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He’s supposed to be the ruler of this kingdom.
The prince poised to take his rightful place on the pitch.
Instead, he plays the jester, shunning his legacy.
Only I am privy to his lion heart.
Kingston Phillips is the heir to England’s football dynasty. The offspring of two of the world’s greatest players, the expectations set on his shoulders could crush the universe. But the golden-haired Adonis chooses to live his life as a game; a series of nightclubs, brawls, pranks and different kit chasers parading through his sheets.
I’m the last woman he should chase, and I’ve told him so. My cheeky mouth and icy demeanor guard the secret no one can learn. But when the Casanova I’ve been avoiding becomes the bloke next door, he quickly begins to thaw the frost around my heart. Kingston shows me the ferocious, loyal, protective side of himself that no one else gets to witness.
I begin to realize that he’s just as damaged as I am.
That as much as I try to deny it, we’re the same.
And … that might just be our undoing.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Lion Heart is book 2 in Carrie Aarons’ Rogue Academy series. Kingston is a mate of Jude’s from Second Coming, but this story is a true standalone.
Wow, Kingston ended up being nothing like he comes off as in the beginning of Lion Heart. This was an absolutely fantastic enemies-to-lovers story between the partying, womanizer football star and the rigid, uptight, aloof supermodel, Poppy. But underneath her icy exterior and his playboy facade are two incredibly damaged abuse survivors, and once they realize they are more alike than either of them imagine, Kingston and Poppy heal one another as they heal themselves.
There is such a fantastic arc in this story, and Kingston grows so much from the guy in the prologue to the guy in the end. As she stands by his side and believes that he is more than the fraud he presents to the world, he proves to be a fierce protector, a gentle soul with a loving heart. Who knew the manwhore who was always told by his parents that he was a disappointment could be so gentle and loving with a victim of sexual abuse?
Once Kingston and Poppy let down their fake fronts, they opened themselves up to a world of trust and love and acceptance that neither of them could ever have imagined.
I love the nuggets we got about Vance’s lost love, and can’t wait to see how his story unfolds!
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.
When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.
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