Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Unforgivable (Empire Academy Series Book 1) by Monique Moreau ~ Book Review #newrelease #bookreview #mafiaromance #bullyromance #darkromance #bookaholic


What he did was unforgivable and if he wants me, he better get ready to grovel.


I value one thing above all else: redeeming my family’s legacy within my mafia clan. I do everything right. I’ve almost solidified my position as our next consigliere. I intend to marry a clan princess. There’s only one barrier in my plan of domination.

I must graduate high school.

To do that, I need a tutor.

My boss chooses the girl I’ve bullied off and on for years. But what begins as an unavoidable chore becomes my greatest distraction.


I’ve pined after Lucian for years, even with the way he treats me. I only balk at becoming his tutor because I secretly crave him.

Call me a glutton for punishment.

Turns out, even I have my limits.

Lucian is an active participant in my greatest humiliation. He seems remorseful. For the first time, he seeks me out.

But it’s too late.

Apologize. Beg. Crawl.

I don’t care.

I can never forgive him.  

Content warning:

Unforgivable can be read as a standalone and is the first installment of The Empire Academy Series. Lucian is an OTT possessive morally gray hero who doesn’t know what he wants until it’s too late. Get ready for a dirty-talking bully, a long grovel, and plenty of praise when he finally gets her where he wants her. Where is that, you ask? In his arms, of course. If such material offends, please do not read.

I was really looking forward to Star's book after I read her brother Tatum's book, THE PERFECT HEIR, but I'll be honest and say that I didn't see a High School Bully Romance in the future for her. I mistakenly thought she would be married off to a Lupu family member but oh how wrong I was.

Lucian is one of those morally gray characters that many hate to love because what he does is so wrong but then he does something that makes you swoon and forgive him. He has bullied Star for YEARS and through it all Star still had a huge crush on him, until things went too far one day and she was totally humiliated....bye bye crush hello hatred. Unfortunately for both Star and Lucian they have to make nice and work with one another to ensure that Lucian graduates or things will really get ugly.

While I enjoyed this story there were times I wanted to reach through my kindle and smack Lucian upside the head to make him realize what he was doing. There are a few twists throughout the story the biggest one would be something that Lucian puts into motion himself. 

I would recommend this book to those that enjoy STEAMY Bully Romances, New Adult Romances, Organized Crime Romances or High School Romances.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

Growing up in New York City, I used to walk the hot pavements in the melting heat of the long summers, and dream. Uptown to downtown, eastside to the westside, and underground to catch a subway racing out into the boroughs.

During my wanderings, my magic pencil spun out fantasies full of romance, with first meetings, heartbreaks, and reunions. Sometimes my boy crush (unrequited, of course) starred as the hero.

I grew up, and after a stint in art school, became a lawyer ‘cuz a woman’s got to make a living. I came from parents who fled to France as refugees, and as an attorney, I dedicated my work to helping survivors of trauma and persecution.

I believe in them. In their grit, in their determination to hold on, to pull through and, somehow, someway, to keep themselves intact, body and soul.

Perhaps that is why I am drawn to writing stories of men and women who live through heart-rending pain, desperate yearnings and, ultimately, reach a place of redemption.

For a long time, I fought the urge to veer off the expected, safe path until I couldn’t go on unless I took a chance and made a change. I began to write, stopped, and began again. Finally, I gave in and here I am.

Come join me on my journey…








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