her. She was a stripping Houdini.

Her dress, the one that fit her perfectly, in a heap on the floor.

My blood thrummed in my veins, pounding harder with each step. I’d been inside her less than an hours ago and already I was ravenous for her touch. 

And that’s when I remembered. The bright blue, lacy fabric in my pocket.

She was totally naked. 


Heartless King

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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.


I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.




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Heartless King
Maya Hughes

I am a huge fan of this author, and the 'Kings of Rittenhouse' series. It goes without saying, I have been dying for Imogen's story. While I have loved every book in this series, this one just lacked a little bit for me, but I will get into that in a little bit.

As always, this author reeled me into Imogen and Colm's story with her fantastic writing skills. Heartless King held some weight. There wasn't an overabundance of angst, but there are moments of angst that had me grabbing at my chest because of the circumstances. The emotional toll that these characters went through, had me all up in my feels.

I can say without a doubt that, this author took Heartless King to depths that she hadn't taken her previous characters from this series to. Seriously, the depth of the storyline to the depths of the characters was something else. Attention to detail is what takes this author's work to the next level.

For the most part, I was a fan of the main characters and their chemistry. I feel like they connected in a different way, because of what life has thrown at them. When they came together, there was so much passion, and realness that it made them explosive.

So for what I wasn't a fan of. It's not necessarily that the flow was bad, but I found myself in certain parts of the book confused. Maybe that could have been the development? I'm not sure. I feel when the past was brought up, that it through me off course, and to be honest I am not sure why. That was really the only issue that I had, besides occasionally wanting smacking Colm upside the head.

Overall, this was a descent book, and I look forward to more by this author,

~ Ashley

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