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The Better Bully

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  75 reviews

Hang on a second. I never bullied anyone. I’m not that guy.
I was a star quarterback in high school with more friends than I could keep track of. With it being my senior year and college scouts already taking interest, I had a bright future.

Then this crazy redhead shows up ranting at me like I’m the filth of the earth…what right does she have? So naturally I had

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Published February 16th 2021 by Roxanne Tully
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So disappointed. I had high hopes...I was told there was a strong heroine and a alpha hero. Not sure what book I read because I got a martyr, I think I'm strong but I'm actually really weak heroine, and an asshole hero.

To sum it up -
Heroine defended her brother to Hero, Hero ostracized her from high school society
Heroine transfer to Hero's college after being humiliated by her football playing ex
Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth with a lot of "I'm strong and I hate him" and "I'm so
3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Better Bully by Roxanne Tully was a enjoyable quick read. Not quite your typical bully romance more of an Enemies-to-Lovers with light bullying. This was a slow burn with a HEA

The story starts with a flashback on how Violet and Reed became enemies in High School that leads to them not liking each other in college. And how it affected their lives with what was said and done 4 years ago.

I liked how independent and headstrong Violet could be. She definitely had some insecuritie
Ghiselle James
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Didn’t want this to end

So happy I read this one! It was sweet and had some emotional parts that I wish was more explored with Reed and Violet...things in their separate lives I wish was confronted on a deeper level, because it really needed to be confronted.

I somehow loved what Violet and Reed had. It wasn’t necessarily bullying per se (or as I’ve come to like reading in my Bully romances) but there was something there I also wished she had explored with that...maybe more tension and angs
What Makes Patri
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Better Bully is an easy to read enemies to lovers bully sports romance book.

This story was a bit different than my usual bully romance reads. The bullying was not as graphic and even though the author tells us the last year of high school was rough for our main character (Violet), we don't really "see" any of the bullying. By the time the "NOW" story starts following, the bullying is something in the past (when they were teenagers), yes, there's animosity between the characters, a lot of sar
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Better Bully is a bit different to other bully romances I’ve read before, which was quite refreshing. It’s an enemies to lovers romance with a bully element but not as full on as I’ve read previously read.
Violet moved school due to the bullying she sustained in her last year but we don’t get much of that in the story, the readers are just aware it happened.
The story mostly focuses on when Violet and Reed end up at the same college, they are more mature and bullying is a thing of the past.
Emma Louise Elks
I received an ARC of The Better Bully, and I loved reading this story. Rox Tully has made a lovely combination of bully, brothers best friend, enemies to lovers, sports and young adult tropes.

For a bully romance, the underlying story and connection between the lead characters was surprisingly sweet! Reed isn't your traditional bully which made it refreshing to read, so if you're new to the whole bully romance genre scene then this is a great read to ease you into it as there aren't really any t
Bookiechick  Reviews
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5
I believe this is the first Roxanne Tully book I have read and I must say I’m now curious for more.
I enjoyed this. I was a bit wary it was going to be fluff but the characters really make it unique. The characters had an interesting dynamic which held my attention and I enjoyed watching them navigate their obstacles and fighting the chemistry that was no doubt blazing throughout. Angsty, thrilling and amazing characters really made for an entertaining and enthralling read
Andrea ( books_fiction_desire )
Beautiful sports romance story filled with passion and twists. Reid was the popular guy, a captain at school football team and a bully but for his own reasons. Violet was the one girl who was not afraid to confront him and would do anything for her brother to stay with the team.
Four years later they meet again and their old ways quickly became more than they used to be. As they usually say, if someone is bullying you it can only mean that they might have different feelings than they are actually
PAD.My.Bookshelf Blog
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

I really liked this book but I was expecting there to be a little more bully aspects to it by reading the title and blurb. There is talk of it and flashbacks, but nothing in your face. So if you want to read a book with a little taste of bullying this book is for you. This is my first book by this author and i'm impressed by what I read and can't wait to look more into this author.

What do you do if your bully turns into your protector. Like a moth to a flame no matter what has
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
I adore Reed and Violet. This was such a great take on a whole lot of tropes rolled into one amazing read. The bullying actually occurs 4 years prior to Reed and Violet meeting again in college. This all happened in high school, Violet is completely dedicated to her brother Max and she would do anything and everything to see him succeed which is exactly what she does when she confronts Reed back in high school which causes a series of events that ends up with her and her brother having a straine ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A first time read from this author and an avid lover of football romance novels mixed with an enemies-to-lovers, and I was definitely not left disappointed. These characters past history along with their underlying secrets, makes for such an unexpected journey for them both.

What can I say about Violet except she goes for what she wants, sticks up for herself and those she cares about, and is definitely not intimidated by no one. As she finds herself throughout this story, she learns sometimes p
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am no stranger to sport romance but hot damn Reed & Violet's journey covers all the tropes!! Bully, enemies-to-lovers, brothers best friend plus has a whole side sauce of lust, passion & sexual tension!😍

"𝓡𝓮𝓮𝓭 𝓗𝓪𝔂𝓮𝓼 𝓱𝓪𝓭 𝓫𝓮𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓶𝔂 𝓾𝓷𝓯𝓸𝓻𝓮𝓼𝓮𝓮𝓷 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓽𝓮𝓬𝓽𝓸𝓻 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓸𝓬 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓱𝓪𝓼 𝓫𝓮𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓶𝔂 𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓮."

Reed & Violet's history is compelling and had me captivated from the very beginning. Their chemistry, lust, angst & history brings twists and turns. But when Violet finds herself back in a world with Reed the
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was probably one of my favourite sports romances I've read so far! It's an enemies-to-lovers book, and I really liked Violet and Reed's history - the romance in the book progressed really naturally and it was a pleasure to read! ...more
Jenny Hobson
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favourite Roxanne book so far. I love a sports romance and this was right up my street.
I really liked Reed and Violet. They have some bad history which keeps you guessing for a bit untill the big reveal. I liked the vibe of this story. Bully sports romance meets best friends sister.
Violet had balls! She's stands up for what she believes in and pushes people to be and do better. Reed was a bad boy with a heart. He gave off some dont look or touch me vibes while still having
Nicola Bradfield
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Better Bully 4.5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this fresh twist on a bully romance. Reed is not your usual bully, although he is cocky and arrogant he is loyal and has a swoon-worthy sweet side.
This story is an enemy to lovers best friends sister with a bit of bullying thrown in.

I loved the relationship between Reed and violet and how they overcome their hurt that each other course in high school

Reed is your usual hot cocky quarterback, although his cockyness is a cover for the struggles he faces in
Kara Altomare
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Better Bully was nothing like I had expected it to be but was still a great read! While there is some bullying in this book it’s not taking place during the story’s timeline so keep that in mind bullymancers!

Honestly I really loved Violet from the beginning, Reed on the other hand was hard to love at first. I loooove alpha-holes but the things he did were way more personal than the average bully would. Even tho he didn’t know at the time, I still wanted to deck him for the emotional pain he
Michelle The Outgoing Bookworm
This is a gem of an enemies to lovers romance.

The actual bullying takes place in flashbacks as the reader witnesses the budding relationship between Reed and Violet. You want to hate Reed for what he did back in HS but it’s hard since he has many redeemable qualities. One being protective which comes out quite frequently around Violet.

As far as Violet, she’s an enigma. One minute she’s strong and standing up for herself and the next she’s insecure and vulnerable. Reed is her knight in shining a
Stephannie Tolitsky- Swoonworthybooks/EnticingJourney
Stephannie's 5 Star Review:
I really enjoyed this book.  This is my first time I've read a Roxanne Tully book.  

I really love the characters in this book. Violet and Reed are amazing and fell in love with them.  The bullying is very light in this romance story. Reed is arrogant, gorgeous, and has a sweet side that he doesn't always show. Violet is a firecracker that fights for those who she loves. She doesn't back down and she is strong. She doesn't want to be a victim and she always stays true t
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve read a sports romance! The Better Bully starts off in high school where we meet Violet and Reed.
Reed is your typical high school jock, so when Violet makes a stand against him Reed doesn’t take it lying down. Flash forward and these two both end up in the same college. The bullying is light and most of it is only referenced and not seen on the pages. This isn’t super steamy but it doesn’t stay PG either. As with all romance we finally get our HEA. If y
Liz Parker
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reed and Violet are both amazing.
Reed just doesn’t want to be his dad!
A past encounter in the locker rooms puts Violet her front and centre in Reeds focus! Fast forward 4 years and Violet is back with her bestie and brother and to her shock Reed. The bullying of the past doesn’t really occur in college. They have both grown but they both still remember.

Hate turns to protectiveness (which Reed has always had) and then love. The journey they took was beautiful, Reed always protecting Violet.
I ad
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from the Author for my honest opinion.

What a delightful story! Reed and Violet are two bullies wanna be, meaning they are just regular people who got stuck in a feud.

Their story is heartwarming and sweet, the characters are likable even though storyline wise I would have prefer a little more development of some characters stories like Max's and Chloe's, but thats me wanting to know more!

I love bully romance stories and this one was different yet very captivating.

Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I picked up a sports romance, but I’m so glad I picked this one up. This is part bully/brothers best friend/enemies to lovers, plus a twist. I really loved how this book was DIFFERENT, it had a twist I wasn’t expecting. Reed is the typical college star, and Violet is both strong, and yet vulnerable. It’s a great pairing, and I loved watching them. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for something original, you will not be disappointed!

Story 📖: 5/5 fre
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and unconventional bully, enemies to lovers romance that I enjoyed reading. Reed and Violet had an altercation in high school leading to Violet being shunned by the school. They meet up a few years later in college and feelings change. They have this incredible chemistry that can’t be denied. Reed is not a conventional bully and finds himself protective of Violet. She is spunky and strong, such a breath of fresh air. I loved their banter and sizzling dynamic. This is such a great ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was not a normal bully book, which I normally stay away from. I actually really enjoyed this book, yes it had some bully in it but it wasn't over the top and in the end things worked out.
The friendships made were amazing, the character growth and world building were great.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reed and Violet are main couple in the new book by the Roxanne Tully.
They are college students and old enemies, so be ready for chemistry of the charts. I said it many times and I'll say it again, Tully makes you feel like part of the story. Side characters are also great, Max is well in my head now. All in all, great read that made me lose myself until I finished the book and then I daydreamed for a while.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Best Friends sister, enemies to lovers, sports romance, three awesome tropes rolled into one book. I thought Reed and Violet's story was beautifully written. Reed is not your typical bully and I think that is why I love this story. We find out why these two are even enemies to begin with and it all starts back in high school. Roxanne Tully does an excellent job creating a storyline that is easy to follow and characters that are just loveable and relatable. ...more
nothing but amazing books Lacey Threapleton Wygerde
This is the second book that’s I have read form Roxanne Tully and I enjoyed it enemies to lovers book . I enjoyed the twist and turn it turns throughout this book and the sexual chemistry between Reed and Violet hot damn . I was heartwarming story and I am looking forward to more books from Roxanna Tully
Denise Reynolds
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this enemies to lovers romance! This was my first book by Roxanne Tully and let me just say that I’m now on a mission to read the rest of her books! The tension between Reed and Violet is undeniable and draws you in from the first page. This book was a one sitting read!
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this refreshing take on this genre. This book does a great job building the depth of characters to see why they behave as they have. Its got the right amount of sports, angst and steam to make this a great read.
Ann Mihailovic
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Better Bully by Roxanne Tully is a light bully, sports/college, enemies-to-lovers romance and also happens to be the first book that I've read by this author. I have long been a fan of sports/bully romances and this story didn’t disappoint. It was a great read with drama, light bullying and intense chemistry.
In this story, Violet is strong, determined and a big supporter of her brother. He may be older than her but she is fiercely protective of him. So protective that she isn't afraid to co
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While her genre was never limited, she now enjoys writing billionaire romantic comedies and sports romance, creating strong realistic heroines and sexy alpha heroes.

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