between Weston Lockwood and me started at the altar.
neither of us attended the wedding, and the nuptials happened decades before
either of us was born.
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.
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.
they all went their separate ways. Our
grandfathers married other women, and the two men became one of the biggest
business rivals in history.
continued the family tradition of feuding.
And then Weston and I did, too.
most part, we kept as much distance as possible.
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.
stuck in a hotel with the man I was born to hate, trying to unravel the mess
our families inherited.
it didn’t take long for us to be at each other’s throats.
Lockwood was everything I hated: tall, smart, cocky, and too gorgeous for his
own good. We were fire and ice.
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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Reading “the Rivals” by Vi Keeland made me think a lot about Hard Limits.
Do you have Hard Limits when it comes to reading books?
I am thinking of stuff like “cheating” and similar… – well I have – for one there is cheating … and the other big one is the need of a “HEA” – and while the “HEA” is a clear one – already the lines around “cheating” are blurry at times.
Until now it never even crossed my mind that Hate and Sex might also be a hard limit for me – not on their own but when they join forces and become HATE-SEX. I read tons of enemy to lovers’ books but still, I was really thinking very hard with all the stuff I read (and trust me I read a LOT) if I ever encountered a book before today where I could really feel the hate of two persons having sex.
Vi Keeland actually made me feel the hate – and the confusion about the sex of the main leads. And while I definitely made up my mind that this is a hard limit for me – I also could not stop reading in this specific case as it was Ms. Keeland making me feel al these things while following the journey of Weston and Sophia.
And it was interesting to experience how my thoughts about the characters changed while reading. While I struggled to understand how two persons can hate each other that much in the beginning – during reading that transformed to an understanding that if the hate is based on something that is ingrained in you from birth and not by personal choice anything can become relative when the chemistry between to persons is strong.
This is really a great example of a book where the right kind of writing can change your mind about almost every kind of plot or hard limit. (I repeat ALMOST because for some plot’s I personally have not found the book to do that but probably just because non of my go-to authors have attempted to write them)
So I would like to give 5 stars to “The Rivals” by Vi Keeland for a book that made me feel hate and that surprised me a lot. For writing a believable journey from enemy to lovers – well done …
When I first started ro read the books from Vi Keeland, I was nervous and excited at the same time. And what can I say… every book and every story was worth it. I can assure you, that they were like an rollercoaster of emotions. Like crying and laughing at the same time.
So when my friend asked me, if I wanted to read another book from Vi Keeland, I of course, couldn’t resist.
Well… what did I get myself into?!
But let’s start at beginning.
Sophia Sterling. A wonderful young woman, who knows how to handle the men in her life. She is a strong, independent person. She knows what she wants and how to get it.
Until she has to work with her enemy.
Weston Lockwood. A sexy, dark alpha. He also knows what he wants. Especially from Sophia. He knows how to handle her, and of course to satisfy her. But he is also a big mystery. And the more he gets into Sophia, the more he learns about himself too.
They both have to find a way to make things work between them. And the way they handle the fights between them is so intense and funny at the same time.
The story writing is so perfect. Not that I expect anything less than perfect or phenomenal from Vi Keeland.
Even some dialogues were so deep, that it might changed my point of view on some things in life. And that will mean something. They are only a few books that could do that to me.
So be prepared to another rollercoaster of emotions while you read this book. You will cry, you will laugh and you definitely will not get disappointed.
That’s why I don’t have any chance than to leave 5 Stars.
Be ready ’cause ‘War has never been so sexy’
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