Book Reviews, Bully Romance, Forbidden/Taboo, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2023

Review – Savage Lies by Ilsa Vaughn

Savage Lies; Hidden Valley Elite #1
(#1 within a series)

Publication Date: March 30, 2023

Genre/Tropes: Duet/New Adult/Forbidden/Bully Romance

Author: Ilsa Vaughn

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


This is a book I couldn’t put down from start to finish. I loved their back and forth, the tension, and all the verbal sparring. Cole and Riley are angsty, angsty, angsty.

Cole sets out to make Riley’s life miserable when he discovers she’s the daughter to the woman having an affair with his dad. Cole hasn’t been happy with had dad for a long time, but that escalated when his mom died, blaming his dad for her death. So Riley mom’s and more importantly Riley is getting his ire even when he also wants her with a desperation he doesn’t quite understand. This story is full of angst from Cole’s point of view, but then we add in Riley’s and wowza.

Riley and her mom have run cons her entire life, so when Riley’s mom falls for Cole’s dad, telling her it isn’t a con, Riley isn’t sure what to believe. Already constantly on edge from Cole getting under her skin, Riley is waiting for the other shoe to drop from her mom too. Didn’t I mention all the angst?

I can’t wait to find out how the rest of the story goes in the second half of this duet and get even more delicious tension from this couple.

Brought down by a kiss.
Blackmailed by the class MVP.
On the brink of destruction.

Moving to a new town and taking on a new identity was supposed to keep me safe. News flash, it didn’t. Instead, it put me right into the most dangerous place imaginable. Cole Savage’s line of sight.

Stupid, perfect, and one of four members of the untouchable elite. They’re the Academy’s football stars, gods among their peers. And from the first day of school, he put a target on my back. All because of one stupid kiss.

My secrets are dark and dangerous. But based on the fury that drives Cole to ruin me, so are his. We’re both facing destruction, and he’s determined not to let me win.

He doesn’t know it, but he’s met his match. I’ll use his hate, and I’ll teach him that it burns as hot as his lust. And if he wants a war, I’ll give him one.

Savage Lies is an enemies-to-lovers, new adult, high school bully romance with plenty of angst. This book contains mature content that some readers may find disturbing. It is not a standalone and does end in a cliffhanger that continues with a ton of heat and a HEA in Savage Truth.

The series should be read in order for the best reading enjoyment:

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