The Rivals – Vi Keeland

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Genre: Romance

Publisher: Self-Published 
Pages: 300
Release Date: July 13, 2020


A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.

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.

I’m not a fan of enemies-to-lovers romances. Usually, I find that one of the characters does something irredeemable to create the tension and enemies aspect or the characters are barely antagonistic. It takes a talented author to pen a well-balanced enemies-to-lovers romance and Keeland put on a masterclass for other writers with The Rivals.

The Rivals follows Sophia and Weston both from affluent families who have been rivals for over 50 years. Despite their family’s animosity towards each other, Sophia and Weston have history. When they’re both tasked with bidding for the same hotel, sparks fly as their irresistible chemistry lands them in some compromising situations.

In a previous Keeland review, I remarked that her male love interests carry most of the emotional baggage making them damaged in some way. Weston is no exception. This role reversal works for me as a reader. Weston is very much an alpha male, though his vulnerable side is just as intense as his sexual prowess making him as swoon worthy as they come.

What makes The Rivals work so well as an enemies-to-lovers romance is that the rivalry between the characters is not something that is tied directly to them. There are not irredeemable acts or comments. Instead, there are heated exchanges that end in even hotter discussions 😉

Overall, The Rivals is easily Keeland’s best work to date. It features characters with sizzling hot chemistry and just enough emotional baggage for the stakes to feel real with no unnecessary drama.

Have you read The Rivals? What did you think?

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