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Summary

Riley Appleton loves to hate me. 

It’s my fault the hate is there in the first place. She needed somewhere to direct her anger, and I volunteered to be the target. Being adored is boring. I wanted something different. 

Each jab that falls from her pretty mouth is a challenge, and the more we fight, the hotter we burn. But soon, this game of ours goes too far. She needs to be reminded who really rules this relationship. 

Our feud is a joke - but in the end, I’ll be the only one laughing. 

This is a dark high-school-bully romance with mature content and themes. It contains dubious situations that some listeners may find offensive. If you're looking for a white knight hero, this book is not for you.

Listening order: First three are a trilogy and should be enjoyed together; the rest are stand-alones. 

1. Wicked Dreams 

2. Wicked Games

3. Wicked Promises 

4. Vicious Desire (Eli)

5. Cruel Abandon (Liam)

6. Wild Fury (Theo)

©2020 S. Massery (P)2021 S. Massery

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Eli & Riley

S Massery has done it again! I love this 4th installment of the Fallen Royals series. This book features Eli and Riley and it's fantastic. These two have an on and off relationship thought to be finally be over, but feelings run deep and situations change. Eli on the outside seems to be a cool, calm and collected man, but harbors many fractures in his life. Riley is facing critical times in her life, broken and sad, but her strength is something keeps her going. These two are flawed, but together fit and become strong. I love the push pull they have and their incredible chemistry. It's hot and sensual at the same time giving us hate/passion. So good, wonderfully damaged characters and a story of crazy, dark love and hope. It packs it all in to a listen you don't want to miss.

Narrated by Addison Barnes and Marcio Catalano and we have a team that enhances his bully romance. Barnes has a voice fit for new adult and she brings all the emotions Riley goes through. She has a lot happening in her life, and Barnes takes us through an array of emotions. Catalano is amazing as Eli. He has a way of being mean, while giving us the feeling of his underlying hurt and love. It's his talent bringing Eli to life. These two were the perfect casting.

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  • Carrie
  • 27-02-21

Hotness Alert

This was my first book by S. Massery I loved everything about it! It had bullying, mystery and so much angst!

I definitely want to read more of her books!

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  • C. Y.
  • 15-05-21

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I enjoyed this audiobook, but it has been a while since I read the previous books, so it took me some time to figure out what was going on in the story and who was who. The author did a pretty good job reviewing certain characters, but there were a few who were in the main part of this story that I had a hard time placing from the previous books.

There was a lot of back-and-forth from the president in the past, and it felt like a lot of jumping around that got confusing as well. All in all, I have enjoyed the series. I’m excited to listen to Liam‘s Story next.

These narrators are new to me and I think they did a pretty good job.

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  • darlene palma
  • 19-04-21

Fab!

This is another great read to the Fallen Royals collection!! I loved Eli and Riley’s narrator. I could feel the angst in their voice. I felt like I was in the story! I recommend this series to bully and suspense lovers out there!

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  • Ashley
  • 07-04-21

Loved Eli!

I was so excited to read Riley and Eli's story. I loved them together and the chemistry between them was intense. I really loved how Eli was towards the end and how he made sure to take care of Riley. I really enjoyed this story because you get intense suspense along with your romance. You get the mystery and the heat between the characters. It kept me guessing right up till the end and I loved every minute of it! S. Massery has a engaging writing style that hooks you right from the start. You get invested in the story and the characters. I love that we get moments with past characters too. I loved this book and would definitely recommend. I would also recommend this whole series if you love suspenseful romances!

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  • Felicia Bravo
  • 12-02-21

amazing

Riley story was one of lies, miscommunication and anger. Her and Eli story was amazing. I have been loving this series. Both voice actors did amazing being these characters to life.

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  • Chrissy B (Books with Chrissy)
  • 09-02-21

Loved listening to Riley and Eli brought to life

I am going to start my review of the audiobook by giving you my original review of the book.

Where do I even start with this review? This book is amazing. If you have already read the other books in S. Massery's Fallen Royals series you will have already met Eli and Riley, as well as several of the other supporting characters in this book. If you have not read the first 3 books yet.....I highly recommend you read them, although I don't feel like it is absolutely necessary to enjoy this book.

Eli and Riley have an interesting dynamic to their relationship. I wouldn't call this an enemies-to-lovers. I also wouldn't call it a friends-to-lovers. Let's call this a frenemies-to-lovers. Which just makes the tension in this book absolutely amazing. As Eli say "I like that about her. I'm angry enough to kill her one moment and protecting her the next."

I have to say, I think I am glad I went to public school. I don't know if every private school has as much drama as Emery Rose Elite, but I am glad that I didn't have to go through what these kids do.

I loved how we learn so much about how Riley and Eli's relationship developed, fell apart, came back together, and fell apart again before the current events in the story. I always have been a sucker for a second (third) chance romance.

Through the first part of this book, I felt a little lost with the reasons behind some of the characters thoughts and actions. As the story unfolds though, the pieces start falling into place. This story comes together beautifully in the end. The questions just added to the suspense of the story.

I love the twisted, wicked, vicious mind of S. Massery. I almost wish I could spend a day, hour, heck I would settle for a minute in her mind to see how it works. She has created an incredible wicked world with her Fallen Royals series. I can not wait for the next book to see where she takes us. This is one of those series that I don't think I could ever get enough books from.

Now, this audiobook is utterly amazing. The narrators did an incredible job of bringing Riley and Eli to life. There are few things that will bring me to read and listen to a book. There is something special about listening to a book you have already read once. I picked up new things by listening to this book that I feel I missed, or overlooked when I read this book the first time. Sometimes listening to a book can just bring out more of the emotion that you might not pick up on when you read the book. I am so glad I listened to this book. Such an excellent performance.

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  • Stital
  • 08-02-21

Intricate, twisted and touching

Vicious Desire is a captivating story, full of love, betrayal and growth.
Bully romances usually toe the line of acceptable for me, but this is my kind of tale.
With so many twists, intricate emotions and a rollercoaster of highs and lows, the author weaves a wonderful tale of beautifully broken characters, whos jagged pieces fit together perfectly.

5 stars and a masquerade mask.

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  • brooklyn4books
  • 07-02-21

Riley and Eli are seeing if Sparks

This audio book was amazing!!! There is heartbreak, angst and a little following that I really enjoyed. I loved how the book transitioned from present to past so easily. Addison Barnes and Marcio Catalano did an amazing job narrating Vicious Desire. Addison sounded perfect for Riley and Marcio's deep voice and slight accent was perfect for Eli. I was instantly in love with this couple. I really enjoyed their chemistry and learning about their past.

It is read in duel point of views from both characters. S. Massery you have done a great job writing these two characters. You get to see how they started off and how they grew throughout their relationship. It made a lot of things come to light in the previous 3 books in the series.

Riley is the quite girl that guards her heart just as much as she does with her secrets. Eli is the outspoken bad boy that loves to bully Riley. They both are trying to escape and feel something and cling to each other for that spark but people and events pull them away from each other.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 05-02-21

Fallen Royals Series

Vicious Desire (Fallen Royals, Book 4) is a dark high-school-bully romance; .second chance at love. I absolutely love this series. It brings a air of mystery evolving around Eli and Riley's past. I love the writing style and composition. I loved how we got the backstory of Eli and Riley. And the flashbacks. A highly intriguing novel bounteous with suspense, twisted moments, lies & secrets, I love the chemistry between Eli and Riley. The supporting character's were wonderful too. I love the journey this author took us on that was burning with passion between Eli and Riley. I'm excited to listen to the next audio in this captivating series when available. I absolutely loved how it ended and the epilogues were wonderful.

Casting narrators Addison Barnes, Marcio Catalano was the perfect choice. Addison's inflection is smooth and fits character's age. She brought out all of Riley's emotions. Marcio was amazing as Eli. His tone is deep and strong. He was exactly how I would picture Eli.

This duel pov story was fabulously written and narrated by two talented narators and I highly recommend listening.

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  • K.Hannah
  • 05-02-21

Wow!

I thought reading the book was amazing, listening to the audio version of it gives me all new feelings!! I absolutely loved it. The audio just brings a whole new feeling and really brings the story alive. It makes you feel like you are actually there with the characters!! Fantastic!! So impressed!