Bullies, Lies, and Secrets
I really enjoy bully romance, but it is funny how perception can change based on the particular book you are reading. About a week ago, I read a bully romance book and in my review I said that I was tired of the bully always having to be more than just a bully. I have read more than one book where the bully is a Mafia kingpin, in a cartel, or even some sort of heist crew. I was wishing that these high school kids would have normal family issues and behave more like actual high school kids.
However, when I started this book, I got a bit frustrated because the characters seemed to be acting a bit too immature. Funny, since they are high school kids and kids do act immature. So I realized this was more the kind of book I wanted. As the book progressed the characters got much deeper and the storylines became extremely compelling.
This book was about a girl named Blakely from a wealthy background. Blakely has a ton of issues. She used to be the most popular girl in the school but after getting drunk and passing out at a party, a few of her classmates took some pictures of her and spread rumors about her to the entire school. The girl behind it was Blakely’s rival, a girl named Petra. Now Petra is at the top of the food chain and Blakely has a mask of toughness that she uses to keep people at a distance and make sure she doesn’t get hurt.
Blakely has a difficult home life with two parents who are rarely home and when they are home they ignore her and her younger brother. Her father is an alcoholic and fights with her mother a lot, so their house, though big and beautiful hides a cancer within.
Enter new student Jasper, who’s from the rival school. His father is the new Coach and they moved in with his father’s girlfriend and her son, Knox. Knox is Blakely’s best friend and next door neighbor, so Blakely spends a lot of time at their house. Jasper has his own issues, mainly stemming from the fact that he didn’t want to move away from his football team and friends in his senior year of high school. His dealings with Knox are very acrimonious and though he tries for his father’s sake, he has a quick temper and often lashes out.
The romance between Jasper and Blakely is non-standard since she is trying to get revenge on Petra. Blakely wants to date Levi, the football quarterback and most popular boy in school. I really liked the progression of the romance between Jasper and Blakely and the build up. It was also quite steamy. The storylines all meshed well together and kept me at the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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