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Ruthless Knight

(Royal Hearts Academy #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  8,018 ratings  ·  1,208 reviews
WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. And when I say bad, I mean they are assholes with a capital A. If you're looking for a safe, sweet romance, this series is NOT for you. At all! Please don't say you weren't warned.

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Cole Covin
Published January 23rd 2020 (first published January 20th 2020)
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K.S. Rochell
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Emotionally tumultuous, Powerful, impactful, memorable.... It felt like I was reading beautiful poetry.
Ashley Jade is one of the most talented authors I've ever read. Her stories are Intense,Rievting, unique, her writing is beautiful, Raw, poetic and soul crushing!

“Flawlessly and poignantly written, Cole and Sawyer’s heart-wrenching beautiful love story touched my heart in so many exquisite ways, It was like a defibrillator Straight to my Soul! My heart was torn apart where every fissure, I fe
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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‘RUTHLESS KNIGHT’ This is book#2 in the ‘Royal Hearts Academy’ series. A full length romance novel. It is advised that you read (Jace & Dylan’s book) first as it has carry over characters and gives you a better understanding of the family dynamics.

5 BIBLE THUMPER & LUCKY SEVEN STARS.. These two were Imperfectly Perfect, BUT Perfect for each other!!

Cole’s always wanted to play ball, it’s in his soul, it’s the only time he ever feels really alive. Always thinking he was the least favour
Keri Loves Books
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for the Bible Thumping good girl who landed the quarterback!!!

I am emotionally wrecked from this incredible YA love story. The author delivered a poignant tale of youth and first love that broke my heart at times, yet left me euphorically in love in the end.

Cole was the bad boy quarterback that every girl wanted to get with. Sawyer was a Jesus loving do-gooder that believed that everyone was redeemable...even Cole.

Cole is set on being a cliche. Dating the head cheerleader is what’s expec
Amo’s Book
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you thought Cruel Prince was a 5 then Ruthless Knight is about to blow your mind, for me Coles book is miles ahead the writing is so much more of everything!

This book blew me away! I didn’t think I’d fall in love as hard as what I did with Ruthless Knight, but it sucked me in and squeezed on my heart so much I couldn’t not love it!!

For me when personal feelings are involved and it evokes memories emotions and flashbacks for me I’m deeply connected to a book when it does that it automaticall
Ashley Jade
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
chan ☆
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, new-adult
in many ways better than the first book, especially with the way it handled real issues. buuut it was way too long and the excessive fighting and jealously bumped this down a star for me.

OMG, this book slayed me... but in the best of ways of course ;)

I already know it is gonna be one of my top reads of this year, if not THE top read...and so you can imagine the book slump I am in right now. Someone, please send help.... me gif

It was while reading, the first book, Cruel Prince, that I fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the King of Royal Hearts Academy, Cole Covington and his bible thumper, Sawyer Church. I strongly advise everyone to read the first book, before jumping into this
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Hard to love!!!" STARS***

"Sometimes, when you least expect it... two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other.
Even when the world says the're not supposed to... because they don't fit inside the same box."

Be ready for the Lucky Seven and Bible Thumper to blow your minds!!!
Honestly, i was thinking... Is it possible for Sawyer and Cole to top Jace and Dylan???
And even though i loved "Cruel Prince" very much, Ashley Jade managed to deliver us an even more beautiful story tha
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ruthless Knight is a standalone novel, but is best read after Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1)

If you think you know Cole from the glimpses of him you see in Cruel Prince, think again.

Picture this:

It’s 1.30am Sunday morning, Ashley Jade sends you the final chapters of Ruthless Knight that you’ve been anticipating for what feels like FOREVER (it’s been a couple of days, really). Naturally, I inhaled those chapters, because who needs sleep when you have Cole and Sawyer
Dee Trejo
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Per-fucking-fection. 10 stars !

Finishing this book was like that feeling after you've just rode the biggest roller coaster of your life. Because this whole story WAS an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you're laughing because something one of the characters did then you're pissed off and want to murder someone then you're crying and asking why the fuck the author would put you through this whole ordeal, then all of a sudden it get hot as fuck and you forgot why you were so sad to begin with.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-reads
I thought I was ready for Cole Covington, I thought I knew what I was getting into with his story....I had no idea what was coming. None! Cole is everything I didn’t know I wanted him to be. Behind the mask that he wears is a completely different Cole. He’s a troubled guy, he’s not dealing with his issues, he can be calculated and cruel sometimes but even when he made me hate his actions (he’s definitely no angel) I still couldn’t stop myself from loving him. The more I got to know him, the more ...more
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Ashley Jade fucked me up, y'all! She ripped open my chest and kicked me in my gut! My heart fell out onto the floor, and she stomped on it. The feelings she made me feel were real and deep. Days later, I'm still thinking about this story. I can't get it out of my head or my heart.

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Sawyer had me under her spell from the second she appeared on the page. My love for her is hard to put into words. She is just such a relatable character for me. Her struggle is one that isn't usually discussed in
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
This is probably one of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2020...
Luckily, it was totally worth the wait!!! 🎉💃

📚 “𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗴𝗹𝘆?” 📚

Cole and Sawyer are complete opposites.
Cole is the popular football star, the hot king of high school, the one that all the boys want to be like and all the girls want to be with - but he's fake... 😱
Sawyer is the fat nerd with the glasses, the one who goes to church every Sunday, that everyone at school laughs an
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


Oh the drama and the angst! Ruthless Knight was full of it, but I couldn’t stop reading it!

After reading ‘Cruel Prince’ I couldn’t wait to get my hands on ‘Ruthless Knight’. I mean, a chubby, nerdy, religious high school girl… that was legit me in school. I wanted to know more about Sawyer because you don’t get a ton of NA heroines like her. And she’s paired with Cole, the quarterback of the football team. I was so here for it.

I did love Sawyer and Cole. I think a little too much h
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars

This book gave me the biggest headache of the century. I literally got migraines whilst trying to get through this. The dramatics in this are unbelievable, people. UNBELIEVABLE.

What went wrong? This book is perhaps the most dramatic book I have ever read in my life, period. I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculous this was at times. I cringed, I facepalmed, I laughed in shock but most of all, I was mentally asking one single question, constantly.

Is this book for real?

I was hoping fo
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ashley really knows how to twist the knife deep in your heart. Her earlier books are a testament to her tear inducing skills with angst and pain. In Cruel Prince we saw Jace and Dylan, in this one we meet Cole & Sawyer.
Though these stories can be read as standalone, it helps if you read them in order to connect the dots.
The characters are so broken, full of insecurities and complexes that their relationship becomes an enabling swamp of toxic mud which sucks them in. They're trapped, unable to mo
Phuong ✯
Sometimes, when you least expect it...two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other.
Even when the world says they're not supposed to..because they don't fit inside the same box.

I just want to tell you, whoever will read this, that you are beautiful, you are worth it and YOU ARE ENOUGH. It doesn't matter what society tells you how you should look, which size you are, how you should behave. Fuck it all, cause you are perfect the way you are!

Was this book perfect? Definitely no
Geri Reads
Feb 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF at 75% but I did skim towards the end and I’m glad I stopped at 75.

Before I state my reasons for DNFing, I want to say that I searched for content warnings for this book. Why? Because this book needed it. Big time.

And I all I saw was a condescending “warning”: “Royal Hearts Academy is New Adult/High School series of stand-alone a filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. The characters are flawed. If you’re looking for safe, sweet romance with nice heroes and he
mel ☽
you know the kind of drama that's OTT but still makes you feel all the feels? yeah its this book.

i know some might be tired of the typical popular quarterback falling in love with the nerdy, religious girl that everyone makes fun of BUT this was still pretty good despite its flaws and a weakness of mine is friendship dynamic/group and i think it had a good one here.

i was a bit nervous to read this cuz apparently Cole is worse than Jace but he honestly is NOT. Jace was an unlikeable asshole,
shirley ♡
Hands down to my favorite book of the year. I know that I will read more books that I’ll love and that will be especial to me, but this book will always be my number one.

When I read Cruel Prince, I cared more about these two than I cared about the main characters. They had two scenes in that book but those two scenes were enough for me to fall in love with them.

I want everyone to read this book, because the message in this book is just.... everything. There people out there who thinks that in
Nuria Molano
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in a day, and it is not a short book! I think this is my second five star rate of the year and I don’t give many!
I ADORE Sawyer so much, I feel her pain, her insecurities about her body, her constant fight with body image... everything she went trough I have felt it as well! This is why books like this, with fat representation are so important. Showing the hot guy falling for the nerd, the fat girl is not shown up much on books. We ,girls, start to believe that’s the norm.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
I don't even know where to start, I'm in shock, first I wanted to say that I read this book with 100 CHAPTERS in 7 hours, I was sobbing and with a big headache at 5:00 am, but honestly it was so worthy.
I honestly cry with every book, but I don't think I've cried so much with something, this has been just wow, I really don't have words, Ashley Jade give us a story that now it's one of my favorites because it was really perfect.
I read som
While I have been straying away from New Adult recently, I read the first book of this series, Cruel Prince, a few months ago and really enjoyed it. People kept on telling me that book two was even better, so I knew I had to pick it up and read Cole's book!

Going in, I knew that this was going to be heavy. Cole's twin brother had committed suicide when they were in middle school and that is still something that has weighed on Cole's conscious. What I didn't know, though, was that Sawyer is a cur
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Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I'll be honest by saying that it took me a lonnnng time to finish this book.
Not because it's a long book (it is), but because I ended up getting so many spoilers, that I thought it would ruin my experience with the story (I already told that I'm against spoilers, if not asked).

Anyway... After all it didn't ruined everything.

I could enjoy all their banter, all their doubts, self hatred, insecurities...
I have only wished a little less of the insecurities... Both, Saw
Alley Ciz
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my damn this book. 100 chapters 139k words and still I'm over here going can I please have more? This book will consume you and make you feel ALL the emotions. You will laugh, cry, cheer, swoon, fan yourself, contemplate how to k*ll off a fictional character that isn't one of your own creation. If you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster you have found it with Ruthless Knight.

Cole and Sawyer are...just...gah!

Ms. Jade put my emotions in blender with this one but it gets all the stars fro
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m still reeling from my emotions with this story.

It was not what I was expecting at all. I knew I was going to love Sawyer and Cole, but I never expected to be consumed.

I cried, I laughed, I wanted to threaten the author.

Two broken souls teetering at the edge. Just looking to be loved, to be seen, to be acknowledged.

The depth Ashley Jade creates in these characters is outstanding. I bled right along with them.

This book covered so many real life issues with teenagers that it took me back i
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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***4.5 Stars***
How to top Cruel Prince? Well Ashley Jade certainly succeeds with Ruthless Knight all thanks to some compelling and flawed characters. Ruthless Knight can be read as a stand-alone but why would one deprive themselves of book 1 Cruel Prince which is just as good.
Ruthless Knight is a roller coaster. A tour de force of emotions from start to beginning. Yes, the story is centered around high school, 17/18year olds and the drama that comes along like cliques, football and sex but it’s
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Reread Update

Randomly felt the urge to reread this last night, and I'm upping the rating to 4 stars. Sawyer really does make Cole work for it, there's no OW drama whatsoever, I love his jealousy, and I love how her body size is handled. Basically it's actually pretty good and deserves a higher rating from me.
Had super low expectations going into this, which is probably why it turned out to be not as bad I feared. Here are the key things to take away from this book:

➽ Yes, it's filled with c
moonlight ☾
Reread: 10/12/20

Cole, Sawyer and Oakley have my heart. 🥺❤️
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