Vile vicious villains in a wild wicked world!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌏🌍🌏🌍
Character development: 😉😖🤨😤🥰
“The founders of Westbrook go back generations, to the eighteen hundreds. They consist of four families—the Monroes, Laws, Relliks, and, you guessed it, the Scouts. Like I said, my four best friends own this town. They are known as the Grim Reapers—they will fight you to the death on and off the field.”
The heroine: Henley Greene – she turned on her four best friends when she accused Dax Monroe of rape and murder after seeing him do it to a girl at a party. She was sure of what she saw at the time, despite being drunk and on drugs and she testified in court. They are all from wealthy families (including Henley) though she is not from one of the founding families.
The Heroes (a.k.a. The grim Reapers): Ryan Scout – He was Henley’s boyfriend before she made the accusation against Dax. He kept their relationship a secret though, for some reason.
Dax Monroe – He was Henley’s first and he is still attracted to her despite wanting to kill her for what she did to him.
Grayson Law – He has always wanted Henley but never let it show. He will torment her now because of what she did.
Van Rellik – He doesn’t want Henley, he doesn’t really care about much. Though he will always stick with his friends.
The Love Story: This was a weird one, not truly explaining everything at the beginning, though the Blurb did say that it was a MF, MFM love story. We do find out early that Henley has been best friends with all 4 boys since she was little. She was with Dax first (a few weeks prior to being with Scout). But it seems Scout is her true love. It takes a while to find out how that all went down.
It is a bit unnerving that all the guys turned on her after she accused Dax. They have never really talked much about that night, because all the guys completely believe Dax and think she is lying, but she is sure of what she saw. It is unclear of what really happened that night. Though I completely Love that it is told from all points of view.
Of course the guys would stick together and have a terrible opinion of Henley despite her also being their best friend. I can’t say I hate what they want to do to her since I do love the bully romance genre. My favorite thing is when guys realize they were wrong and turn things around.
There were things I didn’t quite like with this book. One was the way Henley acted sometimes. She dressed provocatively and did other things to make the guys jealous and this was before they began bullying her. She also flirted with all of them despite really only wanting Scout. I guess I don’t see how she could be best friends with all four guys but flirt with them too (I can see flirting in a cute way just to give a guy friend the business) but she was really flirting with them to get them wanting her. I do like a girl who is strong and willing to fight back, but I guess I have an issue when they are calculating and she seemed like one of those rich girls who was a bit too into herself at the start.
There is also some public sex and filming of it which I didn’t really appreciate. It seemed to me the relationship between Henley and her “four best friends” was a bit creepy and extremely dysfunctional. Of course this is all stuff from the past that was told in flashbacks in the first twenty percent of the book, my rating is on the entire book, so take that how you want.
Though I liked many of the flashbacks and the suspense was terrific. Every time I thought I knew if Dax did what Henley accused him of, something happened to show me I had no idea. The bullying went a bit too far in this one for my comfort. Usually in bully romances the anti-Hero focuses solely on the Heroine even though they are not together yet. The bullying is in part because the guy or guys are so attracted to someone they technically hate, so they really don’t get with anyone else.
However, in this book they used to be best friends and lovers and still they taunt her by being with other girls. I didn’t like it, but I overcame it and was glad I stuck with it. The story got really good and I couldn’t put it down. Everything I thought I knew kept getting turned upside down until I had no clue what was going on. I ended up really liking Henley and feeling for what she was going through and I really liked a few of the other characters as well, but I won’t say which ones were my favorites. The second half of the book was so enthralling, it overcomes any issues I had with the beginning.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.