The good thing about hitting rock bottom is I’ve nothing left to lose, and the only way is up.
He thinks he’s destroyed me. Broken me beyond repair.
But he always underestimates women.
All he’s done is reinforced my resolve. I won’t stop until justice prevails and he gets what’s coming to him.
Kaiden is the only light in the darkness. He gives me the strength to continue fighting for the future we both crave—a world where we are free to love one another and make our own choices.
Until then, the charade must continue.
This concludes Abby and Kai’s romance. 106k words, full-length novel. This is a dark romance, and some scenes may be triggering. Only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older.
This book was even better than the first two, but every time I thought it couldn’t get weirder, it did. The twists in this story are epic. Most times I thought I knew where things were headed, they detoured in a spectacular way. The prior story ended with an attempt to force Abby into marriage with Charlie Barron and I won’t say exactly what happens but this storyline adds so much to the plot and nicely sets up both the ending of Sweet Retribution as well as book four in the series, Charlie.
Abby and Kai are truly a team. The bickering has stopped. He’s no longer trying to control her and she doesn’t feel the need to prove anything to him. Now they’re working together and the surprises they have in store for the rest of us are impressive. There are a lot of times I was expecting the worst and, considering how the first two books ended, I was braced for a heartbreaker at the end but these two get the happily ever after I wanted for them all along.
The revelations they uncover in their quest are shocking and their world is more dangerous than ever but Abby and Kai really kick ass here. They couldn’t do it without their friends and they pick up an unlikely ally along the way who ends up being one of the keys to their victory. The ending is bittersweet for a few reasons because nobody comes out of this without scars but our MC’s are better off than ever before. Some of the villains get what they deserve, although others escape. We’re left wondering if the elite has truly been destroyed or will it become a force for good.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this series is that it continues after this but the rest of the books are standalones because this story ended here. I love the idea of revisiting some of my favorite characters, especially Charlie and Jackson. And while there are rumors that Xavier plays a significant role in Sawyer, I would love for Xavier to get a book of his own. It doesn’t even have to be a romance because his life is fascinating already.
Footnote: there are 7 books in the Rydeville Elite series (so far) but Abby and Kai’s story is a complete series to me. Books 1 and 2 end in cliffhangers so the story flows uninterrupted for three full novels while books 4-7 are stand alones for various characters we’ve met in Abby and Kai’s story (Charlie, Jackson, Sawyer and Drew).
Other reviews in the Rydeville Elite series
- Cruel Intentions – book 1
- Ruse – book 1. 5 bonus content Cruel Intentions prologue from Kai’s POV
- Twisted Betrayal – book 2
- Sweet Retribution – book 3 (finishes Abby + Kai’s story)
- Charlie – book 4
- Jackson – book 5
- Sawyer – book 6
- The Hate I Feel – book 6.5 (short story in the Hot Summer School Nights anthology)
- Drew – book 7 – scheduled for 2022 release
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