Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
Categories: Romance, LGBT+
First Publication Date: June 3rd 2021
𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒈𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔, 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒔𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒎 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔… 𝑮𝒆𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒚!
Marymount girls are good girls. We’re chaste, we’re untouched, and even if we weren’t, no one would know, because we keep our mouths shut.
Not that I have anything to share anyway. I never let guys go too far. I’m behaved.
Beautiful, smart, talented, popular, my skirt’s always pressed, and I never have a hair out of place. I own the hallways, walking tall on Monday and dropping to my knees like the good Catholic girl I am on Sunday.
That’s me. Always in control.
Or so they think. The truth is that it’s easy for me to resist them, because what I truly want, they can never be. Something soft and smooth. Someone dangerous and wild.
Unfortunately, what I want I have to hide. In the locker room after hours. In the bathroom stall between classes. In the showers after practice. 𝑀𝑦 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑠𝑤𝑖𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝑀𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑢𝑝 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑟𝑡.
For me, life is a web of secrets. No one can find out mine.
I cross the tracks every day for one reason—to graduate from this school and get into the Ivy League. I’m not ashamed of where I come from, my family, or how everyone at Marymount thinks my skirts are too short and my lipstick is too red.
Clay Collins and her friends have always turned up their noses at me. The witch with her beautiful skin, clean shoes, and rich parents who torments me daily and thinks I won’t fight back.
At least not until I get her alone and find out she’s hiding so much more than just what’s underneath those pretty clothes.
The princess thinks I’ll scratch her itch. She thinks she’s still pure as long as it’s not a guy touching her.
I told her to stay on her side of town. I told her not to cross the tracks.
But one night, she did. And when I’m done with her, she’ll never be pure again.
Tryst Six Venom is the first bully romance I’ve read and whew, what an experience! As a rule I don’t read many romances, but I was in the mood for one lately and also wanted to try something a bit darker than the stuff I usually read, and the fact that this was a bully romance and Penelope Douglas’ first F/F romance, I just had to pick this up!
First of all – oh boy, this did NOT hold back on the bullying. It made me SO uncomfortable but at the same time I was turning pages wondering how the hell they would recover from the horrible stuff Clay does to Olivia. It was quite extreme and I was not sure it would work – but it did! It took me a few chapters to really see how I felt about this book, but I ended up really enjoying it, even if I had doubts about Clay and Olivia as a couple. This had such tension and angst and oh my god, it’s such a sexy book. I made the mistake one time of bringing this to read on my commute I will NOT be doing that again with any Penelope Douglas book I pick up. This is the steamiest novel I’ve ever read, probably.
In addition to being a bully romance, this is also a sports romance, which I don’t love, but it was alright. Oh I also LOVED Olivia’s brothers! I just love the superprotective trope, be it in friends, siblings or romantic partners, so it was really fun to read about them.
The writing is incredible, at no point did I feel the pacing was off at all. It took nearly 90% of the book for me to be actually a fan of Olivia and Clay as a couple because obviously dating your bully is the surest way to have a toxic relationship and trauma and I am a soft baby who hates it when people are mean, so this romance was a Journey for me. I’m still not quite sure that bully romance is my thing, but Tryst Six Venom is an incredible book and I will definitely be picking up Punk 57 and Birthday Girl.