Book Review

ARC Review: A Vicious Rumor by Ivy Wild

The first time I met Tyson Stone, he gave me a bloody nose.
He didn’t mean to hit me, he was fighting this other kid, but let’s just say I’d take the pain of his fist over his cruelness any day of the week.
Five years after this incident, and I’m in his shark tank.
His domain. His kingdom. His prep school.
Freefalling for him is a recipe for disaster, but that’s what happens nonetheless.
Then he starts pushing me away for no reason, but there’s one thing he forgets.
I’m not one of his disposable flings. I’m worthy, I’m a catch, and if he doesn’t realize it…well, then his arch-enemy will.
Dating the guy he hates the most could backfire.
But I’ve always been good at playing with matches.

My life is a series of calamities strung together by blood and bad press.
Wherever I go, trouble follows.
Now, normally I’m not a charitable guy, but when I pass on Lily White’s delectable body, it is entirely for her own good.
Call me an altruistic jerk, but I just don’t want to see her hurt.
That’s until she starts dating the guy I loathe more than anything else in the world.
That’s when all bets are off.
We’re playing a dangerous game, she and I.
The rumors are starting to swirl, and so are some dangerous thoughts about what I can do to her.
Lily White is out of my league,
but apparently, that’s not going to stop me.

Lily and Tyson met as kids from different worlds. Their time together was brief but it made a lasting impression. When they finally reunite, Lily is ecstatic but Tyson pushes her away for her own good. She’s too good for him so he pretends not to want her. She retaliates by pretending to date the guy he loathes most. Her ploy has the intended effect of making Tyson jealous with rage, but mutual attraction doesn’t erase their differences or keep her safe from his bad choices.

This was an angsty slow burn HEA with a little steam. There’s a distinct lack of communication so they both make assumptions, which creates a lot of obstacles for their relationship. They’re teens so that’s not unrealistic but it doesn’t necessarily make for an interesting story. I love the premise, but the execution fell flat for more and I really couldn’t connect with the characters. Without that connection, it was tough to care what happened. The secondary characters seemed a bit one-dimensional as well and I wanted more there but the story didn’t deliver. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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