I received this book for free from Author, Carrie Aaron in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Carrie Aarons on September 15, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance
Source: Author, Carrie Aaron
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.
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Verbal Abuse.
The Lion Heart is book 2 in the Rouge Academy. This can be read as a standalone, you do not need to read The Second Coming to understand The Lion Heart. However, it does contain some spoilers from The Second Coming, so I’d recommend you read it.
The Lion Heart takes place after The Second Coming. The story is told in both Poppy’s and
Kingston’s point of view. We follow Kingston who despite all the talent in the world can’t seem to make it to the first squad on the football team. Poppy on the other hand is working to make herself an even bigger model but keeps to herself causing others to not want to get along to with her. Both Kingston and Poppy seem to be searching for something more and also want to find peace within themselves.
Kingston is known for not taking anything seriously. He has a lot of talent for football but doesn’t seem to care about anything. He loves to joke around, hook up with as many women as possible. He understands there is a lot of pressure to live up to his name since his family are huge players in the football world, but he doesn’t seem to care about well anything.
Poppy is a famous model who keeps herself guarded and doesn’t allow anyone in. She’s worked hard to become the model that she is today.
There was a lot of attraction between Poppy and Kingston. It was almost too much for both. There was immense chemistry but only Kingston was ready to take it somewhere. Poppy is guarded and it takes a lot of time for Kingston to earn her trust, so they start a relationship based on slowly communicating and getting to know each other. Nothing physical until both are ready.
This was the first time; I’ve read this type of slow burn from Carrie. It was actually really nice to read a slow burn for once. I loved how Kingston and Poppy worked towards building a relationship that was based on open communication.
I didn’t love The Lion Heart as much as I did The Second Coming. I expected something more from Kingston. In the end, I didn’t care for either character too much or their romance. It wasn’t the strongest book in the series so far, but I have high expectations for the third book. I think it is going to be the best one yet.