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I’ve been dead inside for such a long time that I’d forgotten what it felt like to be alive… Until I met her.

Emilia Harrison. The woman I swore to protect. The one putting cracks in my walls and threatening to undo all my hard work keeping the ghosts of my past at bay.

She was only meant to be a job. I never anticipated that everything would get so complicated, but there’s no denying the effect she has on me.

One kiss had me coming undone, feeling alive for the first time in years. I was finally ready to put the ghosts that haunt me to rest… Except, now she’s missing.

Surely, fate can’t be so cruel as to deal me the same hand twice? I won’t lose her. Not now when she’s finally working things out with Hawk, and she and Wilder still have so much left to resolve.

The pain of my past hasn’t been this raw and exposed in a long time. I thought I’d come to terms with what happened, but I won’t survive this a second time.

387 pages, Kindle Edition

Published February 17, 2023

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About the author

R.A. Smyth

24 books915 followers
My name is Rachel. I live in the UK with my husband and two golden retrievers, and I am an author of dark, contemporary reverse harem romance.

If you love a story with a well thought out plot and good character development that will give you all the feels, then why not give one of my series a go?

Crescentwood - high school, stalker, bully, enemies to lovers
- Three Divisions: https://books2read.com/threedivisions
- Two Forces: https://books2read.com/twoforces
- One Family: https://books2read.com/onefamily

Pacific Prep - academy, assassin FMC, brothers best friends, taboo, bully
- Broken Trust: https://books2read.com/brokentrust
- Brutal Lies: https://books2read.com/Brutallies
- Beyond Vengeance: https://books2read.com/beyondvengeance
- Break Free: https://books2read.com/BreakfreePP4
- Blurred Lines (novella): https://books2read.com/Blurredlines

Black Creek - Gang/Mafia, enemies to lovers, MM, Forced marriage
- Rebels & Rejects: https://books2read.com/rebelsandrejects
- Murder & Mayhem: https://books2read.com/murderandmayhe...
- Damaged & Deadly: https://books2read.com/damagedanddeadly
- Chaos & Carnage: https://books2read.com/chaosandcarnage

Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway - Second chance romance, Friends-enemies-lovers, college, secret society, stalker, fake dating
- Pretty Spiteful: https://books2read.com/TRBoR1
- Pretty Vile: https://books2read.com/TRBoR2
- Pretty Lethal: https://books2read.com/TRBoR3

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February 9, 2023
5 stars ⭐ RTC, literally savored it!
Omg, this was great, intense & fast paced! I loved the relationship & character development, all the important bits & stuff of past finally being revealed. Stalker situation reaching its apex too!

Loved the heat, chemistry, I absolutely love Emilia, Hawk, Kai, Wilder! Hawk being so sweet to Em & his dominant self is f'ing hot. Kai pulling away & opening up fully - heart-wrenching. Wilder being a wild card lol, but his & Em's relationship had the greatest development here, from torture to accepting love. And Em's personality just feels so real, scared of stalker & but so determined to not just survive but live.

Now I can't wait for the last book & find more about this secret society 👀. Amazing cliffhanger, didn't left me anxious but VERY curious!
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505 reviews213 followers
March 4, 2023
(Thank you Peachy Keen and the author R.A. Smyth for the eARC in exchange for a spoiler free review)

Please check trigger and content warnings before reading.

I liked the first book of the series so I had to sign up for the second one!

Although the author said it is not necessary to read the first book, I would recommend it to be read for a more wholesome experience since this book picks up from where the previous ended as well.

This book dived more into their experiences and pasts which explained them better so in that sense I’d say there was character development. The harem was settling in and honestly they all seemed like a good fit.

My only slight disappointment was this book was how draggy and long winded some chapters were. Some of the content didn’t value add to the plot or characters so I thought that was unnecessary.

But overall I’d say the character development is still worth it and I can’t wait for the next book!

The Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway reviews
Pretty Spiteful
Pretty Vile - 3 ⭐
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2,515 reviews38 followers
February 19, 2023
Okay that was one hell of an adrenaline packed and insanely emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. I was literally in the edge of my seat, biting my nails with anticipation of what I was going to read when I turned the page, and shocked by what was actually transpiring right before my eyes.

Emilia, Hawke, Kai and Wilder continue to take us on one hell of a suspenseful journey filled with anger, pain, heartache, violence, passion, forgiveness and love. There is so much that the four of them go through in this part of the story that you can’t help but let them consume you. Emotions were at an all time high and there were a few times that I wasn’t sure things were going to work out for the four of them. A lot of secrets get revealed slowly which helps them all grow stronger as a unique family. But there are still some darker secrets that need to be revealed!

The spiciness got ramped up a whole hell of a lot making my lady parts tingle like crazy. These guys could set anyone’s panties in fire!

The twists and turns throughout kept me guessing on what the outcome would be, and I was pleasantly surprised by the last few chapters leaving me guessing on how much darker things are now going to get.

The final book in this amazing series is going to be an explosive one! I am excited to see what is going to happen next!
February 16, 2023
PRETTY … not a word I would use to describe Pretty Vile…

Amazing ✅
Suspenseful ✅
Steamy ✅
Addictive ✅

It’s no secret that I absolutely love the PacPrep would and the second book in Emilia’s series is no exception. Wilder, Hawk, and Kai are a stellar harem and 100% there for our girl both in and out of the bedroom. Throw in the surrounding stresses of a crazed stalker and a secret society? I couldn’t put it down!!

This is definitely one you don’t wanna miss! Jump in and stress with me over the wait for book three 🫣

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273 reviews49 followers
February 20, 2023
I didn't think it was possible for me to fall even more in love with these characters and story but then the author had to go and publish this book just to prove me wrong! With the way book one had ended I thought the whole stalker storyline was just about wrapped up but boy was I wrong! If anything, I have even more questions about who/what they were involved with/in before they ran into Emilia because the math just ain't mathing! I have my own personal theories that tie into some of what we saw Wilder go through over the course of this book but we didn't get nearly enough information for me to make any confident guesses. Speaking of, I was so happy with the ending! I was wondering when/if the story would start to focus more on the secret society and it looks like I'm going to get my wish in Pretty Lethal! 🤩

While the story captured my attention from start to finish with all of the plot twists and action, the thing that really did it for me this go around were the characters themselves. This is becoming one of those harems where I'll have trouble deciding who my favorite guy is because I adore them all so much! However, given the emotional struggles that Kai and Wilder were going through for part of the book, my fave is still Hawk for now! He was truly the best of both worlds, so supportive while the guys were figuring their stuff out but also so freaking hot when he went all primal alpha on her! His scene with Kai? I was melting! That man is the epitome of sexual chemistry and I really hope there is a role-playing repeat of the night that started it all back at Pac with all of them because I NEED IT! 🥵🤌🏻 Moving on, I still adored Kai and while his progress was understandably slow and cautious, getting the details about his past trauma was eye opening and I can't wait to see how he contributes to the group dynamics now that everyone is on the same page!

And Wilder? He gets his own paragraph! It was obvious from the start that he was going to be a tough nut to crack but I think I'm the most proud of him for his character growth over the course of this book. He still has a long way to go but making peace with his feelings and inner demons, telling Emilia about his past, and coming clean to Hawk has given me so much hope for him. Especially that last one, I was really hoping that his betrayal wouldn't come to light from someone else blabbing and was so happy that he made the decision to come forward himself! And given the implications that we got in the epilogue, I'm hoping that he is able to find true peace and healing towards his past in the final book where it looks like a ton of secrets are going to be revealed! I'm so freaking excited to see how this story will end for the gang that I've already got the release date for Pretty Lethal marked on my calendar! 🤭
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1,331 reviews142 followers
February 18, 2023
This started with a bang, and just kept on going! Picking up right where we left off with Em being kidnapped by the person I thought it was, she fought like hell to escape.. only to realize that her nightmare is far from over. Her every move is still being tracked, and the person responsible seems to be a ghost in the wind, and seems to outsmart everyone in order to have Em all to themselves. It's a crazy ride, but I loved seeing her become even stronger and fight against what her kidnapper ultimately wanted from her, but against Wilder too.

If you told me back in the pacific prep days that I would love Hawk as much as I do now, I probably wouldn't have believed you, but I am so happy to be proved wrong!! The way he loves Emilia and the way he protects her against anyone and everything currently trying to take her away from them, just set my soul on fire. Their connection is so intense and beautiful, which made for such a great romance!

As for Kai, the poor guy goes through so much here. His past trauma is essentially playing out in real time, and he's trying not to let his emotions get in the way and leave yet another woman he cares about in harms way, but by doing that, he *is* hurting our girl. Thankfully he wises up, and I can't wait to see that connection grow more and more. Plus the heat between them is insane!!

Now for Wilder. Look, I love the psychopath, but he still has so much to make up for. Yes. He had his heart broken by Em in high school, but she was just a kid. She didn't do it on purpose or maliciously, and the fact that he didn't even read her letter which could have saved him so much heartache just made me want to shake him. I just want him to finally let down his walls and let her in again all the way.. and I have a feeling with the danger that's coming our girls way, he needs do it soon before the opportunity is taken away from him for good.

This book was so freaking intense and emotional in all the best of ways! I loved watching the connections and individual relationships grow, and I loved seeing Em grow into the woman she's always wanted to be. And that cliffy?! I cannot WAIT for the last book!!

**I received an ARC of this book and these are my honest opinions **
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630 reviews29 followers
February 22, 2023
Great characters

I love these characters and I love seeing the growth they have experienced. I thought we knew them but I was wrong, there is so much learn. They are growing as individuals and as a group and becoming stronger for it. I also like that we have learned more about their pasts, how it has shaped them and how it effects their way of thinking, as well as how others are using their pasts against them (dun dun dunnnn).

I was wondering how the author was going to stretch the stalker drama into three books but there was something even bigger happening behind the scenes to lead us into book three. What. Is. Happening? I feel like I’m moving closer to the edge of my seat as more is revealed.

While the story will have you turning pages faster, the characters really are what capture you. I was invested in these characters in the previous series and I just want them to have their HEA. They deserve it and I can’t wait to see how their adventure concludes.
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319 reviews34 followers
February 8, 2023
Pretty Vile picked up where the last book ended and didn’t have much of a recap, which I always enjoy in a fast-paced series!

“𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝, 𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭. 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞. 𝐘𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐲.”

We finally got some spicy scenes with Wilder + Kai and I’m so glad everyone has put their differences aside and decided to act on their feelings.

I am very curious to learn more about the secret society and the stalker in book 3 as I feel like I’m left with more questions, BUT I trust the author, so I know she’ll answer all of my questions in the last book lol.

I highly recommend this series! Read it! You won't be disappointed!
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2,229 reviews1,730 followers
February 10, 2023
Feels 2
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

This series keeps you on the edge of your seat with crazy twists and mysterious plotlines looming in the background. I really can’t put the book down. And the steamy scenes…oh, man! The entire book is way too addictive. I’ve fallen in love with Wilder, Hawk and Kai. These men are strong, protective, dominant and pretty much everything I love in my heroes with some broken pieces thrown into the mix. I love Emilia. She really seems to have grown throughout book one and two. She’s just the right amount of sassy and independent that pulls me in. I’ll be over here…dying for my next delicious morsel of this story to devour.
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240 reviews5 followers
February 19, 2023
This book was filled with so much emotion! I’m still reeling from the feelings this book left me in! I’m shook with the ending and I’m dying to know if they will get their happily ever after!

This group has been through so much in the first book and that only continued here after the kidnapping of Emilia! The rollercoster ride this book takes you on is intense I have a feeling it’s not going stop soon!

The spice is also top notch! Like wow!!! Hawk is a dirty talker! And Wilder isn’t far behind! And I just love Kai even more in this book since he gets over his past! And same with Wilder, he was working through his own demons as well and that seems like just the beginning!

Pretty Lethal needs to be here lol now! 😂😂
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592 reviews14 followers
February 7, 2023
I was so excited about this sequel because the first book left us with such a WICKED cliffhanger. So, I instantly started reading this book as soon as I downloaded it...

However.... I wasn’t as happy as I thought I would be about the twist... It was interesting, but I thought it wasn’t as well executed as the stalker in Pacific Prep... Also, the stalker seemed to drag, but resolve fast at the same time. It was just a little disappointing and I was kinda bored..

ALSO... the twist at the end... CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. I would have appreciated more build up on that one too to be honest.

BUTTTT... the steam was muy bien and the relationship between the harem was a highlight. Their banter is oh so fun!

Overall, this read was good, but not what I expected.
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1,417 reviews28 followers
February 9, 2023
This series keeps you on the edge of your seat with crazy twists and mysterious plotlines looming in the background. I really can’t put the book down. And the steamy scenes…oh, man! The entire book is way too addictive. I’ve fallen in love with Wilder, Hawk and Kai. These men are strong, protective, dominant and pretty much everything I love in my heroes with some broken pieces thrown into the mix. I love Emilia. She really seems to have grown throughout book one and two. She’s just the right amount of sassy and independent that pulls me in. I’ll be over here…dying for my next delicious morsel of this story to devour.
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301 reviews12 followers
February 19, 2023
Read as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This one was explosive! We are left with Em being kidnapped and find out who her stalker is, I CALLED IT!!!

Em and the guys are navigating trying to trap a stalker, struggling with past regrets and mistakes, learning to trust each other, and learning what each of their relationships look like.

Em is finally realizing her choice to leave after PAC-Prep wasn’t the mistake she thought it was, but what they all really needed to see their relationships back in high school weren’t made to last…yet.

Hawke finds he may have had more feelings for Em in high school than he wanted to admit.

Wilder is slowly facing his demons and coming to terms that Em is not to blame for his pain.

Kai is learning to open himself back up after past trauma and seeing what happened in his past is not his fault.

I love this story and the characters. I love seeing character growth and I get excited to see Em grow a back bone! I can not wait to find out who the Stalker really was, and who is really after Wilder. I can’t wait to see where this story ends.
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1,076 reviews79 followers
May 8, 2023
Another phenomenal book by R.A. Smyth! This book was intense, fast-paced, and had me hooked from the first page!

I love all of these characters so much since we were first introduced to them in the Pacific Prep series and the newly introduced characters in this series! These characters are so perfect for each other! The passion, chemistry, and love was everything!

This book ends on another cliffhanger and I can’t wait for the final book in The Ruthless Boys of Ridgewood series!

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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242 reviews7 followers
February 8, 2023
*ARC Review*

Once again RA Smyth has knocked it out of the park with this book. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Now, about that cliffy... I need answers! Who the heck? What the heck? I knew this was a trilogy going into it, but that false hope I was handed was not fun at all, lol. As always make sure to check your TWs before going into this series.
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624 reviews51 followers
March 3, 2023
What a ride that was. Action packed from beginning to end. The secrets I needed revealing were revealed and I was shook!!! Emilia and the boys take on the task of finding the stalker with devastating consequences. Wilder and Kais past came to light also which was very interesting but very tragic. Need book three now to find out about Wilders side of the story.
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198 reviews18 followers
February 12, 2023
Emilia and her men are just *chefs kiss* !! I loved knowing more about their backgrounds and what they individually went through, it explains a lot of their behavior. I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to know more about this *secret society*.. Wilder, you have a lot of making up to do!!
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490 reviews16 followers
February 20, 2023

Omg I loved this book so much. RA Smyth is a one click author for me and the reason is because when your reading her stories, it’s like you there. You can feel every emotion that is being written. Hands down a definite must read
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680 reviews4 followers
May 26, 2023
Ahhh! Just when things look like they'll be wrapped up nicely, RA Smyth deepens the plot! This was sooo good. Wilder is a psycho (but a sweetheart deeeeeep deep down). Kai has his own issues to work through, and Hawk is just an adorable alpha marshmallow. Can't wait to read book 3!
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408 reviews4 followers
February 17, 2023
TITLE: Pretty Vile
GENRE: Dark Romance
AUTHOR: R. A. Smyth
TROPE: Enemies-Lovers, Stalker, Kidnapping
TYPE: Series (The Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway Book 2)
POV: Multiple POV
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ / 5

The twists and angst keep on coming with this series! Wilder really is the wild card in this why-choose dynamic. I have so many unanswered questions. It seems like Hawk, Kai and Wilder each have their own inner demons, but Wilders appears to be next level. There is some closure to some of my questions, while the ending left me asking more.

I love this series, the characters within it, and the storyline's intensity. Once again, I found myself captured off guard by the twists and the book hard to put down. I was pulled into the storyline and invested in what would happen to Em. I can't wait to see where the series takes us in the next instalment. I am giving Pretty Vile 5 / 5 Stars.
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479 reviews3 followers
February 10, 2023
I received an ARC for an honest review

Content and trigger warnings apply.

Emilia has been taken. Hawk, Kai and Wilder spring into action to find her, but it is Wilder who is the unlikely hero. But what shocks them the most is when Emilia discloses who her stalker is.

For Kai, it triggers his own trauma. He is reconciling with the fact that he wasn’t able to save the person he once loved. He shuts down, drawing into himself, pushing Emilia away.

Hawk and Emilia are in a good place with there relationship, having accepted that what happened between them, in the past, was for the best, but now he has accepted the fact that she is back in his life, and wants more with her.

Wilder is still fighting with himself, his thoughts and his feelings. Of his own past, his family and what his future will bring him, in both the secret society and with Emilia. They have a love hate relationship, fighting each other and their feelings for one another, but for Wilder, he cannot fathom why someone like him, would end up with a girl like Emilia.

Through it all, Emilia finds her strength, her courage and her determination, to face head on what she has endured, coming face to face with Mel, taking back her power, her life and claiming ownership of her three guys.

Emilia will no longer run and she will no longer hide, for when Wilder finds himself in a precarious situation, does Mel learn the truth about her duplicitousness. But Mel one ups them, and it doesn’t come without a price when Kai’s hand is forced as he is confronted with his past, and when he shares his truth with Emilia, she accepts him, flaws and all, for it is Emilia that has bought his still heart back to life, the possessive need inside of him, to claim Emilia as his, raw and pure. For now the threat is no more, and they can move forward.

Wilder is spiralling, having betrayed Hawk’s trust, for the sake of becoming a part of this secret society, bring him back to the roots of his family, but at what cost. And when Emilia forces Wilder to bare witness, to hear what she has to say, that she accepts every fault of herself, but he is just as responsible for his own actions, having read her letter, does he begin to accept responsibility for his own mistakes but the decisions that he made that lead him to where he is now. In this moment do they share their own truths, accepting each other, Emilia finally claiming from Wilder what he has vehemently denied her.

With Emilia, Hawk, Wilder and Kai on the same page, they have come to accept their actions and choices around the decision that was made, finally at peace, the threat now no longer exists. However, for Wilder, he incurs Hawk’s wrath, having revealed his duplicitous intentions, only for the sake of Emilia do they somewhat understand and accept why he did what he did.

But not is all as it seems, for the society which Wilder has pledged himself to, have plans for him, for he is the person they have been waiting for, they were close, but not close enough, and they don’t like the fact that there plans have been somewhat delayed, Wilder’s focus elsewhere. To get him exactly where they need him to be, necessary sacrifices will be made, they will do whatever it takes, regardless of the consequences and to whomever it hurts the most.

This story is told from multiple POV, we get to see the characters growth and development throughout the book, each bringing there own strengths and weaknesses, what we see and feel shapes these characters, giving readers insight to who they are flaws and all, that they are in fact humans who all feel but handle what happened to them differently.

Their story will take you on a wild ride, having you turn page after page, this book had me from the beginning to the end. Reading this story, it enables the readers to really connect with the characters. The author knows how to write, and I will be coming back for more.

This book has it all dark why choose romance, possessive dominant alpha males, a fiery heroine who gives a good as she gets, touch her and die vibes, family and friend dynamics, murder, madness, mayhem, revenge, vengeance, violence, defiance, manipulation, adrenaline seeking suspense, jealousy, twists, truths and betrayal.

And those s*x scenes were blazing hot, downright dirty and physical, it had all the pleasure and passion one would expect when Hawk, Kai and Wilder show Emilia that they will be the only men that she will ever need, for they will always gets what they want, giving Emilia the pain and pleasure, she deserves, their attraction undeniable, there possessiveness and obsessive need for control and dominance, there foreplay it was off the charts and had all of the feels.

P.S. Love, love, loved having Hadley and her guys intersected into there story, the best friend bringing her own vibes, especially when we learn of someone’s (insert squealing) good news!

Here’s to anticipating the conclusion of their story, bring on Pretty Lethal!

Highly recommend both book and author!
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38 reviews
February 14, 2023
Lets just ignore it took me a week to finish this book. (:


as someone who loves rh this book hits. You get all the slow burn romance in this one! All the characters are well developed and it's amazing the way you just see the characters grow.

If there's one thing ima do, it's get on my knees for these men.

I seriously didn't think I could love these men more, but PV proved me wrong.

One thing I especially love about PV is Hawk. Seriously! If you read Pacific Prep you know what an asshole he was (still loved him) and in this book you CAN TELL the way his mentality changed, his pov in certain situations; just the way he acts. He easily became my favorite. I know I know. I usually don't choose, but I think he won me over with this one. He carried the whole book tbh

Where can I get a Hawk????


One of my fav scenes was when Hawk came home and Emilia cooked for him and she was all dressed up!!!! Like okayyyyyy looking all domesticated n shit. I ate that up. I could actually see Hawk's face, him just being in awe. Ugh. 😭

And while yes, there's a lot of character development.
It didn't get interesting until the 70% mark. At times I felt like it dragged. I had to stop a couple times because the plot was slow that I just couldn't cont it wo getting bored.

I was originally going to give this book 3 stars due to all the unnecessary info and details, in the end I chose not. Obvi. One of the main reasons for that was because the last 30% was full of action and suspense and I couldn't help but cont reading. The whole stalker thing also kinda flatlined, but I wanted her dead anyway so it's not that big of a deal. The characters also helped because I truly love these 4. They have become one of my favs. And ofc I like R.A. Smyth's writing. Which okay I might be trippin, but it felt different. 😂

Going back to why this book could've been better; I couldn't help, but think that this small ass woman (the stalker, Mel) somehow overpowered Hawk and Wilder. BIG ASS MEN. Like there's no way they couldn't have done something. Even while restrained. I just couldn't believe it. Also, the fact that no one said anything to Hadley and her guys. Like HELLLLO they could've helped! And I know this is technically Emilia's and their story, but still it couldn't hurt to ask for help from someone else when you clearly couldn't do anything about it. But that's just me. We're going to leave it at that!

Now, for the spicy goodness!!!!!! CHAPTER 19. 🫠 SHEESH SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME WATER. absolutely devoured that chapter. Love love love it. And I can't wait for more group scenes 🥰. Rachel, bestie, don't be shy& gimme all the group scenes!!!!

(P.s spice: 2/5)


Kai: “You’re so beautiful, Blackbird.”
Hawk: “She’ll look even better with a mouthful of your dick.”

Hawk fucking Davenport >>>>>>

I call dibs!!!!!! 🫡😂

Now, to end this review on a good note because HELLLLL. Wilder. He put me through so much. But, at last!!!!!!! I'm glad he got his shit, sorta, together. we got to see more of him. His personal life. His past. His fears. It was heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. Thank God for the guys or Wilder would've been off killing everyone lmao. Anyways, you'd be glad to know that by the end of the book he gets it together so keep pushing through and don't give up on him!!!!!

Sorry for this messy, all over the place review!!!!!! You'll be seeing more of me in my next review because after that cliffhanger! I. Need. To. Know. What. Happens. Next. They all want my hg dead 😭😂 like, give her a break!!!!

*arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
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574 reviews
February 11, 2023
'Wrangling your demons'

Intense! This book picks up perfectly right where book one ends. Emilia finally gets some answers on who her stalker is, only afterwards, we are left with more questions than when we started.

Hawk is the only one in this book that doesn't seem to have a giant stick up his whoohaw in this book. Kai develops a PTSD of sorts when Emilia is taken that he refuses to acknowledge, choosing to take a step back more than anything...until he is presented with a situation he cant back down from. ;-) Then there's Wilde... Wilde. Wilde. Wilde.

Wilde is beside himself in this book. Having felt lost once Emilia came back. He wants to belong and is questioning everything, feeling like that may no longer belong with the people he has come to love LIKE family. When the opportunity presents itself to meet his real, blood relatives, he makes questionable decisions that has the possibility for cataclysmic destruction.

"I think we had to get lost in the dark in order to find out way home to one another."

When the stalker decides to take players out of the picture, everyone is on high alert. All of the guys decide nothing is more important than Emilia's safety. No matter their situation with each other, they all decide she is theirs and no one will be taking her away, even if they all haven't gotten on board to be hers yet.

"They say time heals all wounds, but that's BS. You find a way to stitch them shut and navigate around the pain, but they never truly heal..."

The ending seems to come up too fast and we are left with broken truths, death and an unknown future. Their troubles seemed to have put an ending to one thing, but I have a feeling, this just opened an entirely new beginning for something else. The secret society is coming and Wilde and Emilia might just be their target.

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be our beginning."

I loved this book. I was trying to savor it all, but couldn't stop turning the pages. This book is about fighting your demons and letting others in. These characters are fantastic and each have such unique qualities and characteristics. I love them all for Emilia and cant wait for more. I am so eager to get into the Secret Society of it all and uncover more truths! ...The plot twist took me for a minute, but I think I like where the turn of events is heading even more so than before. Also, by the end of the book, I am happy to say, no one had a stick up their whoohaw anymore. lol

"When you're around, my life is better. Lighter. Brighter. More vibrant. More alive. You're the splash of color in my world, and I don't want to go back to living in the gray."

*Overall 5/5
*Heat? 5/5
*Fast burn
*Multiple first person POV
*MFMM Relationship (No MM)
*Ends on cliffhanger
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167 reviews3 followers
February 14, 2023
Pretty Vile by R. A. Smyth.

Thank you R. A. Smyth and Peachy Keen for the ARC.

We pick up where Pretty Spiteful left off, with Emilia missing. The guys rally and eventually get her back but it’s not without consequences. It’s a highly stressful time for all as the stalker is still loose and with bloody intentions. The past is still haunting Wilder and Kai, bringing tensions to an all time high. Through it all, Em finds everything she needs within these men; all-consuming passion from loving Hawk, heated tension that’s explosive around Wilder, peaceful, quiet, and calming affection from Kai. Like pieces to a puzzle, without them all it doesn’t work. We end with another mystery and more problems to be solved. Pretty Lethal will hopeful bring us answers and closure May 19, 2023.

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be our beginning,"

"When you're around, my life is better. Lighter. Brighter. More vibrant. More alive. You're the splash of color in my world, and I don't want to go back to living in the gray."

“It's ironic that I had to lose myself to find myself again, but I'm beginning to think it was a necessary evil.”

"I didn't chase after you before, but if you leave me again, I'll hunt you to the ends of the earth."

"Trust me, Blackbird, once Mel is taken care of, I'll be all over you, in you, on you. You will never get rid of me."

“Wilder has laid claim to my heart, and with every clash of my tongue against his, I lay claim to him. Every dark, rotten part of his soul belongs to me. It’s mine to nurture, mine to tame. Mine to make whole.”

“After years of being adrift at sea, it feels like finally coming home.”

“The thing is, if I am Hawk's goddess, then he is my god, because as easily as he'd bow at my feet, I'd also bend to him.”



I’ve been dead inside for such a long time that I’d forgotten what it felt like to be alive… Until I met her. 

Emilia Harrison. The woman I swore to protect. The one putting cracks in my walls and threatening to undo all my hard work keeping the ghosts of my past at bay.

She was only meant to be a job. I never anticipated that everything would get so complicated, but there’s no denying the effect she has on me.

One kiss had me coming undone, feeling alive for the first time in years. I was finally ready to put the ghosts that haunt me to rest… Except, now she’s missing.

Surely, fate can’t be so cruel as to deal me the same hand twice? I won’t lose her. Not now when she’s finally working things out with Hawk, and she and Wilder still have so much left to resolve.

The pain of my past hasn’t been this raw and exposed in a long time. I thought I’d come to terms with what happened, but I won’t survive this a second time.
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191 reviews2 followers
December 26, 2022
Well ... that ending was completely unexpected coming out of left field to steal the win! I literally easy not expecting the author to take us down that route and it left me reeling and processing for a while after I had finished. It was so surprising and brilliantly well written that for one straight hour after reading one simple word kept going through my head. What?!. Well done on completely blindsiding me with that ending but does this mean there will be another book? Surely she doesn't intend to leave it there? Right?

Pretty Vile begins with an interesting twist, instead of carrying on as normal Emilia must be left in quite a vulnerable and dangerous position. Having to play by her stalkers games and rules in order to try and draw them out and figure out their plans. Though Emilia is quite freaked out and nervous to start with it ends up being good for her to stand on her own two feet and regain the strength and determination, to reclaim the girl she was at PAC.

Heavy emphasis on Wilder, his thoughts, his feelings, his beautifully loveable, crazy psychotic mind. After how Pretty Spiteful ended he is forced to go through an intense internal struggle. I loved his chapter POV's the most, getting to look inside his head and unveiling the deep insecurities and trauma he has, his fear of ending up alone and unwanted without family or someone to care about him.

Everything he feels is heightened, all his emotions and they play a major part in the decisions he makes and they begin to overwhelm and control him massively. His desire to belong somewhere pushes him to accept everything the secret society, King's Elite demands of him, even though alot of it goes against his beliefs and it becomes very clear that he is completely wrong for the group.

Meanwhile Hawk has fully given into his feelings and both admitted and accepted his need and love for Emilia. He is the only one rebelling against everything, not letting anything keep him from the woman he loves, even if it has to be done more in secret to keep her safe. Kai, however, is deeply traumatised and suffering from PTSD and his saviour complex takes control dictating negatively his interactions and behaviour towards Emilia.

An intense book full of trauma, laughs, a heavy does of anxiety for characters and reader, massive character and relationship growth for Wilder and Emilia well-paced detailed plot keeping the reader engaged with light-hearted scenes to soften the darkness. And there is a lot of dark moments but if you like dark reverse harem books then this is a book you need to read!
491 reviews6 followers
January 10, 2023
Rachel if you read this, this is my favourite series of yous! This book is all about growth and self discovery along with a heavy dose of wicked plot twists that I don't think anyone saw coming.

Even if there wasn't as much action in this book for me it's a winner because I'm all about emotional depth and growth and knowing my characters and our rough diamonds are being polished as their begin to open up and bare their truth to each other.

Wilder is broken beyond anyone's expectations, haunted by the past its fractured his mind till he isn't entirely in control of himself anymore but his angel brings him a reprieve although he fights it. As much as he hates himself he feels unworthy and if anything that's his biggest obstacle to over come but at least his growth in this book gives them a foundation to build from even if it is a shakey one.

Hawk has stepped up and taken control, he is a born leader but until he could fully accept his feelings for Emelia he was stunded and holding himself back. Now he has embraced his truth he can really flourish and boy does he even if it means going against what they're told for her, to hold her and comfort her he will do whatever it takes.

Kai's truth his tragic back story is used as a weapon against him and it means Emelia finds out what he considers his greatest failure and that fear is self perpetuating in him. He feels history will repeat itself so he oushes her away but also fears when she finds out that she will and he's left barely existing on a knifes edge.

Emelia his true rock bottom but she is reborn like a phoenix from the ashes. She takes back k autonomy of herself, finds her strength and wants to fight. Fight for her freedom and fight for those who her heart belongs to. Finally I feel she is starting to redeem herself for her previous selfish actions that brought so much pain. Her character arc is only just beginning.

This book packs a punch in growth, acceptance and love. The plot twists will keep you glued and begging for the next book.
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3,600 reviews37 followers
February 18, 2023
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

I've been dead inside for such a long time that I'd forgotten what it felt like to be alive...Until I met her. Emilia Harrison. The woman I swore to protect. The one putting cracks in my walls and threatening to undo all my hard work keeping the ghosts of my past at bay. She was only meant to be a job. I never anticipated that everything would get so complicated, but there's no denying the effect she has on me. One kiss had me coming undone, feeling alive for the first time in years. I was finally ready to put the ghosts that haunt me to rest. Except, now she's missing. Surely, fate can't be so cruel as to deal me the same hand twice? I won't lose her. Not now when she's finally working things out with Hawk, and she and Wilder still have so much left to resolve. The pain of my past hasn't been this raw and exposed in a long time. I thought I'd come to terms with what happened, but I won't survive this a second time.

This is the second book in The Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway. You will need to read the first book Pretty Spiteful first. There is a cliffhanger in the end of that book that will pick up in this book in the very beginning. This book is super intense and very fast paced and I was loving every second of it. There are some crazy twists in this book and you will be on the edge of your seat a lot of the time reading this book. If you didn't live Wilder, Hawk and Kai already then you certainly will in this book. I loved how protective and dominant that they are Emilia is amazing and I just love her she is still growing and I really love seeing the growth we get to see in this book of all the characters. You will need to hang on for the end of this book. I cannot wait to have the next one in my hot little hands. This series is really great and you do not want to miss it.
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102 reviews35 followers
February 18, 2023

"Most people see the ugliness in this world and turn their noses up, but not Emilia. She sees beauty in the imperfect. Artistry in the damaged."

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5

Spice Rating: 8/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
Plot: 8.5/10
Intrigue: 9/10
Logic: 8.5/10
Enjoyment: 9/10

Hero: Wilder, Hawk, Kai
Heroine: Emilia

Cliff-hanger: Yes
Triggers: Murder, Violence, Dub-Con, Stalking

Pages: 387
Style: Contemporary, Second Chance, Secret Society, Enemies to Lovers, Dark, Twisted, Suspense, Bully, Reverse Harem, Stalker, Forced Proximity, Bodyguard.

Once again Rachel ALWAYS produces the goods. This one was no different and was such an incredible second installment of the Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway! It had so much drama, betrayal, love, loss, steam, and of course some very broody overbearing alpha-holes, seriously what more could you want?

I didn't quite expect the ending... looks like we might be heading in an interesting direction and I am totally here for it!!! Thanks to Rachel for another amazing read!

"I like playing with that fire, stoking the flames, and waiting to see if I'll get burned."

*all edits are mine - pictures are not

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February 19, 2023
Tropes :
Second Chance Romance
Forced Proximity
Best Friend Brother
Secret Society
College Romance
Fake Dating

Trigger Warnings:
Dark Romance
Kidnapping NonCon (Not by Harem and only Kissing)
Mind Fuckery
Graphic Sexual Scenes
Violent Content
Dark Themes
Several of the Characters have traumatic pasts

*This series is a reverse harem, meaning the FMC ends up w/ more than one love interest
*The Ruthless Boys of Ridgeway is a spin off series to Pacific Prep

This is a 3 book series that will ultimately end in a HEA

When Emilia is kidnapped Hawk, Kai, and Wilder work together to find her. After learning whose the stalker from book 1 they take all the precautions necessary to keep Em safe. With resolve Hawk and Em find a way to move pass the past hurts that tore them apart. Kai has to reconcile with his past to acknowledge a future with Em. Wilder is all over the place with secret societies, a grandfather that now wants to be apart of his life , his love/hate for Em and just being pulled into a lot of different directions. The only one who knows they need each other is Em and will set out to prove it until they all realize they can't survive without each other.

This is a book that is filled with a whole lot of HAWT ass scenes and a lot of plot twists. I still say Wilder is Hawt and annoying at the same time, but my favorite character. I love Hawk as well with his take charge attitude and Kai's wounded good/sexy bad boy in the bedroom vibe. This is a top notch nasty steamy sexy and wild book...with a little twisted dark romance thrown in for good measure. Now this book has a cliffhanger like the first book so I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series.
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