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Hearts of Darkness: A Valentine's Day Bully Romance Collection

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Sometimes, love hurts.

The world can be a dangerous place—in high school or college, at home or work.

Especially when it's ruled by the guys we hate to love.

The ones who always seem to get everything they want. Whose money and power make trouble disappear.

And if on Valentine’s Day, instead of chocolates and flowers, they give only misery and despair, then the
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Kindle Edition, 1270 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Bathory Gate Press
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Tammy
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great collection of bully reads in various genres. The stories have plenty of drama suspense and steam. I enjoyed the fast-paced reads. The characters have plenty of depth and the stories hold your interest. A good read.
Ani Dümmer
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
The following review belongs to the short story Jailed with a Vampire, by Aria Stirling. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I missed some world building, but that's the risk with short stories.

I'm impressed by how Aria managed to create in-depth characters in only 100 pages. However, I do feel like more attention was given to their history than to their development throughout the story. That lead to me being able to connect with the characters, but it also lead to me questioning a lot of their
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Charlotte Clavier
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Brilliant collection of bully romance stories. Some from writers id hadnt heard but i was pleasant pleased with the variety of books in this collection. Definitely one to read if you love the whole bully genre. Which i do

My review of My Bully Valentine
J.L Beck and C.Hallman

A chance encounter for Daisy (FMC) and her school bully Carter ends up bringing up some uncomfortable realities in this book. I genuinely felt sorry for Daisy and the life she was forced to lead (an overbearing father) as
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Christina Luberts
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review is for My Soul To Break by Cara Wylde
This is only about and hour and half read. We have two Hayley's that are from different dimensions that are switching places for a year. Each dimension is different in small ways. One Hayley is getting bullied and the other is not. Jace and Ivor are bullies at the Grim Reaper Academy and Hayley does not know what to do. Hayley on the human dimensions sees the nice Jace and Ivor. What will happen when they talk in dream state about the guys? What
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Courtney
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Received ARC from BookSprout for Honest Review.
I Give this Book a 3-3.5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 3.


My Bully Valentine A Blackthorn Elite Spinoff

HEA(?): Yes
Drama: 3.5-4/5
Suspense: 3.5/5
Romance: 3/5
Heat: 3/5

No Spoilers.
This was a very compact read, I still feel like many answers went unanswered and that was a bit frustrating, along with the pacing.
But honestly it’s a good read.
Candy Edwards
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is for My Bully Valentine by Beck and Hallman.
This was a great novella! For years Daisy has been bullied about her awkwardness and strange demenor. Daisy doesn't find out the truth why until she is out of college. Carter had gone to school with her throughout the years and she always had a crush on him. Though he never bullied her himself, he watched while others did and never once took up for her. Then it happens they meet again after college. Daisy is nothing like Carter
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Kayla Pocernich
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My review is for My Bully Valentine by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman. When a chance encounter for Daisy and her school bully Carter happen to be a the same event and will them seeing each other bring up some uncomfortable realities and memories from when they went to school together. I felt sorry for Daisy with how she was living her life with her controlling father, a mother who is unwell and the fact that she was being bullied. Carter apologized to Daisy and he was willing to help her out with what ...more
Anne
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When the truth comes out, it shocking!!!
Carter is not in the best of moods after he was dumped by his girlfriend who he had been thinking was the one. But he had to go to a charity gala to show face as his father couldnt be there due to illness. he plans to get a few drinks then go up to the hotel room he had booked and just drown his sorrows. But that all changes when he saw Daisy.
Daisy and carter went to the same school, high school and either college but they weren't friends In fact people
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Renee
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review.

My review is for the story My Bully Valentine by J.L Beck and C. Hallman. Can I just say here that if you have never read anything these two have written then you are so going to want to after you read their contribution to this collection. They have so many amazing books they have written together and they even have several bully romances if you love that kind of story. This story is novella size and about Daisy and Carter.
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Billie
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Soul to Break by Cara Wylde

Sometimes, love hurts.
The world can be a dangerous place—in high school or college, at home or work.
Especially when it's ruled by the guys we hate to love.
The ones who always seem to get everything they want. Whose money and power make trouble disappear.
And if on Valentine’s Day, instead of chocolates and flowers, they give only misery and despair, then the heroines who love to hate them will work to bring them to their knees.
These guys may rule the world right now
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iliana G
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, love hurts.
The world can be a dangerous place—in high school or college, at home or work.
Especially when it's ruled by the guys we hate to love.
The ones who always seem to get everything they want. Whose money and power make trouble disappear.
And if on Valentine’s Day, instead of chocolates and flowers, they give only misery and despair, then the heroines who love to hate them will work to bring them to their knees.
These guys may rule the world right now—but they won’t be in charge
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Emily Pennington
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This collection features bully romances in a variety of genres such as contemporary, paranormal, reverse harem, and science fiction. But the strong heroines may just set them straight! Below is a focus on one of the stories to give you an idea of what to expect.

*** Reviewing “MY SOUL TO BREAK” by Cara Wylde ***
This is a story you may be able to relate to, as the author helps the reader to understand the angst and issues that any young woman, college or high school age, would feel when put in
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HEATHER
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Saved by her a childhood tormentor!
by sewsummore

This story forms part of a Valentine Day Bully Romance Collection. Hearts of Darkness was a short in tense read that left me saddened by the lengths a father goes to in order to control his wife and daughter. Daisy was a young woman who had just graduated college. All her life she had been bullied by her schoolmates and other students but it was not until he father stopped giving her drugs that she slowly became aware of what was going on. Then she
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Maria
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forgiven Past to New Life Beginning! This story is about Carter and Daisy. In her school years she was known as Crazy Daisy because she always looked tuned out and not all there. She was bullied and although Carter did not directly bully her, he never stood up for her and at time would laugh too. She always like him unbeknownst to her that he was in love with her. Well time goes on and now he is heartbroken not because of Daisy as he has not seen her since high school, but because the woman he ...more
Ashlee Olson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jailed with a Vampire:

I didn’t read the whole book. I specifically read Jailed with a Vampire. Let the review begin.

I honestly loved this book! It was written in a way that sucked you in and spit you out at the end. It was beautifully written and opened up to a world ruled by vampires with other supernaturals and humans being at the bottom of the totem pole. You meet Skye. She’s strong, brave, intelligent, and the leader of the rebels. Talon is the youngest son of the king, and the black
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Daisy Sauceda
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***This review is for MY SOUL TO BREAK by CARA WYLDE**

So Hayley is a dream jumper and has been asked to attend Grim Reaper Academy. Here is the thing. Grim Reaper Academy is the only one in all of the universe/dimensions. Another kicker is that Hayley is from another dimension. People say you always have a twin out there somewhere. Well, she does from another dimension and they both can dream jump. Hence why she was given the opportunity to go to Grim Reaper Academy. Also she is HUMAN!! Well
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Anita Hanekom
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Soul to Break, Cara Wylde

It was wonderful to go back to Grim Reaper Academy, if you haven't read any other books set in the Grim Reaper world I would suggest that you do, you won't regret it.

In My Soul to Break Hayley is only one of a handful of humans at the Academy and she is not exempt from the bullying by the supernaturals who seem to think humans are beneath them. Two of the students specifically, Jace and Ivor, seem to have it in for her more than most. Can she turn the tables on them
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Crystal Bell
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. If you are looking for a bully to romance quick read, This is the book. Daisy in school had a crush on Carter, She was bullied by his friends, While he stood on the sidelines Her father is controlling, to say the least. Carter has always had a crush on her But never stood up for her. Years later he sees her at the gala with her father. This is where it starts to explode, We find out what Daisy's father has planned. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, I wish it was a few chapters ...more
Nina
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was super interesting to read but the story would have needed at least 20 pages more to unfold everything that was happening. So a great book if you want to read a short novella but it's a bit too short. Like what happened after he braught her home? Did her Dad really give up? How did she get over her trauma? It was like damaged girl meets ex bully who is suddenly into her. Enough to want to raise a kid together after a day. He saves her from her father and they live happily ever ...more
Laure
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Soul to Break by Cara Wylde

Hayley is an exchange student at Grim Reaper Academy, she is one human surrounded by supernaturals, and she is miserable. She is being bullied by two young men, Ivor Gray is a vampire, and Jace Merlin is a mage. Even if she tried to stand up to them, she wouldn't stand a chance.

Unique, sexy, and well written characters in a well written, quick read with fascinating twists. Fantastic book, I loved it!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
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Michelle Fortune
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Soul to Take by Cara Wylde - There are not enough stars in the sky for this book and series. I would love to see more set in this world. You can really see how bullies to lovers romance works in this novella. You can feel the angst and issues that any teenager/college student will feel in this type of situation. You will get thrown back into the way you felt when you realized a boy liked you and wanted to talk to a friend about it. Big applause to Ms. Wylde on this novella.

I received a free
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Treasa
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
GOOD Captivating read!
My Bully Valentine: A Blackthorn Elite Novella. J.L. Beck - Cassandra Hallman
This story felt like it was a lighter version of the bully stories in this series that usually are fierce with explosive angst and insanely twisted where this story was fast moving so I get that it's a novella but I kinda hope they think about turning it into a bigger and better version that what I just read. Leaving me wanting more and feeling rushed and puzzled with the ending. A captivating
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kk
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This review is for My Bully Valentine by J.L. Beck and C.Hallman.

This was a short, fast-paced read. Daisy and Carter had instant chemistry but I was expecting there would be more bullying. Instead there was just reference to bullying in high school.
Also, although this is a quick read and I expected story to be fast-paced, the ending still felt rushed. Maybe a couple of more pages would round out this story better and give more satisfied conclusion.
Overall 3.5 stars for this one.

I received an
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Tania
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book it was great, the story was well written and the characters are interesting. Once I started I could not put the book down from start to finish you just could not get enough left you wanting more twists and turns with emotions that makes you want more. Daisy had an awkwardness and was bullied. Carter went to the school he never mistreated her he only watched, now years later he sees her she was beautiful hot and he wanted her.
Thank you for allowing me to review your book.

I received
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Amber Beasley
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth reading for the C. Hallman story alone. It was a great short story with a dark twist that I initially did not see coming but the characters work through it so brilliantly. My only complaint is that karma doesn’t get her past bullies.

All the Queens men is very fantasy and heavy with the legend of King Arthur. It wasn’t the type of story I enjoy. It jumped around with many characters and names changed during the story. It was a bit confusing and needs editing.

I received a free
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Jennifer Mullins
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Royals & Rebels Jailed with a Vampire (Aria Starling) from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a sucker (pun intended ) for enemy-to-lovers stories and this one did not disappoint! Talon is an arrogant royal vampire, but after learning his story, I felt sorry for him. The main character, Skye, is a bad-ass rebel witch that’s leading the rebellion against Talons father, the king. This a fast-paced read with some smut (I didn’t think it was too graphic, but
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Tonia Rodriguez
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This review is for My Bully Valentine by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman

This was a entertaining read, though not what I expected. I expected... More I guess. It was super quick and no real build up. Carter and daisy didn't seem to have much communication or anything back during school other than he was with the group that bullied her and she had a crush on him.
There wasn't much lead up to her and Carly in the bathroom either so I just never got much connection to any of the characters.

I received a
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Erin Figueiredo
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Dark Collection

This is a fantastic collection of dark romances from some really amazing authors. Definitely worth reading.

Hit and Run by Emma Cole was intense, tragic and very heartbreaking. Cora made my heart break for her and the tragedies that befall her. But the men that have suddenly surrounded her are mean, dark and twisted. I am not sure whether to hate them or despise them. There are so many unanswered questions with this story and I can’t wait to read how it ends. It was
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Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
I love the story by Cassandra Hallman and JL Beck and how it’s a novella from Blackthorn Elite. If you’ve read their Blackthorn series, you know what I’m talking about. We also get a small glimpse of Cameron.

This is a short story and sort of a second chance bully romance. Even though Carter and Daisy are grown now and he’s no longer her bully, the effects of what he did and didn’t do are still there. But he pushes through and shows her just exactly what he wants.

It’s short, sexy, and actually
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Anne Dwyer
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing My Soul To Break
Hayley iis an exchange student at the Grim Reaper Academy. Her other self has setled in well at her dimension, but Hayley is being bullied by Jace, a mage, and Ivor, a vampire.
She just wants to go home - until Ivow bites her, and her interest in both of them is aroused when she realises that Ivor has a thing for Jace. Is it possible that both of them really like her? What will happen on Valentine's day? Loved it!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout
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