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Everyone knows Gwendolyn and Hamilton are enemies… what happens when the whole school finds out their secret? Gwendolyn Adams has been canceled. The Preston Prep Devils made that clear after the incident that forced my sister, Skylar, to leave our academy. They wanted me to leave, too, but I refused. I’m sticking around to make sure they follow through on the deal the snobby Everyone knows Gwendolyn and Hamilton are enemies… what happens when the whole school finds out their secret? Gwendolyn Adams has been canceled. The Preston Prep Devils made that clear after the incident that forced my sister, Skylar, to leave our academy. They wanted me to leave, too, but I refused. I’m sticking around to make sure they follow through on the deal the snobby, elite crew of jocks made with the administration. The arrangement is simple. No one ever speaks about what happened to Skylar again, and no one gets punished. But that's not exactly true, is it? I still get punished, each and every day that I walk down the halls. No one speaks to me. No one looks at me. No one even admits I exist. It doesn’t matter. I know what they did. And I know who’s in charge; Hamilton Bates. Handsome, smart, and ridiculously privileged. He’s the lead Devil, and my hatred for him is all in the details. All it takes is one slip, one heated argument, one mistake, and everything gets even more complicated. We get complicated. Is this love or has the Devil found a new plaything? Devil May Care is the gripping, angsty, enemies to lovers, bully romance, by USA Today Best Selling Author, Angel Lawson, you’ve been waiting for!


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Everyone knows Gwendolyn and Hamilton are enemies… what happens when the whole school finds out their secret? Gwendolyn Adams has been canceled. The Preston Prep Devils made that clear after the incident that forced my sister, Skylar, to leave our academy. They wanted me to leave, too, but I refused. I’m sticking around to make sure they follow through on the deal the snobby Everyone knows Gwendolyn and Hamilton are enemies… what happens when the whole school finds out their secret? Gwendolyn Adams has been canceled. The Preston Prep Devils made that clear after the incident that forced my sister, Skylar, to leave our academy. They wanted me to leave, too, but I refused. I’m sticking around to make sure they follow through on the deal the snobby, elite crew of jocks made with the administration. The arrangement is simple. No one ever speaks about what happened to Skylar again, and no one gets punished. But that's not exactly true, is it? I still get punished, each and every day that I walk down the halls. No one speaks to me. No one looks at me. No one even admits I exist. It doesn’t matter. I know what they did. And I know who’s in charge; Hamilton Bates. Handsome, smart, and ridiculously privileged. He’s the lead Devil, and my hatred for him is all in the details. All it takes is one slip, one heated argument, one mistake, and everything gets even more complicated. We get complicated. Is this love or has the Devil found a new plaything? Devil May Care is the gripping, angsty, enemies to lovers, bully romance, by USA Today Best Selling Author, Angel Lawson, you’ve been waiting for!

30 review for Devil May Care

  1. 5 out of 5

    P

    So this one is complicated. At first the “hero” is a real asshole! I’m talking egotistical, entitled, elitist, so basically the douchebag trifecta. As far as verbal insults go he is one of the worst “bully” heroes I have ever seen. At first he and his buddies actually believe that the heroine and her siblings are not good enough to be around simply because they are adopted. Wouldn’t want to taint their bloodlines etc. So at this point you are probably wondering why did I even read this? I can’t So this one is complicated. At first the “hero” is a real asshole! I’m talking egotistical, entitled, elitist, so basically the douchebag trifecta. As far as verbal insults go he is one of the worst “bully” heroes I have ever seen. At first he and his buddies actually believe that the heroine and her siblings are not good enough to be around simply because they are adopted. Wouldn’t want to taint their bloodlines etc. So at this point you are probably wondering why did I even read this? I can’t help it, I love the dichotomy. There is nothing I love more than seeing a strong alpha man fall to his knees willing to do anything for someone that he once thought was beneath him. And this book is a prime example of when it’s done right. The H in this story has been raised a certain way, and as a teenager I cut him major slack for the elitist bullshit. He was raised that way and hadn’t quite gotten to the “question everything that I know” portion or being a young adult. But when it counted he came through. And this heroine was not weak. She may not have understood her attraction to him (and caved a little with him physically) but she never stopped sparing with him and making him work for it. She made him work for weeks for her forgiveness for something that he wasn’t responsible for, and that he had already done the right thing with. That happens several times actually. And he just takes it from her, because he knows that he has screwed up enough in the past that he has earned the verbal but kicking that she is lashing out. He completed a 180 and changed almost everything he believed in, or at least was willing to make the right choices about. Safety gang: So cheating. this is hard to explain because he sort of has a gf, but he doesn’t really. He never refers to her by that title and constantly refers to not wanting to give her the wrong idea etc. She is basically his beard, someone to keep others off his back because she is the correct type of girl. He has never slept with her or been intimate with her at all minus kissing. There is one episode of the kissing that we see and it was don’t at the very beginning of the book. He was legitimately freaked out after his first kiss with the heroine. He didn’t understand what he was feeling and he definitely didn’t want the heroine thinking that he wanted her, so he kissed her where the heroine would see and gave her a small hickey (he and his friends have this douchey thing they do where they leave one on a girl they mess around with and call it a “devils mark”). So he was able to send the message to the heroine, in case she thought he was pining or something and also so she’d be wearing his “mark”. The way it was written it didn’t bother me at all and I am the first person to trash a book for any type of cheating. No real OW drama, though that girl did try to cause problems. It was just obvious there was nothing to worry about, he had never even went to 3rd base with her. No om drama either. Brief separation, both are miserable, neither makes any attempts to move on. She makes him work for it, there is groveling. She is a virgin and although he isn’t, I wouldn’t call him a manwhore either. He had plenary of opportunities with the ow and just wouldn’t do it because he doesn’t want to be like that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    I’m not sure what the word is for someone who reads an entire book despite disliking almost everything about it. But, it’s me... I am that person. Guess I’m just ‘not like the other girls.’ Gag! I’ve read bully romance before, and there’s always a part of me that is both horrified and a little bit fascinated by it. And whilst I didn’t really *like* this book, there was something *enjoyable* about it... in a mindless sort of way. Expect all of the overdone tropes and cliched romance lines, teenage I’m not sure what the word is for someone who reads an entire book despite disliking almost everything about it. But, it’s me... I am that person. Guess I’m just ‘not like the other girls.’ Gag! I’ve read bully romance before, and there’s always a part of me that is both horrified and a little bit fascinated by it. And whilst I didn’t really *like* this book, there was something *enjoyable* about it... in a mindless sort of way. Expect all of the overdone tropes and cliched romance lines, teenagers that talk like thirty year olds and illogical drama/angst. This satisfied a mood but it also very swiftly put me out of that mood, so... job done?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yaneli

    *Received ARC in exchange for an honest review* Rating: 4.5 stars! bookboyfriendsdoitbetter.com At first, it took me a bit to get into the book but when I got past that, I could not put it down! "'Fight with me tomorrow...Fight me all week, for all I care. But don't fight me right now, Adams.'" The hate between Hamilton and Gwen is REAL. The hate-to-love is strong in this book and I'm here for it! This is a book where you will hate Hamilton. He'll frustrate you and make you want to throw the book *Received ARC in exchange for an honest review* Rating: 4.5 stars! bookboyfriendsdoitbetter.com At first, it took me a bit to get into the book but when I got past that, I could not put it down! "'Fight with me tomorrow...Fight me all week, for all I care. But don't fight me right now, Adams.'" The hate between Hamilton and Gwen is REAL. The hate-to-love is strong in this book and I'm here for it! This is a book where you will hate Hamilton. He'll frustrate you and make you want to throw the book away, but that's the beauty of him. It will be like you're the one in a hate-to-love slow-burn relationship with Hamilton. Your love of him will keep to itself until suddenly it hits you in the face --as Gwen does to Hamilton--and then you have nothing to but accept that Hamilton is glorious and that that charade he puts up is nothing but a front. "'Never happened. All my fault. You hate me. I'm the worst. Hasty post-coital exit.' He sweeps his own bag from the ground, throwing it over a shoulder. 'There, covered all the bases for you. I'll go ahead and take the last one.'" As for Gwen? Well, she just captures your heart from the beginning. She steals and doesn't give it back. Gwen knows exactly what she wants and what she must to do get ahead. She's prepared to fight for her family, no matter the consequences to herself. She has a savior complex and while it has been done so many many many many times, it doesn't feel like a trope. We get to see why she is the way she is. Why she feels like she has to be the protector. And finally, why she doesn't bother to protect herself to the same extreme. "'She's nothing like you. You're a pain in my ass. You drive me crazy. All you ever do is argue with me. And as much as I hate it--' 'You like it.' God, I really really do." Their story isn't sweet. Their story has you at the edge of your seat, filled with dread over knowing that at some point everything will be revealed. Their relationship doesn't come easy. This story will have you laughing at some points and then frustrated the next. You want Hamilton and Gwen to just stop being so frustrating and realize that they are perfect for each other. That they push each other to be better not just for the relationship but for themselves. I really enjoyed watching both of them grow together and separately. It's been a bit since I read an actual bully romance --not just a hate-to-love with some bullying sprinkled in-- and I honestly couldn't put it down once I got into the story. Hamilton and Gwen captured my heart and refuse to give it back. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next book in this series and who it will be about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer G

    Gwen and Hamilton do not like one another. That's not a secret. Gwen blames him for the night her sister's reputation was destroyed and she was hurt. Hamilton gave the order for her to be canceled. He is the leader of the Preston Prep Devils and they have made it clear that they want her gone. However, not only is Gwen not leaving, she makes herself Hamilton's biggest competition for swim team captain and valedictorian. Their hatred for each other is strong, passionate, complicated but is it act Gwen and Hamilton do not like one another. That's not a secret. Gwen blames him for the night her sister's reputation was destroyed and she was hurt. Hamilton gave the order for her to be canceled. He is the leader of the Preston Prep Devils and they have made it clear that they want her gone. However, not only is Gwen not leaving, she makes herself Hamilton's biggest competition for swim team captain and valedictorian. Their hatred for each other is strong, passionate, complicated but is it actually hate? You know right away with the opening scene that you are in for an emotional journey with Gwen. Hamilton isn't far behind. This is a standalone bully romance that will gut you over and over. It throws the ugly right in your face and makes you uncomfortable to the extreme. It's a story about the faces we wear. The public face, the friends and family face, and the private face. Sometimes they actually blend together. Gwen is strength personified. She gets knocked down repeatedly but she gets back up each time. She is damaged and bruised from the beginning and the bullying just keeps piling up her pain. When it all becomes too much is the time she finally starts to understand herself and then her true strength shines through, not the act she has perfected. Hamilton is nearly irredeemable. He has the wrong set of values. His moral code is questionable. His natural reactions lean towards dismissive and selfish at best, cruel at worst. Don't expect him to suddenly grow a conscience or be the nice guy. He won't. Only one person brings out a different side of Hamilton. But what a side. He's sexy, protective, and irresistible. These two have such depth, are surrounded by so much conflict, and the odds are stacked against them. They are inevitable. And you will be thrilled that they are.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    I would have probably liked it better if Hamilton just didn’t string his girlfriend around while getting it on with the heroine. Granted he wasn’t sexually intimate other than kissing her outright even after being with Gwen, it still didn’t make any sense.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Hmm another conflicted rating. So I settled for 3 stars. This story is about Hamilton and Gwen. A situation happened with her sister 6 months ago that caused Gwen to be “cancelled” in her high school. She’s invisible and Hamilton is the one who caused this. They don’t really interact but they HATE each other. Then, one day they kiss and they’re shocked. They end up late to class and they’re stuck together in detention every Saturday. And THEN they’re also co-captains of the swim team. The more t Hmm another conflicted rating. So I settled for 3 stars. This story is about Hamilton and Gwen. A situation happened with her sister 6 months ago that caused Gwen to be “cancelled” in her high school. She’s invisible and Hamilton is the one who caused this. They don’t really interact but they HATE each other. Then, one day they kiss and they’re shocked. They end up late to class and they’re stuck together in detention every Saturday. And THEN they’re also co-captains of the swim team. The more time they spend together, the more they can’t resist each other. A brilliant aspect of this book is the development of their relationship, how it went from hate, to friends, to lovers. Another is Hamilton’s character growth. He really was an ASSHOLE but Gwen does show him that everything he thought, was wrong. This image thing he wants to live up to is BS. He becomes a better person but BEAR WITH ME, it takes time. I really did think he loved her and her him in the end and I’m happy they got their HEA. They definitely had hot passion and Gwen was NOT a weak heroine. I loved her specially in the beginning when he wouldn’t be able to get the upper hand in their fights because she fought back so well. So why 3 stars ? I believed in Hamilton’s redemption, 100%. The dude changes before our eyes. But the Reagan situation annoyed me. Good news ? Hamilton never sleeps with her. In fact, he’s so caught up in Gwen he’s not even INTERESTED in sleeping with her. But she is his “gf” or whatever and in the beginning, he uses her to keep Gwen thinking that what they have isn’t special. But he should’ve officially ended it A LOT SOONER. Not at 72% when they’ve had sex a bunch of times. I felt like the Reagan being his gf thing didn’t have appropriate consequences even. Even though WE KNEW that Hamilton wasn’t having sex with Reagan, why didn’t Gwen question is he wasn’t sleeping with them both? It pissed me OFF SO MUCH!!!! Did she just assume he wasn’t having sex with his gf ? (If she said something like “it’s a small high school I know he hasn’t been with her), I’d be like OK. Or is it that she sleeps with him anyways not caring if he’s also sleeping with Reagan? I want to clarify, although she’s his “gf”, he doesn’t really refer to her as such and in fact I saw another review which describes her as his “beard” to show his perfect life and that’s it. They don’t spend time together, she’s more his gf by name and what people think. But again, and if the author is reading this review I would love an answer !!! The fact he had a gf and was with Gwen didn’t seem to bother or annoy Gwen at all. As in, it’s not even in her POV, it’s as if the gf doesn’t exist. But then... does she continue sleeping with him thinking he’s not witb the gf anymore ? How did she not ask if he was with them both? ANYONE would. And again, it’s cause Hamilton wasn’t with the gf that it wasn’t a big deal but Gwen did not know that. Specially cause by then they weren’t only having sex but we’re SO MUCH MORE. So it was just disappointing that Gwen didn’t seem to question his relationship after the 10th time they hooked up or so. Let me ask you something, if you spent a weekend with a guy, had slow nice sex, wouldn’t it bother you not knowing if he’s doing that with his gf at the time? Again, we know he’s not and he actually spends 0 times with Reagan, but GWEN doesn’t know that. But it’s also never even on her mind for a second. Anyways, besides that, the reason for less stars is the fact Hamilton I think was still a dick for longer than I liked and as much as I loved his redemption, I wish we SAW HIM hold her hand in school and smile and tell everyone to fuck off. After hiding their relationship for the whole book, I wanted to see him proud having Gwen on his side and I was disappointed that it was glossed over in the epilogue. I’ll end in positives cause I don’t like ending in negatives, Gwen was strong and I admired her. Hamilton did become a person worthy of Gwen. And their love was secure and solid at the end !!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheers&Applause

    I loved it. Beautiful writing, amazing dialogue, great chemistry between Hamilton and Gwendolyn. They go at it like bunnies and their chemistry is off the charts!!! One pet peeve though, the book drags on somewhere in the middle, so the author just filled it up with more sexy times that felt repetitive.... Nevertheless, I loved Hamilton, great hero and Gwen's no doormat. Go Girl!~ I loved it. Beautiful writing, amazing dialogue, great chemistry between Hamilton and Gwendolyn. They go at it like bunnies and their chemistry is off the charts!!! One pet peeve though, the book drags on somewhere in the middle, so the author just filled it up with more sexy times that felt repetitive.... Nevertheless, I loved Hamilton, great hero and Gwen's no doormat. Go Girl!~

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy M.

    To all the BULLY ROMANCE lovers you must read this book! I've been waiting patiently for this bad boy to land in my kindle. Once it did I couldn't put it down. It's filled with all the things I love about BR books. Devil May Care is a standalone that is set in high school. But don't let the high school setting fool you this book isn't YA. It's got rich entitled bad boys, angst, and ohhhh the sexiness! Plus I can't get enough of this world and all the characters! I need to know what is up with th To all the BULLY ROMANCE lovers you must read this book! I've been waiting patiently for this bad boy to land in my kindle. Once it did I couldn't put it down. It's filled with all the things I love about BR books. Devil May Care is a standalone that is set in high school. But don't let the high school setting fool you this book isn't YA. It's got rich entitled bad boys, angst, and ohhhh the sexiness! Plus I can't get enough of this world and all the characters! I need to know what is up with the other "Devils"! https://www.amazon.com/Devil-May-Care...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Adler-Wheeler

    This is my first book written by angel and sam together. I was not really sure when I stumbled across it. But holy cow, this book had me drawn in almost immediately. The story started off fast and reeled you in from the prologue. I’m always a big fan of books with multiple (two in this case) POV. It helps me get inside the mind of both of our main characters. The amount of detail gave you such a surreal picture for both characters. The scenes were painted like a detailed mural. Such description This is my first book written by angel and sam together. I was not really sure when I stumbled across it. But holy cow, this book had me drawn in almost immediately. The story started off fast and reeled you in from the prologue. I’m always a big fan of books with multiple (two in this case) POV. It helps me get inside the mind of both of our main characters. The amount of detail gave you such a surreal picture for both characters. The scenes were painted like a detailed mural. Such description and precision you could feel the scenes played out. Gwen is from an elite family, however, she’s adopted so she is not perceived as an elitist but rather trash. An event that occurred left her ‘canceled’ at school. Meaning no one could talk or associate with her. She was a top student and an excellent swimmer. Her arch nemesis, Hamilton, was the top devil of the school. An elitist from the best family pedigree money could buy. He is also competitive and has top grades and is an amazing swimmer. They butt heads like two angry rams. Their story is full of surprise, shock, anger, sadness, and of course elatedness. This book was really one of my favorite stand alones I’ve read. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a bully romance with enemies to lovers. You will not be disappointed with this story. I’m extremely happy I found it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (AndKellyReads)

    This book was full of angst, and drama, and just so much crazy that I loved it. Gwen and Hamilton were electric, and I loved the evolution of their relationship. As a sucker for a good bully romance, this one was *chef's kiss* and executed wonderfully. While I wasn't thrilled with the slight cheating aspect (although I understand why it was done) the rest of it fell together nicely. Gwen, although flawed, saw such growth throughout the book that you couldn't help but hope she got her sh*t togeth This book was full of angst, and drama, and just so much crazy that I loved it. Gwen and Hamilton were electric, and I loved the evolution of their relationship. As a sucker for a good bully romance, this one was *chef's kiss* and executed wonderfully. While I wasn't thrilled with the slight cheating aspect (although I understand why it was done) the rest of it fell together nicely. Gwen, although flawed, saw such growth throughout the book that you couldn't help but hope she got her sh*t together, and Hamilton was everything a reader wants in a tough-bad-boy with a marshmallow interior. His transformation from the start of the book to the end was heartwarming (and heart-wrenching) but I loved every minute of it. This book has easily become one of my top Angel Lawson releases. I can't wait to see what she and Samantha Rue come up with next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Really solid enemies to lover standalone! I love the build up and the steamy hate sex scenes. Hamilton really evolved throughout and I really appreciated his arc. Gwendolyn didn’t feel like she went through too much change, but she was a solid heroine. The conflict in the climax felt a little anti climatic but it all ended up tied in a nice way. The epilogue was really cute too, but nothing that gave way to years in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Really struggling with this one and not sure why. It seems to be going at a good pace and I can't find anything I don't like..... 🤔🤷‍♀️ Yet I can't concentrate on it. When I try ti read it, I find my mind drifting to ANYTHING Not even skim reading. I'm re-reading paragraphs again and again and this is unusual behaviour for me! Hmmmm....!! 🤔🧐 I'll hopefully come back and I'll be able to read it otherwise it goes into the dnfs... 😕 Really struggling with this one and not sure why. It seems to be going at a good pace and I can't find anything I don't like..... 🤔🤷‍♀️ Yet I can't concentrate on it. When I try ti read it, I find my mind drifting to ANYTHING Not even skim reading. I'm re-reading paragraphs again and again and this is unusual behaviour for me! Hmmmm....!! 🤔🧐 I'll hopefully come back and I'll be able to read it otherwise it goes into the dnfs... 😕

  13. 4 out of 5

    Khaleesi

    I really had fun reading this book. Wish it was longer and had more drama lol

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Anny hernandez

    Not feeling it Couldn’t pass from the second chapter this book way to slow paced for me. The chapter are way to long and it’s dragging and boring I keep falling asleep sorry can’t read this

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clare Harrison

    He is the topdog of The devils that run Preston prep. He controlled everything. She is merely the girl who tried to save her sister, and in her honesty ended up on the receiving end of their wrath. But times are changing, and so must they all.... I wanted to love this, having not read the authors before, but I struggled to find the desire to finish this book and not just walk away. The characters didnt excite me, or set my heart on fire. I just couldn't connect with them. There was nothing wrong with He is the topdog of The devils that run Preston prep. He controlled everything. She is merely the girl who tried to save her sister, and in her honesty ended up on the receiving end of their wrath. But times are changing, and so must they all.... I wanted to love this, having not read the authors before, but I struggled to find the desire to finish this book and not just walk away. The characters didnt excite me, or set my heart on fire. I just couldn't connect with them. There was nothing wrong with them perse, they just simply didnt do it for me. On the upside the story appealed to me. The situations and scenarios were believable and the prep school setting was right for them. For that reason I'm giving it a slightly higher score than I initially intended, 3.8 stars from me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Janet Rainey

    If you are looking for a cute rom com enemies to lovers trope then jog on. Really, please do. This story has angst and discomfort pretty much from the get-go. The main characters, and not just the leading couple, go through a pretty rocky journey at times. The prologue narrator is Gwendolyn, you could nearly argue that this book is more about her because we start with her POV, we learn why she is the way she is, about what is so particular to her and the way she is perceived. We learn her streng If you are looking for a cute rom com enemies to lovers trope then jog on. Really, please do. This story has angst and discomfort pretty much from the get-go. The main characters, and not just the leading couple, go through a pretty rocky journey at times. The prologue narrator is Gwendolyn, you could nearly argue that this book is more about her because we start with her POV, we learn why she is the way she is, about what is so particular to her and the way she is perceived. We learn her strengths (many) and her flaws. There are times that Hamilton will make you want to throw the book at the wall. For a story with angst there are also lots of parts which are an absolute delight to read, I'm not necessarily referring to the sexytimes although there's plenty of that too. There is lots of great banter, snark, put downs and internal monalogues that will keep you very happy. There will be parts of the book that you will read with a sense of dread . There are a slew of conflicting emotions and I'm sure that you will feel them as you read this story, and it is just as much a story of emotions and mental strength as it is of physicality. There are moments when there is love, loyalty, family, friends, expectations, commitments, fights and betrayal. All is told with the backdrop of a strong set of supporting characters, who have voices as strong and true as Hamilton and Gwendolyn. I'm going to shut up now (at last) because I don't want to give away any spoilers. I've wanted to read a new work from these two authors for over a decade, this was so well worth the wait. This is the first in a series and I'll be waiting bright and eager for the next book. The best angsty story I have read in a long time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vilma

    I still haven't made up my mind about what I honestly feel about bully romances. Imo most of them just feel cruel and I can't see how the couple actually can get past it. But at the same time they are quite addictive to read - which was the case with this book. I don't think I will continue the series though, the other characters didn't really catch my interest. I have a couple more books with this trope on my kindle and perhaps I kind figure out why everyone else seems to think they are so amaz I still haven't made up my mind about what I honestly feel about bully romances. Imo most of them just feel cruel and I can't see how the couple actually can get past it. But at the same time they are quite addictive to read - which was the case with this book. I don't think I will continue the series though, the other characters didn't really catch my interest. I have a couple more books with this trope on my kindle and perhaps I kind figure out why everyone else seems to think they are so amazing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Airam

    Had a great start and so much potential Hamilton and Gwen have this rivalry going on. They both want to make captain of the swim team and the valedictorian position. One fateful night something happens to Gwen's sister that takes this rivalry to the next level. Here's what I enjoyed about this book. We did get to see character development in Hamilton. He didn't stay the typical alpha insensitive jerk throughout the book. That's refreshing as in many bully books the guys remain jerks. Micha (one of Had a great start and so much potential Hamilton and Gwen have this rivalry going on. They both want to make captain of the swim team and the valedictorian position. One fateful night something happens to Gwen's sister that takes this rivalry to the next level. Here's what I enjoyed about this book. We did get to see character development in Hamilton. He didn't stay the typical alpha insensitive jerk throughout the book. That's refreshing as in many bully books the guys remain jerks. Micha (one of Gwen's siblings) was also a great character and I loved his big unapologetic personality. I loved how the whole family supported him. I had my issues with Gwen but overall I liked that she loved fiercely and wanted to protect her siblings from all the bad things. Here's what I didn't like *Spoilers* So to me Gwen comes off as this self righteous, high morals girl. But she has no problem hooking up with Hamilton knowing that Hamilton has a girlfriend. I mean Gwen sees them together in class and and during lunch. Hamilton for all that he doesn't care about his girlfriend is using her as a cover. That's really shitty even if the girlfriend is a bitch or whatever it still doesn't make it right. Of course the others tried to excuse the cheating by later droppong the bomb that the girlfriend was also cheating on Hamilton. The next thing that really turned me off was that Gwen hated Hamilton with a passion but once they started hooking up she didn't mind being kept a "secret". So Hamilton would still flaunt Reagan (girlfriend) around the school but had his rendezvous with Gwen. These two things are why really brought my rating down. Maybe if the authors had kept it at one thing only. Like you're either cheating or being kept a dirty secret. But both combined just a big NO. Also, Gwen got on my nerves sometimes, girl be true to yourself! She made things really easy for Hamilton from the beginning. Worst of all is that after those first hook ups both of them would say it was a mistake and that nobody would know . But guess what? they weren't as subtle as they thought. I will say that although I am giving this book 3 stars , I am still going to read the next book in the series. I think these authors have talent and I want to read more of their books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    taylorpriziola

    3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ When I read the blurb I was all over it, who doesn’t love a enemies-to-lovers book! Even though this was my first time reading Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue books. I will say I liked the easy flow of the storyline and I LOVED the fact that their FMC had a backbone and she had know problem sticking up for herself. Definitely a plus for me! I gave this a 3.5 stars just because I feel some parts were a little dragged out and parts I think would’ve been good to read about weren’t in 3.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ When I read the blurb I was all over it, who doesn’t love a enemies-to-lovers book! Even though this was my first time reading Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue books. I will say I liked the easy flow of the storyline and I LOVED the fact that their FMC had a backbone and she had know problem sticking up for herself. Definitely a plus for me! I gave this a 3.5 stars just because I feel some parts were a little dragged out and parts I think would’ve been good to read about weren’t in the story. Like all the horrible things Hamilton did to Gwendolyn. Which in my opinion would’ve been more of a bully romance. Anyhow, The story automatically starts out with you knowing that Hamilton and Gwendolyn seriously hate each other to the point if looks could kill they’d be died. Throughout the book Hamilton and Gwen argue back-and-forth, until one heated argument turns into something more that it shocks both of them. They both agree that it won’t happen again nor will they tell anyone, it’s there little secret, but that doesn’t seem to happened because every time they argue it’s like a hot switch that can be turned off. With time they realize that being together they both are helping each other over come things they have issues with. I really liked how both Authors showed character growth in Hamilton. There’s drama, angst and humor in this story which I found kept the book interesting. The chemistry between both characters was pretty hot. Even though I would have enjoyed it more if there was more dialogue during the sex scenes. Overall the book is worth reading and I did find it enjoyable... Audiobook review: This was my first time listening to Lula Larkin and she definitely deserves 4 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Cardenas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was awesome! Had me hooked from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. Hamilton had Gwen cancelled after an incident with her sister Sky at a party and no one at Preston Prep was allowed to talked about it. Sky had emotional issues and was sent away to get better. The Devils are the kings of Preston Prep and it was Hamilton who was in charge. Hamilton and Gwen have known each other since they were kids. After finding out that all of Gwen’s family isn’t blood, her and her famil This book was awesome! Had me hooked from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. Hamilton had Gwen cancelled after an incident with her sister Sky at a party and no one at Preston Prep was allowed to talked about it. Sky had emotional issues and was sent away to get better. The Devils are the kings of Preston Prep and it was Hamilton who was in charge. Hamilton and Gwen have known each other since they were kids. After finding out that all of Gwen’s family isn’t blood, her and her family are outsiders. The family are close and love each other. Gwen and Hamilton were competitive about getting the captain of the swim twin and both wanted it pretty bad. After being forced to be co-captains together, they end up being late for class on day and are given Saturday detention for five weeks. Being forced together bring them closer together, at first competitively and both very stubborn. They fight their attraction to each other at first and one day, he challenges her to admitting she is attracted to him and she does. So begins their sexual relationship and it get steamier and steamier. They get closer and closer together, but not without some bumps and trust issues. They know that all Devils won’t approve of their relationship and keep it between them. And one of the devils, Heston, puts up some pictures meant to hurt her brother and Hamilton finds them and they argue. Heston gets Hamilton caught with evidence in his hands and Gwen see this, and doesn’t let him explain, instantly believing he did it. She has finally had enough of Preston Prep and leaves school, finishing up online. Hamilton goes into downfall mode and stops taking care of himself and distances himself from his toxic relationship with his dad. They learned about themselves and learn that she has to learn how to forgive and he has to learn to fight to get what he wants in a good way and not how he was raised. As they come into themselves, he is ready to fight for her and she is ready to forgive. And they do, rebuilding their relationship, and become closer. Hamilton’s family finally changes and Gwen’s family learns to accept him and that he has changed. They are finally together and I hope their is more to their story!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Maher

    Hamilton Bates is the absolute worst. He is the type of character that you love to hate. At least, in the beginning that is who he is, and then things change. You grow to love him. You come to see why he is the way that he is and then you begin to understand. Gwen is the opposite. You begin to care about her from the start. She is a strong person who will do anything to help those she loves. Even if that means that she becomes a social outcast. For her, Hamilton used to be a friend and teammate. Hamilton Bates is the absolute worst. He is the type of character that you love to hate. At least, in the beginning that is who he is, and then things change. You grow to love him. You come to see why he is the way that he is and then you begin to understand. Gwen is the opposite. You begin to care about her from the start. She is a strong person who will do anything to help those she loves. Even if that means that she becomes a social outcast. For her, Hamilton used to be a friend and teammate. But once it became clear that she didn't actually come from the same social stria that he did, he dumps her like she is dirt under his feet. When they are thrown together again, there are explosions, battles, and eventually an understanding between them. I love, love to see how their romance blooms and grows and because of that, he is able to change. Not only himself, but the way things are done in the school. This book deals with adoption, mental health issues, enemies to lovers, and gives you that happy ending that makes you go all soft inside. This book is highly addictive and difficult to put down once it is started. Angel Lawson and Samantha Rue have come together to create a book that is breathtakingly beautiful, addicting, and puts you through a series of emotions from anger to sadness to love. I hope that they will continue this partnership and give us more books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamielee

    I couldn't decide between 2-3 stars so I gave the book the 3 Blame it on the Guys STARS I almost DNF-ed this book at least a dozen times... I don't agree with the entire premise of the book. Let me lay it out for you. If we as women want to be proud "Here Me ROAR" and be able to make choices on our sexual exploits without being called names or judged that also means we take responsibility for those choices. That means we don't get to blame guys for choices a character makes because it is "easy" t I couldn't decide between 2-3 stars so I gave the book the 3 Blame it on the Guys STARS I almost DNF-ed this book at least a dozen times... I don't agree with the entire premise of the book. Let me lay it out for you. If we as women want to be proud "Here Me ROAR" and be able to make choices on our sexual exploits without being called names or judged that also means we take responsibility for those choices. That means we don't get to blame guys for choices a character makes because it is "easy" to blame the guys. I DIDN'T blame the guys for ONE SECOND. - I am NOT spoiling anything FYI all this bullshit happens in the first part before Chapter 1. The character in question the Leading Lady's Sister was young and had deep rooted issues. No one forced her to perform sexual acts. No one took her against her will. None of the guys who got in trouble were even apart of said sexual acts. The ones who knew what was happening chose not to stop her. THEY didn't make her do ANYTHING. So my entire mood for this book was put off before I even started chapter 1. Then the entire book that said group of guys are hated by this family because IMO it is easier to blame someone else then to turn around and realize your Loved One has issues and they are responsible for their actions. End rant

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Hopson

    Angry love I love the angry love so freaking much!!! Gwen was wrecked when she walked in on Sky falling apart. And blamed her self for not being their to protect her sister. But she blamed the Devil's even more. She just knew that they had been behind what Sky had gotten her self into. And she was outraged!!!!👊👊 So she snitched them out and she became an outcast for it. They made sure that no one talk to even look at her. The Devil's had everyone at Preston Prep treat Gwen like dirt on the bottom o Angry love I love the angry love so freaking much!!! Gwen was wrecked when she walked in on Sky falling apart. And blamed her self for not being their to protect her sister. But she blamed the Devil's even more. She just knew that they had been behind what Sky had gotten her self into. And she was outraged!!!!👊👊 So she snitched them out and she became an outcast for it. They made sure that no one talk to even look at her. The Devil's had everyone at Preston Prep treat Gwen like dirt on the bottom of their shoes. She got used to and developed a mask to make it through every day life. But she wasn't ready for the freight train that Hamilton Bates was gonna run through her world. She already blamed him for her misfortunes so her hate ran deep and she had snitched on the Devil's so he hated her all the same but their love hate world was about to implode!!!! Once he kissed her in that locker room their fates were sealed they could not stay away from one another. The could through sarcasm and snark at each other all day but they couldn't fight the feelings building or the lust between each other growing. And what started as just list grows into something so much more. They really develop something so much deeper by the end. They are willing to fight for reach each. This book was really AMAZING!!! If you have not read it yet you should really CHECK IT OUT!!! You will not be sorry!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    **Story chaser**

    Calling all Bully Romance fans…. This one is good!! *Genre: Enemies-to lovers, Bully romance *POV: Alternating Dual *Hero: Hamilton - Mostly he is rude, entitled and really mean, but the character growth throughout the book is great. I did love that you see his insecurities and vulnerabilities. *Heroine: Gwen – Strong, overprotective and feisty. Great character. I loved that she did not just give in to Hamilton and she made him work for it. *Chemistry: High *Heat: Medium *Angst Level: Medium *Standalon Calling all Bully Romance fans…. This one is good!! *Genre: Enemies-to lovers, Bully romance *POV: Alternating Dual *Hero: Hamilton - Mostly he is rude, entitled and really mean, but the character growth throughout the book is great. I did love that you see his insecurities and vulnerabilities. *Heroine: Gwen – Strong, overprotective and feisty. Great character. I loved that she did not just give in to Hamilton and she made him work for it. *Chemistry: High *Heat: Medium *Angst Level: Medium *Standalone or Series: Standalone *Cliffhanger: No *Thoughts: To me the book is about accepting diversity and unique personalities. Second chances and loving the people who are in your corner. *Would I Recommend? YES *My Review: Beautifully written, great dialog and an easy read that was hard to put down. I liked the whole story. This book really lives up to what a bully romance should be. Gwen and Hamilton has known each other since they were kids but they grew apart and became very different people. Both dealing with family pressure and the way they were brought up, they keep competing with each other in academics and sport. An incident leaves Gwen and outcast at school, still this does not get her down. But faith keeps pulling Gwen and Hamilton together and they are forced to spend time together. Chemistry happens and things spiral.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MzAnn

    A Good Read If the authors' intent was to get readers to hate Hamilton Bates, then kudos to them. Hamilton was an arrogant, egotistical, elitist a$$#0le. I described him more than once as a rapist in training and I truly did not root for him having a HEA. To be fair, Hamilton's father, Martin Bates, it's the undisputed king of a$$#0lery. He is manipulative, controlling and unforgiving of his children's "disappointments." It's no wonder Hamilton was the way he was. Gwendolyn Adams was the second of A Good Read If the authors' intent was to get readers to hate Hamilton Bates, then kudos to them. Hamilton was an arrogant, egotistical, elitist a$$#0le. I described him more than once as a rapist in training and I truly did not root for him having a HEA. To be fair, Hamilton's father, Martin Bates, it's the undisputed king of a$$#0lery. He is manipulative, controlling and unforgiving of his children's "disappointments." It's no wonder Hamilton was the way he was. Gwendolyn Adams was the second of five children adopted into the Adams family. Even though her adoptive parents were wealthy and "fit" into the community, their kids were looked down upon and mistreated. On top of this, there was an incident with Gwen's sister, Skylar, that pretty much kept Gwen (and to a certain extent, her 2 youngest siblings) in the crosshairs at Preston Prep, especially where Hamilton and his friends, the Devils, were concerned. Even though I couldn't stand Hamilton for over 50% of the book, I finally relaxed my dislike of him, and enjoyed watching his relationship with Gwen take all of the twists and turns, and I really enjoyed "the evolution of the bad boy" as Hamilton faced the crumbling of the world as he knew it. I liked this book more than I thought I would. It turned out to be a really good read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    K. J. MacG

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ✨4 Stars✨ *not a review but for future me* Liked this one. Really liked the dynamic between the h & H, i felt like I actually believed that, while this was a bully romance, both characters had an even playing field and complimented each other. It wasn’t your classic h who thought she had power but really doesn’t. Book starts off with h’s sister put in a position of sexual exploitation (she’s doing a BJ train) at a party & h comes to save her from this and assumes it’s the H’s doing. She assumes thi ✨4 Stars✨ *not a review but for future me* Liked this one. Really liked the dynamic between the h & H, i felt like I actually believed that, while this was a bully romance, both characters had an even playing field and complimented each other. It wasn’t your classic h who thought she had power but really doesn’t. Book starts off with h’s sister put in a position of sexual exploitation (she’s doing a BJ train) at a party & h comes to save her from this and assumes it’s the H’s doing. She assumes this bc H is the top “Devil” (which is there like clique name lol) and nothing goes without his say. While the h & H had a complicated bully relationship before, this situation escalates it even more. Fast forward, h & H are both competitive swimmers and are chosen to be co captains & they get detention for being late to a class so they end up spending more time with one another. And what does all that arguing lead to?? Hate fucking, hell ya. Long story short, both characters have a dysfunctional home life and find solstice and support in one another. They recognize that they actually do have a a lot in common, not just their home life, but also athletically, academically and even with their thoughts and values. This is part of a series but I’ve read the reviews on the other novels and they just don’t interest me so I’ll be passing on those.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tabatha Reed

    This started out pretty strong for me. Enemies to lovers book always have such explosive chemistry. I really liked the book for the most part but it turned into something a lot angstier than I was hoping for. I think it started to go downhill for me around 60ish%. Hamilton is a really pretentious entitled jerk in the beginning. Then they started kissing and doing other stuff in the midst of their typical arguments. That was great. I did start to feel a little frustrated with how they both were i This started out pretty strong for me. Enemies to lovers book always have such explosive chemistry. I really liked the book for the most part but it turned into something a lot angstier than I was hoping for. I think it started to go downhill for me around 60ish%. Hamilton is a really pretentious entitled jerk in the beginning. Then they started kissing and doing other stuff in the midst of their typical arguments. That was great. I did start to feel a little frustrated with how they both were immediately ‘this never happened’. That back and forth built a lot of hot tension but eventually I was ready for them to actually figure out how to make their situation work out for them long before they got there. Then when they finally did realize they wanted to figure it out I hated that they both tried to keep it a secret. I want my H to scream to the world that his h belongs to him. It’s not that I don’t understand their reasoning but I would have felt better about it if he fought for her instead of being a coward. The forbidden relationship element, the hiding and secrecy and family drama was just a big pile of angst. We also have a breakup, separation and reconciliation proceeded by a not terrible but still inadequate grovel. I hate that plot device and I hate that authors hardly ever give a good grovel. It was a relatively short separation but miserable all the same.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    So as I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book! I decided that i would make a note of all my thoughts throughout this book rather than getting to the end and it being a blur. Because book hangovers are a thing and trying to explain all the good points at the end is never easy. I’m about 1/4 way through and there are a few things about this book that set it apart from most of the others. I like the fact that the ‘sport’ is swimming rather than the normal football/basketball (don’t get me So as I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book! I decided that i would make a note of all my thoughts throughout this book rather than getting to the end and it being a blur. Because book hangovers are a thing and trying to explain all the good points at the end is never easy. I’m about 1/4 way through and there are a few things about this book that set it apart from most of the others. I like the fact that the ‘sport’ is swimming rather than the normal football/basketball (don’t get me wrong I love those too, I just like the simple difference). I like the fact that it isn’t your typical bully romance. The sister aspect is a great addition for me. And I like the fact that the MFC has a backbone and attitude. So I’m now at the end and well..! I couldn’t even stop to take notes. The story just makes you want ‘just one more chapter’ and before you know it, it’s 3am and then you’re finished and NEED the next instalment. Even though it’s a stand alone I can’t wait to hear more about the Devils. Great story. Love the duel POV. Brilliant writing. Definitely worth a read. 😈🏊🏻‍♂️📖❣️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle MacLeod

    I really enjoyed this one! This is how a bully romance should go when there is an HEA. I can’t stand when the guy is so mean, and then he does one good thing and she just falls into his bed!! This one starts with ‘hate-fucking’ for lack of better term ..and I was there for every minute of it! She didn’t trust him, but they both knew they had an itch to scratch — their words not mine lol! The bullying was MOSTLY in past tense.. and it was kind of an adorable story of the rich, arrogant, entitled a I really enjoyed this one! This is how a bully romance should go when there is an HEA. I can’t stand when the guy is so mean, and then he does one good thing and she just falls into his bed!! This one starts with ‘hate-fucking’ for lack of better term ..and I was there for every minute of it! She didn’t trust him, but they both knew they had an itch to scratch — their words not mine lol! The bullying was MOSTLY in past tense.. and it was kind of an adorable story of the rich, arrogant, entitled asshole becoming humbled by falling for the girl he hated. It wasn’t one of those, he insta-loves her so he’s a dick because he doesn’t know how to handle it, type situations. He legitimately did not like her, but it was because of the ignorance he was raised in. I was confused by the sister part though... how it would be anyone’s fault but the sister. Why the main girl would blame anyone else... it’s not like she was drugged and unaware of what she was doing? And then they never really went into details about her, just assuming we would fill in our own blanks on ‘all her issues’ that was annoying.

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