The Rivals

The Rivals by Vi Keeland Book Summary

A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, 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.

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- Wow5 star

Vi this is your best book so far. I love how you developed the characters Sophia and Weston so well I felt connected to the characters. Loved the fights and rivalry and comedy and romance and heartbreak. This book has it all. This is definitely a keeper to read again. 😁

- The rivals5 star

Oh my goodness I cried like a baby reading this book. Weston and Sophia.... I have no words. Must read hands down!

- 11/105 star

I could not stop reading it. Everything about the writing and the characters and ugh it was an amazing book could not put it down 11/10 recommend!!!!

- Exciting5 star

You want to keep reading and you’re really rooting for both characters

- Review: The Rivals5 star

The Rivals by Vi Keeland is a standalone contemporary romance novel filled with passionate enemies-to-lovers vibes and a classy hotel, business rivalry and competitive spirit. Weston Lockwood & Sophia Sterling are the next generation for their families respective hotel corporations. Brought together to takeover The Countess, a hotel that has history with both their families, they have been tasked to run it together while their respective corporations put together bids to purchase the remaining stock to make one of them the majority shareholder. Too bad they are bitter enemies and have no qualms about playing dirty to win, until they realize that the dirty doesn't have to be only for the boardroom, the chemistry they have is scorching enough to burn up the bed sheets. Can these two get out of their own way long enough to realize the treasure they have in each other or will family history repeat itself again. Loved it! Enjoy!

- Sizzling5 star

This book is a must read. I couldn’t put it down! I think I smiled through most of the book. I loved it!

- amazing5 star


- The Rivals1 star

Formulaic and stilted ... amateurish at best

- Oh. My. Gosh. Sooooo good!5 star

All. The. Stars. The Rivals is the incredible new stand-alone by Vi Keeland. There are no words to adequately describe how amazing this book truly was. It is hands down Ms. Keeland’s best book to date. It was hot, charming, witty, and had unforgettable characters. Weston Lockwood stole my heart from the first cocky sentence he said. He is everything you want in a book boyfriend-successful, totally alpha, and completely charming. Then throw in an amazing heroine-I WAS DONE FOR. Sophia was Weston’s perfect counterpart in every way. Together, their chemistry was off the charts. I seriously could not put this book down for anything. If you read one book this year-this has to be it!!

- Perfect enemies to lovers story!5 star

Sophia and Weston are sworn enemies because of a love triangle that envolved both of their grandfathers decades ago. Now they are forced to work together as heirs to a hotel, and the controlling share of the hotel is up for bids. Secrets will be kept and heart will be broken, but how far are they willing to go for family approval? I was hooked from the very beginning. Sophia is a strong woman that has just had her heartbroken and Weston is trying to rise up from past mistakes. I love that a vulnerable side is shown in Weston at times, while still maintaining the playboy alpha male persona. I was entertained with the plot twists and the writing style evoked each emotion perfectly. Weston and Sophia have a smoldering hot love-hate relationship and I loved every minute of it.

- Excellent!5 star

Enjoyed cover to cover! Couldn’t get enough. Would love to read Scarlett’s story and see Sophia and Weston in the future.

- Fantastic read!5 star

Wow! I absolutely loved this enemies to lovers storyline. The chemistry between Weston and Sophia is electric and charges from the beginning. Their fun and flirty banter will keep you hooked until the end. Weston will hook line and sink you. I absolutely adored him and loved the strong and sassy Sophia. Their story will have you laugh, swoon and possibly tear up rooting for their happily ever after. Most definitely worth the read!

- Amazing5 star

This story definitely started out with a bang! And I loved every single word of it. You’ll be sucked into this rivalry and the heat will keep you glued to the pages until The End. Why was their hate so swoony and hot!?! I hated putting this down to go about that pesky “life” thing every now and then. I was consumed by these characters and how their chemistry sizzled off the pages and seared into my soul. This is not a story I’ll forget. These characters are a forever type of amazing that will definitely stick with you. Weston is everything you’ll ever need from a hero. I hope Scarlet gets a story, she’s delightful! Re-read worthy, but that’s expected from Vi. A real must read and one of my all time favorite enemy to lovers book to date!

- Another winner from Vi Keeland!5 star

NO SPOILERS! Vi Keeland never disappoints! The Rivals was a super sexy [read: dirty ;)], swoony, funny, and entertaining standalone contemporary romance that kept me riveted from beginning to end, and I absolutely loved Weston and Sophia’s story. The unique storyline and lovable characters were phenomenal, and I loved Keeland’s simple and seemingly effortless prose. Her romances are always a pleasure to read, and she never fails to wow me every single time. Weston and Sophia were amazing, especially Weston, and I adored them with all my heart. They were so incredibly special, and I loved watching their story unfold. Weston and Sophia’s romantic journey definitely wasn’t easy, but everything was totally worth it in the end and I was ecstatic with the conclusion. The Rivals was another winner from Vi Keeland and a definite MUST READ standalone contemporary romance you don’t want to miss!

- Perfect Summer Getaway Read4 star

The Rivals is the latest and greatest from author Vi Keeland. Told in dual perspective, this one features an enemies to lovers theme - set in the fast paced and yet oddly romantic setting of a New York hotel. Sophia Sterling is the granddaughter of jilted lover caught up in a love triangle decades prior. Weston Lockwood is the grandson of the Sterling nemesis and therefore enemy. Sophia and Weston have been tasked with evaluating the value of the. Countess Hotel - so that each family may submit competing bids in an attempt to gain controlling interest in the hotel. Sophia and Weston are forced to work closely with each other...and as they say, the rest is history. A fun, entertaining story just perfect for that summer read you’ve been looking for. Vi has great storylines and characters and that proves true in The Rivals. Be sure to add it to your TBR.

- The Hatfields and McCoys!5 star

Weston and Sophia will steam up your kindle! From Weston’s misquotes of Shakespeare to Sophia’s “allergy” to blackberry ripple dahlias, this book will capture your heart with all its hidden gems! I loved the shout out to classic songs such as “Honesty” by Billy Joel and “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Even though their families have made them rivals, these two are destined to be so much more. The same woman, Grace, who started the feud will have her part in bringing them back together! 5 amazing stars

- Enemies to Lovers at its finest!!🔥❤️5 star

Omg!! This is enemies to lovers at its finest!! This is my favorite trope so when I read the blurb I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! Vi doesn’t disappoint! You can feel the intensity between Sophia and Weston from the first scene on the plane!! And it only got hotter from there!! I absolutely loved everything about this book!! It’s super hot mixed with a little bit of humor and sweetness! 5+stars all the way!

- Wildly Rich and Satisfying. Fueled my Desire 🔥 Top Read of 2020 for Me!5 star

Whew. This book was utterly satisfying in EVERY WAY. So blissfully passionate and delightfully witty. Lush and Romantic. Searingly addicting and sexy. The feels ignite your heart with every turn of the page. The ending will make you spout tears of happiness. Sophia is my favorite heroine of Vi’s! I found myself cheering her compulsively sarcastic and foul mouth on. Her sass and spice brought continuous laughs and smiles of endearment from me.....and Weston. Hello hotness with a heart full of gracefully falling in love. Weston. This man provides endless entertainment. He is compelling in his sweetness....following Sophia around with the butterflies of a first crush. His easy smiles and giving nature make him beautifully broken with hidden sadness. I loved seeing his character growth and his ability to find strength when everything was on the line. Such a gallant and giving male lead with more strength than he realizes. When he falls, he delves deep and doesn’t come up for air until he can breathe fully without device. I endured his and Sophia’s journey without any push. I loved it so much. The premise really struck me, and I loved every moment. I just as unsure how the story would play out, and unsurprisingly the entirety of the book was just as stunning as expected from this author. This book is a top read of 2020 for me, and I’m so thankful to have read it! I needed their love more than I knew.

- Absolutely Fantastic!!5 star

From the first word to the last I was positively captivated by this book! Doesn't surprise me though since Vi Keeland's books always seem to do that to me! I honestly loved everything about it: from the actual storyline and how things played out, to Weston and Sophia and all the facets of their personalities and their interactions especially!!! They are both such complex and very likable characters. I mean who doesn't love a good old fashioned enemies to lovers story? Sophia and Weston's families are both in the hotel business and have been enemies for years. Little did they know they would find themselves the pawns for their families pitted against each other on the battlefield over control of a hotel both families are invested in. Weston and Sophia love/live to hate each other and it is strangely incredibly hot! Their chemistry is sizzling and their banter is so entertaining. There is so much more going on with both of them than meets the eye especially with Weston and I love that they allow themselves to get to know each other. With each new thing I learned about Weston, I fell even harder for him!! Obviously being enemies lends a certain amount of trouble to a relationship but in the end we definitely get the HEA we are all dying for!! Another 5 star read for me!!

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- Sweet Rivalry’s4 star

The Hatfields and the McCoys. Think more Romeo and Juliet with a dash of hate sex thrown in and you have Weston & Sophia. Starts as an age old war between families with the woman in the middle but it quickly becomes a well crafted walk through the past into a new future. Weston a recovering alcoholic, born to “save his sister” sick with leukemia... fails that and he feels everything else too. The hotel magnate families square off to take over “The Countess” hotel with Sophia and Weston as the pawns. The grandfathers and parents still entrenched to beat the other our two stars fall for each other...but the story is captivatingly sexy and unravels the secrets and the trust issues both Sophia & Weston have to prove their importance to their bitter families. I loved Weston, he was so sexy and gradually finding his way to Sophia. A bidding war to win the hotel cannot go smoothly and the ending gives you the happily ever after you hope for.

- Weston and Sophia ❤️5 star

Absolutely loved loved loved this book!! Just when I think it’s impossible to fall in love with more book characters I’m proven wrong! This book was fantastic from the first paragraph.. I found it really hard to put it down! The only thing wrong with this book is that’s is over now.. these characters have to potential for at least a trilogy.., I would love to know what happens to them in the future..... please!!!

- Love Wes and Sophia5 star

Wes and Sophie. You can definitely call these two Rivals. Rivals with a major attraction to each other. Caught up in an old family feud they have no choice but to love-hate each other...... Both wanting the same thing. And it is not only to be running the stunning hotel The Countess but deep inside they know they want each other. But that can never happen......or could it. This story is sexy, funny, heartwarming. Wes will make you swoon. Sophie’s determination will make you root for her. Without a doubt another one of my favourites and a definite recommend. Five ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

- Great5 star

Thought this book was great ... hate to love classic theme was good. Vulnerabilities and imperfections made the main characters believable and likeable.

- captivating and intriguing4 star

THE RIVALS by Vi Keeland is a stand alone, contemporary erotic romance story line focusing on hoteliers and rivals Sophia Sterling and Weston Lockwood. Told from dual first person perspectives (Sophia and Weston) THE RIVALS follows the enemies to lovers relationship between hoteliers and rivals Sophia Sterling and Weston Lockwood. Decades earlier Grace Copeland fell in love with two men-Oliver Lockwood and August Sterling-thus ending a friendship and partnership that would turn into a rivalry that pitted the Lockwoods and Sterlings against one another for years to come. With the recent passions of Grace Copeland, the Lockwoods and Sterlings each inherited 49% of the Grace Copeland’s The Countess Hotel, forcing our story line couple to work together in an effort to prove who was worthy of the remaining 2 %. But like the previous generations, Sophia and Weston grew up hating one another, a hate based fed by the competitive nature of the Lockwood and Sterling patriarchs. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Sophia and Weston, and the potential fall-out as secrets and lies threaten any chance of happiness for our story line couple. Weston Lockwood is the proverbial bad boy but as such our hero struggles with his place in the Lockwood family. Having lost the only person he has ever loved, Weston has floundered, slowly spiralling out of control. Working along side Sophia Sterling is Weston’s last chance to prove he is capable of taking control but in the end it is Sophia who is taking control of Weston’s heart. The relationship between Sophia and Weston is an enemies to lovers wherein our couple spent one night together years before. Forced to work beside the man whose attitude and ego push Sophia’s buttons, our heroine quickly finds herself falling for a man who is about to break her heart. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Sophia’s father, and her half-brother Spencer, Sophia’s best friend Scarlett, as well as several employees at The Countess Hotel. THE RIVALS is a story of family, friendships, betrayal and love. A story about one woman who fell in love with two men, a love that would set into motion decades of hatred between two families for no other reason than jealousy and a broken heart. The premise is captivating and intriguing; the romance is passionate and seductive; the characters are energetic, colorful and charismatic.

- A sexy thrilling enemies to lovers book!4 star

I absolutely adore Vi Keeland books! This one was no exception! It has a little bit of a Romeo Juliet vibe going on. Two powerful rival families at war, a love/hate relationship between the daughter and son, and hot undeniable chemistry! This book will have you laughing out loud the whole time, while also being in your feels! Lol it’s sexy, angsty and delightful! I loved it!

- Really enjoyed reading this book4 star


- Wow5 star

Thank you for another amazing read. I love the original stories you create.❤️❤️

- Fantastic read5 star

What a book! Weston is just divine, if not slightly arrogant and Sophia is determined and strong, a perfect combination for a fantastic, hot story! Did I mention hot? Yes? Ok good coz you’ll be fanning yourself reading this one! There isn’t a book by this author that I haven’t loved so I’ll add this to the “books I adore” list! Just perfect!

- Ticked all my boxes5 star

If you love enemies to lovers look no further than Weston Lockwood and Sophia Stirling’s story in The Rivals, this book is everything you would expect in a great read and it ticked all my boxes. Weston and Sophia have known each other since childhood but as their families were sworn enemies it seemed they should be too but when The Countess hotel is left to both the Stirling’s and the Lockwood’s they need to find a way to work together or at least get along....... As Sophia and Weston spend time working through the day to day running of The Countess the hate they feel for each other turns into passion and I mean intense hot as sin passion and what follows is 2 enemies learning to trust each other as they put their family feud behind them, the only problem is will the families allow them to get past the feuding that goes back to their grandfathers...... This book captivated me from the first page to the last line, the chemistry is sizzling and the banter witty but it’s the vulnerability that this couple share as they really get to know each other that took this story to another level, this book touched me on so many levels. I loved this entertaining,emotional read and I highly recommend this gem. This book will certainly be on my list of top reads of 2020.

- 5 stars5 star

My oh my, Weston is Swoonworthy! I completely devoured this book from start to finish, the push and pull, fantastic banter and super hot chemistry make it very difficult to put down. 5 stars!

- An epic enemies to lovers story!5 star

If you ever want to read an epic enemies to lovers story where the sizzling chemistry is off the charts, then this is THE BOOK to read!! There is so much to love about a story where the characters Sophia and Weston deal with their anger in a very steamy way!!!! Talk about hot under the collar!!! This book was delicious! It was entertaining, intriguing and with fantastic banter a definite highlight of my week! Sophia and Weston are part of rival families and now stuck in the hotel they co own with their respective families breathing down their necks! I loved both of them! Sophia with her determination and Weston with his strength to overcome his life choices! Can they open up to each other and show their vulnerabilities? Can these two get along long enough to win the hotel for their family?? Or does anger and attraction get the better of them? So flipping good!!

- Couldn’t Get Enough5 star

When I started reading this book, I was on the border of not liking Lockwood at all. Then the further I read, I got to know more about him and realised that he wasn't the jerk he made out to be. He just didn't have anything to care about in the last five years. His life was tumbling to a bad place, and working at The Countess was his saving grace. What he didn't expect was how much emotion he still had left in him once he started spending time with Sophia. From that point, I connected with him and needed to know he was going to get his HEA. It is a tried and tested story.... boy meets girl, boy teases girl endlessly because boy loves girl even if he doesn't know it, boy stuffs up and girl wants to kick him so he never has children, boy repents and tries his best to get girl to forgive him. Of course, there is also plenty more to this story. Sophia has issues as well, like we all do. She needs to prove to her family that she can run the Hotel just as well as any man can. She could be tough as nails where it was needed but I did love her softer side and when she relinquishes being in control with Weston, it showed her flirty side. I felt for both of them in a sense that they were forever trying to prove to their own family of their worth. With spending more time together, they had each other to lean on, and both were heading towards a happy existence. And this is where Weston Lockwood makes an error, and a pretty big one. I love the vulnerability he showed at this point and then how he achieves to get her forgiveness. This is an excellent enemies to lovers romance. I loved how we slowly get to know them both and find little things that make them amazing characters. I am a big fan of an epilogue and I got my fill with this one. Nothing feels forced or phoney with this couple, they show the good and the bad but the good is wonderful. This is definitely one to read.

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