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#ARCReview Truly by Carmel Rhodes

Title: Truly

Series: Standalone

Author: Carmel Rhodes

Genres: Dark Romance

Tropes: Bully, Coming of Age

Release Date: 11 June 2020


The summer after senior year was supposed to be the best summer of my life.⁣⁣
It was supposed to be full of adventure and self-discovery and making love under the stars.⁣⁣
It was supposed to be about losing myself and finding my way.⁣⁣
Only, it wasn’t supposed to start like this.⁣⁣
I wasn’t supposed to go to that party.⁣⁣
He wasn’t supposed to notice me.⁣⁣
The hot jock with the trust fund and chip on his shoulder.⁣⁣
My ex-boyfriend’s brother.⁣⁣
Noah Tedesco is so far out of my league he might as well be playing a different game.⁣⁣
Noah wasn’t supposed to look twice at a girl like me, but he did.⁣⁣
Now that I’m on his radar, my life will never be the same.⁣⁣
𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐮𝐛-𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
ARC Source: Author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book so dark, I had a hard time forgiving the character. This was my first book from Carmel Rhodes, and I’m confident enough to say that she knows how to write them twistingly dark!

This book is not for the faint of heart. I got myself many times wondering how Noah would make up for everything he’s done to her, especially after the treehouse scene. Truly thought that her graduation day would have been wonderful. Instead her boyfriend Devlin broke up with her while the whole school was watching, and his half-brother is suddenly all over her. He bulldozes his way into her life without asking for permission and crashing her road trip with her best friend.

I see you, Truly. If my brother was stupid enough to drop you, you better fucking believe I’m going to pick you up. I will own you, every inch that belonged to him will be mine.

Noah is one of the most intense characters I’ve read. He has inner demons that feed his anger and makes him act in ways that are harsh and possibly unforgivable. Truly seems to be the only one that can somewhat control them, but she doesn’t come out untainted. Noah woke up a darker side of her, a new Truly that is not afraid of the monsters but embraces them.

Noah was never the prince in my story. Ours was never a fairytale, but fairytales are boring. Maybe our once upon a time was dark and dirty and raw, but it was ours.

Truly and Noah’s story is mess up, especially at the start. You’ll find yourself struggling with what’s happening and Noah’s possessiveness. However, if you let these two take you with them on their wild ride, you won’t forget!!!




Writer of words. Mother of Joy. Wife of Compassion. I like to write stories about real people who go through real struggles, and come out the other side stronger. I also like to write smut. Welcome to my brain. It’s a little screwed up, but always well intended.

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Until next time..Demetra xx

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