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Pretty Venom (Gray Springs University #3) by Ella Fields

Pretty Venom Book Cover Pretty Venom
Gray Springs University #3
Ella Fields
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 3rd, 2018

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.

Megan’s Review

“If you make someone your world, do not complain when the ground crumbles beneath your feet.”

From the moment I read the synopsis to Pretty Venom, I knew this was one book I had to get my hands on and let me tell you… it did not disappoint. Ella Fields delivered everything I hoped she would and so much more. Pretty Venom held my attention with a vice like grip from the start and didn’t let go. It was an intense, consuming story that was fierce, raw and at times downright brutal. I was taken on such a wild ride of powerful emotions; this story had the ability to make me feel absolutely everything right up until the very end.

I love reading a book that takes me completely out of my comfort zone, has my head spinning from one scene to the next and is absolutely unapologetic for all the feels it evokes from me. I am so thankful that Ella’s beautifully crafted words were able to make me experience all of those things. This is the reason why I love to read so much; the emotion and deep seated fear of having your heart ripped to shreds.

“The problem with not liking someone was that it could consume you.
Eat at your mind like a parasite that wouldn’t die, no matter how many different ways you tried to crush it.”

Callum and Renee first encountered each other at the impressionable age of fourteen, when Renee’s father uprooted their lives and moved the family to the small town of Trellara, near Gray Springs. To say that Callum and Renee had a mutual dislike for each other from the very beginning is putting it lightly. They loved nothing more than to swap insults just to get a rise out of each other. Callum loved pushing Renee’s buttons to the nth degree, but Renee didn’t take it lying down, she gave back as good as she got.

Things were soon to change between these two sworn enemies, when their passionate hatred for each other soon turned into a passionate love, and it all started with a secret stolen kiss. While their relationship soars to new heights they decide to get married in a private ceremony just for them.

“Renee wasn’t all sweet; she was pretty venom wrapped in a sugary bow. Deceptive yet honest at the same time. Underneath, her layers multiplied in ways she didn’t often let show on the outside.”

Things had never looked better for these two enemies-to-lovers as they lived a life filled with wedded bliss. Until one life altering mistake changed the course of their relationship forever and things crashed and burnt around them; it was an unstoppable force filled with hatred and the desire to hurt each other in the worst possible way.

Callum and Renee were both incredibly flawed and nothing about them or their turbulent relationship was perfect. As things progressed from bad to worse I was unsure as to how my heart was going to cope with much more. Some parts had me positively enraged (the thought of throwing my kindle across the room did enter my mind on more than one occasion), but I was undoubtedly addicted to the pain and thrived on how each word I read broke my heart just that little bit more. I couldn’t for the life of me see how things could possibly improve between these two, but when you’ve hit rock bottom the only way is up, right?

“As we stood there, the impossibility of the moment washed over me. That even after they’d torn your heart to shreds and used it as a weapon against you, you could still love that same person with a ferocity that bordered on magic. And maybe that was the crux of it. Love was magic. Capable of making you believe the impossible was always possible.”

If I could rate Pretty Venom more than five stars, trust me I would. I loved it that much. Ella Fields has skillfully crafted an addictive, enticing and profound story about love, hate and betrayal. She is a true wordsmith and I felt every beautifully articulated scene right down to my very core. Pretty Venom was positively epic and is going down as one of the most unforgettable stories I have read to date.

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