Quite a different take on the bully romance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👨🏻👱🏻♀️🧔🏻👱🏼♂️
The heroine: Hazel (a.k.a. Hazy) – she lost her mother and best friend in a fire. She grew up on the mean streets of Philly and gets a scholarship to this exclusive school. She can’t turn it down since she had been living on her own while underage.
The Hero(es): Trey – The head of the Kings. He is dating a girl named Tilly, one of the queens of the school. He sets the stage on the first day Hazel arrives for everyone to bully her like they bully all scholarship students.
Ayaz – He seems to have a hatred for Hazel but after he does something particularly cruel to her, he doesn’t look satisfied, just sad.
Quinn (a.k.a. Quinnanigans) – He is a irredeemable flirt though he has a girlfriend, Courtney who is the Queen B of the school and a big bully herself.
The Story: The kings and queens of the school traditionally bully and belittle all of the scholarship students (there are 4). However, they are unprepared for someone like Hazel, who grew up with a mom who worked as a stripper, went to school with gang members and despite having terrible things done to her, is always willing to fight back.
On top of all that, there are strange things happening at the school. Teachers in long robes going into the basement, the parents of the Kings treating them like crap, sounds like rats in the walls, the kings acting strange and more.
I don’t want to give away what is going on at the school, but it is complex, evil and paranormal. I did really like the story. I especially liked the fact that there was some diversity included. One of the Kings and his sister were Turkish.
I really liked the narrator, Lee Duncan. She has the voice of a teenager, and had the perfect attitude for Hazel. The entire book is told in Hazel’s POV so of course the boys voices are done by the narrator, so I didn’t have a problem with the Turkish accent not being very authentic.
I ended up really liking the story but I have to admit there were some inconsistencies and quite a few things that didn’t make sense. However, overall I liked the way things went. This was a reverse harem and I liked how the romance between Hazel and each of the kings was sometimes sweet and sometimes hot. There was also an intimate scene with all of them that was scorching.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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