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My d*ck never got me in half as much trouble as my heart....

We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren't going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family's money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.

Then she ripped my heart out. But I'm not going to let that happen again. 

She's back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can't keep my eyes off her. I can't stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her. 

This time everything will be on my terms. Everything....

©2019 Maya Hughes (P)2019 Maya Hughes

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  • AEW
  • 14-05-2020

Finally Emmett and Avery

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Emmett’s and Avery’s story. This second-chance love story was a great addition to the Kings of Rittenhouse Series and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Emmett and Avery were high school sweethearts. Emmett was ready to marry Avery, but they broke up when Emmett thought he caught Avery cheating on him. Since that time, they can’t be in the same room together. It was obvious from the beginning that Emmett had not gotten over Avery and he struggled with his anger towards her. When they end up staying in the same house with their friends for a summer vacation, they are forced to confront the past and feelings that had never died. Emmett had a dramatic transformation after he broke up with Avery. He became jaded and he doesn’t believe deep down that he’s worthy of love. His pain leads him to be cruel to Avery when he really just wants to forgive her. I loved watching Emmett rediscover his heart and happiness and realizing what is really important in life. Avery is such a selfless character. She sacrifices her happiness and dreams for those she loves over and over again. She has never believed she was good enough for Emmett and when he walked away so easily from her, she thought it was for the best. I really felt Avery’s pain, but I did just want to shake and her and have her confess the whole truth to Emmett. The narration for Ruthless King was once again spot on. I could feel the pain and heartbreak as well as the joy and happiness in the narrators' voices and they really brought the story alive for me. Emmett and Avery truly belonged together and their story was passionate, emotional, and heartwarming. Now I can’t wait for Ford’s story.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 21-11-2020

Second chance to Love!

This is the third book in the Kings of Rittenhouse Series, a Sports Romance, with interconnected characters. I love this Series! Avery and Emmett's second chance to love is beautifully written. Avery is lovely, selfless, caring, and independent. Emmett is handsome. They are so perfect together. Their story is filled with angst, misunderstandings. The storyline is heartbreaking and heartwarming afterward. The back and forth, past to present, is well done and easy to follow. I love the friendship in this Series. This is a great addition to the Series. Tanya Eby and Edward Bauer did a great job with the narration. Edward Bauer is a new narrator to me, and I love his voice. Now, I can't wait to listen to Fearless King, Ford's story.

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  • Suzy Wyatt
  • 08-09-2020

Female narrator makes me

Want to stab myself in the eye. Male narrator is excellent. Female narrator is too stiff and there is no natural flow to her storytelling. Also, she speaks to fast. I had to force myself to get thru this bc I love the story (actually read the series earlier this year), but female narrator made it rough.

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  • Christine M
  • 16-06-2020

Good second chance romance

Emmett is the kind of book boyfriend that I love to hate. He is broody and mean to his ex, but believes he has every right to be. Avery walked away from Emmett once because she had to. If he gives her another chance, she wants a future with him. The secret that festers between them threatens to destroy them once again. Emmett struggles to trust Avery and Avery struggles with telling Emmett the truth. These two work through a lot to find their way back to one another. I love this group of friends. They are there for Emmett and Avery for everything and even pushed them to make things right. I loved Avery and her backbone and the way she protected her family. This was a good story in this series. I loved how the narrators brought these two to life. Great narration!

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  • By The Bookcase
  • 29-05-2020

Emmett and Avery are perfect!!!!!

By far and away, Ruthless King is my favorite Rittenhouse book! Emmett and Avery are sizzling chemistry and endless passion wrapped in a blanket of fate and adoration. Avery and Em were perfect high school sweethearts - Em was smitten almost instantly and ended up being an incredibly sweet, sexy, and thoughtful boyfriend. And Avery was right there with him. The love between them was undeniable and yet, as still basically kids, they have a lot to learn. Pride and misunderstandings get in their way and end up keeping them apart. The kind of apart that has them sprinting for the door if the other is even in the same room (that tension is hot though!) even years later. But it's been years and a holiday beach vacation finally forces them to set it aside so they can both enjoy being around friends so they don't have to take sides. It's a rough go at first but once they drop their pride and hash out the past, they start to rediscover nothing ever really left them when they broke up. Their chemistry goes full force, but even with the past resolved and the lies that tore them apart cleared up, the insecurities the past caused still linger. It was so emotionally wrenching to uncover all the factors that really lead into the breakup when they were in high school. I had my suspicions about who was behind it but the full extent of it just left me reeling. And once the air was cleared and nothing stood between them, my heart leaped for joy at how far Em was willing to go to prove to Avery that he loved and trusted her without a doubt.

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  • Melena
  • 13-05-2020

Ruthless King

Emmett and Avery's story is a thread that has run through the other books in the series, so I was curious to finally find out all the details of what happened between them. Emmett and Avery were high school sweethearts and he was set to propose to her. Then one night their relationship is torn apart and they go their separate ways. They still have mutual friends, though, and end up at a vacation home everyone is sharing at the same time. It is finally an opportunity to work things out but there is a lot of hurt and history to overcome. Ruthless King is an emotional rollercoaster. Both Emmett and Avery have family issues and a difficult time trusting others. I especially felt for Avery as she struggled with her finances and taking care of her dad and sister. I really liked her and wanted to see her and Emmett finally get their happily ever after. I really enjoyed getting to jump back into the Kings of Rittenhouse world and spend time with the whole crew. It was fun catching up with each character and getting hints of what's to come. The narration for the audiobook is fabulous once again. I love how different narrators have been used for each book in the series so each of the main characters has a distinct voice.

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  • Aunt G
  • 10-05-2020

Tension, emotion and angst

I enjoyed this book. Emmett and Avery's story is a combination enemies-to-lovers/second chance at love. There is lots of tension, emotion and angst as their story unfolds. I liked both characters but I also felt very frustrated with them. Pair that with the actual storyline and I ended up having conflicted feelings about them and just wished they both had been smarter and way more open and honest about it all. Still, overall I thought that it was a good read in a very enjoyable series. I do recommend that you read/listen to these books in order. Dual narration on this book and I thought it was very well done.

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  • Lofty
  • 31-10-2020

Another great addition to the series.

4* I've been waiting for Emmett and Avery's story from hearing parts about them in previous books and the story didn't disappoint. Avery has been looking after her sister Alison since the age of 13 after things at home became difficult. Emmett has grown up with a trust fund but never acted superior, left to his own devices by absent parents the Ritten Kings are more of a family to him. The two were a couple until a misunderstanding and interference blew them apart. I truly loved the character of Avery and her dedication to those she loved. Emmett's character came more to light within the story and the background helped me understand him more.

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  • Gillek2
  • 26-06-2020

Emmett and Avery!

Emmet and Avery were high school sweethearts who didn't think anything could come between them but their relationship ended in the most painful way possible and they haven't spoken to each other since. For the last four years Avery has been focused on work and her family and for the first time in a long time she will have some independence as her sister is about to venture off to college. Emmet is now a professional hockey player who has the career, the wealth and can have any woman he wants but due to his past with Avery he keeps his relationship casual. He has arranged to spend the summer with his friends, but when Avery is there as well will they be able to work through the secrets of their past or are they destined to end in heartbreak once again? Avery is independent and doesn't want to draw Emmet into the mess her life had become while all Emmet wants to be do is protect her. In order for them to be together they must find some middle ground so that they can both have what they always wanted. I thought that the narrators did a great of job of bring both the emotion and characters to life.

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  • Sara
  • 13-05-2020

Yowzas!!

Tanya Eby and Edward Bauer do a fabulous job with the narration. I've listened to Tanya previously and I really enjoy her narration. I think Edward Bauer is a new narrator for me. However, it just makes me feel like I'm meeting a new person. I prefer trying new voices than always using the same ones.These two would great together! Maya Hughes writes the sweetest and just plain smile-inducing romances. I have ended every one of her books with a sweet and charmed smile on my face. Avery and Emmett have a past and if you’ve read Hughes’ other books in this series than you’ll know that they aren’t each other’s favorite person even though they used to be. I was enamored with this couple!

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