Friday, July 12, 2013

The Bitter End by Rue Volley


Bethany was born into a world of privilege and has never had to want for anything in her life. Her parents gave her everything but the one thing she desired the When Bethany’s mother dies, her Father becomes even more distant with the immediate replacement of Bethany’s mother by “Miko”, a woman who has no compassion nor interest in Bethany whatsoever.

On her own and living in a penthouse, a lavish gift from her father, Bethany ignores all responsibility as she lives on a weekly allowance her Father is sure to place into her bank account. With too much time on her hands, Bethany is free to pursue other interests such as a young man she never cared for in school named Ryan Blackwood. Ryan is a male escort for hire and has made his living on pleasuring the higher echelons of New York society women, but when he meets Bethany his game is shifted from one of hunter to one of prey and he will soon find out that she is not the easy target he once imagined. 

Their torrid love affair is filled with a painful need to harm each other in every way, including the bedroom. Will Bethany finally receive the love she has always desired or will her lineage doom her forever? 

“The Bitter End” is book one in the Golden Crown Series, filled with lust, greed, suspense and murder. Sometimes new beginnings lead only to bitter ends. 


The Bitter End by Rue Volley
3 stars

Wow, did not see that, or that, or that coming!

This book starts out with an explosive event from near the end of the book, and then backtracks to the start to let you know how things got to where they ended. 
The story starts out with Bethany Bittermend (very appropriate name) a spoiled rich girl that has everything that money can buy &  then some, everything but her fathers love or approval. Beth's daddy Thomas Bittermend wanted a boy and heir, and having a vagina put Beth firmly out of heir status. Beth's father is cold, distant, and had no problem "doing" the help, no matter who saw or knew. All of this was too much for Beth's mother, and her death and prompt replacement with a woman Beth's age does nothing to help her relationship with her Father. The only person Beth has or trusts is her Best Friend (with benefits) Holland. Until, Ryan Blackwood enters her life. Ryan is an attractive walking hard-on/man whore, who has his fair share of emotional trauma and issues. 
This is a very dark and violent story of money, greed, lust, lies, sex, and murder (and no this is not a spoiler). The characters are down right unlikeable with little redeeming qualities.  You know from the beginning, and well the name of the book, that things are probably not going to end well, but I still found myself hoping differently. 
There was so many plot twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and a few that I had my suspicions about. It was a fast paced story and I wanted to know what can possibly happen next. The sex is not even close to mainstream and down right violent at times. I personally didn't find this aspect a turn on and kinda cringed when they came (no pun intended.)   Beth and Ryan do everything possible to hurt each other, emotionally and physically, especially when feelings neither wanted to have come into play. 
My one complaint for the book was the editing. At times (especially in the beginning) the writing was confusing and difficult to follow. I had a hard time with what was happening, the timeline of things,  or even who was talking. I found myself having to re-read sentences and paragraphs because I was confused on what was going on. 
Even with this, I was still intrigued enough to stick with it, and find out what messed up thing was going to happen next. 
The ending I never expected and I am curious to see what will happen in the next book. 


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