☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
Call them whatever you want.
Around here, we just call them Kings.
Luxe watches and bespoke suits.
The Kings of High Court College act like Gods.
And Cooper Valcourt is the worst of them.
He is the bully king.
His family owns everything.
And his mission is to put me in my place and send me packing.
But Cooper and I have a history filled with secrets.
And everyone knows that power doesn’t come from having money.
It comes from holding secrets.
And I’m holding one of his.
A very dark secret that can bring him to his knees.
This is my first “bully romance”, and while the jury is still out as to whether or not I like the genre as a whole, I appreciate J.A. Huss’ writing so much that I enjoyed the story. Ms. Huss has a way with words. She has honed the craft of storytelling to an art.
Bully King is a dark, new adult tale. It takes place during summer break on the extended grounds of a private school. The story is told from the perspective of both Cadee Hunter and Cooper Valcourt. Their background and upbringing couldn’t be more different. Cadee is a wholly empathetic character even when she makes decisions that made no sense to me. Cooper, on the other hand, is easy to dislike. While there are glimpses of underlying decency, his propensity to act in the way that he is expected to makes it very difficult to care for him at all.
Ms. Huss’ ability to weave intrigue and conspiracy into her stories is amazing. Readers are never quite sure what is real, how unreliable the narrators are, or what plot points are red herrings. The powerful men in this story might have met their match in Cadee Hunter, because the last woman standing wins.
About the Author: J.A. Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.
After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.
So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her book, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.
She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.
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