Lily White-Violence

Violence takes us back into Lily’s Inferno world. Today, we get to see the first of the twins, Ezra and find out his story with Emily. Let me tell you, there were times when this story broke my heart and made me teary. And if I didn’t already hate Ezra and Damon’s father, and frankly, all the fathers of the guys in Inferno, I would well and truly hate them after this.

So, Emily has been one of the group that includes the Inferno boys for pretty much their entire lives. Their parents all run in the same circles, which means that the kids all run in the same circle. And Emily knows that she’s going to spend the rest of her life with the Inferno boys, whether she wants to or not, because she was betrothed to Mason when she was born, and they will be married before the two of them turn 30, no matter what. Emily’s mother has been after her for her entire life to act like a lady, to stay chaste, to not do anything that could embarrass the family or Mason’s family, and by her senior year in high school, Emily has taken that to heart. She’s quiet, doesn’t date, and keeps mostly to herself. Then comes Ezra, and everything changes.

Ezra, usually at least, starts breaking into Emily’s life and knocking down her walls. Sometimes it’s Damon, because the boys are identical and they like to play games, and Emily doesn’t always know when it is one of the other. She always asks, and they always tell her that it’s Ezra, so she chooses to believe it is. Anyway, he talks her into playing with him for the last 6 weeks of school. It’s only 6 weeks. And now, Damon joins in, for the fun of it. And it’s mostly good, except for when it isn’t. Every other weekend, the twins disappear and come back bruised and more and more fucked up. It makes Emily mad, and she tells the twins that she will always be there for them.

Fast forward 10 years, and it’s time for the full formal engagement between Emily and Mason. She hasn’t seen the twins in years and years, and there they are. And things get… complicated.

It would kill Ezra to know that I feel sorry for him and his brother. In fact, I feel sorry for all of the Inferno boys. Their fathers are complete and utter dickholes that should be shot right in their left testicle. With a really, really, really, really, really big gun. Anyway, I do feel for him because the people who were supposed to take care of the twins went out of their way to hurt them. I can understand Ezra’s feelings about Emily. It’s the easy way for him to feel. His father has done what he can to beat any kind of feelings out of him, so going to angry and violence is the easy way. You don’t have to think anything, you just get mad. I think that Ezra is a very loyal person, not just to his twin brother, but to all the other Inferno boys. It’s not an easy job, I think, to be loyal to them, because, like I said, they are all kinda fucked up. I think that I actually like Ezra.

Emily has such a beautiful loving heart. She cares so deeply for her friends, and even more deeply for Ezra and Damon. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for the boys, either separately or together. I understand why she makes the choices that she does. I would probably make the same choices in her place. I think that she definitely strong, and she will do everything she can to make sure that Ezra is safe and OK.

One of the things I really like about the way that Lily writes these books is that the female main character seems to break the fourth wall and really talks to the reader. It lets you really be pulled into the books.

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I want to know what’s going on with Emily’s brother. There’s a story there, and it’s going to be good, I think.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Lily White-Fraud

Fraud is the second book in Lily’s Antihero Inferno series. And antihero is definitely the right description for the guys in this book. I was really excited to see this book, because I liked Gabriel when we met him in the first book, and I still like him in this one. At least most of the time. He is an asshole, but could he be a member of Inferno if he wasn’t?

Ivy has just been told by Tanner that it’s time for her to pay up for the favor that Inferno did for her back in the day. They want info on her dad, the governor. But she doesn’t want to give them anything, because she loves her dad. But Tanner sics Gabe on her, and they have a long history. For many years they’ve pulled pranks and done tricks on each other. But now, with them wanting information on her dad, it’s more than just putting a shitload of chickens in Gabe’s house or filling his car with eggs. It’s more like going on a date with him, then tricking him, tying him up, writing a message on him, and dumping Gabe bare assed naked on Tanner’s front yard, and then running away. And she really did that. I don’t blame her at all. I would’ve totally run away after doing that. I might’ve stripped him and tied him up too, maybe.

Gabe, of course, isn’t going to take that laying down. He’s going to go and get her, because they still need to have the info that he has, no matter what. So, he does what Fraud does best, and lies. Not only does he lie, but he also ends up getting her disowned by father. Which means that she has to depend on him. Which means more tricks on both their parts.

Fraud is an appropriate name for Gabe, for sure. He is a very talented liar. I think that he is a little too talented sometimes, if you know what I mean. He manages to lie to himself, sometimes, I think, even if he doesn’t realize that he is doing it. I mean, do we ever know that we are lying to ourselves? It just goes so deep in him. He’s broken and hurt, like all of them are. I think Tanner may be the most functional of all the guys, but this is only the second book, so I’m not entirely sure yet. I can’t wait for the future books, because I’m really looking forward to not just the characters, but also the overall storyline.

Ivy is smart. So very, very smart. It both helps and hurts her. She’s also at least as good a game player as the guys are, just in a different way. Gabe and Ivy are always playing games with each other, and sometimes one of them is ahead of the other, and sometimes it’s the other way around. The thing is, she’s really willing to play the long game, and by long game, I mean like decades long long game. I look forward to seeing what she and Gabe manage to get up to together.

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OMG, the ending. What happened there was everything.

OK< that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lily White-Treachery

I think this is the first Lily White book I’ve read, but I am going to be all over the rest of this series beccause Treachery was just so good and so intense.

So, we start out in the past with Luca and her best friend and roommate Everly headed out to a big party hosted by these 9 guys at their university called the Inferno. These guys are rich, old rich, and their families are in control of a lot of the freaking world. Each of these 9 guys is named after one of the 9 rings of Hell. As you can guess, these guys aren’t all that nice. Everly is dragging her to this party because she’s dating one of the Inferno guys and wants Luca to be her wing woman. Only, when they get to the party and into the room, one of the guys kicks Luca out, and she runs out to wait for the guy she’s been seeing. The following weekend, Everly, Luca, and the jerk she’s seeing all go to the huge party the Infernos are having, and she ends up having an up close and personal encounter with Tanner, AKA Treachery, and it’s not a good one. Things get even worse when Luca gets forced into Tanner’s space.

I had such a hard time liking Tanner. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to at first. I mean, he isn’t named Treachery for shits and giggles. He really is a treacherous asshole. I mean, everything that he could do to fuck people over, he did, and then some. There were all kinds of things that he did just for shits and giggles, or that he did and didn’t see a problem with. In the later part of the book, I really warmed up to him and started to like him more and more. He’s still not necessarily a good person, I mean, he’s still Treachery, and he still wants to fuck people over. Of course, some of the people actually deserve it this time. We learn more about him and his motivation, which is part of what makes me like him more.

I really like Luca all the time. I think that she was smart and had some tricks, but I think that she was also a little naive. Not in a bad way or anything, but she is mostly honest and pretty open, which makes it hard for her to plan ahead like Tanner and his friends, because she just doesn’t think in the same way that they do. She gets ideas and comes up with things that she’s pretty sure will help her win, but the problem is that she is just one person and one person who hasn’t been twisted the way that the Inferno boys have been, so it’s hard for her to get ahead of them more than a step or two.  I think that she’s a brave woman though, and I think that she is going to be very powerful.

I can’t wait for the upcoming books.

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I have suspicions as to what happened to Everly, and I can’t wait for her book to see what it was.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. go check it out! Happy reading!