Things I Always Wanted to Say by Monica Murphy
Whit Lancaster burst into my life like a storm. Dark and thunderous, furious and fierce. Cold, heartless and devastatingly beautiful, like the statues in our prep school gardens. The school with his family name on the sign. He can do no wrong here. This is his domain.
He’s a menace on campus. Adored and feared. Hated and respected. His taunting words carve into my skin, shredding me to ribbons. Yet his intense gaze scorches my blood, fills me with a longing I don’t understand.
When I stumble upon him one night alone, I find him broken. Bleeding. My instincts scream to leave and let him suffer, but I can’t. I sneak him into my room. Clean him up. Fall for his lies. Let him possess every single part of me until I’m the one left a gasping, broken mess.
When he leaves me alone in the dead of night, he takes my journal with him.
Now he knows all my secrets. My hate. My truth. And he promises to use my words against me. I’ll be ruined if my darkest secret gets out.
That’s when I strike a bargain with the devil.
I’ll let Whit Lancaster ruin me behind closed doors instead.
A few of my adult duties were definitely neglected while reading this book! I’m not even ashamed to admit that because this book completely caught me off guard in the very best way. Luckily, I read it super fast. Whit and his dirty mouth are something else! Epic hotness!
I must admit, I was warned that this was bully with a mean hero, but I take warnings with a grain of salt. I’m here to tell you that he is absolutely all those things and I was HERE FOR IT! We’ll offer up a silent prayer for my eternal soul later. lol
Okay, here’s what you need to know:
This book is HAWT! Like singed kindle, burned fingers kind of hot. The characters have no qualms exploring their sexual appetites and the chemistry between these too is SCORCHING. I’m a diehard fan of steamy bully romance and this one charts really high for me.
Whit is a straight up bully. He mean, cunning, and conniving. He is arrogant and entitled. But he’s also a product of his environment and has a heart. I loved every single solitary moment of witnessing him find his place in life and venture outside of the lines that were so staunchly drawn around him. Some of the things that came out of his mouth had me hollering.
There’s lots of drama, teen angst, secrets, surprises, and all the wonderful things that will keep a reader holding on for dear life while praying they survive the ending. If that’s your jam, you have to pick up this bad boy.
The heroine wasn’t my top fave from this author, but I get it. Like Whit, she is a product of her environment and experiences. I get it.
All in all, Monica Murphy delivers an unputdownable Enemies to Lovers romance that left me wanting more.
5 Stars – Recommended to fans who love bully, ETL, and antiheroes.