Wow, this was a fast paced read for me and a really good bully romance. You think Jake Thorn has the perfect life, the money, the fame of being the football Captain and girls begging for his attention, well you would think wrong and it only takes one look at the somewhat broken Amelie to bring this bad boy to his knees.
Amelie is trying to get over the death of her parents and her big move from the UK to the USA. She has to start a new school and basically wants to stay under the radar which isn’t going to happen when Jake takes an instant dislike to her and tries to make her life a living hell. There are some really cruel moments from Jake in this book and the things that not only he does to her but also his gang. Amy is the strong sort though and she isn’t going to let this bad boy best her, if anything she is going to keep pushing at him until she finds out what his problem is.
There is definitely a connection between the two straight away and it is a slow burn to red hotness in 0.1 seconds. There is a lot of development between the two characters and how they feel as well as what has sparked the trauma between the two of them, which in essence brings them closer together.
This is a great bully romance/ enemy to lovers’ book which is an easy read with a great story-line. It would be interesting to pop back in on these characters when they are older to see if any of the issues had been resolved and how they are handling things.
For those that love a-- h--- male protagonists, many will love Jake. He makes it very easy to love to hate him. He has his moments of being sweet but I have to say, I was irritated with Jake’s treatment of Amalie. He projects a great deal of his issues onto her and makes her life hell. For Amalie’s part, she seems to do well to ignore Jake and I applaud her for this action. However, I was frustrated with how easily she forgives his transgressions. After being treated like dirt, she has no issue with spending time with him and even enjoying his company. Yes he has had a difficult upbringing but that doesn’t excuse his actions. Nor is it justifiable. Despite these feelings, I did enjoy reading the story. I was compelled to continue reading and discover where the story would lead us. I love Mason because he has the courage to stand up to his best friend when he knows what he is doing isn’t right. I look forward to seeing the stories of some of the other characters and see where their journey leads them.
Jacob/ Jake has treated like crap by his extended family, to the point where he lives in a trailer on the family's property. Amalie has been forced from the UK after the death of her famous photographer and supermodel parents and at 18 she should be off to college, not starting junior year at an american high school. Pretty much they are both messed up real bad!⠀ ⠀ I loved this book. Jake really has layers like an onion and turns into a good guys. Can't pass up a bully romance and this one had twists and turns. But be warned, it ends with a link to Book 2 - Paine - which is about Camila and Mason. It's not a cliffhanger as such, but an easy link to go straight into the next book. 5/5 and I and trying to wait patiently for book 2.⠀
Thorn is book 1 in the Rosewood High Series and is Jake and Amalie's story. It is an enemies to lovers, high school bully new adult romance with mature content
I really enjoyed this story, it was captivating, fast paced, well written and I found myself not wanting to put it down. It was full of angst and a few heart wrenching, raw and real moments as well as some sweet ones
Jake started off as an unlikable character (purposely of course). He was the king of the high school and cold, distant, arrogant, the way he spoke about females was hard to hear at times and his hatred for Amalie didn't seem justifiable to begin with but as the story progressed and he slowly let down his walls and the more you got to know him and his back story and where his animosity stems from you start to understand his pain and will surely fall in love with him like i did. I loved watching his character grow and seeing him realise that maybe he was wrong to think and feel the way he did about certain situations at the beginning
Amalie was such a strong and beautiful character. I loved everything about her. Here she is in a new country at a new school after loosing both her parents in a horrible accident and being tormented by the schools hot shot popular athlete for reasons she does not know. I like how she stood her ground and pushed back each time she was pushed even though she couldn't help but be drawn to the schools bad boy Jake
I was also super intrigued by the side characters and can not wait for Paine Book 2 in this series
I liked this book! I e had a run of bad bully books recently, but this isn’t one of them! Jake is a great, complex character and his hate is palpable. I loved how strong Amalie is, standing up to Jake. Their group of friends are fantastic as well and i can’t wait to read book 2! There are a few continuity issues, and I really disliked Amalie at the end, but she redeemed herself, thankfully. If bully romances are your thing, this is a great one!