Malum: Part 1 by Amo Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
It’s a mad mad world!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: The Hamptons, New York
The Hero(s): Nate Riverside Malum – second to leader of the Elite Kings Club, Bishop and step-brother to Madison. Nate was quite the player until he met Tillie, but even after she disappeared he went back to his old antics. When he found out that she had hidden her pregnancy from him, he claimed that he hated her.
The heroine: Tillie Stuprum – best friends with Madison and Tatum. Tillie grew up with an abusive father and was taken captive by her crazy mother Katsia, who was the leader of the Lost Boys. Shortly after being rescued, she and baby Micaela are taken by her sister Peyton and Carter. Peyton is part of “The Circle” and she is planning to take down the Kings.
The Love Story: Tillie met Nate through Madison and they were together a very short time. They had a terrific weekend at the Kings cabin until she found some pictures of Katsia while pregnant with the due date on the back (just happened to be her birthday). She and Nate fought and she disappeared soon after that and Nate didn’t see her again until they showed up on the island to rescue her and the baby who was a silver swan, so was going to be killed.
I must say though, that I always liked Nate in the first three books, he is terrific with his step-sister Madison, but boy he can really be a mean boy when he wants to be. Though he would have to in order to be an Elite King. However, he sure can be cruel to women. I wasn’t liking him at all through most of this book.
I am not sure why men do this but they always say that they are upfront with women when they don’t want a relationship and they only want the benefits. However, they just don’t get it when the women catch feelings, like it absolves them from using women by being upfront about it. And maybe it does, since the girl knows what she is getting into and if she catches feelings it is her own fault. However, the guy should know that girls often catch feelings for a guy when they sleep together because being intimate often means more to girls. So I think that after a few times, a guy should just know this and at that point whether he is upfront about it or not, he is just a dawg…
And don’t even get me started on Tatum. I know she was with Nate first but there were no feelings involved and when he was with Tillie there were, so Tate completely broke girl code and that is unforgivable. For Tillie to forgive her so quickly was so wrong!
There were so many twists and turns in this book and some really unexpected things happened. It seems just when I thought the story was getting out of the Elite Kings world and into some more normal territory, it got crazy weird again. Then the hits just kept coming. It seems whenever Tillie and Nate start to look like they are having a decent relationship, something happens. Also Madison and Bishop from the first three books were fighting throughout this book, which was mysterious. And that ending was awesome!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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