King of Corium: Dark Enemies to Lovers Bully Romance (Corium University Book 1) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman


She came here for protection, but that’s the last thing she’s going to find.

Welcome to Corium University, where the most dangerous criminals in the world send their offspring. Assassins, mafia leaders, arms dealers and art thieves.
You name it, this college houses them.
Nothing can touch us here.
The only rule: No one can die.
I knew she would be here.
Aspen was my enemy in every shape of the word. A liar, a thief. I wanted revenge for my family, revenge against her father.
I knew the rules. Knew I couldn’t kill her, but I could hurt her. I could make her wish she never came to Corium. She wasn’t made for this place.
If she thought the university was the only nightmare she would have to face, she was wrong.
I was the king, and this was my kingdom.

**King of Corium is a dark new adult, enemies to lovers romance, that contains dark themes, including dub-con, and non-con. It is not a standalone novel.**

King of Corium: Dark Enemies to Lovers Bully Romance (Corium University Book 1) by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman Publication date 29/10/2021

My Review

This is the first book I’ve read by these authors, and I’m definitely going back to read previous books. It looks like this is a continuation of a previous series, but now it’s the kids, and they’ve all grown up!

It did remind me a little of the Sophie Lark books, but only in that it’s the kids that gave grown up and are attending a school for Mafia kids.

Plenty going on, the writing flowed so well, there didn’t feel like any plot holes, and the style of writing is dark and just a little twisted.

There are triggers, so please read the warnings before grabbing this book. There are elements of bullying, dubious consent and the dreaded cliffhanger!

Loved the characters, they were all well thought out and given free reign to do what comes naturally to teenagers! 😉 Secondary characters are a few, but most are just background (but I’m sure they will come to the forefront at some point.)

The story is based on two characters that know of one another. One hates the other because of what happened in their past, and he makes it his work to make her so uncomfortable at the school. But she’s not going to let him break her down (although some of the stuff he did, would have made me curl up into a little ball)

It’s an enemies to lovers/bully romance, and just a little pinch of angst.
I couldn’t put it down until the last page. And now it’s a wait for the second book.

But if you like your romance dark, filled with delicious moments of tension and you like cliffhangers, then I’d recommend you grab this one, grab tissues, chocolate and a blanket and settle down to enjoy visiting Corium University.



J.L. Beck is a lover of words. She’s an international, and USA Today Best Selling author. She published her first romance novel in 2014, and has been writing ever since.
She’s also one half of the epic writing duo Beck and Hallman.
When she isn’t writing you can find her sitting with a cup of coffee, in a comfy chair, with a book in hand. She’s a mom (both kids and pups), wife, and introvert.
C. Hallman is a USA Today Bestselling Author who wrote her debut Novel in 2018. Born and raised in Germany, Cassandra moved to the United States when she was eighteen. She’s a mom to three boys and happily married.
With a love for reading, that love slowly transpired into writing she put fingers to the keyboard and started writing about the dark side of romance.
C. Hallman is also one half of the international bestselling writing duo Beck & Hallman. Together they have published five successful series including the Amazon top 100 bestsellers The Bet and the Amazon top 75 bestseller Savage Beginnings.

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