I received this book for free from Talk Nerdy to Me in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Truth by Cassie James
Series: Scandals of Banner-Hill #1
on August 11, 2020
Cover Design: Cassie James
Genres: New Adult, Reverse Harem Romance, Dark, Bully Romance, Contemporary, Non-Consent
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Talk Nerdy to Me
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“Truth or dare?”
Four years ago, an innocent game led a group of friends into the woods for a night of debauchery.
Two weeks later, one of them was dead.
Now, Natalie Adams wants nothing more than to forget what happened that night—and everything that happened after.
It’s easier said than done when a very public misstep lands her back at Banner-Hill, a place she swore she’d never step foot in again.
And she’s not the only one that’s back.
Logan and Killian are just down the hall, reminding her of everything she’d rather forget. Taunting her with everything they once had.
At Banner-Hill, the wealthy fight their demons—or indulge them.
Natalie Adams plans to do both.
Readers Beware: This book is a RH bully romance. If there are bad things to be done, these characters will be the ones to do them.
This book is a dark RH romance with material that may be difficult for some readers. Please see the author’s note at the front of this book for more details.
New Adult, Contemporary, Dark, Bully, Reverse Harem Romance, Dubious-Consent/Non-Consent
First Person, heroine-POV
This is book #1 of the Scandall of Banner-Hill series, and it shouldn’t be read as standalone. It ends in a cliffhanger.
Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.
This book was wonderful. It was twisted, raw, dark and dangerous.
There was a bit of everything. We got a good suspense, the love/hate game was strong, some great smut, well constructed characters and a very interesting plot.
This was not a love story! This has all the elements of becoming a great one, but remember this was dark, twisted romance, with a lot of psychological game going on.
Can’t wait for book #2!!!
31.5/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 3.5 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4.5
Action 3/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 5/5 Humor 1/5 Romance 4/5 Suspense/Mystery 4/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of dark, twisted romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!
Addictiveness: 5/5 I couldn’t put this book down. I read in one sitting. It was intense with perfect pace. It kept me guessing until the last page. In fact, I’m still trying to guess what’s is coming for the next book. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with good story behind. Good character growth during the story.
Natalie was a great heroine. She was not someone that I loved from the get go, but I’ve learned to understand and to root for her. Her evolution during the story was really good and for someone so young she carried a lot of baggage.
Logan was a complex antihero. I really liked him, probably different than most, he was my favorite. He was a jerk, never denied, he was more guarded, didn’t carry his feelings in the open, but was always straight forward with them when needed. I’m really looking forward to know him better and learn more of his background.
Tristan was another multifaceted antihero. He was more of the emotional, caring, type of guy, but in reality he was as cruel as he was sweet. He loved strongly, but he also hated immensely. So much more to explore here, can’t wait to see him unraveled .
Secondary characters So many interesting characters to explore here. I love the girls friendship and how they helped each other. I also loved Nick’s characters and I find all secondary characters here well created with interesting back stories. Nobody felt extra, they all had a purpose into the plot.
Villain/antagonists One clear villain, easily identified from the beginning, a few unexpected antagonists and some characters that are over the fence. Are they villain or good guys?
They were all about tough love, but lovable and somehow connectable!!!
Freshness: 4.5/5 Unique! Yes, another dark, bully romance, but at the same time, original, with an interesting plot that felt fresh. One-of-a-kind! As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!
Plot: believable 4.5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 4.5/5, twists 5/5 Amazing opening with an interesting ending with a cliffhanger. Superb plot, with well written dialogues and intense pace. Great setting, a few really good subplots with unexpected twists. High level of enjoyment!
Different! Very unusual plot, filled with suspense. At the same time there was a love/hate game very strong, that worked really well for me. I ended the book very intrigued for what is next.
Romance: believable 4/5, chemistry 4.5/5, description 5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5 Even though this was not a romance. Not in the “normal”sense of the word, I could totally feel the love between the characters. They had history, intense history and they were/will getting/get their second chance. Will they do better this second time? I’m hopeful for them! Intense love!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 Creative plot, well constructed characters, great smut, interesting romance in a clean, cohesive writing. Looking forward to read more! Great writing!!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, subtitle 1/5, background 3/5 buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was too generic for me. I can maybe see Natalie in the picture, but I miss more personal touches. I like subtitles that enhance the experience and I really missed something that offered more of the book. I would maybe buy this book by its cover, but I would definitely need to read the blurb first.
I love series, I understand the reason for a cliffhanger, but I don’t have to love it. 🙂