Author: Rue Volley
Description: 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 most...love. 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.
Rating: 3 Stars
Bethany Bittermend, a girl with daddy issues due to him mistreating her mother and cavorting with the hired help. It all spirals downward from there. Lots of plot twists that may have been engaging if they were made to stand out more. I feel like Miss Volley gets so swept up in her stories that she doesn't give them enough time to be polished. They're rushed out and a lot of things are missed. Punctuation, and occasionally whole words. Also, connection to the characters seems to be missing. Even though I've never been filthy rich, Beth's plight isn't something I feel involved with. She's downright unlikable, along with the rest of the cast. Even if we're supposed to hate her, shouldn't we feel a touch sorry for her with the things that she loses in this story? I didn't, at all.
Ryan Blackwood, although he's clearly attractive, also seems to be lacking depth. He throws money at everything, money earned from being an escort. The sex scenes with him, while meant to be both violent and passionate, seem to fall a little flat. And it's not even the "violent" nature of them that didn't sit right with me, because I've read hardcore BDSM and enjoyed it. It seems like a lot is supposed to be implied, but is really just missing, in the bedroom and otherwise.
The only thing I found really believable was the way Beth and Ryan ended up falling for each other. The emotions from both of them as they fell seemed genuine. Maybe just straight-up romance is something the author could attempt? I also enjoyed the way the story opened with a scene from near the end of the book, and most of the book was the events leading up to it, finally reaching a resolution at the end that will lead into the second book. Not really my cup of tea, but judging from the rankings, I'd say more than enough people would disagree with me.
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Rue Volley resides on earth with her partner in crime, Von Erik and their two pugs, Mobacca and Oshi Wan Konobi. She is a descendant of the Blackfoot Indians and is very proud of her heritage. She is a bestselling author with over 30 books published with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly publishing, Hot Ink Press and Vamptasy Publishing. She writes YA, adult fiction and hardcore erotic. Her writing style has been described as a perfect blend of Tarantino and David Lynch. It is action packed, extremely twisted and full of perfected characters that jump right off of the page. Rue is a leading advocate for the Arts as she has been for almost 20 years now, hosting a Radio Station and magazine dedicated to Indie Artists and helping them get more exposure. She also plays guitar and violin and will sing occasionally if you can bribe her with chocolate.
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