I received this book for free from ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Elite of Eden Falls Prep #1
on September 15, 2019
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Dark Erotic, Erotic Romance, New Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, High School Bully, Ménage, psychological
Source: ARC by the author
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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.
A HURT SO SWEET Volume One is the first book in a series of full-length novels following Pandora Oakes and Dexter Booth.
This book ends in a cliffhanger and has dark themes throughout.
Dark Erotic, New Adult Romance; Enemies-to-Lovers; High School Bully; Ménage; Psychological; Non-consent; Cheating
First person; dual-POV
Book #1 of the Elite of Eden Falls Prep series; huge cliffhanger!
My little toy is sobbing now, the precious cries interspersed with moans of a hurt so sweet it makes me want to ruin her.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This was a fast-paced, squirm-in-the-chair, can’t-let-the-kindle-go type of book. This was a hard read, very intense and twisted. Felt very emotional ! As addictive as chocolate and ice cream together!
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4.5/5, secondary characters 4.5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Very complex characters with so much depth that was impossible not to feel with them. So much anger and pain here, I felt for them, I hurt with them!
Dexter was definitely not a hero. An antihero that most of the times felt like a villain. He was the product of this twisted place in which everybody is a deviant. He showed some glimpses of normality, but his jerk was always present. A very complex character that showed some growth. He didn’t want to save her, he wanted to punished her. He wanted to own her, so he could destroy her. He was very mature for his age, as he has taken a lot of responsibility at such a young age. The perfect character that I love to hate!
Pandora was a good heroine. She was just trying to survive, but she seemed a bit weak sometimes. She had fight inside until the end, but her weakness were well explored by Dexter. Being the new kid is never easy, but she could never imagined that it would be so hard. Felt almost impossible at times, like she was fighting a lost war. I’m hoping to see her confidence grow, so she can find her own power and bring her badass out to get her revenge!
Many interesting secondary characters, such as the firstborn boys, specially Caspian. Pandora’s siblings were also characters that I would like to know more.
Villains… in this twisted world almost everyone but Pandora, could grow into a big villain. I don’t want to mention names here, so I don’t spoil for anyone.
These characters were multidimensional and hard to understand. Pandora was an easy character to connect and love!
Freshness: 5/5 This book is definitely one-of-a-kind!!! So crazy and out-of-the-box that made this very unique. As fresh as a cold bottle of water in the middle of the desert!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 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 Amazing opening and frustrating ending. A plot that should be unbelievable, but the author writes so well, that she convinced the reader that this is ok. Dialogues written by a wordsmith. A fast-paced tale filled with angst and some interesting subplots. I’ve loved the setting, I’ve enjoyed the twists and I’ve hurt with the conflict. Highest level of satisfaction!!!
What a world-built. This town has a bit of Handmaid’s Tale vibe. Totally nightmare for any woman. Really, if someone ever invite you to visit Eden Falls, run the other way!
Also, this book is a psychological thriller. More than play with your feelings, it plays with your mind!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This was not a romance! The series probably will be, but this was not! This was kinky as hell and they had a lot of chemistry. We could see how Pandora was attracted to Dexter’s madness and how Dexter was obsessed with her. Crazy possessive, like ownership! These scenes were extremely hot. Really panty-wetter hot. But they were not for everyone.
Writing Style: 5/5 My first book by the author and I’m already blown away. It has everything a thriller should have. Amazing world-built that has a lot of room to be explored; complex characters; and a very cohesive plot. Crafty!
Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4.5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This cover is very pretty, I can see it fit the story a little, but I wanted more. I guess this could be a scene from the Ball, but if it is, the colors are wrong. I also find the picture a bit tame for their raw passion/hate kind of love. Because I don’t have a clear description of the characters, I guess they may look like that. I would buy this book by its cover, mostly because of the title that is very catchy!
Plot: I mean, there are books that ends with a cliffhanger and there are books that feels like a cliffhanger. 🙂 So, yeah, I can’t never not mention a cliffhanger. I will never like them, but I understand why they are there.
I’m sorry!I know this has been a very convoluted review, but this is how messy my mind is right now. My thoughts are not in sync or organized.
This book was a complete MINDSCREW (sorry for my play with words, but trying to be respectful here :)) !
Every new page I felt like I would crash and burn. Every new page I found something that I hated. Hate was the preeminent emotion I felt while reading this book. So, you must be thinking.. she didn’t like it. No! I’ve loved it! It is like a compulsion, when you believe that at the end of the tunnel will have a HEA. Ok, maybe a crazy HEA, but a closure of sorts.
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! It hurt, it flayed you, it destroyed!
I can’t wait for book #2, which I believe I will get a mending of sorts!!!
33/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 4.5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Would I recommend? Yes, for everybody that likes their books dark and dirty!
Would I re-read this book/series? I’m certain I will have to do it every time another book of the series come out.
Would I read more from the author? Can’t wait for more!!!