Bittersweet Revenge by J.L. Beck

Bittersweet Revenge (A Bittersweet Novella Book 1)


I’m a slut. Or at least that’s what everyone calls me. I guess that’s what you get when everyone think’s you've slept with the whole football team and then some. My junior year of high school I gave my heart to Corey Winchester. He was handsome, cocky, and a pure gentlemen. 

Then everything changed in an instant. When I found out he was spreading malicious rumors about me, after I refused to sleep with him I was utterly surprised. To add to it, he broke up with me in front of the whole school. I essentially became the laughing stock of the town. People that I once called my friends became my enemies. They were finding a way to ruin my life one day at a time. Now the shitty part is I should have known a pretty boy like him was too good to be true. After ruining my reputation and life I did everything I could to stay under the radar, but it just wasn't enough. I slowly learned that all the torment and hate was all for one thing. Revenge. That’s what Corey wanted, and why I didn't know. 

Then Rex Winchester came along. Corey’s cousin and someone I knew I shouldn't be getting close with. A whole six feet of hotness, a smile that melted the panties off of every girl in a fifty mile radius, and a heart of gold. He could have anyone he wanted, so why he chose me Corey’s ex, the bullied, slutty girl was beyond me. All I knew was that I wanted him. I wanted him more than anything. The problem was, I couldn't tell if Rex was just like Corey or if his intentions were as innocent as he was making them out to be. 

My name is Jenna Haines and this is the story of how the one thing I wanted turns out to be the one thing that would hurt me the most. 

What happens when the one thing you least expect to happen does? 

What happens when all the lies and all the secrets come out? 

Well, you're about find out.


Bittersweet Revenge was not a good book. Thankfully it was short, but still it was painful to read. It didn't really make sense most of the time. The things Jenna thought and did I didn't get. It was just confusing and I did not enjoy it at all. 

So Jenna dated Corey last year, but after they broke up he started spreading rumors about how she is a slut. Slutty slut slut slut slut. Slut was used way too often in the beginning of the book. Jenna hasn't slept with anyone so she of course is not a slut. Not like Marie who "was in fact the town slut. That's wasn't me putting shame on her." Yeah, sure it's not. Slut is such an empowering, positive just made me angry. Like you know what it is like to be called that so why bring someone else down to that level, even if you don't say it to anyone else? Lame. 

So then Rex shows up at the beginning of the school year and he is just oh so good looking Jenna just cannot help herself. There was no real connection between the two of them besides a physical attraction, but of course it is like love you guys! For realsies. Okay so Rex is Corey's cousin and she doesn't really trust him, but then she does. But then she doesn't. Who knows what is going on. Jenna's bff Mimi overhears Rex tell someone else something like leave her alone. Don't mess with her. Jenna assumes she is the her he is refering to and somehow this means that Rex is planning something horrible against her. Why? I have no idea. It made no sense to me, but then again that is the way the whole story read. Leave her alone means I am going to do something terrible to her. Yep. Makes sense. 

So how about the bff (and really only friend) of Jenna's? Well she is a real winner. I have no idea why they were even friends. Jenna finds that Mimi is flirting with Corey and they kissed over the summer and freaks out. Well freaks out until Mimi is all omg it is not my fault! He is responsible! I didn't do anything! Yep, cause flirting with someone is forced on you by the other person. There is no way you could not flirt. None. Nope. Not possible. Eye roll so hard. Ugh this story! None of my friends would ever go near someone who made my life a living hell like Corey did. None. They are my friends. Way to stick by your friend Mimi...though I do suppose she did try and stand up for Jenna sometimes. It was odd that she would flirt with the guy who terrorized her friend. 

So yeah. The story didn't make much sense to me, I didn't see the connections between any of them, the reason for Corey's actions are idiotic and made no sense, really the whole thing was a bunch of awfulness. The whole ending was also like argh! Why am I reading this? It just was too much. I didn't like Jenna, even though she was the victim here, and her friend was terrible. Corey was terrible, but didn't seem real, and Rex was just this good looking guy so Jenna couldn't stay away. Not good, not good at all. 


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