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โ€œThe sad thing is, if they had loved me enough and trusted that love like I did, we would still be together. All they had to do was talk to me and ask. But they believed the lies of strangers. And that was their downfall.โ€

Overall Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 4/5

Spice Rating: 6/10

Characters: 8/10

Atmosphere: 8.5/10

Writing: 8/10

Plot: 8.5/10

Intrigue: 7.5/10

Logic: 7.5/10

Enjoyment: 7.5/10

Hero: Theo, Brody, Chase, Jax & Rain

Heroine: Ellie

Cliff-hanger: Yes

Triggers: Sexual Assault, Bullying

Pages: 395

Style: Single Parent, Age-Gap, Contemporary, Dark, Reverse Harem, Twisted, Single Parent, College

I really liked the idea of this story, Iโ€™m a sucker for a โ€˜hidden secretโ€™ and love a bit of RH drama which this delivered on.

I particularly liked the FMC Ellie, I found her to be a strong and motivated lead who you want to love throughout the whole story. She has been through a lot, and she comes out stronger for it which is amazing to see โ€“ she has a backbone halleluiah.

And Theo!! What an absolute sweetheart! I was totally rooting for him the whole way through, he is just the most loveable character ever.

Unfortunately, overall, the pace felt for me a little bit off. I found a lot of the storyโ€™s events and characters' feelings were being โ€˜toldโ€™ rather than shown, which gives me a slightly inauthentic vibe. I also felt at times there was just too much going on, especially with so many characters and with so many backstories to try and gain momentum on. It felt as though there were possibly too many tropes underway as well, itโ€™s a lot to truck and pack into one book.

All that being said I think it was an interesting dynamic between all the main characters, and Iโ€™m interested to see how the story develops, and how the relationships shift both individually and together as a group. A solid first read from this author.

โ€œIt all becomes bearable and worth it because I have my warrior at my side, ready to fight my demons for me, if I would let him.โ€

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