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They were my bullies once.

Three boys I hated more than anything.

They made my life hell for a year - until I escaped their cruelty when my dad's job moved us away.

I've never forgotten them though. Never forgotten what they did. And I know they haven't forgotten me.

But when I'm offered a full-ride scholarship to the prestigious Clearwater University, I refuse to let old fears stop me from accepting.

Because I'm not the girl I used to be.

I'm stronger. Tougher.

Angrier.

And if West, Reese, and Trent think they can fuck with me again...well.

We'll just see who breaks first.

This is book one of the Clearwater University series, a new adult reverse harem bully romance. It contains foul language and sexual situations.

©2019 Eva Ashwood (P)2020 Eva Ashwood

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  • AmyReading
  • 24-02-2021

Promising title, Disappointing Strory

I’m a lover of rh books, and have to admit I had high hopes for this bully/rh story when I read the details but it just proves the old saying “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”.
**SPOILERS**
So the basis of the whole bullying is based on the unfounded notion that the MC, Emma, supposedly sent an anonymous note to Trent’s father that his wife was having an affair, and Trent blames Emma for his parents divorce. First, the depths that the 3 guys go to to make Emma “pay” for what she’s supposed to have done is lunacy. These are supposed to be high school and college aged young adults. The boys are painted as no more than toddlers in their ability to process adult situations and emotions. And really? Who ever blames their friend for their mom cheating (or even telling if she had actually done that) on anyone but their mom? Are we in a world where adults aren’t responsible for their own actions, especially parents?
Second, it’s revealed that the man the affair was with was Emma’s father, and Emma introduced the parents to each other. Trent then blames Emma for the affair and divorce, going so far as to think that she did it so she could get a new mom since hers is dead. How in the world anyone would ever blame a kid for introducing her parent to another parent is just ridiculous. And what person would think their friend introducing their parents would ever equal getting a new mommy? Seriously?
Last, the fact that the kids keep all of this from their parents is laughable. The level of bullying that Emma was subject to in HS would never go unnoticed by teachers (especially when they changed all of the stock photos on the school website to be of Emma in compromising positions, can we say distribution of child pornography?) it makes this whole story some sort of weird world where adults are oblivious to anything happening with their own children to a fantastical extreme.

I hate to say all negative things, so I will say the book has a kick ass title and a hell-of a cover. But maybe buy the print version if that suckers you in as at least you’ll have something too look at.

I feel like this could have been a good book, and maybe it gets better over the next two books, but I wouldn’t be finding out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2020

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This novel has a lot of potential but I found that the theme and characters needed further development. Trent is portrayed as a tough guy with anger issues but in reality he is weak and overly delicate. His friends are simpleminded. They’re all illogical. Even if everything was true, their bullying is extreme and narcissistic. The author needed to have written a more solid reason for their actions not just,”Oh my god, she told and introduced them!” Seriously, that’s weak and I need of character development. It was written at a high school level and needs to go back to the chopping block and be enriched. The story has potential but needs a lot fine tuning overall.

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  • Theresa W
  • 05-05-2020

Does not disappoint

WOW! This book did not disappoint. Trent is just so pig headed I wanted to scream. I love how just when you think Emma might give up she comes out kicking and screaming. She is determined to beat the Icons. Reese and West are on my list too. They need to learn to speak for themselves. There is definitely some tough bullying in this book. I seriously loved this story and hope the guys redeem themselves.

The narrators did a great job. I especially loved Gregory's voice.

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 08-04-2021

Awesome Reverse Harem!!

Eva Ashwood is a brand new author for me and I actually stumbled upon her books while browsing Amazon. First, those covers are so HOT, the instantly drew me in. Then once I listened to an audiobook sample, I was hooked!

I literally devoured this listen and already purchased the next books in the series in audiobook and paperback. I think I found a new author to obsess over!

Loved the narrators!! So easy to listen to and they did a fantastic job.
This is told from multiple POV.
The chapters for West, Trent, and Reece are all narrated by Gregory Silanas and Leah Voysey narrates the chapters for Emma.

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  • MissesPYT
  • 17-12-2020

I Couldn’t. Just Ridiculous

First off this story grated on my nerves. From the very beginning I kept trying to get into it. I just couldn’t. The narrators would say things like I wanna destroy him/her and watch them break. But then would also say I think I’m love with her/him. Like wtf you sound dumb. I know attraction but they would be turned on by the dumbest shit. I read the help by this author and it was better but I don’t think I would go back for anymore books. I can’t get over the over the top writing.

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  • hilby
  • 31-08-2020

Disappointing

I have liked all of the other books I've read from this author but this book was extremely frustrating. The story line was lame. Half of the book I spent yelling at the mc for not defending herself.

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  • 🎧 Romance Junkie 🎧
  • 19-08-2020

Trent, Trent, Trent....

I really liked this book. The feud between Trent and Emma feels raw and real. Neither of them communicate well and Trent is such a hot head and jumps to conclusions. I think the other guys are starting to see Trents flaws and see Emma in a different light. Big question is who wrote the note to Trents dad? This first book has the right amount of angst and steam. Perfect start to a RH series.

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  • IceWanda
  • 16-07-2020

Lots of bullying but not enough retaliation...

The story is indeed gripping... and makes you feel sorry for the girl who is being bullied by 3 men. So, you want to know what's going to happen... well, you'll have to wait till part 2.

I found that she took a lot of bulling without clearing up the air... which could have been done... so the bulling continued. Also, she knows quite a lot for a virgin. That was unbelievable.

The way the boys thought was a bit too naive in the sense that they always concluded the wrong things about someone they liked.

Anyhow, the story is entertaining and I do look forward to the next part!

I hope this doesn't end with everyone forgiving and forgetting... especially with her caving in. I like to see a strong women come out of this, if possible.

I want to see her kick a few balls!!! They deserve it. ;)

Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer Bishop
  • 27-04-2020

Awesome Bully Romance

I love this Book and Audiobook! This book is an awesome beginning to this new series. Emma is a great FMC and Trent, West, and Reece are HOT! I loved the storyline and couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook until it was over! The Narrators for the audiobook are fantastic and really bring the story to life. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next book in this series!

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  • ReaderAddict
  • 25-04-2020

Great Voices!!

I Give this book a 4.5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 4.

Audio Wise it’s a 5/5!!!


I received a Copy of the Audio of this book to review, I already own this entire series in kindle format ☺️

The voices are Great:

The Female Voice reminds me of Mila Kunis, and it fits her perfectly!

And the Male voice reminds me of Spike from Cowboy Bebop, and his voice is simply gorgeous!

Cliffhanger(?): Yes!
Heat: 3.5/5
Drama: 4.5/5
Suspense: 4-4.5/5
Romance: Not Sure if I Should Rate This One Yet Lol
Bully Scale: 3.5/5, other readers may rate it higher.
Relationship Type: Reverse Harem

This is a fast paced bully RH and it’s really engaging, I Love listening to it in audio!
No Spoilers, but what a great read! Iook forward to listening to Book 2!

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