• The Risk

  • Kings of Linwood Academy, Book 3
  • By: Callie Rose
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (234 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rich boys don't fraternize with the help.
They don't fall in love with the help.
They don't risk everything for the help.

We know what we're up against now. Who we're up against. But if he holds all the cards, the truth hardly matters.

The kings of Linwood want me to run. They want me far away from here, where I'll be safe.

I won't go, though. I refuse to leave my mom behind, and the four boys who've each claimed a piece of my heart won't let me face this threat on my own.

They swear they'll do whatever it takes to end this. To keep me safe.

Since we won't back down, fighting is our only option.

But I've played poker long enough to know that sometimes when you risk everything...

You lose everything.

Author's note: The Risk is a reverse harem high school bully romance, the final book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy. It contains cursing and sexual situations.

©2019 Callie Rose (P)2019 Callie Rose

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Hell Fucking Yess

The Kings of Linwood definitely gets my approval. These books was so f**king good. I loved every minute of the twist and turns. Only thing I wish is that this was college life instead of high school. I wanna know if they stay together. Although It was amazing. I definitely recommend this slow burn RH the first book may seem more like a single couple but just keep going. So f**king good and worth it. These books definitely take a different spin on RH world. Lo & Link are more the alpha couple and everyone else is background but they all somehow grow together in the end. It’s nice. Definitely must

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Liked the series overall

What started as a light bully romance turned into a murder mystery. It kept my attention and I wanted to get to the end to find out who the real murderer was. My suspicions ended up being correct but there was a twist I didn't see coming. The group was definitely in way over their head. There is some one on one smexy times as well as one group scene. 🔥🔥🔥

Narration was 4 stars. Surprisingly I liked her male voices more than when she was narrating for the main female character. There was some static/noise at the end of the chapters.

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Great series

Narrator was awesome and story line was great. I never got bored! I do wish her epilogue game went further in the future. You only get past graduation here

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Whiny Narration

I made it this far into the series but the narration for the female whining was nails against a chalkboard. I liked her dapper voice but then it gets so high and whiny with constant -and I mean CONSTANT- fear/whining. I get the fear but the voice change was too much for me. I had to start fast forwarding when she was in that kind of state due to narration.

Otherwise, it was cute. Not a lot of sexy scenes but enough spaced out. The chemistry btw the characters was cute but not adult so fits the high school characters. I’m glad I read but won’t read again.

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The risk is so good

When the truth of Iris Lepiane’s murder is uncovered,Harlow and the kings work hard to support each other and exposed the murderer.With Harlow continuing to experience stress with her mother in jail,she works even harder to ensure her mom be released.But finding out who Iris murderer is,isn’t the only shocking thing about the situation.At first the group anticipated that the murderer killed Iris because of her pregnancy.However now they find out that that is not the only reason.Once uncovering the real reason for her murder,the boys and Low realizes they are too deep.The development of Harlow’s relationship with each of the four boys was so cute.Their relationship although unconventional and absurd to some really worked out for them.They didn’t care about other peoples opinions of them, they were happy as the rest of them were happy. I absolutely loved this series. I could not stop listening to this audiobook. I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole audiobook. I highly recommend everyone to check out this series. The narrated did an outstanding job bringing the characters to life.

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Pretty interesting

I found it very unrealistic what these teens were able to accomplish. I actually skipped half of the book and loved the conclusion to the drama and the story. The last sex scene was very similar to one that happened in her wolf series book. Glad it’s done with though.

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Good story, so so narration

Really good, sexy reverse Harem romance. The narrator mispronounced several words which drove me a little crazy. Overall all the books were a good listen.

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Naah

I am not feeling it!! The story started out ok but it started getting strange fast. The who did it mystery just didn’t make sense. School was a non factor even when they tried to include it in the story. And mostly, the thing with the boys just didn’t work for me. Plus the ending sucked!!

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Hmm... kinda went downhill. Didn't see that coming

I completely lost interest in the big mystery. I was never invested in Iris, so I didn't care who killed her or the reason why. And this was before we even found out the murderer's identity.

As for Penelope being locked away for a crime she did not commit, I truly felt for her. She came to this town to take a job that would help her pay for Harlow's medical bill debt, only to be falsely arrested and have her reputation slandered. To make matters worse, her public defender was completely incompetent. Like why did no one stop to think "wasn't it odd that Penelope would kill a girl she's never even met before?" Even if Iris bullied her daughter, how would she know who to look for, and why only Iris? What about Savannah? Why was she spared? Was bullying a good enough reason to commit homicide? Okay, so there was DNA evidence found on her vehicle. But that could easily be planted, just like how cops are easily bought.

In contrast, I cared more about the four Kings, yet there weren't enough fun moments between them. They were too busy protecting Harlow or saving her from her shitty decisions. How many times do we have to hear Harlow's anxious thoughts before learning that she was wrong and nothing remotely bad happens? Why was she always distracted enough to get caught in stupid situations at school? She should have anticipated that Savannah wouldn't give up so easily. The frantic inner monologue felt like filler material, which is why this story seemed to drag on so much.

I also found it rather convenient how every time she has to move, she sleeps with the next boy. Like it was all situational and not necessarily because of the intense individual chemistry. And when only one of the twins was alone with her, it felt really off. Maybe it's because they were alone just that one time. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the narrator's male voices, which in turn, made the sex scenes all the better. But they were too focused on giving and not receiving. Still, I just had to finish the story to see how things would play out. Yeah, did not see the whole laundering business coming --it popped up out of no where. How naive they were to think they would get to leave unscathed. I would have lost my sh!t if one of the boys got seriously injured.

To top the whole thing off, the narrator kept mispronouncing words. Eh, the epilogue was nice though. What salvaged this story for me was Lincoln and his relationship with his bros. Loved him and how we was totally cool with sharing his girl. He's super intelligent as the alpha leader. River is the quiet thinker. Chase is the goofball of the bunch. And Dax... well, he's a loyal brother. I'll never think of swimming and sunrises the same again with the fun inside jokes. Overall, I'd give this 2.75 stars. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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love it 🥰🥰🥰

this whole book series was so fucken good. full of action, adventure, drama, Suspense and love. its a must read/listen. you won't be disappointed

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  • Babs
  • 03-09-22

Book 3

The story had some depth to it. It didn't have me biting my nails with suspense. I’ve listened to better reverse harem stories.

I found the narrator's voice annoying and extremely squeaky when doing Harlows voice. Too high pitched for me. I also didn’t like how detailed Harlows thoughts were on absolutely everything. It’s not a story I’d listen to again and again.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 03-13-21

Great finale

The Risk is the final book in the Kings of Linwood Academy, the reverse harem series' combined the right mix of steam, suspense and darkness. It kept me on edge I have been so impressed with this series
The narration was really well done with mood and intensity. Amanda Stirling was a great compliment for this trilogy.

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  • Megan Bell - The Flock🎧
  • 12-10-20

Will the risks outweigh the rewards?

This is the third and final book in the Kings of Linwood Academy trilogy.

All the answers.. this book has them. However, the truth isn't easily acquired and the answers were definitely a surprise!

I can honestly say I did not see that coming.

The Kings fierce loyalty to Harlow is extraordinary. I was all about it. I loved the fact that they were all happy together and they didn't care what others thought. Their happiness belonged to them and them alone. No one could tamper it. I enjoyed the angst and steam of this book and I loved the Kings so much. I loved their protectiveness of Harlow and their relationship with each other. The 5 of them have something special that they refuse to let others break. The Kings are so busy trying to keep Harlow safe that everything else is just noise. I understood the parents of the Kings and their hang ups. But I really loved the fact that they didn't care. They were all happy and that was what mattered.

The angst and the risks in this book are satisfying. I enjoyed the thrill. The turn of events was shocking and I caught myself saying "Don't do it" "That's a bad idea" "Oh no, don't do it". I was involved wholly in this story. I was engrossed. I loved it. The only thing I really wanted was to get the boys take on things.. I love multiple POV books and I wanted that with this book, but that didn't deter me in the least from devouring this book regardless. When things get heated and come to a peak I was sitting there thinking this is it. There is no way this will end well. There is no way they will all survive. I was so worried. I won't say more for fear of spoilers but IYKYK.

Amanda Stribling really is a great narrator. She nailed it with all 3 of these books and I loved it.

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  • Ally WLbooks
  • 05-16-20

Fabulous Steamy Angsty Conclusion

This was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful series! This had the perfect amount of love, steam, suspense, angst, and romance!
I think I've officially read all of Callie's completed series, and they are all amazing!!
Thank you #audiobookbosessions for introducing me to Callie and her series!
The narrator did an amazing job!!!

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  • Nat (🎧AudiobookObsession)
  • 04-10-20

The Risk

Not what I was expecting, but a great ending to the series. It has been filled with drama, suspense, danger, and a few twists along the way. It was a bit slow to start at the beginning of book 1 but once it really go going i was pulled right in.

Amanda Stribling did an amazing job with this series. Wonderful performance.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 03-29-20

Great Trilogy

Not what I expected at the end but all in all it was a great read. I love love love Amanda Stribling, she did an awesome job at narrating.

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  • Janet V.
  • 02-15-20

Loved it!

Such a great ending to such a great series! Callie Rose did a great job at wrapping it all up in a pretty bow.

Amanda Stribling did a great job narrating!

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 01-27-20

Great characters and Great story!!!

I have enjoyed every book I’ve listened to fro Callie Rose! I think this series is my favorite! There is more than just romance here. More than the bully story. There’s a bit of mystery and intrigue as well! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of these three books! I’m just glad I got them all at once so I didn’t have to wait!!

Amanda Stribling was wonderful with these characters and their angst! Her voice added to my enjoyment of this series!?

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 01-23-20

What an ending to an amazing series

The Kings will do anything to protect Harlow at this point. Harlow is determined to save her mother and the Kings are running right beside her. Their devotion is stronger than any highschool romance I have ever known. These kids are wiser beyond their years, but the corruption goes so deep, they may not be able to save Harlow's mom in time. THis is a perfect finale to the drama that has surrounded Harlow. The suspense is een more intense than the other two books. I was once again hooked and could not stop listening until the end. I devoured this series in two days. I am sad it is over, but I loved the ending. It was just getting there that had me on the edge of my seat.

Amanda Stirling is stellar in this narration. There are so many moving pieces and Amanda narrates each one flawlessly. Amanda created a movie in my mind. Her narration added to the experience of this series. I loved that it was a consistent narrator. I cannot wait to hear more from Amanda Stirling.

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  • Briannas_Bookshelf
  • 01-19-20

5 star listen!

I loved listening to this! This series was great to read/listen to. I was on the edge of my seat a few times and I’m sad to see it’s over. I loved the twists, angst, drama, and romance throughout with everyone involved. I highly recommend reading this series if you love all of the above