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(The Elite Seven #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 ratings  ·  399 reviews
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

But who said the devil was a he?

In my world, she was out to cause havoc on all our lives.

She’ll use the one thing I care most about to control me—force me into her Elite world, filled with sin, deceit, and power. And under her spell, I’ll lead a sinister brotherhood of seven at one of the m
Published February 25th 2019
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Hollyfield has created another sinner for me to fall in love with!

I love how intertwined these stories are. The characters stay consistent and the plots are continuing as they become fully developed. This story was about Pride and all the ways that Mason had to swallow his in order to survive.

Mason suffered so much. Those he was supposed to trust, those responsible for his safety, were the very ones to make him unsafe. It was all he could do to protect his little sister, no matter the cost. So b
This is the second instalment of this series and I ended up enjoying it even more than the first one! There are 7 books in the series, and each book is a different sin that the main character is named after in the Elite group that they are striving to be a part of. Also, each book is written by a different author!
I love it when authors get together and write a series with each other!

This book is “Pride’s” book; and Mason has been given the sin and the responsibility of ruling the other young men
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Type: Book 2 of 7 from The Elite Seven series
POV: First Person - Dual

Since a young age Mason Blackwell learned the hard way to never rely on others. But his pride took a hit when his whole life was put on the line and pulled on strings in a devious game he couldn’t get out from. A task for him was just a way to earn his leash, until he realized things wouldn’t be as simple as it seemed when it came to Megan Thorne.

From the ending of last book, I was intrigued of
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

Hmmm...this book (like book one) was a little bit of a mixed bag. I felt the romance in this one was a bit more developed but still took a backseat to Mason's background and the whole "Elite Seven" storyline. Which for me is the highlight of these books. I did like the fact that we didn't get too much OW stuff. The hero wasn't a manwhore. I didn't much care for the fact that this was an older woman/younger man story and the first sex scene was a little much. Mainly because it seemed SO over the
Lo Bookfrantic
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review-ng, f-br



Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Type:  Book 2 of 7 from The Elite Seven series
POV:  First Person - Dual


❝My pride would destroy anyone beneath me to reclaim what I'd lost.❞


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Mason Blackwell grew up in foster homes always protecting his little sister and making sure they were safe.  Little did he know what he had to do to earn his safety and to protect his sister.  In a night to escape his me
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,25 "Dirty little secret!!!" stars***

"Pride is more than the first of the seven deadly sins; it is itself the essence of all sins."
-John Scott

Holy freakin' God!!!! Well played, guys!!!! Well played!!!
And by guys, i mean all these authors that are participating in writing this series!!!!
Well, the second book of the series was even better than the first one... I have to admit that this one was my first book by this author and I wasn't disappointed!!!!
And yes, i finally understood how ever
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Pride is the second book in The Elite Seven series and brings us back to St. Augustine. This time for Mason Blackwell aka Pride's story. I have to say, I wasn't fully invested into this story as I thought I would be. It starts before the Seven are brought together and eventually leads up to that but it seemed a little slow for me in the beginning and I wanted to get more into the heart of things. I just felt like everyt

Mason Blackwell had an unstable past, but having his sister to protect kept him grounded until the choice was taken from him. Selected to be the alpha of the pack, Mason oversees his Elite brothers even though it comes with a price. Of course, Mason has his own agenda and isn’t willing forget about certain transgressions against him. Yet, Mason is tested in ways he couldn’t foresee when he meets Meghan Benedict.

“I’m not a fucking monster.” “Aren’t you, though? Agreeing to bow down to the dev
Wil Loves Books!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this one 4.5 Stars!

Full review to come!

They say pride comes before the fall.
I am Mason Blackwell.

You can't help but you'll be obsessed with this series, I know I am!!! I am getting immersed in the story of the Elite society.

Mason's story is an ugly one but we learn more about the liaison with the new Elite recruits.
But I wonder about the tasks, are they real or just the means to an end?

Part of the The Elite Seven Series and are best enjoyed when read in order.
Ker Dukey:“ The stories are connected. The love stories a
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

5 Pride is the Deadliest Sin CROWNS

I absolutely loved this story. From the very beginning, the story of Mason and Evie sucked me in. The anguish and torment these siblings endured was heartbreaking, and I absolutely needed him to get his HEA.

Mason Blackwell is a man who has suffered so much and for his sister, a girl who he was sworn to protect. You see him complete some dishonest tasks, but his motivation behind them creates sympathy for his character. It a
Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

I can’t get over how twisted and deranged this novella is. J.D. Hollyfield pulled this series along, giving us deeper glimpses into The Elite Seven’s corrupt and devious world while skilfully keeping this intertwined with Lust. Sinfully delicious and compellingly manipulative, Pride will captivate your attention in its darker, more erotic entirety. I can’t seem to turn away from this enormous clusterfuck!

With the thirst for revenge and hate flowing inside me, there was no room for anyth
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
4.5 rating

I finished this with an "Oh my frickin god, it's heating up and I want to get burned"

Now it's starting to feel like a series and one to get excited about, definitely, if you like suspense and a little dark, hell yes, I can't wait for the next book now.

7 authors, 7 books, 7 sinners, I for one need to confess that I loved the excitement the whole plot delivered.

Pride AKA Mason has been manipulated and blackmailed into being in the Elite. Mason went from foster care with his sister to
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the Four Fathers/Four Sons Series; the idea of these intertwined stories is one of my new favorite things. I love the concept of a team of authors working together, but still telling their own stories. I imagine it must get complicated at times.

JD Hollyfield is up in the second book, Pride. I was intrigued by Mason in the first book, wondering why he was deemed the leader - why did he seem a little closed off and intense and cold?

Well, we learn early what caused Mason to go cold.
The Book Bee
REVIEW: DNF and very paced review....

This was definitely a start to Mason's book, and Pride was definitely his book, his sin. Most definitely. It played very well into his upbringing and the way he handled his business, but it was a rough start. Tumultuous doesn't even begin to describe this book. Having said that, I did have a hard time in the beginning and this hard time weaved itself throughout the entire book. It was so frustrating to see how everything started out and played into Mason's wo
Series is improving

We pick up in part to with the sin of Pride. He is in charge of the other six. This could be a stand alone but some items are better developed in past one. To help show character arcs in some of e the characters.
Kathy West
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two of The Elite Seven series did not disappoint. 

Mason had a rough childhood. After his parents were killed, Mason and his sister went into the foster care system. But life in the system isn't always the best. Luckily Mason made a friend in Micah, a friend that will show back up later in his life. 

When things take a turn for the worse with his new foster family, Mason finds himself in trouble. Trouble that actually never happened. All of this trouble is thanks to his foster mom Lillian. (I
Kathleen R.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How to effectively write this review without it being refused? Just read it. If you thought the first instalment was great, Pride is even better. I can't get enough of this series and can't wait to get my grubby little hands on the next one!!
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Genre: New Adult Romance. Forbidden Romance. Dark romance.
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Damn! J.D. Hollyfield did this book JUSTICE. I really enjoyed Lust, but so far this is my favorite! I can tell that this is going to be an EPIC series. For those who are new to these books please note that they are new adult, college romances, with DARK elements. These books, while the romance aspects can stand alone, should be read in ORDER. You will miss out on too much if you r
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crackalicious! That’s what this series is so far. Once you start, I guarantee you’ll be hooked!! Pride by J.D. Hollyfield is book two in the Elite Seven series, and I’m thrilled to say that it was one heart-stopping novel.

Mason Blackwell, AKA Pride, had me wiping away my tears for him as I read about his horrific childhood. His only concern is the wellbeing of his sister and he’ll go to every length to protect her.

“Pride is more than the first of the seven deadly sins; it is the essence of all s
Keri Loves Books
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am OBSESSED!!! The story is going deeper. Secrets are coming out. The truth is ugly. But love always WINS!

This series has quickly become an all-time favorite. And throw in a little taboo romance and I’m totally sold! I do not want to ruin all the the secrets you will discover as you read. Just know that you will get sucked into this story and you will ALWAYS want more!

Mason is PRIDE. He's the alpha of his group of the Elite Seven. That's a big burden to take on and it's not as if he was given
Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
I didn't know what to expect, as the start of this book was a struggle. How does "SHE" have so much power, but that seems to be the Elite!! It was amazing to read about Mason fighting back......... ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oooohh, this is getting good. Definitely have to read these in order. Can’t wait to start the next in the series.
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The twists keep coming! Secrets and mystery and suspense all rolled into one pleasurable package! I'm addicted!

The second book in the The Elite Seven Series, you must read these in order, start with Lust by Ker Dukey. This series is more about the secrets that surround the elite, in my opinion, the romance is just a bonus. And I'm ok with that. I want all the answers, peeling back each layer is exciting, every gritty twist leads to another.

Pride isn't cut from the same cloth as the other elite
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't keep this in...I am having a proud "been there from the first word" moment. This book. GIRL...This book was so entertaining. I can't tell you how many times I got lost in the story and had to remind myself, I was late for my job, or my kids have to eat blah blah blah. I was completely overwhelmed by the intrigue, intensity and WTF is going to happen to everyone around that I couldn't stop reading. I have read every word Ms Hollyfield has written and every book I am blown away with the MO ...more
Andrea Morgan -Bookaholic Sisters blog
Absolutely freakin amazing

Well J D Hollyfield you just raised the bar then raised it some more!!

Amazingly gripping read that hooks you with the turn of every page.
Book 2 in the elite 7 continues with pride,Mason is the alpha of the brotherhood but not by choice, since being younger every choice has been made by the puppeteer pulling his strings making his life hell and he does it all for the protection of his sister Evie,but his biggest test is the sin he is given,can he forfil his sin to protec
Anonymous Girl
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok

Took 80% into the story to continue from what was left off from Lust, & the story was very repetitive & boring to my taste. Hopefully the next one improves for me. It's hard to accept that a guy at a bar would easily have a full blown one night stand without worrying if that woman that came on to him has a disease or simply could be a concubine. That threw me off from the story & was harder for me to enjoy it after that.



There isn’t much new to say here, except I really liked Mason and Megan. They’re both multi-dimensional characters. I have a feeling that this series will never churn out a five star for me, but the sex and suspense is good enough to make it never dip below a four. All in all, these books are good reads, even if you don’t remember them forever.
Kim BookJunkie ~ Editor & Proofreader
Mason Blackwell made me fall in love with JD Hollyfield!!!! Prior to this book, I had only read one short story by her which I thought was decent, but Mason’s story is on a whole other level. I literally only got 3 hours of sleep because I could not put this book down! The storyline is clever, captivating, consuming and sexy!!! It was also fascinating to see how seamlessly these authors collaborate. It was easy to forget that these books were written by different authors; I felt like I was still ...more
Romance Schmomance (Malia)


OH ... MY ... GOODNESS. What kind of rabbit hole have I fallen into?! Ker Dukey had me hooked on the Elite Seven with LUST. With Pride up next in the line-up, I completely devoured it. But I swear, these people are completely twisted and a bit bat sh*t crazy, I however can't seem to turn my head away.

The deeper we go down the allure and mystery of the Elite Seven secrets are revealed, more questions begging to be answered, and so many moments that'
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Best selling author J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son's and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and b

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“Shit, those sex toys?” I ask, shocked. “Oh, these things?” She dangles a set of handcuffs and some sort of clamps in her hand. “These are what I like to call ice breakers.” Jesus, I’m not sure if I should run or just fell in love.” 1 likes
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