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Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Young Adult (ish) Romance
Actual Rating: 5+ stars
Ladies and gents, I picked this book up on a whim. I have never read anything by the author before but decided to try it because I have been in a romance slump forever and wanted something new. WOW WOW WOW. This book it utterly FANTASTIC. I swooned HARD for the Brayshaw boys and slowly savored every single word until the final sentence. This book is EVERYTHING. I can't even begin to describe to you how much I loved this book. It consumed me. It made me feel BUTTERFLIES. It had me chuckling to myself (I cannot get over their actions towards Raven), and it made me HURT. This book has everything I didn't know I needed in a romance and SO MUCH MORE. I am literally freaking about because I found a book that captivated me, stole my heart, and made me ache. It's just so phenomenal that I can't even think straight. I know this book won't click for every reader but that doesn't matter because it did for me. If you are looking for an angst filled, drama riven, swoon worthy book with original and hardcore characters, you need this book in your life. I loved it so much that I went ahead and bought the paperback because I know it will be a book I re-read in the near future (actually, I just finished it and want to read it again, now!). Gah!!!!
Anyway, this is a young adult, high school romance (although it doesn't feel juvenile in the slightest). If these kids weren't in high school I would have thought to be college level as these characters don't act like kids. New adult more like it, but that's beside the point. So these characters have lived some tough lives- especially Raven. After being taken out of her home (her mother is literally a trailer trash, drug infested prostitute) she is sent to live in a group home with other girls who also come from bad environments. Thinking this will be the place where she bides her time until she can process out of the system she goes about her life as she is supposed to: goes to school, keeps her head down, and just exists. But the crowed at Brayshaw doesn't take too kindly to fresh meat- especially the three boys that run the school (and town). This all thrusts Raven into a world she never thought she would be a part of. I won't say much more about the plot as I think it would ruin the book for other readers but the angst filled journey is WORTH IT.
If I had to classify this book with any others I would say it has similarities to Bully by Penelope Douglas, the After series by Anna Todd and The Royals series by Erin Watt. Others say it's also similar to the Fallen Crest series by Tijan but I haven't read that YET so I can't say.
I also want to mention that Boys of Brayshaw (oh, how I love these boys) does end in a cliffhanger. I don't like that it does, but you can bet your ass the second the next one is published I'll be all over it. I cannot freakin WAIT for it. If a cliffy bothers you, you might want to hold off on reading until book 2 comes out (Spring 2019). Other than this, I highly (like VERY highly) recommend it. Squee!!!
You can find all the latest book reviews I have posted on the blog! I read various genres depending on my mood so there is a little something for any reader. xox Elle xox