Violence by Lily White.
Guys you just love to hate!
Emily: Promised in an arranged Marriage to Mason Strom (one of the nine Inferno guys). Neither Emily nor Mason want to marry each other but rather than being friends, Mason is always a jerk to Emily. Emily is expected to be pure when they marry while Mason can play the field. Though the minute Emily loses her virginity everyone (including Mason, her parents and her brother) label her a slut. Emily loves both of the Twins but is in love with Ezra (Violence). I don’t really understand why Emily travels on her parents dime after high school instead of going to college and then just asserting her independence and telling her parents that she won’t marry Mason.
Ezra: Started messing with Emily in high school as a bet with Mason and the other Inferno boys. They wanted Ezra and Damon to find out if she was as much of a prude as she seemed. The twins found out that she was so much stronger than anyone ever gave her credit for. She was the first girl that cared which one of the twins she was with. It never mattered to other girls. Also she cared that someone was hurting them every other weekend but they promised each other never to talk about it so Emily was never told what happened. Even the Inferno guys don’t know other than the fact that it is their father that took them away each time.
Damon: Something happened after graduation in high school and both Damon and Ezra ended up in Jail, Emily ended up with a scar on his shoulder. Ten years later Damon and Ezra still are messed up from what they went through with their father. Damon still has terrible nightmares and Emily was the only one that could calm them. She loves Damon but he was never The One. That was Ezra.
Shane: Another of the nine Inferno guys and is the best friend to Ezra and Damon. He and Damon always seem to go out to bars and get in fights then end up arrested. The rest of the guys have to get them out. Shane tries to talk they guys out of getting involved with Emily again because he knows what it did to them after high school.
Mason: His parents and Emily’s parents for some reason have a cruel arrangement to have these two marry no matter what. Nobody knows what it is all about and Mason is a humongous jerk to Emily for no reason other than he hates the arrangement and he can be. He ends up with Ava in College, but still in order for the Inferno guys to get back at their parents, he keeps going along with their plan. I hope Ava dumps him and his book is about a new girl because frankly these two bore me to death. Any girl that would get together with him like that and stand for him getting engaged to someone else isn’t someone I really care to read about.
Dylan: Emily’s brother who is in high school. They live together in the “Children’s wing” of their parents home which is apparently far enough away from the main part of the home where the parents don’t really know everything that goes on. Dylan has non-stop parties and seems to hate Emily. Emily thinks he is the spoiled golden child who gets whatever he wants, but apparently he is a bit more under his father’s thumb than she ever knew.
The story was very good but also tragic. Since Emily is only in love with Ezra, but both twins are in love with her. She doesn’t want to come between the brothers, not only because they are twins but because they need each other so much after all they have been through together. All three of them are in pain, and Emily loves Damon even though she isn’t in love with him like she is with Ezra, so she is really afraid of hurting him.
When they were all together in high school it was fun because they though Damon’s feelings weren’t involved. That he was only in it for the fun of it. But once everyone started getting feelings is when things started getting difficult and hearts were broken.
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