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He stole my first kiss… and now he thinks everything else is his.

I said no to the one person no one at this school dares to refuse.

Now I’m targeted by jealous girls, guys that compete to be the first to “break the prude”, and by him. After one kiss, the king of the school hunts me down like I’m a conquest to win. He’ll have to fight harder than that, because I’m no one’s trophy.

They all want a piece of me, but I will not bend or break for them.

No one refuses the king.

One case of mistaken identity and a hasty kiss turned my world upside down.

The new girl refused me. Not only that, she threw down the gauntlet. That won’t stand. No one ever says no to me. This school is mine and she’ll learn her place as a loyal follower or her life is going up in flames.

I’ll make her say yes. She’ll be screaming it before I’m finished breaking her.

Warning: Wicked saint is a dark new adult high school bully romance intended for readers 18+. This book is part of a series but can be enjoyed as a standalone. This mature new adult romance contains dubious situations and intense sexual/violent content that some readers might find triggering or offensive. Please proceed with caution.

289 pages, Kindle Edition

First published February 10, 2020

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Veronica Eden

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Veronica Eden is a USA Today and International bestselling author of romances with spitfire heroines, irresistible heroes, and edgy twists.

She loves exploring complicated feelings, magical worlds, epic adventures, and the bond of characters that embrace us against the world. She has always been drawn to gruff bad boys, clever villains, and the twisty-turns of a morally gray character. She is a sucker for a deliciously swoony hero with a devastating smirk. When not writing, she can be found soaking up sunshine at the beach, snuggling in a pile with her untamed pack of animals (her husband, dog and cats), and surrounding herself with as many plants as she can get her hands on.

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Profile Image for Dawn.
530 reviews
May 11, 2020

So this one is tough. I liked this one for what it was (a “bully” romance) and I understand what that entails. The problem really occurs at about 80%. The story was good. He had come around and realized that he just wanted her and had feelings for. The issue is that he is a fake person and lacking the confidence to be himself, it wasn’t really a turnoff until the next part. The day after she gives him her virginity, she shows up at school and he is in a big crowd showing off with his friends. He has his arms around another girl and when our heroine says she doesn’t want to go to a party he asks that girls to be his new cuddle buddy. She texts him to ask what the hell, and he says she will have to get used to the girls, it’s not his fault etc. His inner monologue reveals that he didn’t think it should be a big deal but wanted to see her jealous. But that’s all bs. Allowing everyone to think that he didn’t give a crap about her and that he would go screw another girl is just wrong, he would flip if another guy did the same to her. The next scene at lunch shows that he took a picture of them when she was naked and sent it to his friend showing that they had sex and he won the bet. Just no. This is supposed to be AFTER he decided that he didn’t care about the bet and that he just wanted her. The absolute worst part is that he never makes any of this right. There is no grand gesture or just plain old flowers and sucking up. Nope. She gets attacked by one of his friends (heroes fault because he led him to think that he didn’t care about our heroine and could have the “sloppy seconds”) and decides during the attack that the hero is a good guy? He saves her and that is enough. What really led me me into pissed off territory is the completely unrealistic portrayal of what happens when she tells him that she was attacked and almost raped once before by a family friend. There is nothing from him. I think the author says there was a tightening of his back muscles. There is no conversation. He doesn’t say that he is sorry. He has no come to Jesus moment when he realizes how terrified she must have been when he kidnapped her. He didn’t finally understand why she reacted the way she did when he kissed her the first time. NOTHING! This was a huge event for the heroine, she spent the entire book having flashbacks for Pete’s sake! The author did a horrible job bringing this all together. This author obviously has some talent, but these issues should have been obvious. With a few tweaks and a well placed paragraph here and there we could have had an aloha hero that makes you swoon. Instead we were left with an entitled douchebag who somehow still gets the girl. The ending also took a strong heroine and made her look so weak! I hate that! Where are the beta readers? They need to do more than say “this is so good, just a comma here” etc.
One of them should have said “ooohh this is really bad, if he’s going to do that his apology needs to be epic!” Or “hey, her attempted rape is a huge deal, that conversation should be more prominent based on how much of the book focuses on it. He should probably have a guilty moment based on what he did before.” Its amazing how a few bad paragraphs can take a 4/5 star book down to a two. Hoping for better in the next book. Honestly I will probably skim around before I commit to reading it, I need to make sure this crap doesn’t happen again. I value my time too much!
May 31, 2020
Why can’t book boyfriends make mistakes like regular guys?

I went into this book with a few preconceived notions after reading some bad reviews and was actually quite pleasantly surprised that the bully in this one turned out to be such a great guy. I find it hard to believe that some reviewers have such a hard time attributing lifelike thoughts and actions to characters in books and always make things out to be social commentary on how men treat women.

So if a guy in a book is mistreating a woman or a girl in any way, it must be the author saying it is ok to do that, not the character, who is a teenage boy, actually making a mistake by being an idiot in front of his buddies or something like that. Also some reviewers see no redemption in the fact that the guy ultimately knows that he was wrong, feels awful about it and seeks to make up for it as well as learns from his mistakes (isn’t that actually like the definition of redemption?). That is one of the things that draws me to these bully and hate-to-love romance tropes the most.

Our bully in this case is Lucas Saint, the king of the school and the football field. The entire school adores him, but Lucas is bored and sick of wearing a mask in front of the entire world. He isn’t really the happy go lucky party hearty football god they all think. He is a guy that likes to spend time alone with his dog, an old pug named Lancelot, and he loves to sit on the deck and draw in his sketchbook. He wants to build up the courage to tell his parents that he doesn’t want a football scholarship but wants to go to school for architecture.

Gemma Turner is the new girl in school, she has a twin brother Alec who currently is hating on her for being the cause of them moving. It all started when something happened between her and his best friend. Alec didn’t believe her side of it and things haven’t been the same between them ever since. Gemma wants to stay under the radar at the new school but that is impossible after her Mom makes her pick up Alec at a party one night.

Lucas, while trying to get an old girlfriend from being a stage five clinger, sees Gemma from behind and thinks she is one of his “friends with benefits”, a girl named Heather. He walks right up to her, turns her around and starts kissing her like nobody’s business. While some reviewers call that assault (and technically maybe it is), he thought she was someone he knew, so really it’s just mistaken identity.

Granted Lucas is quite the tool after that when Gemma turns him down for more of the same. Lucas makes a bet with the guys as high school boys often do, and like the kind of boy that is used to getting any girl he goes after, he continues to go after her with a vengeance seemingly knowing she is drawn to him too. Though he never goes too far with her. When she says stop, he always stops.

Also I don’t want to give too much away, but I have seen a few reviews that talk about the scene after the Gemma loses her virginity to Lucas. How he is with a group and puts his arm around another girl and then in a text tells her that is just how he is and to deal with it. I think that was taken out of context a bit. Because there was talk of the fact that his mask was on and Gemma even knew that and he did say he was only with Gemma, like he was just flirting with the girl like he always has, because people expect that from him. Also Gemma didn’t know if he would acknowledge that she was his girlfriend in school because of his mask that he wore.

Prior to that, the book had described how he had been kissing her in school so often and having her sit on his lap at lunch all the time, so it seemed like he had been acting already like he was her boyfriend. However, if she was worried that he wouldn’t act like he was her boyfriend, then he must have always been flirting with other girls like that. I doubt it was anything new. Anyway, that is just how I took it. Either way, he still ended up feeling terrible about everything he did that hurt her. So I think he is totally redeemable and a very realistic character. I hope I didn’t give too much away, I am just trying to refute some of the poor reviews with my opinion. Because I liked the book quite a bit.

Actually this was less dark than many I have read and Lucas was a much nicer guy than I expected going in. I must say that guys treating girls bad is not something I condone at all and in any way. However, it happens in real life much more than we want or would like to think about. And I would rather read about people and situations that are lifelike than fake and politically correct versions of what people think should be out there for the public to read.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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129 reviews1,450 followers
July 22, 2020
Wicked Saint - 1.5 smh ⭐️s
Tempting Devil - 5 🖤 ⭐️s

*schedules doctor’s appointment because my eyes are stuck to the back of my head*

Also, he called her sweetheart 41 times.


After subjecting myself to this

And in case you’re wondering

*eyes Devlin & Blair's book*

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1,524 reviews60 followers
February 17, 2020
Thank you Enticing Journey for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wicked Saint
By: Veronica Eden

I always try my best to find redemptive qualities in unlikable characters and the stories containing them therein. Wicked Saint crossed a line for me personally that should never be crossed. The story is a high school bully romance, and the synopsis was intriguing. The heroine, Gemma, has endured an attack and almost rape in the past causing her to upend her life and move. For me, this attack is not something to take lightly. This teenage girl is scarred for life and suffering from trauma. The hero, Lucas, Gemma meets at her new school. Blah blah blah, etc. He attacks her, not rape, but still, seriously? Lucas calls what he does to Gemma a prank. Veronica Eden takes every girl's nightmare and makes it light, fluffy and humorous, the worst offense is treating this subject like it's okay. It gets worse, though, when Gemma sleeps with Lucas-she's a virgin. He claims to have feelings for her that he didn't understand or whatever, but he's come around and wants to be with Gemma,etc. You know how it goes. The next day at school he's with another girl, bragging about his conquest, showing pictures he took-are you serious!? He does this after saying he had feelings for Gemma. Lucas is supposed to be the reformed swoon worthy hero, but he's a grade A a**h***. Readers should admire Lucas by this point, but if you admire this guy, then you condone his behavior. He treats Gemma like garbage and humiliates her, but it's fine. Gemma should be strong, intelligent, and in control. She is none of those things and definitely not an inspiration for girls. Why write her this way? I don't get it. Does Lucas apologize and make things right? No-his apology is like expecting a blow me away, major unbelievable category 5 hurricane and getting a light breeze instead. The characters are pathetic and not likeable in the slightest. The story is just wrong. It's wrong to make attempted rape and kidnapping okay. It's wrong to make losing your virginity a light subject. It's wrong to make a guy humiliating a girl and treating her like trash okay . It's wrong to have said guy offer a pointless apology which the girl accepts. It's wrong to portray a young girl as weak, gullible, spineless and stupid, especially after a physical assault. Everything is wrong. Don't read this book. Don't encourage the it's okay attitude.
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378 reviews17 followers
June 22, 2021
I am torn with this one, but overall 2.5 for me.

Once again, High school story, and I was stuck for a while.

You all know I love a good jerk, but not one who is a dumbass and places a bet to see who can win the h over, giving free reign to everybody to go ahead an do it. I love my assholes to be possessive and they're like Joey, they do not share their food.

It was fun to see how the H harassed the h and then how he felt about it (clue: he didn't feel anything because he didn't even realize what he was doing), and let me tell you, the h has a good comeback for his pranks once, which I found hilarious and then she goes all scared, girl, where's your backbone?

Okay, so apart from the cliché the story is (come on, nobody has read that one before, right?), the characters don't make much sense, but it was good paced, and the writing style wasn't half bad, so that helped.
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617 reviews5,073 followers
September 3, 2020
#1 Wicked Saint ↠ 1.5 stars
#2 Tempting Devil ↠ 4 stars
#3 Ruthless Bishop ↠ 2.75-3 stars

Are bully romances getting more ridiculous by the year or is my tolerance level for BS just getting lower? (Don't answer, I know it's the latter)

This book is about Lucas Saint (H), the popular jock and king of the school and Gemma Turner (h), the new girl in school and a loner. Gemma has to pick her twin brother Alec from a party where Lucas mistakes her for someone else and kisses her. After that one kiss he becomes obsessed with her but Gemma is immune to his advances, so he and his group of friends start to bully her (maturity level at -6849).

Can it get any worse? ABSOLUTELY. Lucas makes a bet with his dumbass friends who's going to break the "prude" first, but they need to prove it with a pic or video to get the money (when you think their maturity level can't get any lower, but these people prove you wrong yay)

So Lucas and Gemma play a game of cat and mouse. Lucas think Gemma is some kind of property and owns her (he even kidnapped her twice as a prank). Some of his quotes:

“You just destroyed any shred of hope that I’d give you mercy. You’re mine,” I repeat, “until I’ve bled you dry.”

“I always get what I want.” I pin her with a possessive, dangerous look, willing her to understand. “Don’t test me again.”

“When I say you’re mine, I don’t just mean you’re my girl, sweetheart. I mean I want to own you all the time.”

“Do you understand how much I want to sneak up to your window at night to watch you sleep? To slip into your bedroom and touch you? I need to keep an eye on you all the time. If I don’t, I’m going to give into this urge I have to take you away and hide you at my house. I’d keep you chained in my room and never let you leave.”

“All of your sounds belong to me and me alone. No one else gets to hear them.”

There’s nothing I can do to hold back the possessive growl in my tone. I wouldn’t bother, anyway. Gemma is mine. It’s about damn time she stops fighting me on that fact.

“You’ll belong to me forever,” Lucas rumbles. He bites my neck hard enough to leave another mark. “No one else gets this—gets to have you. Only me.”

WE GET IT SHE IS YOURS. You don't have to shove that fact down my throat a thousand times. It was so annoying.

When Gemma hears of the bet, she's understandably pissed and doesn't want to talk to Lucas. A little backstory: her family had to move away and switch school because Gemma was sexually assaulted by Alec's best friend in the old one. So what happens next you ask? Gemma goes to one of Luca's party to prove that she doesn't give a f*ck what everyone thinks about her and Carter (Lucas' best friend) sexually assaults and almost rapes her. Talking about headaches...

The only interactions that seem a bit more interesting are between Devlin and Blair. Let's hope their book is better.
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97 reviews104 followers
May 14, 2020
3 ‘Lancelot’ 🌟

Lucas Saint fights dirty. I’m going to have to sink to his level to fight back.

Wicked Saint was a typical NA bully romance.
An asshole misunderstood hero? ✔
A strong fierce heroine? ✔
Unnecessary OW drama to build plot? ✔
Asshole hero surrounded by more asshole friends? ✔
Misunderstanding trope? ✔

The story consists of Gemma, a new girl in town, who doesn’t fit in the popular crowd like her twin brother, Alec, does. Enter Lucas who becomes Gemma’s entitled tormentor after they kiss at Lucas’s birthday party by mistake. The book had a lot of potential, but it was quite typical and thereby quite predictable to be entertaining. Even though the book is about Gemma and Lucas, I couldn’t help but be more interested in the scenes with Devlin and Blair because of the animosity between them and what it promises for the next book.

“When I say you’re mine, I don’t just mean you’re my girl, sweetheart. I mean I want to own you all the time.”

Veronica Eden is a new to me author and I’m glad that I gave this book a chance. The writing was good, gripping, and easy to keep up with. I will definitely be picking up more books from this author. I’m excited to read the sequel Tempting Devil as it focuses on Devlin and Blair.
March 8, 2020
This was painful, and I mean it pained me to read this.
Out of all the characters in the book, the author couldn't make one person likeable. Like wtf is that?

Heroine: Gemma - doormat, doormat, sad doormat. She lets her brother's bff almost rape her, and she still begs for her brother's affections even though he took the almost rapists side. Girl, get a EFFING CLUE!

The brother: Alec, you don't deserve a sister, and a twin at that? You should have the family card taken from you!

The hero: Lukas? Luca? I already forgot, he was the saddest, an everyday Ted Bundy. Seriously he is possessive without having a reason to be yet nonchalant with his ass-holness. He has about 8 personalities I have witnessed, and each one worse. He shit on her, texts her after and dumb bitch Gemma responds. Gosh what a clusterfuck.

The author not only wasted several hours of my time with this ish- but the fact that the book could have had potential but totally failed.
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1,803 reviews377 followers
February 12, 2020
3 🤔😦😔⭐️s

A YA bully romance read, well written and paced.
Overall, I wasn’t fond of Lucas, whose behaviour was inappropriate and inconsistent with his feelings.
One day he was loving and tender and the next a total arsehole who went away too far after he had sex with Gemma.
The ending was very short and rushed.
27 reviews1 follower
February 17, 2020

Wow I couldn’t even finish this book. Shame on this author. You take a girl who was almost raped and then harassed enough to make her move to multiple schools BUT make her totally okay with the ‘hero’ assaulting her and kidnapping her (he calls it a prank - her brother even went along with it). AND you make it to where she has no issue whatsoever with it and likes it???? Gross
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1,191 reviews86 followers
May 20, 2022
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La mamma di Gemma sapeva toccare i punti deboli della figlia per ottenere da lei qualunque cosa, come ad esempio andare a recuperare suo fratello Alec che si trovava ad una festa a casa del popolare Lucas Saint, il quarterback della scuola e ragazzo d’oro della cittadina.
Gemma avrebbe preferito recarsi in qualsiasi altro posto ma non lì, perché tutti quei ragazzi ricchi e viziati, spocchiosi come il loro idolo riuniti a non far nulla, proprio non li sopportava.

Alec non aveva nessun problema ad unirsi alla folla ma lei no. Da qualche tempo preferiva tenere un basso profilo e passare inosservata, soprattutto nella nuova scuola.

Dunque il piano era quello di recuperare suo fratello e levare al più presto le tende da quella inutile festa, dove era certa avrebbero finito per prenderla in giro. Ma le cose non andarono come aveva programmato, e accadde anche un fatto incredibile che non solo non si aspettava ma che avrebbe cambiato il corso degli eventi.

🖋️In questo primo libro della serie l’autrice ci presenta un protagonista maschile assolutamente irritante. Lucas ha quel tipico atteggiamento irriverente e borioso nei confronti di tutto e tutti che verrebbe voglia di farlo scendere dal piedistallo sul quale i compagni di squadra e della scuola lo hanno innalzato.

È l’idolo del football, sport nel quale da il meglio di sé, ma non è certo il sogno della sua vita. Ha altri progetti e desideri nascosti che non ha mai avuto il coraggio di rivelare ad alta voce, preferendo invece tenerli per se e trincerarsi dietro una maschera di indifferenza e insolenza che gli calza a pennello, nell’esatta maniera in cui gli altri si aspettano da  lui.
Di conseguenza finisce molto spesso per comportarsi come un vero e proprio bullo, antipatico e cattivo, ottenendo il consenso e l’approvazione da parte dei suoi amici.

Ma Lucas è anche molto altro.

Peccato che la sua vera natura, così come l’indole,  preferisca celarli al mondo intero.
Tranne a Gemma.

Con lei avrà un comportamento detestabile e odioso per buona parte del romanzo (per questa ragione non sono riuscita ad entrare in sintonia con il suo personaggio), finché, messo alle strette e dopo aver fatto cadere la sua maschera, le lascerà intravedere insicurezze e fragilità che si porta dietro, nella speranza che lei possa guarirlo.

*Ringrazio la CE per la copia ARC in Anteprima


Profile Image for ✰♊ Angie ♊✰.
327 reviews147 followers
May 28, 2020
It's an alphahole high school bully romance.
The guy is a uber rich, jock, ruler-of-the-school, but deep down misunderstood jerk.
The girl is not "popular"... she's artsy... she's not catering to anyone... she has had bad past experiences with guys... etc.
She likes to "think" she doesn't take crap from anyone, but, of course, she does.
There are large plot holes as with most of these privileged high school bully romances.
(ie. parents are somehow never home... raging teen parties where no one in the neighborhood calls the cops on 100's of loud, drunken teens... teachers who never seem to be around when bullying is taking place, etc.)
It's unrealistic, but it's allowed to be... it's fiction, folks.
If you don't like a bully romance, if it is going to make you complain about how disgusting the guy is for being mean to a girl, or how the girl is weak and gullible and young... you should not be reading this book in the first place.
This book is simply not for you.
Not every book is for everyone.
Different strokes for different folks.
And so on and so on...
Now, I do not LOVE this book... it does have quite a few issues. But, overall...

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1,040 reviews48 followers
February 19, 2020
This book was in a way like many of these "bully" romance books that I´ve read and mostly often enjoy. I did really like it even though it didn´t have anything "new" to it from other similiar books, but still good.
I must say that I´m really looking forward to read the story that comes after this one. I will be waiting for it.
Profile Image for XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy.
1,473 reviews450 followers
September 20, 2020
Audiobook review. I knew going into this that the hero would do things that were going to make me mad. I live for that and Lucas lived up to the expectation. Gemma was great in the beginning. She went against the grain and stood up for herself despite a traumatic experience. However, I felt that giving in the way she did changed her.

By the end of the book, after the major climax, there was very little left of that strong heroine she started out as. Lucas had yet to truly grow in his development. His mistakes were swept under the rug. However, Gemma’s twin Alec provided us with added conflict that made for some entertaining drama.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the plot- but I felt there were some misses that would’ve enhanced the experience. As far as narration is concerned, it was great. Alan Carlson and Stephanie Rose did an awesome job, especially the transitions when their characters would have dialogue within the other narrator’s pov.

Complementary copy received and voluntarily reviewed.

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512 reviews732 followers
December 24, 2020
“I really am some twisted king, keeping the kidnapped princess in a pretty cage.”

This was a decent book, but it was pretty similar to a lot of other NA High School series that are out there already. The first 60% was pretty much the same stuff that happens in all books like these, so I definitely enjoyed the rest of the book more.

I started this series for DevlinBlair so I didn’t have many expectations for LucasGemma. They were fine, nothing special but not bad either. But one this I want to say is this was described as a bully romance but to me, it didn’t quite fit that trope. Yeah, there was a rivalry, but the actual bullying had no motivation behind it (like how it usually goes in bully romances where it turns out the protagonists knew each other) so it felt a bit weird.


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1,877 reviews2 followers
May 21, 2021
Loved the crazy OTT possessive hero.
Didn’t care for the uptight, weak h.

DNF 80%.
Couldn’t stand the prissy h. She’s traumatized and can’t go to parties because some dude rubbed against her ass 2 years ago (not raped). She even had to switch school twice. Talk about over reacting. Plot was too thin, borderline ridiculous.

If you’re into delicate virgin h trope, you’ll like this story. Me, I was busy rolling my eyes the whole time.
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658 reviews
September 26, 2020
I want to cry, the hero was dumbass and heroine was weak. Best couple ever. I count 'CR-V' 20 times mentioned here. Well i knew what brand Gemma's car is. I didn't need to reminds it every single time right? And at least 33 times Lucas called Gemma "sweetheart"? YES Lucas, YES SHE IS YOURS.
Profile Image for Namera [The Literary Invertebrate].
1,191 reviews2,921 followers
August 31, 2020
I had really low expectations going into this, first because it's absolutely littered with 1-star reviews, and second because everyone assured me the second book is WAY better. I actually only planned to read this one as a precursor to book 2, because the hero and heroine from that book have some interactions in this one and I didn't want to miss any of the backstory to their relationship.

At 15% into this book, I was still eyerolling hard. It seemed like it was shaping up to be the usual uber-cliché bully romance, with a hero (named, unprepossessingly, Lucas Saint... isn't it weird how many romance characters are named saint/sinner/devil etc when I've NEVER met anyone in real life with that kind of name?) who's the school quarterback, rules the school, etc. I'm still not entirely clear on why so many American romances privilege this one position on the team to the exclusion of every other player, but whatever. We also have a pretty typical heroine: Gemma Surname-Something-I've-Forgotten-Because-It's-Not-Catchy-Like-Saint. She's blonde, green-eyed, slightly mouthy, and gets a couple of cool one-liners.

Weirdly, though, at the 15% mark something flipped in me and I actually started to get interested in this book for its own sake and not just as a conduit to book 2. Lucas becomes obsessed with Gemma pretty much from the moment he sees her; there's no OW drama and the whole situation is just very refreshing for a bully romance. The bullying also isn't that bad. It's basically just him forcing her to sit on his lap and looming over her - sexual harassment kind of stuff which is my preferred kind to read about.

There is a bet involved, but it's not the usual bet twist, and I don't even mind that Lucas barely grovels at the end of the book because he's done hardly anything wrong. What a refreshing change for a bully romance! Gemma also isn't totally spineless. She doesn't exactly have much personality, but the words 'traitorous body' are not used ONE SINGLE TIME throughout this book. Hallelujah.

I've deducted two points for:

1. Alec, Gemma's twin brother. He's a dickhead of the highest order. Genuinely, if my brother - let alone my TWIN brother - were this bad, I would have ripped him a new one pretty quickly. I was disappointed to see Gemma take it quite passively and not even really call him out on it.

2. The climax of the story is kind of repetitive. It's already been done in the very same book, and it sort of just seemed like it was the worst, most dramatic thing the author could imagine happening.

On the whole, though, much better than I was expecting. Huge thanks to @niteskycs for recommending it to me! Well, for recommending me the second book in the series, which is practically the same thing...

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126 reviews66 followers
July 14, 2020
This is an iffy story. Lucas and Gemma lack character development, if they even had any at all. Originally, I was rooting for Gemma and was unsure how to feel about Lucas’ character. At the beginning, there was real potential for Lucas and he had a lot of room for further development. I grew to dislike Lucas’ character, however he’s tolerable within the last few chapters. These two got lost my interest extremely fast, despite how intrigued I was by them UNTIL Lucas was determined to “destroy her” - all because Gemma wouldn’t succumb to his overly possessive, alpha male, man-handling tendencies. The more their story unfolds, the more their relationship doesn’t seem to make sense. Lucas and Gemma seem to have a very shallow connection which is showcased by their incapability to have any genuine, vulnerable discussions. They lack depth. 3/4 of this unfolds the push and pull between them, and then they’re suddenly in love. I’m still not sure when that happened along the line. The entire book pretty much revolved around Lucas and Gemma’s love story and left very little for any other content. It would’ve been interesting to know more about Lucas and Gemma’s dynamic with their family and their relationship with their parents apart from small scenes here and there. Especially Gemma and Alec’s dynamic as twins and shared past experiences. Something else I would’ve loved to see were more scenes between Blair and Gemma. The one’s included were great to read and I really enjoyed them. Moreover, Gemma’s initial attempted rape was brushed over many times, had only touched surface level and never further unpacked how that affected her at a psychological level besides a few mentions about it. The same applies to Carter attempting to rape Gemma in one of the last chapters before the epilogue. It’s introduced, but then is somewhat forgotten about and brushed over too quickly. In reference to the latter, it’s ridiculous that Gemma finds herself apologising to Lucas and partially puts herself at fault for their argument over him ridiculing her. Not only by creating the bet to award the person in their friend group who sleeps with her first, but also for her feelings towards the intimidate photo he sent to Carter and in turn got spread around the school. I had a hard time reading this. I enjoyed the scenes with Devlin and Blair and I’m excited to read the next book in this series which happens to be theirs. They peaked my interest and I have high hopes!
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2,005 reviews85 followers
May 4, 2020
Actual Rating: 4.5

This was an incredible read. I loved the story. This was a bully romance story between Gemma Turner, our heroine and Lucas Saint, our hero. Their story began with bullying, which then turned into love and romance. Gemma is the new girl in town and has a twin brother, Alec. She was sassy, feisty and fought back against Lucas’s bullying. Lucas is the golden boy at the high school, who is entitled, and cocky. However, as the story continues, we start to see the gentle side to his character. The secondary characters were fantastic. I can’t wait for Devlin and Blair’s story in the next book, which comes out in a week and a half. Hope to see Gemma and Lucas in that book as well. The ending was sweet. I can’t wait to read book 2. Overall, an amazing read.
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30 reviews3 followers
March 18, 2020
This book SUCKED. Screw this author and screw every character in this steaming pile of mess.

The single most important thing in a bully romance is REDEMPTION. The GROVELING. The hero didn’t even care that the heroine had almost been raped, even at 90% of the book. He literally didn’t care.

I’m familiar with bully romance, it’s one of my favorites but this book was so lame and cheesy. It was like the author just wrote cliche phrases they thought made sense for the genre. Like “i am the king of this mountain, how dare you not bow down towards me.” It’s not supposed to be literal, it’s implied and shown through the hero’s actions that he’s cocky and full of it. Paragraphs of him straight up saying “i am a king, this is my land” become really repetitive.

This book also made me feel sad, but not in an angsty emotional way. More of a pathetic feeling?? Like Gemma’s brother was so shitty to her for no reason, he never apologized either. The hero didn’t apologize for anything either. It was all just so disappointing.
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3,220 reviews1,928 followers
June 9, 2021
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I enjoy the Bully trope and it's definitely something I was in the mood for when I picked this book up so I was really looking forward to the angst. And I can say for certain that we did get a lot of angst that I enjoyed. Where it went iffy on me was the heroine. Gemma disappointed me with her tough girl act that she never really followed through with. She gave in to Lucas a little too easily for my taste and because of that it took some of the intrigue away from this book. There was no real fight in her and it left me wanting more.

Overall, I still recommend this book and think people that enjoy the Bully trope will definitely like this story. Even with Gemma a little too forgiven for my tastes there was a good dose of drama that kept me reading.
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868 reviews153 followers
September 26, 2020
I'm gonna be honest I felt disconnected with Gemma & Lucas no matter how dirty talker Lucas is, it isn't working.

I feel like Lucas characterization are overplayed, he's hot and cold, ultra possessive and a jerk bully, thinking that
he's one of those guys God gift to women!🙄

I'm just so disappointed on Gemma how easily she forgiven him after that bullshit he did. No grovelling or whatsoever!

The only part of the book that i liked so much was the bonus Epilogue.
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37 reviews1 follower
February 13, 2020
I've read a lot of bully romances, and this it's not 1 of them. Lucas was nothing but a narcissistic asshole.
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139 reviews62 followers
October 21, 2020
in the beginning i thought gemma was going to be one of my favourite heroines but i guess i was wrong. she did stand up for herself but gradually with time, she started being fine with things that weren’t acceptable and didn’t even confront lucus clearly about those.

most importantly i didn’t feel their connection. like at all. it was just him bullying her... i wanna know when he fell for her and not when he started lusting over her chile...
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