Sex, Lies and Secret Societies!
It makes perfect sense that J.A. Huss can do great Bully romance. Many of her other books contain entitled alpha males and we know that she can do terrific and complex storylines, and this book lived up to my expectations. The characters were terrific. I never knew who was telling the truth and who was lying and what their intentions were in the things they were doing.
The Hero, Christopher “Cooper” Valcourt is seen at first to be a rich spoiled jerk and my opinion of him didn’t change through much of the book, though I often had trouble seeing just what his motives were. Even so, it wasn’t hard to see that he kept doing the wrong things when it came to the heroine Cadee.
We find out early on that Cadee Hunter knew Cooper and his two best friends Ax and Lars three years ago when they first bullied her, then they each had some sort of sexual relationship with her. We also find out that Cooper talked Cadee into doing something she regrets when she was in trouble. It seems that after Cooper was done with Cadee, he basically told her to get lost because he never wanted to see her again. So there is no love lost between the two of them.
Cadee has lived on the campus of High Court Prep her entire life, but she was homeschooled. Her father was the groundskeeper and when he died, her mother became a cook on campus. She was fifteen when Cooper, Ax and Lars were seniors and they were together. Now Cadee is eighteen and the guys just finished their Junior year at High Court College which is over the wall from High Court Prep, so they hadn’t seen her around like when they were at the Prep school.
Cadee’s mother just passed away and Cadee is afraid Chairman Valcourt will make her leave her attic apartment in one of the buildings. However, he offers her a scholarship if she works as a server in the summer camp for the college secret society, which means living in their home.
There are a lot of intricacies in the plot because there are so many secrets. The reader is not made aware of the truth until it is revealed late in the book. The summer camp is really a like a fraternity/sorority rush. They actually call it the Fang and Feather Summer Rush. It takes place in a secret location every day and the freshman participants and even the servers are treated almost like they are being hazed. Cooper and his friends are the bully kings in charge of the festivities.
I enjoyed the book and it was nice that it had an ending and not a cliffhanger. Though there still are some questions left unanswered for book two in the duet. Such as what was everyone so afraid of? What happens in the crypt at the end of summer rush and did Cooper do something to make Isabelle go crazy that first night after he bought her in the auction or was it just because she was trapped? This book is more story than steam, but there is some heat between the two main characters and the story was excellent.