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She came here for protection, but that’s the last thing she's going to find. Welcome to Corium University, where the most dangerous criminals in the world send their offspring. Assassins, mafia leaders, arms dealers and art thieves. You name it, this college houses them. Here nothing can touch them. Upon arriving I knew Aspen would be here, she was the daughter of our enemy, a She came here for protection, but that’s the last thing she's going to find. Welcome to Corium University, where the most dangerous criminals in the world send their offspring. Assassins, mafia leaders, arms dealers and art thieves. You name it, this college houses them. Here nothing can touch them. Upon arriving I knew Aspen would be here, she was the daughter of our enemy, a snake in the grass like her father. I had no intention of sparring with her. That is until she opened her pretty little mouth. One sentence and she became my next target, and a woman that I would do anything to see on her knees at my feet. If she thought the university was the only nightmare she would have to face, she was wrong. I was the king, and this was my kingdom. **King of Corium is a dark romance novel, that contains dark themes, including dub-con, non-con. It is not a standalone novel.**


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She came here for protection, but that’s the last thing she's going to find. Welcome to Corium University, where the most dangerous criminals in the world send their offspring. Assassins, mafia leaders, arms dealers and art thieves. You name it, this college houses them. Here nothing can touch them. Upon arriving I knew Aspen would be here, she was the daughter of our enemy, a She came here for protection, but that’s the last thing she's going to find. Welcome to Corium University, where the most dangerous criminals in the world send their offspring. Assassins, mafia leaders, arms dealers and art thieves. You name it, this college houses them. Here nothing can touch them. Upon arriving I knew Aspen would be here, she was the daughter of our enemy, a snake in the grass like her father. I had no intention of sparring with her. That is until she opened her pretty little mouth. One sentence and she became my next target, and a woman that I would do anything to see on her knees at my feet. If she thought the university was the only nightmare she would have to face, she was wrong. I was the king, and this was my kingdom. **King of Corium is a dark romance novel, that contains dark themes, including dub-con, non-con. It is not a standalone novel.**

30 review for King of Corium

  1. 5 out of 5

    ⚔Irunía⚔

    3.4 stars (makes sense that I rated it 4 stars, right? 🌚) So, forced public blow jobs have become a thing in dark romance, huh? How many years did I spend sleeping... Those new trends in romance have my head spinning (out of control). Stunned into silence, I stay quiet as he wraps the blanket around me and holds me to his chest tightly, cradling me like a small child. Should I pretend that I'm not a whore for the "I have the exclusive rights to torture and torment you, rat" trope? 🙇🏼‍ 3.4 stars (makes sense that I rated it 4 stars, right? 🌚) So, forced public blow jobs have become a thing in dark romance, huh? How many years did I spend sleeping... Those new trends in romance have my head spinning (out of control). Stunned into silence, I stay quiet as he wraps the blanket around me and holds me to his chest tightly, cradling me like a small child. Should I pretend that I'm not a whore for the "I have the exclusive rights to torture and torment you, rat" trope? 🙇🏼‍♀️ I dare say it's too late for me to act like a scandalized lady and clutch my pearls. Suffer at the hands of an entitled asshole who protects you from less brazen entitled assholes? Peak romance, change my mind. WHY THE FOUR STAR RATING? - Well, I was less bored than I usually am while reading the dreaded enemies-to-lovers, bully, dark academy, young adult, mafia romance (the combination of these words makes me laugh like a maniac who just accomplished a maniac related business 🤡). - My average rating reached the bottom of the North Atlantic ocean and now resides alongside The Titanic, which makes me feel kinda sad desperate. FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT, LET'S GO. 🎉😭🎉😭 - I appreciated that the authors didn't toss the word 'bullying' around in vain. It was pretty severe and pretty not pretty at all. - The heroine wasn't a brat under the disguise of a fake ass badass who was able to kick everyone's ass (SORRY I'M AN ASS FOR SAYING 'ASS' LIKE 100 ASS TIMES) despite all the odds being against her (that is, the fact that all the academy's mafia offspring students, as well as the teachers, declared war on her). Apparently, that would have appeased the majority of readers, but I personally prefer my romance to be plausible in its implausibility. Yet Aspen was strong and resilient enough not to crumble entirely under the pressure of being lonely, hated on while enjoying zero support from anyone. - I loved to see the heroine suffer. And before you attach the label of a sadistic sick creep (that I probably am) to me: I appreciated the authors' attempt to convey the effects of bullying on Aspen's physical and emotional health because it's totally unrealistic when heroines overcome any emotional and physical trauma within a span of 3 seconds (which makes the bullying aspect absolutely void of any sense in the first place and takes away from the edginess of this particular trope). -Sweet, OUT OF PLACE in their tenderness moments between the protagonists. - The hero fell hard and fast for our girl...which didn't stop him from doing horrible things to her because why would it? Love and suffering should go hand in hand (in my humble opinion, he was more of a protector than a tormentor).🙏🏻 - I Do Love Cliffhangers that pique my interest and bully me into reading the next installments. You know, I'm something of a scientist masochist. 🌚 - I almost didn't skim this book which is quite an achievement for me in the light of my recent less than fortunate reading experiences. THE BAD - Quinton (the hero) should have been more unhinged. 🌚 Although he was caring and extremely protective of her (IN MY EYES, and my eyes are a very unreliable source), I wish he proved himself a more ruthless guy dishing out punishment for the heroine's other tormentors. He could use his imagination and ingenuity to kill off this Matteo guy whom he didn't let fuck Aspen's face. But instead, he just forced her to blow him right in front of this loser and his friends. 🤡 THIS BIG FAT RAT MATTEO ALSO GAVE ASPEN A BLACK EYE later in the story, so the question is WHY WEREN'T WE BLESSED WITH A SCENE OF QUINTON CARVING MATEO'S EYES OUT? I TOLD YOU, THE WHOLE DRAMA COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED had he killed the loser after putting on a show for his miserable ass. 😐 - Sex scenes should have been written spicier. I felt nothing but occasional disgust while reading them. Goddess almighty, if one day authors finally come to the realization that the description of tight pussies and big cocks in sex scenes can be greatly improved by showing the emotional impact sex has on main characters... BELIEVE US, WE ALL KNOW THE MECHANICS OF SEX. The internet hasn't been canceled yet sjshsjsjsh. Give me the connection, the beauty, the emotions, the intensity that come along with nuances like prolonged eye contact, featherlike touches, etc. (forget I ever said something that cheesy in a review for dark romance 🌚🤚🏻) I'm sick and tired of sex scenes that look like a porn movie script. 💀 - The angst in this book has been toned down, like in almost 99% of contemporary bully stories I read. The heroine had small mental breakdowns (thank god, because who in her shoes wouldn't?) but the authors didn't maximize their impact on the readers by writing those in a more edgy, intense manner. - Clichés (some of them didn't work in the story's favor). - Average writing. - Nothing too memorable. Sadly, I decided to 4-star this shit, but I feel generous right now and I'LL OWN AND EMBRACE MY GENEROSITY TODAY BYE🤚🏻 TW: rape, sexual assault (by the hero): the heroine gives him sex in exchange for safety. A good bargain, I can hear you not thinking. As I said, romance is not dad (I misspelled but I'll keep it that way BYE AGAIN) 🌚

  2. 4 out of 5

    aly ☆彡 (semi hiatus; on vacay)

    (tw: sexual assault, bullying, rape) Marked as dark enemies to lovers bully romance; I know this book isn't going to be all sunshine and rainbows. And so am I not spoilsport enough to point out how immoral it is to bully because sometimes, you just want to read trashy romance books (in the hope it'd be a good one). This book, on the other hand, is a complete monstrosity and problematic, I'm not sure how people read this and thought that it's good? King of Corium follows the story of Aspen, who is (tw: sexual assault, bullying, rape) Marked as dark enemies to lovers bully romance; I know this book isn't going to be all sunshine and rainbows. And so am I not spoilsport enough to point out how immoral it is to bully because sometimes, you just want to read trashy romance books (in the hope it'd be a good one). This book, on the other hand, is a complete monstrosity and problematic, I'm not sure how people read this and thought that it's good? King of Corium follows the story of Aspen, who is sent to Corium University. A school that will teach them how to be better criminals. A school made for all the children of the bad guys, but Aspen was there because her mother believe it's the only place where she'll be safe after her father's traitorous act. Meanwhile, Quinton is the son of a renowned mob boss and a university big shot. There to escape the life he was into and hide from the rest of the world. Honestly, I found the whole Corium University premise quite ridiculous but anything for the humour, plus the book had a good start before it spirals into something abysmal. So here's to many things why: 1. Quinton and his excessive need to "have control" and the author's endless writing to point it out And guess who's the target of his bloke issue? Aspen is right. "All that matters in this instance is control" "There is something about having this kind of control over her" "I need something to anchor me, something I can control. No, not something, someone. The enemy. Aspen" "I need to have her under my control again..." "Now, I have her full attention, and here, I'm in control" "I want to control her, I want her to submit to me..." "She is mine to torment, mine alone to control..." "I can control her body, but not her mind, and that pisses me off more than I can say" Like, what is the problem with him and this androcentric issue he has? The list doesn't even end there because that's just how the narrative goes on till the end. I find it laughable how people pointed out this complex character of him as something that they enjoyed reading as it nettled the hell out of me and yes, I know this is a bully romance book. He is SUPPOSED to be the villain. Sure, till you get to my next point. 2. Let's write this non-consensual act/sexual assault victim to potential dark bully lovers romance so I could hide behind this pigeonhole To those who are saying their dynamic is just right when it comes to enemies to lovers and bully genre. Do you have trouble comprehending? There's a major distinction between a straight-up non-consensual story and one where the woman is unsure of her feelings. And how is this book supposed to be the latter if Aspen has openly shown her dreadness, her pleading yet instead of stopping your friend from a sexual crime, you joined them? "We're finally putting her mouth to good use. Wanna join?" "Only if I get her first" He assaulted her when he saw that she is not consent to it. When she told them not to touch her. And what did he say? "Through her lashes, she gives me one more pleading look, begging me not to do this without words, but it's too late. I'm too far gone to stop now" "Be a good girl and open your mouth." Her eyes are still defiant but she knows this is a battle she can't win" "Her helplessness and the power it gave me in return. Fuck. It's like a drug." All these conversations happened in one scene and you're okay with it? "This is supposed to be his character arc!!!" Right. So when Quinton's friend, Ren confronted him about his actions after he saw the video of him forcing Aspen to give him and his friends blowjobs, he takes offence because: bro code! You're supposed to be supporting me. And mind you, he said... "I can't take back what I did, not that I would if I could" Writing a rapist character is a thing, but making him feel no remorse is another level of sadistic. Please spare me the "reading is supposed to be neutral" narrative because trust me, I get it. Regardless of how, it's worrying how high this book is rated yet most people failed to point out this major red flag and proceed to say that they enjoyed the romance. We weren't supposed to romanticize the rape trope. It's an abomination. "What do you mean no?" "You're drunk and I'm... not ready" "Did you not hear what I just said?" King of Corium just included lots of sexual assault as its theme and became a recurrent thing. It's simply a mess. This book is bottom line enabling the rape culture and I am so uncomfortable the whole time reading it. Aspen is assaulted many times, got Quinton in her room without permission, forced to please him or forced her to have sex despite her saying she's a virgin and not ready for it. Give me a break. 3. Poorly written characters. Everyone is the worst. I gave my fair share on why Quinton is the most horrible and I don't care if he is presumed to be dark or traumatised. He's still disgusting. Despite the little redemption written for him towards the end, it still does not justify how he acted and believed, especially when you know his reason which does not equate with his actions. His character build up fell short (more like nonexistent) which then failed in making readers feel compassionate towards him. In this case, it seems like it's just me and 30 other rational readers of this book. Aspen's story broke me. The way she is bullied by everyone is too much; starve to almost death, verbally, physically and sexually assault. Yet, her character's build-up is also disconcerting, especially when her feelings do not match with her words. Aspen was written in a way that she is deemed as someone strong. Even with all the bullies, she rarely cried or indulge in self-pity. However, that's dissolved when she's with Quinton which is so contrary to her personation. One second, she refused and relent to strip for Quinton, only to oblige without a fight. Her character is so inconsistent, I am so confused with what the authors are trying to potray her as. The other side characters? None are likeable. Having a shitty mother (who's excusing Quinton's behaviour), a bunch of rapist friends and bullies. That is Corium University to you and it's atrocious. The other downfall of the book is having all the cringe and lame-ass comebacks. The book ended with a cliffhanger but the miscommunication trope is a disgrace. The writing is immature for most parts and simply to say, there is nothing to like about this book. And you know what's the most disappointing part? This was written by women! If you read this and enjoying it. I'm asking you again, what is your problem? [0.00000000001/5]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    Nice Bully! The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: 💙💛🖤🤍 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒 World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏 Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓😎 The heroine: Aspen Mather - mafia princess whose Father ratted to the Feds. Except the mob boss he ratted against had an inside man and turned things around and Aspen’s father went to jail. She now has to go to Corium University, a very exclusive private school for the children of mafia families when everyone there will be out to get her because of what he Nice Bully! The following ratings are out of 5: Romance: 💙💛🖤🤍 Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒 World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏 Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓😎 The heroine: Aspen Mather - mafia princess whose Father ratted to the Feds. Except the mob boss he ratted against had an inside man and turned things around and Aspen’s father went to jail. She now has to go to Corium University, a very exclusive private school for the children of mafia families when everyone there will be out to get her because of what her father did. The Hero(es): Quinton Rossi - The son of the biggest, fiercest mafia boss and next in line to take over. He is going to Corium University to get away from his family after some big drama happened at home, all of it was put into motion by Aspen’s father. Quinton has a serious dark side and feels like he will lose control at times. The Story: Corium University houses the children of wealthy arms dealers, mafia families and more. It is in a castle in a remote part of the Alaskan wilderness and is where they become the people they were meant to be. There is only one rule, and it is no murder. Aspens mother thinks it is the safest place for her since there are those who would like her dead to get back at her father. At the school she might be with the families her father betrayed but they can’t kill her. However, it isn’t only the other students Aspen has to worry about, though that is plenty. The headmaster and teachers are as bad, if not worse. She gets the worst room in the castle, and a bed that isn’t even a bed, she is pushed, shoved, and she gets leftovers while all the other kids have great food. Quinton is angry and wants to take out all his frustrations on Aspen. Quinton is at school with his best friend Ren, but is quite a loner. He is the most feared guy at Corium and that has as much to do with who his father is than himself, but he is definitely a dark character and has no compunction about doing things that aren’t right. He feels his life has spun out of control over the last year and he wants control over all else. When Q discovers he can have total control over Aspen, he does’t hesitate to take it. I actually liked Quinton a lot more than I expected. But of course with all mafia stories there are a ton of secrets and lies and J.L. Beck and C. Hallman are well versed in weaving many terrific storylines in to one awesome rollercoaster ride. The Cliffhanger is everything a cliffhanger should be and I can’t wait for the next book to find out more about Quinton and Aspen’s pasts as well as the resolution to the exciting cliffhanger. I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Instagram|Twitter|BookBub

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lady Raven RAVE!

    4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Style: Dark Bully Romance (High School) Story: 4/5 Enjoyment: 4/5 Dark Level: 2/5 Sexual Level: GOOD Triggers: Yes Violence: No Male: Intense Series: Book 1 of 3 (Cliffy) Pages: loc. 3798 Audio: N/A Kindle Unlimited: Yes STORY First, I’ll start by saying I love The Rossi Crime Family, which is a dark mafia series. I enjoyed Xander’s story, which is book 2, Keep Me. In Book 1 of said series, Xander came across dark and intense. So in his story with Ella, that made him so sexy and appealing. Now, see 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Style: Dark Bully Romance (High School) Story: 4/5 Enjoyment: 4/5 Dark Level: 2/5 Sexual Level: GOOD Triggers: Yes Violence: No Male: Intense Series: Book 1 of 3 (Cliffy) Pages: loc. 3798 Audio: N/A Kindle Unlimited: Yes STORY First, I’ll start by saying I love The Rossi Crime Family, which is a dark mafia series. I enjoyed Xander’s story, which is book 2, Keep Me. In Book 1 of said series, Xander came across dark and intense. So in his story with Ella, that made him so sexy and appealing. Now, seeing his child who was a baby in said series is all grown up, makes me a little excited. These books do not need to be read prior to King of Corium, however, if you are curious, somethings makes better sense while reading. Fast forward to the next generation and Xander’s firstborn and son, Quinton. Welcome to Corium University. The children of criminals of the underworld attend this school. Just to note, this first book in the trilogy isn’t really mafia based but has some mafia contents. It more deals with the typical school drama of 18 year olds. Quinton, could be intense, but for me personally, he borders the line of nice-ish and bully. He did give a bit of bullying vibes, but this felt more enemies to lovers at times as well with the main characters. Aspen is a trooper. She has it rough in that school and the things she goes through will definitely be a trigger for some. SEXUAL CHEMISTRY: The sex scenes for this one went from ok to good. It’s those scenes that gets better with each encounter, and I can only speak from my personal taste. Of course, if you know this duo’s work, with their dark books, it goes there sometimes and there are non con and dub con scenes that can and or will offend some readers. SECONDARY CHARACTERS: Ren - love Ren. This is Q’s best friend. Scarlet - Q’s sister her scenes actually puts a smile on my face with her enthusiasm to things. Matteo - *eye roll* Xander/Ella - enjoy seeing them again years later. There are more characters and though this is a trilogy, I am interested to see where this story goes but I hope we get to see more of Ren. OVERALL: The story so far has sparked interest and would definitely want to see where it goes. Not always a fan of trilogies and hope my curiosity stays peaked. ✰✰TRIGGERS: non con, dub con, bully and mistreatment. ****I don’t equate these stories to real life. It’s about personal taste and what you would or want to tolerate with the books you read. I know we all have different opinions and preferences with what we read. I based my book reviews on my preferences and what I like, and while these preferences may not be the same for others, I hope this review was still helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madita

    Oh wow okay I don’t know if I can handle the fact that I was left on a cliffhanger and I don’t even know when the second book comes out. I really loved this book not only because of the “boarding school in the middle of nowhere” vibes but also because the entire idea of a university just for the kids of criminals is amazing. Right from the beginning I liked Aspen. She acted just how I thought she would but Quinton’s reaction was even better. The fight scenes, gym scenes and of course the nurse s Oh wow okay I don’t know if I can handle the fact that I was left on a cliffhanger and I don’t even know when the second book comes out. I really loved this book not only because of the “boarding school in the middle of nowhere” vibes but also because the entire idea of a university just for the kids of criminals is amazing. Right from the beginning I liked Aspen. She acted just how I thought she would but Quinton’s reaction was even better. The fight scenes, gym scenes and of course the nurse scene were great. The double POV definitely made it very interesting since I was able to read about how both of them struggled at the same time. There weren’t too many flashbacks but the ones we got definitely gave the characters great background stories on why they act the way they act. I cannot wait for the next book and the plottwist in the end left me speechless and now I cannot wait for the sequel because my brain is starting to form theories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yai [Semi-Hiatus ]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.25/5 I have to confess I really liked this book, most of all our heroine. This book is a Dark Enemies To Lovers Bully Romance, so there are a few (a lot) of darkness themes in this book. So before I start this review I would like to caution sensitive people of the following, proceed with caution (at your own discretion): Beware of Triggers Warnings there are a few. ○ Attempted sexual assaults (view spoiler)[the Hero's friends try to force the heroine, Aspen, into giving a blowjob = could esc ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.25/5 I have to confess I really liked this book, most of all our heroine. This book is a Dark Enemies To Lovers Bully Romance, so there are a few (a lot) of darkness themes in this book. So before I start this review I would like to caution sensitive people of the following, proceed with caution (at your own discretion): Beware of Triggers Warnings there are a few. ○ Attempted sexual assaults (view spoiler)[the Hero's friends try to force the heroine, Aspen, into giving a blowjob = could escalate to gang rape + Matteo tries to rape Aspen in the ball night after him been suggested by Quinton's father + drunken Quinton (the Hero) tries to rape Aspen after getting in a fight with his friend (hide spoiler)] ○ Dub-con (multiple times) (view spoiler)[almost (if not all) the sexual encounters between the H and h were dubious consent, meaning, she didn’t want to have sex with him but she exchanged an hour a week to him for her safety, still at the beginning it's very clear how much she doesn't want this "sexual" deal (hide spoiler)] ○ Violence ○ Dark bullying ○ Sexual assault/ Harassment (view spoiler)[the H forces Aspen into giving him a blowjob in front of his friends while they all held her against her will + the H jerks off into the h abdomen without her consent + Adela suffered sexual harassment/ assault by Matteo on a party (hide spoiler)] Now after all that, the book is interesting, the PLOT revolves around Quinton and Aspen, who just enrolled into a Criminals offsprings university, Corium University. It's a fast paced plot where the interactions between both mc's occurred pretty quickly and also rapidly evolves into a sexual relationship. There's a bit of an emotional, psychological edge to the plot in how both of the mc' deals with their different family problems and death. Although, its a criminal university, there's not much action, no mafia/ cartels, no drugs or assesins, however there are some mention to some of their parents business who revolves around those crimes or world. The "ROMANCE" , there's NO ROMANCE in this book at least for now, there seems to be in the middle of developing some feelings NOT LOVE, some affection (kind of) maybe, some liking of the friendship type.... This is a DARK BULLY ROMANCE so there are very dark themes, dark moments of the sexual type and of course there's A LOT of BULLYING from everyone towards Aspen. The tropes in this book are: ♡ Enemies To Lovers ♡ Bully No O/M or O/W drama, also the H is too possessive to share his "toys", although he constantly threatened her of sharing her with his friends, he actually NEVER went through his threats. In conclusion, it's a safe book in respect to the mc's only ever been with each other throughout the entire book. The CHARACTERS , this may be the most complicated about all the book, most of them were not even redeemable, they were hateful, pure fucking ASSHOLES and some rapist here and there too. The only character which I truly loved was Aspen and Brittany. ☆ ASPEN this girl stole my heart from the very first second, she's been through hell and worse, although everyone thinks she's a coward she just chooses her battles wisely. Her family is a disaster after the mistakes committed by her father and everyone blames her to by association, her mother is on the run and she's sent to this hell hole of university where everyone hates her and to sum it up, his father worst enemy offspring goes to this same university. ☆ QUINTON he's an amazing conceited asshole, an egotistical boy and a bitch boy. The best iconic scene that best represents him is the first fight he has with Ren, his best friend (view spoiler)[After Ren sees the video in which Q forces Aspen into giving him a BJ, he tells Q off and askes him how would he feel if someone did that to his sister... and the worse of all is that after he's been told off he still doesn't feel remorse or regrets what he did (hide spoiler)] quite the golden boy he is. He sneaks into the h's bedroom while she sleeps and got her drunk to make her spill information of her friend Britt. (view spoiler)[He's looking for his birth mother after everything exploded a year before when his sister died (hide spoiler)] ☆ BRITTANY the hacker aka school librarian, is quite the mystery, she's hiding from her asshole (yes, another one!) exboyfriend, Phoenix, she's the only one friend Aspen has in the whole school, who seems to really care about her and her well-being. The other supporting characters in this book vary from good like Luna (Ren little sister) and Scarlet (Quinton little sister), to awful like Anjia the Russian girl, Matteo the rapist, Nash, Lucas Rossi the Dean of the University, Xander (Quinton father) who's probably the worst of them all. So the story it's pretty good, the angst, the darkness, the psychological edge, so even though a few things I didn't liked it had more to do with the personality (assholeness) of said characters than the book itself. I highly recommend this book if you like me enjoy dark enemies to lovers bully romance!! Hope you like it as much as I did!! 🖤 Happy reading everyone!! ❤❤ QUOTES: “What you did with Aspen. The forced blow job. Matteo took a video of it and saved it on his phone.” “Look, you know I don’t give a fuck what you do, and I hardly ever make comments about shit. I mean, our parents are fucking criminals, but don’t you think…?” Ren drags his feet, and my frustration toward him mounts. “Never, which is why I’m telling you I think you took it too far.” “I saw the video, and then Luna called me a little bit after, and it made me think… if someone ever did that to her. I’d be filled with murderous rage. There would be nothing to stop me from slaughtering those fuckers.” “What if something like that happened to Scarlet? If someone did that to her? How would you feel?” My sister’s angelic face fills my mind. The thought of anyone hurting her or touching her in a way that would make her feel degraded or less than ignites a fire in my veins. Still, all the anger from that statement gets directed at Ren. “What the hell is wrong with you?” I growl. “Scarlet and Aspen aren’t even on the same playing field, and that’s my fucking sister. Don’t ever talk about something like that happening to her again.” Q just doesn’t want to share his new toy... P.S. Here to a sensitive person @Alexa.vtae, I warned you not to read this!! I hope you take my advice seriously... 💀😈

  7. 5 out of 5

    hala

    ✩ 1 lonely & beautiful star. this book had only succeeded in making me nauseous.

  8. 4 out of 5

    M

    I have loved everything I've read by this duo of amazing authors, but this one... OMG it's on a whole new planet of goodness. Easily a 5+ star read for me. Only the kids of the most corrupt and vile parents attend Corium. You come to learn new skills and to sharper others. Some come to hide and some come to thrive. There is only 1 rule - everything else is fair game. Everyone is fair game. Especially the quiet blonde girl who always diverts her eyes and wishes that the floor or walls would just I have loved everything I've read by this duo of amazing authors, but this one... OMG it's on a whole new planet of goodness. Easily a 5+ star read for me. Only the kids of the most corrupt and vile parents attend Corium. You come to learn new skills and to sharper others. Some come to hide and some come to thrive. There is only 1 rule - everything else is fair game. Everyone is fair game. Especially the quiet blonde girl who always diverts her eyes and wishes that the floor or walls would just suck her in. Never wanting to be on anyone's radar - expect she crossed paths with the one she feared encountering the most and it wasn't pretty. Aspen, oh my word. I just loved her! She was so strong and was put through so much. My heart broke for her. For all that she had to endure - at the hands of Quinton, the son of her father's enemy. Everyone wants Aspen dead. Her mother sent her to Corium to be safe and away from their clutches. Instead she sent Aspen right into the hands of her worst nightmare. Quinton vows to break her. To make her life a living hell - one cruel word and vicious touch at a time. Quinton is beyond brutal to Aspen. Some times I think he maybe does have a caring bone in his body and other times I wanted to push him off a cliff for being a fool. I still am not sure what I want to do with him. Kick him in the balls or climb him like a tree. Both, neither, who really knows. I need book 2, oh my word do I need it!! This two decided to hurt us in the feels, but I wouldn't change a thing about that!! If you're looking for a dark, college age read filled with mystery, intriguing characters and a plot that will draw you in from the start... then this is it! *ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Gerli

    umm no... just noup. If you’re not 18 don’t read this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    4.25 stars Aspen, daughter of a jailed made man and “rat” to the mafia, encounters Quinton, the son of the biggest crime boss in the country, at a college specifically for children of the crime world. Problem is Quinton has a score to settle with this persona non-grata heroine. In a mix of bullying (or at least allowing it to happen) and quid pro quo (I'll get you blankets if you do what I want for one day), Aspen lives an unsettling academic experience, withheld meals, harassment, and all around 4.25 stars Aspen, daughter of a jailed made man and “rat” to the mafia, encounters Quinton, the son of the biggest crime boss in the country, at a college specifically for children of the crime world. Problem is Quinton has a score to settle with this persona non-grata heroine. In a mix of bullying (or at least allowing it to happen) and quid pro quo (I'll get you blankets if you do what I want for one day), Aspen lives an unsettling academic experience, withheld meals, harassment, and all around unpleasantness. And then there are secrets of a deceased sister. Aspen was likable, cordial and pleasant; Quinton, powerful, forceful, and drawn to Aspen. Their enemies-to-lovers and sometimes toxic relationship was simply a mask for the attraction they could not deny. I loved the moments of Quinton's jealous-possessiveness; she was his! Their chemistry was electric as demonstrated in the spice level of this book, not necessary high but definitely heated. Story events were enjoyable, if rather predictable. Also, not a dark read, but some dark elements and more of the latter would have made this book, for me, a grittier, more enriching read aligning with the subject matter. Dark actions I would have expected to occur simply did not, making a light grey dark, even ivory from my standpoint. Quinton was really more Aspen's protector with benefits than her bully. Great pace, engaging story with a hint of mystery, set in Alaska at a unique college. Be careful whom you trust. And that cliffhanger. I need book 2.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Parker Cahill

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars Now this was so good . It keep me entertained the whole time . That cliffhanger at the end killed me . Know I really liked what happened at the end because ( H ) he deserved that for putting ( h ) on much . There was no ow drama . There was no mention of his past sx life . The h was a virgin . There was 1 girl who flirted with him but he had no interest . Spoiler - - - This is for me to come back because the second book comes out next year in January She gets in a helicopter crash and there 4 stars Now this was so good . It keep me entertained the whole time . That cliffhanger at the end killed me . Know I really liked what happened at the end because ( H ) he deserved that for putting ( h ) on much . There was no ow drama . There was no mention of his past sx life . The h was a virgin . There was 1 girl who flirted with him but he had no interest . Spoiler - - - This is for me to come back because the second book comes out next year in January She gets in a helicopter crash and there is a possibility she might die .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ria | Abstract ♥ Books

    ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Star Rating : 4.5/5 Stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : yes Hero : Quinton Heroine : Aspen Pace of the story : Moderate Angst Rating : 5/10 Heat Rating : 7/10 Triggers Involved : Non Con , Bullying , Dub Con , Past Trauma Review : Aspen is an amazing heroine. One thing she doesn't have is a stable family. People say that a child should not be paying for their parents' sins but that is not the case with the new school she goes to. Her ALL MY REVIEWS CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG: ABSTRACT BOOKS Star Rating : 4.5/5 Stars POV : Dual Cliffhanger : yes Hero : Quinton Heroine : Aspen Pace of the story : Moderate Angst Rating : 5/10 Heat Rating : 7/10 Triggers Involved : Non Con , Bullying , Dub Con , Past Trauma Review : Aspen is an amazing heroine. One thing she doesn't have is a stable family. People say that a child should not be paying for their parents' sins but that is not the case with the new school she goes to. Her family's sins make her one of the biggest enemies in the school. That is until the dark king of the school sees her. She thinks he might be her saving grace, but what she doesn't know is that he is the worst of them all. He has a special grudge against her and there is no way he is going to stop until she is well and broken under his feet. I absolutely loved this book! I am crazy about Dark high school bully romance and had been craving something that could fulfill my mind and this book had it all. It has a lot of triggers such as Non con, dubcon, bullying and Trauma. The ending was a cliffhanger and threw me off a bit. I am so addicted to this series that I can't rest until I get my hands on the next installment! It's absolutely addictive ! Definitely recommending this one to all the dark romance loving people. This one is a high school bully romance with a lot of triggers and dark bullying so please keep that in mind before picking this book up. Website | Bookstagram | Facebook Page | Newsletter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Baker

    1⭐️ This definitely cannot be categorized as a romance novel bc even though there was spice, there was non consensual acts w/o any remorse. I wouldn’t even put this in the bully romance category… “bully” doesn’t cover this. I knew going in of the warnings but this is just not hot. There’s a difference btw straight up non con (like this) and blurry lines of non-con where the woman is confused about her feelings but stuff happens. This was straight up non con with having his buddies hold her arms 1⭐️ This definitely cannot be categorized as a romance novel bc even though there was spice, there was non consensual acts w/o any remorse. I wouldn’t even put this in the bully romance category… “bully” doesn’t cover this. I knew going in of the warnings but this is just not hot. There’s a difference btw straight up non con (like this) and blurry lines of non-con where the woman is confused about her feelings but stuff happens. This was straight up non con with having his buddies hold her arms and he forces her to give him a bl*w job. We understand that Q is dark, intense, traumatized etc. But the length that the characters go through to traumatize Aspen (bc she’s the daughter of a snitch), like starvation… it’s just too much to really be enjoyable. The only really good character in the book is Aspen and she’s beaten down time and time again and humiliated. There’s a tiny bit of redemption for Q towards the end of the book… but this is not a steamy romance book. It’s more a thriller with sex thrown in. The book also did end on a large cliff hanger. Worth the read?: NO Reread?: NO

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yulia ♔

    I hated this book. And here are the reasons why, first of all: At the first he was like "I don't blame her for what her family did" fair enough but THEN 2 seconds later he was like "I am going to ruin her life for what she did" so you do Balme her after all huh? There were SO may disgusting lines, so fucking many, and the audacity of the main character, I want to beat the hell out of him. One of the first chapters, when they were fighting in the class, he was so disgusting towards her, It was one I hated this book. And here are the reasons why, first of all: At the first he was like "I don't blame her for what her family did" fair enough but THEN 2 seconds later he was like "I am going to ruin her life for what she did" so you do Balme her after all huh? There were SO may disgusting lines, so fucking many, and the audacity of the main character, I want to beat the hell out of him. One of the first chapters, when they were fighting in the class, he was so disgusting towards her, It was one the worst scenes but the thing got way worse. I get that its a bully romance but what the heck, this was full on sexual assault. Also my whole body was on fire from the rage that I felt when she was constantly apologizing and BEGGING for him to stop. She felt like it was somehow her fault for something that she DIDNT DO. She was shown as a weak poor little girl that can't stand up for her self and he was a hard powerful man that BEAT her up. Disgusting. I get this is not everyone but I honestly don't know who can get enjoyment out of the book, I literally get so angry just from remembering this. If I could gave this book 0 start I absolutely would.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linh

    3 1/2 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    The writing was so bad. The characters were unbelievable and flat. I just felt so disappointed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nayema

    DNFING AT 50% BECAUSE IM IRRITATED tw: sexual assault this is a bully romance so beware before going into this. this has a very interesting premise! I was super into everyone hating aspen due to what her father did. i loved that it was a college for criminal kids! it was giving kingmakers and i was into it. all that to say, i just was not convinced by this alpha hero. i can’t put my finger on it but he was not giving the alpha vibes that i love and adore. the fact that quinton had to bargain w DNFING AT 50% BECAUSE IM IRRITATED tw: sexual assault this is a bully romance so beware before going into this. this has a very interesting premise! I was super into everyone hating aspen due to what her father did. i loved that it was a college for criminal kids! it was giving kingmakers and i was into it. all that to say, i just was not convinced by this alpha hero. i can’t put my finger on it but he was not giving the alpha vibes that i love and adore. the fact that quinton had to bargain with her to get what he wanted, instead of just taking it… turned me off lmao. okay i started writing the review before i finished but im stopping at 50% I HATE THIS HERO! and not because its a bully romance. i LOVE bully romances. but this man is a fucking pussy. LITERALLY i can’t STAND THE MANS. he is awful. a true alpha doesn’t give a FUCK. he literally lied to the doctor about why the heroine was sick so she wasn’t perceived as a snitch. IM EMBARRASSED for him. if you can’t write an alpha, dominant man then dont✋🏾

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    ***Omg i seriously wanted to give this book more than 5 stars*** I literally wanted to drop kick my kindle after reading that ending!!! Im ab-so-bloody-tutely floored by this book!!! Aspen (FMC) is dropped into her own personally form of hell when she becomes a student at Corium University. Mainly because of her father she is a pariah within it from not only the other students but the staff and the teachers. Top of the list being Quinton who has his own reasons for disliking Aspen. I seriously wa ***Omg i seriously wanted to give this book more than 5 stars*** I literally wanted to drop kick my kindle after reading that ending!!! Im ab-so-bloody-tutely floored by this book!!! Aspen (FMC) is dropped into her own personally form of hell when she becomes a student at Corium University. Mainly because of her father she is a pariah within it from not only the other students but the staff and the teachers. Top of the list being Quinton who has his own reasons for disliking Aspen. I seriously wanted to punch Quinton silly for not only his attitude but how he treated Aspen throughout this book. I genuinely wanted to just hug Aspen as she went through some really tough times and i was sad for her. Omg that ending?? It was just knockout. Im going to be on tenterhooks until the next book because this was one hell of a read

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mefab✨

    This book is not bad its just me, I dislike bully romance

  20. 5 out of 5

    book_fairy13

    WHY!! Why!!! There is a cliffhanger!!! I am obsessed with Quinton and Aspen and seriously did not want the book to end! This book caught my attention on the very first page, I wanted to know more about the characters, Corium and the characters mysterious past. I should point out that I have read Xander Rossi book (Keep Me) before, and I could not wait to read about his son!!! I loved Aspen, she is such a strong character. She is forced to go to a school, where everyone hates and she has to deal with WHY!! Why!!! There is a cliffhanger!!! I am obsessed with Quinton and Aspen and seriously did not want the book to end! This book caught my attention on the very first page, I wanted to know more about the characters, Corium and the characters mysterious past. I should point out that I have read Xander Rossi book (Keep Me) before, and I could not wait to read about his son!!! I loved Aspen, she is such a strong character. She is forced to go to a school, where everyone hates and she has to deal with vile people- students and teachers. She is suffering so much because of her Dad's actions, but she is facing every day with her head held high and it is heartbreaking because she just wants to survive school. This brings her to her biggest nightmare- Quinton! Quinton is definitely Xander's son!! Dark, stubborn, vicious, alpha-hole, cocky and overprotective. He wants the truth and going in a downwards spiral. His life is a mess and he feels like he has no control... That is until he meets Aspen! Both of them have such an intense relationship and it pulls you in. There is a lot of push and pull. You don't know what will happen next and there are so many questions about Quinton and Asper's life that you become obsessed with them. Individually and as a couple! I need the next book!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    King of Corium by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman I Give this Book a Very Very Good 4.5-5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 5 for the Plot, Drama & Suspense! Seriously, my reaction when I finished: Oh Shite! 😧 Cliffhanger(?): Oh Heck Yeah! Relationship Type: MF Dark(?): Please understand I’m an Avid Dark to Extreme Dark Reader. This book may be darker for others, and while there is non con & dub con in here, it’s not as dark as I was anticipating it to be. I would give this a 2.5-3/5, I definitely hope it will get mu King of Corium by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman I Give this Book a Very Very Good 4.5-5/5 Star Rating, Listing as 5 for the Plot, Drama & Suspense! Seriously, my reaction when I finished: Oh Shite! 😧 Cliffhanger(?): Oh Heck Yeah! Relationship Type: MF Dark(?): Please understand I’m an Avid Dark to Extreme Dark Reader. This book may be darker for others, and while there is non con & dub con in here, it’s not as dark as I was anticipating it to be. I would give this a 2.5-3/5, I definitely hope it will get much darker in the next book ☺️ Pacing: Pacing is pretty good, Mid-Fast. Attraction: Yes. No real romance yet, and I’m glad about it because it’s not being rushed or ‘insta-ed’ Heat: 3.5-4/5 Dark Heat: 2-2.5/5 Drama & Suspense: 5/5, you didn’t know what was going to happen, and I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat. There are questions that I’ll eagerly wait to have answered!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tina Staton

    ”What I want are your screams, your tears.” Welcome to Corium University. Hell on earth for Aspen Mathers, Corium houses the most dangerous families’ heirs. They don’t come here to learn, they come here to master their "skills" and at Corium, Quinton Rossi is King. I love a good dark book and the blurb for King of Corium was too good for me to pass up. The book starts off with Quinton heading off to Corium University with his cousin, Ren. Most kids go to Corium to hone their "skills", but Quinton ”What I want are your screams, your tears.” Welcome to Corium University. Hell on earth for Aspen Mathers, Corium houses the most dangerous families’ heirs. They don’t come here to learn, they come here to master their "skills" and at Corium, Quinton Rossi is King. I love a good dark book and the blurb for King of Corium was too good for me to pass up. The book starts off with Quinton heading off to Corium University with his cousin, Ren. Most kids go to Corium to hone their "skills", but Quinton is going simply to get away from his father. Aspen is sent to Corium by her mother because this is the safest place for her to be after her father turned in the Rossi family to the FBI, which ultimately sent himself to prison ironically. Quinton hates Aspen for ruining his family and Aspen is terrified of Quinton. The storyline is really captivating and honestly could be a fantastic world created by this author! It’s dark, devious, and twisted. I love the darkness of Corium! There are some possibly great characters here, and really hope they develop more in the next book as we really don’t see too much of them otherwise. Quinton and Aspen’s chemistry is there, but not quite. Quinton has so much hate, he is really a cold character. The way he interacts is so off-put sometimes almost emotionless. Aspen is just scared. I WISH she more aggressive, but she’s not. She’s almost meek. I feel like she wants to be brave, and you see glimpses, but she is so defeated and, well, it shows. She literally has NO ONE on her side until she befriends the librarian. Every new chapter I kept thinking, this is it – this is where she comes in and kicks some butt but it doesn't happen and I almost found myself frustrated with that fact. Overall, loved it! The book ends in a big time cliffhanger! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    The book itself is very well written, but I wouldn't call it an "Enemies to Lovers" story but more of a sexual assault victim to potential lovers story. I mean he forces her to give him a bj while other guys hold her down & then essentially rapes her later in the book by entering her room without approval before it eventually becomes somewhat consensual. I say somewhat because I have to say at that stage it’s Stockholm Syndrome. I’m flabbergasted that this is considered romance in any way when s The book itself is very well written, but I wouldn't call it an "Enemies to Lovers" story but more of a sexual assault victim to potential lovers story. I mean he forces her to give him a bj while other guys hold her down & then essentially rapes her later in the book by entering her room without approval before it eventually becomes somewhat consensual. I say somewhat because I have to say at that stage it’s Stockholm Syndrome. I’m flabbergasted that this is considered romance in any way when someone is raped by their supposed “love interest”. Give me a break. This is my first time reading this author & from reading reviews of their other books, this seems to be a running theme. Apparently enemies to lovers can’t happen unless said “enemy/bully” sexually assaults the other.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kriti

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. dnf 36% the noncon was just too much H literally forces h to give him a bj while other guys are literally holding her down… enemies to lovers? more like sexual assault victim to lovers 😐

  25. 5 out of 5

    Simra Muhsanat

    Nah are you crazy I get the whole thing about non con and dub con but that should be between the main mcs but in this book the school boys were fucking holding her down and the H made her give head. He even considered letting the other boys rape her are u crazy. And the fact that rape in this book was normalised they mentioned smth about the other girl who used to go to this school who was raped and recorded and she died wow wtf dude

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Slack

    Criminal University Romance So, don't read this if you like to poke holes at books. A university for kids of criminals? Yes, I know. But if you buy into the concept, you can enjoy the book. You also have to believe that Aspen would have actually been sent there and stayed. Plot: Aspen and Quintin are at a university for kids of criminals where they're taught to be better criminals. Aspen's time there is miserable, to say the least, because her father was an FBI rat. Q decides to make Aspen his "p Criminal University Romance So, don't read this if you like to poke holes at books. A university for kids of criminals? Yes, I know. But if you buy into the concept, you can enjoy the book. You also have to believe that Aspen would have actually been sent there and stayed. Plot: Aspen and Quintin are at a university for kids of criminals where they're taught to be better criminals. Aspen's time there is miserable, to say the least, because her father was an FBI rat. Q decides to make Aspen his "project" with evil connotations but sort of catches the feels. Loved the chemistry between and Aspen. The backstory was also interesting. Q is dark, but not absurdly so. Aspen has some fight, but she's not that annoyingly dumb mouthy FMC we're used to in this genre, which was a relief. They were balanced well, so kudos to the authors. I took away a star because at a certain point Aspen's suffering and Qs visits felt repetitive, although it did help their relationship advance, there wasn't enough plot going on during their time apart to keep the story moving. It still held my interest! It just needed some more going on besides their bubble. Maybe more between Q and Matteo? Or some Ren? The cliffhanger was irritating because I really want the next book now!!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    crystal sanchez

    holy mother shi- this book was so freaking good im actually speechless!! i loved every second of this book PLEASE. first and foremost, king of corrium is a bully, enemies to lovers, hate to love you romance THAT IM SO OBSESSED WITH! i went into this book completely blind and was so amazed by it. the whole concept of them being at a school for criminals, being enemies, and the dark elements to this story kept me so freaking gripped to the pages. ASPEN AND Q? YES PLEASE YES. i loved them both so mu holy mother shi- this book was so freaking good im actually speechless!! i loved every second of this book PLEASE. first and foremost, king of corrium is a bully, enemies to lovers, hate to love you romance THAT IM SO OBSESSED WITH! i went into this book completely blind and was so amazed by it. the whole concept of them being at a school for criminals, being enemies, and the dark elements to this story kept me so freaking gripped to the pages. ASPEN AND Q? YES PLEASE YES. i loved them both so much. the way i just wanted to hug aspen and hit everyone who dare hurt her!!! overall, i loved this book so much and the way it ended ? I NEED THE SECOND BOOK LIKE ACTUALLY COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS TILL ITS RELEASE DATE. also special thanks to the authors of this masterpiece, C. Hallman and J.L. Beck for giving me a copy! this book is out and even on KU! literally obsessed. ps! please make sure to check tws!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    CK

    5 star read! Read this in one sitting and it was amazing! This is truly one of those mafia romances that completely surprises you at every turn! And that cliffhanger!!!! Omg!

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Lushy Reader

    OH MY FUCKING GAWD!!!!! Holy mother of all cliffhangers!!! Wow! I am completely blown away. Dark, bully romance with all the aspects I crave in these types of book. Unapologetic alpha who literally gives zero fucks. I mean, the man is unrelenting. Even when I think he’s about to soften up, he’s still an asshole! It’s completely unpredictable and one of Beck & Hallman’s best yet! I can’t wait to see where this story goes!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy’s Book Reviews

    WHOAAA !!! This is yet another EPIC read by this duo I have loved everything I’ve read by these two but Aspen and Quinton they take the cake ! This is hands down my favorite read by this amazing author duo and that ending omg what am I supposed to do until the next book!

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