Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas
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 a standalone, F/F bully romance suitable for readers 18+.
Publication date : June 3, 2021
– LGBTQIA+ main characters/FF romance
– Dark Romance
– Bully Romance
I have been hearing and reading a lot of amazing things about Penelope Douglas books since I actively and avidly joined the online book community (bookstagram, booktok, etc.). Due to the ridiculous nature of my TBR, a few of her books have been on it but I hadn’t gotten to any…until Tryst Six Venom. Once I knew there was a FF storyline, I was hooked and excited and couldn’t wait to dive in.
I knew, going into this read, that this was a dark bully romance and, honestly, those are sometimes difficult for me. The “bully” aspect can be downright ROUGH and this book was no exception. There were moments that I wasn’t sure I would ever like some of these characters and I couldn’t imagine coming out the other end in love with their love… but I did. And I think it goes to show that this author can weave a story and emotions fluidly and effortlessly (seemingly lol).
I am always looking for FF romances that are full realized, that have characters with depth and conflict and that also weaves in the smut and sauce (without becoming a fetish) – and this hit all those marks.
Liv & Clay – the main characters – were complicated and difficult – their relationship was turbulent and harsh. Their words cut deep and their emotions came off the page and it hurt to read sometimes. But I didn’t want to stop. I love Liv – that badass, don’t-give-a-f*ck, loner type (that really does give a f*ck sometimes). She was beautiful and strong to read. Clay, on the other hand, I really couldn’t like at first. It took a lot for me to come around for her. Eventually, she comes through and you see her struggle to come out of the dark places and you start to vibe with her and with the two of them together.
The tension between them was delectable and fiery – the fighting, the f*cking – all of it. It was spicy and saucy – Douglas can really turn a scene and I am here for it!
A few cons, for me at least, was the lack of information on why they hate each other so much and I do wish there was a little more of a warning for some of the triggering homophobia/biphobia. However, all in all, this truly was an awesome read and I loved Liv and her family. Will her brother’s get stories?!?! Because they’re all pretty amazing and I would love to see this continue in a series about the rest of Liv’s family.