If you can’t beat the rich boys…
Lily Anna Oakes and I share everything.
We have the same billion-dollar name, the same designer clothes, and the same messed up problems.
But Lily Anna and I will never meet. She died years ago.
This town broke her. I’ll burn it to the ground before I let that happen to me.
In Eden Falls, I’m forced to attend a school for the elite. The Firstborns own this place and they think they own me, too. It’s not long before Dexter, Caspian, Lai, and Julian become the bane of my existence.
There are only two people I’m afraid of – my strict father, and my malevolent fiancé. Unfortunately for me, my husband-to-be is one of the Firstborns ruining my life.
Dexter Booth and I will marry on my birthday to secure our families’ bond.
Every woman in this damn town wants to be Dexter’s toy. Except me.
Dex and his Eden Falls Prep cronies have forced me to give up my body. I know my betrothed wants my mind next.
I play along… But soon, I’ll leave the beautiful jerk behind without the thing he wants most from me.
Series: An Elite of Eden Falls Prep #1
My Rating: ♥♥♥.5
“I can do whatever the hell I wasn’t to you and you’ll keep coming back for more. You really are a glutton for punishment, Pandora.”
It is becoming apparent to me that rich, elite and bully type of books are becoming more and more popular. Or maybe I just have the propensity to be drawn to them. Either way, because it seems there are so many of them, it’s very hard to find one with a vastly different story from the ones I previously read; basting with freshness from page one to the last. This was a fantastic introduction to Betti’s books, and although the storyline wasn’t necessarily new, her writing style was fantastic; portraying the fucked-upness of rich people in that delicious way that has me sporting my “what the fuck” face throughout.
After four years in an etiquette school, Pandora Oakes returns home to a life that she apparently is entitled to, but is entirely foreign and unwelcome by her. She is followed by the ghost of the girl she is replacing… yes replacing; which I found bizarre, but let’s talk about that later. She is expected to fill in her shoes; live her life, marry her fiancé, have kids that were meant to be hers. Basically die to her old self and assume the role and life of Lily Ann Oakes. With the reality of her new life setting in, she can’t help but be defiant, despite the consequences of her actions. But she finally makes acquaintance with her fiancé, she finds her body and her mind are at war; at least that’s what she’s telling herself.
“I shouldn’t be thinking about the new girl. I have too many other things to worry about, yet my mind is constantly circling around her…”
Dexter Booth is the only heir to one of the six founding families of Eden Falls. After the death of his parents, he assumes responsibility previously executed by his father. When the love of his life commits suicide, she leaves Dexter aggrieved and broken and very resentful of the girl that is expected to assume her role and replace her. He loved Lily Ann, so imagine his surprise when he finds himself attracted to Pandora. It angers him but he can’t deny that he’s intrigued by her; not enough not to be a dick to her.
“My little toy is sobbing now, the precious cries interspersed with moans of a hurt so sweet it makes me want to ruin her.”
Okay so let’s get into the details then. The book had me captivated from page one. I loved Pandora’s fighting spirit to begin with, which quickly dwindled and left me seething. I mean what the fuck? Why are teenage girls so stupid? They are always attracted to motherfuckers who treat them like shit. My respected for Pandora quickly faded. I mean Dex and her friends made her life a living hell but lawd help me, defiant as she claimed to be, were her virginal hormones raging so much for her to respond to such humiliation the way she did? I mean it get it; some people are exhibitionists but come on
Do virgins really act that way? Anyway it started to piss me of when she continued to insist that she was not into Dex like that and that she was in fact horrified by how he was treating her. Do ya’ll remember the scene where Dex was on the phone and fucking with her while watching the video?
I mean if she really was that appalled, she could have pretended to do as he was asking while she was in fact painting her nails. And it stands to reason that she’d think he wouldn’t know about it because she didn’t know that he was watching. I mean
And then there was the “lesson” with Audra. All I have to say about that is
And of course she swears to get her revenge on that. And you know what that constituted? Dressing up in the late Lily Ann’s clothes. Again
By the time that scene with Lai, Caspian and Julian took place in Caspian father’s office, I was done with Pandora. Once again her body dictates her response. My response?
By the end of the book, I thought to myself
I say this with love and respect, because I’m not one to judge
Home girl was displaying some
Anyway, upon reflection
Where is her mother? What is the big plan with Pandora? What does her father have to gain by getting her pregnant? What is the story between Pandora’s dad and Minnie? Who is the girl in the padded room at the Booth mansion? The story really left a lot of questions that are thought were critical to the book unanswered I’m hoping book two answers them; hence my rating. Its not because the story was bad; it is because I am left with a lot of questions for this to be a solid 4*.
“…you think breaking girls gives you power. You think if you steal something, and lock it away, it’ll never belong to anyone else, but what you’re forgetting is, it’ll never belong to you either. When I leave, I’m going to make sure your heart is broken.”