Review: The Kiss List (Fulton U Rivals #2) by Maya Hughes

Posted March 3, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  The Kiss List (Fulton U Rivals #2) by Maya HughesThe Kiss List by Maya Hughes
Series: Fulton U Rivals #2
on March 3, 2022
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 383
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars

Cover Design: Najla Qamber


If I were on fire, she’d break out the marshmallows.

It’s not that we don’t like each other, more like hate with the fury of a thousand suns. But it wasn’t always that way.

I still remember how her lips tasted. How they felt pressed against mine. How I wanted more.

How I still crave her. Our disastrous night together ended with her storming out, me wondering if I’d ever be able to show my face on campus again and us as bitter enemies.

When a campus competition is announced to find the most in love couple, she’s the last person I thought I’d turn to for help. But the prize could change both our lives. An internship for her and a chance to finally connect with my father. It’s too hard to resist. Just like her heated glares and tempting curves.

To win, we’ve got to prove to everyone we’re a couple. Head over heels, can’t keep our hands off each other in love. Fake the hell out of it for our chance at glory.

Maybe we’re a little too good at selling it to the whole campus because the lines haven’t just been blurred, they’ve gone up in flames.

Can I convince her I want us to be together for real and keep the prize? Or will I lose them both?

Book 2 in the new Fulton Rivals series – St Francis University campus world!


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You can help me out with the zipper. I think it’s jammed.”

With deep breaths, I walked to her and tugged on the zipper, not wanting to yank the damn thing apart. “It’s stuck.” 

“Thanks for the update. Can you see what it’s stuck on?” She looked over her shoulder. 

“Let me get a closer look.” I knelt behind her and steadied myself with my hands on her hips. 

If I hadn’t already taken care of myself earlier this would be a big problem. Eye level with the jammed zipper, I picked at the fabric stuck between the teeth. “I’ll have to pull it down to fix it.” 

“Whatever it takes.” 

My throat was drought dry. I jerked the zipper down, pulling the fabric free, but the freed pull moved much easier and slid almost to the bottom of the zipper. The lace ruffle top of her underwear peeked out from the gaping fabric. Fuck, I was in trouble. 

Swallowing, I kept the lace free from the teeth, but the move shifted my hand, so it skimmed along her spine all the way up. My heart sprinted like I was headed for the end zone. 

Her body shuddered and her head snapped straight ahead. 

“Sorry. My hands are cold.” Dread at her wondering why my hands were this cold and slightly damp, sped me through the final zip. 

“Don’t worry about it.” Her voice was hoarse and stilted. 

Don’t make this weird, Cole. I did the eye hook at the top of the dress and ran my hands over her shoulders. The curve of her neck was inviting. I wanted to bury my nose in her skin and inhale the scent that had enveloped me from our first pictures snuggled up on the couch. 

Kennedy Finch was dangerous to my health. Bundled up in a neat, entirely too-tempting package, she was a walking wet dream and a captivating disaster.

She sat on the edge of her bed. The neckline of her dress showcased her breasts, which swelled from her position deepening the cleavage that my mouth wanted to dive face-first into. 

I cleared my throat and looked anywhere but at her.

My Review

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Kiss and Tell, but I enjoyed this one even more! I enjoyed all the characters we’d met in the last book, and even one that I was pretty sure I’d heard of in the Fulton U series as well. There was the same horrible coach from book one of course, and this time he had an even bigger role. One I kind of guessed when someone was being kind of quiet or not obvious about something. But man, that connection in this book sucked so much for that character, not the coach, the character he was connected to.

The romance though was perfect. I actually love the realistic event that caused the two to become enemies. The misunderstanding of what actually happened was perfect. Not a misunderstanding that would normally irritate me, but one that totally made sense. And wow, I like that we could paint our hero as not perfect, and that he could own up to it in so many ways!

And the fun stuff, I loved the tag games they played, and I also loved how Cole did the scene from 10 Things I Hate About You. I loved all of Cole’s ways to try help win the contest they were faking a relationship for. A perfect story and I can’t wait for the next story from STFU!




About the Author

Maya Hughes, that’s me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 






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2 responses to “Review: The Kiss List (Fulton U Rivals #2) by Maya Hughes

    • Lisa Mandina

      Me too! Sometimes they start good and then just don’t live up to it, but this one really went above and beyond! Thanks for stopping by!

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