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The Help: A Reverse Harem High School Bully Romance

Kings of Linwood Academy, Book 1
Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
Series: Kings of Linwood Academy, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Summary

Rich boys don’t fraternize with the help.
They don't torture the help.
They don't crave the help.

For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have lived on the edge of ruin, so when she finally gets a decent job offer, she moves us cross-country to take it.

Who cares if it means working as a live-in housekeeper for a man wealthier than God? The paycheck is good, and it comes with a roof over our heads.

She even manages to get me enrolled in the fancy prep academy his son goes to - the kind that spits out future CEOs and politicians like a vending machine.

But this new town has a few things my old one didn’t....

Like secrets that could get a person killed, and four of the hottest, meanest guys I’ve ever met.

I might live in their world now, but I am not a part of it, and they’ll do whatever it takes to remind me of that.

We go to school together, live together, and share a dangerous secret, but as far as Lincoln, River, Dax, and Chase are concerned...

I’m just the help.

Author's note: The Help is a reverse-harem high-school bully romance, the first book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.

©2019 Callie Rose (P)2019 Callie Rose

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this is not your typical bully romance

Harlow has beat cancer. Her mom is still working to pay off the medical bills and just wants the best for her. When her mom lands an amazing job, with Harlow as her assistant, things start to look up. But the employers son, Lincoln has other plans. Harlow is able to go to an exclusive school, but the kids are not as accepting of her. This is an enemies to lovers romance, but the route to get there is not a straight line. Harlow is tortured by the mean girls and she stands strong, until a nightmare begins. This is when the story changes from just a highschool romance to one suspenseful story of heros and a heroine. The drama is just as intense. I binged this series because each had a cliffhanger, but it was so good, I could not stop.

Amanda Stirling brought this story to life. I felt as if I was living the story through her narration. Harlow is one strong girl and Stirling brings that out. Stirling has an easy to listen to voice. Her male characters are smooth and realistic sounding. I hope to hear more from Amanda Stirling.

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What did I just read!?

This book is a well written, heart tugging story that will surprise you more than you might think!!

Callie Rose’s writing is descriptive and detailed. We know so much about these characters and their lives.

Or so we think!!!

At the end of this, I was left with my mouth hanging open!!! I am diving right into book 2!!!

Amanda Stribling did a wonderful job with all of these characters. I could feel what they felt.

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She is the new girl navigating through a new life, new home, new school, bullies, and her Mom’s new job, but life gets complicated for Harlow and gets out of her control as she watches the patrol car drive away and her Mom is in the back seat.
This is the first book in The Kings of Linwood series.
Amanda did a wonderful job narrating this story.
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Full of intrigue romance with an underhanded plot to be revealed

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Loved how the relationship slowly simmers between thi syoung group and thye eventually bond over dire circumstances.
However it becomes apparant they kept their distance because of feelings not social status.
Cliffhanger alert will need book 2&3 to reveal more

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Good Listen

Harlow is the new help and she is the enemy of the four kings of the school. She thinks that she is now a part of their crowd and they are protecting her. She does not know until it is too late that they are not her friends.
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One of the best HS bully romance out there!

I love this series! What a first book! From the start theres so much to draw you into this book. I love how much is involved in this book. It’s not just about the romance, that though was amazing and there was so much chemistry between the characters. I haven’t read an RH before and I didn’t think I was going to like it but this was off the charts good. There’s secrets and mysteries to unfold that I can’t wait to read about in the next books. The narration was wonderful! I loved listening to this audiobook.

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This is a perfect book for New Adults readers/listeners and still enjoyable by adults. The premises for the reverse-harem storyline is interesting, where the new girl in town falls with her bullies. The book is well-written, with an appealing plot and captivating characters. Amanda Stribling's narration is wonderful, her telling draws you further into the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this audiobook and look forward to the second instalment.
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Could have been a home run...

So, I feel like I should premise this with saying that I have a huge obsession with covers. I'll often make snap decisions based on just the cover without reading a single word. That is what happened with this duet. I looked at the cover and I was done. It didnt matter. Saying that, this is the first reverse harem I've ever listened too!! It's funny because I don't like bully romances and this one kind of has that feel and it goes that way for a while but I don't buy it. Something happened to make them all come together and it changed everything for them.

There was a few things I don't exactly understand... I thought a RH was when 1 woman and several guys had relations. There was kissing but it didn't really feel like a group thing so I'm not sure I'm sold with that genre. I actually was more pulled into the thriller/suspense of this story than the romance of it. There was a build up and tension. It was my favorite part of the book actually. I feel like CLlie Rose could have taken this book on a slightly different path and it would be even better, IMO anyway. The writing and development was really there.

The narrator, Amanda Stribling did a great job. Since we really only have Harlow's POV I think she did really well. I didn't really care for her manly; I hate saying that since they're all 17... they aren't men; voices. I would have preferred she just used her voice instead of attempting to do their voices justice. However, the main chunk is Harlow and she takes care of her perfectly.

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My Thoughts on The Help

Callie Rose is quickly becoming a must read author for me. She continues to write these stories that I get completely immersed in. She writes guys I love to hate. Girls I’d kind of like to be friends with. And a story line I never want to put down. This time we have Harlow who's moved to a town of wealth and privilege to work as her mom’s assistant and secondary maid to the Black family. Her very first meeting with the members of the family, especially the son Linc, is in turns awkward, upsetting and a catalyst that turns her whole world upside down. She meets Linc’s best friends who are equally frustrating if in different ways. All of these characters bring their own layer to this complicated story and all those layers are important. Harlow doesn’t know who to trust and just wants to get through this year, but things take a tragic turn leading to an ending that even had me floored.

This story was brought to life by narrator Amanda Stribling. She was a good fit for Harlow. She had a slight accent to her voice that I enjoyed. I did sometimes wish for a bit more tone variation for the many guys in this story, but she did a good enough job not to be off putting. I definitely would listen to her again with other books, and I’m looking forward to hearing her in the next two books of this series.

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Loved it!!

This book was great! That ending omg! I didn’t think I would like it as it started out, it was a bit slow but I quickly got entrenched and was always listening to find out what happened next. Can’t wait for the second one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-19

Waste of time

the writing was sub par at best ive read free novels written by amateurs with no editors that was better than this. She over used the F word. There are other words in the english language. The plot is all over the place and im quitting an hour before its over not sure if there has been any character growth or where the heck this book is going. Im very disapointed.

I can only handle the narrators voice for so long. Especially when she imitates the male characters. I cringed every time.

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  • april
  • 31-08-19

who did it!

OH my gosh it took me a minute to get into this but after the first few chapters things were getting interesting and wtf twists were popping up here and there it just kept you on your toes ! This is a great start to the series and I need to get to part 2 now!
happy listening everyone!

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  • SMM
  • 24-11-19

liked this story

Seemed just a tad bit longer than necessary. started out nice and sweet then took a great turn

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  • 2015 Booklover
  • 16-09-19

Awesome story!

Awesome story and the narrator was great. I highly recommend thus book and looking forward to the third book in the series.

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  • Audiophile
  • 30-08-19

Great book

Unfortunately the narrator on this book is not very good even though as I listened she either got better or I just got used to her. Loved the story and that cliffhanger. Here’s hoping she can get another narrator for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-19

Uhhhh this author must watch kdramas

If the kdrama heirs and boys over flowers were to have a baby, this would be the product. It's too similar to be a coincidence. It's an interesting book though.

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  • Bethany
  • 12-08-19

Loved it!

Great story and awesome performance! I got sucked into the story right from the beginning and couldn't stop. Ends on a cliffhanger!

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-01-20

edge of your seat good

This is a very good storyline. With great narration! I am looking forward to book 2!

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  • Courtney S.
  • 07-01-20

No segues 🎧🎧AudiobookObsessionReviewer🎧🎧

I like the overall premise. I know they are in high school, but if you’re going to take on a RH, I think the characters should show a little more maturity. I was also confused about the complete 180 in the romance. He hates her then in the next breath he likes her - there wasn’t any lead up. There was an interesting, unexpected twist. I thought the narration was very good.

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  • Alex
  • 06-01-20

Was a great book

love it... love all three of them the first 2 keep you and wanting more and the last 1 give you all