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Royal Elite #5

Vicious Prince

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He’s prince charming. Just not hers.

I have a secret.
I stole a heart, or rather a marriage contract.
It wasn’t mine to own, to look at or to even consider.
But it was there for the taking so I took it.
Huge mistake.
Ronan Astor is a nobility in this world.
Arrogant player.
Heartless bastard.
Vicious prince.
Now, he’s out to destroy me.
What he doesn’t know is that I’m out to destroy him too.
My name is Teal Van Doren, and I’m where princes go to die.

Vicious Prince is part of Royal Elite Series but could be read on its own. For better understanding of the world, you might want to read the previous books first. This is a dark high school bully romance, mature new adult, and contains dubious situations that some readers might find offensive.

300 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 12, 2020

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Rina Kent

47 books22.8k followers
Rina Kent is a USA Today, international, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of everything enemies to lovers romance.
She's known to write unapologetic anti-heroes and villains because she often fell in love with men no one roots for. Her books are sprinkled with a touch of darkness, a pinch of angst, and an unhealthy dose of intensity.
She spends her private days in London laughing like an evil mastermind about adding mayhem to her expanding universe. When she's not writing, Rina travels, hikes, and spoils cats in a pure Cat Lady fashion.

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December 8, 2020
Five Stars “Now and Always”!

So the bully romance with the rich privileged guy and the girl from the poor troubled background has been done before. But I love it anyway and this book one was a step above the rest. I actually wanted Cole’s story to be next in the series because he is intelligent and a bit mysterious. I thought Ronan’s story would be a bit boring since Ronan is such a nice guy. He didn’t seem to have much depth other than being a playboy.

I was so wrong! Ronan is hiding surprising intensity beneath that happy go lucky exterior and the heroine Teal had the same misconceptions as I did about Ronan. We met Teal in previous books when her and her twin brother Knox were found to be the foster children of Elsa’s father and they began attending the Royal Elite School. Teal was the quite and introspective girl who gives off the vibe that she doesn’t care what other people think about her and she does her own thing.

Teal was a tough nut to crack in this book which is why she is perfect for Ronan. She has a lot of secrets and some are much darker than others. However, she agrees to the arranged marriage to Ronan that her father and his father want to set up in order to cement their business partnership.

Ronan, as the son of an Earl can’t say no to an arranged marriage, as that is how it has always been done in his family. However, he threatens Teal and tries to get her to call it off, like he had done with a few girls his father tried to set him up with in the past. Though Teal isn’t as easily swayed because she has her own reasons for going through with the arrangement.

I don’t want to give too much away, but to say that one of the things that put this book above so many is the humor despite the troubling circumstances and backgrounds of our main characters. I laughed on and off through the entire book. Especially scenes between Ronan and his butler Lars. Lars is a traditional butler, Ronan even referred to the fact that he took cues from Downton Abbey and watched it regularly, taking it way too seriously.

“Lord Astor’s face remains blank as he talks to her, no expression, no smile, no nothing.”
“We agree that Dad is a robot, and by we, I mean Lars and me. Fine, Lars just listened with a judgmental expression while I informed him of that fact.”

Overall I just really liked the story and I read it through in one sitting. Both Ronan and Teal were lovable characters and made a great couple. The bully theme was not too strong and ended fairly quickly and they became a couple. I liked that there were some scenes where they provoked each other’s jealousy and there were some scorching hot intimate scenes between Ronan and Teal as well.

I am still looking forward to Cole’s book, though I am not too fond of Silver as his love interest. Though the fact that she is his step-sister does add another level to the story. I like that Cole reads a lot and apparently he has some crazy kinks, so it should be a fun one!

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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254 reviews211 followers
August 28, 2020
1 Star only for Aiden's one liners


I can not even express how disappointed I was after finishing this book. I can not believe this book is EVEN part of the same series I became obsessed with. After reading Black Knight I COULD NOT wait for Ronan’s book. The chill guy. Who is all smiles and jokes. And then we had Teal the dark, Anti social girl who just came out of nowhere and hardly even acknowledged Ronan, the guy EVERYBODY LOVES.

When this book landed in my Kindle, for some reason I didn’t open it. That should have been the first sign. The second one was when ARC’s were sent and hardly anyone was speaking or hyping the book.

Below are the reasons why this book DID NOT do it for me.

1. This is NOT the Ronan I had previously read about. Idk who this guy was, it’s said that he is trying to hide his true self BUT what was it? I didn’t understand. So please if anyone else did, let me know.
2. Definitely not the Teal I was hyped about. She sounded like a robot at first, someone who has no feelings but then this one scene Ronan was about to get a blowjob from someone and Teal walks in and he then makes her watch (Ring any bell?) but then Teal grabs the girl by the hair and tells her to leave. Why? Because a night before or a few nights ago, Ronan made her orgasm for the first time in her LIFE by just touching her nipples.
3. Back to the Nipple scene, before that happened Ronan had called Teal ugly twice but then when he saw her naked, he was like omg she is beaaaautiful. And after getting her to orgasm he couldn’t stand anyone else touching her.
4. This book is “Inspired” by another book. 100 points to whoever guesses it after reading the first hint. This was bought to my attention when I started the book and thought ‘hmm maybe that’s being said because someone is molested in this book.’

That’s about it.

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582 reviews23.8k followers
September 6, 2023
So far, this is my favourite couple from the series just because I really liked Teal as a Person and Ronan was my favourite in the books prior to this.
Ronan is the funny character and I related to him in a few ways that made me emotional.
Teal was am interesting character back in Elsa's story and I loved her character.

Overall the plot was good and still my favourite because it wasn't as fully packed as the other plots but some things still did not add up and make sense.
Lars is my baby
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Author 47 books22.8k followers
July 28, 2020
VICIOUS PRINCE - Ronan Astor & Teal Van Doren

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This book is a complete standalone, but for better understanding of Royal Elite's world, it's advised to read the previous books in the series first.

Royal Elite Series:
#0 Cruel King
#1 Deviant King
#2 Steel Princess
#3 Twisted Kingdom
#4 Black Knight (Xander)
#5 Vicious Prince (Ronan)
#6 Ruthless Empire (Cole)
#7 Royal Elite Epilogue

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530 reviews
July 16, 2020
Where do I start

I had thoughts of my review running a loop through my head when reading the book. But now I don’t know if I have the energy for a big long rant. I just know that I have to say something. If you are going to use sexual abuse/child molestation trauma as the plot line to your book, do us all a favor and do it right. As a survivor I am exhausted from reading books by authors who use it because they needed an excuse for their character to be weak, selfish, anti-social, slutty, mean, sociopathic the list goes on and on. Abuse survivors are not BROKEN! They are exactly what I said SURVIVORS. Do some struggle? Yes. But the vast majority are not some B-movie character who hates themselves and the world. They are not promiscuous just trying to “numb the pain” blah blah blah. This author didn’t just get it wrong, she got it wrong in the exact same uncreative way that so many others have. Only she didn’t just stop at shoving one character into that uncreative stereotype, she did it with both main characters in the same book. She answered the question “well at least it can’t get any worse, right?” with a resounding “yes, yes it can”. So thank you for AGAIN reinforcing the stereotype and painting abuse survivors as broken broken broken. God forbid you have to get creative and and actually devise new characters capable of surviving their trauma and being functioning members of society, or people even capable of more like being a loving caring person who wants to save others from what they went through? Most survivors live with trauma yes, but believe it or not we are able to use it to be constructive, and not just destructive. Also dirty talk is great and everyone has their kinks, but I feel like I can safely speak for 99.9% of survivors and say that if they barely know someone and they tell you that they make love to other girls but are “going to fuck you like the whore you are “(when someone has already paid for to molest them, and their mother was an actual whore) it’s not a freaking turn on. Whatever things someone might want to explore with a partner THEY TRUST is one thing, but again for someone they barely know, who acts like a dick and hasn’t done a damn thing to earn that right? Riiiggghhhhht. Sorry I’m not going to let that fly and support this bullshit narrative. This isn’t just a suspension of disbelief this is just bad writing. I also really resent the overall implication that a sexual abuse survivor is basically tainted and worthless (you know, a whore) and because of something they had no control over they now don’t deserve to be treated half way decent or with any respect at all. It’s one thing if the guys is just an asshole and treats everyone like that, but no It’s just her. Just his heroine, that he treats like absolute shit while being sweet, tender, and respectful with ever other girl out there, but he won’t even respect her “hard limits” what a freaking joke. No other female should be treated better than the heroine, but this was beyond awful. This girl was supposed to be the “tough girl”, but was portrayed to be a pathetic dishrag that in real life everyone would feel sorry for because the “hero” can be kind to everyone but her. Feel free to out the highlights I noted. This book is just wrong in all levels. Exploiting sexual abuse abuse victims and rewriting history to sell a few books. I thought this author was a better writer than that. I was beyond wrong. Long story short this is absolute freaking trash.
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471 reviews557 followers
July 23, 2020
And........... I don't know if this is my last book by Rina Kent. I hated it so much.

I mean, let's start with the obvious and disgusting fact that Teal was having sex with WAY WAY WAY OLDER MEN and thank fucking goodness that was not actually shown but no words. Honestly. And let's say I could try to understand where Teal was coming from but come on, it was illegal (and among all the shit this author has gotten away with, this is just...) and utterly awful.

Look, I haven't been victim of a sexual assault so I don't want to overstep here and maybe judge people for the way they deal with trauma because I know I didn't deal with my stuff the best way possible but this book sets such a horrible precedent with both Ronan and Teal.

And again, you are telling me all this people just turned 18 years old. Right, huh. I just do not know why she can't make them older if they don't act their age anyway. It's stupid. I don't know how these books are marketed as but it is not YA.

Let's talk about the plot for a moment here. Ridiculous, predictable and plain. There was no chemistry between Teal and Ronan and you could totally see the 4 twists coming from a mile -and they were bad.

I remember holding my phone, looking at the words, and thinking "why am I doing this to myself?" and the fact that I'm still a little bit intrigued by Cole and Silver's book when I know it's going to be a disaster and it will probably play with the step-sibling shit.

Look, I know I have read a book or two with the step-sibling dynamic in the past but we need to agree that it invalids the bond between step-siblings by saying shit like "we are not real family". That is not how it works and if we are going to treat it like it's only smut, it's a whole different thing but let's just not be blind. It's all I am saying.

Will I be reading the next book? I don't know. I kinda want to but at the same time I'm not going to put myself in a situation where I'll be hating every second of the story. It is not worth it.

I did not anticipate hating Vicious Prince this much.
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367 reviews181 followers
July 28, 2020
“Stop saying things like that,” I murmur.

“Like what?” He teases my entrance through the cloth and I arch my back. “Like how hard I’m going to fuck you until everyone hears you beg for more? How loud I’m going to make you scream as you come?”

I don't know how many books have this same kind of dialogues.

And why is the body betraying syndrome? It's like reading Elsa and Aiden's books again.

“You’re okay,” he continues. “You’re going to be okay.”

“How do you know that?” I murmur. “How can you be so sure about it?”

“I’m only sure about one thing, and it’s you, Teal. I have no doubt you’ll get through this. Do you know why?”

Something stings my eyes, and I refuse to believe it’s tears. “Why?”

“Because you’re the strongest person I know.”

Was Teal strong? At the beginning of the book Teal acts like she is brave, dark, and strong. She talks about emotion as human emotions as if she is an alien. She goes to a sex club to feel alive, I guess?

But does all these makes her strong? Big fucking no. She is stupid. Towards the end the stunt she pulled was annoying. She thought it was Ronan's father molested her but it was Ronan's uncle, who also molested Ronan. He wanted Ronan but couldn't have him so he molested every little child of whores he could. Girl, do your proper investigation.

And it was revealed then it was solved. I was like where the climax?

Her attitude was irritating and Ronan wasn't any better. He reminded me of Jaime from the The Punk and the Plaything. Just like Jaime who shines in every book but was unable to do on this own, Ronan was the same.

And Teal had a type right? Old, mature man. She had a crush on Agnus. She was sexually molested. She was unable to find sexual satisfaction because of the trauma for years. But then Ronan touched her and she became a sex-crazed lunatic? Is this a joke?

And Ronan's trauma just revealed out of nowhere. It was like the author ran out of ideas, threw a bunch of lame sex scenes which consist foreplay, and the heroine saying "I will be good" because she is a masochist, and a plot that comes up towards the 90% of the book, so basically the whole book is kinda filler because nothing happens. The author handled pedophilia very poorly. I felt sorry for their trauma but I felt no remorse or any connection to them.

If you just want to know the drama read the last 10% because nothing major happens throughout the book. If you think you want to know about romantic development, well there's none.

The only thing I enjoyed Ronan's relationship with Lars, that was the best.

Also, brief moments of Xander and Kim, and the sneak peek of Cole and silver, which I am not very interested now because I realize I didn't actually enjoy any of the author's books except Black Knight which was for two reasons, one is kirian and another one is I was in a good mood.
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188 reviews23 followers
February 18, 2023

VICIOUS PRINCE - Ronan Astor & Teal Van Doren

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Everyone has an unicorn author who makes it impossible for the readers to resist their stories or characters. For me, since Aiden, Rina has been *it*. Vicious Prince is a standalone story featuring Death. By now, we have guessed that Teal is the one who brings death a new awakening. And how beautiful their journey is over all. I can't wait for everyone to devour their story.

Ronan Astor, also named Death who pursues relentless leaving only death behind is not what he looks like. Or seems so. A broken heart who looks for love in every Nook and corner, he has been the Prince of Royal Elites. I can't tell much without giving away his story but trust me, if you have enjoyed Aiden and Xander, Astor will sweep you off your toes. And ladies, be ready to swoon over our handsome daredevil. A guy who always makes you laugh and is apparently the joker of the club has so much hurt and grief behind his mask. It was hard to take in. He had a great take at everything. With each approach of life, Teal eventually breaks his walls and soon we find ourselves cheering for this couple.

I'll be honest, I didn't like Teal earlier in the books. The girl was always in mobile with her head low. But as you experiment all the regiments of those scenes, you'll be as shocked as I was. With Astor, she plays. But for how long until one of them has to lose the deal? This was such an interesting experience for me.

Peeling layers had never been an easy task. These two here couldn't be more of a perfect example for us. How to break someone? How to pick the pieces of the heart? Teal and Ronan will guide you through the process. Brace yourself dear heart!!!! Death will rip you into pieces soon....
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692 reviews1,899 followers
March 19, 2022
i hereby challenge Rina Kent to write one likeable hero. literally just one. that’s all i ask.

i have never encountered a bitch as unfunny as Ronan Astor. the way every time he speaks, he thinks he ate is embarrassing lmaoooo.

p.s. idk why im reading this series either.
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Author 13 books449 followers
July 20, 2020
5 ”Ma belle” stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

She stirred up my ugly side, and now she has to become its target.
I, Ronan Astor, the most attentive lover you could ever find, want to break someone — but not just anyone.

First and foremost I need to find myself a man who’ll call me his ma belle the way Ronan does so lovingly ASAP. Second, I just can’t get ENOUGH of Rina Kent’s books. She is truly one of a kind. Her writing makes me feel every single emotion. The tension, the angst, the suspense, the lust, the mindfuck and especially the love. It’s leaves me feeling as if I have been on crazy fucking ride and completely dizzy. I simply don’t want the story to end. It’s a bittersweet feeling that soon it’s going to come to an end. I’m in no way ready to say goodbye to these horsemen and their queens.

I can see his scars, not like the ones on my knees, but the scars hidden underneath that six-pack and that charming smile. The scars no one sees but are known of by him, the scars he hides from by being with people.
After all, the most painful scars are the invisible ones.

You know how they always say the person who is always smiling and joking are the ones who are hiding so much pain and that exactly how I felt with Ronan. I knew his story was going to be just as emotional and heartbreaking. It was no surprise that he was just as alpha and intense as the others. When he brought out his dark side, my jaw dropped (no kidding) and I was salivating throughout. He was always my favourite with his naughty and funny and charming personality, learning how his mind worked made him all the more irresistible.

”Does it turn you on to know you hurt me?”
“What? No.” Her voice is the lowest I’ve ever heard.
My little crazy beauty.
“Then is it the prospect of being hurt in return?” My finger traces up and down the skin of her nape, and that’s when I feel the shiver that overtakes her.
When she says nothing, I lean in to whisper, “You don’t have to hide your crazy from me, ma belle. Show it, and I promise to feast on it.”

Teal, ma belle, you broke my heart and put it back together. I knew something must have happened to have made her this way. She was one of the toughest heroine in the series so far. When she was introduced in the series, I was instantly intrigued by her. Her vibe was a little similar to both Aiden and Cole. What made me fall in love with her was how her facade seem to fall apart around Ronan, she was never able to hide from her feelings, he made her feel everything.

”I’ll give you one piece of advice, just because you’re Elsa and Knox’s sister.”
I don’t get a warning before he grabs me by my nape. His hand covers the tiny space, shocking my skin as it wraps around my neck from behind.
The scent of something spicy fills my nostrils as he leans in to whisper against the lobe of my ear. “Run, ma belle.”

Their games started when Ronan asked her to end their engagement but it was out of the question since teal had a plan of her own which simply made Ronan a pawn in the grand scheme of things. The first time he cornered her, you can tell they had off the charts chemistry with how palpable it was.

A death god.
I see it now, his name — the reason he’s nicknamed Death. It’s not because of his playing or any of that. It’s the way he finishes lives without making a sound.
He’s discreet but ruthless.
Appears loveable but is actually domineering.

What put a obstacle in her plan was how there was more to Ronan than meet the eye. Like I said never underestimate one of the horsemen especially when they are nicknamed death.

As she kneels in front of me, half-naked, her gown bunching around her waist and her huge black eyes staring up at me, I see it.
Her beauty.
It’s a special type, the kind you not only want to stare at but also want to trap somewhere so you’re the only one who sees it. It’s kind of sick, but it fits her.

One moment teal is holding all the cards and the next all the power lies in Ronan’s hands. Teal’s kink was a delicious surprise. The more time they spent together, the more he broke down her walls. Ronan’s text were the sweetest. There was no way teal couldn’t fall for him and trust me it was a beautiful fall. You can’t help but root for them since the start.

”That’s it,” he grunts, trapping his bottom lip under his teeth. “Make my dick nice and wet so I can slide it inside that tight cunt of yours. That cunt wants my dick, doesn’t it, belle?”
A sob tears the air, and I realise it’s mine as I nod. I don’t mean to, but I’m nodding. I can’t stop nodding.
He’s ruining me, corrupting me, and I’m enjoying every second of it.

This was the hottest book in the series honestly. No one can make you feel all hot and bothered like Rina does. She always writes the hottest and the dirtiest sex scenes. I’m always left drooling and squirming for more of her dirty talking heroes. It’s hard to choose a favourite. I’m also happy that this book didn’t feel short, I enjoyed the pace.

I never allowed myself addictions before, because addictions screw you up and mess with your logic and your head.
But as I hug Ronan, I know I have no choice in this addiction. It’s the type you just surrender to. You fall into it and let yourself float.

All am going to say is if you haven’t started this series yet, just DO IT. It is one of the BEST angsty bully romance till date. It will give you all the feels you crave and still leave you begging for more. ♥️
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327 reviews92 followers
July 20, 2020

'they say you should find what you love and keep it close.
The same can be said about what you hate'

I know since the beginning of this series that Ronan was gonna be my favorite ,
and now I'm sure he is.😍
This story was an hurricane of emotions , I can't even describe it.
I was waiting forever for Ronan to show his true colors , and when he did I wasn't ready to take all that .
Under all that smiles there's a force and a calculation that you wouldn't ever imagine , but that's what makes him special . He's good at putting up a show , and he fooled everyone , but in a good way.
He showed that even bunnies can bites
He surely is death ...

i see it now , his name--the reason he's nicknamed Death . It's not because of his playing or any of that. It's the way he finishes lives without making a sound.
he's discreet but ruthless.
Appears lovable but is actually domineering .

On the other hand he certainly didn't expected so find someone who was able to see the real him.
The real deal under all that smiling . But he was so wrong.
Teal is one of the most strongest person ever , so enigmatic and so mysterious.
She's almost at Cole's level and not in a good way.
You wouldn't know what's passing in her mind unless she wants you to. Her mask is much more solid than Ronan's .
She likes to play the part of the villain but she's everything but that

'In the end , the hero won't win . The villan will topple everyone's lives over.
What everyone doesn't know is , the villan wasn't always a villain .
Once upon a time , they were a victim .'

She tried trapping him , bringing him to him knees .
He surely obliged but only to his own benefit .😉
She had her secrets and pretty heavy demons in her past ,
but so had he .
TEAL: what makes you think I have a secret?
RONAN : We all do, ma belle . Some are just more destructive than others.

In the end those secrets brought them closer than ever. So much that there were no more walls between them . They were like water and oil but it didn't metter because they were meant to be together .

I gave this book absolutely 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ , it deserves them all.
I'm on a rollercoaster of emotions , I need more.
And all the references to Cole and Silver were to much, I CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MONTH FOR THEIR STORY 😱
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483 reviews708 followers
March 13, 2023

"Here’s the thing, belle.” My voice drops. “Since you came into my life, I don’t need people anymore. I just need you.”

"I’ve never felt as alive as when I’m with you. I never woke up and felt happiness until I realised you were by my side"

FAVORITE book of the series! I haven't read the last book about Cole and Silver yet, but this book really exceeded my expectations.

I never thought I will like Ronan this much. He made me laugh since the first book of the series, so I was hoping I will like him in his book, and yeah I totally fall for him.
I totally have a thing for funny men.

The same goes to Teal, I love her. I'm not surprised why Ronan was obsessed with her, because I would too.

The romance between them was soo good and I wish the book was longer, because I think the ending was kinda rushed.

Can’t wait to finish the series.
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369 reviews163 followers
August 20, 2020
Spoilers alert

Okay, i dont know how to review this book because i dont remember what i read. Literally i finished it 2 min ago and i forgot everything because nothing happens in the book. Its like Black Knight all over again but with no logic. There was no bond or connection between Teal and Ronan other than the fact that they were assaulted by the same person and whats with the author writing that everyone in this book has a childhood trauma to make it “dark”. It was all over the place, there wasnt a flow and no balance. Things really didnt make any logic and Teal annoyed me a lot. She does somethings at the end like a stupid girl, and i dont like her. At the beginning she talks like she is not a human, she uses words like “ human emotions” “human feelings” making her seem like she is an Alien. It was weird af.

Their relationship was rushed up, i didnt see the love between them. I really dont know what to say or how to explain since everything went so fast that I couldn’t register what was happening. What i liked about the book was Ronan and Lar’s relationships 😂😂 they were so funny and ofc the friendship between the 4 horsemen. Other than that the book felt flat for me. 2 stars only cuz of Ronan and Lars. Cruel King and Black knight were 5 star read for me but this was turned out to be a disappointment. Seriously, there is no connection between Ronan and Teal, and like 1.5/10% chemistry. Towards the end they break up which seemed forced, it felt like they broke up because in all books people break up and then reunite towards the end. The book started with heartbreak, suspense and suddenly it was hearts and roses and then it was dark and gloomy and then sunshine and roses again. There was no pattern and the characters feelings / what they felt for each other was not clear or well explained. They hated each other and also didnt? It was like Teal wants to ruin Ronan but also says he is the one. Smtg like that. It wasnt explained or easy to acknowledge. As i said, it was really rushed up.

I didnt feel any remorse and anything towards Teal or what happened to her, idk it was written like at the beginning there was that suspense what might have happened to her, then it kept dragging on and Teal throughout the book behaved like something really traumatic happened then at the end she does something really really stupid and finally reveals what happened to her and turns out its something that everyone in the book had already experienced. It wasnt something new, that put me off.
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473 reviews939 followers
November 24, 2022
no. burn the book.

binging this series in one day because i have no social life and I’m procrastinating final exams this is me coping 😍
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1,260 reviews211 followers
July 18, 2020
The worst book in the series for me. I honestly felt no real connection or chemistry between them. This book did not feel like the previous books where I truly could feel their emotions for each other. In this book Teal was at first so oblivious to H (I can’t even remember his name!) and then after one physical contact with him she becomes like a sex crazed lunatic. The H was just boring and no way did I feel he loved Teal after not noticing her at all previously. I felt really sorry for their childhood trauma but still I couldn’t like or dislike either of them because I felt no connection to them. I’m now kind of dreading Nash’s book because I really don’t like who I know he is going to end up with. Oh well you can’t like every book by the same author I guess.
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507 reviews560 followers
July 17, 2020
Leaving aside the fact that the author is problematic, if you take Broken Knight and Angry God from L.J Shen, put them in the blender and then add some asteroids to it, it would be this book. And I'm not saying this as a good thing because those two books are already kinda bad (I still love Vaughn Spencer tho).

Next topic: I have read six books by this author so far and in all of them there's AT LEAST one shitty parent, a lot of childhood traumas related to the previous point and a feud between families. Is this a cry for help, or is she just out of ideas? I promise you you can write a """dark""" romance without repeating this in all your books because pretty much I could have been reading the same story over and over again but with different characters and really minimal changes.

Ronan and Teal had some cute moments, but the change was SO abrupt idk it felt ooc for me.

I was excited about Cole and Silver's book since the beginning but now after all those little glimpses to their story... yep, I'm scared and not so sure about reading it. Also don't give her a redemption arc??? we love a popular rich bitch, don't be weak

TW // pedophilia, child neglect, sexual abuse, cancer
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1,178 reviews1,474 followers
January 31, 2022


He doesn’t know that death isn’t a title.
Death is the beginning of every war, and I’ve already started mine.
I stole his will, his future, and soon enough, his life will follow.
I have a secret, I’m a thief.
Ronan Astor is my next target.
As well as my future husband.

Vicious Prince is the fifth book of the Royal elite series by the best selling author Rina kent. Told in dual perspectives , this book is hot with a capital H !!!!

The much awaited story of Teal and Ronan is finally here!! I can't even tell you people for how long I have been waiting for this release , and when it came on my kindle this morning , I dived straight into this one.

Teal is the foster sister of Elsa. She is the emo girl and the girl who rarely shows emotions. Ronan is the real fraud of the elite kings. From the outside you see a man trying to shag his way through college , and a man without any actual depth. He is the best imposer of them all. The pain he hides even shocked me. My heart hurt so much for him!! Also his humor had me laughing so hard all the damn times!!

I brush my teeth and pay a morning tribute to Ron Astor the Second. Yes, that’s my dick’s name, and yes, I always need to give him the morning routine. Usually, there’s a girl’s mouth willing to ease him into the day, but today he had to restart his affair with my hand.

Roman's father and Elsa's father want a better relationship by making the ties between their families even stronger. For this they decide an arranged marriage scenario. As Elsa already Loves Aiden , Teal steps in her place to marry Ronan. Her actions confused everyone , but what they didn't know was that she had a Endgame. One that included destroying her enemies.

What she didn't count on was the playboy with shaggy brown hair. She dismissed Ronan as a pawn in her game and then was shocked when he turned out to be much more. Ronan wanted the engagement to end and for that he wanted Teal to surrender. Teal wanted the opposite. From there started a battle of wills , and who makes whom surrender fastest!!

He’s a pawn, just a damn pawn.
But sometimes, pawns can flip the entire game.

Ronan thought he could bend Teal to his will. But she managed to shock him a lot. At first he thought that she was just an emo girl who didn't know how to socialize or show emotions. But when he went to know her more, he realised that there was a lot more to her !! Both of them had a lot of common demons and her beauty intrigued him.

Her beauty.
It’s a special type, the kind you not only want to stare at but also want to trap somewhere so you’re the only one who sees it.
It’s kind of sick, but it fits her.
Everything about her is beautiful.

This book was everything I anticipated and much more. I absolutely loved the bond the elite kings had. Specifically the bond between Xander and Ronan. It was so endearing to see how much Ronan wanted Xander's approval and his presence in his life.

I felt kind of empty when he went to rehab. Of course, I’ll never admit that to the fucker or he’ll record it and show it to my great-grandchildren.

Then there was Aiden with his usual brooding self. I don't think I will ever tire of seeing him pamper and love Elsa. Those were one of my favourite scenes.

Aiden— Elsa’s boyfriend — is the tall, dark, and handsome type, and he’s playing the role with that scowl that says Come close and I’ll slaughter your family tree. It’s why the onlooking students admire him from afar, not daring to get in his way. For Aiden, only one person exists in the female population — or the entire population, actually — and it’s my foster sister.

This was the book where we got to see the most of cole. For me atleast , he was a mystery in the rest of the books. There were very few scenes of him and he was sort of in the background. Teal and Cole had a special relationship , much to Ronan and Silver's disgust. Both of them had bonded over the love of books and articles. Cole was a true nerd!! Almost all of his scenes consisted of him sitting somewhere and reading a book. His nerd activities were really cute for me!!😂😂

This has to be the longest review I have ever written, but I just can't stop telling you guys about this book!! Rina kent has done an amazing job once again. Now all I have to do is to wait for Cole's book. It seems like Rina Kent is saving the best for the last!! I just hope she has some mercy on my poor soul and somehow gives us an early release for Cole's book!😌💓


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375 reviews214 followers
July 17, 2020
FIVE ANGST STARS for Teal and Ronan 💛🖤💛🖤!!!


The book left me speechless...

Honestly, I imagined Ronan's book completely differently and Rina surprised me from the very beginning to the very end of the book.

Even in my wildest dreams, I would not expect such action as Rina put in this book.

Rina has shown again that she is a skilled writer because she has once again proved that no matter how many books a series of her has, every book has special actions, especially characters that are hard to get out of your head.

"Vicious Prince" is a dark bully high school romance with arranged marriage and enemies to lovers tropes.

Teal is a female character that touched my heart. She is a character you will not often meet in books. Her past really broke my heart.

Ah, Ronan.

He completely surprised me!

I expected his playful side throughout the whole book, but I got a character who, with the help of a smile, hid his true face and the past that held him back every day.

At first, I couldn't imagine Teal and Ronan together, but through this book, I realized that their relationship really makes sense because they are so different, and yet so similar.

If you loved previous books from the "Royal Elite" series, then this is definitely a book you NEED to read next!!!

Highly recommended!!!

P.S. Can't wait for Silver and Cole's book!
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222 reviews9 followers
July 8, 2020

It’s official. These characters OWN me – mind, body and soul.

The jaded heroine falls for the larger-than-life hero. Moody, brooding and volatile meets jovial, nonchalant and easy-going. Opposites attract. Enemies to lovers. Privileged characters with dark pasts. This book was MADE for me.

Vicious Prince is more than just an opposites attract story; I was flawed by the connection Teal and Ronan shared. Those two are the definition of soulmates, and Rina Kent had me smiling and emotional in the same breath.

I’ve been rooting for Teal Van Doren since she entered the scene during the RES trilogy. And Ronan Astor? I knew there was more to that boy than the little jester everyone viewed him as. There was something there between them – something I couldn’t put my finger on – but this book is so much more than I anticipated. Weeks later and I still can’t get them out of my head.

There’s a reason why this book is titled Vicious Prince, and y’all are about to find out…

Release date: 16 July 2020
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784 reviews966 followers
August 27, 2021
“You’re the light despite the darkness. You’re the hope despite the black dots. You’re strong despite the weakness.”

i love love love teal and ronan's relationship. they were the least toxic out of all the couples. they actually communicated instead of that whole kidnapping bullshit that was going on with the other books.

god this book was sad but i didn't SOB, like i shed some tears for them but mostly i was so fucking angry. god i wanted to kill that person (im not even a violent person).

i wish this book was a bit longer because i genuinely loved how they interacted with each other. honestly though i'm scared for cole's book now LMAO. he scares me in a good way.
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130 reviews202 followers
March 16, 2022
describe this book in one word: a black wedding dress😏
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Idk why it took me so long to finally read this book and complete it. While reading the royal elite series Ronan was always the funny guy who could never be too rough (or so we thought) BUT THE RONAN IN THIS BOOK HOT DAMN. There was a point in the story where I was questioning who my fav horsemen really is? (Its always been Cole but yk what, Ronan is a very close second) *mini spoilers ahead

And Ive read so many reviews about people not liking Teal’s character but I don’t understand how?? there is no reason for judging Teal and the fact that her “type” was older men in the books (before Ronan). We see men dating women half their age or not even legal and gladly pass it as romantic but when a women claims her "type" all hell breaks loose. It’s actually quiet bold of her because you don’t see or read of a lot of female MCs doing stuff like that but its kinda liberating to see how free she is with herself.

To be honest I didnt have too much of an interest in her when she appeared in other peoples book and kinda sidelined this couple but Teal is fucking gold. She is such a strong and uncommon type of character and I love the way Rina Kent wrote her. I also appreciate that it was Ronan and Teal together because both their backgrounds are opposites. She had a rough childhood and is a loner in her adult life whereas Ronan is an aristocrat and a people person. #opposites attract.

Teal and Ronan

UGHH they were hot. Just hot. shippp
The way their story developed was so interesting and not like your average marriage-of-convinience. Ronan didnt want to be engaged with Teal and Teal wanted to be engaged to fulfil her ulterior motive. But even as they hated each other their sexual encounters slowly started to change their minds. Granted it was kinda weird how the whole La Débauche club happened but when I was reading their POVs I loved reading how they felt for each other. Teal is a very strong individual and she probably assumed Ronan was a shallow cocky giglo but clearly she was WRONG and she kinda liked it 😏😏

“I would never get on my knees for anyone. It’s a humiliating position and a symbol of weakness, but with him, it doesn’t feel like one.


ahh the bromance in this makes me squeal with laughter. I guess this will fall into the category of dark bromance? And sheer amount of times Aiden said “Nash is a petty little bitch.” Is pure gold. And when Xander talks some sense into Astor is adorable. I love this friend group who make dark jokes about destroying each others lives but you know damn well deep down they love each other. Just reading their group. chat convos gives me serotonin shots.


I never thought that a funny easy going character could have so much depth. He is the perfect combination of sinister meets simp. Its so adorable how he can go from being mean and cold to downright PLEADING and apologizing cause shes not answering his texts. !! and the way he gets jealous over Cole, Agnus and her phone is a whole pile of cherry on top <3 and I like it when Teal reciprocates her jealousy tactics too :)

*excerpt of a collection of texts Ronan sent teal bc she was ignoring him i just think its so cute and shows her personality off too. click to read.

he is such a simp but like in a 😉 😈 way. Like ya hes the “funny guy” but thats just a misconception. He has a WHOLE ANOTHER side to him and its HOT AF. Maybe funny guys w/ a dark side are my new type now?

“You’re my little whore now, aren’t you, belle?”
“I’m not a whore.” I try to argue, but my voice is too breathy, too lust-filled.
“You’re my whore. Only mine.”

The one thing I love about Rina Kent’s characters in RES is that at the end of the day, these ruthless bastard all are S-I-M-P-S. And there idea of “cheating” or morally-grey area is practically non-existent. Like once the h and H are in the picture, you won’t see any cheating involved (jealousy yes but no cheating)

The whole story of Astor and Teal’s past and their “demons” was very alluring. I could feel teal’s angst and was so attracted to her character and her storyline. She is definitely one of my fav mc s of Rina Kent >>> although I have to admit everything after the climax did feel rushed and far fetched. I mean they're love confession at the end couldn't have been any cheesier but regardless I had fun reading them (and laughing at the horsemen LMAO their groupchats crack me up)
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390 reviews899 followers
June 24, 2021
5-Now-and-Always stars!!!!

I forgot how talented Rina Kent is with writing her dark romances. She is capable of making her readers feel. Which is why I am in love with this whole series. She did it with Levi, Aiden, and Xander’s story. And I am not surprised she once again did it for Ronan.

I freakin loved everything in this book which includes:

• The MCs - Ronan and Teal. Couple that overflows with chemistry. Started as enemies but ended up as an unbreakable lovers. Both head strong and determined.
• The plot - which I can say is nothing new, but Rina did her magic (adding surprises here and there) and voila! A masterpiece!
• The story - having served it’s purpose. Two broken souls finding redemption, forgiveness and love.

What more can I ask for???

And by the way, the four horsemen . Need I say more?
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109 reviews49 followers
July 24, 2020
5 stars🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Now, this is the Rina Kent, I fell in love with!!!

Ronan has always been my favorite character and I was very excited for his book. I wanted to see what darkness haunted the otherwise playful boy who never failed to put a smile on everyone's face.

Teal was well... interesting. Snarky little Gothic smartass, I loved her character, personally.

The plot was totally amazing. Fast paced, this book gripped me from the beginning. The smut was off charts hot. Who could have thought Teal to be such a naughty girl, hmm?

Cole's book is next and I have a feeling that it's going to be epic!!

P.S- I know this is a half-assed review, but it is the most i can squeeze out at the moment!

P.PS.- Read this book, ASAP! mmmkay? (Gimme a high five!)
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1,526 reviews367 followers
September 23, 2020

Él es mi personaje FAVORITO LO AMOOOOO!!
Es bien divertido, sexy, con la personalidad más brillante, popular y el heredero de un condado.
A mí me encantan las historias de romance histórico de la aristocracia en UK y leer en contemporáneo me gustó mucho y le dio un plus al libro.

En cambio Teal es la otra cara de la moneda es mi menos favorita, no me cayó bien en gran parte del libro.
Y luego el cambio repentino de los sentimientos de ambos tampoco fue muy creíble.

Y luego que ella tuviera relaciones sexuales desde los 13 años con personas 15 a 20 años mayores o sea WHAT THE HELL??
Que asco con los tipos.

Los papás de Ronan me gustaron mucho yo quiero un libro de ellos sobre su historia de amor.

Y otro personaje que me gustó es Lars, la interacción que Ronan tenía con él era lo máximo.
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234 reviews311 followers
March 5, 2023
“I never allowed myself addictions before, because addictions screw you up and mess with your logic and your head.
But as I hug Ronan, I know I have no choice in this addiction. It's the type you just surrender to. You fall into it and let yourself float.

No cause why am I crying more with every next book in this series 😭😢

As always TW -take seriously and not lightly.

Ahh this book ,I have to admit that I always saw how Teal and Ronan were in the previous books but never felt the intensity or chemistry between them ..

scratch that
These two had so much tension between them and I loved both of them together and as a character respectively🖤

“Forget about him, starting right fucking now.”
“Or what?”
“Or I’ll make you regret it.”
Something sparks in her features, a challenge, a ‘game on’ of sorts before she puffs out her chest. “No.”
“Oh, Teal.” I caress her skin, my voice calm and touch gentle though my insides are on fire. “You’re fucked.”

Teal was so consuming and intricate to read and I felt compelled while reading her story ,loved her aura and "I give zero fucks " attitude🥰.

Mmkay first of all if you see me constantly using the mmkay instead of okay is his fault 😆
Do you know when you have linked in your mind a personality with a certain person - that was Ronan, goofy ,playboy ,party animal and always smiling.
I never expected ,from what I have gathered in the previous books, his façade would be so deep I was surprised but at the same time glad to see him as he is .

The plot twist was wild cause yes - I was assuming something simiral had happened to both of them but wow I felt so sick while reading it 🤢
My poor poor babies 😥

The French made this book 100% better

Yay I am happy 🥰

“Why am I not surprised?” He tugs me to him and plants a soft kiss on my nose. “I love you, Teal. Now and always.”
Now and always.

The only darwback for me was that this felt rushed.😩
I get it 302 pages are a limited space that you can let your characters really grow ,but yes I would have liked 50 pages or more for character development 🖋

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420 reviews235 followers
May 6, 2021
This series keeps getting wilder and wilder, and this one had some very intense scenes that were really hard to read. Thought these books are super addicting and I can't stop until I finish them, I do think it's a very basic and average series overall. The dialogue and the themes are very repetitive. Bad parents, lots of childhood trauma, literally every single male H as said "you taste like fucking sin" to their h. All the books are starting to all merge together in my mind, which isn't a good sign. Would I recommend this series? Probably not... But, whatever, on to the last one!

TW // pedophilia, child neglect, sexual abuse, cancer
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157 reviews43 followers
July 8, 2023
4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

I think this book is my fav along with cruel king

I thought Black Knight hurts me the most ... Until i read this book .. damn it this one breaks me !! Shattered my heart to a million pieces
teal , knox and Ronan deserves so so much better 😭

This series making a big point that not everyone deserves to be a parent , and not every parent deserves to be addressed as one.

2023 may
Rr×1000 love it again and again and again

2023 july
Rr again duh 🤭
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140 reviews2 followers
July 26, 2020
I just read for silvercole scraps😭😭rina pls dont ruin them
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