Romancing His Rival

Romancing His Rival

by Jennifer Shirk

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ISBN-13: 9781640637504
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/11/2019
Series: Accidentally Yours , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 26,649
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy—which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantics-at-heart come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. Her novel, Fiancé by Fate, a 2015 Readers’ Crown Finalist, was an Amazon #1 bestseller for Series Romance. And recently, Wrong Brother, Right Match, won the Sweet Traditional category of the 2017 Golden Quill Contest and became a #1 Amazon bestseller for Holiday Romance and USA Today bestseller.

She serves on many volunteer boards in her community, but is most proud of her work on the Ocean City Free Public Library Board of Trustees, where she has served as President for over three years. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she’s not involved in all the above, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, and dog (Sox).

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Romancing His Rival 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Lori-Gonzo 3 days ago
This is such a sugary, sweet story. I loved the way Lucas made Elena question her reasoning on what she really wanted for her life, as well as how he got to know her and accept her for it too. She made him want things and discover life as more than cynical. They made a great team and both had their sweet tooth. It was a great story that flowed sweetly and played like a movie in my mind. And I adored the moments with the couples from the first two books. A great return visit to their small town and family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Jennann3 12 days ago
Elena Mason is perfectly happy working alongside her friends Kingsley and Arden in Cape Harmony. Although she truly enjoys her job, she can’t put her broken engagement behind her. So her friends send her to a remote cabin to “help” her relax and try to move past Scott. Elena doesn’t expect company to arrive in the form of her biggest enemy...Lucas Albright. Looking to get his creative juices flowing, Lucas treks to his sister’s cabin. Upon arriving, he’s accosted by a pillow to the face and his “mortal” enemy...Elena. Elena believes Lucas to be responsible for her broken engagement. As her ex’s best friend and best man, Lucas never really saw them as a serious couple. Ultimately, he wasn’t responsible for the broken engagement but that’s how Elena sees it. A snow storm has them trapped in the cabin for the evening, breaking down a few “walls”. When Elena takes off the next day, she accidentally leaves behind a sketch. A sketch that could ultimately lead to more... I enjoyed Lucas and Elena’s slow burn. From enemies to friends to more. Although I truly enjoyed the story, I wanted to knock Elena upside the head! She was soooo mean to Lucas, blaming him for her broken engagement. If my fiancé broke it off with me, I would hope I could step back long enough to look at the “why” and not blame others. Her ex was truly a slime ball, but she was blind to his MANY flaws! Lucas liked Elena for WHO she was, not who he WANTED her to be. He accepted the fact that she loved Cape Harmony and her job. He was also supportive of her artwork/sketches, not for what it could do for “them”. Don’t get me wrong, he would benefit from the use of her sketches but he urged her to get out of her comfort zone in a supportive way. Great enemies to more love story! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Laura_F 12 days ago
3.5 Stars The blurb drew me in and enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. I liked the overall storyline and Lucas. Lucas was hands down my favorite character in this whole story. He's a decent guy and a great friend. Elena, I just couldn't seem to like her. Her obsession with life timeline just seemed ridiculous. She seemed so immature and I just couldn't get over it. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Splashesintobooks1 12 days ago
When the person who should have been the best man at your wedding is the man your ex-fiancé listened to before breaking off your engagement, he's not exactly the most welcome person in your life! In fact Elena Mason likens Lucas Albright III to the spawn of Voldermort, for his role in the break up. When he turns up at the chalet she's gone to stay in to get away from everyone, she really wants to get away from him asap! However, this fateful encounter results in him needing her to work with him, using her artistic talents for a promotion he's involved with . . . . Can he convince her to work with him? What will happen when they stop fighting the attraction that's building between them? Does she really want to get back with her ex? This is a fun, quirky, contemporary romance that had me laughing out loud at times. It is well written with great characters who develop in their relationship and self knowledge as the story progresses. How on earth she could think her ex was such a great potential husband I have no idea - love definitely was blind with that one! This is a lovely read, one where the heroine sets out hating the hero before he manages to romance her! It is a sweet contemporary romance that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys this genre, mind you I also recommend they check out other books by this author as she's written some fantastic reads IMHO! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
More_Than_A_Review 12 days ago
Romancing His Rival by Jennifer Shirk. I am a fan of Jennifer’s. If you are new to her writing don’t judge her talent on this one. The writing is good; the heroine is going to get on your nerves and you may have a hard time finishing. The hero makes up for it. About the only time I liked and could relate to Elena was when Lucas was supporting her to take risks with her drawings. Her unrealistic and crazy obsession with dates was not relatable. She was more juvenile than you expect. The premise of the story is that Lucas who has a bad opinion of marriage, gives Elena’s fiancé some doubts about marriage. She blames him their breakup. They end up working together on a project and she gets to see the real him. However she never seems to see the real side of the guy she wants to be her fiancé. There were some sweet scenes between Elena and Lucas. Jennifer is also able to create chemistry and tension between the character and keep in clean which is why I rated the book a 4. I recommend reading Jennifer’s other books that I think you will enjoy more. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Bette313 12 days ago
Loved, loved, loved! One of the things I enjoy the most about Jennifer Shirk's books is her ability to write a sweet emotion filled story infused with just the right amount of humor to keep it light, fun and relaxing. That is exactly what she's done with this book. It's one of the better enemies to lovers stories I've read in awhile. Elena blames Lucas for the fact that her fiance called off their wedding. Something Lucas has never denied and won't apologize for, fact is he's never told Elena the whole story nor will he now. When they get paired up to work on a crucial project for Lucas they are forced to put the past to rest and focus on the job. That's when things really start getting interesting. This one is a must read. I highly recommend it.
ReadYourWrites 12 days ago
Romancing His Rival is the third and final book in Jennifer Shirk’s Accidentally Yours series. This is a truly sweet enemies to lovers story that will leave you smiling. They say you should never judge a book by its cover. In the case of RHR, that statement is so true. The release cover screams Valentine read however, this is actually a Christmas romance. If you are a traditionalist and only read Christmas romances during the Christmas season, be sure to put this on your reading list. Elena Mason is a hopeless romantic, who looks for signs to guide her life. Since her parents died, she's felt lost and alone. But for her that all changed when she met and started dating Scott Coban, a Wall Street guy from New York. Elena thought she found her perfect match. So what if he didn't spend as much time with her as she would like? So what if work kept him busy and interrupted the time they did spend together? He sent her flowers every Friday, just like her father used to do for her mother. He even proposed to her at the same location her father proposed to her mother. Everything was perfect until Scott's friend and best man Lucas broke them up. Elena views Lucas as the wrecker of dreams and happily-ever-afters. Lucas has known Scott since they were roommates in college. If truth be told, he never spent that much time with Elena. But he understands why Elena isn't buddy-buddy with him. While he did question Scott about marrying Elena, he never said anything Elena is accusing him of saying. He was simply trying to save them both heartache, because in the back of his mind he knew they weren't right for each other. Fate and a massive snowstorm converge to strand these two together for the night at Lucas's sister’s cabin. Over a dinner of smores, Elena is shocked to realize that Lucas isn't so bad after all. Lucas is shocked to discover Elena’s hidden talent as an artist. A sketch drawn by Elena proves to be the inspiration Lucas needs for the ad campaign he's been working on. When Lucas’s boss accidentally sees Elena’s drawing, he wants it. If Lucas can get Elena to work with him and provide more drawings, and if Lucas can wow the client, the partnership he’s been seeking could be his. RHR is a standalone read however, over the course of the two previous books readers have gotten a glimpse of Elena. They've also seen some of the things going on with Elena and Scott. Elena is a nice character. She's loving, caring, and giving. But what makes her unlikable at times is the fact that she's so hung up on Scott. She's so sure they belong together. But her blind desire won’t allow her see that Scott just isn't that into her. I went into the story already not liking Lucas. But oh my gosh! From the beginning, I had Lucas pegged all wrong. He was EVERYTHING Elena needed and more. Lucas wasn’t looking for love but he saw Elena. He listened to her. He accepted her for who she was. He was beyond supportive. “Love just kind of sneaks up on you and won’t let go.” That is so true of Elena and Lucas. And honestly, that’s what makes RHR so special. I loved that over the course of a month, Elena actually matured, discovered who she really was, and realized the error of her ways. The ending was heartfelt and touching. It showed exactly what makes love so special. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily reviewed it.**
Linda__ 12 days ago
This is a sweet story about Elena, a homebody whose deepest wish is for a family of her own. She thought she had found it with her former fiance. However, his best man, Lucas, talked negatively about marriage with him and he then dumped Elena. Elena blames Lucas for being dumped. When circumstances throw them together again, after the fighting, they begin to talk and, slowly, Elena starts to rethink everything she had thought she wanted. When they begin to work together, neither is sure what to make of their attraction to each other. What follows is a charming story that I just loved. I loved Elena and how she was forced to rethink her life, and Lucas, who also had a epiphany about his life, and how he made changes to reflect his new priorities. Fans of the genre will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list and, if you enjoy contemporary romance, should probably be on yours as well.
onemused 12 days ago
"Romancing His Rival" is simply enchanting- a perfect read for the Valentine's season. This romantic comedy follows Elena and Lucas in alternating third person limited points-of-view. Elena is a romantic who wants what her parents had- happiness brought on by a great relationship. She believes that she found it in Scott, who proposed the way her father proposed to her mother (at the Empire State Building) and who sends her flowers on Fridays the way her father used to send to her mother. However, everything came tumbling down around her when Scott broke off their engagement saying that she wasn't the right type of executive wife- and his best friend Lucas was the one who convinced him of that. "Love is a lot of things, but I'd hardly call it sade. There's the devastating risk, but also the unbelievable beauty of it." Elena is approaching what would have been their wedding date, and so takes the offer from her wedding planner friend to stay at the nice condo of someone she planned a wedding for, who just happens to be Lucas's sister. When Lucas also shows up and a snow storm traps them there, Elena is finding it hard to continue to hold a grudge for the way he broke up her engagement. "Happiness won't come to you. It has to come from you." Lucas did not mean his statements the way his best friend took them, and he certainly didn't mean to break Elena's heart. He has had a skeptical view on marriage, after his ex-wife cheated on him/his marriage failed. He has no interest in getting married again. Although he truly believes it is for the best that Elena's relationship ended, he is willing to strike a bargain. Her artwork will help him land a deal that will result in him becoming partner in exchange for helping her get Scott back. "Love just kind of sneaks up on you and won't let go." As they spend time together through plots and work, they both find themselves surprised by the other. This was completely adorable and lovely and all the fluffy. There are also some important messages about making yourself happy and realistic expectations for relationships that I enjoyed. This title is short enough to be read in one sitting, and this is great, because it's hard to tear yourself away from this couple and their story. Full of fantastic fun and clean romance (nothing more than steamy kisses), this is sure to be a Valentine's hit! I highly recommend for lovers of rom-coms. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
SherriBabb 12 days ago
I just love this series This is the third book in this series and it was so great to go back and see what was happening with past characters. This book was about Lucas and Elena. Elena used to be engaged to Scott until his best friend gave him some friendly advice. Then he broke off his engagement with Elena. Elena has never gotten over Scott and still blames Lucas for destroying her life. Lucas now needs Elena's help with something and in return he is willing to help Elena get Scott back. Now Lucas and Elena are working closely together and feelings start to overwhelm them both. I thought this book was so romantic and it showed you that sometimes you can find love in the most unexpected place. I highly recommend you pick up this book. I do warn you that once you start this book you will not be able to put it down until you are completely finished. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 13 days ago
A love affair gone wrong could end up costing them a romance that feels so right. Romancing His Rival flirts with the heartstrings while tempting with humor. Shirk knows how to make a heart feel. Lucas and Elena are caught in the middle of a great big misunderstanding, perhaps their hearts can help them sort it all out. A feel good kind of romance.