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Pretty Venom

(Gray Springs University #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,654 Ratings  ·  420 Reviews
Callum Welsh perfected the art of hating me when we were two kids who believed we’d be forced into marriage.
He thought I wanted it, but my only wish had been for him to leave me alone.
Then one afternoon, he stole my first kiss.
Despite all he’d done, everything changed after that.

As the years passed, our hearts thawed, and he no longer hated me. 
In fact, he loved me enough
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Published August 3rd 2018
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"Our breathing turned ragged, echoing into our mouths. My whimpering had his eyes blazing like black coal as he watched me climb closer and closer. “Yes, Mouse. Come on your husband’s cock.”


Something old: I'm such a sucker for second chance romances
Something new: I'm such a sucker for Callum Welsh
Something borrowed: "He’d broken my heart too many times to count, but I wouldn’t let him break me."
Something blue: description


The Story
Before getting into the story, I would like to say this whole
Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

Pretty Venom is the final book in the Gray Springs University series by Ella Fields. Typing that sentence made me sad, because I have come to love this series and the characters. They will be greatly missed. If you haven't started this series yet, don't wait another second! The writing is phenomenal, the stories are beautiful, the characters are flawed and complex, and  the romances are complicated and passionate.
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Callum and Renee meet in highschool soon after Renee moves to town. Their
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


Release: August 3, 2018
Callum Welsh perfected the art of hating me when we were two kids who believed we’d be forced into marriage.
He thought I wanted it, but my only wish had been for him to leave me alone.
Then one afternoon, he stole my first kiss.
Despite all he’d done, everything changed after that.
As the years passed, our hearts thawed, and he no longer hated me.
In fact, he loved me enough to make me his wife.
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MY REVIEW can also be found on my blog:

Renee wasn't all sweet; she was pretty venom wrapped up in a sugary bow. Deceptive yet honest at the same time. Underneath, her layers multiplied in ways she didn't often let show on the outside.

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PRETTY VENOM:  Is the third book, full length novel in Ella Field’s ‘Gray Springs University’ series, but each book can be read as a complete standalone. In this we meet Callum Welsh & Renee

Pretty Venom was all consuming
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-needed
5 “I Wanna Marry You” Stars


Makes my heart so happy. From hate to love to hate to love again. This is was brutally beautiful.

I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.
5 Stars

It's taken me an entire day to decide on a rating for this. This is my third or fourth Ella Fields story and I can say with unequivocal certainty that she just keeps getting better and better.

The fact she got me to emotionally invest in a relationship between two characters I didn't connect with in any way speaks volumes. Despite the fact I found both Renee and Callum to be on the selfish and vapid side, it still hurt when Callum "sent a message" or when Renee continued to try and fix th
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ella Fields made me feel every range of emotion while reading and experiencing Pretty Venom. I feared for my heart a couple of times because my puls was off the charts. The cause was Callum and Renee. They both made me feel everything and I mean EVERYTHING! All thanks to the brilliant mind and words from Ella Fields.

Callum and Renee complimented each other beautifully. Whether it was the hate/love game they both played masterfully or when they were just being them. Callum and Renee. In love, be
Claypot_Reads -  Michelle
I finished this story in one 2.30am binge reading session. If I could give it 6 stars I would. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It was simply extraordinary. I think this is Ella's bravest and rawest writing to date for me. These are not easy characters to love. Callum especially tested every boundary I had. I legit hated him at certain points. Yep. Hated!! To call him an assehole is a nice way of putting it. I can definitely see lots of people arguing over certain aspects of this story. There will definitely be strong op ...more
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“Love was magic. Capable of making you believe the most impossible was always possible. But it wouldn’t hold two people together, no matter how fiercely they felt for one another".

Every time I start an Ella Fields book, two things happen to me. I breathe a sigh of relief for finally having it in my hands and then slowly but surely, I start to get nervous. It’s not a question of whether the story is going to be good because you know for a fact that it is, my anxiety comes from knowing that
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

If someone has control over your heart, the worst thing you could do was make an enemy out of them. And like a fool, I had.


First of all, that warning is no joke. I wanted to cry, yell, rip my hair out, and throw my kindle at the wall. This book wrung every emotion out of me, most of all all consuming rage. So much rage. Like ALL OF THE RAGE. But it was also all consuming. This book took over my entire existence for the hours that it took me to devour
Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle


You know what makes Ella Fields unique in a world inundated with romance novels? She writes about real, troubled, flawed characters. Her romances aren’t easy. These characters have to work for love. But I have found, with the Gray Springs series, that her fictional love stories resonate because they are applicable to real life. We don’t live in the land of fantasy romance and alpha heroes. We live in a world where people screw up, where we a
Jeannine Allison
4.25 stars...

What it feels like to read an Ella Fields novel:


Seriously. Her books fucking hurt 😭💔

Callum & Renee's story was as beautiful as it was heart-wrenching 💛 I'm always in awe of the strong emotions this author can evoke. If you're a fan of rooting for two imperfect people fighting for an imperfect love (and you don't mind feeling like your heart is being pummeled), then Pretty Venom is definitely for you!!
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“If you make someone your world, do not complain when the ground crumbles beneath your feet.”

From the moment I read the synopsis to Pretty Venom, I knew this was one book I had to get my hands on and let me tell you… it did not disappoint. Ella Fields delivered everything I hoped she would and so much more. Pretty Venom held my attention with a vice like grip from the start and didn’t let go. It was an intense, consuming story that was fierce, raw and at times downright brutal. I was taken o
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I have been looking forward to this book, ever since I read the ending of "Bittersweet Always". I was sure it was gonna rock...and boy did it !!!

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Now I am gonna be honest here.... It has been a long time since a book has frustrated me this much !! I wanted to take both the MC's heads and smack them together !! I was a bit worried about my bloodpressure at one point !

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These two have definitely had a "love/hate" relationship right from the start. Thankfully the love part won and these two have been
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 “I Belong With You, And You Only” Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

-It was our actions, our experiences, and the guidance of past mistakes that would glue what was ruined back into one slightly misshapen yet beautiful piece.

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Renee Grant moves from New York to the tiny town of Trellara when her father joins firms with his best friend from college. Soon they are spending a lot of time with her dad’s new business partner and his family. This includes their gorgeous, cocky football play
How the hell can I hate and love a book so much? I’ll tell you how … because Ella Fields wrote it and oh man, can she bring out the feels in me. She sure knows how to work my emotions, get my pulse racing, my gut in knots, my BP through the roof, my aggression spiking to dangerous levels, and me having to sound the low flying Kindle alert. ⚠

God, I hated Callum and Renee’s stupidity at times, I really did. They were both products of their ridiculous parents lives, the spoiled Prince and Princess.
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm torn about how to rate this one tbh. On one hand it had me emotionally invested enough to cry almost throughout the book -- so that tells me that I connected enough to enjoy it. On the other hand I couldn't get past the H's behavior. I don't have hardly any personal "triggers" when reading a book and I like the occasional angsty story, so I knew what I wasn't getting into with this one (view spoiler). I just didn't agree with the d
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Thanks for putting my heart and brain through the grinder. Really, thanks 😂
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It's been a while since I finished a book. Two weeks to be exact. Real life hasn't been nice to me the past few weeks BUT Ella Fields saved me. I binged this book in one day. FUQ WORK and FUQ SLEEP because I NEEDED TO make sure this is HEA! Ooh and my review is crazy, you've been warned. You gotta be sitting down for this my friends.

First off, I've never hated a character as much as I hated Callum Welsh. I'm still surprised by how my e-reader survived this Ella Fields journey I embarked on becau
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, young-adult, favorites
I had such a great time reading Pretty Venom this week!!!!!!!
Such a shame I was too busy with RL and could't do any updates.
It wasn't all perfection, Mom/daughter relationship was a bit ridiculous and there were some OTT situations but despite that, Pretty Venom was a fantastic read. It's been awhile since a MF got me so emotionally entangled.
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Good lord, where do I even begin with this book? I had never read Ella Fields before I picked up this book but as soon as I read the blurb for Pretty Venom, I knew it was my kind of read. It screamed angst and emotional turmoil and loads of push and pull, and let me just tell you, this book did not disappoint. Ella Fields delivers everything she promises with that jaw dropping blurb! Pretty Venom had my chin on the floor, my heart in my throat and knots in my stomach the entire time. 

I absolutel

This is one of my FAVOURITE stories from Ella. Callum is such an asshole, but this story omfg, it OWNED me! You will want to throw your kindle so many times. Make sure it's very well protected! But Goddd, I couldn't get enough of these two! I couldn't stop turning the pages. I couldn't stop from falling utterly and completely in LOVE with this angsty love story. My heart cracked, smashed, burned and soared. Basically, it did EVERYTHING. I loved this enemies-to-l
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars!

I loved loved this book! Couldn’t just rated even if it took me a long time to write this review lol! Anyway i can’t believe this the last book! I’m in total denial....

Ella Fields created this amazing series that I fell in love with and somehow each book was so different, the drama, the angst but all of them a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve been waiting to read Renee/Callum’s story since book one. I knew it was gonna be a rough ride so I was prepared and I was not disappointed.

Obviously an unpopular opinion.

But I just had flashbacks of reading stories on Quotev. Stories that have unrealistic drama, and horrible characters. Even then some of those stories were 10x better than what I've been reading lately.
The first 10% was good, but after that? I think a grimace is permanently on my face.
It's start off with them meeting and hating each other, then it goes into lovey dovey crap (the author could have skipped like 90% of it, but gotta make character count somehow y'know.
Anne Milne
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is everything I've come to expect from this author she's upped the angst and really did a number on her readers this time.

I'm not sure I can adequately express just how much Callum and Renee's story affected me. I wanted to know everything about these two and boy oh boy did Ella give it to me in spades.

We follow this couple from innocent friendship to love and hate. As I read I alternated between happiness and full on hatred. I'm sure alot of readers will feel like me, at times
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, angsty, young-love
5 “Only You” Stars

I would like to set the record straight. I am not a fan of young love(high school). It’s just not my thing. So starting this book and seeing that it starts at the age of 14, I was not sure this was gonna be for me. But I love this author so I decided to read on. And I’m so happy I did because I loved this story!!!

Enemies who become more......parents who have only children who talk about how their children will end up who despise each other.....but kids who eve
Reading with 2 book lovers
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"What we want isn't always good for us, or what we should have in the end."

This is an outstanding story by this author, I liked seeing bits from the previous couples and loved callum and Renee's story so much.

"Do you ever say anything without injecting at least a tiny barb of venom?"

I devoured this book In a night I was so attached to it.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
What an emotional ride! To say I'm exhausted is an understatement...I'm drained, yes, but also very happy! With Pretty Venom, I'm discovering Ella Field's work and I loved the depth of her character's emotions and her compelling writing.

I usually tend to avoid a story about cheating, let alone a book solely based on this concept. In was a true challenge to me.

Although it made me really uncomfortable, it also captivated me and I found myself rooting for the heroine (who did, or rather started, th
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My reactions from beginning to end of PRETTY VENOM...

I'm going in! Ignorance is bliss, right *wink* Wish me luck!

What a little sh*t!

AWW! I love them!


THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN?!?!! I'm gonna need a drink!


IT HURTS!! EVERYTHING HURTS!! I want it to go back to their happy days!

He makes me wanna...


Heartbreak *tears*

After finishing PRETTY VENOM...

For your listening pleasure PRETTY VENOM Playlist:

I swear I fall more and more in love with Ella's writ
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will tear you apart in the best and worst way! Be ready to be thrown through all of your emotions. You will be swooning over something one minute and ready to throw you kindle/book the next. This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read! Be prepared to read this all in one sitting because I promise you will not be able to put it down once you start.
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Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in the land Down Under. While her kids are in school, you might find her talking about her characters to her cat, Bert, and dog, Grub.
She's a notorious chocolate and notebook hoarder who enjoys creating hard-won happily ever afters.

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Other books in the series

Gray Springs University (3 books)
  • Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University, #1)
  • Bittersweet Always (Gray Springs University, #2)
“feeling. Ignoring her, I continued, “Because in your dreams, everything and anything is possible. And in mine, you’re with me. Always with me.” 3 likes
“Please, this is what I want.” “Not long ago, I was all that you wanted.” I did look at him then, eyes burning with tears. “What we want isn’t always good for us, or what we should have in the end, and this is why I’m asking you to leave.” 2 likes
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