Pretty Lies (Cruel Boys of Raven Oak Prep #2)

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THE DEAD CANNOT RETURN. Madelyn had a choice. She chose with her heart. But what happens when that trust is put to the test? Everything Madelyn thought was real becomes unraveled when a mysterious, foreign student transfers to Raven Oak Prep and sets his sights on her. He has all the qualities of a bad boy, and all kinds of secrets paved with a road down to corruption. He is temptation hard to resist, however the Sparrows become suspicious of his motives when classmates turn up dead on campus as Madelyn tries to search for the mother she thought was dead in the lost memories buried deep within her subconscious. LIES ARE THE WORST KIND OF SIN, AND THE WORST TO HIDE. We thought it was over. A lock was put on the last of our demons. Now we want to keep the girl. With the past creeping back from the grave we try to forget the ugliness of what we did to the girl who has captured the eyes of four ruthless kings. With a declaration of truce the time to make her ours in every sense of the word becomes a desire disturbed as more mysterious deaths cause havoc at Raven Oak Prep and the new boy tries to steal what belongs to us. Worst of all? He knows our secrets. Lies are about to tear us apart and soon the truth will ruin us all.

Romance / Mystery
Envy Black
4.8 5 reviews
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~Poet Master~

"It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea

In the tomb I keep her in, my beautiful Annabel Lee.

"The time has come." I stared down at the chained form inside her prison.

Eyes like a forest kissed by the sun,
Skin pale as snow,
Hair as wild as fires in the summer— run
Temptation was her meadow

Sleep had her taken,
A maiden in that darkened dream
Time to awaken
No longer is she— Annabel Lee—to a kingdom by the sea

She stared up at me, eyes bright with questionable saneness which matched the loss of mine. That was the best aspect about her I adored more than her beauty. She matched me inside and out, and the unhinged character within her I have witnessed was like looking into the mirror.

I saw myself.

That was why I made this place for her. Why I kept her hidden from the world?

"Time?" she asked, tilted her head to the side with curious eyes lost to her scrambled thoughts. Then, a slow smile lifted at the edges of her red lips. "Little rose? I can see her?"

A nod.

Her eyes lite up like shiny emeralds.

We were both unstable, I knew. But that was to be expected from people like us. It made for an attractive plot.

Oh, what a plot twist this will be.

The lovely maiden, you must know
Once fallen, now risen
Her name forever is the beautiful Charlotte Monroe.


Welcome back, sleuthers! This is the start of the sequel to Pretty Monsters and I hope everyone enjoys this new ride as much as I will and have done in writing the story. So glad to be back. Some many ideas are brewing so expect the unexpected, a whole lot more mystery, surprises and drama that will most certainly make you jump out your seat.

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