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We're all hiding something

I have a confession: I’m a big, fat liar. 

My family thinks I’m in college on a scholarship. 

They assume I worked hard enough to get a full ride.  

The truth is much worse, but I wasn’t worried. My secret was safe. 

Wrong. 

It only takes one girl to disrupt my plans. To disintegrate the façade I’ve been building. To ruin everything. 

Turns out, she’s been building her own fragile house of cards. And she’s about to meet the wrecking ball of her own creation. 

This is a dark bully romance. Listener discretion is advised. If you're looking for a white knight hero, Liam isn't it. Cruel Abandon is a stand-alone in the Fallen Royals series, but best enjoyed after books one to four.

©2021 S. Massery (P)2021 S. Massery

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Can't get enough of this series!

It happens to me every time I listen to a book in this series. I am completely drawn in and no one can bother me until I here "The End". I think, how can you possible compete with the last book? And boy does this one deliver! Sky has always known there is something important missing from her past, but to delve into her memories may be the worst decision she can make. She already suffers from nightmares, and she definitely doesn't want to make it worse. Liam and Jake always did their best to protect her, but when circumstances now has Liam doing everything but looking out for her. Until a girl on campus goes missing. Twists, turns, bullying, fear, passion, it's all in this story and I fed into it all. Massery is an intriguing author, cultivating stories that are passionate, make you think and has you on the edge just wondering what can happen next. I absolutely loved this book and as always can't wait for more!

Troy Duran and Keira Stevens narrate together again and are absolutely fabulous. Duran keeps Liam real, exuding his anger all the time having an undertone of protection. I love his voice and how he understands his characters. Stevens had an emotional journey with Sky. Sky is a mess, and each nuance and inflection let us know exactly where she was in her head. These two are perfect for this series and make a pleasure to listen.

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  • Cami Cole
  • 01-05-21

OH MY HEART!!!

Ok...my heart is on fire...Brief series recap- This is an AMAZING series! Books 1-3 (Caleb and Margo’s story) was exceptional. Book 4 (Eli and Riley’s story) wasn’t quite as good imo but still an excellent read. This one...just WOW! And although it works as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series in order. This story is one of the best slow burns I’ve ever read. It’s the perfect mix of heavy (emotionally) and hot, sexy and suspenseful. I was engrossed from the start. The mystery element definitely keeps you on your toes till the very end! I didn’t necessarily feel drawn to Liam in the other books, but I’m now admitting “addict status”...oh my! Great narration but the male voice gives an older vibe (this narrator - Troy Duran - also did Caleb’s voice). However, he’s such a talented narrator, you can’t complain...Troy’s voice is super sexy...just mature for teenage/early twenties. Get this book...invest in the whole series...you won’t regret it!!! 5 stars ⭐️ all around...I Almost had a heart attack 67-eleventy-million times...you’ll be guessing “who-dunnit” to the very end - ALSO...need the next in series on audible STAT!!!!!!!!

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  • Books with Chrissy
  • 27-05-21

This book knocked my socks off.

If you are looking for a romance full of romantic gestures......THIS IS NOT THAT BOOK!!!!!! Turn away now, this is not what you are looking for.

S. Massery has blown me away, knocked my socks off, and spun my world on its axis with this one. We all know Liam from the previous books in the Fallen Royals series. To me he was always one I felt I never really got a good feel for. I didn't feel like I knew him as well as Caleb (obviously), Eli, or even Theo.

I have learned to expect the unexpected from S Massery. This time however she threw one heck of a curve ball!!! There was a twist I didn't see coming, I don't think there was any way anyone could have predicted that twist. Oh, how I would love to spend a day in her wicked mind.

This book is full of suspense. It will suck you in and leave you wanting more. The intensity of Liam and Skylar's relationship is addictive. From Friends to Enemies to Frienemies(?) to Lovers, this book has it all.

For the audio, the first chapters the narrators bugged me. They didn't quite sound like what I would have anticipated. However, after the initial shock wore off, I quickly fell in love with them and the way they brought these characters to life.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 20-05-21

Wow!! I loved it!

Wow! The audiobook version is AMAZING! This is the fifth book in the Fallen Royals series, A Dark High School Bully Romance. This is a captivating Series! Liam and Sky's story is breathtaking, and enthralling. Liam is dark, complex, enigmatic, and handsome. Sky is beautiful, sweet, strong, and broken. She has a PTSD from a mysterious and traumatic event that happened in her past. The mystery unfolds at a gripping pace. Liam and Sky have a push and pull relationship, and they share an undeniable attraction, and a strong chemistry. This is a riveting story. The supporting characters are interesting. The storyline is intricate, filled with intrigue, mystery, and suspense. OMG! I loved their story! It was impossible to put it down. Keira Stevens and Troy Duran did an outstanding job with the narration. Looking forward to read Theo's story in Wild Fury, the next book in the Series. I love this series, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 15-05-21

Fallen Royals Series

Cruel Abandon: A Dark College Bully Romance (Fallen Royals, Book 5) is another excellent book in this dark bully romance. A perfect mix of angst, sensual moments and suspense. Plus the mystery element intricately weaved into the plot. Loved it beginning to end.

Keira Stevens, Troy Duran duel narration performance was phenomenal. I love these two narrotors and they brought the characters and story to reality.

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  • darlene palma
  • 06-05-21

Epic!

This book though! Sky and Liam’s chemistry messed with me. So much twists and turns, and the push and pull was epic! S. Massery delivers another amazing addition to the Fallen Royals series and the narrators brought it to life!

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  • Valarie Gentry
  • 05-05-21

Amazing!!!

I absolutely loved Keira and Troy's performance of Cruel Abandon!!! They really brought the story to life and I couldn't stop listening!!

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  • Sandy
  • 01-05-21

Liam and Skylar

Geez, this was a good book! I cannot possibly tell you great highlights about this book because everything about it is great. I've waited so long for this book to be on audible and I want Theo's on audible like yesterday. This author never ever disappoints in any book that she writes. They are all sooo good. It's been a while since I listen to Margo and Caleb's book, my favorite before this one, but I think Liam and Skys book is probably my favorite to date. I cant wait to see if Theo's book will top this one. I'm thinking it's going to be really good. I highly recommend this book. It's that good and the twist in the end, I was shocked.! I did NOT see that one coming. Listen to the book. You wont be disappointed.

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  • C. Y.
  • 18-05-21

Good, but not my favorite of the series.

I really have enjoyed this series by S. Massery, but for some reason I couldn’t get the relationship with Liam and Skyler. This wasn’t so much as a bully romance, although Liam was pretty mean to Skyler, but more of a mystery. It just got a little confusing going from past to present. I didn’t think it flowed very well and the characters weren’t very likable. It just took a while for me to fully comprehend what was happening, although I guessed who the kidnapper was from the start.

I’m not saying that I didn’t like it. It was interesting, and it had some pretty good characters in it, but as for the couples, these two were not my favorite.

I do think the narrators did a good job and I’m not going to stop reading her books.

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  • brooklyn4books
  • 16-05-21

Cruel Abandon doesn't disappoint

I received this audible book in exchange to give my honest review

Holy cow I lived reading this book but hearing it just took it to a whole nother level. I love Keira Stevens her voice is very nice and flowing. This is the first time I've listened to Troy Duran and he was amazing. I loved his gruffness and grit. They both made the book hotter!!!

It's a dark bully romance so if you have any triggers please be careful when coding to read it listen to this. I really loved the enemies to lovers, bullying and mystery of this book. Liam and Skylar are a amazing enemies and later a couple. Both thrown together under crazy circumstances and then torn apart by unforseen reasons. They find themselves in hate with each other but I could feel the pull they had for each other too. Listening to them made it that much more evident.

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  • Felicia Bravo
  • 07-05-21

amazing

Skylar and Liam story is amazing. Liam world gets turn upside down because if something Skylar does. he becomes her shadow. This book has so many twist and turns. I love the fallen royal series