Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Siobhan Davis is one of the reigning queens of the dark bully/high school romance. When you enter one of her stories, you know that you are going to encounter some dark stuff. And you ask yourself, “why?” Quite honestly, romance is the type of genre where there is a little something for everyone. Even more, one of the most popular tropes involves the redemption of a bully. There is power in that journey, and there is nothing better than a heroine bringing an alpha-domineering male to his knees.
I read Davis’s Rydevill Elite trilogy. In that trilogy, the heroine struggled between her inner strength and her overwhelming chemistry with the bully (along with other bullish male characters). For me, reading that trilogy was a battle for the end. Now, Davis is releasing a new dark high school romantic trilogy, The Sainthood – Boys of Lowell High. With this trilogy, Davis has stepped up her game because she calls this a reverse menage dark high school romance. Here, we are treated to our heroine, Harlow “Lo,” and four men, the guys of the Sainthood. This story follows their erotic night together and the aftermath of that night. To be fair, while this has been labeled a reverse menage, there are only a few aspects of it here, rather Lo seems destined for Saint, the leader of the junior Sainthood. It will be interesting to see how this progresses with the next two books in the series.
What did I like about Resurrection over Cruel Intentions, the first book of the Rydeville Elite series?
- Lo. As a heroine in this story, she works. She reads stronger than Abigail, the heroine of Cruel Intentions. As I read Resurrection, it read as though Davis upgraded her heroine to handle the emotional and physical demands of the quartet of men. Davis also offers us more insight into her mind, illustrating the contradictions between her lust for the men and her disdain for them. Multiple times she tells the reader that she hates women who act like her, and it makes you connect to her. She shows us her foibles, so it’s easy to accept when she readily falls into their arms.
- The guys. These are the worst types of heroes. In fact, these guys are anti-heroes. Davis makes it clear in this book that they can be redeemed on some level, but it won’t happen until much later. Until that time, Davis offers us glimpses of their humanity as they overwhelm Harlow with their alpha-male tendencies. Thankfully, Lo is tough, and she can handle their censure and their interest in her. Additionally, each male character is a type, so you can find your favorite kind of guy in this book, as you have choices.
- The story. Just as she does with most of her books, Davis crafts a turn at every corner. From one minute to the next, you have no idea where the story will take you, and you cannot trust anyone. This keeps you glued to the page, waiting to work it out until the end. For Resurrection, Davis, as she did with the Rydeville Elite series, leaves you on a nice cliffhanger, which means we have to be patient for the resolution.
It can be difficult to read a dark high school romance because it shows the worst parts of humanity. I think that’s what I find interesting about Siobhan Davis’s books, books such as Resurrection. She magnifies the parts of humanity that we like to hide, and she illuminates it in her characters, only to wrap it in romance with a big pink bow. You will appreciate Harlow and her female empowerment, you will hate to love Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo, and you will be captured by the twisty storytelling of Davis. Even more, this is one hot tamale of a book (as are Davis’s other ones). If you are willing to suspend your disbelief, Resurrection makes for a satisfying bedtime read.
In love and romance,