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Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power. Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear. The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to. The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line. The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows. Her mouth is sealed. I just want to be a fu**ing made man. I’m jus Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power. Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear. The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to. The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line. The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows. Her mouth is sealed. I just want to be a fu**ing made man. I’m just a fu**ing waitress.


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Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power. Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear. The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to. The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line. The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows. Her mouth is sealed. I just want to be a fu**ing made man. I’m jus Nero is the king of Legacy Prep, living a life of power. Elle is the school’s punching bag, living a life of fear. The only good girls Nero knows jump in his bed when he tells them to. The closest Elle has come to a bad boy like him is in the cafeteria line. The mob boss gave him orders to find out what she knows. Her mouth is sealed. I just want to be a fu**ing made man. I’m just a fu**ing waitress.

30 review for Nero

  1. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️

    DNF at 21 % Whelp, it's a good thing one of my New Year's Resolutions was not "finish every book I start." Spoiler: I will NEVER make that resolution. Because my personal thoughts on DNF-ing? Make it rain, bitches. I totally understand that sometimes the best books are ones that took time to get into and that the most fulfilling ending in those instances is to push through and blah, blah, blah. However. When you are balls deep in the story (20% suffices as the definition of balls deep in my opinion, DNF at 21 % Whelp, it's a good thing one of my New Year's Resolutions was not "finish every book I start." Spoiler: I will NEVER make that resolution. Because my personal thoughts on DNF-ing? Make it rain, bitches. I totally understand that sometimes the best books are ones that took time to get into and that the most fulfilling ending in those instances is to push through and blah, blah, blah. However. When you are balls deep in the story (20% suffices as the definition of balls deep in my opinion, folks) and these are your thoughts: Wow, this writing really sucks. Perhaps third person was not the best choice for this author. That's stupid. Holy shit, these characters are borderline retarded. That's stupid. I don't even like or care about anything that happens to these characters. That's stupid. I really need to get a pedicure, my toenail keeps snagging on my electric blanket...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars Nero is one of those guilty pleasure books. It’s a book that is fairly unrealistic and I couldn’t help but love it. Why? Because the enjoyment factor was crazy high. I didn’t want to put it down and it was highly entertaining. Elle is a senior in high school. She has been bullied most of the 4 years she’s been there, even more so because she protects her best friend Chloe, taking more of the bullying than she should. To supplement her scholarship to Legacy Prep, Elle works at a diner a 4.5 stars Nero is one of those guilty pleasure books. It’s a book that is fairly unrealistic and I couldn’t help but love it. Why? Because the enjoyment factor was crazy high. I didn’t want to put it down and it was highly entertaining. Elle is a senior in high school. She has been bullied most of the 4 years she’s been there, even more so because she protects her best friend Chloe, taking more of the bullying than she should. To supplement her scholarship to Legacy Prep, Elle works at a diner after school. She witnesses something she should’t, something dangerous. Something mob related. She doesn’t think anyone saw her, but she’s terrified someone did. Nero’s ready to take his place in the family after high school and has just been given his first ‘job’. Get close to the girl who witnessed the hit. Find out if she saw the faces of the guys and see if she’s the type of girl that will talk. After spending some time with Elle, Nero see’s that she’s different than any other girl he’s met. After seeing the things she’s had to endure, he feels the need to protect her. Nero is a bad ass. A little crazy, but in the best way. He will do what needs to be done to protect his girl. I loved how protective Nero become of Elle and her friend. And I also loved his two friends that had his back. Nero is hot, has a dirty mouth and is very alpha for being an eighteen year old high school student. I was nervous about the characters ages, with all the sexy going on, but for some reason, the way she wrote them just worked. I really loved Elle. She was a fantastic heroine. Strong, brave and completely selfless in a lot of ways. I thought her friendship with Chloe was great and I can’t wait to find out more of Chloe’s story as the series goes on. I am excited that the next book is Vincent’s. He brought some funny scenes to this book and I can’t wait to see the guy’s a little older and a girl that’s finally snag this playboy’s heart. This story was different from a lot of mob type books I’ve read. I loved that it wasn’t the same old same old story. It was a fast paced, suspenseful and sexy read. I’m looking forward to continuing with this series, and I really hope the author gives us a Lucca book sooner rather than later. I loved his character! “I will fight. I will torture. I will kill in my line of work… it’s part of me, just how you’re a part of me, but nothing- NOTHING- will ever come before you. No one will ever fucking touch what’s mine and not pay for it.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

    4 FREAKING CRAZY STARS A RECIPE FOR A CRAZY TEENAGE ROMANCE INGREDIENTS 1x Tortured, self sacrificing and helpless heroine 1x Arrogant, manwhore and possessive type hero 1x Shy and loyal wallflower, who is also best friend to the heroine 2x Loyal, hot mates for the hero 1x Bitch of a nemesis for the heroine A haggle of robotic blonde drones who follow the nemesis around. Common sense (optional) Every once in a while, I stumble upon these "little gems of crazy" and this is one such book. And by tha 4 FREAKING CRAZY STARS A RECIPE FOR A CRAZY TEENAGE ROMANCE INGREDIENTS 1x Tortured, self sacrificing and helpless heroine 1x Arrogant, manwhore and possessive type hero 1x Shy and loyal wallflower, who is also best friend to the heroine 2x Loyal, hot mates for the hero 1x Bitch of a nemesis for the heroine A haggle of robotic blonde drones who follow the nemesis around. Common sense (optional) Every once in a while, I stumble upon these "little gems of crazy" and this is one such book. And by that I mean, I absolutely love the book despite how ludicrous it is! Elle, is a scholarship student at Legacy Prep High, she's in her last year and can't wait to leave her own personal hell. She and her friend, Chloe are bullied five days a week. Elle, always tries to deflect attention to herself instead of Chole (who has facial scars), which means she gets the harshest of the bullying. She is literally beaten up, called names, terrorised and all manner of horrific things. The teachers turn a blind eye, and even the cafeteria staff have a go at her. That's until she spies a murder one day after work, and suddenly Nero Caruso sets his sights on her. Nero, is son to a mob boss, and his father has instructed him to watch Elle. How much did she see, and will she go to the authorities? Nero, predictably starts falling for her, where one girl was not enough, now only Elle will do. What follows is a whirl wind romance, Nero is Elle's knight in shining armour. She's no longer bullied, Nero, makes sure anyone who tries to hurt her is seen to, mostly by using his fists. The story is quite predictable but highly entertaining. I did have a few issues, for instance the author would switch from first person to third person. It didn't happen often but it was obvious, the other thing was that some sentences sounded incredibly weird while reading, but this never really bothers me since English isn't my native tongue. But with all these issues I can't bring myself give this book a lower rating, I enjoyed it way too much! Finally thanks to Zaria, I raid your shelves quite frequently and would have never read this book if I hadn't seen your review :D And to the author, please make the next book about Lucca! I loved Nero but when Lucca came into the picture I was a gonner!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩

    I am not going to trash this novel because of it's classic cliche YA theme. Usually if i stumble upon a story that is juvenile i just pass it off as bubblegum high school drama and leave it at that. Suffice to say, this is a book written by young girlies, for young girlies. This book however has two things that annoyed me to hell. Portrayal of the lead female character Elle and the actual writing, witch was atrocious. I'll elaborate. Both men and women tend to be misunderstood and underestimated be I am not going to trash this novel because of it's classic cliche YA theme. Usually if i stumble upon a story that is juvenile i just pass it off as bubblegum high school drama and leave it at that. Suffice to say, this is a book written by young girlies, for young girlies. This book however has two things that annoyed me to hell. Portrayal of the lead female character Elle and the actual writing, witch was atrocious. I'll elaborate. Both men and women tend to be misunderstood and underestimated because of their age, but they are far more capable and intelligent then we give them credit for. Emphasis on the capable. Elle walks trough school being bullied to that extreme extent that it made no sense. I understand that high school can be very traumatic for some people, especially if you have been bullied. The author wanted to portray emotional turmoil and the feelings of isolation, but with the choices Elle made she didn't do her any favors. Even a kitten, young, inexperienced, uncoordinated has some claws to protect itself. The characters were overblown in their aggression, and Elle just stood there taking it all. It was actually Nero who first stood up for her and she beamed at him like a silly calf, never thinking to do that herself, she was so 'afraid' of any type of confrontation. The author shot and missed the target. This was a young woman, but she didn't behave as such, she was more of an infant that needed coddling. The naivete displayed by Elle was so great it was as dangerous as it was impossible. She would have known more about life simply by watching TV, let alone human interaction. I cringed to see just how pitiful and pathetic Elle was. It annoyed me, it upset me. She was worse then a beaten dog, and i can't say that endeared her to me. For a seventeen year old girl she had a shriveled soul and the intelligence of a child. The amount of effort the author invested into making her lead need saving surpassed the classic maiden in distress cliche. Now i don't mind a bit of maiden in distress, i am a romantic to the bone, but when the maiden is that weak that she needs help to breathe, i don't like the maiden. I would rather feed her to the dragon. I truly believe that a little backbone wouldn't hurt this story, but in fact improve it. Women presented as slobbering idiots that forget themselves as soon as a guy bats his eyelashes grate on my nerves. Also when they are such imbeciles that they need a guy to find their self worth. Especially in high school. In fact a kindergarten child has more self esteem and shows more common sense. This isn't a historical romance where women swoon and have no rights, it's the 21st century. The message i got from experiencing Elle's character was a disturbing one; justification of abuse for the sake of popularity, and romanticizing self interest because let's face it, Nero is just looking after his own hide. About the writing....The author manages to transport us back in time, when indeed we sat in class trying to write an essay. In my head i keep hearing the professor saying, be careful! When writing in third person, make sure that you don't use the name so often when starting a sentence, and most of all don't string them together. Small example: Elle knew she needed help, and if anyone in this school could protect Chloe, it was Nero and his crew. Sorry, Chloe. Elle sat down beside Chloe. “You better not be lying to me, Nero.” Elle knew he had heard her; he nodded, not only for her, but for his crew to come over. Elle whispered to Chloe, “It’s going to be okay. I haven’t let anyone in here hurt you, have I?” And she hadn’t. Elle did whatever it took to make sure no one laid a finger on her. Yes, that meant Elle got the short end of the stick in here, but Chloe got the shortest end of the shittiest stick outside of here. Elle gave Chloe a smile when she finally answered, shaking her head no. Elle could see the signal Nero gave the young blond one to sit beside Chloe. And then, and then, and then, and then...... Bad form, that showed just how much the author was struggling to find the adequate words to convey her story. Those two things killed it for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    I thoroughly enjoyed this unconventional love story. Nero and Elle have captured a special piece of my heart. Their story was sweet and, at times, full of teenage melodramatics. Nonetheless, I devoured it. Much like the characters from 'Fallen Crest High', these young characters seemed to be much older. I had to keep reminding myself that this story was set in high school, because the power and resources that Nero and his friends wielded was tremendous. In that regard, it was a bit unbelievable, I thoroughly enjoyed this unconventional love story. Nero and Elle have captured a special piece of my heart. Their story was sweet and, at times, full of teenage melodramatics. Nonetheless, I devoured it. Much like the characters from 'Fallen Crest High', these young characters seemed to be much older. I had to keep reminding myself that this story was set in high school, because the power and resources that Nero and his friends wielded was tremendous. In that regard, it was a bit unbelievable, but otherwise, it was wholly entertaining. High school seniors, Elle and Nero came from opposite ends of the social hierarchy. Nero was a sort of God at the elite prep school that they attended. Elle, on the other hand, was a social pariah that spent her school days trying to go unnoticed so that she wouldn't draw the attention of the bullies that frequently targeted her. Setting Elle further apart from her over-privileged classmates, is the fact that she is not wealthy. She is only able to attend the elite school because she has a scholarship that covers most of her tuition. She works as a waitress to pay the remaining costs. When Elle witnesses a murder one night, she draws the attention of the Mafia Boss. As the son of the Boss, Nero is given his first job...Get close to Elle and find out what she knows. Nero didn't anticipate growing fond of Elle. His only focus was on finishing the job so he could secure his place within the organization. Of course, as Nero inserts himself into Elle's life, he finds that she slowly imprints herself on him as well. Before long, the two are inseparable. It becomes clear that their relationship is no longer based solely upon the job, but their relationship may not survive the betrayal and lies. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Although it was unbelievable, it was great entertainment. I'm looking forward to future books in this series to see how things work out for other key characters. Chloe's story, in particular, is calling to me. I'm sure I'll be continuing this series soon. Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)

    TOP 3 WAYS Nero IS LIKE LINDSAY LOHAN. #3. Teenage Drama Queen Much? In the beginning, Nero is quite the teenage drama queen, as Elle and her BFF Chloe are repeatedly beaten and bullied by the richest, most popular kids in school: “ 'I have a mess.' Cassandra pushed Elle’s plate off the table. Then, her high-pitched voice screeched, 'Clean it up, waitress.' The cafeteria grew silent. That word waitress made Elle’s skin crawl, and yet it might as well be her birth name here as far as they were concer TOP 3 WAYS Nero IS LIKE LINDSAY LOHAN. #3. Teenage Drama Queen Much? In the beginning, Nero is quite the teenage drama queen, as Elle and her BFF Chloe are repeatedly beaten and bullied by the richest, most popular kids in school: “ 'I have a mess.' Cassandra pushed Elle’s plate off the table. Then, her high-pitched voice screeched, 'Clean it up, waitress.' The cafeteria grew silent. That word waitress made Elle’s skin crawl, and yet it might as well be her birth name here as far as they were concerned. 'Bitch, I know you hear me.' Cassandra took Chloe’s plate and held it above her head. 'Clean up the mess like a waitress is supposed to, or the little freak will have her own mess to clean up.' " ~ Cassandra, Elle, & Chloe INDEED. But fear not, dear readers. For, in true Lohan fashion, the story quickly morphs into… #2. Oh So Fresh & Sweet! Right before the OTT drama gets tiresome, Nero and Elle share a kiss in the school’s art supply closet; and, the contrast between his vast experience and her obvious naiveté is oh so fresh and sweet: " 'I’ve never been kissed before.' Nero rubbed his thumb across her jawline. 'All right. The first time, I’ll take a small kiss.' Elle’s heart stopped beating. 'Here?' Nero nodded and leaned his face down, his mouth an inch from hers. 'Here.' Elle’s stomach filled with butterflies. She closed her eyes. For a brief second, his lips closed over her bottom lip, then they were gone. When she opened her eyes, the fluttering in her stomach didn’t stop." ~ Elle & Nero TOTALLY! From there, it’s a Lohan-esque free-fall into… #1. Full On Grool Mode. When Elle’s BFF Chloe meets Lucca (aka The Hottest Made Man Ev-Ah), Nero becomes the perfect combination of great and cool: “Lucca was a million times more handsome than Nero, and a billion times more frightening. His bad-boy appearance said, ‘cross me and I will murder your entire family.’ [...] He rolled his lighted Zippo between his fingers and Chloe became entranced by the flame. [...] Suddenly, he flipped the lighter closed, and moved to let her pass. Keeping her eyes on him, Chloe turned sideways, and carefully inched past. Even in heels, her face only came to the middle of his chest. Once free, she walked as fast as she could back toward the house. ‘You can’t run from the truth forever, darlin’ '. Chloe walked faster.” ~ Lucca & Chloe TOLD YA! Lucca catapults Nero straight out of CUTE-TEEN-ROMANCE-VILLE, right into THIS-SERIES-IS-GONNA-BE-HAWT-LAND! So, if you can overlook the teenage melodrama long enough to get to the fresh and sweet stuff, Nero is a pretty grool read. Nero (Made Men #1) by Sarah Brianne: 3 “Shades of Lohan” Stars. For information about my rating system, see my profile page. Links to my reviews of Made Men #2-4: Vincent (MM #2): CLICK ME BABY Chloe (MM #3): CLICK AGAIN BABY Lucca (MM #4): ONE LAST CLICK!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valentina "TinchyB"

    10 STARS! 10! If you don't know me by now,I must tell you that I love my men mad ass possessive and batshit crazy! In books, too... And when they are strong,sexy and protective,just like our hero in this one,we have a winner! I really,really love this book! I love how two main characters work together,and most of all,his crazy possessiveness! And he's son of the capo di tutti capi...can a girl ask for more?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    "I think killing is way too fucking easy." I enjoyed this well written debut novel that told the tale of two high school seniors who are brutally bullied at Legacy Prep school and only have each other in this caddy school. Elle and Chloe have each other’s back and never rat. Sadly, the bullying aspect of the story was hard to stomach but the girls’ bond was pure and strong. Elle witnesses a mob hit outside her place of employment that draws the attention of the heads of the Caruso crime family "I think killing is way too fucking easy." I enjoyed this well written debut novel that told the tale of two high school seniors who are brutally bullied at Legacy Prep school and only have each other in this caddy school. Elle and Chloe have each other’s back and never rat. Sadly, the bullying aspect of the story was hard to stomach but the girls’ bond was pure and strong. Elle witnesses a mob hit outside her place of employment that draws the attention of the heads of the Caruso crime family to see if she will talk. Nero Caruso attends Elle’s school and has never had any interactions with her but he is given his first job by his father to find out what she saw and if she’ll talk and to get close to her. ”This was his first job, the job that was going to adopt him into the family. Yes, his blood might biologically be a part of the family, but his blood didn’t bleed with the family.” Elle was just his first job but quickly Nero finally sees the hell that school is for Elle and Chloe and so he asks his boys to help him provide safety while he puts the moves on Elle. Nero’s boys and Elle and Chloe become friends and with Nero heading the attack they get revenge for all those who have tormented the girls. I also loved the fact that Chloe has secrets that weren’t fully revealed in this book. ”I don’t care who has touched her, whether it’s dicks or bitches. We will do exactly what they did to her.” Nero is one HOT alpha eighteen year made man. He was a dirty talker, he was fiercely protective and knows how to make Elle weak in the knees. ”Careful, or I’ll throw being a gentleman out the fucking window and watch your tits bounce in my face.” Elle finds out who is Nero’s father is and things take a terrible turn for the worse while her life is still in danger. Nero and his crew kick ass throughout this story and I’m excited that all will be getting their own books but I’m most interested in reading Nero’s big brother, Lucca’s book. Elle and Nero’s relationship was hot and dangerous and I love it. I was iffy about the idea of mobsters still in high school but the author's writing was so skilled that I'm invested in this series 100 percent. This story was a made man’s first job while in his senior year of high school and I can’t wait to see what these boys are up to in the next book in the series when their school days are over.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Ten reasons this book made me go WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?: 1. The h witnesses a murder and loses one (Yes one. Een. Uno. Un. Eins. Um. Isa. En. Unu. Jedan. Vienas. ONE) nights sleep over it. 2. The h goes to a high school were she is regularly attacked and left in a beaten bloody pulp, once her arm is even broken and nothing happens. No teacher asks about the bloody girl lying on the floor. Her parents believe she gets black eyes and broken bones from playing soccer and says nothing? The staff at the Ten reasons this book made me go WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?: 1. The h witnesses a murder and loses one (Yes one. Een. Uno. Un. Eins. Um. Isa. En. Unu. Jedan. Vienas. ONE) nights sleep over it. 2. The h goes to a high school were she is regularly attacked and left in a beaten bloody pulp, once her arm is even broken and nothing happens. No teacher asks about the bloody girl lying on the floor. Her parents believe she gets black eyes and broken bones from playing soccer and says nothing? The staff at the hospital doesn't ask questions? 3. The h gets beaten severely and because (during this vicious attack) she realizes one of her attackers feels bad about the attack tells the girl its ok to kick her because she doesn't really feel anything anymore. 4. The h works herself into an early grave, goes hungry and wears goodwill clothing in order to go to a school were she is treated like shit, abused and attacked so that her BFF doesn't get hurt. Sorry, not buying it. That being said she has no sympathy for a man dying in front of her. 5. The h's dad realizes his daughter is dating a member of a mob family and doesn't say anything to her about it. 6. The H tells the h that he is going to fuck her, because he has waited 3 weeks to have sex with her and that is long enough. Wait, what? (Plus, I personally don't really like reading about children having sex. But that's just me.) 7. My pet peeve - misogyny. Hearing things like the following said to a girl (I don't care why) is shocking and off putting: '...you're just a slutty, little whore who is jealous that your tits weren't able to fill the sweater out... no one will recognize the sluts sweater on you. We're all used to seeing her naked and swallowing.' I HATE when authors think its ok that stuff like that gets said to girls (especially by guys they slept with). Its not acceptable. EVER. 8. All the other girls in the h's school (except her BFF) are apparently disposable sluts. I assume the author is female so why write shit like that about other women like its totally acceptable? 9. The H (who is 18yo) tells the h's dad she (who is also 18)will be moving in with the H and if her dad doesn't watch his step the H will also take her much younger brother with him. Coz you know, that's the kind of thing 18yo boys do after knowing a girl for a few months. Fathers also sit back and allow crap like that. 10. The H has NO PROBLEM with maiming and killing. There is a difference between an anti-hero and a psychopath and the H is clearly the latter. Since the h doesn't care for her fellow man (or woman) it does seem that she and the H is suited, so at least the book has that going for it. This book didn't make sense. It was an adult book set in high school, but written in a way only YA readers would find realistic, about children doing adult things while acting like children.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alpha Possessive Heroes

    4.5 Holly Nero this was good! Alpha hero with a weak/abused heroine? I gobbled this shit up and I know what you all thinking.. For me this book is quite typical.. Hero is popular, hot, rich.. blah, blah! Heroine is weak, poor and thinks she's plain.. yada, yada! Same old clichéd theme that we probably read like 13242735 times but something about NERO that really hooked me til' the end! H/h are in their 18ish.. so this book is YA genre but with a glorified sexuality.. Am I making sense? No? Ok. I g 4.5 Holly Nero this was good! Alpha hero with a weak/abused heroine? I gobbled this shit up and I know what you all thinking.. For me this book is quite typical.. Hero is popular, hot, rich.. blah, blah! Heroine is weak, poor and thinks she's plain.. yada, yada! Same old clichéd theme that we probably read like 13242735 times but something about NERO that really hooked me til' the end! H/h are in their 18ish.. so this book is YA genre but with a glorified sexuality.. Am I making sense? No? Ok. I guess the main reason why I so loved this book is because of NERO. Fuckin NERO CARUSO! He's around 18ish.. (I know right? so young!) but he's very controlling, possessive and manipulative. He's one of those hero that makes you want to.. All kidding aside- despite the clichéd plot, I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book! I just wish there was, I don't know.. more? Something that would have grip me intensely. But other than that, its a 4.5 stars for me. This is a great start for a new series and I can't wait for the next book. I'm hoping its Chloe and Lucca! I mean for awhile I shipped Amo/Chloe but the moment Chloe met Lucca? I felt the tension, I don't know what kind of tension.. but there was something deep in there!! As you can tell, I am in love with Nero.. but Lucca? He's something else.. something dangerously hot. Lol! Damn it. I need it now!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rag

    4 'Strawberry' Stars Elle has one friend, and one friend only, Chloe. Elle puts up a part time job to pay off tuition, sucks up the bitches bullying, and always been the target because she doesn't let anyone or anything get close to Chloe. She's a true friend. One night Elle was taking out the garbage at work when she heard something in the ally. She hid behind the garbage can. She witnessed a man getting killed. Shocked and scared she so ran for her safety after they've disappeared. Turned out 4 'Strawberry' Stars Elle has one friend, and one friend only, Chloe. Elle puts up a part time job to pay off tuition, sucks up the bitches bullying, and always been the target because she doesn't let anyone or anything get close to Chloe. She's a true friend. One night Elle was taking out the garbage at work when she heard something in the ally. She hid behind the garbage can. She witnessed a man getting killed. Shocked and scared she so ran for her safety after they've disappeared. Turned out that she just saw the biggest mafia group in Kansas. They found out about Elle. They weren't sure If she saw their faces or not so they wanted to know. The "head" of the family knew what he was gonna do to find. He sent his son on a mission. If he succeeded on finding out about Elle and that night, he would official become a member of the family(mafia). So he sent out Nero. The most popular, terrifying , and hottest kid in school. A.K.A the bosses son. What would happen to these two, would Elle trust Nero? And What happens if Elle found out why he's doing all of this and who her really is? Nero is ALL alpha. That boy is HOT! “I give you my word that my dick will be the first and only to slide in and out of your tight, wet pussy, and you will be crawling and begging for me to take it” This book was really good. I really enjoyed it. Loved the side characters a lot. My blood is itching to find out Chloe's story. Overall really good read. “I will fight. I will torture. And I will kill in my line of work. I knew I would join the mob ever since I could remember, and you have to accept that because I am not giving you an option. It’s a part of me, just how you’re a part of me, but nothing—nothing—will ever come before you.”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 Stars This book was so unbelievable but for some reason I just kept right on reading it. lol I had to see what these high school mafia men were going to do. Elle is bullied at school. Shes been through hell for almost 4 years. She stays at the prep school because of her best friend Chloe. She has to protect her. She does everything at school to take most of the abuse away from Chloe. Elle and Chloe only have each other at school. Nobody will go up against the popular kids and try and help her 3.5 Stars This book was so unbelievable but for some reason I just kept right on reading it. lol I had to see what these high school mafia men were going to do. Elle is bullied at school. Shes been through hell for almost 4 years. She stays at the prep school because of her best friend Chloe. She has to protect her. She does everything at school to take most of the abuse away from Chloe. Elle and Chloe only have each other at school. Nobody will go up against the popular kids and try and help her or be friends with her and Chloe. Elle works at a diner next to the Casino. One night while taking out the trash she witnesses a murder while hiding behind the dumpster. When the boss man reviews the outside video tape from the Casino they spot Elle. They aren't sure if she seen anything and know just the man for the job to find out. Nero has a month before Elle turns 18 to see if she saw the men in the alley. He will get her to trust him and tell him what he needs to know before his father makes the decision to get rid of her. Nero is popular at school. He has a different girl by his side or in his car everyday. He's defiantly never noticed the plain Jane Elle. But Elle notices him. When Nero and his boys plant themselves in Elle and Chloe's lives as their bodyguards things get better for the girls. But what happens when the boys aren't around? Will the popular girls still torment them? I really liked the beginning of the book. Then the middle kind of dragged for me because nothing really happens. I wish I could say I was feeling the connection between Elle and Nero but I wasn't. I didn't feel like they spent any real time together outside of school. Then before I knew they were apart. The book picks back up at the end but by then I'm still not feeling a connection between Nero and Elle. Poor Elle! Damn! This girl has been through a shit ton!! I hope this girl learns how to defend herself in the future! Ugh! She needed some serous boxing or self defense lessons! I cringed at all they did to her! I'm glad she had bad ass Nero!! Not sure if I'm jumping right into the next book or not. I am curious though about the others. I'm defiantly curious about Chloe's story (3rd book) and Nero's older brother Lucca. If you're like me and you like some high school drama with some very bad boys this book is for you! Hope you enjoy:))

  13. 4 out of 5

    Didi

    DNF @ 56% I was almost positive I'd love this book. Lots of my friends have and it did sound intriguing. However, it was nothing like I'd expected and it was difficult even attempting to finish. Nero was completely unbelievable as an 18 year old son of a mob boss. He was almost over-the-top, acting and speaking like an older man cut down to fit into a YA plot line. His commanding tendency with Elle verged on abusive at times. These people are in high school for God's sake! Yet he made promises th DNF @ 56% I was almost positive I'd love this book. Lots of my friends have and it did sound intriguing. However, it was nothing like I'd expected and it was difficult even attempting to finish. Nero was completely unbelievable as an 18 year old son of a mob boss. He was almost over-the-top, acting and speaking like an older man cut down to fit into a YA plot line. His commanding tendency with Elle verged on abusive at times. These people are in high school for God's sake! Yet he made promises that fitted an older man. Elle was a bit better, she had a traumatic relationship with her prep school and the mean girls that ruled it, but she fit the description of an abused wife in the presence of Nero. Basically this read like a much older story where the ages of the characters were changed to label it YA. Unrealistic, unbelievable, almost forced. Someone labelled this as juvenile...I wish I could even say that, at least that could fly as YA. The third person pov jumped between characters and I found the 'boss's' voice to be confusing and at odds with the rest of the story. Maybe this all changes, but I can't say I'm even remotely interested in finding out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E.

    Phew!!!! I'm still very emotional..... I feel so much joy because i started this book and i didn't regret it not once... But at the same time i feel sad not only because the development of this story but also because it just finished.... And now what??? What i would do without my Elle and my Nero??? Oh, guys!!!! I have to admit it!!!! This book became one of my favorites and i'm a little obsessed with it!!!! I couldn't help it!!! If you'll read it, you will understand me!!! Also, i have to make it Phew!!!! I'm still very emotional..... I feel so much joy because i started this book and i didn't regret it not once... But at the same time i feel sad not only because the development of this story but also because it just finished.... And now what??? What i would do without my Elle and my Nero??? Oh, guys!!!! I have to admit it!!!! This book became one of my favorites and i'm a little obsessed with it!!!! I couldn't help it!!! If you'll read it, you will understand me!!! Also, i have to make it clear to you that from the summary plot, you would never understand the greatness of this story... It was deep and intense... It was breathtaking and at the same time heartbreaking... I know that this story was about mafia, but most of all was about loyalty, friendship, courage and love... My heart aches that i have to be seperated from that book..... This story started a little bit unexpected for me, since i thought that was about mafia... It was but mostly "Nero" was attending the newly disease that has the lebel "Bullying". In this book we were having bullying in one of the worst kind... This was a story about a girl and a boy in highschool... How typical, ugh??? But with both of them nothing was typical and good... Elle was sweet and kind and beautiful but nobody seems to see that... She surrounded by mean and ugly people... A hand of them treat her and her friend Chloe bad and all the others just laugh and turn their heads from the other side when ugly things happened to them. For the last three years, she lived her life with fear and struggle... But she is trying to be strong for Chloe... She is trying to be there for her and she has turn her body to a shield for her friend's sake. All this years were so terrifying that they have develop strange habits... Cloe always walk behind Elle. Elle when the bell is ringing ran the hell out of the class to get quickly to Chloe's class. In the school's cafeteria, they always pick the line with the less scary people even though they won't like the food. They sit always in the table near to the door in case they have to run quickly and they are doing always things like that... I know, that's so sad and devastating, but that's their lives.... Well, Elle's life outside the school is no good either. Her parents are in their own world since her father's accident, who forced him to be in a wheel chair. So, from the fact that her father is unable to work anymore, she has to working herself every single night in a restaurant for getting money for her being able to pay for her school, because remaining there as a student means that she will be able to protect Cloe... Well, one night while she get out of the work, she witnessed a murder from some mafia members... and that's when our story begins.... Nero is the handsome and popular boy of the school. He is a little bit scary, but no girl could ever been able to resist him. His father is the boss of the local mafia circle and Nero's true wish is to join it. That wish is ready to come true if he manage to earn Elle's trust and find out what she really saw that night!!!! He has a deadline for one month.... That's why from nowhere, Nero entered Elle's life and Elle entered Nero's... and then everything change... I won't tell you much more about that book, but believe me when i tell you that you have to read it!!!! I have to say that i admire Elle's character... I didn't like that she took all the bullets in her shoulders, but i admire her loyalty not only to her friend, but in everyone... I'd liked the way she was trying to protect Cloe. But i didn't like when she was trying to protect her torturers... I liked Nero's change. In the beginning, he didn't care for anyone except himself but when he start to know Elle, he changed... He became more protective of her, more gentle... Yes, he was still bossy and demanding, but it was for her own good... I liked the development of their relation, even though in some point i just couldn't breath... I also have to talk about Amo, Vincent, Chloe, Maria and Lucca... Every single one of them were unique and i loved them... I really have a lot of questions about Chloe...but i have the feeling that in some point i will take my answers... Maybe could we expected a book about Lucca and Chloe??? Sarah??? That's all for now... I have to admit that i feel lost and i don't know how i will overstep that intension that was build inside me from reading that story... But I want some more....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    Re-read: 20.04.2016 Still awesome. I want more books like this. More boys like Nero. I love him! “I will fight. I will torture. And I will kill in my line of work. I knew I would join the mob ever since I could remember, and you have to accept that because I am not giving you an option. It’s a part of me, just how you’re a part of me, but nothing—nothing—will ever come before you. No one will ever fucking touch what’s mine and not pay for it.” If getting on the ground is what keeps those good Re-read: 20.04.2016 Still awesome. I want more books like this. More boys like Nero. I love him! “I will fight. I will torture. And I will kill in my line of work. I knew I would join the mob ever since I could remember, and you have to accept that because I am not giving you an option. It’s a part of me, just how you’re a part of me, but nothing—nothing—will ever come before you. No one will ever fucking touch what’s mine and not pay for it.” If getting on the ground is what keeps those good things in my life, then fine. But I will not crawl, I absolutely will not beg. Meet Elle, 17 years old girl who gets bullied. You'd think she was weak, but hell no, she's a fighter and she's strong. Elle pretty much goes through hell to protect her bestfriend Chloe, who has gone through some hard shit, making her extremely scared. Elle has the biggest heart, she's kind and independent. She holds every pain inside of her, lies to her parents so they won't worry, and she keeps going through hell. “Then I will enjoy watching you scream as I fuck you because, baby, I will pop that cherry very soon.” Nero must have read her mind as he gave another tight squeeze to her breasts. “I give you my word that my dick will be the first and only to slide in and out of your tight, wet pussy, and you will be the one crawling and begging for me to take it.” Enter Nero, 18 year old alpha male, sexy, dominant, bossy, possessive, and he's the mafia bosses son. He's strong, protective and fierce. Nero's also fucking scary. Did I mention that he's possessive? So fucking possessive, but it's sexy as hell. He's the king of Legacy Prep, and with his two bestfriends Vincent and Amo, they pretty much rule the school. “I don’t want to see you ever touch another guy again. You can kiss and hug your father and brother, but if I find out you’ve touched another guy—I don’t give a shit who it is—they won’t live to let it happen again.” Now for the story. Elle has the most unlucky luck of it all, or the best, depends on how you look at it.. After a night's work, she witnesses a murder. The 'boss', and two others kills a man, without seeing that Elle is watching. When they go through the videotapes, they see her. The bosses son goes to school with her, and give him a month to find out if she's a rat. Because the moment Elle turns 18, she can be killed. Nero, Vincent and Amo suddenly becomes Elle and Chloe's protector and Nero becomes Elle's man. Drama unfolds, truths comes out and blood will be spilt. "Jesus Christ." Elle heard Nero say. "For fuck's sake," Amo chimed in. "Motherfuckers," Vincent added.” The story was surprisingly good.. I had expected the characters to be a lot different than they were. What surprised me the most was Nero, who I ended up loving. I love his dominance and his possessiveness. I love that he wants everyone who has caused Ellen pain to suffer. I love how he follows her to work to make sure she's safe. I simply love him. Elle surprised me as well. I went into the book thinking she would be weak, shy, and a bit stupid, to be frankly honest... But she was none of those things. She was awesome and a bloody fantastic friend. I want her to be my bestfriend and I want her loyalty. ”You need to stop questioning me. I’m the one with the dick, and the sooner you realise that, the easier this will be.” The only thing that bothered me was how was things was going for Elle and Nero. If you know me, then you know I hate insta-love, in this case it was between insta-love and insta-attraction but if I looked away from that, then "Nero" was a great read! :) ”This was his first job, the job that was going to adopt him into the family. Yes, his blood might biologically be a part of the family, but his blood didn’t bleed with the family.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠

    This book is odd. It's like a diet YA version of the mafia genre. But it's not the diet where you think you don't even notice the lack of sugar, no, this is like one of those rice cakes that tastes like styrofoam and eating it you realize that you rather die from an overdose of lard than eat another styrofoam bite. Elle is a poor high schooler going to a fancy prep school and she witnesses a murder by some mob guys. The boss wants to know if she saw them, so he sends his son, Nero, also a senior This book is odd. It's like a diet YA version of the mafia genre. But it's not the diet where you think you don't even notice the lack of sugar, no, this is like one of those rice cakes that tastes like styrofoam and eating it you realize that you rather die from an overdose of lard than eat another styrofoam bite. Elle is a poor high schooler going to a fancy prep school and she witnesses a murder by some mob guys. The boss wants to know if she saw them, so he sends his son, Nero, also a senior at the fancy prep school to infiltrate her secrets and find out what she knows. When he succeeds he'll be a made man. That's the plot. Let's address the ridiculous in this book 1. How is finding out what Elle saw going to finalize Nero's spot as a made man in the Italian mafia. That seems rinky dink. You have to kill people to get your stars in the Russian Bratva, so talking to a high school girl and finding out her secrets = made man. Hell, that's it? I could be a made man in a second. 2. Elle has gotten the shit kicked out of her all of high school and not just pushed around, no, she's had bones broken and endless bruises, but no one ever notices. How does not one teacher ever notice this? That seemed super far fetched that the teachers or any person of authority was never around. 3. Why does finding out what Elle knows seem to be the only mafia thing Nero has ever done? He may have experience fighting, but he seems like a regular hs kid besides it. I don't seen him as very mafia-y. 4. Chloe is the mayor's daughter and somehow that holds zero clout for her. It literally matters to no one, students, teachers, etc. I don't see that being true at a fancy and expensive prep school. The rest of the plot of the book is all about Nero and his gang protecting Elle and Chloe from all the bullies. That's the rest of the book. Yay for them doing so, but again, it seems crazy intense the type of bullying that Elle is suffering. Maybe if this was some inner city ghetto school where they're overcrowded, underpaid, understaffed, etc., but this is a fancy prep school. How is there never any one around. Nero was both nice and a controlling douche. Elle was what she was, a victim in a bad situation with no friends, but Chloe. The book wasn't bad, but it was really odd reading a high school mafia book. It kind of felt like a show you'd see on the CW for teens, TV-14 because they do get frisky. The ending is ridiculous. If I read anymore in the series it'll be for Chloe and Lucca. I want to know what happened to her face.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

    I'm in the mood to read for a mafia romance books and this has been on my kindle for years. Originally, this is one of my entries in smutathon but I wasn't able to finish it due to my busy schedule. It's also my first Sarah Brianne novel. Trigger warning: Bullying, Violence, Abuse Nero reminds me of Inferno by Catherine Doyle and Paper Princess by Erin Watt. A mafia themed book loaded with drama and cliques. The story is about Elle Buchanan. She's a senior high school student at Legacy Prep. High I'm in the mood to read for a mafia romance books and this has been on my kindle for years. Originally, this is one of my entries in smutathon but I wasn't able to finish it due to my busy schedule. It's also my first Sarah Brianne novel. Trigger warning: Bullying, Violence, Abuse Nero reminds me of Inferno by Catherine Doyle and Paper Princess by Erin Watt. A mafia themed book loaded with drama and cliques. The story is about Elle Buchanan. She's a senior high school student at Legacy Prep. High school is supposed to be memorable and fruitful, that isn't the case for Elle. It was horrible and traumatic. She's bullied by everyone and she's defenseless just like her best friend, Chloe Masters. Being a working a student doesn't help her case as well. Good thing she has a scholarship, at least that lessens her burden. One night, she witnessed a crime at the diner and it caught the Caruso Mafia Boss' attention. He puts Nero Caruso on his first task by gaining Elle's trust and extract information about what she saw that night. Unexpectedly, he falls in love with her and he wants to protect her at all cost. However, he needs to fulfill his job in the mafia family and he wants to prove that he deserved to be a part of it. I don't know about you guys but my main problem in this book was Nero himself. He's a jackass and I can't stand his possessiveness over Elle. THEY WEREN'T EVEN DATING. UGH. How he treats Elle was absolutely disgusting: "Oh, I got her on her knees, but I want her crawling." But the last straw for me was this line: "You need to stop questioning me. I'm the one with the dick, and the sooner you realize that, the easier this will be. Trust me, baby, you'll start to like that way." YOU SEXIST ASSHOLE. He's problematic and abusive. For his years of stay, I'm SURE he's aware of the rampant bullying going around his prep school and he just decided to protect Elle on their 4th year? DUDE. It's impossible. He even ignored Elle during those times until he was given a task. I dislike this guy even if he redeemed himself for Elle. As for Elle, I wish she has more backbone instead of being a martyr and enabling those bullies to be their personal punching bag. What she and Chloe went through was disturbing because it's really brutal. They're physically, mentally, and emotionally abused. The rampant bullying was awful. I pity them to be honest. Overall, it's an okay start but I wish the series gets better and less dramatic. I have my eyes set on Lucca Caruso and Chloe Masters. Omg those two have chemistry. I prefer Lucca than Amo. It's twice better if this was written in first person than in third person.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

    "Elle was dreading lunch. The students hadn’t been able to pick on her and Chloe since the last day before break, which meant they were all going to let out their pent-up aggression on them. God help them." It was all just so absurd. And I mean REALLY absurd and yet I didn't care. The book took me on a ride and i enjoyed every single minute of it!!!!! AMAZING! Absolutly LOVED it! I won't go into detail, because it inevitably involves spoilers for those who may wish to try this story.... If you lov "Elle was dreading lunch. The students hadn’t been able to pick on her and Chloe since the last day before break, which meant they were all going to let out their pent-up aggression on them. God help them." It was all just so absurd. And I mean REALLY absurd and yet I didn't care. The book took me on a ride and i enjoyed every single minute of it!!!!! AMAZING! Absolutly LOVED it! I won't go into detail, because it inevitably involves spoilers for those who may wish to try this story.... If you love bad boys, mystery, or stories about the mafia this book is it. To the author: Pleaseeeeeeeeeee make Chloe and Lucca a couple..... OOO I SHIP THOSE TWO !!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Nero was perfection in fictional form. And more than that, he is perfect for me. I don't make that statement lightly. I'm going to go out on a limb here (and probably get tar & feathered for it) but for me, the way people talk about Kristen Ashley's heroes, Nero was all of them rolled into one...with none of the irritating issues I have with KA's guys. He was absolute perfection. I've had book heroes that I've loved before, and some that I've joked about wishing were real, but seriously, if Nero was perfection in fictional form. And more than that, he is perfect for me. I don't make that statement lightly. I'm going to go out on a limb here (and probably get tar & feathered for it) but for me, the way people talk about Kristen Ashley's heroes, Nero was all of them rolled into one...with none of the irritating issues I have with KA's guys. He was absolute perfection. I've had book heroes that I've loved before, and some that I've joked about wishing were real, but seriously, if I had my choice of 1 guy that could walk out of my kindle and come to life, it would be Nero. He was pure perfection. He was completely alpha (but not in an annoying way), he was protective (oh boy was he protective!), and he sought justice and retribution for wrongs committed against his woman. And once he committed to me Elle, he was committed. He only wanted her, she was the only woman he could think of. I can't think of any other hero that actually made me giddy at the mere thought of reading him. I'll be perfectly honest and say, I didn't read the blurb before reading the book. I had two trusted friends rec it to me (aka torture me) and decided to jump in blindly the first time I read it. So I wasn't prepared for the bullying aspect of the story line. But the author did a fantastic job with it. It was heart breaking and awful and Elle was amazing for having dealt with that for so long. I have so much respect for her. And I think because of everything Elle had been through, that made me love Nero so much more because of his feelings when he found out the extent of her torture. And it wasn't just Nero, Vincent and Amo's reactions were amazing. They were just as upset as Nero at Elle and Chloe's treatment. Vincent and Amo definitely gave me some warm fuzzy "Awwwe!" moments, which might sound odd since they were contemplating revenge but I'm also the person that holds grudges against fictional characters and have an irritable acts list that leaves me wanting to go all Dexter on someone. I loved how Nero's feeling for Elle kinda snuck up on him and then completely took him over. And that's what I loved about him. ❤❤❤ And don't get me started on how I felt when the retribution was carried out. They were pure genius! And masterpieces! And the way Nero set out to gather all the information he could and systematically went about achieving retribution was what I've wanted from every alpha in every book I've ever read. As for bullying, I know there's at least one popular book out there with that as a theme, but since bullying typically comes with angst and I'm not (typically) a fan of that, I didn't read it. And I can't say bullying will ever be a type of book that I would seek out, but I'd definitely be willing to give said book a try in the future. I'm dying to read his book. But like you, I can't wait for the rest of the series. Not only is this going to be a new favorite book, I can tell this is going to be a favorite series. And I may be a little presumptuous but I can totally see Sarah Brianne being my KA. My Nero:

  20. 4 out of 5

    rheeza

    **4.5 stars** “I was never supposed to fall in love with her but it was the best mistake of my life.” Damn, that was good! It was exactly what I needed! I was hooked immediately and I couldn’t put it down! I know, it was a bit unrealistic but I didn’t care. I enjoyed every single minute of it! Elle She’s fiercely loyal and has a strong sense of endurance. The things she suffered and willingly bears to protect her friend, Chloe is so admirable. Nero Caruso He’s protective, dangerous and captivating **4.5 stars** “I was never supposed to fall in love with her but it was the best mistake of my life.” Damn, that was good! It was exactly what I needed! I was hooked immediately and I couldn’t put it down! I know, it was a bit unrealistic but I didn’t care. I enjoyed every single minute of it! Elle She’s fiercely loyal and has a strong sense of endurance. The things she suffered and willingly bears to protect her friend, Chloe is so admirable. Nero Caruso He’s protective, dangerous and captivating. He’s an alpha male but also very sensitive and thoughtful especially towards Elle. I loved that about him! He really cares for her and once he decided he wanted Elle, he commits 100% and sought retribution for all the bad things that happened to his girl. He’s pretty badass so you don’t want to mess with this guy and his friends who always have his back. “I will find out who hurt you today. And I will fucking enjoy them screaming in pain. I will find out every single thing anyone and everyone has done to you, and I will enjoy watching them all scream in pain. I had expected not to like the characters because I know the plot is a recipe for a disaster. Instead, I found myself totally absorbed with the story and the characters surprised me too, I ended up loving them. “I will fight. I will torture. And I will kill in my line of work. I knew I would join the mob ever since I could remember, and you have to accept that because I am not giving you an option. It’s a part of me, just how you’re a part of me, but nothing—nothing—will ever come before you.” This story was different from a lot of mob type books I’ve read, maybe because it is set in high school? I don’t know but it worked for me. It was a fast paced, suspenseful and sexy read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

    Let me start by saying I finished this in one read, and enjoyed the writing very much however had a lot of issues with the story altogether. Elle, our heroine is 17 goes to this rich up the ass prep school that she hates. She gets beaten, bullied, made fun of on a daily basis. And when I say "beaten" I do not mean it lightly.. she has had numerous stitches, probably broken bones and all. On top of it, she is on a scholarship at the prep school, where she also has to work at this diner every nigh Let me start by saying I finished this in one read, and enjoyed the writing very much however had a lot of issues with the story altogether. Elle, our heroine is 17 goes to this rich up the ass prep school that she hates. She gets beaten, bullied, made fun of on a daily basis. And when I say "beaten" I do not mean it lightly.. she has had numerous stitches, probably broken bones and all. On top of it, she is on a scholarship at the prep school, where she also has to work at this diner every night to afford a part of the tuition.. Why?!?!? Elle has a best friend name Chloe, now I have NO respect for Chloe whatsoever. And will not be reading her book when Sarah writes it. Why? Because Chloe has the resources to stop the bullying her dad is the dang on mayor and she lets Elle get beaten, tortured just because Elle is PROTECTING Chloe. What 17 year old girl gets tortured on a daily basis and allows it just so she can protect a rich "I'm so weak Chloe"? The bullying was too much, way too much. Not only did it make me hate Chloe and her weird ass behavior, and yes maybe I'm jumping the guns here since I don't really know her story, but I know she has money and the resources and she has a effing mouth to tell someone. Poor Elle does not have to go through that everyday just so in crowd would leave Chloe alone..! Now in steps Nero, daddy is the mafia king, and gave Nero his first job. See Elle witnessed a murder and as you can tell Elle is not your typical 17 year old. So Nero's job is to get close and find out what Elle knows.. however once he sees how people have been treating Elle and all the things they have done to her in the past four years, Nero starts his revenge.. But what happens when the job is done and you have fallen in love? And the girl knows she was only a job? You have to find out, if you can stomach all the bullying!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Elle is used to keeping secrets, she has for three and a half year thanks to Legacy Prep school. A senior now, Elle has only one thread holding her to the school, her best friend Chloe. Bullied, taunted, and perfecting a way to just get through one more day, Elle holds her head up high and protects Chloe day in day out. Elle works everyday as a waitress to continue to pay her way through school, lord knows she can't get help from anywhere else. When Elle witnesses a murder though she knows her t Elle is used to keeping secrets, she has for three and a half year thanks to Legacy Prep school. A senior now, Elle has only one thread holding her to the school, her best friend Chloe. Bullied, taunted, and perfecting a way to just get through one more day, Elle holds her head up high and protects Chloe day in day out. Elle works everyday as a waitress to continue to pay her way through school, lord knows she can't get help from anywhere else. When Elle witnesses a murder though she knows her time is probably going to be short, she waits to see if the man known as Boss will one day come after her. Nero is known as the King of Legacy Prep. Sure he has seen Elle before, but never paid much attention to her or her friend. When his father assigns him to find out what Elle knows about the murder, Nero knows his time has come to take his place in his family. He didn't expect to like Elle or begin to uncover the truth about her life. Torn between family obligations and Elle, Nero is put in a precarious situation, which path will he choose? Holy guacamole!!! I would not consider this young adult at all, probably more contemporary with a slant to new adult. This was an addictive read, you start the story with Elle heading back to school after Christmas break and you are suckered in. Elle is a rock and Nero is demanding, he spouts his intentions and expects Elle to comply which Elle does not. there is a very dominating quality to Nero and I was not sure where the story would lead. Can't wait for more, this was a jaw clenching read, would definitely reread again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    DNF at 60 percent. There are several reasons why I'm DNF-ing this book. 1. I didn't attach to the main characters. 2. The book felt grey to me. I don't know if they mentioned the weather but in my head it was cloudy, windy and grey. 3. Half of the book took place between lessons. It's not that exciting. 4. It romanticized mans chauvinistic stereotypes. Nero's friend wouldn't allow his sister to be out dancing but he could sleep around. And I got the feeling that this was something we should like. 5 DNF at 60 percent. There are several reasons why I'm DNF-ing this book. 1. I didn't attach to the main characters. 2. The book felt grey to me. I don't know if they mentioned the weather but in my head it was cloudy, windy and grey. 3. Half of the book took place between lessons. It's not that exciting. 4. It romanticized mans chauvinistic stereotypes. Nero's friend wouldn't allow his sister to be out dancing but he could sleep around. And I got the feeling that this was something we should like. 5. It romanticized violence in extreme. Everyone should be subject to Nero's own kind of justice. It is just wrong. I would probably have loved this book when I was in high school. At this time of my life, it was not for me. So for that reason I choose to spend my time reading something that I may love instead.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Filipe

    What a Fun and Wild Ride! NERO is a debut New Adult Romance by Sarah Brianne, and what a debut it is! The Made Men or Soon to be, Nero, Amo and Vincent are friggin so adorable...If I wasn't a mother of two, I might go couger for these boys! Nero and Elle have a story unlike any I have read. It might not be the prettiest start to a romance but it certainly was fun to watch. I am DYING to know who Sarah will set Elle's friend Chloe up with, Amo or Lucca...I can't wait for the next Made Men installm What a Fun and Wild Ride! NERO is a debut New Adult Romance by Sarah Brianne, and what a debut it is! The Made Men or Soon to be, Nero, Amo and Vincent are friggin so adorable...If I wasn't a mother of two, I might go couger for these boys! Nero and Elle have a story unlike any I have read. It might not be the prettiest start to a romance but it certainly was fun to watch. I am DYING to know who Sarah will set Elle's friend Chloe up with, Amo or Lucca...I can't wait for the next Made Men installment and I highly recommend this Debut...you won't be sorry! (I had the HONOR to Beta Read this and I know Sarah is going to make a HUGE splash)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashleyjo

    Meets... Meets... Meets... Bully, Bully, Bully, & More Bully Elle, the FMC, and her BFF, Chloe, are high school outcasts. They only know two things- being bullied or being ignored for four years. We're told that Chloe is a beauty with scars on her face and can't stand to be touched by anyone, but readers are unsure exactly what happened or why these two are bullied by EVERYONE. Elle is basically Chloe's armor, taking on all the bullying for her unstable friend who hides behind her. The men Meets... Meets... Meets... Bully, Bully, Bully, & More Bully Elle, the FMC, and her BFF, Chloe, are high school outcasts. They only know two things- being bullied or being ignored for four years. We're told that Chloe is a beauty with scars on her face and can't stand to be touched by anyone, but readers are unsure exactly what happened or why these two are bullied by EVERYONE. Elle is basically Chloe's armor, taking on all the bullying for her unstable friend who hides behind her. The mental fears here felt very OTT for me. The level and frequency of violence going on in the school , like actual broken bones and people laying in pools of blood, is OTT to me. That said, I have to say that I was a tall and well liked athlete in high school. I was never bullied... nor a bully. I'm just not familiar with the environment, mentality, or response. "Anyone who has never been bullied could never understand what she and Chloe went through five days a week." No, I couldn't. So, I will refrain from passing any judgment on believably other than to say three personal FEELINGS on the bully plot: 1) It felt very OTT to my very novice self. 2) Chloe's mental state does add an extenuating circumstance here, but I don't feel that this 100% 'do nothing' 'tell no one' and 'run, run, run and hide' response to bullying is the right message to convey to younger readers. 3. Yes, they are mob princes, but retaliation to this bullying by Nero's crew is also highly OTT for high school, especially considering the recipients are rich kids with rich parents. Set In High School This setting is ify' for me as an older reader and a lot of the goings on are... Well... juvenile. I mean we have almost an entire chapter on the dynamics of walking to class, from class, to class, from class while... We have lengthy discussions on the pizza line vs the chicken patty line. "If the lines are even, then we pick the line that has the least scary people in it." "Jesus Christ." Elle heard Nero say. "For fuck's sake," Amo chimed in. "Motherfuckers," Vincent added. "Does that mean they don't want piz---" "Shut up, Leo! Nero, Amo, and Vincent all said it at the same time, making Elle and Chloe jump. "From now on, you fucking eat what you want to. Do you both understand?" "Chloe, if you want fucking pizza, you eat fucking pizza, got it?" But, I gotta say that I got a laugh out of it & that teenagers are gonna swoon their mfing asses off over this cast and plot. • "He went from Brad Pitt to Rambo in two seconds." • "I bet you can't even aim your piss in the toilet." *chuckles* The mob violence set to the high school drama; packaged in an odd friendship; and tied with a young, hard, and fast first love was something that I just had to unwrap for myself to see if the author could possibly pull it off. Elle When the popular MMC, Nero Caruso, suddenly shows Elle attention, she immediately deducts: "Either way, he isn't going to fool me. He wants something, but I'm not going to find out what it is, and nice is the last word I would use to describe him." She ends up being curious, but cautious. She asks the right questions - why? - and takes the answers with a grain of salt. She's intelligent, but also very young and naive and innocent and inexperienced and Pollyanna and 'kill em' with kindness' and hormonal and smitten-kitten and ... You get the point ... young. "She needed Nero because without him, she was nothing." Yeah, young . She's loyal and fiercely protective of her friend, Chloe. She's also way to much of a martyr and too carefree with her own safety. She's down to earth, but also feels all the typical teenage angst running amuck in her brain. Nero . Elle witnesses something that aligns her and the boy'ho mobster prince, Nero. Nero, Nero, Nero. I'm not sure WTF to say about this 18-year-old MMC. I get that he's the son of a mob King and all, but his voice is NOT that of any high school dude I have ever known. Very cocksure & Very dominant.... " I will be here tomorrow morning to drive you to school. If your ass gets on the bus, there will be repercussions. I dare you to ride the bus tomorrow because, either way, I'll win." Very, just plain old asshole... "You need to stop questioning me. I'm the one with the dick, and the sooner you realize that, the easier this will be. Trust me, baby, you'll start to like it this way." Very leading man sweet swoon... "I couldn't sleep here until you were in the bed beside me where you fucking belong." Eh, kid doesn't sound 18, and, it would kinda disturb me if this was the voice of a high school boy. Eyes here>>>> He's basically the perfect fantasy asshole, dominant, protective, bossy, thoughtful, bad boy with a good heart ... He's just too fucking young to ogle appreciate believe. Again, younger readers are going to eat this book up with a spoon. Meanwhile, mama's are going to 1) slap themselves for entertaining some dirty MILF thoughts & 2) lock their hormonal teen daughters away in a closet. Anyway, they fall in love and he has to choose where his loyalty stands - Elle or his family. The upside is that there is a late twenties brother for a secondary character. He can do zippo lighter tricks & helps a lil brother out with true love - BRING his story straight to my doorstep! A Few Plot Holes That Need To Be Cleaned Up Uhm, Nero's dad is the The Boss in the mob and this fact, if by nothing else his last name, isn't a known fact at his school? Come on now! School, teachers, parents don't notice, report ANY of these kids coming home a bloody pulp? Come on now? Her parents at the end? WTF? The Storytelling Is Good Overlooking the teen angst and melodrama, the author is actually a really good story teller. I like that she surprises me with plot points like Chloe's role and keeps me on edge wondering Wtf??? I'm actually fuming that we didn't get Chloe's story, but I guess that wasn't really Elle's to tell~ When Maria walks in at 95%... Again, wasn't expecting that. So, kudos for keeping me interested and not being predictable. Oh, and that's probably one of the best last sentences for a HFN ending ever! Loved that! Bottom Line I think that this being set in high school and having a lot of high school drama holds the story back and is likely to leave older readers, such as myself, scratching their heads on wtf to rate it. That said, it's advertised as high school romance. I chose to read it, and I certainly won't punish it for delivering just that. My deductions are for plot holes, pulling off the mob set to high school plot, and Nero's character believability problems. 3 High School ;) stars. ** I'd really like to read a NA, erotic, or mainstream romance from this author. *** thank you, BG;)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arabella ~♡AB♡~

    3.5 Stars, this is going to be an addictive series - it felt very old school New Adult, I liked it :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    HOLY SH*T! I was told this was gonna be good, but DAMN it wasn't. It was fanfreakingtastic! I'm in love and I need more like RIGHT NOW! Ms. Brianne has got herself a new stalker fan! ;) This book was so not what I was expecting. My buddy read partner read it and told me I had to read it. She said she found "her KA" (KA is my most favorite author) She said she found "her perfect book boyfriend" and that she was staking her claim and she even gave me back the rights to all the KA men she'd previous HOLY SH*T! I was told this was gonna be good, but DAMN it wasn't. It was fanfreakingtastic! I'm in love and I need more like RIGHT NOW! Ms. Brianne has got herself a new stalker fan! ;) This book was so not what I was expecting. My buddy read partner read it and told me I had to read it. She said she found "her KA" (KA is my most favorite author) She said she found "her perfect book boyfriend" and that she was staking her claim and she even gave me back the rights to all the KA men she'd previously tried to claim. She told me she would fight me to the death for Nero; that he was absolutely perfect for her. Ok, so I was pretty skeptical when she said all this. If you knew who I was talking about, you'd so understand. She is the most bloodthirsty, grudge holding reader I've ever met. And I have never heard her tell tale of 'her perfect book boyfriend' so color me intrigued. Moving on. So I open it up on my kindle and start reading. This leads me to the first line on this review... HOLY SHIT! This book was absolute perfection. I can honestly sit here and say (type) that there was not one thing I would have wanted changed. EVERYTHING about it was fabulous. Nero was the epitome of badass. And he was only 18!! I kept forgetting that little nugget of info cuz he sure as hell didn't act 18... Got me feeling like a cougar. :P He was tall, dark, and handsome with dangerous, possessive and Alpha thrown in for good measure. And, even though I'm not sure what this says about me, but when Nero went all Mobster and sought out retribution for his girl, I swooned. No joke. It was hot. His brother Lucca was also hot in his badass scary mobster way. His buddies Vincent and Amo were no slouches either. I'm so impatiently waiting for all their books! Now on to Elle. I liked her a lot. She was put through the ringer and it broke my heart for her. She was so strong and did all she could to protect her friend that I couldn't help but admire her. The thing that took me by surprise the most was the bullying aspect to this story. I wasn't expecting the depth that was here. It was heartbreaking and angering and so well written that there's no way I was giving this book anything less than 5 stars. This was an unputdownable story that I stayed up way too late trying to get as much read as I could. The writing was great and flowing. The plot was intriguing. I loved all the main characters and I really felt like the author did an awesome job getting the reader -me- to connect with them. And I think I felt every emotion there is at some point throughout as well! For an author to bring all that out ~AND in a debut no less!!!~ I'd say I have a new author to stalk! ;) And so, in closing, I have to thank my crazy friend for recommending (read: demanding) I read Nero with her. She was absofreakinglutely right. This book was one of the best I have ever read. Can't wait to see what this author comes up with next!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    5 well deserved stars! "I plan on making all your wishes come true" "I have a lot of wishes," Elle teased. "I think you're worth it." - Nero This is without a doubt one of the best books I read this year and will definitely be on my yearly favorites! Don't ask me why, although I will try to explain so in this review, but let me give you an idea of how I read this in one sitting: This book starts off with Elle, a senior at Legacy Prep, an elite private high school, who's just started her last semester 5 well deserved stars! "I plan on making all your wishes come true" "I have a lot of wishes," Elle teased. "I think you're worth it." - Nero This is without a doubt one of the best books I read this year and will definitely be on my yearly favorites! Don't ask me why, although I will try to explain so in this review, but let me give you an idea of how I read this in one sitting: This book starts off with Elle, a senior at Legacy Prep, an elite private high school, who's just started her last semester. To say Elle's life at school is hell would be a serious understatement. The girl is in purgatory, and she's busting her ass to stay there (by working nights at a seedy diner), all so she can protect her best friend, Chloe, from the abuse. And trust me, the abuse isn't the occasional shove or taunting...the kids at this school take harrasment seriously, which only makes it that more scary to read about. Still, on what's probably Elle's worst first day of school, things only get more complicated when she witnesses a murder after closing out the diner. And it isn't just any murder, but a mafia hit, perpetuated by the underboss himself. Nero, also a senior at Legacy Prep, is almost in the family. As the head of the Caruso family's son, his dad gives him a special job. Get to know Elle, find out what she knows, and help decide if on her eighteenth birthday (the mafia apparently does't whack kids), she needs to be dealt with. Suffice to say, the job is not easy. Elle is nothing like the girls Nero is used to bedding (yes, he doesn't date). After years of abuse, Elle is cautious, fierce, loyal and silent as a tomb when it comes to secrets. She doesn't trust Nero or his intentions, but she can't deny her attraction to him. Nero thinks this is only a job, but as Elle comes more and more out of her shell, his alpha side comes out to play. The push and pul combined with the explosive chemistry between these two made for some fun reading. Combine that with an awesome set of side characters, in the form of Nero's best friends, Amos and Vincent, and you have a hit for me. Nero is alpha possessive and pretty intense and he and his friends do a lot of out there things, but then again, they're sons of the mafia. Although the characters are in high school, this book is New Adult and on the very mature side of New Adult, so be cautioned. The story, though resolved, leaves many questions unanswered, especially in terms of Chloe. I'm not completely sold on her character, but with the introduction of Lucca, Nero's older brother, I can't wait to see what develops between these two. I need the second book Now! Till then though, I have Nero to swoon over <3

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    4 Nero Alpha Stars I will admit I was intrigued with Nero because of the storyline. I love a mob boss kind of theme read and you throw in an alpha Hero, I’m all over that. There were a lot of high notes with Nero and despite the length (it was a tad bit too long for my taste), it was overall a pleasurable read. Summary Elle is a loser and only has one best friend, Chloe. Elle would do anything to protect Chloe, even if that means Elle gets beat up and teased instead of Chloe. Nero is the alpha on ca 4 Nero Alpha Stars I will admit I was intrigued with Nero because of the storyline. I love a mob boss kind of theme read and you throw in an alpha Hero, I’m all over that. There were a lot of high notes with Nero and despite the length (it was a tad bit too long for my taste), it was overall a pleasurable read. Summary Elle is a loser and only has one best friend, Chloe. Elle would do anything to protect Chloe, even if that means Elle gets beat up and teased instead of Chloe. Nero is the alpha on campus. He’s rich, good looking and rules the school. He only cares about two things, his “family” and enjoying women. One night Elle witnesses a murder and it’s Nero’s job to find out how much Elle knows and if she will tell anyone. Elle I liked Elle. She’s the damsel in distress Heroine I love to read, but I found it very hard to believe Elle would do almost anything for her best friend Chloe. It’s almost as if Chloe should have been a little sister. Chloe is so scared in life she walks behind Elle, yeah it’s hard to believe, but I went with it. Nero I’m mixed with Nero. Yes, he’s alpha, yes he’s this big tough guy and he isn’t scared of anything, but somehow it was hard for me to imagine him as someone would be part of a mob. Maybe because of his age or maybe here wasn’t much interaction with the “family” and Nero. I’m not sure. I would say, the last half of the read, Nero really picks it up a notch and I started to really like him. Overall The first few chapters will really capture you. The beginning kind of sets up the characters and you can see over time how they development into different people. Elle is this scared little girl who doesn’t want to die because she witnesses a murder, but she also is trying to survive high school, but it’s hard when she’s always bullied and teased. The first half the book is very young adult, there’s mild flirtation between Nero and Elle and I really like the banter. Of course I wasn’t a fan of Nero at first because he has witnessed Elle being teased for over three years and never really did anything about that (yeah kind of stinks), but like I say, I like the banter and Elle doesn’t just drop everything to get with Nero. The second half really picks up and I like the direction it goes, it’s more New Adult. Yes, the middle was a tad bit long and descriptive and I did take a break from reading, but the ending really rounded out the story. If you are on the fence with this one, I suggest it’s a nice read. AMAZON

  30. 5 out of 5

    J o d i B i b l i o p h i l e ♥

    I absolutely fucking loved the fuck out of it!

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