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Devious Little Liars: A High School Bully Romance (Saint View High Book 1) Kindle Edition
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~Louise, Amity Books~
"My reaction after finishing : A bajillion Kindle throwing, expletives out the wazoo, crazy, messed up glancing at the percentage left, swiping but no more pages...You got me, that was crazy pants amazeballs."
~Book Haven Book Blog~
"YOU. NEED. TO. READ. THIS. BOOK! If you are into enemies to lovers, reverse harem, some bullying, mystery, a hell lot of drama, steamy scenes, a feisty girl and bad boys (here you have 3 of them), you're in the right place!"
- ASIN : B088ZKJ77T
- Publication date : July 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 566 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Devious Little Liars sets the tone and pace for this novel straight from the start- we’re immediately thrust into a suspenseful, intriguing, and heartbreaking opening act that sets our heroine Lacey’s world on fire- and not just figuratively. An unexpected fire kills her guardian/uncle and almost kills Lacey- if not for some mysterious man wearing Saints View High football shirt pulling her from the blaze. She never sees his face, and the police are dubious of her story with limited supporting evidence- but they do know one thing, her uncle was already dead from a stab wound when the fire started. Wrecked with grief, she’s determined to do right by her uncle and look for clues as to who killed him and/or who saved her- and the only place to start? The school on her rescuer’s shirt. The public school on a different side of town- a totally different world from Lacey’s privileged reality, a world where she has no allies and no friends. But she quickly captures the attention of three of the Untouchables- the boys of SVH that rule the school. Colt, Rafe, and Banjo- each with their own quirks and their own interests in her, but all equally sexy and captivating. They are mostly cold and unwelcoming at first- determined to make her leave. Why? Lacey isn’t sure- but as their paths cross, some of the Untouchables start to open up and embrace her.. What unfolds is a story full of so much heart and heat, jam packed with suspense and interesting characters and so much mystery.
This harem is EVERYTHING. Elle really captures what I love most about reverse harem books- the intimate exploration of chemistry. Yes, seems odd that a genre about multiple love interests is, to me, really a celebration of romantic chemistry- but that is what makes RH work- the embracing of multiple, meaningful connections to another. And Elle NAILS the chemistry- the delicate RH art of both creating group chemistry and identity and then the intricate act of weaving each individual together, too. Since this is book 1, the Harem isn’t yet fully in play- but we see the start with Lacey beginning relationships with multiple boys and even some SCORCHING menage action. Elle really focuses on the emotional connections first, though- beautifully so. All of the characters are so well developed and complex- with character dimension and depth to unpack, and she brilliantly finds several sweet, tender moments to bring Lacey together with Banjo and Rafe- scripting smart dialogue and catalyzing emotive moments that solidify an intimate and natural connection. The relationships evolve organically- thus at different paces, which feels more authentic and also lets each pairing shine. I was swept away by these boys- especially Banjo.
And Lacey is incredibly likable and relatable. Despite her privilege she’s so open and compassionate- she’s patient, kind and forgiving, and surprisingly grounded despite her upbringing and recent tragedy. She has a vulnerability and emotive quality to her character, but she’s also strong and determined- the kind of heroine you root for. I felt for her SO much.
The pacing here is pure perfection- a just right balance of action, mystery elements, and intimate (both emotional and physical) moments of character connection woven together for a heart pounding journey. There are plot twists and shocking moments galore, some lighter bullying, and we have some AMAZINGLY written steamy scenes (the kind that zing electricity through you. What I love most about the narrative construction, though, are the twin parallels, the juxtaposition of how Lacey is trying to crack a mystery as she also starts to crack what makes these boys tick- and how those two elements influence one another and alter Lacey’s path makes for some very interesting dynamics and a captivating character journey.
This was truly some incredible storytelling and character work- I LOVED every word of this and could not put it down, and now I’m anxiously awaiting book 2 and stalking Elle’s back catalog. And that cliffhanger ending? My jaw and stomach are still on the floor. The way my heart broke only speaks to the wonderful writing that invested me so greatly in these characters. Can’t wait for more! PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW- you’ll love it!
Shoot. I suppose yelling curses and crying doesn't exactly a review make, huh?
I've been reading so many bad, broken, take-no-prisoner female leads lately that when I first met Lacey, I wasn't sure what I'd think of the girl dubbed "Princess." After all, we meet her with family who love her, a wealthy, stable home, and the freedom to get lost in her passion for music. Lacey seems soft by comparison.
But Lacey's world is quickly shattered with the death of her uncle, Lawson, and her mysterious rescue from the fire that nearly takes her to the grave right along with him. This is where Lacey shows her fighting spirit, which shouldn't have surprised me; the hardest things are forged in fire.
Lacey's unflinching drive to do anything for the family that took her in when she had nothing and built her up when she was broken is tried and tested, but she still manages to find bright spots in the darkness and smile through the pain. Thorpe mentions Lacey's grief in both quiet, lonely moments and public, gut-wrenching ones, too, and it's so painfully obvious to anyone who has experienced loss as a young adult how accurate these moments are. Grief, loss, love and guilt are twisted, funny bedfellows, and Lacey is doing her best to survive them all.
Speaking of surviving bedfellows; hello, Banjo, Rafe and Colt. You are keeping a lot of secrets, aren't you? Devious boys and devious lies go hand in hand around Saint View High, it seems. And after the ending of this book, one thing is obvious; there are no Kings here, no Knights in shining armor. Only a Princess who will save herself and take her place as Queen. And these boys would do well to remember, a Queen bows to no one.
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This was an intriguing masterpiece 🤩.