Sunny Shelly’s Review: Rival Hearts, by Brenda St. John Brown

Release Date: December 7
Britain’s most-eligible bachelor has met the girl of his dreams. Too bad he’s her worst nightmare. 
Stefan Cane has snogged and shagged his fair share of gorgeous women. Yet he’s spent the last three months trying to forget the woman he shared a fleeting kiss with at the Jingle Ball last year.
Now he’s back in the tiny English village, staying across the street from her pub, The Blue Dog. The same pub he’s about to put out of business.
According to his endless spreadsheets, bloody definitely.
That’s not the goal of the pub renovation reality show he produces, but the truth is, his job depends on him getting his project done, on time and on budget. Even though the village isn’t big enough to sustain two pubs and Stefan knows it.
Lucy Maclaren knows it, too. She told him that at the Jingle Ball. Right before that kiss he hasn’t been able to forget. The one he desperately wants to repeat.
How is he supposed to do his job when he’s more worried about his so-called rival? Worse, how is he ever going to win her heart when the only thing she wants to see is his backside leaving town – preferably as soon as possible?
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

A small British village. Two rivals. A kiss he can’t forget. The woman who wishes he would just leave her the hell alone. Rival Hearts is a cute, swoony enemies-to-lovers romance.

Lucy and Stefan shared a kiss a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her out of his mind. Now his reality show has him rehabbing a pub across the street from hers in a small village that really doesn’t need two watering holes. Between their bickering and personal jabs are plenty of heated looks and a sizzling attraction. But can they find a common ground or will one of them have to give up their dream?

I really liked Lucy and Stefan as romantic leads. She’s feisty and takes no BS. He’s Britain’s most eligible bachelor who has dated around, but he’s got a soft spot for Lucy and when he falls for her, he falls hard. This story is executed well, with witty banter, lots of laugh-out-loud moments and two really adorable characters that I couldn’t help but root for. This would make a great Hallmark movie! It seems like this is the start to a new series, and I look forward to what comes next!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Brenda St John Brown


Hi. I’m Brenda.  I’m a displaced New Yorker living in the UK. I lived in London for almost six years, but now I’m living in The North, in a tiny English village. We used to have sheep in our backyard! (Sheep!!)  Now we have a new housing development, so I mostly avoid looking out the kitchen window.


My novels are unabashedly romantic and run the gamut from angsty feels to make-you-smile swoons. Hitting the USA Today bestseller list has been the highlight of my career so far because – gah – #authorgoals! When I’m not reading or writing, I’m hanging out with The Boy, talking about random things and being overly strict about electronics.


I like running and Doritos, not necessarily in that order. I also like libraries, old churches and Paris. One day I’m going to write a novel set in Paris, which will necessitate lots of trips for “research.” 


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