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(Stratham Knights #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  88 reviews
They say there’s beauty in broken things… I don’t agree.

My past broke me, nothing beautiful about it.

I buried my past and my secrets to live a normal life at the prestigious Stratham University.

School of dreams… with new friends and a fresh start.

But I didn’t bury my past deep enough.

The boys that betrayed me are now the men of Stratham’s elite.

They will do everything
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 248 pages
Published March 12th 2021
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Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is packed with betrayal, secrets and tension building to be something great.
It's also filled with flashbacks of abuse and there are instances real time that could possibly be triggering to some.

Evelyn is trying to live her life and comeback from a very traumatic childhood. She deserves it after all she went through. She's accepted into her dream college, she has a roommate that is quickly turning into her ride or die - but guys from her past have poked holes in her almost perfect bubb
Jan 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
Trigger warnings (mild spoilers). I don’t tend to write reviews on here, because I don’t really know how to navigate this platform. I do read and write reviews on Amazon. But this book made me so angry and I did not see “helpful” trigger warnings on either platform so I am leaving reviews for books 1 and 2 here and on Amazon so that anyone who is sensitive to rape, sexual, and physical assault trigger warnings will have fair warning and can avoid this book.

This book is full of rape, sexual assau
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this book tore me to pieces. Return is the story that I never knew I need in my life. This story is angst and you need the tissues as I was nearly balling repeatedly as I read this book. Evie/ Evelyn isn’t the girl she used to be and is trying

to move on. Whispers of her past trickle through as she goes through the motions of trying to start over
Until it crashes in a second and the guys return
Her past and her torment role into one

They hold the power it seems or do they?
Return is explosive and
L. Starla
This page-turning dark romance is gritty and raw. Evelyn’s attempt at a fresh start in life is blown out of the water when she is reunited with the three guys who betrayed her. She loved them once but hates them now. Problem is, they are the elite at her new college, the knights who are anything but noble. They look down at Evelyn, treating her like trash and inciting vicious bullies to attack her.
I loved this story. It kept me up all night reading. Evelyn’s plight is tragic, and I really felt f
Uh, OK, I struggle with my rating on this one, fluctuating between 2 and 3 stars. I enjoy dark contemporary romance and bully romance, RH is my jam, and I have no triggers that I've found aside from a sensitivity to OM/OW drama (which this is chock full of, but that's not why I'm torn). I really wanted to like it, and it was hard to tear myself away from, like I had to know what happened next, but it felt like a bad soap opera that I binged against my better judgment. The FMC felt inconsistent a ...more
Feb 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I am blown away by how well this book was written and how fast it sucked me in! Never before have I read a book with so much hidden backstory, pain and trauma that was so intriguing that I just couldn’t stop reading! NV Roez most definitely knows how to spin a story and create some compelling characters.

The story centers around our beautiful heroine Evelyn, Evie to her friends, and lets just say that while the pain and horrors in her tragic past only slightly trickle through in some flashbacks—y
Rebecca Diaz
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I just finished and I need more! I have so many questions and so many theories that my mind won’t quit racing.

I love this FMC, I love her so much that I want to keep her as my bestie and never let her go #minenow

The guys, oh the guys I want to smack them upside their heads for being so aggravating 😤😤

I read this book in one seating, it had me captivated from the first page. I ignored everything around me so I didn’t have to put it down.


I can’t wait to find
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow.. I don't even know where to begin with how brilliantly written 'Return' is.
I didn't want to put it down and was hooked from the start.
I found myself on the edge of the seat with anticipation as I progressed through the pages meeting characters I liked, some I hated, some I wanted to shake until they came to their senses and some I loved.

This story isn't for the faint hearted and if you struggle reading difficult topics, this isn't for you. Though do check the author's disclaimer at the be
I can’t get behind a h who falls for her abusers.

These guys did some pretty effed up stuff or stood around while others did horrible things to the MC. This book is dark, its not labeled as dark with a few incidents of depraved behavior... its actually some seriously forked up stuff happening.

After reading the first book, I started to skim through the 2nd to see if there was any groveling or whatever to see if I could tolerate her guys. I wasn't surprised to find out that there wasn't.

The writi
Mary Ann
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of emotion. Betrayal... bullying... love... hate...abuse...violence academy. One minute you want to cry and the next do harm to the males around her. The FMC and her best friend are strong not whine like so many females. She finds herself dealing with a past that caused her so much pain and does it like a rockstar. The males you will love to hate, but ain't that what makes a good dark romance after all! There is so much that happens and still leaves you needing more. I can see ...more
Lorena  Garcia -- Brittany's Book Blog
I am obsessed with this series and this is the first book, I need the next two STAT!

Evelyn has secrets that she doesn't like to talk about but when she meets up again with her three guys (now part of the Knights) the last thing she wants to do is run into them, but inevitably she does and it's not a pleasant one either. The boys, Micah, Caleb and Elijah are not very nice to her when they first see her again after four years and that's because they blame her for what happened after their last enc
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Feb 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly intrigued

The book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The heat: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

This is a book that from the beginning, gives the vibe this is going to be an intense story. Evelyn has been through a lot in life and we are only just starting to scratch the surface. I can't wait to find out all of her secrets. She has a depth of pain that is palpable. I can tell she's not as messed up as the Stratham Knights would like to think, but at the same time, she's been through enough that I think a part of her wants to suffer.

There is o
Meg Elle
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away by this new series from the new author NV Roez. This is a spectacular debut. This is everything I hope for when I'm looking for a new contemporary RH. I literally want to shout from the rooftops to check out this book it is so good. And I'm so excited its just the best when you try something new and it just knocks it out of the park and is a great read.

This is the story of Evie who has a really tough dark past. She's making a new start at this prestigious University a
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing

🖤This book got me in since the very first chapter. If you like wild rides and crazy shit this is your book. Welcome to the madness.

🖤We meet Evelyn she is a very reserved girl with a very dark past. She get a new opportunity to a new life in this Elite University. Everything was ok till 3 guys from her past are in the same University as her. An then a lot of things happen and let me tell you it gets wild wild wild. But God its so f*cking good.

🖤There is a lot of secres, lies, a
Feb 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing

Dark Romance ✔
Reverse Harem ✔
Ememies to Lovers ✔

After I finished reading this I just sat there and blinked a few times... trying to process what the hell just happened. That ending tho 🤯

Evelyn is trying to get a fresh start at Stratham University by putting her shitty past behind her along with the three boys who betrayed her and ripped her heart out. 

After her friend Celeste drags her to a soccer game, she is completely dumbfounded to see Elijah, Caleb, & Micah are now a part
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to begin I am still trying to process and organize my thoughts after finishing this beauty.

So first off, Evelyn, I liked her a lot even though sometimes I wanted to slap her or get in the book and prevents her to do some things or decisions she made.
I love Celeste, she is such a good friend.

I was extremely pleased by the tropes with the guys as usually I am not fond of rh or romance when they already know each other for years but I really loved this one because even though the
Chanel Johnson
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to start off with WOW!!

I normally jump into reviews with a little bit about the story but I can’t …… I have to get into my thoughts!

Sometimes when you read a blurb or teaser about bully college kids, you kind of understand what you’re going to get. And while that is what this story contained, it was so much more. I literally read this in 3 hours and COULD. NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN!!

There was so much happening but it was precisely explained and I was never confused. Evie is a boss babe!! She
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF The cover& blurb lured me; but this book had such underdeveloped, irrational; unnecessary characters and storylines it was just ott:. I could not stand the FMC and the hypocrisy that is her character. Why act like u are tough , when you’re not ? Another doormat masked as tough . There was no real fight in her at all. It’s like that girl who gets bullied and she just keeps saying stop it and walks away with her head held high and doing nothing about it ,thinking she’s the bigger and better pe ...more
Feb 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing

This book was filled with tension and emotion...and betrayal. There are many flashbacks to the abuse suffered by the FMC. But that will not be mistaken is that she is incredibly strong and will not allow anyone to erase the hard work she has done to get where she is.

Evelyn is trying to live her life in peace, she wants to get her degree and disappear. That can't be too hard? After all the trauma and abuse she's suffered she deserves this one thing, but no...things are a
Sarah Roupp
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
NV Roez's debut novel, "Return: Stratham Knights book 1", is AMAZING and fun!!

"Return" follows herione, Evie, where she is starting at a top-tier university and trying to forget her tragic past. But her plan to forget that life is put to the test when she's finds out that the 3 boys who were responsible for her time in juvie are part of the Elite of university. Lots of twists are spun into the story of redemption and romance.

"Return" is a great introduction to a great dark romance, reverse har
Jess McDaniel
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what to say after that ending. I would have never known this was a debut book.

Evelyn, or Evie for short, has a dark past. We learn bits and pieces throughout the book, but she has lived a very hard life. She has moved across the country to get away from her past and from the 3 boys that abandoned her when she needed them the most, not knowing that she is entering right into their den.

There are so many things that I need answers to! I need to know more about Micah, Caleb and Eli
Feb 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! Where have I been? How did I miss this series? I consider myself a true bookworm and romance booklover, and I am disappointed in myself for missing out on Stratham Knights all this time. I am sitting in my bed in the middle of the night thinking about what I would do or how I would feel after so much hurt, so much loss and so many dreams lost if I were in Evie’s shoes, god forbid. Would I ever trust anyone or would I stay where I am or pack up and leave to go to a place where nobody k ...more
Erin Figueiredo
Mar 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
WOW! That was one hell of an emotional and thrilling story! Evelyn’s tragic past pulled on my heartstrings and had me shocked at how resilient she is. Not many people would survive what she went through. Even with what she endured growing up, she still becomes a fierce, kickass woman. I have high hopes for her becoming the queen she is.

Evelyn’s story is action packed, intense, thrilling and so very entertaining that I never wanted it to end. This story takes us on many twisted turns that keep u
Feb 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
Intriguing Story

Eve has been enrolled in Stratham University and has worked hard to move forward with her life. But the men she used to call friends, but became her enemies, are there and have power. Now they plan to make her life hell for crimes she didn't commit.

This story was an interesting read. The plot was fast paced and we get an intriguing story that makes you question what is happening and what will happen next. Eve is incredibly strong, and while we don't know everything about her pas
Evelyn Jane Thorne
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story was intense, emotional, insane, mysterious, heartbreaking, mind blowing and it had me hooked from the very first page. I loved Evelyn so much because she was a very interesting character with a complex and mysterious background. There were some very interesting characters in this book including Celeste and Taylor who were two of my favourite.

My mind was continuously blown throughout this story especially with each new piece of Evelyn’s past which felt like a puzzle that I was trying
Tia Fanning
Jan 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing

I must admit there are certain dark romance themes I avoid reading for my own emotional health. Truthfully, I have wanted to read this story for awhile now, especially since the excerpt I read was so well written, but I also knew that the amazing talent of this author to paint pictures with words was going bring me into a world I wasn’t ready to explore yet. So, after finally feeling strong enough to delve into this dark universe of college and crime, here I am today. The beautiful sto
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Pleasantly shocked by this one! I was all the way drawn into Evie’s story. Return is dark and twisted. There is a lot to unpack while reading this one - Evie has not had an easy life and it seems like no matter how hard she tries, it always falls apart.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
For starters, I wanted to just wrap Evie up in a big hug. This girl is the epitome of strength and perseverance. She is dealt a horrible hand and somehow turns it around and gets into a great college.

The guys are awful…like I o
Samantha Hickey
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This series is AMAZING!! I have read it multiple times and I still cant get enough of it!

Return is book 1 in the Stratham Knights series and it's a dark reverse harem.

Evie is our FMC and she is starting at a University that is for the elite, all while trying to move on from her tragic and haunting past. Evie has been through so much and starting at this school was supposed to be her fresh start. Then, the 3 guys that were her best friends growing up are here to bully her and get her to leave the
Marni Ortiz
Feb 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Return Is the first book In NV Roez’s Stratham Knight series . Although this is the first book I have read by her , I can say with certainty that it will not be my last . In fact I loved it so much I cannot wait to read the rest of the series .I almost always love a story that has a strong FMC - and Evelyn is just that . Although she is quite broken and has had to deal with so much emotional turmoil and tragedy that no one should ever have to, she is determined to persevere. Be ware this story ...more
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NV Roez is a dark contemporary romance writer who thoroughly enjoys all things dark and firmly believes that there is something beautiful in broken hearts and damaged souls. The most monumental stories are born rising from the ashes.

Outside of writing, she’s obsessed with spending time with her family, drinking coffee and reading books. Does not converse before coffee, has an inappropriate sense o

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