AUTHOR: Andi Jaxon
GENRE: M/M Bully Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2020
He's the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can't stop.
Neither can he.
No one can know.
Can I risk it?
Is Roman King worth dying for?
**This story is a bully romance including dubious consent, assault, talk of suicide, and is intended for readers 18+. Please proceed with caution.**
4 Stars from Tiffany!
Didn't Love it, didn't Hate it Either...
Well, it seems to be hit or miss when it comes to me and Andi Jaxon's books. This time around, I hated her main character, but loved the message the book is trying to convey. Bully King reminded me of Varsity Blues mixed with Footloose.
First off, these characters are seventeen and eighteen years old and are dealing with some mighty heavy situations. The story is set in the south, the bible belt if you will, where football is life and everybody is god-fearing. When the new preacher and his family moves in, nobody knew how much things would end up changing.
"I don't know what kind of damage this guy can do to me, but I have a feeling it would be earth-shattering."
Ha! That is putting it mildly. Jonah is the preacher's son and Roman is the star quarterback. Both gay, both hiding it from friends and family, both learning pretty quickly that there is something between them. Roman was horrible from beginning to end. I didn't like him from the start and he did nothing to redeem himself in my eyes. He was the bully, even when he was "nice" to Jonah, he wasn't and I was sad for Jonah. Sad that was the kind of love he was accepting in his first relationship. It seemed like the kid couldn't catch a break no matter which way he turned.
"It's exciting, new and everything I crave. But my head knows he's dangerous. He's going to ruin my life."
Roman was an angry kid with a terrible home life, not accepting of himself and taking it out on everybody around him. He's miserable and what he thinks is love is a joke. Jonah saw all of the signs and took the leap anyway. All he could do now is hold on.
The book is well written and heavy. While I liked the message of acceptance, it was a tough road to get to it. The kids were written so young, it was hard to fathom all of this going on around them at times. Bully King reads as a standalone with an epilogue to wrap things up.
J.M. Walker - “There were parts of this story that even I had a hard time reading and had to put my tablet down for a breath or two. There was also a chapter where I held my breath through it all. A book has not caused these sort of feelings to stir in me in such a long time.”
Justlovemybooks.com blog - “...if you're looking for an emotional journey, I recommend this book; it will gut you.”
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Sarcastic and snarky, I love to laugh and read dark fucked up shit. I write about tortured pasts and hot sex, a happily ever after that has to be worked for. My stories tend to be a little dark but with some comic relief, typically in the form of sarcasm.