Pretty Venom by Ella Fields | Review

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: August 1, 2018 (out now!)
Source of my copy: author
Series: Gray Springs University #3
My rating:

Callum Welsh perfected the art of hating me when we were two kids who believed we’d be forced into marriage.
He thought I wanted it, but my only wish had been for him to leave me alone.
Then one afternoon, he stole my first kiss.
Despite all he’d done, everything changed after that.

As the years passed, our hearts thawed, and he no longer hated me.
In fact, he loved me enough to make me his wife.
Until I ruined everything with one stupid mistake.

That hatred returned in the form of cruel words and even crueler deeds.
But we weren’t kids anymore.
I could handle his brand of venom.
He would be mine again, even if it cost me the remains of my heart.

Warning: contains cheating and an anti-hero who might make you throw your kindle.

Each book in the Gray Springs world can be read as a standalone.

We first meet Callum in Suddenly Forbidden (book 1), and I fell in love with him. He seemed like this super sweet guy and at one point I was rooting for him to end up with the heroine Daisy rather than the actual hero Quinn. Then, we learned that Callum was still hung up on his ex Renee. I remember messaging Ella on Facebook after reading Suddenly Forbidden and asking if Callum was getting his own book. I wanted him to have an HEA.

Then, we meet Renee in Bittersweet Always and she didn't leave the best impression on me. Then, we got the bombshell truth about Callum and Renee's relationship at the end of Bittersweet Always, and I was sold. I was DYING to know Callum and Renee's story and how they got to the point where they were. And finally here it is. The book I was the most excited for out of all the books in the entire Gray Springs University series--Callum and Renee's book, Pretty Venom.

Reading Pretty Venom was a crazy rollercoaster ride. I was swooning, angry, frustrated, annoyed, swooning again, then I wanted to pull Callum and Renee and knock their heads together. But holy cow Pretty Venom was an incredibly entertaining read. I couldn't stop reading!

I was ready to fall in love with Callum. But, you guys, I hated Callum. So much. Then, I'd forgave him just a little, then hate him all over again. I'm glad we got his chapters because I would've hated him all throughout the book. Surprisingly, it was Renee who I felt for while at the same time I wanted to shake her and give her a good talking to.

Like I said, Pretty Venom was a crazy ride. My feelings were all over the place with this one. Not everyone is going to like it for sure. After I read it, I wasn't even sure how I felt. But, after mulling it for a day, I decided that while the characters drove me crazy, I wouldn't want it any other way. Pretty Venom was one hell of a read! It's been a while since I felt so many feelings reading a book and I may never get over it.

NOTE: You don't need to read Suddenly Forbidden and Bittersweet Always to enjoy Pretty Venom, but reading the two books prior will enhance your reading experience.

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