Goodreads Rating: 4.48 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 29th 2019
Publisher: Self Published
From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an intense, high school enemies-to-lovers romance with a twist.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.
Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.
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All Saints High is the much awaited spin-off to Sinners of Saints series featuring new generation of characters. I did not expect to received an early copy and I got more excited to read it (Thank you so much!). Pretty Reckless follows Melody and Jaime Followhill’s eldest daughter, Daria. She’s rich, gorgeous, popular and intimidating. This young lady is a She-Hulk and a spoiled frickin’ brat. I swear my patience almost ran out because of her. Can you imagine my stress?The teenage angst, the nasty assholes and bitches, Daria’s strained relationship with her mother and LOADS of drama. Marx, I want to throw my e-reader across the room.
To add more stress, her love interest is also her archenemy. Penn Scully is the team captain of Las Juntas Football team– All Saints High’s #1 rival — and later on became her foster brother. Penn wants to revenge her sister Via, who went missing for years and he blames Daria for it and she must pay for everything she ruined. They despised each other but the lingering sexual between them was too powerful.
Let’s keep this real. It’s difficult to like our protagonists. Daria has EVERYTHING in her life yet she’s insecure and craves for love and attention. She’s too rebellious and impulsive. She did awful things regardless of her intentions and I hate her for it. Penn is overly rude to Daria. I can’t blame him but sometimes he crossed the line. Their relationship is volatile and toxic. I’m frustrated and I think my hairline slightly receded.
I’m bound to give this 3 stars but the last 30% made me reconsider my rating. I appreciate Daria for owning up all her mistakes. I fully understood her personality. She’s a bold and badass chick. She became more mature after experiencing her consequences. Same goes for Penn. After all they went through, both of them deserved the joy. Both of them grown up. The chemistry between them is naturally intense. Their exchanges are quite wicked.
I also wanted to highlight Melody and Jaime. It’s wonderful seeing them as parents. They’re imperfect and sometimes fucked up especially Melody for misunderstanding Daria. The unconditional love for their children is beyond measure. They’ll do everything to protect their love ones and if someone dares to hurt them, you better pray to Jesus. Principal Prichard, take some notes!
Overall, I like it so much. The plot reminds me of Mean Girls and I’m excited to read the rest of the books. Vaughn’s is up next and it’ll be interesting because Vicious is about to be stressed from his spawn. I have a confession: I’m dying here for Knight and Luna. (They better end up together!) These children tested my patience but still entertained me. What a great start for this series.