Series: Brayshaw #1
on January 15, 2019
Cover Design: Jay Aheer, Simply Defined Art
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult/New Adult, Sports, Enemies-to-Lovers
Format: kindle e-book
Source: purchased for kindle on Amazon, Available through Kindle Unlimited
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A Top 15 Amazon Bestseller
# 1 in Sports Romance
From USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Meagan Brandy comes an enemies-to-lovers, New Adult Romance full of morally corrupt and power-driven teenagers.
"Girls like you aren't exactly welcomed at a place like this, so keep your head down and look the other way."
Those were the exact words of my social worker when she dropped me in my newest hellhole, a place for "troubled teens".
I didn't listen, and now I'm on their radar.
They expect me to play along in their games of hierarchy, to fall in line in the social order they've deemed me fit.
Too bad for them, I don't follow rules.
Too bad for me, they're determined to make sure I do.
Inconceivably attractive and treated like kings...these are the boys of Brayshaw High.
And I'm the girl who got in their way.
This is book ONE in a THREE book series.
Also in this series: Trouble at Brayshaw High
Also by this author: Trouble at Brayshaw High
Contemporary; Young Adult/New Adult; Enemies-to-lovers; Sports Romance
First person, dual-POV
Book #1 of Brayshaw trilogy.
He told me family was choice, not a burden of birth. He said it was up to me to find the feeling and never to settle for less than what I wanted.
Addictiveness: 5/5 The highest level! I’ve been obsessed with this book. I read it for the first time two weeks ago, went straight into the second book and came back to read it again, to write this review (my first review after 15 months hiatus). I’ve been searching almost daily for news on when book 3 is coming out. Can’t wait!!!
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 4/5, real 3/5 Yes! My favorite part about a book is character development. In this book they are the stars. We have two main characters, the hero and the heroine; two major secondary characters that are almost as important then the main; and several others mildly important to the story. For an antagonist we have one bigger one, and several minors that are always part of the high school bullying stories.
Big and bold, fearless by nature and loyal by choice. A man undeterred by a female’s body. Rare as fuck.
He’s a words man, an observant bastard with a fighter’s instinct. He digs in deep and forces you to face yourself, demands strength and craves fearlessness.
The hero, Maddoc, is a complex character. He is the leader of his triad with his brothers, he is the leader of his basketball team and he is the leader of his entire town. He is a teenager, with teen actions and reactions, but at the same time, he is this huge force that in a mob style way, is the ruler of his town, representing his dad, that is jail. He is used to rule, to command and be heard and he was not ready for a girl that didn’t accept his ruling. He is a bit too bossy for me, really over the top, but inside this fictional town, it makes perfect sense.
She’s more than a fucking wet dream–she’s a porn star come to life. She’s like a real-life Snow White, only better. More hair to pull on.
I’m the daughter of a whore, dirty by default. Guilty by association.
The heroine, Raven/Rae/RaeRae, is my favorite character. Yes, she is impulsive and harsh, but if we take in consideration her life, she is a result of that. She is amazing! She is fierce, loyal, wild, free. She is lost and looking for a place/a home, without even knowing. She fights, with her fist, with her words, with everything she has. She is not a damsel in distress, and she is a teenager. Like most teens, lots of times she chooses the stupid choice. She is compassionate and loving and she knows what each of her boys needs. Yes, boys!
I could write another book about Royce and Captain. They are not only secondary characters, they are part of the triad-quartet of the book. This book would have no true meaning whitout them. Royce is the playful, worrier of the group. Captain is the nurturer, the one that thinks and give good advice. Their relationship as brothers is great and the bond they are building with Raven is touching.
As Raven says:
… the female presence they so desperately crave. Someone for Captain to care for, someone for Royce to worry about, someone for Maddoc to protect.
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I like that this cover has been made specifically for this book. The title refers to the triad of boys that runs Brayshaw, at the same time Raven is the one on spotlight. As background overlapping we see the boys playing basketball. The colors used are wild and dark at the same time, like Raven and the boys personalities. The subtitle couldn’t be better to describe the heroine. Loved it! Would buy this book by its cover without reading the blurb.
Freshness: Is not really fresh, it has the same formula of most teen angst drama stories out there, but I like the added variations. I like the idea of the Brayshaw home and how is building up.
Plot: believable 3.5/5, conflict 3.5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 3/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and major cliffhanger ending. Still unsure oof the conflict and dialogues well written. Fast-paced with a superb family foundation to make this really enjoyable. Amazing setting with a good subplot. The twist was unexpected. Most of all, this is a story of bonds, of creating a true family, even outside of the “norm”. This is a story of love. Not just romance, but true love among brothers, friends, people that complete each other.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 The chemistry is there from the beginning. They look at each other and they create fire. They are explosive. At the same time, the author, took us in a journey. They didn’t become a couple from the beginning, they worked for it, even at the end they have an agreement for NOW only. The heat is ON! Really this teenagers sex lives are hot. I guess I was really dumb at this age, because they are having very mature sex here. Wow! Cold-shower-needing heat!
Writing Style: This was my first book from the author and I’m in love. I love her writing style. I love the way characters were created, setting was conceived and romance was constructed. Can’t wait for more!!!
- Plot: By the end of the first book, the conflict is still a bit muddy. Is a hard concept to understand this family feud sort of mob-owned town. Also, these 17 years old teenagers act like 30 years old. The lack of a cool adult, a believable responsible person in this entire story is weird. From the principal, to a bad social worker, to a weak caretaker, the adults here are disposable.
- Freshness: Is not really fresh, it has the same formula of most teen angst drama stories out there. I guess is a formula that I love and I don’t get tired of reading, so for me it works. 🙂
I’m a character reader. I love series with amazing characters story arch. These characters stuck on my brain. I would love to be friends with Raven and meet these boys.
This is not a complete book. You should not read this thinking you will end it with any kind of closure. This is a work in progress. Literally the first two, three episodes of a tv show. It end with a huge cliffhanger.
31.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 4.5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 4 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4.5
- Action 4/5
- Angst 5/5
- Darkness 3/5
- Humor 0/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 2/5
- Would I recommend? Yes. A must read for everyone that likes angst teenage romance.
- Would I re-read this book? YES!
- Would I re-read this series? Sure.
- Would I read more from the author? I’m really looking forward to do it.
You may read this because you like YA/NA romance; you SHOULD read this because you like angst within your romance; you MUST read this for kickass heroine and badass heroes.