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The Rivals

Written by: Vi Keeland
Narrated by: Sebastian York,Andi Arndt
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A new, sexy standalone from number one New York Times best seller 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.

©2020 Vi Keeland (P)2020 Vi Keeland
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I loved this book.

it was a perfect story and perfectly narrated. It was ossum and I look forward to read more of Vi keeland's work.

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enjoyable listen

Sebastian York is one of favourites Andi Arndt also does a great job

the story was lovely. i like that is is not all perfect. the emotional baggage that Weston has is heart wrenching
and I love how Sophia is so kind hearted
Vi Keeland is a new find for me. I have listens to a few of her books now and this is my favourite.

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Have no words!

Words aren’t good enough to describe how superb this book is. I was expecting a cheesy typical romance storyline but damn! I laughed! I cried! I was anxious at times . It’s such a damn good book.. sim sure I’ll read it again. Loved every minute of listening to it. Sebastian and Andi… well, they need no superlatives to describe them either. Simply Perfecto!

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Amazing!!!

I love the enemies to lovers trope and this did not disappoint. The narrators are always so SO enjoyable to listen to as well so it was nice to have them together narrating this story :) Highly recommend both for the book and acting!

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  • PJ
  • 2020-12-24

in true Keeland fashion

another winner. the storyline was magical. the sex was hot. a happy ending for the win

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A decadent workplace romance!

"𝗛𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝘆 𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗻𝘁, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝘆 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀."

I always love Vi’s book, they are such a comfort read, and this was no exception! I loved the premise of this with rival familes forced to work together to manage a hotel, while they each compete to become the controlling interest.

Sophia and Weston had such a banter, hate, chemistry filled relationship, but each held suprising depth and compasion. Both of their families were the absolute worst, which made it hard to pick which one you want to come out on top!

The spice in this on was phemonemal and i really loved Sophia and Weston together. I really enjoyed listening to this on audio! It was really well done and the narrators were fantastic, the pacing was spot on and it was just such an enjoyable listen!

𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞:
💜 enemies to lover
💜 secret relationship
💜 family rivals
💜 forced proximity

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Amazing enemies to lovers story!

I could have done without the “my sister’s keeper” bit, and the ending felt a bit rushed, but otherwise solid story. The slow burn enemies to lovers plot is amazing! The female narrator was better than the male narrator. Very solid 4, so very very close to 5!

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A Nice listen

I really like andy arndt but I’m not a huge fan of the guy that was in this. His voice sounds like whiney and sarcastic.

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  • MR
  • 2020-09-05

The female narrative was awful

the book was ok, I like the voice of male character but hate Sophias voice.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2020-07-15

ADDICTIVE UNSTOPPABLE STORYTELLING

With decades of bad blood between their two Hotelier families, there’s no wonder Sophia Sterling (aka Fifi) and Weston Lockwood were on opposite sides of the Hotel war. As ambassadors of their family’s 49% bequeathed share in the Countess Hotel, Sophia and Weston are jointly sent to soothe the staff, sort out any problems and oversee time-sensitive renovation. But most importantly.. they had to make the winning bid for the crucial up-for-grabs remaining 2% shares which would make their family the majority controlling shareholder. However, their verbal snarky conflicts, feisty frictions, sex rules, anger-fuelled sexcapades and intimate dinners, slowly blurs boundaries, changes priorities, builds trust and loyalty and softens hearts.. but it’s not all plain sailing because someone‘s going to win and someone’s going to loose.

This, for me, was the perfect enemies-to-lovers story because it had it all.. and so so much more. There’s seismic clashing with toe-curling chemistry.. a rollercoaster of actions and reactions.. a stepping over - walking in-between and blurring of all kinds of lines.. family politics.. relationship angst.. humor.. heat and a sweet swoony happy ever afters. Couple that with Sebastian and Andi’s first class dual POV narration and you’ve got a definite 5 star audiobook.

Worth a credit? Yes.. it’s well-written, well-paced, fun, hot and had me happily staying awake til the wee hours.

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  • CLL
  • 2020-07-22

Conflicted on this one…

I normally enjoy Vi's stories but this one is a strong miss for me!.....The story is related to two feuding families forced to play nice with each other while jointly managing a lucrative hotel property until the one family can buy the other family out of their portion of the hotel. That in and of itself is not a very interesting topic but add to that completely unlikable characters and it all adds up to a miss...

About the characters:
Weston is a wholly unlikeable character regardless of his past or whether he was used for spare parts as a child. His cluelessness and sexual bullying/harassment was just wrong!

Sophia is an unprincipled, spineless whimp of character who is badgered and bulled by EVERYONE! She doesn't stand up for herself at all and her character needs a swift kick in the pants to stop allowing herself to be used and talked down too.

The two main character together are not a good combo at all.

Sophia's father and step brother are slimy jacka$$'s. nothing further need to be said about them.

The only real positive with this book is the narration. Andi and Sebastian made enduring this terrible story some somewhat bearable. I did finally give up with 2 hours left after multiple attempts to continue listening. I will definitely be returning this one!

Sorry Vi but this is a big strike out....

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  • Wendy L.
  • 2020-07-16

Fabulous

This is Vi Keeland's sexiest book to date. it was hot and steamy. i loved the development of characters, and their believable struggle with their families. the narration was superbly done by Sebastian York and Andie Arndt. they make a powerful duo. Fabulous story, a must read by romance lovers!

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  • Ap2514
  • 2020-07-14

Great story

These are two of my favorite narrators so when they come together in a book written by Vi Keeland it’s a must buy. I really enjoyed the characters and that they had a past and history that kept them from having a simple HEA. Both of them had to work for it and it made their story that much better.

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  • TexansChick
  • 2022-06-13

Horrible

I'm usually a fan of this author but this is horrid. I made it part of the way into chapter two and couldn't stomach it anymore. I'm so completely disappointed.

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  • Misslady
  • 2021-09-08

Ugh

The men in this book are so disgusting that I couldn’t even finish listening. I have no idea if any of them redeemed themselves later in the story, but I didn’t want to find out.
The narrators were amazing as always. It’s too bad the characters were so awful.
Would NOT recommend this book to anyone. Not even if it was free.

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  • Karen
  • 2020-07-14

All is fair in love and war!

Sophia and Weston are in the middle of a long standing family feud. Neither has much support from their families but they spent their lives hating each other. So what could go wrong when the woman who started the feud dies and each family has to fight for controlling interest in a classy hotel? Sophia and Weston are each sent to the hotel to figure out if they want it and secretly try to outbid the other. But there's a fine line between love and hate! Absolutely loved this book!!!

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  • Olga Glover
  • 2020-07-14

LOVE, LOVE,LOVE!!!!

Great book from beginning to end. Vi is one of my favorite authors. What can I say about the narration ABSOLUTE PERFECTION I love me some Andi & Sebastian!!!

So worth the money

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  • Denise
  • 2020-07-26

Too silly for me

I didn’t get through the first chapter. I cannot imagine real people acting like this.

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  • Lisa Osborn
  • 2020-07-16

Predictable but enjoyable!

Vi Keeland did not disappoint with this enemies-to-lovers story❣️Weston and Sofia both have their share of family drama and feelings of inadequacy leading them both to feel like “the black sheep” of their respective families, but drive them to overcome some very tough emotional hurdles. I only wish that their HEA wasn’t quite so predictable. Yes, I wanted them to be together but I also wanted a more significant and unshakable bonding between the two of them. There were some aspects of the story that were underdeveloped (the shrink, the repercussions of dating the enemy, the ex-boyfriend dating your cousin, betrayal, etc.) were alluded to but left unfinished. While both Sebastian York and Andi Arndt performances were stellar there was something missing in the storyline for me, at least. However I did enjoy the listening experience.

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