Contemporary Romance Fiction

The Rivals by Vi Keelan

Title: The Rivals

Author:  Vi Keeland

My Rating:  🌟🌟🌟

Type: Standalone.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance, Enemies-to-lovers

Primary Characters: Weston & Sophie

Narration: Dual POV 

I have read few Vi keeland’s books earlier. I was hoping this would be similar to that. Somehow, this was disappointing to me. I didn’t like the banter and I didn’t like the main characters much. Sophie and Weston seemed normal and cute, but somehow they weren’t for me.

Weston Lockwood and Sophia Sterling families are enemies from generations. Their grandfathers fought and fell out over a woman. Now, that women have left her posh hotel to both families equally. Sophie and Weston are trying to take the control of the hotel and win the respect of their family heads at the same time.

I liked Sophie’s strong, independent and caring nature. Weston’s is charming, witty and has a lot of baggage and flaws of his own. They meet head on and fight over everything. There interactions seemed natural and good initially to me but not so much in the later parts of the book.

I was hoping to see more of their grandfathers who were the main reason for their current situation, however they were totally side tracked and showcased in a mean way. Sophia and Weston hate each other because their families don’t like each other but they really don’t have any reason to. Feud between family also wasn’t highlighted well.

Plot is good, but narration wasn’t so gripping. It was boring to me at some points that I had to skim. I did like Scarlett and Walter. Ending was nice. I loved how Weston didn’t budge to temptation. I don’t agree with author’s say that “Alcoholism is a diseases and not character trait”, yet the way it was portrayed was good.

Overall, this was a decent book. It didn’t totally entertain me as I was bored a couple of times., but it wasn’t so bad as well. Read and decide for yourself.

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Blurb as per Goodreads

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

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