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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  991 ratings  ·  275 reviews
I'm the pastor's son.
He's the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can't stop.
Neither can he.
No one
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 345 pages
Published October 15th 2020
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Candy M.
⭐ 3.8 "This book really went and brainwashed me, uh" stars ⭐

After all the negative reviews I’ve seen for this book, I went in with expectations that were frankly in the negatives.

Yet here I am now, honestly surprised by just how much sheer entertainment I experienced. It put me through a roller coaster of feelings, made me question my morals, and had me crying enough tears to create an artificial river of my own concoction.

But catch me dodging all of those terrible emotions and still having a
Just Another Perfectionist
Oct 12, 2020 rated it did not like it

DNF at Chapter 8.

I was pretty excited for "Bully King", the blurb caught my attention so I decided to give the book a go, but to the point I could stomach reading & the more the risk of breaking something in anger increased, I can only describe the story/writing as VERY problematic and it's not even because of the "bully" part.
The writing at its core was pretty repetitive, yet another book that treats readers like they have Dory's memory. There's absolutely no need to remind your readers about
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2020
3 Stars

Jonah is the preacher’s son and liking Roman goes against everything he believes in. Roman’s a jerk, cocky, and entitled among other things. He treats Jonah like shit. He likes to rile Jonah up, push him and mess with him…

The story dragged at some places and became repetitive. Jonah was strong but I wanted him to more stand up to Roman. He went easy on him most of the time. Roman pretending to be with Mary was really frustrating because it went till the end and at the beginning when he us
Kelsey Renae
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance
*** I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

This novel was an amazing and thought-provoking read. I feel in love with the two main characters, Jonah and Roman. Their instant chemistry captured my attention alongside the natural progression of their relationship.

This novel tackled so many crucial topics that apply to ignorance and abuse, which were delicately explored. Bully King explores the powerful connection between two characters that despite their differen
This book was recommended by a lot of people when I was looking for angsty, rip your heart out stories where the two men really have to fight for their HEA. Unfortunately, it really didn't work for me.

Definitely heed any trigger warnings before going into it. There isn't just dub-con, but there is definitely one scene of full-on non-con, sexual assault.

My issues with the story were that not only was there a lot going on, but so much of it was over the top and felt like it was happening for sho
Diana * burningdesire_x3 *

The Only Ones Who Know
*arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review*

What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible)
*in addition to the triggers mentioned in the author’s blurb: be aware that this story unfortunately includes a lot of realistic homophobia and that might trigger people.* God knows Jonah tried. He wakes up every morning with a need to be ‘normal’. Why is he the way he is? Why is he such a victim? Why can’t Roman King lea
Crystal Bell
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good M/M romance; I read the blurb and was hooked. I knew going in the Preacher would be against his son being gay. Once I was in deep, I had a big problem with it and kept yelling and screaming at my kindle. I felt their pain; it was raw and emotional. Now add high school bullies, abusive parents, love, and you have a tremendous gut-wrenching story. The mom in me wanted to adopt these fictional characters.

Johan and his sister Mary move to small-town Kentucky with their parents. Joha
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
First of all I would like to say that the dub/con mentioned by the author is actually non-con (specifically in one scene). We can't justify the bathroom scene as dub/con no matter what were Roman's intentions.

The one thing that pissed me off the most is how easily Andy forgives some of the awful things Roman does. That's not what the readers want to see! We want him to earn his forgiveness; We want a character like Roman to actually redeems himself, and not to deal with the backlash through just
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I'm a fan of bully romances and I love a M/M story so I was really looking forward to this book. But I think I got my expectations up a little too high. So I'm blaming myself for the 3 star rating. I love a bully that ends up falling for his victim and while I did get a little of that in this book I felt like there wasn't enough of a connection between Roman and Jonah to contradict just how extreme some of the bullying was. I also felt like sometimes the bullying wa
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books



Web-Photo-Editor I hate him. Roman King. Even his name makes him sound like a jerk . If jerk is even a strong enough word to describe this guy. Too bad it makes my blood pound in my veins at the mention of it. I hate him, but I have a feeling before the end of the year, I’m going to fall in love with him. I’m not sure why. He’s given me no reason to think otherwise, but there’s something about him that calls to me. I hate him for that too.”

' Bu
Sophie's Reading Corner
Oct 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Let me just say that I'm not a person who gives 1 star ratings. My lowest is 2 stars and it's been eons since the last time I gave a 1 star rating. But I was so close to DNF this book multiple times while reading this one and because I don't DNF, I had to struggle and deal with it. And when you're struggling while reading, instead of enjoying the action, then it means that this book maybe indeed deserves that 1 star rating. In my opinion at least.

Now, don't come at me, because this was one of m
Nov 21, 2020 added it
I just spent 30 mins writing a review and accidentally deleted it. I’m so upset right now😭😭😭😭 I’ll try again tomorrow
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

(𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.)

𝑰 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚. 𝑵𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒕. 𝑰’𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝒉𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆.

Bully King is a standalone MM bully romance by Andi Jaxon. This book was absolutely heart wrenching and beautiful.

Jonah Cohen is the pastor's son. He was raised with the idea that it is considered a sin for people of same gender to be together. He has been hiding his true self from his
Jessica Alcazar
Hmmmmmm … okay, so I didn’t love this story, but I also did not hate this story. The law of averages puts me square in the middle of the road. There are a ton of events in this book I think could have been less dramatized and still made the point they were trying to make. There are plot points in the story that still have me #twtichy. I know what I was getting into when I chose to read this book. A small-town bully romance is not that complicated, but this was a lot; unnecessarily so if you ask ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
it's not my thing. Roman is a selfish prick. well, he is a victim of domestic violence. But Jonah is a vitim of school violence. because of Roman! and he is still attracted to him, even pity for him? Am i supposed to believe this? Is he a masochist? (Roman makes him suck his dick in front of his friends, and he realizes he loves him? oh.....) jona's lack of self-respect actually makes me sick. I like dark novels, but no. it's not one of them. and too many sex scenes. there is nothing but sex bet ...more
The Book Bee
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
"We may fool around in the dark, but we can't hold hands in the light of day."

I am so disappointed. I mean, I really had super high hopes for this book and it just sorta fizzled out for me. What should have been an epic read just left me kind of hanging and needing something more . At first, I was seeing where it was going and I was really hoping it would continue on the upward trajectory it was starting out to have. Alas, it did not. I don't want this to
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Omg. Jonah and Roman broke me.
This was one of the best bully romances I have ever read. BUT, it was also one of the best m/m books I have had the pleasure of reading.
Jonah and Roman. Two completely different people, two young Men struggling with their lives, with who they really are.
Both of them are hiding secrets and when they cross paths they collide like oil to fire.
Form the first moment I saw this book going around I knew it would be an emotional one. And I wasn't wrong. The book is not easy
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Self acceptance, abuse and young love?

Great premise but the writing and character development was lacking in this book. Jonah and Roman just didn’t elicit tender feelings or sympathy from me.

There were some issues with the pacing and flow of this book. Jonah is a preachers kid and his prologue sounds almost suicidal yet Jonah in this book just Came off as curious and worried about discovering. But not as emotionally tortured as I assumed. Roman was a character that was hard to like. It was sad t
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Saying this story isn't for everyone is an understatement. Very repetitive writing. Characterization was highly inconsistent and unrelatable. The author keeps normalizing and even romanticizing predatory behaviour or even outright sexual assault. It's really cringy stuff and I had to drop it after the bathroom scene. ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I really enjoyed this. Some triggers (dub-con, suicidal thoughts, homophobia, physical abuse) but lots of thought provoking prose and I loved the MCs Jonah and Roman😍
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bully King isn’t for everyone. There are subjects in this book that may be difficult for some people to read, however, while it is emotional this book will hit you deep.

Jonah is in a new state, a new town, a new school all during his senior year. His father is the towns preacher. Roman is the star of the town, he is the quarterback of the high school’s football team. He can pretty much get away with anything in the town. Jonah and Roman run into each other the first day of school and from there
Jacquie Stewart
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hard themes

First off - the relationship is unhealthy but both know it and have time to grow and change. The book doesn't glorify abuse but somehow shows that despite the rocky start, it won't always be like that.
Secondly - pay attention to the warnings. There is dub-con, a whole heap of homophobic speech and actions and lots and lots of physical abuse.
It was gripping reading despite all that and I really felt for Jonah and Roman even though I despised Ronan's actions a lot.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok

Not for me.
I have so many issues about this book. I can understand, however, why some people would love it. People who love romance with unhealthy relationship dynamic and smut especially, but that's honestly the least of the issues. God knows I've read too many fucked up books in my life.

I'm going to list down the things in this book that just don't work for me:

1.) Bisexual erasure. Like seriously, why? I love gay-for-you trope as much as the next guy, but damn, the amount of bisexual erasure in this boo
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

I'm the pastor's son. He's the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school. While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life. He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim. This perverse game we play could end us both. How can something that feels so right be so wrong? The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can't stop. Neither can he. No one can know. Can I risk
Joyfully Jay
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Bully King is a book in two parts. The first half — especially the first five or so chapters — seem designed to shock and horrify, doing as much as they can to make you aware of just how vile and cruel and evil Roman is, and how conflicted Jonah is in feeling the way he feels for him. It opens with Jonah thinking about suicide and continues with scenes of bullying, graphic scenes of physical abuse, sexual content involving underage children (and the expected underag
Meegz Reads
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
*3 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to start this off by saying that if you don't like a-hole bullies or preachy religious book, you may want to give this a miss. Jonah is the Pastors son, so there are a heap of religious comments and parts to this story. I personally skimmed this bits, but I did feel that they are likely very accurate to very religious people or towns such as the one this story is set in. Its a personal thing for me, but something I wanted
vivi books haven
Oct 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, 2020
I really wanted to love this book, I hoped it would be good read. But for me the book was not it.
the story had so many holes in it. so many thing didn`t made sense.
There were to much sex in the book, some was consent and some was not so much.
that's not my cup of tea. but other may like it

let`s talk about the thing that really stood out for me.
the main character last name is Cohen.
this last name is a Jewish last name ,not only that but it`s name with high meaning in the religious.
So imagen my su
Stephanie ✨
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021

This one has a few triggers that I know some people were uncomfortable with, but I didn’t mind it. Roman was a d i c k but he did grow throughout the book. His relationship with Jonah by the end of the book is still not the healthiest (yikes) but y’know, this was a pretty great bully romance.

I’m looking forward to reading about Taylor. He was the best. 😭

P.S. Jonah’s dad is a ASSHOLE and I hope he gets what’s coming to him.
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