Review | Cruel Intentions by Siobhan Davis

Cruel Intentions (Rydeville Elite #1) by Siobhan Davis

Published by: Independently published

Publication Date: June 12, 2019

Genre: New Adult, Romance, High School

Page Count: 398

Rating: 5/5

Source: Purchase

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Life is a cruel game where only the most ruthless survive. It’s a truth my mother rebelled against, and she paid for it with her life. Now, I play their game. Publicly accepting the destiny that lies in wait for me when I turn eighteen.

But, behind closed doors, I plot my escape.

Trent, Charlie, and my twin, Drew, rule the hallways of Rydeville High with arrogance and an iron fist. I execute my role perfectly, hating every second, but they never let me forget my place in this world.

Everyone obeys the rules. They have for generations. Because our families have always been in control.

Until Cam, Sawyer, and Jackson show up. Throwing their new money around. Challenging the status quo. Setting hearts racing with their gorgeous faces, hot bodies, and bad boy attitudes.

Battle lines are drawn. Sides are taken. And I’m trapped in the middle, because I made a mistake one fateful night when I gave my V-card to a stranger in a blatant F you to my fiancé.

I thought it was the one thing I owned. A precious memory to carry me through each dark day.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Because the stranger was Camden Marshall, leader of the new elite and my perpetual tormenter. He hates me with a passion unrivaled, and he won’t be the only one. Fire will rain down if the truth is revealed, threatening alliances, and the power struggle will turn vicious.

My life will hang in the balance.

But I’ll be ready, and I’m not going down without a fight.


“I want to feel something real,” I reply without uncertainty. “I want to let go of these chains that bind my body. To feel like I’m in control even if it’s only an illusion.”

I devoured this all-consuming and intensely hot novel in less time than I ever imagined. It monopolized my entire time that I forgot to function. If you’re looking for an enemies-to-lovers, dark bully romance, then Cruel Intentions should be on your list! Lies, betrayal, deadly secrets, teenage angst, bullies, and hot-as-hell guys who have stolen my heart, Cruel Intentions has it all and more.

While she has a strong fanbase and numerous titles under her belt, Siobhan is a new author to me. But I instantly fall in love with her twisted storytelling, her intensely complicated characters who are raw and unconventional, and her plot twists that I’m still healing from. I’m slowly falling hard for bully romance, which used to be a hard sell for me since I hate bullying. But Siobhan makes me love it even more than I did!

Abigail Hearst-Manning is stuck in an elite world where women are used as a pawn, have no value other than to be married off or abused, and don’t have a say in what happens in their lives. So one night, she takes a risk and gives her virginity, which is coveted, to a stranger who saves her. But she quickly regrets that decision when she finds out that man, Camden Marshall, and his friends Sawyer and Jackson are her newest enemies out to get her. Their chemistry is undeniable, combustible, and oh-so-delicious. I love how they fight against their attraction. I couldn’t get enough of these two.

Abby and Cam are the stars of this bully series. But I cannot forget the political intrigue Siobhan has weaved in her novel. I’m disgusted by the Elite, their rules, and the way they rule the hallways, the world, and their women. Every scene that breaks down how this world works makes me shudder. Siobhan’s writing is fierce and extreme, and I don’t expect everyone to pick up this series. But if you’re wanting something more, something captivating and dark and cruel, then take a risk and read Cruel Intentions.

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