Friday, May 1, 2020

Review - Ruthless Pride by Naima Simone

Ruthless Pride
by Naima Simone
Series: Dynasties: Seven Sins, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2020

Some men are meant to sin…

Pride made him what he is.

But desire might change him forever…

Millionaire CEO Joshua Lowell earned his icy reserve and arrogant pride through painful experience. He refuses to allow gorgeous but determined reporter Sophie Armstrong to dredge up his family’s dark past—or circulate rumors of his secret child. But Joshua’s fierce pride is at war with his heated desire for Sophie, the only woman who could ruin him…or save him from himself.

Naima Simone has kicked off this multi-author series with an intense romance that had angst and heat. With just the right amount of world-building to set up the rest of the series, we are treated to an enemies to lovers story that will have your emotions all over the place and wondering just how Joshua and Sophie are going to find their way to a happy ever after.

From the moment Sophie Armstrong strong-arms (see what I did there) her way into Joshua Lowell’s office, the sparks start flying and you know it won’t be long before things combust between these two. Joshua employs the “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” strategy with Sophie, but that tactical error has his heart becoming more involved as these two spar, fight, and then burn up the sheets.
No, he couldn’t trust Sophie. Leaving himself vulnerable again came at too high a price. And he had nothing left to pay it with.
They both are carrying some pretty heavy baggage, which of course leads to assumptions, accusations, and some pretty harsh words, all that lead both Joshua and Sophie to some pretty big realizations – the biggest being their feelings for one another and how their past doesn’t have to continue to define their future.

These Harlequin Desire reads are short, so there’s not a lot of pages to define characters and the world they are operating in, but Naima does an awesome job doing both – leaving me wanting more of the world but happy with how this story wrapped up. There were a few characters that were introduced that will be featured in other books in this series, plus there are a few overarching story arcs that will hopefully get tied up as the series continues.

It’s hard to be let-down by a Naima Simone book – so this is one that is worth checking out!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the author.

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