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In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees… 

Life is a cruel game where only the most ruthless survive. It’s a truth my mother rebelled against, and she paid for it with her life. Now, I play their game. Publicly accepting the destiny that lies in wait for me when I turn eighteen.

But, behind closed doors, I plot my escape. 

Trent, Charlie, and my twin, Drew, rule the hallways of Rydeville High with arrogance and an iron fist. I execute my role perfectly, hating every second, but they never let me forget my place in this world. 

Everyone obeys the rules. They have for generations. Because our families have always been in control.

Until Cam, Sawyer, and Jackson show up. Throwing their new money around. Challenging the status quo. Setting hearts racing with their gorgeous faces, hot bodies, and bad boy attitudes.

Battle lines are drawn. Sides are taken. And I’m trapped in the middle, because I made a mistake one fateful night when I gave my V-card to a stranger in a blatant F you to my fiancé. 

I thought it was the one thing I owned. A precious memory to carry me through each dark day.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. 

Because the stranger was Camden Marshall, leader of the new elite and my perpetual tormenter. He hates me with a passion unrivaled, and he won’t be the only one. Fire will rain down if the truth is revealed, threatening alliances, and the power struggle will turn vicious.

My life will hang in the balance.

But I’ll be ready, and I’m not going down without a fight.

BOOK REVIEW: Cruel Intentions

Siobhan Davis

Series: Rydeville High Elite 

My Rating:

“Who are you? What’s your name?

“I’m nobody. I’m invisible. I don’t exist except to obey their commands.”

This book was so good it took me a minute to finally sit down and review it. I’m a newby to all things Siobhan Davis (Yes I know, I know I suck) but better late than never and all that. When it comes to romance novels, y’all know I’m into that grown folk kinda loving, so often I steer clear of anything that says high school in it. Why? Because, generally teenagers are stupid and it’s really hard to portray them otherwise. But I think Siobhan may have converted me with this one. She wrote the shit out of this book. From the first page I was gripped, by the time I got to 23% I’d had so many “what the fuck” moments I’d lost count. This book straight up fucked with my mind. The author wrote in a way that made my mind run into really dark places and just as I was bracing myself, she’d yank me out by my hair. Throughout the book I was torn between wanting to skim through to get to what happens next but it was so well written, doing so felt like robbing myself of a book-gasm.  And what a book-gasm it was. A sizzling tale of enermies-turned lovers, drizzled with some arranged marriage, laced with some dark abusive shit and a whole lot of deceit and betrayal. And of course, the motherfucking cliff-hanger.

“I want to feel something real. I want to let go of all these chains that bind my body. To feel like I’m in control even if it’s only an illusion.”

To those looking in from the outside, Abigail Hearst-Manning has everything any young girl could want; prestige, wealth, power, a sexy man. For those who know better, she is the posterchild of a girl with wealthy people’s problems. Her fate was determined and her future was planned long before she was old enough to even contemplate it. Born to a father who sees her as nothing more than a means to an end, her rebellion streak know no limit. She’s no push-over; one way or another she’s determined to come out from under his thumb. When she crosses paths with a stranger who she saw as nothing short of her saviours and knight in shining armour, she thinks nothing more of it; until she meets him again-only this time, he’s the stuff her nightmares are made of.

“Congratulations, baby, you’re our new toy.”

“I’m no one’s toy. “        

“Oh but you are. You will do what we want, when we want…”

 In the struggle for more wealth and power, the phrase there’s no honour among thieves is seen evident in Camden Marshall’s life when his family is toppled from the top by one of their own. Cam is angry, resentful, broody, dangerous and out for blood. His sole purpose in life is to bring those who brought misfortune to his family to their knees. In order to do that, Cam is forced to form allegiance with his arch-enermy. As fate would have it, the same girl from what has so far been the best night of his young life.  So naturally there’s a warring of the mind and heart. Does he stick to the plan or take a different route? Or maybe there’s a compromise when they learn that they have a mutual enemy; enemy of my enemy is my enemy and all that.  

 “We both know you’re mine, so quit trying to piss me off.”

Somewhere between the blatant bullying punting for the mind, and the memory of their past punting for the heart, suppressed feelings resurface that they can’t deny. As Cam and Abby continue to work on the take down of their enemy, Abby suffers probably the most fucked up misfortune at her father’s hands; an event pivotal to the change in dynamics of Cam and Abby’s relationship. We see as the couple outgrow their preconceived misconceptions about one other as they grow closer; but Abby can’t shake the feeling that there is more to Cam than he’s letting on.

“I didn’t want you finding out like this, and its m fault because I was scared. You’ll hear some stuff that will shock you, but please give me a chance to explain. Come home with me tonight, and you can ask me whatever you want. I’ll tell you everything.

While still basking in the warmth of their relationship; truths of epic proportions are revealed. Cam’s real identify and motives are revealed and Abby finds herself between the proverbial rock and a hide place. Deceit, manipulation, lies, revenge seems to tie these two together, but will they survive the aftermath of these revelations? Guess we will find out in Twisted Betrayal.  

Siobhan Davis story writing skills are on some gangster level. I generally avoid dark romances, but somehow she manages to make it…sexy and palatable (I’m fucked up aren’t?) She dragged me into this story from page one, had my emotions all the way fucked up and left me foaming at the mouth with a plethora of deliciously displayed human emotions.

The only downside was that the story was told from Abby’s point of view only. It would have been great to hear what Cam had to say about what was happening alongside Abby. There were one or two scenes that I thought could have been elaborated a bit. For example, what the hell Andrew was up to and Charles’ end game with that proposal. I’m hoping they will be addressed in Twisted Betrayal. Another note upon reflection, the brutal abuse Cam put on Abby; that boy did a number on that girl. Some fucked up shit.  I can’t get over how easy she moved on from it. I know he’s fine and they’ve got crazy sexual chemistry, but come one now.

She could have atleast made him grovel. But that’s neither here nor there. The story is so good that when you’re reading it, this detail won’t bother you at all. Other than that; This. Book. Is. The. Mother. Fucking.Truth. It will definitely be going into my list of all-time favourites.

“You’re my everything, Abby. Don’t forget. And no matter what you hear, know that what we share is real.”

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