Bullies all over the place!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Cypress Prep Academy
The Hero(s): West Golden (a.k.a. KingMidas) – The first born of the Golden Triplets. Seniors, football stars and they run the schools. West has feelings for Blue but he kicked her out after they were intimate and then a video was posted of them in the act. Everyone thinks he posted it.
The heroine: Blue Riley (a.k.a. Southside; a.k.a. NewGirl) – Blue is from the wrong part of town and has had a hard life. Her mother left, her Dad is a drunk and her older brother is out of the picture. Blue let West in once and was burned badly and won’t be giving him another chance.
The Love Story: West has a history of bullying Blue and after she let him in and a sex tape was posted she is regretting everything. West knows he didn’t post the video but can’t clear his name because Parker knows his deepest secret.
One thing I hate about these love stories when blackmail is involved is the fact that we all know blackmailers are never satisfied. They always escalate and the person being blackmailed has to eventually make a decision to be a puppet on a string or just out the secret before the blackmailer does. Frankly I think it is weak to let someone pull your strings, but at this point in the story we don’t know how bad the secret is so it is hard to say what you would do in that situation.
I really liked how this story went and how the issue was resolved in the end. Both West and Blue were strong characters and had each other’s backs after the initial issue. I love Pandora’s constant updates as well (The Gossip Girl of this book). She seemed to have a definite point of view of the events she posted about and wasn’t afraid to call foul when she thought things didn’t quite appear as one would think at first glance.
I am thinking Pandora is either Dane’s “friend” Joss (VirginVixen) or possibly even Sterling, since he seems a bit like a dark horse. Dane (PrettyBoyD) and Sterling (Mr. Silver) are the other two triplets with West. Note – these are just wild guesses since it never came out who Pandora is.
Also, the side storyline about West’s Dad being a bad guy is certainly intriguing and only in a romance novel could there be the coincidence of whatever happened to put Southside’s brother in jail being connected to Vin Golden. Though the next in the series should bring more of what is going on there to light. Hopefully in the end, the brother Hunter will get out of jail where he must be enduring some heavy beatings or worse. However, as of the end of this book we know that Vin is a force to be reckoned with and our couple will not have an easy time of it in the next book. Later, Peeps!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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