The Secret Girl by C.M. Stunich (Adamson All-Boys Academy #1)

The Secret Girl

The Secret Girl
by C.M. Stunich

Reverse Harem/Contemporary Romance/Mystery

Book #1 Adamson All-Boys Academy

420 Pages

Published by Sarian Royal (24th May 2019)

Purchase From | Amazon AU | Amazon UK | Amazon US |

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My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Adamson All-Boys Academy now has it’s only female student among the population, only they don’t know it. Charlotte’s dad has just been given the job of Headmaster of the illustrious academy for the rich and beautiful, the board wants to make the school co-ed and Charlotte is the Guinea Pig. She didn’t want to move to Connecticut and she definitely doesn’t want to be the only girl at an all-boys school so she dresses as a nerdy boy to throw them all off the scent. The problem being, the student council have taken an interest in her, an interest that she doesn’t want…or does she? When strange things start happening and Charlotte finds out what happened to the first ever female student to set foot in Adamson Academy, she’s battling against the clock to find out the truth, otherwise it could be her neck in a noose this time…

I’ll be honest, I picked this book up on a whim after seeing a recommendation for it in one of the many, many, MANY, book groups I’m in on facebook. I’ve heard good things about Stunich, and I had been planning on diving into some of her catalogue at some point and just hadn’t gotten there yet. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, mainly because it was an impulse buy and it seemed like an easy read with a bit of fun thrown in, but oh boy was I in for a treat. I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book, I can’t even tell you why really. I just freaking fell in love with it and now I’m fangirling all over the place and I just cannot stop. As soon as I finished this first instalment, I bought book 2 because it ends on a really massive cliff hanger and my cold, dead heart just couldn’t take the stress of not knowing. So now I find myself over the halfway point of book 2 and I’m terrified that there’s only three books in this series because I don’t know if I’m ready to let it go yet.

Okay, taking a breath. I liked the whole hidden secret thing that this book had going on for Charlotte. Being the only girl at an all boys academy would be super daunting, especially because Charlotte is easy on the eyes (from the descriptions anyway), so you could just imagine a school full of teenage boys finding out about their solo female class mate. I don’t blame Charlotte for wanting to hide her secret. Though I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to throttle her at times. In a bid to keep her secret, she came across as a huge arsehole to every student who attempted to be kind to her and it did annoy me a bit. Though in a way it also kind of endeared her to me a little as well. She frequently admonishes herself for being a dick knowing that it’s just making everything worse for her. This is a bully reverse harem romance, so yes, Charlotte does get bullied, all of the guys think she is also a guy so they treat her as such. The bullying isn’t TOO bad, it’s more just your standard school bully stuff, but if you struggle to read any bullying, maybe this series isn’t for you.

The mystery is intriguing, the first female student to ever attend Adamson All-Boys Academy did so ten years prior, and she wound up dead. She also happens to be the sister of one of the guys on the student council, which has taken a special interest in Charlotte A.K.A. Chuck because she’s been such an arsehole. So while Charlotte is trying to keep everyone at arms length, she’s also desperate to find out what happened to the last female student because things start happening at the school and it looks like she could be next.

This is a slow burn romance and I am totally cool with it. There is flirting and comments and all of the stuff that makes you just want to fall in love with fictional characters because they sounds so freaking dreamy it makes me sick. I love the reverse harem aspect as well because, why choose? So it holds out hope because I’m rooting for a couple of the guys and I’m really hoping they all end up in one amazing poly relationship and life it grand.

There’s honestly not a whole lot to say about this book. It’s very character driven and I’m totally cool with that. The relationship development is done fantastically and it doesn’t feel like insta-love which gets even more points in my book. As I said, sexy times don’t really start until book two, but I’m also okay with that because it adds a bit of reality to the story which is always nice.

I adore all of the characters, some I like more than others, but they’re all so well written with their own distinctive voices and I’m here for it. All of the characters have flaws and come across completely three dimensional which is awesome and I’m dying to know what happens next. Stunich’s voice is an easy read and flows beautifully. Her ability to write a character driven story is very obvious and I’m looking forward to diving into some of her other works.

I will give a cliff hanger warning again because I feel like this trilogy is one giant book that’s been cut into three pieces which really does work well for it. So if you can’t deal with cliff hangers, I’d just buy all three right now. If you like an easy read, reverse harem goodness and swoon worthy male character, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

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