Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cruel Boy by Clarissa Wild: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway + Double Review

Title: Cruel Boy
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Bully Romance
Publish Date: September 26, 2019

Rich boys sin best
Gossip always goes around at Falcon Elite Prep.
Everyone knows Nate Wilson, the most popular football quarterback and every girl’s crush.
But there’s more behind those drop-dead gorgeous eyes and that killer smile …
He’s a notorious heartbreaker …
And he’s got his eyes set on me.
The twisted games he plays are cruel and dangerous.
He teases and tempts me … just to ruin me.
Because I know the one thing he doesn’t want anyone to know.
A big, dirty secret …
And there’s nothing bad boys won’t do to keep a secret buried.

There is a saying, "Its a thin line between love and hate."
This line sums up this story.
We meet Nate and Sam in this book. Nate is the rich kid at school who gets a real life reality check a wild drunken party goes awry. Sam is a girl who is just as rich but shy and quiet. In this book we explore the depraved world of the rich elite. In the beginning of the book I will be honest, it was hard for me. I was frustrated wanting to know what happened. The very first chapters colored me intrigued and then pissed me off. This can be a good thing. Books that provoke emotion are a good sign that I'm invested in the story. I will also say, I didn't like how he went about things. Without giving anything away I would have rather he went the opposite route to get what he wanted then it ended up being for real.
The sex was good (for the type of book it was) if you're looking for steam but you won't find a lot of it and I understand. We are talking about teenagers, and a full raunch book with teenagers would be weird.
All in all I would recommend everyone read it. Its fun and gives a glimpse into the dark side of wealth.

Things aren’t always what they seem and don’t judge a book by its cover. These are the two things that I have walked away with after reading Cruel Boy.

This story made me feel like I was in high school again. There were definitely cliques. The rich, the jocks, the elite. Fortunately for Nate, he was all 3. A rich high school football player who couldn’t want for anything; except maybe his mom, the one thing he wanted but couldn’t have. In Cruel Boy, Nate harbors a secret that can absolutely destroy him. This secret is known by only one other ... Sam. She knows what Nate did and he doesn’t know if he can trust her with this secret. This is where the high school cat and mouse, tit for tat starts. The threats, the bullying, the playground antics. However, Sam is no slouch. She is not afraid of Nate and stands up for what she believes in. What makes her different is the fact that she can see through his pain and they become close and the truth comes out. And boy are things not what they seem.

I really enjoyed this story. I will admit that the first 1/4 of the book took me a bit to get into, but after that, I was addicted. Great read and love the high school bully romance!

“Your phone’s not here. I’m sorry to disappoint you,” he says, stepping closer. “Anything else I can help you with?”
“I … uh …” God, why am I this way around him? It doesn’t make any sense. He’s a bully. I should hate him. But oh my God, I want to kiss him so badly too, and it shows.
For every step he takes closer, I take one back even though my body hungers to get close. I shouldn’t give in; it’s not right. Everyone in this school thinks he’s guilty. Hell, maybe even I do. I don’t know yet.
But what I do know is that he’s beyond bad, and I’m melting into a puddle just from that dirty look in his eyes as he traps me in a corner. No way out. This is it. We’re in the showers backed up against a wall. Hormones rage through my body as he places a hand on the wall beside me and cocks his head.
“Are you still scared of me?” he asks.
I rub my lips together. I can’t say because I don’t know the answer.
“I don’t … know. I don’t know anything anymore,” I whisper.
“You don’t know, or you don’t want to know?”
I try to find the truth in his eyes, but all I find is hunger … a kind of hunger that you can feel in your bones and consumes your every waking thought.
“You’re scared that you actually like me,” he murmurs. His forehead leans against mine. “You’re scared of what might happen if you let me kiss you,” he whispers, his mouth a hair’s breadth away from mine. “You’re scared of what might happen if you let me have you … If you become mine.”
Suddenly, the showers turn on right above us. Fuck, I must’ve hit them with my back. We’re getting soaking wet, but he’s not moving … and neither am I.
“You threw me in the pool. Hung my panties on my locker. Made fun of me in front of your friends,” I mutter, trying to create more distance, trying to push him away, trying to make up reasons this shouldn’t happen. “You heard Layla when she said—”
He places a finger on my lips, droplets of water dripping down onto my skin. “I don’t give a fuck what Layla says or thinks. I only give a fuck about what you think of me.”
His words strike me to my core.
Never in a million years did I imagine this happening, that I’d be standing here getting soaking wet in the locker rooms with Falcon Elite Prep’s worst bad boy, the star athlete, and most popular guy at school … and that I’d want nothing more than to kiss him.
“I did those things to get my way, to get you to fear me, to get you to submit …” he murmurs. “To get what I want.”
“The photos,” I reply.
“And you,” he whispers, gazing straight into my eyes, setting my heart on fire. “I want you, and I know you want me too.”
Our lips touch, and sparks fly. The first touch is always the best, where our lips still linger on should-I-or-should-I-not. But we both know that phase has long since passed. I can’t say no to him anymore.
And suddenly, his kisses aren’t so soft anymore. His mouth claims mine with a greed I’ve never felt before, and it excites me to my core. His hand is on my waist, his body against mine, and I can feel every ridge of his muscles, every inch of skin against my own … and the bulge poking against my belly.
It turns me on like nothing else ever has.

The hand that was on the wall entwines with mine as our tongues lock and engage in a battle of lust. Suddenly, he grabs my wrists and pins them up against the wall, and I can’t. Fucking. Breathe.

This giveaway is for a $25 Amazon gift card + a signed paperback of Cruel Boy (1 winner, open internationally)

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author with ASD (Asperger's Syndrome), who was born and raised in the Netherlands. She loves to write Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels featuring dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her cutie pie son, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he's a dog too. In her free time, she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, and cooking up some delicious meals. 

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