Book Reviews, Bully Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Keeping His Princess by Tyleigh

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Keeping His Princess
(A standalone)

Publication Date: June 3, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Bully/New Adult Romance

Author: Tyleigh

Review Rating: 2.5 Gold Stars


I was super excited to jump into this book, the blurb drew me in and I hadn’t read this author before, but I struggled with this book. While I did finish it, hoping my feelings would change the more I read, unfortunately I just didn’t connect with either character.

Jordan, is a smart girl, tutoring other students and running for valedictorian, lacked a ton of common sense, which I know book smarts do not equal street smarts, but she came across as unworldly and very judgy. Maybe a better way to phrase what I’m saying is; Jordan is angry that she has to tutor Ethan. This is a boy who has bullied her for ten years. That’s more than half of her life. I’d be angry too. He’s belittled her, pushed her, emotionally and physically abused her. She should not like this boy, but the moment he sits down next to her at one of their tutor sessions he instantly starts touching her intimately. There is no build up between them, there is zero chemistry and there is no consent. Zero on every account. So their entire meet-cute felt skeevy. BUT, this is the part that felt creepy and I hate to say it because I love bully romances, but a main couple of a story typically meets one of those requirements. There is something backing the bullying, but there wasn’t one in this case, so back to my big BUT…Jordan lets out a moan while he’s touching her. She doesn’t know why she did it and Ethan takes that moan as consent and so continues with his advances. It’s rare that a book, one I know is in this trope, but nonetheless made me feel gross.

I obviously had a hard time with both characters. There was no depth to explain a lot of their actions, and maybe that would have helped. Anyway…I could go on with the holes in the plot that just didn’t connect, the weird vibe I kept getting, etc…, but I’ll leave it as this book just didn’t do it for me. This is entirely my view on this book and perhaps it might connect with you differently.

Lose out on my top college or tutor Ethan Madden—that was the ultimatum I had been given. To most, it would be a no-brainer, but he was the one guy who made it a point to make my life miserable.

In the end, it wasn’t much of a choice at all.

I figured the job would be quick, but Ethan had other plans.

Protecting my heart was my number one priority because becoming the bullies princess was out of the question.

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