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TITLE: Bully King
AUTHOR: Andi Jaxon
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2020
SETTING: Kentucky, US
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
GENRE(S): Hard Hitting Contemporary MM Romance, Hate to Love, Bully Romance, Abuse
Thank you to Andi Jaxon and Social Butterfly PR from my gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’m the pastor’s son.
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.**
This book was REALLY intense and I loved it so much.
I had a little trouble properly rating my review of this book. I was extremely drawn in from the first couple of chapters. This book gave me all the feels. I cried at certain parts depicting abuse. I really loved it. But, my rating is down to four stars because I just couldn’t get behind the public locker room scene. I understand that this is a work of fiction but that rattled me! I should probably rate even lower for that alone. But I really did LOVE this book and both Jonah and Roman’s characters.
Jonah and his sister Mary are the new kids in town. When their Pastor father moves them from Washington State, to the freaking Bible Belt of Kentucky for work, it is a culture shock. While Mary quickly finds her place in this new group people, Jonah has a much harder time. He is immediately singled out and targeted by the quarterback of the football team. Roman King bullies Jonah incessantly while secretly desiring nothing more than to have him all to himself. Jonah longs for Roman too, even though the poor kid is struggling with not only the fact that he fears his relationship with God is tainted by his preference for the same sex, but the fact that even though Roman’s cruelty is unending, he is still attracted to him… even more so, he is attracted to his abuse. I wish that the author had spent more time advocating for abuse victims than glorifying it and making it sexualized. But, even still, I know that it happens and as long as two people are consenting of behaviors, what people like is what they like. But, this was NOT always consensual. I feel like I am going round and round over this, but it is the ONE ASPECT of this book that didn’t work for me.
These two boys deal with being gay in a small Christian town where it is simply unacceptable. They have to sneak around and they have to be strong in the face of hate. While Jonah is able to do that with a little more dignity, Roman finds it very hard and acts extremely cowardly through many parts of this book. Still, I felt for him. Still, I wanted happiness for Roman and Jonah.
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