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Heartless Hero written by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Publisher Unglued Books
Publication Date: October 24, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eARC
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There are rules to being Abigail Crowne’s bodyguard, rules to watching the infamous billion-dollar heiress, otherwise known as the Reject Princess.
Never forget your place, always put the Crowne name above all else, and never, ever hurt the Reject.
Especially don’t torment the Reject.
Even if she is a spoiled brat.
So when an opportunity presents itself to punish her, you definitely shouldn’t take it.
Then again, Abigail loves to be tortured, and I’ve waited patiently for revenge.
I’ll keep her safe... with cruel protection.
Love is off limits with Abigail Crowne, but no one said anything about hate.
This month is probably the month of bullies and dark romance reads for me. Seriously. I haven’t really read books like this and I am a little bit disturbed but fascinated because I just can’t stop reading them!
Heartless Hero is really a second-chance bully romance with touches of revenge. Theo is definitely one broken anti-hero that I ended up rooting for. Not only are his motivations for vengeance a little bit harsh and at times, cruel, you understand and sympathize with him!
What I find interesting about Heartless Hero is the opening scene. It felt like the reader was thrust smack dab into this crazy and confusing world without knowing anything at all. I don’t think this is a series, though. But anyway, that confusing start actually helps set-up the tone of this book. It’s basically Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars/Cinderella all smashed into one sick story that had me fascinated from page one!
I have to say that I wasn’t really sold on Abigail at the start. She felt like an unreliable narrator, most especially at the beginning of the book. As the story unravels, however, we are then showed how her family treats her, which made me feel bad. While she’s not my favorite character, or heroine, for that matter, her story was very compelling and I really wanted her to triumph from everything.
While bully romance is really not my jam, I liked Mary Catherine Gebhard’s writing and the bananas plot of this book. I will definitely be looking at her backlist!
How do you feel about bully romance?
What book do you recommend I read with a similar vibe to Heartless Hero?