Bully King

A Dark Bully Romance
By: JA Huss
Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Emma Wilder
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense
4.3 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bully boys.

Arrogant tyrants.

Blue-blood bastards.

Call them whatever you want.

Around here, we just call them Kings.

Fancy boats.

Lakeside mansions.

Luxe watches and bespoke suits.

The Kings of High Court College act like Gods.

And Cooper Valcourt is the worst of them.

He is the bully king.

His family owns everything.

And his mission is to put me in my place and send me packing.

But Cooper and I have a history filled with secrets.

And everyone knows that power doesn’t come from having money.

It comes from holding secrets.

And I’m holding one of his.

A very dark secret that can bring him to his knees.

Bully King is a new-adult, dark, bully romance from New York Times best-selling author JA Huss featuring boys with power and girls at their mercy. It’s a campus shrouded in lies and a summer rush into an elite society that can propel a poor girl straight into the ruling class.

If…she’s willing to pay the price.

©2020 JA Huss (P)2020 JA Huss

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Five star listen!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I thought I had things figured out but NOPE. I didn’t expect all that was going on in this story (not going to spoil it for you) that I absolutely loved! Jacob Morgan did amazing as the Bully King. I can not wait for the second book!!!! Ahhhh come on September and I hope you keep Jacob Morgan to narrate!

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Expected better

I fully expected a better story. This one was okay, the build up didn’t match up with the rest of the book. It’s a bunch of cruelty that’s actually really pointless. Wouldn’t recommend. Narration was great and that’s what kept me going

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A special kind of coward that squashed my interest

This book started off great with some interesting reverse harem-like stuff going on and I was loving the weird dynamics and interesting characters. The narration was superb, as can be expected from Morgan and Wilder. But the character Cooper ... he ruined the entire book for me. He was not only a coward through and through, but he was nasty to this woman that he supposedly loved and knew how she had gone through all these horrible things. I won't spoil anything, but just suffice to say that Cooper is a real piece of trash with very few redeeming qualities. He lets his daddy control his life, whines and complains at every turn instead of taking action, and relies upon others to do everything for him. He finally admits to some of his serious faults toward the end and how he's going to change, but for me that wasn't good enough. He acted like a teen in high school for most of the book and I was exhausted by him eventually. His friends though!.... I would LOVE to see spin-offs of their love stories because they're interesting and seem to be smarted as well as more emotionally mature than Cooper. Just prepare yourself for this preppy idiot. I tire of him. Anyway, I enjoyed the book still because of the other characters and I can't wait to see if people like Lars and Mona get their own love stories.

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Not your typical Bully romance

I love JA Huss' books/audiobooks so I was super excited to see her enter into the realm of the Bully romance market. I have read/listened to plenty of them and I was quite eager to hear her take on the genre. Well, like many things she does, her take was quite unique. The book starts out much like one would expect a bully romance to with the antihero - bully and his friends determined to make the "poor" heroine's life hell at school - that school being High Court College. Of course the good looking bully king - Cooper Valcourt (his name even sounds royal) and his equally good looking bully buddies, Lars and Ax have history with our fair heroine Cadee, a history that is filled with secrets. But they are not the only ones with secrets. Everyone at High Court College seems to have them and others are prepared to use their secrets against them... At this school of the uber privileged you have to know how to play the game as secret societies and dangerous players rule the court. There is a lot at stake and not for just for Cadee and Cooper but for all of the players of the High Court College elite. Someone wants to take the crown of the bully king and reveal all of the courts secrets and completely change the game... What makes this bully book so different from many I have read/listened to is the bigger plot that extends beyond Cooper and Cadee. There is more going on then their relationship to the extent that they sometimes seem secondary to the story. I do love that we are given more intrigue and plot to work with then some typical romances but I think a little more emphasis should be placed on the romance/relationship between Cooper and Cadee. At the heart of this is a love story but it often felt overshadowed by the High Court College drama. The narration of Emma Wilder and Jacob Morgan was excellent as always and I can listen to just about anything they narrate. As this is book 1 of the a duet, I am hoping that we see more interaction and romance between Cooper and Cadee . Overall it was a really good listen and had me wanting to listen to book two as soon as I finished. I am also strangely attracted to the villainous Dante because well he's so good at being bad LOL.

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It is sort of a cliffy

This book got me confused in the beginning. Idk if it’s because bully romance is not my go-to or I wasnt in the right headspace. I did enjoy it but I feel like the hold out wasn’t enough for me. I wasnt fond of the MCs. I like Mona better (I hope Julie will write a book about her lol). Im curious what book 2 will bring. I feel like Julie is saving all the best parts and will conclude this duet with the unexpected plot twists I love her for. Narration was great! Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder are always good at what they do.

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Dark and dirty, but oh so good!

High Court College isn't for everyone, and neither is this book. But if you crave dark, erotic tales, give this one a chance. The first part of the story had me concerned that this book may be too dark for me because of young Cadee's traumatic history, but no JA Huss book has ever left me unsatisfied, so I persisted. And I am glad I did. Cooper is the Bully King who reigns over the summer rush into an elite secret society, and Cadee is the poor girl with a tormented past who has been promised a college scholarship in return for working during the rush. Even though this dark, twisted tale is full of bullies, manipulation, hazing, secrets, lies, and sex, it has a happy-for-now ending that left me anxiously anticipating the next book in the series.

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Amazingly Dark and Wonderful Narration!

This is the first installment in the Kings of High Court College Duet. This is an amazingly dark bully romance. The characters are complex, wonderful, and fascinating. I loved to follow Cadee and Cooper, along with Ax, Lars, and the other supporting characters in this wild journey. Cadee is a wonderful, determined, and strong character. Cooper is an antihero, and definitely a secretive, and intriguing character. The storyline is well written, intricate, dark, twisted, and enthralling, filled with secrets, intrigue, secret society, and unpredictable twists and turns. The world building is well developed and captivating. The story does not end with a cliffhanger, but some questions are not already answered. Now, I am looking forward to listen to the next installment in the duet. JA Huss is one of my favorite authors when I need something a little more dark and intricate. She NEVER disappoints. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Roller Coaster Ride!

Ok, so NOT a typical romance story, boy meets girl, yadda yadda. The roles you think people are in the beginning aren’t who they are in the middle or even in the end. But that’s the mark of a good story, and a great storyteller. J A takes you on a ride. The upset in the end was worth the journey.

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Bad narrating and bad overall

Most of the characters personality’s suck, I did not like the female protagonist. Although her story was heart wrenching she was still pretty bland and Cooper was an asshole that I just did not like overall. And I felt no love between them an absolute waste of my time. Plus Emma Wilder did not make the narration enjoyable. I keep cringing every time she spoke.

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Female narrator

Ugh her voice! She’s using this false setto high hoarse voice. Like you’re begging her to just clear her freaking throat. It’s Gross and uncomfortable sounding.

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  • Christine
  • 08-13-20

great

Wow this book is so different from the normal J A Huss books but it is definitely so much her great style. It is very well written and such great world building and introducing completely new and individual characters that your all gonna love or hate and the twists the story takes well Julie never disappoints. The world of money and power and what length would you go to get it The bully kings are just that but all is not as it seems and so many underlying things are happening as well Its a must read I just loved it and can't wait for book 2 Ruling Class and what happens next? the voices are just great too

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  • shedevilreads Bookstagram
  • 08-12-20

Dark Bully Romance

Bully King by JA Huss is a dark bully romance that I listened to on audio narrated by Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder. This is the first book in The Kings of High Court College duet. This is the first book of JA Huss that I have read and it definitely won’t be my last. This was absolutely amazing! I loved that the book had both Cooper and Cadee’s points of views. It really brings the story to life. This book had me hooked from the first chapter and I just had to know more about Cooper, Ax, Lars, and Cadee. The ending left me speechless. I can’t wait for the next book in the series Ruling Class to be released on September 2, 2020 to get the rest of their story. Jacob and Emma did an amazing job on the narration. They really brought the story to life. I can’t wait to listen to more of their work in the future. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Dark Romance, Bully Romance, or College Romances.

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  • Tamica Gates
  • 08-12-20

Amazing

Wow did not know what to expect from this author since this was the first time reading their work and wow this was such a good story and that ending. I can't wait to read more of this series and the secrets that will be exposed by the Bully Kings and the new court. I am now a fan.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 08-12-20

WTF Just Happened?

Wow, Bully King takes you for a ride. I'm not usually into this trope but I knew it would be a wild ride if penned by JA Huss and she did not fail to deliver. In the world of the excessively wealthy and powerful, nothing is at seems. These young adults are entitled and bully their way to the top. But pay close attention, because what you think you know, you don't. I spent the majority of the story trying to figure out what the hell was going on and was stupefied when we got the payoff. Again, JA Huss did not fail to deliver. In awe. Mind-blown. The narration performed by Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder is excellent. Jacob does such a great job portraying the dominant bully while Emma was perfect as the softer spoken heroine.

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  • Claire Annovazzi
  • 08-11-20

NOT what I was expecting

My very first bully romance, and I was so wary of the genre. I thought at least with this author, I would have a good story. In the end, that was NOT what I was expecting. Sure, don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of bullying going on, and it can be pretty disturbing–especially when it’s sexual. Even when the reasons behind the bullying are revealed, it didn’t make me feel better. It’s just too much and I could relate with poor Cadee. It kept me from understanding the relationship between Cadee and Cooper. Until the end, when it made a little more sense–but just a little bit more. The whole universe, though, is great. The author once again imagines a secret society with rites and laws and lots of skeletons in the closet. There’s a lot going on in this closed community. That part was fascinating, and I can’t wait to learn more about it in the next book. Hopefully.

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  • Anna W
  • 08-08-20

Wow

Not usually into this trope but gave it a try as love the author. What a plot!! The story was complex and kept me guessing! Major rollercoaster of emotions and angst. The narrators did a perfect job! Jacob Morgan’s narration gave Cooper an authentic voice with inflections of emotion. Emma Wilder’s range as well as beauty of her voice gave me all the chills. Really looking forward to the next book!

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  • Gyrithe
  • 08-07-20

I just love Huss' books

the universe Julie creates everytime She writes a book, is just out of this world twisted and dark. so Many evel and corrupt old rich people, you get abit scared. And you end up praying this is not how the world turns. this book. Just WOW. It was so good. im not sure im ready to put it away, Even as I just finished listening to it. it just pulled me in from the first words. And the way Jacob and Emma performed it. they made it come alive. Emma is my favorit female narrator. And again She showed how talented She is. I want more of this.

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  • Bette
  • 08-07-20

Terrific Story & Listen🎧 Dark, Twisted & Intense!

Wow, J.A. Huss masters Bully Romance with this dark and twisted story, an angst filled story that captivated me from start to end. She did a great job of getting under my skin yet I could not tear myself away from the book because I had to know what happened next. The storylines are original and interesting, the characters are complex and nicely developed. I was rooting for Cadee Hunter, the entire time, she is the underdog, the one bullied, well the one who is most bullied. She is a commoner amongst royalty, the rich kids whose family run the school. Her parents worked on the grounds before their deaths and she was offered to stay on by Chairman Valcourt, she could work while she attended High Court College. Christopher “Cooper” Valcourt is the bully king, he and his friends Lars and Ax were fairly friendly with Cadee when she was younger but that is not the case any more and led by Cooper they make her life a living hell. I loved and admired Cadee’s strength and determination to not let the rich privileged kids break her. It is like he hates her but the chemistry between them is undeniable. She plays their game but they are determined to break her, make her leave. This book is cleverly plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama, intense angst, mind blowing twists and turns that you never see coming, thrilling and suspenseful moments as well as heartfelt and emotional ones and some romance too. J.A. Huss, thank you for this terrific, mind-blowing story and the emotional rollercoaster ride, and what a ride it was!! Jacob Morgan and Emma Wilder are fabulous narrators and versatile voice artists. They bring these characters to life, giving each their own voice and personality. They do an awesome job portraying each character, grasping their persona to the tee, sounding just as I picture them to sound. Jacob Morgan’s take on an alpha bully was perfection and Emma Wilder’s Cadee was too, you could here her strength and determination. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧