Publisher Description

Adair MacLaine was sunshine and the storm. Emerald-green eyes and attitude, I fell for her the moment we met and hated her just as quickly. Five years ago, tragedy brought her to my door and sparked a love that consumed us like wildfire—hot, unpredictable, and impossible to control. We raged together until her father made her choose between me and the family name.


I left. She stayed. 


I’m no longer the poor kid that lost her. I’ve made myself into a man that won’t be ignored.

Now her father is dead, the MacLaine empire is crumbling, and Adair’s inheritance depends on the company’s largest investor: me.



My whole life changed the night I met Sterling Ford. Brilliant and intense, he came to Valmont with nothing but a scholarship and a chip on his shoulder. He was a grenade and I wanted to pull the pin.


We were doomed from the first kiss.


I’m not the girl he left behind. I’ve waited for my chance to seize my freedom and it’s finally in reach until the last person I ever wanted to see again walks into my father’s funeral: him.


From New York Times bestselling author Geneva Lee comes the first chapter in an emotional, breathtaking love story that will leave you obsessed and begging for more.

June 30
Geneva Lee, LLC

Customer Reviews

kindal8 ,

Too long between series

Good but cliffhanger


Page turner and heart stopping

Love that you learn about their past and see them in the present. Adair and sterling have a chemistry that is undeniable. He has a shady past and you learn more about her family. No one is perfect, hind sight is 20/20. It left me hanging and hoping that things work out with Adair and Sterling. Can’t wait to read the next in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

LisaHines711 ,

Review: The Rivals 1: Blacklist

Blacklist by Geneva Lee is the first book in her brand new series, The Rivals . Told in dual POV between Adair MacLaine and Sterling Ford, this is a story that builds slowly with overlaid pieces of the past and the present slowly coming together to build a picture of motive and explanation for the characters now. From Sterling's scholarship attendance to Valemont Academy to his life of wealth and privilege years later. From Adair's confined world of wealth and entitlement to the slow decay of her family's business at the hands of the MacLaine men.

For me this was a slow-build of an interesting, dark, conniving world and I'm excited to see where we go after that cliffhanger, if and when Adair can finally get her privileged feet underneath her and her backbone in order. The friends are interesting and also vapid, as the old-money wealthy tend to be but there is a small but solid circle of support around Adair if she chooses to utilize it. Sterling is an enigma. His back story is building but we don't know enough yet of what happened in the past to make him leave, of what his perceived insult/betrayal was and more. And while I am sure book two Backlash will answer more questions I'm already eager to know those details. Enjoy!

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