I’ll do whatever it takes to become a member and earn my place in the ranks of only the most Elite.
I am Samuel Gunner.
I am Wrath
WRATH BY CLAIRE C. RILEY
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Bah, this series is killing me, but sometimes in the best way possible. It’s definitely becoming more clear about who might be behind The Elite Seven. And the guys are all just pawns in this game of Chess. Every move is being watched, where one move forward always takes them one step back. I’m still not entirely sure what the end game will be and I’m sure we won’t get any sense of that until the very last book. With every sin’s book, questions are answered and more are brought up.
This was a my first time reading from Claire C. Riley and I really enjoyed her writing. I was engaged the entire, so don’t get anything wrong as I get on with my review. Wrath’s story is definitely unfinished and it had a HEA of sorts, but with the way it ended, I’m calling it a HFN.
Samuel Gunner, everyone, he is the definition of gritty, sexy and just intense … in all aspects of his life. His upbringing wasn’t the most nurturing and his sister, Sabella, is his life. He’d do ANYTHING to keep her safe to just have the light on her, always. His character was definitely surprising, I may not agree with how he goes about things, but I definitely felt for him. There was a bit of an emotional moment that I wasn’t expecting at all between him and his horrible father, and I just kept saying, it’s a little too late, dude.
Patience, these heroines definitely have some unique names and I’m kinda all there for it. I’ve truly loved every single one of the heroines so far, they definitely bring another element to the story. And that’s knocking their guys off their pedestal, plus they keep them grounded. When it comes to Patience and Samuel, their story is a teenage love story that never quite got to happen. Now that they’re older, the chemistry is off the charts and I don’t think there’s anything that could simmer that fire. She’s definitely a strong heroine and can match everything that Sam gives to her.
OK, one of my main hang ups with this series so far is that there just isn’t enough romance between the main characters. I’m constantly eager for more because, my goodness, every scene between them is always hot and intense, but it’s never quite enough. I just want to actually read about more development in their relationship … I need it!
I know I’m not alone in this boat, but I wish we didn’t have to reiterate their night of sin especially since I have to see Lust and Pride doing unmentionables. Yes, I know it was in their past before they fell in love, but that’s where I’d rather keep it and not have to revisit again.
And there we have it, even with my hang-ups, I’m still obsessed with this series and I did enjoy Samuel’s story. The writing is on point and I’m looking forward to reading more by Claire!
Up next we have, Envy, and I have a bit of beef with him at the moment!
my elite seven series reviews
The Elite Seven
7 DEADLY SINS.
Since 1942, The Elite Seven Society have created and guided influential leaders, molding the country into something better. This society was birthed by Malcolm Benedict, II who wanted more for Americans. More wealth. More influence. More power. Some leaders have the skills, but not the influence, and that simply wasn’t fair according to Mr. Benedict. He invested his own money and time to construct a society that bred the best of the best, year after year.
But to be the best, you must be ruthless.
Good leaders make sacrifices. Sometimes the sacrifices are hard, but the rewards are plentiful. Mr. Benedict made sure to indulge these leaders with their utmost desires. A devout Catholic himself, he designed a society that rewarded his leaders with the sins that were frowned upon. If they were giving up love and happiness and joy for the betterment of the country, they deserved something in its stead.
Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust.
Choosing leaders for this society means that it takes intense focus. Only seven are to be selected, and the investments and time are showered upon the new seven chosen every four years. The predecessors of each group of seven choose people who fit the sin that will mold them into who they are needed to be in the future—what America needs them to be. This is after a detailed study of many potential candidates. The university’s acting dean behaves as a liaison for the society bringing the college applicants to the predecessors so that the selection may begin. The society members who are going out will bring forth a candidate that the society votes on and approves.
After they are chosen, the initiates are given a token and an invitation to initiation. The initiation will be a test to their character and ability to do what’s right for the betterment of the society. Once the initiates pass their test, they are discreetly branded with the mark of the society and are groomed through challenges during the course of their elite education to breed them into the influential people they were meant to be.
Once in The Elite Seven, there is no getting out. The money and power are their rewards. Should they choose to stray or break the rules, the society strips them of everything. Anything they once had will be removed. Opportunities will never arise. They will no longer have the support of the society. To this day, there have been no known occurrences of anyone from the society having to be banished. This elite group of people is what every young man and woman aspire to be a part of. While the group is a secret society, they are whispered about amongst the privileged folks in the country. Anyone who is anyone knows of the group and secretly hopes it’s their son or daughter who is selected, for good fortune is showered on the family for decades to come.
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People say I have everything.
I may have looks, money, and privilege, but I don’t have the one thing that really matters, the one thing I crave: a woman with eyes only for me.
I’m searching for my woman—one who will fall to her knees because I’m her king. She’ll wear the crown of my tarnished name, and long for me when I’m not near. And when I am close, she’ll be naked across my lap, feeling the sting of my palm across her milky skin.
You could say I’m a sinner because I’d do anything to have the perfect woman—compliant to my every need and whim—and I’m envious of every couple who walks around naive to the luxury they have.
That’s why I joined The Elite, the most prestigious brotherhood in the south.
It’s the one place that will give me what I cannot have.
Only…the task assigned to me is too much for my jealous eyes.
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak…they’re for The Elite.
Those who envy have no peace.
My name is Sabastian Westbrook.
I am Envy.
ENVY by M.N Forgy
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Greed: Releasing April 8th
I was born into a world of darkness—one that never touched me when I was around my brother, Mason Blackwell. Leader of The Elite Seven. The thing about darkness, though, is it’s persistent. Eventually, it pushes itself into my life, penetrating my soul and leaving its stench latched to every vein, rooted inside every bone, and sunken into every pore. I thought I reached rock bottom when I fell in love with my brother’s best friend. My very own brand of drug with no comedown. My own nightmare I never woke from. But I was wrong. So very wrong. When I returned to New Orleans, I arrived as a shell of the girl they once knew. Put on a smile. Be the sweet innocent girl they remember.
I’m Evie Blackwell, hostage to my demons. Can the damned be saved?
I’ve done some unforgivable acts in my years, but I never asked for forgiveness. Nothing beats the feeling of wrapping my hand around someone’s throat and watching as their life bleeds down their cheeks. She was everything I should have stayed away from. The first night I saw her, I knew I was doomed—a slave to the girl with the pretty eyes and soft smile. The girl who turned out to be my best friend’s baby sister. I couldn’t stay away. I had to be near her, even if it meant ruining her in the process. I wanted to wreck her, so I could piece her back together—a puzzle only I knew how to solve.
I’m Micah Dixon.
I come for everything and get everything I come for—and I want all of her. But she’s changed, and so have I.
I’m much, much worse now…
GREED By Amo Jones
Gluttony: Releasing April 22nd
Money, money, and more money. It’s the backbone of the Goddard name. I’m the only son, so it’s all mine for the taking.
But sometimes money isn’t enough. I always want more, yet nothing seems to satisfy me.
My father has made sure I become a part of The Elite Seven. Where most candidates are chosen, I was given my place. Everything comes at a price, though. Luckily, I can afford any price—no one has more money than God.
The Elite Seven have their initiations. My assignment is personal and beneath me: steal a car and send a warning. It’ll hurt my best friend in the process, but we both made a pact going into this. There’s no line we won’t cross.
My task makes an ugly turn and I nearly take a life. Such a small, unimportant person—someone no one would even notice was gone. She’s a problem my money and power can easily sweep under the rug.
It’s what my father wants. It’s what my brothers want. But when she finally opens those big, innocent brown eyes, I realize I’ve found what I’ve been searching for my entire life. I don’t want my little problem to disappear…I want to keep her.
Accept your sin wisely, for the tasks given to earn your place are not for the weak—they’re for The Elite.
Money is my legacy, but I want something money can’t buy.
I am Baxter Samuel Goddard V.
I am Gluttony.
GLUTTONY by K. Webster
Sloth: Releasing May 13th
I don’t give a fuck.
Not about money or fame, beauty or power. I’ve had all those things since birth, and trust me, they’re a fucking snooze.
I don’t give a fuck about anyone, not even myself.
Until my father proves evil can exist in the most holy of places. For the first time ever, something like interest stirs in my soul.
He wants me to enroll at St. Augustine.
Join The Elite.
Court the virginal daughter of Archbishop Savoie.
Prove to him I’m worth the family name.
I’ll do it all.
And I’ll do it so well, no one will know what’s coming. People are so quick to underestimate the wicked and lazy.
They forget idle hands are the best tools for the devil’s work.
I am Rush Dempsey.
I am Sloth.
SLOTH By Giana Darling