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Title: The Boy on the Bridge
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Bully Romance
Release Date: March 4, 2021
The day I met Hunter Maxwell he wasn’t the rich kid who lived in the giant house, he wasn’t the most popular guy in school, he certainly wasn’t the bully who had chased his own best friend out of town after a falling out—he was just a boy with a black eye and a dark secret.
My life would have been much easier if I had stayed out of it, but I couldn’t. I saw someone hurting and wanted to help. I saw someone possibly in danger and wanted to make sure he was safe.
There’s nothing safe about Hunter Maxwell, though. I thought there might be. I fell under his spell. Whatever the world saw when they looked at him, it wasn’t what he showed me.
The bond we formed was real. I know it was real. But with Hunter, when the tides turn, you’d better hope you’re safely on the shore and out of his reach.
I thought I was a strong enough swimmer to keep my head above water. I thought if it came down to it, I could resist his pull.
I didn’t know, but now I do.
Once Hunter sets his sights on you, there’s no such thing as out of his reach. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or five years from now, he’s coming for me—and when he does, he won’t stop until he’s destroyed me.
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“You sure you want to bail? Leave me here alone in a dark theater with Valerie? Maybe you should tag along and make sure I behave myself.”
I know he’s only ragging on me, but I scoff at him anyway. “Please. I’d never babysit a guy. My mom taught me better than that. If you like Valerie, there’s no way you like me. If you don’t like me, then—”
He stands just as abruptly as I did, moving so close he’s practically on top of me.
My words halt and my amusement fades. His handsome face is so close to mine, my heart sinks. I can’t think straight when he stands so close to me.
“Then what?” he challenges, looking down at me and holding my gaze.
Stampeding wild animals stomp through my chest as I look back at him. I can see from the glimmer in his eyes, he knows exactly how he’s affecting me.
“Don’t torture me, Hunter.”
“This isn’t what it feels like to be tortured by me, Catnip.”
Sam Mariano writes the books she wants to read. She loves edgy, twisty romantic reads with complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your own rules! If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable daughter… actually, that’s about all she has time for these days. Feel free to find her on Facebook or Instagram—she loves hearing from her readers!
Sam Mariano is the Queen of bringing us sinfully dark anti-heroes that break our hearts and yet have us begging for more and Hunter Maxwell may very well be the *anti-prince* of anti-heroes.
Riley is full of fire and is loyal to the very depths of her soul, she’s being raised by a fiercely loving mother and that has instilled a great level of independence into who she’s growing into.
Hunter Maxwell is everything an anti-hero should be and more. He’s dark and sinfully cunning which means he’s all levels of twisted from “holy hotness” to “unholy evil” and I loved every single moment.
Riley and Hunter have an instant and undeniable connection as kids but all of that goes up in flames with a few words spoken.
As seniors in high school the chemistry that was once undeniable between Riley and Hunter is a blazing inferno that’s hampered by a girl trying to protect her heart and a boy that’s feeding his need for vengeance with venomous actions and spiteful words.
I loved Riley. She had such fire inside of her and I loved her relationship with her mom. I felt that that had such a profound effect on who she was becoming as a young adult in her senior year of high school. I found myself giggling along with them as they shared witty banter and the “realness” of their behavior really hit me in the feels.
Hunter is playing a game that nobody else knows the rules to but with Hunter Maxwell it doesn’t matter because he’s going to aim a smirk your way and you will be ready to fall at his feet and do as he commands. For real, he bamboozled me right along with Riley and I spent a hot minute wondering why Sam Mariano gets to have THE Hunter Maxwell living inside her head but I don’t, it’s quite rude to be honest.
One chapter was all it took for reality to fade away and me to become engrossed in the world on the pages. The Boy on the Bridge is next level unputdownable. The flow of this story is hypnotic as the fiery chemistry burns between Hunter and Riley turns into a mesmerizing push and pull with some shoving since Hunter Maxwell always gets what he wants, he doesn’t just play dirty, he’s downright devious. A top read of 2021 and Hunter Maxwell has earned a place on my (just created) list of all-time top anti-prince book boyfriends.