The thing I like about books where the hero is, on different degrees, a bully is because I’m curious to see how he will learn his lesson. So here’s one. Also, I love the idea of a High School for… peculiar kids. (I’m not sure why there are 2 different covers. Enjoy both!)
Alpha Bully (Wolf Ridge High, Book 1) by Renee Rose released early September in the New Adult Paranormal Romance genre.
SHE RUINED EVERYTHING… I WILL MAKE HER PAY. Her mom robbed my dad of his job. Destroyed his life. Now I have to look at her every day.
The girl next door. A human. A hot little nerd.
She doesn’t belong here—not in Wolf Ridge, not at our high school, definitely not in my life.
She doesn’t know what I am. Which makes it all the easier to take revenge.
I will bring her to her knees. Pierce her heart. Make her bleed. For me. All for me.
NOTE: This New Adult book features steamy scenes with characters over eighteen and is for an audience that is also over eighteen.
It’s past midnight when I wake up. My window’s open, moonlight streaming in.
That wasn’t what woke me, though.
It wasn’t the pain of the beating, either. That’s already half-healed. By tomorrow it will be nothing.
That’s the thing about wolf discipline. It’s more about dominance and humiliation than actual pain. Casey and I aren’t in real danger.
But that doesn’t mean the shit doesn’t hurt.
I rub the stubble on my chin and blink into the darkness. There’s a tug on my wolf, pulling me to the window. And I know exactly what I’m going to see when I look out.
Even so, my heart stutters.
The little human is standing outside. Standing underneath my window, looking up.
Like she’s waiting for me and she knew I’d come. Prickles run across my skin.
She’s in the same dress she wore today—another short one, blue and white stripes. She lost the Converse, though. She’s barefooted on the crushed granite. Which must hurt her tender human feet.
I’m in gym shorts. I pull on a black tank top as I stare down at her.
She’s standing there like a fucking tribute. A virginal offering.
She must really feel guilty.
I shove the window open and pop the screen out. It’s not the first time I’ve climbed out this window, but I try not to make it look too easy when I scale across the patio overhang and drop to the gravel in front of her. “Hey.”
She’s crying. Silent tears that streak down her pale cheeks. I wonder if she ever stopped. If she’s been leaking those salty tears since she saw the ugliness that is my dad shit-faced. The scent of her tears does something to me. Makes me itchy and raw, with the need to smash things with my fists.
“Stop it.” I sound menacing. I’m not sorry. She silently called me out here. She’s gonna get what she gets. I advance on her like a fucking predator.
She backs up. She must sense how dangerous I am right now. How unhinged.
“Was it because of me?”
Of course it was because of her. But I’m not going to say that. That shit isn’t her fault.
Instead, I growl, “Stop crying for me.”
Her big brown eyes are wide. I wonder how well she can see me in the dark. Not nearly as well as I can see her.
“Stop it,” I command. “I’m the one who got the beatdown.”
“Cole.” It’s a broken syllable. So much emotion packed into one sound. Apology. Pleading. Desperation, even.
My control snaps. I snatch her face up to mine with a hand behind her head and devour her mouth. It tastes like all the emotion I heard.
I savor gratitude and soft, supple generosity. Pent up anger. Grief.
I scoop my forearm under her ass to pick her up and slam her back against the tan stucco of her house.
She opens her lips for me, lets me in. It’s not how I imagined it.
More raw. Sweeter, even though I’m fucking brutal with my attack. Her lips twist over mine with the same intensity, her nails claw into my bare shoulders. I shove the bulge of my cock in the cradle of her legs, even though I know it will probably scare the shit out of her.
About the Author
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE loves a dominant, dirty-talking alpha hero! She’s sold over a half million copies of steamy romance with varying levels of kink. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happily Ever After and Popsugar. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won Spunky and Sassy’s Favorite Sci-Fi and Anthology author, The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews’ Best Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Erotic, Ageplay and favorite couple and author. She’s hit the USA Today list five times with various anthologies
What is Bully Romance?
By Author Renee Rose
Bully romance is the new dark romance catch-phrase, just like reverse harem took over for the term menage a couple years ago. My latest release, Alpha Bully, draws from all that is wonderful about the hot new genre, but the label may be a turn off to some.
The word “bully” carries a negative charge, so a lot of people have a reaction to the trope. I deliberated over putting it in my title or using it as a genre descriptor when I named Alpha Bully, a wolf shifter enemies-to-lovers high school romance.
Before you judge, let’s break it down. What the heck is this bully romance, anyway?
To me, it’s the same as any dark romance with an “alpha-hole” hero. He’s the dark, brooding type. It’s an enemies-to-lovers trope, but it’s set in high school, so it’s angsty, hot and delicious in that emotions-are-huge-when-you’re-18 way.
It’s the hero’s age and life situation that makes him a bully. There’s a mixture of rebelliousness in there because he’s not in total power of his life yet. The younger hero has all the swagger and cockiness of the dark romance hero, all the dominance, but he has limited power. Unlike one of my mafia heroes, who truly wields and owns his power, this hero still lives under the constraints of parents, teachers, school.
And while some bully romances are written for a YA audience, mine are not. I write steamy, so my characters are over 18 before they have sex and the books will be labeled “new adult” for over 18 readers. Because like all my books, readers can expect a hot, dominant alpha male, unavoidable conflict and of course, the hero will eventually end up on his knees for the heroine before they get their HEA.
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