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A Hurt So Sweet: Volume One

(Elite of Eden Falls Prep #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  745 ratings  ·  323 reviews
If you can't beat the rich boys...
F*ck them.

Lily Anna Oakes and I share everything.

We have the same billion-dollar name, the same designer clothes, and the same messed up problems.

But Lily Anna and I will never meet. She died years ago.

This town broke her. I’ll burn it to the ground before I let that happen to me.

In Eden Falls, I’m forced to attend a school for the elite.
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published September 15th 2019
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Every guy in this book needs to be castrated with a dull butter knife! I HATED how spineless Pandora was. She was all bark and no bite (her personality made me believe she would fight back, but she just "played along"). I swear to god, if Pandora ends up falling in love with either of those pigs, I may commit a murder. Pandora better gets her revenge by the end of this series.

This NOT A ROMANCE. This is just a twisted dark bully book filled with abuse. The fucker ("hero") and his friends degrade
Five messed up stars for Pandora and Dexter 💞!!!


This is the first book I've read by Betti Rosewood and I was really surprised by this book because it wasn't anything I expected.

I needed to take sleep before writing this review because my feelings were so mixed and they still are.

"A Hurt So Sweet" is also the first book this year I've read in only one day.

The storyline is very good and it made me turning pages si fast only because I was so hungry to find out what will happen next.

Before yo
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I received this novel from Booksprout in exchange for an honest review.

I have looked at a lot of reviews written by others regarding A Hurt So Sweet, I am clearly not part of the majority. I firmly believe that a reviewer does an author no service in gaslighting stories that are half way to maturation. I will be critiquing A Hurt So Sweet in favor of Betti Rosewood and not in an attempt to flat out slam this novel.

I have no issue regarding the subject matter, subgenre and tropes in relatio
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
Holy wow! That was an intense read!
The drama, the intensity, the chaos made for a breathtaking, and anticipated read.
I was not expecting this story with the angst and atrocities and WOW!
Bettie Rosewood this story just made me grasp and hang on for the ride!
I look forward to the next book!
Betti Rosewood
Aug 14, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

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“Where should we start?” Dexter taps his chin thoughtfully, and I hate him even more intensely for drawing out the inevitable.
What. The. Fuck. Just. Happened?

Seriously, Betti? What the shit? What did I ever do to you?
I can't... GAH!!!!

How could you?...

Woah... Okay, so this isn't the first book by Betti I have read. I started reading her from the beginning, and just like the first books I read, this was just as amazing. In saying that, this is the first book in this series and it is a little different from her other work under this pen name, still holds a lot of the sam
Jennifer Hinson
"This town broke her. I’ll burn it to the ground before I let that happen to me."

3.5 Dark & Twisted Stars

I am a mega fan of all things bully, social hierarchy, dark, & scandalous when it comes to my reads. When I read the blurb on this one I knew it would be worth my time. And although there were some issues (I will list further down), I enjoyed the story Betti introduced in book 1. It didn't begin for me that way though, I considered putting it down at least a few times because of some cont
Literary Temptations
TITLE: A Hurt So Sweet
AUTHOR: Betti Rosewood
RELEASE DATE: 15 September 2019

ARC was kindly provided for an honest review
“I can do whatever the hell I wasn’t to you and you’ll keep coming back for more. You really are a glutton for punishment, Pandora.”


It is becoming apparent to me that rich, elite and bully type of books are becoming more and more popular. Or maybe I just have the propensity to be drawn to them. Either way, because it seems there are s
Crystal Bell
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Betti Rosewood. It won’t be the last. Let’s start off with there are many triggers in this book, like sexual abuse, cruelty, and humiliation. I can see why this book may not be for some and for the faint of heart.

This is NOT a dark romance book, far from it. If you're looking for romance, A Hurt so sweet is not for you. It’s very dark and at times was almost too much to take for me. I wanted to punch some of the characters.

Pandora is forced to pose as the firstborn
May 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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K.S. Rochell
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

There are truly no words to describe the perfection with which Betti writes. Wickedly-dark and magically delicious.
What an incredible ride.... from Beginning to the pulsating end... This story will show you how both darkness and light exist within all of us.
6 Agonizing Breathtaking Beautiful Twisted Stars.. Betti, delivers this story was chilling and it's execution was perfect.. It's dark, it's suspenseful it will set
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Pandora was taken from her family when a DNA test proved she had a rich and powerful father in Eden Falls. Her father thought that his other daughter Lily Anna was biological daughter, but after DNA proved otherwise Lily Anna committed suicide. Pandora is forced to move to Eden Falls and become engaged to Dexter Booth who was previously engaged to the Lily Anna.

Pandora is not only bullied by Dexter and his friends, but abused. They can do whatever they want. This is not a romance. This is not a
Dreamer's Books
Pandora is in the town of Eden Falls and forced to pose as the firstborn daughter Lily Anna Oakes. Dexter is the first born son and fiancee of Lily Anna. Now Pandora is expected to marry and give him a child. The cruelty and sexual abuse in this book are almost too much to take. I hate Dexter, Pandora and his friends at this point. The ending is a doozy of a cliffhanger. I am going to read the next book just to see how this story will unfold.

3.5 Stars
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m always looking forward to a new dark romance read with seemingly unredeemable hero and strong feisty heroine. That was also what I expected from this book based on blurb. However, I don’t even know where to begin with how disappointed I am. I keep giving this author a chance but it’s not worth it anymore.

All characters were poorly portrayed without any depth. I didn’t see strong Pandora I was promised from the blurb. She was weak and spineless. I was waiting for her to fight back but nothing
"I've gotten used to this town now, It's easier to understand how it all works when you accept everyone in Eden falls is a sick, perverted fuck."

The only way you enjoy this book is to do as the quote above says – believe that the story is set in a place where no one reacts in a rational or responsible way. Instead, they live in a society where both private and public physical and sexual abuse is not only normal and expected, but encouraged.

A blurry line of non/dub con underscores nearly every e
Nikolina Maras
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brutal book!!

I read it in 24h. I couldn’t put it down. The book was something I totally didn't expect it.
So brutal, but so breath taking... I hate them all and still love them all...
Stephanie Ditmore
OMG! What the heck did I just read here? I’m speechless, oh and lets add breathless while I’m at it. There are so many feels with this book, you will be sucked in from the start with this one, holy crap, you have no idea what you are in for. This book is unputdownable, I know it’s probably not a word, but oh well, it is now. Dex and Pandora’s story is delectably delicious, wickedly devious, dark and twisted perfection. Pandora loathes Dexter with every part of her body, but sometimes we betray o ...more
Oh, wow. This book was so messed up. I felt as if I was reading a dystopia. Poor Pandora. But then again, it is obvious she is submissive and she enjoys humiliation, degradation and being dominated. She is quite tough girl, hope she gets revenge on all of them in the end.
I am not really mad about that ending. Frankly, I expected something more, some shocking twist, but it didn't happen. It definitely left me hanging, but somehow I am not too worried about Pandora. I feel Dexter is just toying w
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love bully romances so this fit the bill quite nicely!! Pandora was a good character but she was bothersome at times but Dex I can’t put into words how much I loved him and his sick sense of well everything lol. Pandora hates him with a passion but her body has missed the memo totally lol. The dark factor along with grittiness if this book had me hooked and I can’t wait for more

I voluntarily reviewed a advanced readers copy of this book
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark unleashed

First time reading this authors dark writing, and whoa. Betti unleashed her dark side with this one. I think I wanted to throw my kindle multiple times because of Dexter Booth. There’s a major cliff hanger that leaves you on pins and needles. Where’s volume two at?! Lol
Heather Confessions Of A Bibliophile Creighton
Confessions 4 Stars
“𝑫𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝒊𝒔𝒏’𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒐𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐𝒚𝒔. 𝑯𝒆’𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒐𝒏 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒆.”
A Hurt So Sweet, Book One in the Elite of Eden Falls Prep Series by Betti Rosewood is finally here! Now, THIS is what I call a bully romance! This was my second read from Rosewood, and I am thoroughly impressed! My first read was Boys That Tease which was a ‘bully romance’… and well, that one fell kind of short for me. (Check out my review to see why... ) Soo
Definitely a different kind of bully romance. Actually there was no romance. The hero felt some attraction for the heroine but there was no real chemistry between the two. There was simply a power play with the hero always winning and the author’s poor and unrealistic rendition of the heroine showing some defiance yet always succumbing to his physical, sexual pull. The hero displayed no redeeming qualities though at times they were hinted at, but not demonstrated in his interaction with the hero ...more
Sarah Tindale
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Head scratching.?

Okay so the start off let me just be honest I'm the type of person that I'll read Ⅰ 2 chapters of a book and if it don't draw me in like I wanted to I'll stop reading it and I won't go on any further however after reading just Ⅰ chapter it kept pulling me and like it kept giving me all these things and then taking them back to where you wanna keep reading you wanna keep finding out these things and this book you find out who Pandora really is and who lilyann oaks is Or should I
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dexter Booth isn’t the kind of boy who gets bored of his toys. He’s the kind of monster who breaks them on purpose."

OMG, this book was a mind f***k. Knowing it's a bully romance I dived head straight into this one, and booooy was I in for a treat. Since when are high school romances so dark and twisted!? Well.. since Betti Rosewood started writing them.

This was the first book of the Elite of Eden Falls Prep series and the story intrigued me from the beginning. I'm a sucker for bad boys so I hav
Ana Manjić
I can’t believe what I am about to say because till now all my romance books were typical romance and I love love love them. HEA for me is a must!

But this, this is NOT ROMANCE at all. This is dark bully something.

I had no idea what I was about to read. From blurb it was all ok, I am not used to read reviews before the book because I want to have my own opinion. But by reading this reviews below I don’t know what to say?! 5stars?!Really?! What the hell?!

So just to be clear for those who will deci
Emilia || Dark Side of the Book
What a book!
I was thinking that 'A Hurt So Sweet' will be something like 'Boys That Tease' but the story of Pandora and Dexter is incredible!
Totally opposite than 'Lords of Wildwood' series.

Pandora came home, her real home to be a fiancée of Dexter Booth. She left her old live, because when she come home, she must be a obedient daughter and future wife.
When the engaged Day came, she became Lily Anna – the dead Dexter's fiancée. Everyone in her world call her by a dead girl name.
Dexter is a bo
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aarrgghh, cliffhanger! But sooo good!!

Pandora/Lily Anna has come home to Eden Falls. A strange little town full of the elite and their strange rules. She hates it, but she also craves the twisted games she finds herself playing. She especially hates her fiance, Dexter. He plays with her cruelly and calls her 'toy'. She wants to resist but her body does not cooperate. Pandora has been thrown into this snakepit and now she has to fight for her survival in the lap of luxury. A family who seem to ha
Dana L Stusse
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received ARC for honest review!

I was ecstatic to get this ARC and it was a fast-paced, twisted trip the entire way. The book starts out introducing us to our female lead, Pandora, uhmmm, ok will the real "Lily Anna Oakes", who, thru a set of circumstances lived quite a different life from the one she is thrust into via her bloodline.

Sent off to be properly cultivated for society, she spends 4 years largely isolated in one prison only to be taken to her new one at Oakes' Mansion.

If you like dark
Keri Loves Books
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depraved Indulgence
Pandora has just returned home after four years away at finishing school. She’s not exactly happy to see her family. It’s all about appearances with them, while all their dirty secrets are kept behind closed doors.

She is now living in Lily Anna’s shadow. She even has to marry the dead girl’s ex-boyfriend.

Pandora just wants to get back to her old life. Her fiance Dexter and her father, just seem to want to torture her. She is good for one thing...a marriage to strengthen ties w
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Betti Rosewood is a romance junkie and cat enthusiast in her late twenties. She lives in a picturesque European country with her partner, 2 rowdy cats and a friendly Lab Retriever. When not writing damaged alphas, she can most likely be found binging TV shows and movies, and always jotting down new book ideas.

Betti's upcoming release, A Hurt So Sweet Volume Two, is coming out in September 2019!


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