Release Day Review: Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas

Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: June 3rd 2021
Links: Ebook โ€ข Paperbackย โ€ข Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’”, ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ ๐’”๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’„๐’Œ๐’†๐’“ ๐’“๐’๐’๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”… ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’• ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’š!

๐˜พ๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™”

Marymount girls are good girls. Weโ€™re chaste, weโ€™re untouched, and even if we werenโ€™t, no one would know, because we keep our mouths shut.

Not that I have anything to share anyway. I never let guys go too far. Iโ€™m behaved.

Beautiful, smart, talented, popular, my skirtโ€™s always pressed, and I never have a hair out of place. I own the hallways, walking tall on Monday and dropping to my knees like the good Catholic girl I am on Sunday.

Thatโ€™s me. Always in control.

Or so they think. The truth is that itโ€™s easy for me to resist them, because what I truly want, they can never be. Something soft and smooth. Someone dangerous and wild.

Unfortunately, what I want I have to hide. In the locker room after hours. In the bathroom stall between classes. In the showers after practice. ๐‘€๐‘ฆ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘š๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”. ๐‘€๐‘ฆ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก.

For me, life is a web of secrets. No one can find out mine.

๐™Š๐™‡๐™„๐™‘๐™„๐˜ผ

I cross the tracks every day for one reasonโ€”to graduate from this school and get into the Ivy League. Iโ€™m not ashamed of where I come from, my family, or how everyone at Marymount thinks my skirts are too short and my lipstick is too red.

Clay Collins and her friends have always turned up their noses at me. The witch with her beautiful skin, clean shoes, and rich parents who torments me daily and thinks I wonโ€™t fight back.

At least not until I get her alone and find out sheโ€™s hiding so much more than just whatโ€™s underneath those pretty clothes.

The princess thinks Iโ€™ll scratch her itch. She thinks sheโ€™s still pure as long as itโ€™s not a guy touching her.

I told her to stay on her side of town. I told her not to cross the tracks.

But one night, she did. And when Iโ€™m done with her, sheโ€™ll never be pure again.

Tryst Six Venom is Penelope Douglas’ very first F/F romance and I have been DYING to get my hands on it ever since she started teasing about it. It’s a bully romance set in high school, and normally I don’t gravitate towards these kinds of reads but I trust Penelope Douglas and I trust her process. TSV ended up being a gripping, entertaining, emotional read โ€“ I highly recommend it especially if you love Punk 57 or Bully!

Good girl Clay comes from a wealthy family. Bad girl Olivia comes from the wrong side of the tracks. They hate each other, they’re on the same lacrosse team, and Clay has made Liv’s life hell their entire time in high school. Unfortunately, Liv can’t retaliate since the rich kids at their school don’t experience any kind of repercussions. So she keeps to herself and works hard to survive long enough to graduate and go to an Ivy League out of the state.

The relationship between Liv and Clay is toxic. At least at first. It’s full of turmoil and angst and anger and hurt. There’s so much to unpack between them but underneath it all is also an unwanted attraction. Liv is out and Clay is confused and scared about her sexuality. All she knows is that she just wants Liv.

It’s a roller coaster of emotions when you read TSV. My heart HURT for these two, not just regarding their budding love and romance but also for both of their wrecked homes. Clay’s brother passed away years ago, leaving her parents a mess. Liv and her brothers have lived day by day making ends meet ever since their parents died. I loved the fact that Penelope Douglas was able to make me so invested in the secondary characters! I fell in love with Liv’s brothers (who I wouldn’t mind books for. Especially Macon!!!) and I found myself rooting for Clay’s parents to get back together. It was a fantastic cast of well-rounded, developed characters.

The main reason why I’m not rating this higher is that I did struggle to get into the story in the beginning. The hate was so real and brutal, and I had no idea how Clay and Liv would be able to move past all the hurt and heartache. But I always tell myself to trust in PD and before I knew it, I was hooked. I really enjoyed Clay and Liv and their romance. Their chemistry is insane and I’m always in awe of how PD can unravel her characters and build them back into something even better. If you love your NA romances on the more intense and angsty side, you can’t go wrong with this.


lacey


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