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The Rebel of Raleigh High by Callie Hart

The Rebel of Raleigh High (Raleigh Rebels #1)
by Callie Hart

Rating: ★★★★
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Silver

Hit me.
Kick me.
Hurt me.
Hate me.


There’s nothing that the students of Raleigh High can do to Silver Parisi anymore. Over the past year, she’s had to endure more pain and suffering than most people are asked to bear in their lifetimes. She’s a pariah, an outcast, a ghost. She’s also never been one to take shit lying down, though…despite what half the football team might say.

With only one hundred and sixty-eight days left of the school year, it won’t be long until graduation, and Silver’s planning on skipping town and leaving Raleigh firmly in her rearview mirror…

Until he comes along…

Alex

Orphan.
Degenerate.
Reprobate.
Deviant.
Alex Moretti’s earned most of his labels, and he’s not ashamed of a single one of them. He’ll earn far worse before he’s finished with his new found ‘friends’ at Raleigh High. Having spent years being ground down under the boot heel of society, it’s time for a little payback. And if exacting revenge upon the heads of the Raleigh elite means he can also help the beautiful girl who hovers in the shadows, then that’s all for the better.

Oil and water. Fire and ice. The differences between Silver and Alex are broader than any chasm. To reach one another, they must take a leap of faith and fall into the divide.

And falling?

Nothing good ever came from falling.

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Different from anything she’s ever written before, Callie Hart astounded me with this dark, young adult narrative. It ensnared my attention. Enthralled me. Shredded me to bits. I’m still in tatters—my heart exhausted and emotions wrenched from the hard subject matter weaved through the chapters. For the endless heartache that afflicts the characters. It is depicted in brutally honest terms, with grit and angst intense and unrestrained in deliverance your senses will be chaotic from overload.

“I’m not going to force you to fall for me, Silver. You’ve already been forced to do too much. But don’t blame me if I try and change your mind.”

The Rebel of Raleigh High isn’t an easy read—the raw, vicious nature and malicious intentions of some characters, though kind of cliche, is reminiscent of real life situations and runs deeper, more depraved than expected. Silver Parisi’s ferocious resilience and headstrong determination, despite her harrowing experiences with callous rumours and sexual assault followed by continuous mistreatment is an admirable testament to this heroine’s steadfast courage.

“I also happen to think that you’re the most beautiful fucking thing I have ever witnessed with my own two eyes. I am watching you just as much as you’re watching me… and I don’t trust myself to look away.”

But the genuine beauty of this romance is witnessing the transformation of Alex and Silver. Within a school full of innumerous assholes, the insensitivity becomes somewhat overwhelming. Somehow amongst the adversity, Alex and Silver bare their souls, forging an unwavering connection of truth, honest affection and fierce strength that can’t be rattled or dismantled. Rebellious and flawed, these authentic characters find solace together—a beautiful reminder that there’s brightness within darkness. Someone will eventually believe your truth when everyone else won’t.

If you want a read that features a heroine with unbelievable perseverance; a fierce, protective hero with a hidden caring side; romance that will shred your heart, succumb your emotions to erratic chaos and make you feel everything for the characters, I recommend The Rebel of Raleigh High. It is intense, though somewhat long in certain sections, is still beautifully written and all-consuming.

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Roma Queen by Callie Hart

Roma Queen (Roma Royals Duet #2)
by Callie Hart

Rating: ★★★★★
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Son.
Lover.
Protector.

KING.

I’ve been many things to many people over the course of my life, but that title – King – has always been a tough pill to swallow. If I want to help Zara save her friend, then I must find a way to shoulder the pressure, though. I must unravel this complicated tangle of clues and hunt down a madman I thought I’d already killed three years ago in order to bring Sarah home in one piece.

My people are depending on me to protect them.
Zara is trusting me to keep her alive.
There isn’t a sacrifice I won’t make for her.
My Firefly.
My Queen.
I’ll raze this world to the ground to keep her safe…

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He is the most beautiful, savage creature I have ever seen.

I’m always left floating within the clouds, charged with adrenaline and sighing in pure, utter bliss after finishing anything by Callie Hart. I wanted to devour this intricate duet wholly, yet pulled myself back to savour this riveting tale that concluded in both compelling and captivating ways. Roma Queen left me awed, my eyes wide from learning revelations and discovering totally unexpected connections.

Our eyes meet, and so much passes between us: I’m proud of you. I’m amazed by you. I’m here for you. I will never fucking leave you.

Zara and Pasha are entwined, their relationship a unique connection bound together by certain, unforeseeable circumstances. When a past face resurfaces, testing this newfound couple’s strength, no matter the difficulties and adversities that appear, Zara and Pasha are unwavering—an unstoppable force prepared to do everything necessary to keep those they love safe.

“Touch me. Kiss me. Fuck me,” I whisper. “Make me lose myself in you. I want to forget where you end and I begin.”

I didn’t just adore every single moment—I absorbed every facet of this heart-stropping, jaw-dropping and toe-curling narrative. It is heated and passionate, with many turns and twists to keep your interest piqued. Questions are answered and shocking truths are unveiled. I wasn’t certain where this would head, only that Callie Hart’s signature anti-hero and brand of sassy, witty heroine would continue to capture my heart!

Everything about Roma Queen is emotionally satisfying. If you love dangerous anti-heroes, strong heroines and darkness in your romance, you need to read this duet, especially if Zeth Mayfair is your favourite Callie Hart hero. Watch out, Mr. Mayfair—Pasha Rivin might dethrone you.

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Roma King by Callie Hart

Roma King (Roma Royals #1)
by Callie Hart

Rating: ★★★★★
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“911. What is your emergency?”

Every night, Zara Llewelyn picks up the phone and assists people in distress. House fires. Assault. Motor vehicle accidents. Home invasions…

Between the hours of six and two, she is the answer to a thousand cries for help. But when the payphone outside Zara’s apartment building mysteriously begins ringing night after night, the very last thing she wants to do is pick it up. And yet, she can’t seem to help herself…

Pasha Rivin’s trying to outrun fate. He’s been running from it for years now, but escape isn’t in his cards. As the oldest son of the oldest Roma family in the country, he’s not just a member of a proud and fiercely traditional clan. He is their reluctant king…and now he’s expected to find a wife.

The fiery redhead that shows up on his doorstep, following a trail of breadcrumbs, hunting for a missing little boy, is the last person Pasha’s mother has in mind, however. She’s an outsider, an intruder, and as far as his family are concerned, she’s not welcome on their land, let alone in their king’s bed.

Pasha has never allowed his destiny to stand in the way of what he wants, however. And he’s never wanted anything more than he wants the girl with the burning green eyes.

Zara Llewelyn picked up the phone and learned a secret.

Falling in love has never been so dangerous…

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Holy shit, I’m still stuck in cloud nine after finishing Roma King. Brimming with intrigue, suspense and surprise turns, I devoured this read within twelve hours as everything about it is perfect! Zara and Pasha’s unique relationship, bound together by an intricate series of events, pulled me in—they made me fall in love with it. Every step of the way.

Callie Hart writes bad boy anti-heroes that will have you down on your knees begging and wanting more of them. They’re always damaged, oftentimes rebellious and dripping in tantalising naughtiness with a hint of buried sweetness that only the women they obsess over discover. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Zeth Motherfucking Mayfair, Pasha will capture your heart in similar fashion.

I want to fucking consume her. There’s a part of me that wants to fucking destroy her, if only so no one will ever be able to look at her.

Pasha Rivin is an anti-hero that will capture your attention straight away. He’s the epitome of tall, dark and handsome while simultaneously screaming titillating sin and veiled danger. He isn’t just wicked, full of cockiness and intimidation, and brandishing a filthy mouth that’ll leave your cheeks burning.

Pasha’s an enigma that you’ll want to learn more about. Destined to become a Roma king, a path paved with greatness, he craves freedom—to be free of responsibilities and superstitions and manipulative clan members. And the more you pry open, the more entranced and obsessed you’ll become with Roma’s upcoming king.

I’ve done everything in my power to banish him from my thoughts, but there’s something about the man standing before me that won’t be quelled.

Despite leading an independent simple life, Zara Llewelyn is an intriguing and compelling heroine. She’s filled with so much empathy and compassion, you can’t help but find her wonderfully endearing. I admire the strength and determination and ferocity she exudes—especially when confronted with unexpected situations that transform her humble routine into something more complicated.

Sometimes a glimpse of vulnerability will surface, making Zara a more real and relatable character. She isn’t easily intimidated though—her own sassiness and fierceness comes through when coming head-to-head with Pasha in verbal sparring.

“I take it back,” he rumbles. “You’re no nightmare, Zara Llewelyn. You’re every single beautiful dream I’ve ever had. And I don’t plan on letting you go now.”

When Zara and Pasha are together, your panties will melt and your heart will pound—they’re scorching and burning with intense chemistry and sexual tension. Roma King is teeming with suspense and premonitions, your jaw will drop in surprise. You’ll almost forget that this feels like a slow burn, forbidden romance between a Roma and gadje.

While there’s a suggestion that implies they know each other through predestined dreams—feeling almost paranormal—there’s no instant-love here, but rather instant-attraction. It doesn’t come across as unrealistic; instead it is an interesting example of Roma culture’s fascinating world.

Roma King is unique, a riveting story where the author weaves detailed segments into a captivating storyline filled with deep-rooted traditions and superstitions of an intriguing culture. If you’ve read, loved and obsessed over Callie Hart’s other series, I guarantee you’ll want to acquaint yourself with Pasha Rivin. Get ready—you’ll lose your panties, heart and mind to this Roma king dripping in sinful naughtiness and wicked cockiness.

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ARC Review | Freaks by Callie Hart

Freaks (Dirty Nasty Freaks #3)

by Callie Hart

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SYNOPSIS

Fix Marcosa is at war.

The battlefield: New York City.

He knows every street like the back of his hand. The darkened alleyways and back streets conceal secrets only he knows.

Somewhere out there, an unknown element is threatening the life of the woman he loves.

Fix doesn’t mind shedding a little blood to get protect those close to him, though.

He doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

And when he goes to war…he sure as hell doesn’t lose.

Sera Lafferty knows what it’s like to run.

She’s been running her whole damn life.

With death now looming over her, it seems as though she must run again if she wants to survive.

The dark, storm-kissed stranger she met in a motel room offers another solution, however.

Fix is a challenge. An enigma. A savage force of nature. He will be her shield against the coming darkness, if only she will let him.

But can she trust the tortured ex-priest to keep her safe?

Should she run from New York as fast as possible?

Or should she stand and fight?


REVIEW

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Without doubt, Callie Hart is my queen of anything dark romance. She writes delicious, devilishly handsome anti-heroes and admirable, sassy heroines. She weaves in many twists and turns to create a seeming innocent but actually an intricate and intriguing devious plot.

Freaks concludes the angst ridden and suspense filled romance of Felix ‘Fix’ Marcosa, an assassin and Seraphim ‘Sera’ Lafferty, the woman Fix was commissioned to murder.

I call her my angel, because she brings me back from the edge. She reminds me I’m not entirely lost.

Sera is in danger. Someone wants her killed. And the burning question is, “Who?”. What could an innocent woman who has trudged through some of life’s darkest moments have done to warrant such hatred?

Fix doesn’t know where to begin. Everyone around him appears to be keeping secrets and disguising personal agendas. No one has answers to anything.

“…I walked the road to hell, and I lived there for a time, but I’m not going to be another broken girl you have to take care of. You’re a fixer. But you don’t need to fix me.”

Ms Hart does an amazing effort to provide answers to questions readers had after the infamous ending of Dirty, tying up loose ends and seamlessly blending narrative into series together. She does this with ease and finesse only a writer confident in themselves and their writing could achieve.

Dirty Nasty Freaks is the perfect combination of intense grit, scorching scenes and teeth gritting action.