There is so much here to unpack. L.A. Cotton has covered some important topics in this book.
Jason Ford’s nightmare has come true. Lewis Thatcher’s spawn has come to Rixon High, and he wants to be Jase’s next QB1. Can Coach Ford get his head straight to let Kaiden have a chance, or will bad blood spoil Kaiden’s only opportunity to get out of Rixon?
But the dynamic between Jason and Kaiden isn’t the only thing going on here. L.A. Cotton also introduces a complicated heroine in Lily Ford. A delicate and traumatized girl on the edge of womanhood or a nervous breakdown–whichever comes first. Lily has friends and family to support her, but she is wounded and healing but not thriving, and more importantly, not living until Kaiden Thatcher sets her aflame.
Dare Frost is just the sort of book boyfriend I needed this week.
When Viola Kent says she likes being under the radar, she means it. She doesn’t want to be part of the crowd, and in the spotlight, she means it. And when she says she doesn’t need any more friends, she means it. So color her furious when she finds her father is trying to manipulate the school playboy and sports star to be her new best friend. Just because her dad is his coach doesn’t mean that Dare owes him the favor of feeling bad for Viola with him.
Fear Viola once she discovers her dad’s duplicity. Because now the manipulated becomes the manipulator, and her ideas include using Dare to show her dad his idea was terrible, by pretending Dare is her new boyfriend.
Oh, but Dare is an incredible boyfriend, and Viola is so lucky. She just hit the lottery. He is one in a million. I personally would trade all the other men I read about this week for Dare in a second and he was one of seven. #LetsKeepDare
Title: Wicked Gods (Gifted Academy #1) Author: Michelle Hercules Genre: Reverse Harem Release Date: 08 August 2019
Nowhere is safe when the gods are wicked.
Since the beginning of times, there have always been two sides: Norms and Idols.
But never have the scales been so unbalanced as they are today.
I’m a Norm, which means, I grew up in fear of the Idols and their godly powers.
And now, I’m going to be surrounded by them, day and night. I’ve been offered a place at the prestigious Gifted Academy, an opportunity very few Norms get.
To survive, I must become invisible. But my hope to get through the academy unscathed goes down the drain when the most powerful boys in school set their eyes on me.
They hate me simply because I’m a Norm. If they knew who I truly am, they’d tear me apart limb by limb. But I’m done cowering away from Idols. It’s time for the Norms to fight back, and it all starts with me.
*Disclaimer: Due to mature content, this book is recommended to readers 18+. It contains situations that may be triggering to some readers.
I thought I was digging Hendrix, and I do, but I’m crushing hard on Mr. Monroe. Easton, dude, do you have to be so hot and smexy?
Harlow Mead is a hot mess. She’s the anti-Donna. Not put together. Not doing well at school. Not type-A personality. Most likely to be stoned and playing video games. Most likely to be hacking into the school’s main-frame for the giggles. She’s eighteen, and in her mind, she’s going nowhere fast.
“Teenagers are all dumb, depraved, and disappointing.” – Easton Monroe, teacher extraordinaire.
I have a new book boyfriend, and my goodness, you will understand why when you read Make You Beg, Shantel Tessier’s newest book.
Henley Greene saw her friend do something terrible, and she went to the cops about it and had him arrested. This book starts during the trial, and we find out immediately why she’s estranged from her former besties. It’s hard to have a relationship with people when you accuse them of things that get them a visit from the cops.
The Grim Reapers are the kings of the campus and all football players for the Westbrook Warriors. They are also heirs to the Founders with the family names of Scout, Law, Rellik, and Monroe. You want to care most about Dax Monroe — he had Henley first, Ryan Scout — he had Henley last, and Grayson Law — he always coveted Henley. Van Rellik is okay with her, but he has no interest in her beyond that. He is, however, the most loyal of all the characters. Rellik believes that Henley saw something that night, but not necessarily what she thinks she saw. And he stands by the guys even when they are dastardly because he’s a musketeer, and they are all one for all, and all for one.
Dastardly is precisely what I consider the payback plan for Henley is. Make You Beg is vicious, and the brutal penance that she must pay is not for the fair-hearted. This is a bully book, and Shantel Tessier isn’t playing with her readers; she’s giving it to them raw.
Haters will hate The Boy on the Bridge hard, but too bad because it’s Sam Mariano at her finest.
Not for the weak, Sam Mariano’s newest book has a hero that is broken and twisted. Hunter Maxwell’s character has an ambiguous moral compass but maintains the ability to be remorseful of his most heinous and tragic actions. It doesn’t necessarily stop him from doing heinous or tragic things.
Riley Bishop is a glutton for punishment. She knows that she did something that Hunter can’t forgive, but she still tries to make him forget it until she has something she can’t forgive. Her greatest sin was to fall in love with him and try to protect him. His is his inability to stop manipulating her and the people around him—a far larger problem.
Title: The Boy on the Bridge Author: Sam Mariano Genre: Bully Romance Release Date: 04 March 2021
The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.
My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.
There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.
The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.
I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull.
I didn’t know, but now I do.
Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.