Ruthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy, #2)
WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. And when I say bad, I mean they are assholes with a capital A. If you're looking for a safe, sweet romance, this series is NOT for you. At all! Please don't say you weren't warned. Welcome to their kingdom... Cole Covington is the most popular heartbreaker at school.Every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to screw him.Except me. His devastatingly good looks, golden arm, and flirty smiles don't do it for me anymore...because I know what's lurking underneath the star quarterback's gorgeous armor. At least I thought I did.Sometimes the most beautiful people...hide the ugliest truths. And sometimes the only way to save someone...is to walk beside them through hell.Sawyer Church is the bible-thumping nerd of Royal Hearts Academy. Girls pick on her and guys don't notice her.Except me.Sweet, curvy, and sarcastic, she's impossible to ignore.No matter how much I try.Everyone at school has her pegged as the chubby, Jesus loving geek, but unlike them—Sawyer's real and never pretends to be someone she's not. Until I ask her to be my fake girlfriend. Sometimes the most beautiful souls...hide the greatest pain. And sometimes the only way to save someone...is to fight for them.This is book 2 in the Royal Hearts Academy series. Please note: Although this is Cole and Sawyer's book, Cruel Prince (Jace and Dylan’s book) should be read first for a better understanding of the family dynamic. WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. The characters are flawed. If you're looking for a safe, sweet romance with nice heroes and heroines who are perfect all the time, this series is NOT for you.

Ruthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy, #2) Details

TitleRuthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreNew Adult, Romance, Young Adult, High School, Contemporary, Sports, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Humor, Sociology, Abuse

Ruthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy, #2) Review

  • K.S. Rochell
    January 1, 1970
    “Emotionally tumultuous, Powerful, impactful, memorable.... It felt like I was reading beautiful poetry.Ashley Jade is one of the most talented authors I've ever read. Her stories are Intense,Rievting, unique, her writing is beautiful, Raw, poetic and soul crushing! “Flawlessly and poignantly written, Cole and Sawyer’s heart-wrenching beautiful love story touched my heart in so many exquisite ways, It was like a defibrillator Straight to my Soul! My heart was torn apart where every fissure, I “Emotionally tumultuous, Powerful, impactful, memorable.... It felt like I was reading beautiful poetry.Ashley Jade is one of the most talented authors I've ever read. Her stories are Intense,Rievting, unique, her writing is beautiful, Raw, poetic and soul crushing! “Flawlessly and poignantly written, Cole and Sawyer’s heart-wrenching beautiful love story touched my heart in so many exquisite ways, It was like a defibrillator Straight to my Soul! My heart was torn apart where every fissure, I felt everything Cole and Sawyer were going through down in my soul...Ruthless Knight pulled on my heart strings and didn't let go. I was enraptured by this unputdownable book. I shed so many tears! I will never forget this book it is tattooed on my soul forever and ever! “10 heart-wrenching Stars!
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    ‘RUTHLESS KNIGHT’ This is book#2 in the ‘Royal Hearts Academy’ series. A full length romance novel. It is advised that you read (Jace & Dylan’s book) first as it has carry over characters and gives you a better understanding of the family dynamics. 5 BIBLE THUMPER & LUCKY SEVEN STARS.. These two were Imperfectly Perfect, BUT Perfect for each other!!Cole’s always wanted to play ball, it’s in his soul, it’s the only time he ever feels really alive. Always thinking he was the least ‘RUTHLESS KNIGHT’ This is book#2 in the ‘Royal Hearts Academy’ series. A full length romance novel. It is advised that you read (Jace & Dylan’s book) first as it has carry over characters and gives you a better understanding of the family dynamics. 5 BIBLE THUMPER & LUCKY SEVEN STARS.. These two were Imperfectly Perfect, BUT Perfect for each other!!Cole’s always wanted to play ball, it’s in his soul, it’s the only time he ever feels really alive. Always thinking he was the least favourite sibling all his life football was the one thing that seemed to love him back. In the ’Prologue’ we see a drunken Cole delve deep into his heart as he confides in Sawyer things that his peers don't know about himself and Sawyer opens up and confides about her home life that is crumbling down like rubble around her ears, pulling her in all directions. One is insecure the other is hiding his true self. He's everything I despise in a person. He's a cocky, ruthless, a womaniser, and worst of all he mocks-my faith. Things lead from there and Cole takes Sawyer by surprise as he kisses her senseless. It’s a dream come true as she’s had a secret crush on him for ages, even if he is a jerk. Sawyer Church is the bible-thumping nerd of Royal Hearts Academy. Girls pick on her, and guys don't notice her. Except me. But what makes it worse is he doesn't recall that night AT ALL he'd had too much to drink, he doesn't even remember the first kiss he stole from her. Things escalate and drive a wedge between them even more when she overhears a bet going down in the boys locker room concerning her. And he who shall not be named didn't put a stop to it!!Even though there were times when I cringed when something not quite right can out of Coles mouth calling him a douche canoe was upped by the few words Sawyer threw in his face. This girl does not mince her words, her tongue is like a double sided sword! It will cut you to the bone.Cole was like an onion with many layers, half the time we saw the crowd pleaser, but delve deeper and he’s got a ton of hurt settled way down deep. An unapologetic A-Hole! His arrogance knows no bounds. How naive was I thinking I was ready for this book!!🤣God this book kicked my ass, from the giggles, to the swooning, to the tears, to the sighing, this book kicks a huge punch I may never recover from!! These characters played ping pong on my emotions like no others. The feels hit me out of nowhere coming at me like a cannonball.* Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *
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  • Keri Loves Books
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars for the Bible Thumping good girl who landed the quarterback!!!I am emotionally wrecked from this incredible YA love story. The author delivered a poignant tale of youth and first love that broke my heart at times, yet left me euphorically in love in the end.Cole was the bad boy quarterback that every girl wanted to get with. Sawyer was a Jesus loving do-gooder that believed that everyone was redeemable...even Cole.Cole is set on being a cliche. Dating the head cheerleader is what’s 5 Stars for the Bible Thumping good girl who landed the quarterback!!!I am emotionally wrecked from this incredible YA love story. The author delivered a poignant tale of youth and first love that broke my heart at times, yet left me euphorically in love in the end.Cole was the bad boy quarterback that every girl wanted to get with. Sawyer was a Jesus loving do-gooder that believed that everyone was redeemable...even Cole.Cole is set on being a cliche. Dating the head cheerleader is what’s expected, too bad he’d rather be with the girl that is anything but a cliche. He’s a tormented soul trying to outrun his ghosts. You’ll want to punch him one minute and kiss him the next.Sawyer is good people. She’s a great friend, truly loyal and dependable. She’s always willing to help someone out, but she’s not a pushover. She has no problem sticking up for herself or fighting back. However, she‘s fighting her own battle with how she looks. Everyone is always pressuring her to look a certain way, as if she doesn’t already berate herself enough about her appearance.When Cole begins to show an interest, everything changes. Their relationship started out under false pretenses, but it doesn’t take Cole long to realize that Sawyer isn’t just some other girl. She’s the girl you keep. However, they’ll both have to face their demons to move forward.The author dealt us a story with relevant topics that definitely hit close to home. Struggles with appearance, overwhelmed with feelings of never being good enough, guilt for mistakes you can no longer fix and poor choices that could have had dire consequences will leave you in tears. Emotions will run high. But my take away was soul-consuming love, smoldering chemistry, lasting friendships and bright futures.I smiled, I swooned, I cried more than once. An unforgettable love story that reminds us that we all struggle with something and finding your circle is what saves us.
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  • Amo
    January 1, 1970
    If you thought Cruel Prince was a 5 then Ruthless Knight is about to blow your mind, for me Coles book is miles ahead the writing is so much more of everything! This book blew me away! I didn’t think I’d fall in love as hard as what I did with Ruthless Knight, but it sucked me in and squeezed on my heart so much I couldn’t not love it!! For me when personal feelings are involved and it evokes memories emotions and flashbacks for me I’m deeply connected to a book when it does that it If you thought Cruel Prince was a 5 then Ruthless Knight is about to blow your mind, for me Coles book is miles ahead the writing is so much more of everything! This book blew me away! I didn’t think I’d fall in love as hard as what I did with Ruthless Knight, but it sucked me in and squeezed on my heart so much I couldn’t not love it!! For me when personal feelings are involved and it evokes memories emotions and flashbacks for me I’m deeply connected to a book when it does that it automatically stays in the feels, its already a top read for me and one that will live in my soul forever. I get that feelings that are deeply involved in this and brushing off on feelings is hard, especially when you only show that dark soul, but showing a little light in a cracked door of a broken heart lets people see you can get to the other side 💚Ashley thanks for bringing me along for the ride I loved it so much, and I cannot wait to see what’s coming next 5+ 🌟
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  • Ashley Jade
    January 1, 1970
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    OMG, this book slayed me... but in the best of ways of course ;)I already know it is gonna be one of my top reads of this year, if not THE top read...and so you can imagine the book slump I am in right now. Someone, please send help....It was while reading, the first book, Cruel Prince, that I fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the King of Royal Hearts Academy, Cole Covington and his bible thumper, Sawyer Church. I strongly advise everyone to read the first book, before jumping into this OMG, this book slayed me... but in the best of ways of course ;)I already know it is gonna be one of my top reads of this year, if not THE top read...and so you can imagine the book slump I am in right now. Someone, please send help....It was while reading, the first book, Cruel Prince, that I fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the King of Royal Hearts Academy, Cole Covington and his bible thumper, Sawyer Church. I strongly advise everyone to read the first book, before jumping into this one. No worries, it is pretty awesome as well, so you won't be sorry.This was definitely one of my most anticipated books EVER, which scared me a bit because we all know what happens when your expectations are so freaking high. I should not have worried though, because this book delivered on each and every expectation I had...and more.It also broke my heart over and over again... By the time I was halfway through the book, my tissues where gone and I had to start using toilet paper.I am gonna be honest and say that this book was hard to read at times. It touches so many different emotional subjects. That is what I love about it though... The fact that it made me feel so many different feelings.One minute you want to hate Cole and the next you just want to put him in your pocket and take him home...keep him safe...He is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite heroes. Don't waste your time trying to fix me. You'll only cut yourself on my fucked up pieces. I have read this book in one sitting, which is saying something because it is long!! But it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I was pulled in from the very first page ...and I am still trying to let go.I can't wait for everyone to read this one. I myself am already on pins and needles for Bianca's book. She showed me a side of her I didn't know and I am very eager to see more.If I could give this one 10 stars I would, but alas...Highly recommended!!!! An ARC was provided to in exchange for an honest review  
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  • Rumi
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 RUTHLESS CROWNS*** Ruthless Knight is a standalone novel, but is best read after Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1)If you think you know Cole from the glimpses of him you see in Cruel Prince, think again.Picture this: It’s 1.30am Sunday morning, Ashley Jade sends you the final chapters of Ruthless Knight that you’ve been anticipating for what feels like FOREVER (it’s been a couple of days, really). Naturally, I inhaled those chapters, because who needs sleep when you have Cole and ***5 RUTHLESS CROWNS*** Ruthless Knight is a standalone novel, but is best read after Cruel Prince (Royal Hearts Academy #1)If you think you know Cole from the glimpses of him you see in Cruel Prince, think again.Picture this: It’s 1.30am Sunday morning, Ashley Jade sends you the final chapters of Ruthless Knight that you’ve been anticipating for what feels like FOREVER (it’s been a couple of days, really). Naturally, I inhaled those chapters, because who needs sleep when you have Cole and Sawyer to keep you company during the night? This whole book SLAYED me. I never cry when watching movies or reading books, regardless of how tragic they may be. Sure, I’ve had a lump in my throat a time or two, but I never cry. But, I honest to God had tears in my eyes at 3am in the morning. Only a great storyteller would be able to evoke such emotion from me. I don’t know what it is about Cole and Sawyer; they were such honest and relatable characters, but they were also so much more. Just seeing their character development and growth right before my very eyes from beginning to end was a worthwhile journey in itself, romance aside. Ruthless Knight is not just a love story between two broken souls; it’s a journey of self-recovery, a journey of learning to love yourself, a journey of two unlikely hearts fusing as one. I always find it a little clichéd and often find myself rolling my eyes when an author’s work is labelled “their best work/book to date” for each and every release, as true as that may be. Having said that, I do not say this lightly when I say Ruthless Knight is by far Ashley Jade’s best work to date! And is Bianca a dark horse or what? Mark my words, your perception of her will change from Cruel Prince. And something tells me we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg with Baby Covington in Ruthless Knight, and I cannot wait to see what Ashley has in store for us in Wicked Princess. **beta-read
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  • NiCoLeTa E.
    January 1, 1970
    ***5 "Hard to love!!!" STARS*** "Sometimes, when you least expect it... two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other.Even when the world says the're not supposed to... because they don't fit inside the same box." Be ready for the Lucky Seven and Bible Thumper to blow your minds!!!Honestly, i was thinking... Is it possible for Sawyer and Cole to top Jace and Dylan???And even though i loved "Cruel Prince" very much, Ashley Jade managed to deliver us an even more beautiful story than ***5 "Hard to love!!!" STARS*** "Sometimes, when you least expect it... two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other.Even when the world says the're not supposed to... because they don't fit inside the same box." Be ready for the Lucky Seven and Bible Thumper to blow your minds!!!Honestly, i was thinking... Is it possible for Sawyer and Cole to top Jace and Dylan???And even though i loved "Cruel Prince" very much, Ashley Jade managed to deliver us an even more beautiful story than the previous one!!!Yep, it was a very long book, but surprisingly i devoured it in just one day... A full day for me with work and a child... But it was so good, that i couldn't put it down!!! "How come lies are so beautiful and the truth is always so fucking ugly?""Lies are easier to believe because they usually protect someone or conceal something bad... Or maybe it's because there is no truth... definitely anyway. We all have our own truth... and whatever version aligns best with that is what we grativate toward and believe... even if it's a lie. I guess in the end it comes down to selfishness." Ashley, in here, took many things into consideration and she threw at us many critical issues that many people out there are facing and i loved the way that she was handling all the sensitive matters and there were many of them...I also love how she has build all this beautiful characters in here and i can not wait for Bianca's turn... Hopefully, with Oakley!!! Right, Ashley????But let me stick to this book for now... "They all worship me because they think I'm better than them.But I'm not. I'm just better at being fake.""I just want you to leave me alone.""Hurts when you can't have something you want, doesn't it?...Remember how much you hate me right now... Because the second you think I'm capable of changing, or there's any good in me, I'll prove you wrong and hurt you again... worse than before." We had already taken a glimpse of Cole and Sawyer in the previous book... Their bantering were always so entertaining and i was dying to get their book...And i took so much more with this story...This story was about a very popular and ruthless, athletic boy who deep down inside he had his own demons to face and about a girl that the mase was calling her an ugly, fat, Jesus loving freak, but who was facing her own issues!!!In an unexpected way those two became a possibility, but they had to many obstacles to overcome and most of them, they had to face their own demons!!! "I have a crush on Cole Covington... and I hate myself for it.He's everything I despise in a person.He's cocky, ruthless, a womanizer, and worst of all -he mocks my faith.Yet... there's something about him I can't ignore.""Don't waste your time trying to fix me. You'll only cut yourself on my fucked-up pieces... And when that happens... I'll watch you bleed out with a smile on my face." Well, honestly, i don't know what i can really say about this book... So many things had happened in here and i don't know how to express my feelings..In short words, Cole got out his bad self to play and he hurt really badly Sawyer...From that moment, they kept some distance, but then... Cole asked her to become his fake girlfriend and from that moment the things escalated very quickly...Nope, i won't say more...I will say that this couple was the best and they had a unique way to be there for each other... "She's so goddamn beautiful.So pure and innocent and good.The saint a sinner like me never deserved.""I don't care what he says.I just need him to let me in.Because all the pain he keeps bottled up inside is slowly killing him piece by fucked up piece.And I refuse to let that happen.Because no matter how ruthless and damaged he is... a world without Colton isn't a world I want to live in." I love Cole so much, even though i wasn't so sure for that in the previous book... Yes, it was an easygoing guy with humor and ruthless attitude, but under the surface he was beyond all these superficial craps... He was caring and he was protecting the people around him... Including Sawyer, even when he was treating her poorly...Also, i loved him for his obsession with Sawyer's curves!!!And in here, i could understand better his relationship with Liam... and my heart was breaking for that lost boy inside of him that was craving attention and love!!!Cole was needing a person to love him completely and unconditional... A person that will hold him his hand no matter the bumps on the road.... And that person was Sawyer!!! "I hurt... so I hurt others.Especially the people I care about most.""Sawyer has a way of getting under my skin and inside my head like no one else... which makes her a hazard.""There's a piece of missing now too.A piece I'll never be able to fix or repair.A piece I'll never get back...And it's all my fault." God, I love this girl!!! I loved her from the first moment that she had given that shirt to Dylan...I love her sassy attitude toward Cole and i love how big heart she was having... How much love she could give to anyone... How real she was all the time!!!But Sawyer had her own insecurities... Insecurities that she was keeping hidden very good, but which at some point gave her big problems...Cole, except Nick Jonas, was her achilles heel!!! No matter what he would throw her way, she couldn't abandon him...Sawyer was needing a guy that he would have the willing to fight for her and that person was Cole, even though it took him a while to realize it!!! "God, I am so tired of being the fat girl.So tired of feeling like I don't belong.So tired of people only seeing one thing when they look at me.""Cole Covington has always fascinated me...No matter how many times he proves me wrong, I can't help but think his true colors aren't as one-dimensional or superficial as he wants everyone to believe." I loved this couple so much and i would love to tell you more about them, but i really can't. I just want to say that I still love Jace and Dylan and their story, but two persons in here, except the main characters, had stolen the spotlight!!!God, i had loved Oakley from the first moment and i want his story desperately!!!! He had stolen a big part of my heart and i don't think that he will ever give it back...Also, even though that Bianca was always a bitch toward Dylan, in here i saw her in a different light and to Sawyer ... she was the best!!!These two made me laugh so much and yes, i laughed so much in this book and then, i cried the same... But i need it after all!!!Please, Ashley!!! Give me some Oakley and Bianca vibes!!!! These two together will be a quite interesting mix!!!!oh!!! And something more... Please read this series!!! It will worth your time!!! "You think love is perfect? Like one of those fairytales?... Hell, no. Love is hard... difficult. It's dealing with someone's shit day in and day out but never giving up on them because your heart won't let you. It's having a million reasons to leave them... but always one goodreason to stay." ***I received an ARC of this book!!! Thank you!!!***
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  • Dee Trejo
    January 1, 1970
    Per-fucking-fection. 10 stars !Finishing this book was like that feeling after you've just rode the biggest roller coaster of your life. Because this whole story WAS an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you're laughing because something one of the characters did then you're pissed off and want to murder someone then you're crying and asking why the fuck the author would put you through this whole ordeal, then all of a sudden it get hot as fuck and you forgot why you were so sad to begin with. Per-fucking-fection. 10 stars !Finishing this book was like that feeling after you've just rode the biggest roller coaster of your life. Because this whole story WAS an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you're laughing because something one of the characters did then you're pissed off and want to murder someone then you're crying and asking why the fuck the author would put you through this whole ordeal, then all of a sudden it get hot as fuck and you forgot why you were so sad to begin with. And then it happens again multiple times!!! Ashley Jade wrote such a beautifully emotional story that encompasses every spectrum of the human emotion. She wrote a story that covered such strong topics with such emotion that you couldn't help but feel with the characters. Even if you've never gone through the things these characters have been through you feel it all you mourn, experience anger, betrayal, joy, even the sexual tension is felt.The characters are beautifully written and show such seamless growth and development. You connect with them in ways you didn't know we're possible. I can go on and on about this book I fell in love with it. I highly recommend you read Cruel Prince first but trust me it will be worth it. Now go get this book because you won't regret it.[image error]
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought I was ready for Cole Covington, I thought I knew what I was getting into with his story....I had no idea what was coming. None! Cole is everything I didn’t know I wanted him to be. Behind the mask that he wears is a completely different Cole. He’s a troubled guy, he’s not dealing with his issues, he can be calculated and cruel sometimes but even when he made me hate his actions (he’s definitely no angel) I still couldn’t stop myself from loving him. The more I got to know him, the more I thought I was ready for Cole Covington, I thought I knew what I was getting into with his story....I had no idea what was coming. None! Cole is everything I didn’t know I wanted him to be. Behind the mask that he wears is a completely different Cole. He’s a troubled guy, he’s not dealing with his issues, he can be calculated and cruel sometimes but even when he made me hate his actions (he’s definitely no angel) I still couldn’t stop myself from loving him. The more I got to know him, the more I understood why he’s the way he is and the more I understood, the more I loved him. He’s not always easy to like but when he shows his softer side, he is so unbelievably easy to love. I knew before starting this that Sawyer was going to be my girl. I loved her in Cruel Prince (which does not need to be read first but I highly recommend you do read it) and I fell even more in love with her in this book. She is the star of Ruthless Knight, for me anyway. She’s a one of a kind character and she’s probably the easiest character to relate to that I’ve read, ever. The things she’s dealing with will resonate with a lot of readers, you’re going to feel every ounce of her pain, you’re probably going to get upset, angry, feel disappointed, but you won’t blame her. You’ll want to wrap her up in cotton wool and hurt anyone that hurts her. She definitely brought out my protective instincts. She’s the one character that I ‘got’ immediately. I get what she’s going through, what she’s feeling, why she’s doing what she does. She’s one of those characters I wish was a real person so I could kidnap her and keep her for myself.The banter between Sawyer and Cole was one of my favourite things about this book. I lived for their little back and forth exchanges, you can feel the attraction between them constantly bubbling under the surface. Their story is an emotional rollercoaster. It really hit me with all the feels. My heart broke for what these two characters have gone through but it was worth every second of it. I’ve been a fan of this author for years and this is without a doubt Ashley Jades best work to date. She’s elevated everything to the next level with Ruthless Knight. The characters and the story are beautifully written. It deals with some serious/sensitive subjects in an extremely thoughtful way and it made me really think and question a lot of the things brought up in this book. I did a fair bit of soul searching. It’s emotional and angsty but there’s plenty of humour to even it out so it doesn’t drain you and leave you feeling wrung out. The characters, their story and the subjects it deals with will definitely be playing on my mind for a long time to come. This is a definite must read! With each book this series gets better and better and I can’t recommend this book enough.
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  • Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably one of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2020... Luckily, it was totally worth the wait!!! “𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗴𝗹𝘆?” Cole and Sawyer are complete opposites.Cole is the popular football star, the hot king of high school, the one that all the boys want to be like and all the girls want to be with - but he's fake... Sawyer is the fat nerd with the glasses, the one who goes to church every Sunday, that everyone at school laughs and This is probably one of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2020... Luckily, it was totally worth the wait!!! 🎉💃📚 “𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗳𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗴𝗹𝘆?” 📚Cole and Sawyer are complete opposites.Cole is the popular football star, the hot king of high school, the one that all the boys want to be like and all the girls want to be with - but he's fake... 😱Sawyer is the fat nerd with the glasses, the one who goes to church every Sunday, that everyone at school laughs and bully's - but she's real... 😱Despite all that, these saints and sinner have one thing in common: they both don't like themselves. 💔This book deals with an important question - is it possible to love someone else before loving our self's...? 💔Have you ever felt inferior about your looks, which not always match to society's crooked standards? Have you ever felt guilty about past decisions that cannot be changed, corrected or forgotten...? This is a story about real, imperfect characters - who teamed up together PERFECTLY! 💚 📚 "𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗶𝘁… 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗹𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆’𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼…𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝘅." 📚When I started reading and saw there were 100 chapters (not including the prologue and epilogue!!! 🙈) I'll admit, I was worried... like, what is there to write so much about?! 😂At first I felt that there were some repetitive parts, but pretty quickly everything turned upside down... because I couldn't stop reading and didn't want the book to end, like... EVER!!! 🙏😂 Make no mistake, this book was NOT perfect... It had a lot of ugliness and self-hatred... but it was not perfect in a PERFECT WAY!!! 💚Not only was the plot amazing - but Ashley Jade was able to convey an important message about self-love: because no matter whether you're thin or full, high or short, wearing branded clothes or not... what's important is to accept and love yourself as you are. 😍I will not elaborate so as not to make spoilers AND because if I start writing what this couple did to my poor heart (especially towards the end 💔😭) I will probably write 600 pages myself... but if you ask me, this is Ashley's best book yet. She wrote about painful and real issues, handled them with care - and undoubtedly poured her heart and soul into this book. 👑💚📚 "𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗼𝗻𝗲…𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴. 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗴𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗱 𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗲." 📚 This is a second book in the "Royal Hearts Academy" series and can be read as a standalone - but I recommend reading Jace (Cole's older brother) and Dylan's (Sawyer's best friend) story first. 💙😍All that is left for me now is to wait for Bianca's book, the little (and CRAZY 😈) sister of the Covington family, I'm sure it'll be just as awesome!!! 🎉💕💃*** 𝕀 𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟 𝔸ℝℂ 𝕗𝕣𝕠𝕞 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕟 𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 ***▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️📖 ᖴOᒪᒪOᗯ ᗰE Oᑎ IᑎᔕTᗩGᖇᗩᗰ: 🎉 https://www.instagram.com/the_romanti...📖 ᐯIᔕIT ᗰY ᗷᒪOG ᖴOᖇ ᗰOᖇE ᖇEᐯIEᗯᔕ: https://books-romance.com/
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  • Shabby -BookBistroBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley really knows how to twist the knife deep in your heart. Her earlier books are a testament to her tear inducing skills with angst and pain. In Cruel Prince we saw Jace and Dylan, in this one we meet Cole & Sawyer.Though these stories can be read as standalone, it helps if you read them in order to connect the dots.The characters are so broken, full of insecurities and complexes that their relationship becomes an enabling swamp of toxic mud which sucks them in. They're trapped, unable Ashley really knows how to twist the knife deep in your heart. Her earlier books are a testament to her tear inducing skills with angst and pain. In Cruel Prince we saw Jace and Dylan, in this one we meet Cole & Sawyer.Though these stories can be read as standalone, it helps if you read them in order to connect the dots.The characters are so broken, full of insecurities and complexes that their relationship becomes an enabling swamp of toxic mud which sucks them in. They're trapped, unable to move forward or escape. Their verbal exchanges broke my heart. I wanted to hug Sawyer and strangle Cole at times....actually many times.It's emotionally explorative and deeply moving story about love gone wrong till the pieces of puzzle click and the heart is whole againI love Ashley and if you need a good cry after you've torn out your hair in frustration, pick up Ashley book and cuss your heart out!! 4.5 stars for Sole who tore my Soul #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on:[email protected]://Twitter.com/BookBistrowww.instagram.com/BookBistroBloghttps://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...
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  • Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley Jade fucked me up, y'all! She ripped open my chest and kicked me in my gut! My heart fell out onto the floor, and she stomped on it. The feelings she made me feel were real and deep. Days later, I'm still thinking about this story. I can't get it out of my head or my heart. Sawyer had me under her spell from the second she appeared on the page. My love for her is hard to put into words. She is just such a relatable character for me. Her struggle is one that isn't usually discussed in Ashley Jade fucked me up, y'all! She ripped open my chest and kicked me in my gut! My heart fell out onto the floor, and she stomped on it. The feelings she made me feel were real and deep. Days later, I'm still thinking about this story. I can't get it out of my head or my heart. Sawyer had me under her spell from the second she appeared on the page. My love for her is hard to put into words. She is just such a relatable character for me. Her struggle is one that isn't usually discussed in romance novels in the particular way it is in this book. Whether you can identify with her or not, you'll feel her pain. The author made sure of it. She tugged the fuck out of my heart strings, and I guarantee you, she'll pull the shit out of yours, too. As much as Sawyer's story touched me, Cole's destroyed me. He may be a dick at times, but if you don't feel for the guy or his family at least a little bit by the time you get to the end of the book, there's a chance you don't a soul. Lol Just saying. If you've read Cruel Prince, you already know what happened to Cole's brother Liam. In this book, we're given yet another piece to the puzzle, and it's an even more painful one. This series focuses on so much more than just the romance between the main couple in each book. It's also the collective story of a family dealing with guilt and grief. The author tackles this aspect of the series in an incredibly raw and realistic way that I haven't come across in any other novel. Not everything in life can be fixed or changed, and she doesn't sugarcoat that fact. Bottom line, Ruthless Knight is the kind of story you don't forget. It's packed with so much more than your average new adult romance. The author completely obliterated my expectations, and I can't wait for the next installment!If you've read Cruel Prince, and are wondering if you should continue on in the series, you definitely should! If you haven't yet started this series, do it! It's fantastically written, and the stories have a surprising amount of depth. New adult romance fans, this one's for you!
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  • Phuong ✯
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, when you least expect it...two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other. Even when the world says they're not supposed to..because they don't fit inside the same box. 4.5/5I just want to tell you, whoever will read this, that you are beautiful, you are worth it and YOU ARE ENOUGH. It doesn't matter what society tells you how you should look, which size you are, how you should behave. Fuck it all, cause you are perfect the way you are! Was this book perfect? Definitely not. Sometimes, when you least expect it...two beautifully broken souls end up finding each other. Even when the world says they're not supposed to..because they don't fit inside the same box. 4.5/5I just want to tell you, whoever will read this, that you are beautiful, you are worth it and YOU ARE ENOUGH. It doesn't matter what society tells you how you should look, which size you are, how you should behave. Fuck it all, cause you are perfect the way you are! Was this book perfect? Definitely not. But you know what it was? It was so real. It made me damn emotional from the beginning and the last 10% of the book literally ripped my heart out, therefore it deserves full 5 stars. Ruthless Knight is so much more than a love story. I really believe that everyone can see a part of themselves in these characters.The book perfectly captured that life can get ugly pretty quickly.What I loved most about Ruthless Knight is how relatable and perfectly flawed each of these characters were. The flaws were what made me fall in love with these characters in the first place.  "I'm sorry I hurt you."Her blue eyes cloud with sadness. "I'm sorry you hurt you." The message of the book is just so powerful. I mean, who hasn't in their entire life at some point felt like they are not enough? Probably everyone. I don't know a single person who doesn't have scars. Some just hide it better than others. Sawyer wants to be accepted just the way she is and Cole want to feel loved. My favorite think about Cole & Sawyer is that they see the beauty in each other when it seems like no one else does. Cole loves Sawyer not only for her body but he sees her ginormous heart and brain too. Despite his ruthless exterior, Sawyer sees and loves Cole's sensitive heart and they are absolutely perfect.If someone would have asked me months ago if I would take a bullet for Cole Covington, my answer would have been to laugh and walk away. Now? I would take the entire magazine for him. He and Sawyer are my babies and they deserve so much love and happiness. I didn't expect to to cry this much reading Ruthless Knight, but this story really touched me. Together with Oakley, Cole and Sawyer are the best characters of the series. They are a bunch of fucked up teens with serious issues, but if that doesn't make me love them even more. Tomorrow I will probably have more to say about the book, but for now I'm just super happy how the book turned out. Cole and Sawyer got a new supporter in me! I haven't even finish this book 24 hours ago and want to reread. I know already that they are one of my favourite couple of 202o! Not ready to say goodbye to Cole and Sawyer. I can't wait to see them again in 'Wicked Princess'! <3
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  • SHIRLEY ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Hands down to my favorite book of the year. I know that I will read more books that I’ll love and that will be especial to me, but this book will always be my number one. When I read Cruel Prince, I cared more about these two than I cared about the main characters. They had two scenes in that book but those two scenes were enough for me to fall in love with them. I want everyone to read this book, because the message in this book is just.... everything. There people out there who thinks that in Hands down to my favorite book of the year. I know that I will read more books that I’ll love and that will be especial to me, but this book will always be my number one. When I read Cruel Prince, I cared more about these two than I cared about the main characters. They had two scenes in that book but those two scenes were enough for me to fall in love with them. I want everyone to read this book, because the message in this book is just.... everything. There people out there who thinks that in orden for them to be pretty they have to skinny and that’s not true. If you’re skinny, curvy, plus size or fat, you need to know that you’re beautiful not matter your weight, height or color. We are all beautiful. I think Sawyer Church is one of the female characters that I can relate the most. All things she used to think about herself, I used to think the same things about myself too. I cried a lot reading this story, suffered a lot too, but the end of this book made really happy. Cole Covington, I loved him before I’ve read this book but after reading book? I have no words. All Cole wanted was be loved. He always felt like he was left out, that nobody wanted him and that would’ve been better if he were dead. Cole and Sawyer are perfect for each other, they see the best of each other, and if you’d ask me I would say they’re soulmates. I loved how much Cole loved Sawyer. He never cared about weight, he always told her she was beautiful and he loved her because of who she was inside and out.These two mean everything to me. Please, someone tell me where I can adopt fictional characters because I’m ready to adopt these two. I can’t wait to read Bianca’s book. I didn’t care about her in Cruel Prince but in this book? I loved her. She’s my wicked bitch, my favorite mean girl. I’m so ready for her. Everyone please read this book!! *ARC provided in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Nuria Molano
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book in a day, and it is not a short book! I think this is my second five star rate of the year and I don’t give many!I ADORE Sawyer so much, I feel her pain, her insecurities about her body, her constant fight with body image... everything she went trough I have felt it as well! This is why books like this, with fat representation are so important. Showing the hot guy falling for the nerd, the fat girl is not shown up much on books. We ,girls, start to believe that’s the norm.We I finished this book in a day, and it is not a short book! I think this is my second five star rate of the year and I don’t give many!I ADORE Sawyer so much, I feel her pain, her insecurities about her body, her constant fight with body image... everything she went trough I have felt it as well! This is why books like this, with fat representation are so important. Showing the hot guy falling for the nerd, the fat girl is not shown up much on books. We ,girls, start to believe that’s the norm.We can’t get the hot guy because of our trousers size... it is about time for authors to bring diversity into literature, more specially romance books.I love everything about this book, Cole is just an asshole at the beginning but I fell in love with him despite himself lol.This is my favorite book of this trilogy so far, love love love. 100000000000 ⭐️ Previous review: OMG!Can’t wait! I love Cole in the first book, hope he and Sawyer can become a thing in this book!!!
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  • Eli
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI don't even know where to start, I'm in shock, first I wanted to say that I read this book with 100 CHAPTERS in 7 hours, I was sobbing and with a big headache at 5:00 am, but honestly it was so worthy.I honestly cry with every book, but I don't think I've cried so much with something, this has been just wow, I really don't have words, Ashley Jade give us a story that now it's one of my favorites because it was really perfect. I read ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI don't even know where to start, I'm in shock, first I wanted to say that I read this book with 100 CHAPTERS in 7 hours, I was sobbing and with a big headache at 5:00 am, but honestly it was so worthy.I honestly cry with every book, but I don't think I've cried so much with something, this has been just wow, I really don't have words, Ashley Jade give us a story that now it's one of my favorites because it was really perfect. I read someone saying that Sawyer and Cole are two sides of the same coin, and I wholeheartedly agree, thinking about it the book is so much more than a love story, this is about two characters who tend to hate themselves for something they did or for how they look, and the way Ashley managed to make them grow from there without erasing a big part of what they are was fantastic. Now talking about their relationship, I had doubts before reading because I heard that Cole was worse than Jace, and in a weird way he is, his pain and the way he sees the world its darkest, but on the inside, he's a really good guy.Cole and sawyer weren't a normal story and the way they start their relationship wasn't normal at all, but God, it was so beautiful seeing him being real with her and her finding her confidence with him. And not only the story is fantastic, but Ashley Jade delivers a great message about self-love, no matter how skinny or overweight you are, accepting yourself and knowing that you're worthy of everything good that happens to you it's so important.I don't want to give spoilers and I don't want to write more because I know I'm going to end up writing a whole paragraph about me crying for them, but guys seriously, this book was just something else, I connected with the characters so fast, the book is long, but the plot, it’s so good that honestly after you finish you'll want 200 pages more, it was perfect, thank you, Ashley, for providing me with an arc for this book, is already one of my favorites of 2020
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  • Alley Ciz
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my damn this book. 100 chapters 139k words and still I'm over here going can I please have more? This book will consume you and make you feel ALL the emotions. You will laugh, cry, cheer, swoon, fan yourself, contemplate how to k*ll off a fictional character that isn't one of your own creation. If you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster you have found it with Ruthless Knight.Cole and Sawyer are...just...gah!Ms. Jade put my emotions in blender with this one but it gets all the stars Oh my damn this book. 100 chapters 139k words and still I'm over here going can I please have more? This book will consume you and make you feel ALL the emotions. You will laugh, cry, cheer, swoon, fan yourself, contemplate how to k*ll off a fictional character that isn't one of your own creation. If you are looking for an emotional rollercoaster you have found it with Ruthless Knight.Cole and Sawyer are...just...gah!Ms. Jade put my emotions in blender with this one but it gets all the stars from me. Now bring on Bianca's book because I NEEDS it!
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    3 STARSThis book gave me the biggest headache of the century. I literally got migraines whilst trying to get through this. The dramatics in this are unbelievable, people. UNBELIEVABLE.Now, let me get one thing straight: I used to love Ashley Jade. She has written few of my favorite books ever, and Ruthless Knight was probably my most anticipated read of 2020. And to say that I'm disappointed would be an understatement. Both by this book, and the author herself.I just recently removed myself from 3 STARSThis book gave me the biggest headache of the century. I literally got migraines whilst trying to get through this. The dramatics in this are unbelievable, people. UNBELIEVABLE.Now, let me get one thing straight: I used to love Ashley Jade. She has written few of my favorite books ever, and Ruthless Knight was probably my most anticipated read of 2020. And to say that I'm disappointed would be an understatement. Both by this book, and the author herself.I just recently removed myself from her reader group after constantly witnessing how she complains about low ratings & reviews her books get and thus encourages her rabid fans to attack those said people. I know for a fact that many have had to remove their reviews because of the constant bullying and that is not okay. I can't even begin to tell you how unprofessional her actions are, and this victim mentality she has and uses every chance she gets is absolutely ridiculous and I, as a reader, will not stand for it anymore. This will officially be the last book I will read from Ashley. I simply cannot support an author who would endorse such thing.Now, I did get an ARC of this book and my opinion has nothing to do with my thoughts about the author. I am solely rating this book as I read it. This review will be as spoiler free as I can make it.What went wrong? This book is perhaps the most dramatic book I have ever read in my life, period. I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculous this was at times. I cringed, I facepalmed, I laughed in shock but most of all, I was mentally asking one single question, constantly.Is this book for real?I was hoping for one single thing, and it was that our hero, Cole, would never, ever body shame Sawyer. That was quite literally the only thing I wanted from this book. But noooo. Because guess what? Cole didn't do that only once, but many times. He calls her in one occasion a ''fat virgin'' and his explanation to that was that he didn't want her to get too close and blah blah blah. *rolls eyes* In fact, every single character in this book body shames her and calls her fat and ugly, not limited to her parents, friends and every single person that breathes and sleeps. As if Sawyer is the only overweight person in their school, town and the whole world. Next up, we have a 15-16 year old girl (our hero's little sister, Bianca), who uses words and phrases such as ''let you eat my pussy tonight'' and ''my cunt turns into pumpkin at midnight''. She acts like Regina from Mean Girls, but on steroids. She is a lying, fake, terrible and disgusting human being. And apparently, her book is up next. Guess who is not gonna read that. The whole plot, like I already mentioned, was filled with drama, drama, and you guessed it, more drama. These characters cuss and use gross language every single page, not limited to: pussy, cunt, fuck, fuck, fuck, cock, dick, et cetera. At times I felt like my head was gonna explode and that is not a feeling I want to experience while reading. There were some ridiculous plots, things that made me shake my head, things that made me want to puke, things that made me hate every single character in this book (save for Oakley). And that is when we get to my main issue. None of these characters were likeable. They had so many bad sides and characteristics, that not even the occasional humanity we were shown was enough to redeem them in my eyes. They are terrible, they treat everyone terribly. There was no reason for me to like them and me thinking that Cole would be my new favorite... what a joke.The latter half of this book saddened me greatly, I must admit. I was not expecting the direction Sawyer's character would take and I was shocked by the events that took place. It totally ruined whatever positive feelings I had for her and left a bad taste in my mouth. One thing I'm gonna say - and I'm saying this as someone who has battled weight issues nearly their whole lives - I did not want to read about that. It was the last thing I thought someone like Sawyer would do. And I also want to say that I was beyond disappointed by how Sawyer's religion and Christianity were thrown in the story whenever the author felt like it. I don't think Sawyer was as religious as we were informed, and there were so many things I thought she would never do due to that, but nooooo. God's name enters the chat whenever the author feels like it and is overlooked most of this book. Which again, sucks.Romance wise this book was good, thus the 3 stars I'm giving this. Oakley made this book for me and he is the only character that I love. And after finding out who he is going to end up with, I wanted to cry. He deserves so much better, but again, this will be the last AJ book I am reading, so I guess it doesn't matter either way.**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
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  • mel
    January 1, 1970
    you know the kind of drama that's OTT but still makes you feel all the feels? yeah its this book. i know some might be tired of the typical popular quarterback falling in love with the nerdy, religious girl that everyone makes fun of BUT this was still pretty good despite its flaws and a weakness of mine is friendship dynamic/group and i think it had a good one here.i was a bit nervous to read this cuz apparently Cole is worse than Jace but he honestly is NOT. Jace was an unlikeable asshole, you know the kind of drama that's OTT but still makes you feel all the feels? yeah its this book. i know some might be tired of the typical popular quarterback falling in love with the nerdy, religious girl that everyone makes fun of BUT this was still pretty good despite its flaws and a weakness of mine is friendship dynamic/group and i think it had a good one here.i was a bit nervous to read this cuz apparently Cole is worse than Jace but he honestly is NOT. Jace was an unlikeable asshole, whereas Cole was a somewhat loveable asshole. he had more personality and substance compared to Jace in my opinion, and for that i ended up connecting with him and being emotionally invested in him. but anyways, if you liked the first book and in the mood for the new adult high school romance with dark subject matters (suicide, bullying, fat-shaming, body dysmorphia, drug-use) then i recommend this.now moving on to SPOILER talk :↠ OTT drama: there was A LOT of drama here and to be honest, some are pretty OTT but others aren't. though, there was so much drama that there's so much happening in the book. and at times, the resolution for the dramas were too quick so then another drama comes in and then it goes on and on. it was just a circle going round and round. i did actually have the feels here especially when it came to Liam, i really love that dude and i wish there were more flashback scenes with him, however, there was just too much going on that i ended up getting a headache.↠ characters: the characters i hated in the first book ended up becoming likeable here. I grew to like Bianca even though she was a mean bully but my feelings towards her are like my feelings towards Blair Waldorf. can't help but like the bishh. And Oakley? I LOVE THAT DUDE. he honestly made this book for me and there were so many funny moments because of him! love a good character development. speaking of Oakley and Bianca... i DO NOT ship these two. im sorry. i secretly ship Stone and Bianca more. can y'all just imagine the angst for that book? and honestly, Oakley's too much of a ho and im not down for petty OW drama in her book.i definitely liked Cole waaay more than Jace. there were plenty of grovelling scenes here and i appreciated it. i loved how he fought for Sawyer and basically GREW THE F UP. he learned from his mistakes and ya know what, good for him. though, i wish we got more inner monologue about him regretting his actions towards Sawyer since he had a hand on bullying her and humiliating her plenty of times, feeding into her inner demons. as for Sawyer, weeelll i didn't really connect with her and i knew that THAT was gonna happen to her at the end. her inner monologue didn't really annoy me because i understand her insecurities. i actually studied a bit bout body dysmorphia (though, im not an expert) and it helped that i understood that this is an occurrence prominent with teenage girls, so with that knowledge, it definitely helped me understand more about Sawyer's psyche. i honestly just wanted to hug her but also give her some tough love at the same time.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ↠ overall thoughts i thought that this was a pretty solid book. i agree with Phuong's review, but i also agree with Bee's review. i honestly didn't know how to rate this cuz im kind of in between but just know that this was a decent read and be ready for hard hitting subjects. 3.5 stars
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  • Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
    January 1, 1970
    I’m still reeling from my emotions with this story. It was not what I was expecting at all. I knew I was going to love Sawyer and Cole, but I never expected to be consumed. I cried, I laughed, I wanted to threaten the author. Two broken souls teetering at the edge. Just looking to be loved, to be seen, to be acknowledged. The depth Ashley Jade creates in these characters is outstanding. I bled right along with them. This book covered so many real life issues with teenagers that it took me back I’m still reeling from my emotions with this story. It was not what I was expecting at all. I knew I was going to love Sawyer and Cole, but I never expected to be consumed. I cried, I laughed, I wanted to threaten the author. Two broken souls teetering at the edge. Just looking to be loved, to be seen, to be acknowledged. The depth Ashley Jade creates in these characters is outstanding. I bled right along with them. This book covered so many real life issues with teenagers that it took me back in time. A time where I was that age and could connect with this story. Sure it’s fictional and there’s creative control, but damn you’d have to be heartless to not connect in some way with Sawyer and/or Cole. This story is raw, unique, gripping, but most importantly real. Can’t wait for the next installment.
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  • Ria Augustine
    January 1, 1970
    " I’m the proverbial round peg forever trying to fit inside a square hole…desperately trying to make my outside match my inside.“ Where do I start....Colton and Sawyer. I was actually really excited to read about their story mainly because of Sawyer. After meeting her in Cruel Prince she was so refreshing to read about. I obviously loved Cole from the beginning so I wasn’t nervous about his character.“You just saved my fucking life, Bible thumper.”Cole Covington! He’s toxic as fuck and if I’m " I’m the proverbial round peg forever trying to fit inside a square hole…desperately trying to make my outside match my inside. “ Where do I start....Colton and Sawyer. I was actually really excited to read about their story mainly because of Sawyer. After meeting her in Cruel Prince she was so refreshing to read about. I obviously loved Cole from the beginning so I wasn’t nervous about his character.“You just saved my fucking life, Bible thumper.” Cole Covington! He’s toxic as fuck and if I’m being honest he’s an immature asshole. But he’s so fucking broken you can’t help but love him. I just wanted to grab him by the face and let him know that he deserves love too. After the events in CP we already knew that his family is messed up. After losing his mom and twin brother he has the world on his shoulders. He’s constantly carrying this ocean of guilt and he’s slowly drowning in his darkness." I need my heart put back in my chest in order to be alive. “Then Sawyer aka Bible Thumper comes around and she the first ray of sunshine that he’s had in years. From early on in CP we already got to see these characters interact with one another and it set the tone for this book. In the first half of this book I actually adored Sawyer, she was everything that I love in a female character. Her imperfections, her sass, her beliefs, and not to mention her strength. I fucking loved her. In a world full of fakes she was strong enough to be herself. " Bless him. The poor boy has smoked himself stupid. “Sawyer loved Cole, from very early in the story you knew how she felt. Her love never wavered. The beauty in this story is reading how Cole fell hopelessly in love with her. Just like him, the love he has to give is broken but it’s so fucking real. His character was brilliantly written, you can feel the anguish while reading his POV. I was able to connect and sympathize with him even when he fucked up, which was a lot. Lol “ And even though he’s gone…it’s not too late to start loving him.”  It’s never too late to start loving someone. “ I’m having such a hard time rating this book because of how I feel towards it. On one hand I totally loved it but on the other I hated it. My issue with this book is how Ashely chose to write Sawyers character. Speaking as someone who actually battled weight issues in the past I didn’t necessarily like how Ashely portrayed her.Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the pressure of trying to fit into a mold that society has created especially in your teen years. The pressure is fucking suffocating and at times you feel like you can’t breathe. With that being said, I felt like it was a slap to my face when I read about Sawyers addiction and the lengths of which she was willing to go. It stands against everything that she is as a person and to be honest I felt fucking betrayed. One minute she was sweet and amazing then she was a vile bitch. Why is it that confidence has to go hand in hand with weight loss? I thought that this book would of been the one book where someone who is not a size 2 could of held her own and be proud of how she looks. If Sawyer decided to loose weight the natural way I would of been ecstatic but to make her a drug addict was too much for me.I think it was uncalled for, Cole had enough issues to add angst to the story so the issue regarding Sawyer was overkill.To be quite frank I found this book fucking distasteful. Not to mention how drug/alcohol abuse are so blatantly written about in CP and RK. These are high school kids and at some point you have to step back and reevaluate. Not only Sawyer but my sweet broken Oakley, they are fucking kids and at times I felt like I was reading about 25 yr olds instead of teenagers. It’s fiction I fucking get it, but I was so pissed with this book. I felt like Ashley made a MESS of not only the book but the characters as well. Sawyer went from being a religious person who’s not afraid to be who she is to a strung out drug addict with an eating disorder in the span of 6 months. At times I felt like I was reading about two different characters.I also felt like religion was thrown in there CONVENIENTLY!!! I tired to be open minding and go into this with no expectations but I was still disappointed. I just felt like Ashley was confused as to which direction she wanted to go so she just threw in a bunch of angst and hope it stuck.So there it is....I liked Cole and I actually enjoyed the romance aspect of this but the last 15% ruined this book for me. It’s a solid 3 stars and all of those belong to Colton. Ashely is an author who I adored, she gave me Landon and Damien so I will always have a place in my heart for her but sadly after this I will no longer be reading or reviewing any of her books.
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  • Malene
    January 1, 1970
    ***4.5 Stars***How to top Cruel Prince? Well Ashley Jade certainly succeeds with Ruthless Knight all thanks to some compelling and flawed characters. Ruthless Knight can be read as a stand-alone but why would one deprive themselves of book 1 Cruel Prince which is just as good.Ruthless Knight is a roller coaster. A tour de force of emotions from start to beginning. Yes, the story is centered around high school, 17/18year olds and the drama that comes along like cliques, football and sex but it’s ***4.5 Stars***How to top Cruel Prince? Well Ashley Jade certainly succeeds with Ruthless Knight all thanks to some compelling and flawed characters. Ruthless Knight can be read as a stand-alone but why would one deprive themselves of book 1 Cruel Prince which is just as good.Ruthless Knight is a roller coaster. A tour de force of emotions from start to beginning. Yes, the story is centered around high school, 17/18year olds and the drama that comes along like cliques, football and sex but it’s so much more. The story and its core characters here Sawyer and Cole deal with real and relatable issues. Issues that hits home for most people and the author doesn’t hold back when it comes to showing the dark and ugly sides to those. There’s nothing flattering about it and there shouldn’t be. It’s real, brutal and it hurts like hell.Sawyer (The Bible Thumper) Church and the popular Quarterback Cole Covington. I absolutely adored these two. In book 1 I had no doubt that there was something going on or there was potential for some given the poking Cole did at Sawyer. Some fascination of some sorts. In Ruthless Knight Sawyer and Cole truly shine. They’re young and make plenty of mistakes but I couldn’t blame them given the track card of issues they share from their past and now the present. How is it possible that two so very different and opposite characters complete and complement each other so flawlessly. Again it’s all thanks to the author and her storytelling. I feel her love for the characters and their story that it jumps off the pages. Ashley Jade lets her characters take their time and it pays off. Their time to make mistakes and learn from them. To grow up and to let go. Ruthless Knight is one hell of a book. Not only has #Sole claimed my heart but so have the other characters. Despite their flaws they have strong personalities but most importantly they have heart. This series and its characters keeps on delivering. Wow!4.5 One Hell Of A Ride Stars
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  • The Book Bee
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW: 4 STARS"She tastes like innocence and fire...an intoxicating combination if there ever was one." After reading Cruel Prince, I was extremely excited to check out Cole and Sawyer's twisted story - definitely an anticipation that ramped us as the release date came closer. Their dynamic in that first book made me smile, but I knew there was something a little more sinister boiling behind Cole's outward persona. His popularity was a facade that had a heavily barricaded heart and a very REVIEW: 4 STARS"She tastes like innocence and fire...an intoxicating combination if there ever was one." After reading Cruel Prince, I was extremely excited to check out Cole and Sawyer's twisted story - definitely an anticipation that ramped us as the release date came closer. Their dynamic in that first book made me smile, but I knew there was something a little more sinister boiling behind Cole's outward persona. His popularity was a facade that had a heavily barricaded heart and a very troubled and heartbreaking past. This was an eye opening and self-deprecating, emotional read that wasn't one I could barrel through. This was a time consuming read between the background that was built into their comeuppance and the variables that were strewn about because of their emotional wounds. Two very troubled kids for very different reasons.... but they found solace in each other.Going into this book, I knew there was going to be some depth to discover with Cole and the way he handled not only himself, but also how he reacted to everyone else around him. I honestly loved Cole’s intensity. He had so many unexpected layers. Jade gave his struggle so much "personality" and reality, so I could appreciate he wasn't one dimensional. Was he a little predictable in his self-loathing, given what happened? Sure, but Jade explored a very real subject and allowed the anger and the pain to manifest into this beast that he had no control over. I loved the way he fought everything. Hot-headed punk with a heart that needed some love - but he was a a stubborn punk in every right, too. Pride is a two headed monster. On one side, it’s good because it keeps your head up and goals centered. On the other, you’re too damn stubborn to see what’s right in front of you and willing to accept it. "You're addicting, Bible Thumper. But you're my addiction." Sawyer was the same spit-fire she was in the first book, but she had me giggling quite a few times. She was sarcastic and had some times where she was absolutely clever with her comebacks and that had me loving her strength even more - most appreciatively, their banter was on point. However, I want to address Sawyer's character, because I feel like that will be a point of contention for many - but I also think that a bigger picture will be missed if there isn't an understanding placed with the reader. I loved the problems she had and I love that Jade gave her struggles page time, because they are very real struggles. The aggravation I saw and the pain I felt from her, I loved that her story was told the way it was. It's not the same for everyone and this one was very definitely a different narrative than what I have read in the past and I enjoyed that so much.One thing that resonated with me was I found myself constantly contemplating the drama that was weaved throughout the pages. Not only did Jade give me the normal teenaged drama while adding some liberties with other high school drama, she showcased how messed up a teenagers life can be and made it very age appropriate. Something seemingly inconsequential was blown out of proportion - fittingly so. And even though looking from the outside in, it looks like a dream - that added another layer of misleading deception. I love how she portrayed their problems, especially in the way most teenagers see small problems and how things can escalate farther than they imagined. Some things didn't line up with some of the variables (money and "problems"), but it mostly gave a little push for everything to work itself out. The give and take was probably one of my favorite parts of this story and I feel like it was paced aptly.While it was overwhelmingly long, the story did progress and never really felt stagnant. There was almost enough recap of the first book that didn’t have anything to do with this book that could have easily been cut giving us less pages to peruse, but it wasn’t a negative hindrance to the story - it just added unnecessary length. Given everything Cole and Sawyer went through, their story was the main focus and that's what I wanted to concentrate on - so sometimes the outside reminders of what happened in Cruel Prince didn't directly affect the scene at hand, and while it was a great recap, I didn't think it was entirely necessary. But, like I said - I don't think this book ever stalled for me and I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it immensely - crazy drama and all.Pain does not negate love. Sometimes, they’re one in the same. <-- I couldn't help but think that the entire time I read this book. My words, not Jade's, but they kept coming out while I read it because she allowed me to feel a sense of despondency and elation as each battle emerged and was fought. The strength in Cole and Sawyer's attachment felt real and they were bonded on a deeper level than I initially imagined.I am looking forward to getting this one signed and setting it on my shelf next to my copy of Cruel Prince. I enjoyed the first book, but this second book swept me up in a hailstorm of pain and vitriol, popularity and pride. But the end result being a love that wasn't easily won but was most definitely deserved."How come lies are so beautiful and the truth is always so fucking ugly?"~BEEPURCHASE: https://amzn.to/2vnvWrq Affiliate LinkENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN ECOPY: http://bit.ly/2uIM8mE
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    OMG! This book absolutely DESTROYED me! It put my poor heart through the ringer like no other book before. Ashley Jade is a master at crafting stories you want to read with words that will absolutely blow you away. She didn't just make me feel this book. She made me live it, experience it and breathe it. Cole is the popular and sexy QB that rules the school at RHA. But what people don't know is that he is racked with guilt over the suicide of his twin. He feels responsible for Liam's death and OMG! This book absolutely DESTROYED me! It put my poor heart through the ringer like no other book before. Ashley Jade is a master at crafting stories you want to read with words that will absolutely blow you away. She didn't just make me feel this book. She made me live it, experience it and breathe it. Cole is the popular and sexy QB that rules the school at RHA. But what people don't know is that he is racked with guilt over the suicide of his twin. He feels responsible for Liam's death and channels all of this guilt into anger. He is cold-hearted, mean and slowly self destructing until the day he meets her. And Sawyer? She is a bible-thumping, insecure, overweight nerd that is his complete polar opposite. But he is drawn to this smart, beautiful and curvy girl. The one that somehow sees past his façade and slowly but surely, worms her way into that cold black heart of his.Cole and Sawyer's story was a powerful and moving read. I loved each and every swoon worthy, heart fluttering, heartbreaking, painful and devastating moment. In the end, I was left with the happiest of tears and the fullest of hearts. Ruthless Knight is an emotionally-charged, unputdownable and highly addictive story. It is one that will touch everyone's life as it takes you on the most amazing journey.
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  • Nikitasbookreviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely one of my highly anticipated reads! From the moment i started reading i was completely sucked in and couldn’t stop reading! Cole and sawyer definitely has feelings for each other but cole being the douche that he is cares more about his reputation than anything! Every one of these characters have something going on with them that’s hurting them that they try to hide from everyone else. Omg! My poor baby Oakley is in so much pain and going through the wringer! Gahh my hearts This is definitely one of my highly anticipated reads! From the moment i started reading i was completely sucked in and couldn’t stop reading! Cole and sawyer definitely has feelings for each other but cole being the douche that he is cares more about his reputation than anything! Every one of these characters have something going on with them that’s hurting them that they try to hide from everyone else. Omg! My poor baby Oakley is in so much pain and going through the wringer! Gahh my hearts seriously hurts for him right now! Dear lord I’m dying with laughter here in a scene where Oakley calls in sick for sawyer at her job 😂 😂 the deets and the way he goes about doing it had me in a fit of giggles! Wheww cole is a ‘huge jerk’ doesn’t even begin to cover him! He has my emotions all over the place right now! He cares but he ends up hurting every one around him! There are so many hilarious moments in here that had me dying with laughter but also moments that made me tear up! Okay seriously not even just tearing up... full on crying!!!! Finally finished reading...Dear lordddddd my heart hurts right now!!! I seriously think this book broke me!! Ashley Jade this was seriously amazing! I literally couldn’t put it down! It’s so emotional and having to relive what went down with Liam broke my heart again!! Gahhhh #bookhangoverSeriously guys this is definitely worth the read! 5 stars for sure! I highly recommend this book!
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  • Geri Reads
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 75% but I did skim towards the end and I’m glad I stopped at 75.Before I state my reasons for DNFing, I want to say that I searched for content warnings for this book. Why? Because this book needed it. Big time. And I all I saw was a condescending “warning”: “Royal Hearts Academy is New Adult/High School series of stand-alone a filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. The characters are flawed. If you’re looking for safe, sweet romance with nice heroes and DNF at 75% but I did skim towards the end and I’m glad I stopped at 75.Before I state my reasons for DNFing, I want to say that I searched for content warnings for this book. Why? Because this book needed it. Big time. And I all I saw was a condescending “warning”: “Royal Hearts Academy is New Adult/High School series of stand-alone a filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. The characters are flawed. If you’re looking for safe, sweet romance with nice heroes and heroines who are perfect all the time, this series is not for you.”Right.I mean, a book can be sweet and still have imperfect and flawed characters but whatever.Anyway, since there was no clear content warning for the book, I will add them here because I personally believe this book has a lot of heavy subjects that were not dealt with sensitively. I don’t want any of my friends who are struggling right now to get triggered by some of the scenes in this book.CW: (view spoiler)[1) Suicide. Yeah this one was a biggie. I wish I had been warned. The suicide of Cole’s brother was on page. 2) Drug abuse - not drug use but abuse, specifically addiction to Adderall. 3) Abuse (psychological/emotional) (hide spoiler)]That said, this book wasn’t for me. I was bored out of my mind. How in the world does a book with so much drama be this boring? It’s truly a magnificent feat. It meanders unevenly up to 75% on my kindle before shit hits the fan and everything just rushed towards the end. There’s also lots of repetition. And then there’s the drama and not the fun kind. Yes, I know they’re in high school, yada yada, but can we at least get some variety? It’s same drama, different day type of thing and after Cole’s third mantrum, it kinda got boring. But my biggest complaint with this book was probably how Sawyer was characterized. Sawyer is fat and so of course, we get scenes and scenes of fat shaming. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to Sawyer’s insecurities, as do I. Being bullied because of your weight sucks. But what really irked me is how heavy handed and insensitive her weight was tackled. Not only (view spoiler)[did she get addicted to Adderal because she wanted to lose weight, she had a heart attack, went into a coma, almost died, and was brought to life by Jesus ex machina. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I really just found this one boring and unimaginative. There’s lots of familiar scenes from popular 90s & 2000s teen movies in this movie. It’s not a scene for scene similar but that protein bar trick was definitely Mean Girls, all the way down to the freak out scene.
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  • fra ☆
    January 1, 1970
    dnf @ 60% :/ i just don’t care about anyone or anything lmao i guess ashley jade’s books aren’t for me
  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit! I just totally cheated on Jace with his brother Cole!From start to finish I couldn’t put this book down! I went from laughing and cheering our girl Swayer on, wanting to kick Cole in the balls, and loving him at the same time. This book pulled all the feeling out of me! Even now I’m totally shook(in an awesome way) at what I just read! I laughed, I cried, had my heart broke just to be mended again!Cole and Sawyer are my absolute favorite couple of the Royal Hearts Academy!For sure my Holy shit! I just totally cheated on Jace with his brother Cole!From start to finish I couldn’t put this book down! I went from laughing and cheering our girl Swayer on, wanting to kick Cole in the balls, and loving him at the same time. This book pulled all the feeling out of me! Even now I’m totally shook(in an awesome way) at what I just read! I laughed, I cried, had my heart broke just to be mended again!Cole and Sawyer are my absolute favorite couple of the Royal Hearts Academy!For sure my top favorite read of 2020!
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    Had super low expectations going into this, which is probably why it turned out to be not as bad I feared. Here are the key things to take away from this book: Yes, it's filled with crazy OTT drama and angst. There's literally everything but the kitchen sink in this one. Suicide, sex with teachers, drug addictions, comas, sex with stepmothers... I could go on. Did it make me roll my eyes? Hell yes. Did I skim over them and try not to think about it too deeply? Also yes, and I actually didn't Had super low expectations going into this, which is probably why it turned out to be not as bad I feared. Here are the key things to take away from this book:➽ Yes, it's filled with crazy OTT drama and angst. There's literally everything but the kitchen sink in this one. Suicide, sex with teachers, drug addictions, comas, sex with stepmothers... I could go on. Did it make me roll my eyes? Hell yes. Did I skim over them and try not to think about it too deeply? Also yes, and I actually didn't struggle too much with that. I just skip the bits that make me eyeroll too much. ➽ Leading on from the last point... yeah, you'll never convince me these characters are 18. They sounds 28 and the dialogue in general is insanely unrealistic, but...➽ I really liked the heroine. She's a religious Christian, and though I'm sad to see how she went back on her pledge to save her virginity for her wedding night (it would be nice to read about more socially conservative/religious heroines in non-Christian romance sometimes) she was smart, sassy, and didn't let the hero walk all over her as much as the last one did. Was she still way too sympathetic to the hero? Sure. But I didn't think she was a TOTAL doormat. Just a small one. I also really liked how she's a proper curvy heroine, size sixteen not eight, and her thoughts on that were SO relatable. ➽ The hero also wasn't as bad as he could've been. OW drama was fairly minimal compared to what a manwhore he was portrayed as being, and he made several grand gestures/got jealous of OM being arounf the heroine, which really endeared him to me. He did say lots of hurtful things but I didn't feel like the heroine just put up with it COMPLETELY. Maybe I'm in a forgiving mood, I don't know. I also liked how he was attracted to the heroine even before she lost weight - there was no 'Ugly Duckling' syndrome here. I'm really looking forward to the sequel with bisexual younger sister Biana (PLEASE LET HER NOT END UP WITH OAK)![Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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