Book Review: Riot House
(Crooked Sinners #1) by Callie Hart
Once again, my first read of the month is a “new to a me” author. I love dark romance, but I have to be in the right mood to read it because I get completely wrapped up in the characters. Hart’s book didn’t disappoint.
Riot House is a dangerously sexy and secret riddled story of Elodie and Wren. A sizzling attraction begins with a hate/love trope and a typical boarding school. Wolf Hall Academy is ripe with overly entitled and impossible to like spoiled rich kids, and the boys who rule this school are very tall, handsome, and dark, very dark.
When I read the boarding school name, I thought I was reading a paranormal romance because I found the school’s title, Wolf Academy, hit you over the head a bit with foreshadowing, but I’ll leave it there so as not to spoil it.
Elodie is a transfer student, and Wren Jacobi is rich, gorgeous, and wildly unpredictable, and their relationship begins with mutual animosity.
Another minor criticism is that this book’s characters are all a little too mature for high school, but the writing is so excellent I couldn’t let that deter me from liking this book.
Elodie’s new friend, Carina, continually tries to warn Eloide to stay away from Wren and his friends, who lord over the school from their house off campus, the illustrious and forbidden Riot House. But now that she is finally out from under her father’s thumb, Elodie is done playing things safe.
I loved Elodie! She was intelligent, challenging, and has overcome a lot to get to this point in her life, and she is not about to let some petty kids at her new school take her down in any way, shape, or form. Wren is also from a military family, which makes him the perfect match for Elodie. Misjudging her sweet and innocent persona, he soon finds out about her dark past and that she won’t be so easy to manipulate, after all.
I enjoyed where this book was going, and it was exciting and engaging and oh so sexy. Very erotic for a YA. It’s a stay-up-all-night read because the ending is something you WILL NOT see coming. The second book in the series, Riot Rules (Crooked Sinners), was published in December 2020 and is also in KU.
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They might be richer than gods, but they’re morally bankrupt.
As far as the boys who run America’s most exclusive international academy are concerned, I’m an unwelcome interloper, an inconvenience, and they’re determined to make my life a living hell.
When Wren Jacobi sets eyes on Wolf Hall Academy’s newest inductee, all he sees is an easy mark. A reserved little girl with a target painted on her back. He knows nothing of my troubled past, though. Nothing of my mother’s suspicious death, or the horrific treatment I’ve had to endure at the hands of my psychotic father. And he has no idea of the lengths that I, unassuming little Elodie Stillwater, will go to in order to break the savage beast who dreams of breaking me first.
There’s a wolf stalking the forests that surround my new school.
Little does he know…
There are far scarier predators lurking out there in the dark.
RIOT HOUSE is a 137,000-word standalone book in the Crooked Sinners Series and does not end on a cliffhanger. Future books in the series will feature other characters. This book contains dark content that may be considered a trigger for some readers, and as such is recommended for readers 17+