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Rich boys don’t fraternize with the help. They don't torture the help. They don't crave the help. For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have lived on the edge of ruin, so when she finally gets a decent job offer, she moves us cross-country to take it. Who cares if it means working as a live-in housekeeper for a man wealthier than God? The paycheck is good, and it comes w Rich boys don’t fraternize with the help. They don't torture the help. They don't crave the help. For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have lived on the edge of ruin, so when she finally gets a decent job offer, she moves us cross-country to take it. Who cares if it means working as a live-in housekeeper for a man wealthier than God? The paycheck is good, and it comes with a roof over our heads. She even manages to get me enrolled in the fancy prep academy his son goes to—the kind that spits out future CEOs and politicians like a vending machine. But this new town has a few things my old one didn’t… Like secrets that could get a person killed, and four of the hottest, meanest guys I’ve ever met. I might live in their world now, but I am not a part of it, and they’ll do whatever it takes to remind me of that. We go to school together, live together, and share a dangerous secret, but as far as Lincoln, River, Dax, and Chase are concerned… I’m just the help. ***AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Help is a reverse harem high school bully romance, the first book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.


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Rich boys don’t fraternize with the help. They don't torture the help. They don't crave the help. For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have lived on the edge of ruin, so when she finally gets a decent job offer, she moves us cross-country to take it. Who cares if it means working as a live-in housekeeper for a man wealthier than God? The paycheck is good, and it comes w Rich boys don’t fraternize with the help. They don't torture the help. They don't crave the help. For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have lived on the edge of ruin, so when she finally gets a decent job offer, she moves us cross-country to take it. Who cares if it means working as a live-in housekeeper for a man wealthier than God? The paycheck is good, and it comes with a roof over our heads. She even manages to get me enrolled in the fancy prep academy his son goes to—the kind that spits out future CEOs and politicians like a vending machine. But this new town has a few things my old one didn’t… Like secrets that could get a person killed, and four of the hottest, meanest guys I’ve ever met. I might live in their world now, but I am not a part of it, and they’ll do whatever it takes to remind me of that. We go to school together, live together, and share a dangerous secret, but as far as Lincoln, River, Dax, and Chase are concerned… I’m just the help. ***AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Help is a reverse harem high school bully romance, the first book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.

30 review for The Help

  1. 5 out of 5

    ⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

    I actually really hate teen girl protagonists who authors try to make "edgy" because that usually (i.e. most of the time) just makes them a super bland, terrible archetype with several of these qualities: - They're """tough""" because they're poor and have had a hard life, so they swear and get in fights and are bitchy because of this chip on their shoulder. (Being tough doesn't mean you have no decorum and all you do is fight and act moody. It's actually more commendable to see someone have a ha I actually really hate teen girl protagonists who authors try to make "edgy" because that usually (i.e. most of the time) just makes them a super bland, terrible archetype with several of these qualities: - They're """tough""" because they're poor and have had a hard life, so they swear and get in fights and are bitchy because of this chip on their shoulder. (Being tough doesn't mean you have no decorum and all you do is fight and act moody. It's actually more commendable to see someone have a hard life but still be capable of being nice and having the vulnerability that comes with being open and accepting) - They have some life tragedy or circumstance that, in the eyes of the author, gives them leeway to be bitchy/cold/reckless/etc., so we're not supposed to "judge" them. This, of course, often goes hand in hand with them being poor and having a tragic life, but is usually the single "event" that causes a character a particular issue to use as an excuse for something; either they're sick (like the heronine here), or an important friend/family member died, or they had some traumatic experience that's never explored or utilized and is instead slapped on haphazardously to make the heroine have a notion of complexity and emotional depth without any work--like them being kidnapped or assaulted or being responsible for a death off screen. - They all smoke weed or gamble or drink; some manner of addiction that's destructive but "cool." I don't see why being moody or tough or edgy means you need addictions and substance abuse problems, but it's bizarrely common in "edgy" protagonists. There are other ways teens can be destructive or act out that isn't addiction based. - They're all constantly horny all the time because "bad girls" are tough and edgy, so that means they're all sexual creatures who lost their virginity at 12 and love a good hard fuck with strangers despite being 16 years old and not really super physically or emotionally to the point of that making any sense. (Please chill on "sexual woman means she's bad/evil/tough/edgy/unconventional/etc." and also stop just making ANY heroine simperingly horny all the time in these books, especially for bullies who are hot.) - They do SUPER dumb shit, like a lot of heroines, but because the author is probably thinking with her own pussy and not her brain, she forgets that her ""tough"" heroine doesn't have the excuse of naivete to back them up anymore (as per my next bullet point). - The story will infer or even outright insist the heroine is worldly and mature and responsible and basically has been an adult since they were 13 or whatever (usually implying a parent was inadequate or that being poor or sick made them instantly as rational and capable as an any adult) and this is lorded over readers as a reason why the heroine is great because it means she's so much better than every other teen girl who didn't have terrible parents or an illness or poverty or whatever tossed in excuse the author used. Meanwhile, the truth is, the heroine has 2 brain cells. One is dedicated to being an edge lord doing dumb shit and the other is dedicated to being aroused by anything remotely hot breathing in her direction and neither of the two can rub against the other to fire a synapse to make the heroine do anything remotely sensible. That's not what a strong character is, just, for your information. Strong=well written. It does not mean heroine is physically strong or verbally assertive or a horny teen temptress. Harlow is a weak character and a weak person because her personality amounts to "I'm tough and horny." She starts off okay, making in few chapters in, but, the moment she fell into that "the hot guy is awful to me, but I'm still aroused by everything he says and does" trope, everything went to fuck. The first really stupid thing she does is agree to uphold a poker wager with River to do him any favor he asks for, no questions asked. She knows these four guys have bullied her for no reason and she knows that they'll probably ask something of her she won't want to do. She should realize that they could be trying to force her to do something to get her in legal trouble so that they'll be rid of her, since they clearly don't like her or want her around, yet she goes with it anyway. So, why does she agree? Any reasonable explanation? No. She agrees because the bitch has a gambling addiction and doesn't want to banned from playing poker at this one, single warehouse of teenage gambling. Upon reading this, I wanted to bash her nose in again and again and again for being aggressively stupid. She has to be TRYING to seem brain damaged. Guess her chemo killed more than just cancer cells, didn't it? The story might flimsily argue that Harlow feels obligated to supplement her mom's savings by gambling because Harlow's own medical needs put them in debt, but, at present her mom has a nice live-in job with a very wealthy family and is probably paid pretty well, plus they're clearly getting a place to stay and food, so, the medical debts shouldn't be such a pressing matter that Harlow should feel like she MUST gamble. They should be able to make payments without it impacting their standard of living, since they don't have rent or anything to worry about now and Harlow is cancer-free at this point. Therefore, this is Harlow having an addiction/ardently refusing to give up something she does mostly for funsies because it's risky and reckless--another """tough, edgy girl""" personality staple. Don't know if Harlow's aware, but uh, I'm sure she could find other rich kid gambling dens if she looked for the nearest private school and like, befriended some of the kids on social media or something. It's not as if these rich kids have a monopoly on teen gambling with high stakes. Or she could, I don't know, invest in a fake ID? I'm sure with all her street smarts that the author infers she has by the bucket-load, the bitch should be capable of doing the singular teen criminal act of getting a fake ID to lie about her age to get into 18+ and 21+ venues. It's like... the most basic teenage criminal act. All I'm saying is, she didn't need to protect her ability to go to those specific gambling nights at that specific warehouse in order to keep playing poker and she didn't need to keep gambling to begin with. All the reasoning the book offers is inane. Therefore, upholding her bet was completely stupid and gained her nothing. At this point, she shouldn't want or need their respect, their friendship, their attention... so even if the argument was just that she "keep her word" and be honorable, no one is going to say anything about her bailing on a promise to someone she knows is most likely going to misuse the favor to ruin her and her mom's lives. Is it really dishonorable to not keep your word when you know your intentions will be used against you to hurt you and your family? Seems to me like maybe Harlow doesn't actually care that much about her mom's well being at this new job and house if keeping her spot at a gambling den is worth the risk of her getting in serious trouble and potentially ruining the new life she and her mother have... hmmmm. Then she does things like give her bullies ammunition to get her in serious trouble by accepting marijuana from them and smoking it while on the clock as a server at a party and then also smoke marijuana on school property with the twins several times. Again, for a girl who claims to be concerned about her mom losing this nice job, Harlow certainly goes out of her way to do things that could negatively impact her mother. Like, those are grounds for being fired or expelled because decriminalization does NOT mean it's a free for all. Alcohol is legal, but you'll get fired if you go into work drunk or drink on the job, won't you? And when it comes to school, rules there aren't accommodating-- if they were, schools wouldn't freak out over girls in tank tops-- so you can't expect me to think a school wouldn't immediately punish kids found smoking and getting high on school property during school hours, regardless of legalization or the student's medical needs. Plus, Harlow no longer has cancer, so, the license is irrelevant all around. Connecticut decriminalized use, so she can have like a joint and use it recreationaly legally in the correct circumstances, much like alcohol consumption and Harlow's license would've expired a year after it was issued and wouldn't be renewable, so, it's not like she could've actually brought that up to either her employer or her school as a justification for being high on the job and high at school. Also, uh, pretty sure if she medically needed to intake cannabis while at school it wouldn't be through a joint she smokes under the bleachers. They'd probably call her down to the office and administer an edible or extract or something that would provide benefits without getting her inebriated and therefore unable to properly participate in class. I can't see any school just being like "yep, you can carry around weed and go smoke it whenever you like because you once had cancer." If I couldn't even carry around my necessary medications (that I couldn't get high off anyway, even if I overdosed) and had to go to the office and get them dealt to me, I call bullshit on the idea. Not only would that be irresponsible to trust a teen to not abuse their weed, but if other students found out, that could create issues, as they might steal from the student or assault/harass them to forcibly acquire it. It's honestly pointless. I see no other reason for Harlow's cancer backstory than to try to make her not seem like a typical edgy stoner kid about to burn out under the bleachers. The author wanted justification for Harlow's habit, but also wanted Harlow to have that "I'm edgy and I break the rules to go smoke at school" vibe. You can't have it both ways. Harlow can't be using weed responsibly for medical needs and then also ditch class to light up under the bleachers and get high. Like a lot of other edgy teen romances, this has a lot of Paper Princess beats and I hate that. We also just, get a random ass murder thrown in and things happen without much reasoning or just cause and I'm like, why couldn't we just stick to the fucking RH plot and not try to throw in a murder plot when the RH plot is barely being handled at all? There aren't many RH that can adequately do both, I'm just saying. Just look at Sinners. That series was also a fucking mess. Speaking of RH... Harlow like, kisses Chase/Dax/River one time and then has sex with Lincoln multiple times. He's the most developed so, either the next books will really play catch up or it's really just Lincoln + Harlow except Harlow fucks her man's best friends also because why not? She's horny and they're hot. This is, without a doubt, the laziest, worst way to do RH. The point of RH is not so the heroine just randomly sleeps with 3-10 guys and gets away with it because "polyandry is so progressive", it's for her to form a unique dynamic and relationship with multiple partners and explore how everyone learns to live with that dynamic. Overall, wasn't great. Not picking up the next three.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Campbell

    Just before I step through the arched doorway at the back of the room into a small gallery space, I glance over my shoulder. Lincoln is standing on the second-floor balcony, hands braced on the railing, gaze locked on me. It’s only then that I realize his rude behavior earlier was actually him holding back—putting on a mask of civility. He must’ve been restraining himself, keeping his emotions in check in front of his dad and my mom. Because the look on his face now? It’s one of pure loathing. Condom Just before I step through the arched doorway at the back of the room into a small gallery space, I glance over my shoulder. Lincoln is standing on the second-floor balcony, hands braced on the railing, gaze locked on me. It’s only then that I realize his rude behavior earlier was actually him holding back—putting on a mask of civility. He must’ve been restraining himself, keeping his emotions in check in front of his dad and my mom. Because the look on his face now? It’s one of pure loathing. Condom?” Oh. Right. It wasn’t exactly on purpose that we did it without one last time. But I don’t want to stop, and I don’t want anything between us. “I’m on the pill,” I gasp, shaking my head. “Are you good?” Maybe I should be more concerned about this. I know he was with Iris last year, and given the hoard of female groupies all the kings seem to have, I’m sure she wasn’t the only one. Goddammit. Why am I even thinking about that? When he pulls away, he rests his forehead against mine, pressing into me in little pulses, just the head of his thick length breaching my entrance. It makes my pussy clench, makes me desperate to feel him buried inside me. “I’m good,” he murmurs, his voice rough. “I’ve never fucked anyone like this before. Never fucked raw.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    The ending annoyed me but ugh, I knew it was coming. The Help is another RH book that I devoured in a short sitting. I thought it was interesting getting to see Harlow's little backbone. I mean the girl already kicked cancer's ass.. a bully means nothing to her right? Other than that, I really enjoyed that she was trying to help her mom out. I get that see saw how tough it was on her while she was dealing with cancer. I mean the whole money problem is no joke. So it was really sweet that she woul The ending annoyed me but ugh, I knew it was coming. The Help is another RH book that I devoured in a short sitting. I thought it was interesting getting to see Harlow's little backbone. I mean the girl already kicked cancer's ass.. a bully means nothing to her right? Other than that, I really enjoyed that she was trying to help her mom out. I get that see saw how tough it was on her while she was dealing with cancer. I mean the whole money problem is no joke. So it was really sweet that she would help along financially. Doesn't mean she got to enjoy being a kid every now and then but it was really cute. Other than her, you meet the guys. Ugh, dreamy asshole bully guys that magically fall in love with her. There is also some mystery going around and again, the ending really annoyed me with it. I really need to know what is going to happen next with her mom and the guys. I wonder if she's going to have her own revenge on the guys, take over her moms job until she gets out, or ignore the guys forever. I doubt the last one but there's still some hope to put them in their place. Overall, where's the next book?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sammi

    I don't know what made me download this one but apparently I was half asleep because if I had known there was a cliffhanger and a second book then I wouldn't have bothered. On Amazon this is listed in 3 different "Romance" categories, but why? There is no romance in this book. All we get is: - Unrealistic situations (view spoiler)[(a random student gets murdered, teachers do nothing about bullying but spend the whole time saying they don't tolerate it, heroine doesn't do anything about the bulli I don't know what made me download this one but apparently I was half asleep because if I had known there was a cliffhanger and a second book then I wouldn't have bothered. On Amazon this is listed in 3 different "Romance" categories, but why? There is no romance in this book. All we get is: - Unrealistic situations (view spoiler)[(a random student gets murdered, teachers do nothing about bullying but spend the whole time saying they don't tolerate it, heroine doesn't do anything about the bullies and just accepts it, nobody helps her, and to top it off, her mother is the one who murdered the student who was bullying her, yawwwwwwn) (hide spoiler)] - No romance - A handful of "sex" scenes if that - A weak-ass heroine - No chemistry, anywhere Yes I am aware this is (supposed to be) a bully romance, but the 4 guys were just complete and utter arseholes. There was no chemistry between them and the heroine, no "making up", no background history, no explanations. To me this is 4 arseholes who just start being nice(ish). And how on earth is this also called a reverse harem book when nothing happens?!?! It's sad because Callie Rose is clearly a good writer and the storyline (to me) is unique and well written, but there are plenty of mystery/thrillers with a few sex scenes in so to say this is a romance just because there is sex in it doesn't make any sense. It is a mystery/thriller with a stupid cliffhanger which forces you to spend more money. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Don't just take my word for it! Links to purchase book: Amazon UK

  5. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    I'm on a roll here... I'm actually having fun with these books...LOL, I don't usually venture into the "bully romances" but somehow the enemies to lovers anticipation and pent up energy always gets me in, somehow, so yeah, I read these too... I'm on a roll here... I'm actually having fun with these books...LOL, I don't usually venture into the "bully romances" but somehow the enemies to lovers anticipation and pent up energy always gets me in, somehow, so yeah, I read these too...

  6. 5 out of 5

    4 STARS This was my first read by Callie Rose and I enjoyed it so much! It’s one of those high school bully dramas, with a bit of mystery incorporated into it. Harlow’s mother gets a new job as an executive housekeeper, so they move from Arizona to Connecticut. They’re used to living in a trashy neighbourhood, but now they’ll be living in the wealthy subdivision of Fox Hill. Harlow’s mother works for Samuel Black and his family. She’s able to get Harlow enrolled in a private school, where she’ll 4 STARS This was my first read by Callie Rose and I enjoyed it so much! It’s one of those high school bully dramas, with a bit of mystery incorporated into it. Harlow’s mother gets a new job as an executive housekeeper, so they move from Arizona to Connecticut. They’re used to living in a trashy neighbourhood, but now they’ll be living in the wealthy subdivision of Fox Hill. Harlow’s mother works for Samuel Black and his family. She’s able to get Harlow enrolled in a private school, where she’ll be studying with Samuel Black’s son, Lincoln. Lincoln and his friends make an effort to make Harlow’s life hell, pulling typical stunts and calling her “the help”. When Harlow, Lincoln, and his friends witness a tragic event together - they become connected in a sense. Now they’re working together to protect themselves and trying to uncover a mystery. Does Harlow trust too easily? Will she be betrayed once again? Or will the situation work out in her favour? This book is the first in the series, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next one - since there was bit of a cliffhanger! x

  7. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)

    Holy hell! 5 stars! This was my first Callie book and I am jumping to Savage Royals asap after this. Lincoln, oh my broody boy, you are by far my favorite boy of them all. This book had it all! Mystery, suspense, romance, hot boys, troubled teenage girl, lustful events etc. River is definitely a close second for me, I cannot get that boy out of my damn head. Cant leave out Dax & Chase though..sexy ass boys.. AND THAT ENDING!!!! OMG it came straight out of nowhere and left all of us readers on the Holy hell! 5 stars! This was my first Callie book and I am jumping to Savage Royals asap after this. Lincoln, oh my broody boy, you are by far my favorite boy of them all. This book had it all! Mystery, suspense, romance, hot boys, troubled teenage girl, lustful events etc. River is definitely a close second for me, I cannot get that boy out of my damn head. Cant leave out Dax & Chase though..sexy ass boys.. AND THAT ENDING!!!! OMG it came straight out of nowhere and left all of us readers on the edge of our seats DYING for the next book! The only thing negative I can say about this book is that the heroine, Harlow will sometimes give off a bad ass vibe (like kicking someones phone in the pool etc.) and then other times, when Lincoln tells her to get on her knees and start cleaning in front of people, she actually does it...That ticked me off BUT I realize this is just the first book and I know there will be alot of character growth. I have so so so many questions I need answers to!! Lincoln's dad.... Lincoln's step mom.. The lab result in the drawer.. Iris.. I. NEED. MORE! Book 2 cannot come fast enough!

  9. 5 out of 5

    SWEETY

    2.5 stars The help is at its best very unrealistic. There are so many books out there in this same genre, sometimes it feels like if you’ve read one of them, you have read them all. Unfortunately for the help, it was too similar to many other popular books of the bully romance genre. The main plot aggressor, (view spoiler)[witnessing Savannah’s murder (hide spoiler)] seems to come out of nowhere. The explanation that is given by the boys for their actions following the said plot aggressor, d 2.5 stars The help is at its best very unrealistic. There are so many books out there in this same genre, sometimes it feels like if you’ve read one of them, you have read them all. Unfortunately for the help, it was too similar to many other popular books of the bully romance genre. The main plot aggressor, (view spoiler)[witnessing Savannah’s murder (hide spoiler)] seems to come out of nowhere. The explanation that is given by the boys for their actions following the said plot aggressor, does not in any way make sense to me. It’s all very nonchalant, and the reason’s for their actions are so silly and unbelievable. (view spoiler)[So the boys feel threatened, they do not want to report witnessing Savannah’s murder, because it’s harmful to them, since this killer could come after them, or things could go wayward for them; which is silly, because they have no major involvement in what happened with Savannah. In other similar books, the main character was either doing something they were not supposed to be doing when they witnessed such an event, or had some sort of blackmail sitting on their heads. For some reason the main characters believe this person could have the police in their pocket. How do they know this? Has such an event occurred in their lives before, something that caused them to be untrusting toward the law? (hide spoiler)] This isn’t the best of reverse harem, rather it feels like the reverse harem has been forced on the author’s part We have 4 male leads: Lincoln, River, Chase and Dax. Lincoln is the only one the readers actually know things about. Dax and Chase are around sometimes, while River gets the least of screen time. Lincoln is the only one who spend a lot of time with Harlow the other’s hardly have much interaction with Harlow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BokaniSak*BookWhore

    2 stars** this was just a nah for me.. 1. unprotected sex.. these are 17 year olds btw 2. relationship build up is dumb as F. so its okay to go around kissing random boys who are actually friends? it just doesnt feel right in the RH set-up world (yes, self conflicting statement but real RH lovers will understand what i'm trying to say), it feels more loose in morale cause i dont think under normal circumstances a group of tightly neat friends go fucking the same girl unless they think she is just " 2 stars** this was just a nah for me.. 1. unprotected sex.. these are 17 year olds btw 2. relationship build up is dumb as F. so its okay to go around kissing random boys who are actually friends? it just doesnt feel right in the RH set-up world (yes, self conflicting statement but real RH lovers will understand what i'm trying to say), it feels more loose in morale cause i dont think under normal circumstances a group of tightly neat friends go fucking the same girl unless they think she is just "a lay". so from a RH perspective, the author failed in building the plot imo. 3. just boring as F plot. sorryNotsorry..

  11. 5 out of 5

    BLuvsBooks

    That ending! Wow. I did not predict that at all. If you love bully romance then this book is for you. Fast paced, twists and secrets. Looking forward to the next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Autumn Miller ~ autumnbookreads

    MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT: I love this book. It was fast pace, constantly had my attention, I loved the characters and their complexity, and the plot just wrapped me up. The intrigue, the mystery, the murderer, the sex, and the romance just all came together in an addictive way and I could not put this book down for the life of me! The Bullying- Going in, I knew this was supposed to be a bully romance. And I don’t know if it’s because of the first bully romance I read, but I honestly expected MINOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT: I love this book. It was fast pace, constantly had my attention, I loved the characters and their complexity, and the plot just wrapped me up. The intrigue, the mystery, the murderer, the sex, and the romance just all came together in an addictive way and I could not put this book down for the life of me! The Bullying- Going in, I knew this was supposed to be a bully romance. And I don’t know if it’s because of the first bully romance I read, but I honestly expected the bullying in this book to be 10 times worse than it was. It was fairly light compared to some other things I have seen. After getting to the ending though, I am wondering if the real bullying hasn’t even really started. The Guys- I loved the guys. I feel like this book was more Lincolns and maybe Rivers though? The twins are still a bit of a mystery and we haven’t gotten a lot of them yet. I’m hoping for some more development from them in the next book. I would like to see more River as well though. He was developed in this book is a little bit but I really want to dive further into his character. Overall, if you couldn’t already tell, I HIGHLY enjoyed this book. I am dying to get my hands on the next book (especially after that cliffhanger) and I’m so excited to dive deeper into this story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Skyler

    Wow that was really good I was so shocked how quickly I was sucked into this story. Loved the flow and was when I looked down, I saw I was 83% finished, I was dumbfounded how fast it went by. I forgot to eat or even vape (THAT IS WHEN I KNOW IT IS GREAT). I just found my vapor and now am hanging on to it for dear life as I throw myself into book 2! I am not even hungry either. Will post again once 2 is finished.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mercedes

    The romance part is such a slow burn!!! I keep waiting for everyone to just pounce on each other 😆

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia's Book Kingdom

    I am relatively knew to the whole reverse harem bully romance genre but I absolutely eat this shit up. - new girl moves into a rich people's home who have a son her age - check - there are boys who rule the school and everyone is afraid of them - check - the new girl is instantly disliked by the boys that rule the school but eventually she wins them over - check I am not in the slightest embarrassed to say that I live for that shit and I absolutely devoured this book within a day. Just before I I am relatively knew to the whole reverse harem bully romance genre but I absolutely eat this shit up. - new girl moves into a rich people's home who have a son her age - check - there are boys who rule the school and everyone is afraid of them - check - the new girl is instantly disliked by the boys that rule the school but eventually she wins them over - check I am not in the slightest embarrassed to say that I live for that shit and I absolutely devoured this book within a day. Just before I step through the arched doorway at the back of the room into a small gallery space, I glace over my shoulder. Lincoln is standing on the second-floor balcony, hands braced on the railing, gaze locked on me. It's only then that I realize his rude behavior earlier was actually him holding back-putting on a mask of civility. He must've been restraining himself, keeping his emotions in check in front of his dad and my mom. Because the look on his face now? It's one of pure loathing. I absolutely LOVED The Help by Callie Rose. It had everything I crave. I loved the four boys, Lincoln, Chase, River and Dax. While they were large dicks to Harlow, it did not make them any less charming and delicious. I also enjoyed the fact that River had a disability because you do not see that very often these days in romance books. Most of the time the hero is this perfect specimen with galloping abs. So having River with a disability really appealed to me and it made me like him a lot more. If there was an emergency stop lever on this runaway train I find myself on, I would've pulled it a long time ago. But I don't think there is. I seriously love the shit out of Harlow. She never backs down and always holds her head high even when she's being bullied by everyone at school. She is quite sensible and protective of the people she cares about. She can be a bit impulsive but she always has the best intentions and she has good head on her shoulders. I also really adore Hunter, Harlow's best friend, and I hope she will make more appearance in future books. It's not a sweet kiss. It's not even a hot kiss. It's more like a natural disaster, a tornado tearing through the landscape, destroying everything in it's path and leaving the world as it once existed in ruins. It's fire. It's pain. It's need. The chemistry between Harlow and the boys is off the charts, especially with Lincoln. Maybe it's because they live together with her mother being his family's live-in maid. But phew, the tension between them burns hot. They say that they hate her, but we all know that the line between love and hate is a thin one. And it could not be more of a case than here. The Help ends on one hell of a cliffhanger and there is still so much left unanswered. Who really killed Iris because I am sure as hell it was not Harlow's mother. Why does Savannah hate Harlow so much because there must be a reason. And what on earth possessed the boys to do what they did? I cannot wait to read The Lie to see what explanation the boys will come up with. I totally recommend everyone to read this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Oredeen (honest reviews)

    So far so good. Story is engaging and there isn’t too much going on to be frustrating but there is a lot going on. Some steam and two detailed sex scenes, not quite a rh yet, but working its way there. Few things I didn’t like are the side characters, or rather Harlow’s life at school. The story is far more about her relationships with the guys and specifically Black mansion. There’s a good amount of them at school though, I feel should be more explained or less. It’s in that gray area where it’ So far so good. Story is engaging and there isn’t too much going on to be frustrating but there is a lot going on. Some steam and two detailed sex scenes, not quite a rh yet, but working its way there. Few things I didn’t like are the side characters, or rather Harlow’s life at school. The story is far more about her relationships with the guys and specifically Black mansion. There’s a good amount of them at school though, I feel should be more explained or less. It’s in that gray area where it’s almost enough but I feel things are missing. Like who she’s made friends with and why, how. Instead we get that she’s kinda friends with two girls and one guy but no idea how exactly that happened nor do we really get any time spent on those characters to know anything about them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nikisha Neely

    Amazing This book was everything I love Harlow and her mom’s relationship. I can’t wait for book 2 I hope Harlow goes crazy on those boys,

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica *The Lovely Books*

    I wasn’t sold on these relationships at all. Maybe it’s because I just finished The Ballers trilogy and I’m still in a bit of a hangover from that. The heroine was...weak and annoying. The build up for the RH set up—what build up? One second they’re bullying her and then bam, all of a sudden they have a bond? Yawn. I thought the characterization and the overall story line needed a little bit more work. But because a certain twist of the story has piqued my interest... I’m gonna try and read the I wasn’t sold on these relationships at all. Maybe it’s because I just finished The Ballers trilogy and I’m still in a bit of a hangover from that. The heroine was...weak and annoying. The build up for the RH set up—what build up? One second they’re bullying her and then bam, all of a sudden they have a bond? Yawn. I thought the characterization and the overall story line needed a little bit more work. But because a certain twist of the story has piqued my interest... I’m gonna try and read the second book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sanne

    I think my heart is broken forever...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve never read any of Callie Rose’s books until this week. This book was fantastic. Harlow and her mom move to a rich town and move in with a rich family to be their live in maids. It sounds like a dream come true for them... until she meets the son that lives in the house and he’s a jerk. Him and his friends set out to make Harlows life a nightmare. Of course the line between hate and lust is extremely thin. There is a lot of drama going on and Harlow trusts the It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve never read any of Callie Rose’s books until this week. This book was fantastic. Harlow and her mom move to a rich town and move in with a rich family to be their live in maids. It sounds like a dream come true for them... until she meets the son that lives in the house and he’s a jerk. Him and his friends set out to make Harlows life a nightmare. Of course the line between hate and lust is extremely thin. There is a lot of drama going on and Harlow trusts the wrong people. The ending! Oh the ending is terrible. I mean it’s good but it’s terrible. I need the next book now! #audiobookobsessionreviewer

  21. 5 out of 5

    KB

    The Help I really enjoyed this book as I do with all her stories...My only is is ALL the cursing. This book was just so filled with it that it sometimes took away from the story. 4.5 stars...would've been 5 if not for that. The Help I really enjoyed this book as I do with all her stories...My only is is ALL the cursing. This book was just so filled with it that it sometimes took away from the story. 4.5 stars...would've been 5 if not for that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina G

    In “The Help: Kings of Linwood Academy #1,” Callie Rose introduces the reader to Harlow and her mom, Penelope Thomas. The two make a cross country move in order for Harlow’s mom to take high paying position as an Executive Housekeeper in a prestigious neighborhood in Connecticut. Harlow, a teenager who lives her life to the fullest and does what she can to help her mom, is thrust into a world that she knows nothing about when she meets the Kings of Linwood Academy who can make or break her. Har In “The Help: Kings of Linwood Academy #1,” Callie Rose introduces the reader to Harlow and her mom, Penelope Thomas. The two make a cross country move in order for Harlow’s mom to take high paying position as an Executive Housekeeper in a prestigious neighborhood in Connecticut. Harlow, a teenager who lives her life to the fullest and does what she can to help her mom, is thrust into a world that she knows nothing about when she meets the Kings of Linwood Academy who can make or break her. Harlow moves across country, to a new school, in a world she doesn’t understand…but she is still pretty kickass. She has survived far more than anyone understands and while she doesn’t aggressively fight back, she also doesn’t back down. The girl has snark and a backbone, but it isn’t super off-putting or aggressive, which is something that can be really appreciated. In some bully romances, the protagonist is boring and one-dimensional or just way too wishy-washy. The author has left room for more character development to occur and I can’t wait to see what she does with Harlow. The relationship between Harlow and her mom was very interesting. The bond that they share played out well and I hope that continues to develop as the series moves forward. And of course, we can’t forget the guys in the book. Lincoln, River, Chase, and Dax. Each one brought something unique to the group and had their own flaws that made them way more relatable. Thank you for that. With this being the first in a RH high school bully romance, Rose has done a great job setting the stage. The rich have their secrets and they will do anything to protect them and she has thrown our protagonist, Harlow, right in the middle of it. The characters are all upper-level students, which makes their behavior much easier to believe even if it is outlandish at times (but I mean, that’s what we expect in fiction, right?). Rose never threw me out of the story, which sometimes can happen when it comes to a bully romance when it isn’t handled with care. She maintained the suspension of disbelief. The editing was carefully and professionally done. I sat down and read this in one sitting, and then went back and read parts of it again. I am stupid excited for the next book in the series because the ending on this one has me seriously ready for more. ***It does end on a cliffhanger, but do NOT let that stop you from reading it.*** I did receive an ARC of this book for my honest and fair opinion

  23. 4 out of 5

    Briane

    It was ok. It really didn’t get interesting until close to the end. No real action happened until then either. All the questions that arose throughout the book weren’t answered either. Terrible cliff- hanger ending. I mean she creates so many mysteries and suspicions about things but doesn’t even come close to solving them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Roessler

    With the common bully trope, we are starting to see Bully High School Romance Galore, and this is something I am truly happy about because I LOVE this trope. But, sometimes these books can be really similar. I have to say, Callie Rose was able to take a trope that I SO enjoy reading, and make it completely her own. The Help had me on my toes from beginning to end, and I am already dying for book 2! Harlow's mother was able to get herself a well paying job across the country in a town called Fox H With the common bully trope, we are starting to see Bully High School Romance Galore, and this is something I am truly happy about because I LOVE this trope. But, sometimes these books can be really similar. I have to say, Callie Rose was able to take a trope that I SO enjoy reading, and make it completely her own. The Help had me on my toes from beginning to end, and I am already dying for book 2! Harlow's mother was able to get herself a well paying job across the country in a town called Fox Hill, CT. They have decided to move there, and create a better life for themselves. Little did Harlow or her mother know what lies in wait. Lincoln, River, Dax and Chase. They certainly knew how to make Harlow "feel welcome". There is so much more to this story than just bullies wanting "The Help" to know their supposed place. There is mystery and suspense. Danger that you never knew was coming. &Heartbreaking betrayal that may even be unforgiveable. Callie managed to stun me time after time. She managed to evoke so many of my emotions while I got sucked deeper and deeper into this story. You hurt for Harlow. You feel excited, calm, and hopeful for her as well. Then, you feel utterly heart broken, betrayed...and even disgusted for her. The feelings I was previously describing. Those ending emotions....I can promise you that you have no idea what is coming, or the reasoning behind why you will feel that way. I rarely read a book where I find myself completely stunned. I'm always able to somewhat predict what is going to happen. That is not the case with this one. I was suprised not only by the very thought-provoking and heart wrenching cliffhanger; but throughout the entire story. The twists and turns were everything, making it SO very hard to put down. &Everything you experience and feel whilst reading is just SO worth it. Callie pulled out all the stops with book one of the Kings of Linwood, and all I can say is for you to take that chance, read this book, and get as sucked in as I was. You will be so happy that you gave it a shot, because this is one of those series that you are going to be waiting SO impatiently for the next one, and when you finally get it, you are going to want more! So yes. I highly, highly recommend The Help by Callie Rose. She wrecked me, but in such a great way. &I am SO unbelievably ready for the next one! Jess of One Click Romance

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    So, I'm basically a fan of bully romances who knew esepcially if it is a reverse harem. I thought that this would be sort of a lighter read in which it doesn't become like a thriller but it does. This isn't really quite that simple. With Harlow and her mom moving due to a big time job offered to her and meeting the son of her employer and his friends. I would say that you could see a connection more like lust coming from them at the beginning. Her relationship with the guys isn't off to a good sta So, I'm basically a fan of bully romances who knew esepcially if it is a reverse harem. I thought that this would be sort of a lighter read in which it doesn't become like a thriller but it does. This isn't really quite that simple. With Harlow and her mom moving due to a big time job offered to her and meeting the son of her employer and his friends. I would say that you could see a connection more like lust coming from them at the beginning. Her relationship with the guys isn't off to a good start obviously but later due to an incident they bonded in some sort of way. Doing whatever they needed to do to discover the mysteries lurking around them. I thought everything was going splendidly and should have known it was sort of the calm before the storm. The ending is quite a major cliffhanger. I do like to inquire about the ending because I hoped whoever the antagonist of this story would get their just desserts. It was a low blow for them to do that and they are probably desperate. As much as I'd like to think who's behind this I can't come up with a thing. I need the next book asap to get me out of my funk.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca ellis

    Where has Callie Rose been my whole life??? The first book I read from her was Savage Royals and it was brutal in the best possible way ( if you haven't read that yet then do it immediately!). Now she has blessed/cursed me with the first book of her new series The Help. Y'all.... This is such an amazing read. If you're a fan of bully romance, RH, mystery, sexiness, hot dudes, betrayal, maid outfits, poker, crappy nissans, garbage, parties, breathing, living...anything, then you'll love this book RE Where has Callie Rose been my whole life??? The first book I read from her was Savage Royals and it was brutal in the best possible way ( if you haven't read that yet then do it immediately!). Now she has blessed/cursed me with the first book of her new series The Help. Y'all.... This is such an amazing read. If you're a fan of bully romance, RH, mystery, sexiness, hot dudes, betrayal, maid outfits, poker, crappy nissans, garbage, parties, breathing, living...anything, then you'll love this book READ IT!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hope Cummings

    Holy shit, Batman. I’m all about books that make my heart race with adrenaline but this one just came in and wrecked my world. I mean, sure I saw some things coming but I had theories and that ending? That is not how My theories played out. I want more now. I’m so anxious to see how this story goes from here. I want to see Low destroy people now. It will be so beautiful. I want the guys to swoop in and help her. Ugh my head is bursting with new ideas and theories! The Game needs to get here now.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    This was a great high school bully read. Plenty of plot twists and turns kept me turning the pages. I was intrigued to see who was actually the "bad guy" in this one. It's listed as RH but didn't come across that way to me. Maybe book two will have more of that. She's a new author to me & I'll definitely be looking for more! This was a great high school bully read. Plenty of plot twists and turns kept me turning the pages. I was intrigued to see who was actually the "bad guy" in this one. It's listed as RH but didn't come across that way to me. Maybe book two will have more of that. She's a new author to me & I'll definitely be looking for more!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Hmmmmm what?!?! Ok so I just finished this and I just can’t even. . . So the book is really well written, and I’m loving the storyline so far. But that ending. . . Girl!! That was so wrong but oh so right! Can’t wait till the next one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Whitehead

    OH MY GOODNESS!! What a whirlwind! From enemies to lovers! Twists and turns! Right when you think you’ve got it figured out, key word think, Bam it twists again! And holy moly the ending had me stunned I mean flat out stunned! What an awesome beginning to this series! Freaking awesome!

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