Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Wright Rival by K.A. Linde Release Blitz

Wright Rival by K.A. Linde. Available Now.

A sexy enemies-to-lovers romance set in the world of the Wrights about Hollin & Piper from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

No one on this planet pushes my buttons like Hollin Abbey.

I don’t know if it’s the rugged, sexy cowboy look or the Harley Davidson motorcycle or the cocky swagger. Or just him. But whenever we’re together we fight like cats and dogs.

Now our vineyards are rivals in the annual wine competition, and I’m determined to win.

I just have to take out my Wright rival.

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Wright series!
For book seven, A Wright Christmas, click HERE.
For book eight, Wright with Benefits, click HERE.
For book nine, Serves Me Wright, click HERE.


Add to Goodreads.


Wright Rival by K.A. Linde

Book 10
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
Apple Books  ~  B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  Kobo
Audiobook (US)  ~  Paperback (US)




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the tenth book in the series – and I was so happy that Piper got her story, and that it involved Hollin Abbey was a big bonus! I would highly recommend that you read back a bit in earlier books to get the full goodness, but Linde gives a good reminder of backstories where needed too.

The antagonistic banter between Hollin and Piper has been evident in recent installments, and there was a hint that there was a “love is close to hate” kind of vibe. However, Piper was on and off with her rather wet and weak boyfriend, Bradley. When we learn why that relationship is properly over, all bets are off.

I love that we meet up with all the gang, and enjoy the preparations for Peyton's wedding, as well as getting hints of future love interests for the single members of the group. I really think that you should pick up your own copy and enjoy the ride. There is plenty of wit, drama, sadness, and fun, along with a delicious realisation by two lovely people that just maybe there is something between them which is worth believing in and enjoying.

3.5 Stars

Wright Rival is the tenth installment of the Wright series. While I do believe it possible to read as a standalone, it wouldn't be without confusion. An entire series of plots, cameos by past narrators, and a large presence of the entire cast of characters always on scene would make for a confusing standalone if you had never dipped a toe into the Wright series.

While I wouldn't truly classify this as an enemies-to-lovers situation, rivals is a nail on the head for their interactions with one another. It's a cute, push-pull, head-to-head every single time they share a page together. Not particularly angsty or laden with drama, more comedic romance than enemies-to-lovers.

Piper and Hollin run competing wineries, rivals and combatants for a wine award. What a tasty treat of a plot, right?

Truly a good person, kindhearted and amusing, misunderstood by many... Hollin pushes Piper's buttons, more levity than antagonism, attempting to see what makes Piper tick. He likes her, and she would never give him the time of day, because she was judging who she thought him to be not who he truly was. To be honest, this judgy business made me dislike Piper when I was inside Hollin's narration, then I liked her again during hers.

Piper has built up who Hollin is in her mind, seeing only what she wants to see. The tats, the Harley, and the string of women. Cliché bad boy, right? She is a strong main character, a good friend and family member. She cares deeply. But I felt her dislike for Hollin was immature, which I felt was at odds with her personality.

Every interaction was slightly combative but also filled with zany repartee that I felt was super forced, to be quite honest. It didn't quite jive. Once the barriers were down and Piper saw Hollin for who he was, I enjoyed the story more.

While I was thrilled to see how all the Wright characters were doing as they came onto the scene, I also felt it took away from Hollin and Piper. Scene-stealers. Too many characters in a scene making for a chaotic feel. Overwhelming at times, where I had to skim to lessen the stress to get to a scene where there were three or fewer people conversing.

Every early interaction between Piper and Hollin was gone over and over again with the rest of the Wright characters – and there are a lot of them. Ten books' worth. "You were flirting with her!" "Was not!" "You were flirting with him!" "No, I wasn't." This felt a lot like filler, a little bit too middle school, especially hearing it from both perspectives, one right after the other, after we just read it in the previous point of view. While cutesy, warm and fuzzy, it became a bit too much for this cynic.

I liked Piper and Hollin together, but was turned off by how forceful the "romance" was displayed. The love-hate didn't quite compute. The constant need to make sure the reader knew both of them felt the other was hot and annoying. Every time the narration switched and they caught sight of one another, another rundown of how much they wanted the other but didn't like them was monologued.

SHOW me. Stopping TELLING me. Because what was shown was at odds with what I was being told.

I do believe fans of the Wright series and Linde will enjoy Wright Rival, devour it in a single sitting while hankering for another helping. Hearts will warm from seeing their favorite characters. Definitely recommend to fans.

My rating and reading enjoyment is possibly due to my mood, where something that wouldn't ordinarily rub me did. One bit rubbed me wrong...

Not part of the review but a little rant of mine. Click HERE to read Erica’s review on Goodreads for her rant about the scene that rubbed her the wrong way.



Author Bio

K.A. LINDE is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

Connect with K.A.

Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Instagram  ~  Website  ~  Goodreads
Facebook Group: K.A. Linde Books



No one on this planet pushes my buttons like Hollin Abbey.


Hosted by

Wildfire Marketing Solutions.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wright Rival (Wright #10; Wright Vineyard #3) by K.A. Linde to read and review for this tour.

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments are reviewed by a blog admin before being published. We thank you for visiting our blog & leaving a comment.