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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Oliver Conley….
The most infuriating man I’ve ever met.
He’s crass, selfish, malicious. The worst kind of person.
From our very first encounter we were at odds. Standing on opposite ends of the battlefield preparing for war.
He didn’t care for me.
I despised him.
Until one day things started to change….

I didn’t want to want him. Hell, I hated myself for it.
And yet, there I was,
Published July 14th 2020
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Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
For someone who isn't normally the biggest fan of New Adult, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

If you've read Treacherous, then you know who Oliver is. Having NOT read that book I had no idea, but this read very easily as a stand alone romance. In fact I have to mention how cleverly the authors negotiated the story, minimising any spoilers for those of us who haven't read about Z and Rylee's love. This did make me really want to pick that one up, though I'm not sure I wa
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Unexpected but I liked this. I liked this a lot.

This new to me author set the bar high with this enemies turn lovers new adult romance. You can practically feel Savannah and Oliver's oozing chemistry through the pages and as they try to fight the attraction, I couldn't help but laugh out loud with their funny banter and oh shit when the sensitive triggering content made its appearance. Besides the romance, I was pleasantly surprised that the author touched base on eating disorde
4 Stars

I'm always uncertain about how to start my research, but I think a good place is to say that even though Malicius is a unique book and can be read alone, I think to have a complete understanding the ideal would be to read Treacherous, and I think that for those of us that he didn't read it, I think that for those of us who didn't read it, I think that for those of us who didn't read it, I think that if he didn't read it, I think that if he didn't read it, I think that if he didn't read i
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books


Malicious is a standalone novel written by Alex Grayson and Melissa Toppen. Told in dual perspectives, this book was one wild ride of emotions and redemption.

I am going to admit that when I read Treacherous , I literally hated Oliver. The part he played in his sister's demise was shameful. However the author has done an amazing job of showing me that characters do really repent and change themselves when they regret their actions. Oliver kne
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Malicious is a standalone enemies-to-lovers, but do yourself a favor and go read Treacherous first! This will be a much richer reading experience if you have already been through Rylee and Zayden’s story. The Oliver we knew in Treacherous grows and changes a lot during Malicious, and it is both a shock and delight to go through. It shows us that we really never know what someone is going through and how it affects their outward persona. This got me introspective a few times, and in a good way.
J. Ockenhouse
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Savannah and Oliver are independently intense but as they drop the past and ride on through getting to see the truths behind the curtains they take intense and make it seem so weak.

It's emotional. They each have enough issues to write their own encyclopedia. Oliver's past and sins of his family are getting closer to seeing the light.

Savannah has her own battle she's going through but her dedication to her best friend, Rylee makes her an incredible character. She's not supposed to have anything b
Sophie Ruthven
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this much better than the first book.
Still took me a little bit to fully get into it but once I did I was turning pages like a mad woman.
Think these two writers have definitely found their groove of balancing each other out.
The authors have tackled a sensitive topic with grace and compassion.
Definitely a must read.
Ayala Neeman
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do not usually read adolescent stories but this story is special !!! The special love of Oliver and Savannah has fascinated me since the beginning of the story. I loved the chemistry between them. I highly recommended ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
4 stars!!

This is a stand alone book BUT I suggest reading “Treacherous” first. I feel like if I didn’t read it first then I would have been questioning stuff and I never like to be unsure about events in a book.

Wow, Oliver was way more then I imagined. I really did not like his rich, spoiled ass in “Treacherous”. Buy now I am in love. He just needs some counseling. Well maybe he just needed the right chick to fix him. I will say the cover didn’t give me Oliver vibes either. Not sure why.

May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My challenge to you: Read "Malicious" and then tell me who the title is referring to! I, like you, read the blurb and I thought I knew what this book would be about and the way it would go, but I didn't plan for an issue to be a part of the story and how it would effect the person and those around them.
These focal characters are not strangers, as they were all present in "Treacherous". As much as this can be read as a stand alone, you'll have greater appreciation for the overall story line if yo
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a complicated review for me to write. Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Yes I truly did. But for me personally it was not always an easy book to read and after finishing it my feelings are left raw and both my heart and my head hurt. While this book is a standalone read, these characters are introduced in Treacherous and I feel that there are definite benefits to be had by reading that book first. It will just make for a deeper more involving experience. This is Oliver and Savannah's story and ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
**3.75-4 Stars**

Let me preface this review with I am a HUGE fan of Alex Grayson..HUGE. I have LOVED everything I have read of hers. It is possible you could read Malicious as a standalone, but I wouldn't advise it as you definitely need a lot of backstory on Oliver and Savannah's history so I would definitely recommend reading Treacherous first.

Malicious is a enemies to lovers book with a lot of angst and emotional turmoil. It is well written, and includes some definitely steamy scenes. It also
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.4 stars

This writing duo just gave me a story that hit home in more ways than one. There seems to be a problem in society that makes people not be able to see themselves how others see them. There seems to be a prescribed notion that anything less than perfect will not do. Yet, nothing is ever perfect because it is in our imperfections and brokeness that the more beautiful they become. It reminds me of the rose, the flower symbolizing love, has thorns that can impale and cause pain. Yet, it sti
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic enemies to lovers story, I've wanted to read more from these characters since I read Treacherous. It's NOT necessary to read that book before reading this one but it's well worth doing so first.

Malicious is Oliver and Savannah's story, these two had me captivated from the beginning of their journey. 
OMG!! their story is such an emotionally charged angst filled sh!t storm. You'll want to rip ya hair out in both anger and frustration but that's why its so addictive. 

I'm not go
Queen B
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

We first met Oliver in Treacherous and he seemed pretty unredeemable, so I was interested in seeing how the authors were going to spin this. Oliver was still an asshole at heart, but he seemed to want to make amends and move on. Not enough to go to therapy (that boy NEEDS therapy), but enough that I could understand why Savannah began to fall for him. He is loyal and protective, almost to a fault.

One one side of the equation, we have the damaged Oliver with his broken family and on the
Melissa Mendoza
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

"The look in her eyes as her tongue darts out to lick her bottom lip is too much for me to handle."

4 Hatred never looked hotter Stars!!! Wow... where do I begin?

Oliver is your typical spoiled, rich kid. But as perfect as he seems to be on the outside, he's totally flawed... and as much as you want to hate him, you really can't. Savannah HATES Oliver after the way he treated her best friend and step sister Rylie. And while Rylie has forgiven him, Savannah just can't let go of the p
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Oliver Conley...The most infuriating man I've ever met. He's crass, selfish, malicious. The worst kind of person. From our very first encounter we were at odds. Standing on opposite ends of the battlefield preparing for war He didn't care for me. I despised him. Until one day things started to change....
I didn't want to want him. I hated myself for it. And yet, there I was falling hard for a man I had
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fell right into this story and enjoyed it until the very last page. In a year where slow burns rule, I was so beyond happy to find a story that didn't make me wait until the very end of the book for the characters to finally get together. Oliver and Savannah were a breath of fresh air! Their back and forth banter was hilarious and built the tension between the two. Once that tension exploded the two were pure fire together! There were times I wanted to strangle them for their a$$holish and stu ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Malicious as a stand alone (which it can be read as) but I felt throughout that there was something missing, the jump from enemies to lovers was very quick. I didn’t quite appreciate the hatred in Savannah and Oliver’s relationship because I didn’t know the backstory. I definitely think if you’re going to read malicious then you should read Treacherous first to fully appreciate the story and get a true sense of how their relationship and hatred for each other began.
That being said it did
Kari Hansen
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oliver is a man whose past actions when it comes to his best friend Zayden and his stepsister Rylee will have you gasping and wondering if there is any coming back from what he has done. He regrets what he has done and is trying to repair the relationships he has damaged and that has worked for his Zayden and Rylee but the same can’t be said for Rylee’s best friend Savannah.

Savanna is fierce, fiery and a loyal friend to Rylee who isn’t about to let Oliver’s actions go unpunished. She is determin
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Malicious is the second book written in this series by these two amazing authors and they have not disappointed me!
Although I have enjoyed this book I have to state right here that throughout the majority of the book I was very irritated by the main guy Oliver. He was acting incredibly immature, but then he had moments I thought he was great, and then he would act ridiculous and spoiled again. Thankfully he does grow up before the end of the book, but I did mentally slap him a few times!!
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, e-books
I really enjoy Alex Grayson’s books, so even though I haven’t read anything from Melissa Toppen before, I couldn’t pass this book. I’m glad that I picked it up, I always enjoy an enemies-to-lovers story. It’s been a while since I’ve read a new adult book, so reading this was a nice change.

Oliver and Savannah are a particularly good example for this trope. I could actually feel the animosity and the hidden lust while reading the book. The tension between them is palpable and the sexual attraction
Pelusa Rivera
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
OMG where the heck have I been that I have missed this duo's writing..I hit my head on the desk, couldn't believe but thankfully due to GMB that atrocity has been remedied. I also could not believe that I had this on my to-be-read list while I had wasted my time on some other books, anywho its corrected and let me stop rambling..I love enemies to lovers love some of my favorite
books has been in this troupe..Friends grab this book, puhlease do so.. I understand when sometimes you s
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
M by Alex Grayson and Melissa Toppen is book two in a series that totally can be read as a stand-alone. Book one is Rylee and Zayden's story.
M is Oliver and Savannah's heart-wrenching story. To get in the flow of things, Oliver is Rylee's step brother and Savannah her best friend since forever. And Savannah is strongly on Rylee's side and she loves to look down on Oliver. But he isn't a lamb either. What he did to Rylee wast nice at all. But back to the story.
Oliver and Savannah both attend the
Caroline - Kindle and Koffee Book Blog
Another seamlessly written co-write by 2 very talented authors.

Oliver & Savannah's story will have you laughing, crying and even at times wanting to throw your kindle. Considering how young these 2 great characters are they carry more on their shoulders than people twice their age. And yes they struggle. They keep things to themselves so as not to burden others.

This is a true Enemies to Lovers story as for the most part neither can stand the sight of the other and whenever they do happen to sha
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oliver....the boy/man you loved to hate in Treacherous. I mean....I REALLY, REALLY hated him. I went into this story with that hate....and it took me a few chapters to pull myself out. Arrogant? Check. Egomaniac? Check. Just a horrible dude? Check....until he wasn't. I mean sure, he's truly not the nicest guy, BUT he may have some very valid reasons for that. It will take a very strong woman, AND some very strong friends to put aside some strong feelings and get to the nucleus of the problem. Sa ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story written by these two authors, 5 stars for each of them!!
Here we get Oliver's story. It's sad he never felt like he did good enough to his dad, no matter how hard he tried. At Thanksgiving dinner, he's finally had enough of his father pointing out all his flaws, in front of his friends, he loses it and has it out with dad and leaves.
Savannah can't stand Oliver after what he did to her best friend, but witnessing Oliver & his dad have it out, she starts to realize how troubled he is.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Malicious was an interesting book following Oliver and Savannah. Oliver uses his anger to lash out and hurt others while Savannah is holding onto the fact Oliver hurt her and her friend Riley in the past. They both hate each other and even more hate how they are attracted to the other. Both characters have different versions of self worth issues and handle them in unhealthy ways. I think this book is great at speaking to that topic and showing it comes in different forms. I enjoyed seeing Rylee ...more
Clayr Catherall
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! A great enemies to lovers story. This is a standalone, but still recommend reading ‘Treacherous’. I just think it made it easier to understand what had previously happened with these characters.

I was on the edge of my seat, from start to finish with this book. Savannah and Oliver loving to hate each other was explosive. Their chemistry was off the charts, sizzling HOT!
I didn’t know if they would give into their feelings or kill each other? There’s that much hate involved.

Both characters
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read by Alex Grayson. I've read a few books by Melissa Toppen and love her as an author. I was excited to received an ARC of this book and really enjoyed it as a standalone. But I want to read the first book in the series to see exactly what I missed out on.

In this book, Oliver was really hard to like at first. Savannah was not much better actually. But as the story played out, my heart ached for both of them. I even shed some tears. That didn't stop me from wanting
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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that to ...more

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