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Devious Kisses

(It's Just High School #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,125 ratings  ·  219 reviews
𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕, 𝒃𝒖𝒕... 𝑰𝒕'𝒔 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝑯𝒊𝒈𝒉 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍.⠀

Here’s the 411 about high school—well, at least for my high school, Clintwood Academy.⠀

💋It’s a fucking warzone.⠀
💋Everyone has a grudge against someone else. ⠀
💋It’s the breeding ground for losers, jealous broken-hearted girls, and acne covered fools with zero game.⠀
💋The disgustingly rich kids are vile,
Paperback, 426 pages
Published August 20th 2020 by Independently published (first published July 31st 2020)
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❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

DEVIOUS KISSES: is the first full length enemies to romance book in the series 'It's just highschool', by Thandiwe Mpofu. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

This is Mia and Julian's story and what a story it is..She's the daughter of a prima ballerina and he's one of the golden boys of St. Jude High.

I held off for as long as I could before jumping into this!! A perfect winters day book where all the angst warmed my cold stone heart! Everything the author promised us, she delivered, exactly how
Thandiwe Mpofu
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You are not ready!
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 "Little Minx!!!" stars***

"There is some kiss we want with our whole lives." -Rumi
(In this book, they'd rather die than admit this.)

The truth is that i was holding myself with teeth and nails to not read this story sooner, cause my life was kind of a mess and i wanted to enjoy it as much as possible...
Thandiwe had stolen my heart with her Westbroke Blues series and honestly, I didn't know how this new book could compare to that one, but hell, this girl knows how to write beautiful,
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you like YA romances?
When you do, you have to read this book.
Thandie is the queen of high school stories.
Her books are full of drama, emotions and raw feelings.
Her characters are young people that fights their way through social life, that's a nightmare and family life that is all other than nice and cozy.
They might be young adults, but their lives is a complicated hell that makes them much older and smarter than it's good for them.
This is the first book in the "It's Just High School" seri
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you have read and liked the ‘Westbrook Blue’ series by this author you won’t be disappointed. In true Thandie fashion this book has everything angst, banter, so much emotions and so much drama.

Me 👆the whole time reading this book.

At times in this book there is body shaming, making fun of someone’s pimples, crooked teeth, slapping a teacher’s ass. I wanted to rate this book less but I just couldn’t.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

one of my guilty pleasures is reading high school bully romance filled with secrets, lies, and DRAMA. Devious Kisses served all of these and i was not prepared!

julian and mia are both complex characters. especially mia. what i like most about her is she has a freaking backbone. she wasn't a doormat type of heroine. i did like her bitchy character. she didn't let anyone walk all over her and she defended herself like how she was supposed to. but deep down her bitchy attitude is someone who's goin
Keri Loves Books
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This high school, enemies to lovers romance will bring all the drama! Tensions will run high, hearts will be broken, mean girls are running rampant and the jealousy and envy runs deep among them. So deep, they are willing to kill for it.

One fateful kiss set the wheels in motion. That kiss would change their lives irrevocably.

They met when they were both at a low point. It was tense and emotionally charged. Then he kissed her and broke her with his words. As she ran off hurt, she did something th
Jenifer Briggs
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by this author, and I am just in SHOCK. I'll be the first to say that I think the bully trope is overplayed and trite, but this book is *so* much more than a bully romance. There are so many glorious layers to every one of our characters, and I couldn't helped but be pulled in.

From the very beginning, you just know this is going to be an emotional read, and boy is it ever. Julian and Mia are so young when they first meet, but have endured so much pain already in their life
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
Wow! This book! All the feels!

It starts with a kiss, but then it all goes to nothing...

Mia is a perfect girl - a perfect High school leader. She's called the Ice Queen. She takes no crap from nobody, she rules the school and she eats them and spits them out. But at home, she can let her guard down and just be herself.
Julian lives for his brothers. He's constantly let down by his parents.
When their worlds collide, it's anything but pretty: angst, bullying, accusations,...
And we get even more.
Aug 07, 2020 marked it as dnf
books with chase mattson on the cover are automatically bad
K.  Ramjohn
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG...this story blew my mind. Devious Kisses will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and you will not be able to put it down.. This is the first book in the new series It's Just High School and its so much more that just a high school bully romance. There's drama, lust, hate, lies, secrets and so much more. The story was detailed and well-crafted and will have you hooked from start to finish.
Thandie definitely take you on an heart wrenching journey with these complex characters and y
3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! Bully/enemies to lover. An ok read.
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book blew my mind. It isn’t your typical high school bully romance. Every single character in this story has multiple layers and I still feel like there is still so much to learn about all of them.

It just took a single kiss, one devious kiss, and lives were forever changed. From the moment I started reading this book and the moment of that first kiss I knew this book would take me on an emotional journey. Mia and Julian met at low points in their lives, then she destroyed his world and he
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★
I liked the story, it started extremely slow which seemed to be due to the back story however the errors kept getting to me.
I understand each and everyone of my reviews probably needs a good edit, but I am in no rush to publish it so... no editor needed, however in this case.. it was like bam bam every other page.

Then the thing is I liked the heroine, or I wanted to like because she seemed this bad ass yet she was evil, and liar, yet left me confused and I wasn't so sure why I wanted to like her
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books



'Devious Kisses' is the first book of the 'It's just high school' series. This book is a cliffhanger and was all the flavours of heartbreaking and hot!! It is spoken in dual perspectives.

The way this author writes , I don't really know how to spell it out but she just twits me so much with her words that I feel every emotion with her characters and just get attached to them so deeply! The same was the case in Mia and Julian's story! I had b
Becky Rendon
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay, so here's the thing....I liked Devious Kisses. It was slow going in the beginning because it seems there's quite a bit of back story. But, and it's a big deal for me, this book has some errors.

There is a major need for editing. I am aware the author was in a hurry to release the novel after it was postponed several times. I do not understand why after all the delays- it wasn't edited. There are sentences missing words, with extra words, and enough spelling errors that I actually triple che
The Romantic Rush Blog
I was anxiously awaiting this new series- both because the cover is FIRE and because high school bully stories are like my catnip- I would happily roll around in the high they give me all day. Thandie Mpofu does that love-hate, flawed character angsty tension SO very well, and here she's in her wheelhouse. This new series delivers- all the passion, secrets, high school elite drama, and so much tension.

Mia and Julian first meet before our story is currently set- as younger children visiting famil
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-team-read
Wow ! This story was sooo good! I was immediately hooked right from the start! This story was emotional and intense and angsty as hell ! Mia and Julian are probably two of my favorite characters ever and the chemistry between these two just wow !

My heart hurt for both of them so much for what each of them were going through the emotions just bleed off the pages in this story I was immediately captivated by the word flow coming from these pages . This story is full of secrets lies and betrayals
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book definitely had me intrigued with the prologue and I couldn’t wait to read it!

It was definitely a page turner from the beginning to the end and I couldn’t get enough of this book!

Get ready for a wild ride that will have you in your feels!

I loved the chemistry between these characters and the push and pull.

This book definitely had my emotions all over the place! I wanted to throw my kindle in some parts but also couldn’t stop reading!

4.5 stars and I definitely recommend this!

Live, Laugh, Love
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mia and Julian are quite the force. It's an explosion of drama, hatred and secrets. It was AWESOME! ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not ready for this book, this book took me from complete surprise and I loved every single moment of being in this world. I absolutely love the bully romance world and this book is a genre in itself. This book had a way of pulling you in from the moment that you start it, it grasps your whole entire heart, body and soul.

Just from the beginning of this book, I knew that this book was going to pull at my heartstrings and cause an emotional battle deep inside. There are so many layers to thi
Caroline F
Oh my god!!!! This book was crazy intense. It was so thrilling and emotional.

"This girl. She. Sees. Me. Every single inch of me, she sees me."

Julian Fitzgerald has a secret. He rules his school. Boys want to be him. Girls want to be with him. He's untouchable and unattainable. Nothing fazes him. So why does the beautiful, sharp-tongued slip of a girl get under his skin? One moment of bliss with a stolen kiss suddenly turns his world upside down and his secret exposed. She's now his enemy.

Melissa, Book Boyfriend and Husband Make Three
I’m all for Bully Romance but Mia was a bully to people that didn’t deserve it and that made it hard to connect with her or even care what happened to her but then as the story unfolds I did end up liking her. I liked Julian very early in the book especially his unconditional love of his brothers. When Mia and Julian met the very first time their chemistry was intense and that intensity was more palpable with every interaction they shared.

This was nonstop with angst and drama, there’s also hatef
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
OMG this book was everything i knew it would be and more. Firstly i would like to thank Thandiwe for giving me the honor of reading an ARC. It actually came at a perfect time i had been six days into my book funk phase nothing was grabbing me at all everything i read was just blah . But then came this and it woke me up all over again, gave me my reading mojo, as i knew it would. Thandiwe is one of my unicorn authors who i read no matter what she writes, so all i saw was the title and i knew i ha ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thandiwe Mpofu managed to surprise me, again. Devious Kisses is an enemies to lovers high school romance at its finest form. The author mind-blowed me with Mia and Julian’s story. This book has everything I craved in a good bully romance filled with high school drama, rivalry, rich, mean kids, and families dripping with lies and secrets.

And in the middle of this storm are Mia and Julian, their love/hate relationship created in the worst possible circumstances. One kiss, few words said in anger
Dona M

When I read the blurb for this book, I was hooked line and sinker. This is the first time I am reading this author, her other books I have in my TBR list and I can't even say why I didn't read it. But, now I definitely will.

This is a bully romance but with a heavy plot and so many layers, each player hiding something and with secrets to hide.

I loved how Mia, our female protagonist was bitch and knew how to give it back and let no one walk over her and still never be caught without being pri
Jacquie Lamm
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HOLY Sheet! I flippen LOVED this story! This was a long one for me but SO worth it! The term devious just isnt enough for our characters. So much back stabbing, so much miss communication! Its like they just don’t want to give into their feels and want to keep everything locked up in their cold, broken hearts. And its not just 1 MC, but BOTH! They are BOTh calculated, accurate, heartless….unless it comes to each other. I would consider this a slow burn, it did have 1 steamy scene, but I was al l ...more
Hopelessly Addicted To Books
Oh my goodness this book is a feast for the bully lovers. Mia and Julian are going to rock your world. The angst decption and secrets in this book took my breath away. Mia is known at school as the Ice Queen she is everything you'd expect from character like this but we also get to see the vunerable side others don't. Julian is a young man who fiercely protects his brothers whilst dealing with parents who are indifferent at best and neglectful at worst. Sparks fly between these two and not alway ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really liked this story! Sometimes it was hard to read with the obvious misplaced, misspelled and even missing words though. I still thoroughly enjoyed this book (and author) and will continue to read the series.

I really liked J and Mia. It wasn't always easy to fall for each other, but they made it work time and time again. The pull was too much for the their little high school hearts. They had to give in. There were a few instances where I was holding my breath and my heart ached f
Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HOLY MOLY STARS!! This book had it all and I loved every single minute of Mia and the Fitz boys. Talk about feels, being back in high school, sexiness and lots of had it all. I can't wait for the next book....that ending is killing me. ...more
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Thandie is a simple millennial who’s just trying to make avocado toast at two am and finish the next novel that she hopes you’ll fall in love with all while she tries to secure her entire life in one go.

But these are all lies! She really spends an insane amount of time on Instagram, stalking Beyonce for the next album release which she swears might drop at anytime. Sorry to that lady.

Stalker much

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