Sunshine and Bullets (The Bullets #1) by Coralee June
Released: August 19, 2018
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Coralee June
Reviewed by Keyrsten
It’s a nickname I haven’t heard since I lived on Woodbury Lane, where the houses were pretty but the secrets? Deadly. It was a pet name known only to the Bullets. Rough, violent, and ruthless, they laid claim to the town — and my heart.
I wasn't supposed to fall for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks—especially not four of them. But they were the only ones who understood that sometimes hell hides in plain sight.
I was the girl with all the conveniences a privileged upbringing could provide. The world only saw two loving parents and a pristine home life, but I knew the truth. And it was going to get me killed. So, I disappeared, from everyone and everything I’d ever known. I changed my name and my appearance, but the scars I carry, they’re still the same.
The Bullets are all grown up now, too — a crime boss, a pro fighter, a bounty hunter, and a federal agent. Life took them in different directions, but they once shared the bonds of a brotherhood forged under the harshest conditions. Together they were fearless. Brutal. Unstoppable.
I'm praying they can find that unity again. If I'm going to survive this, it'll take everything they have. Because that's the thing about running from the past.
Eventually, it catches up to you.
Let's get right down to business. I'm going to need to send CJ a bill for all the therapy she is going to put me through with this series, I can already feel it. Holy shitballs. That's right. Shitballs. It's been two days since I finished the book and I'm still reeling from the book hangover. It's true when they say you can find beauty in the darkness.
The transformation of Sunshine is so beautiful. What happened those last few days before she disappeared tore her heart to shreds, and even after five years it's taken a toll on her. She didn't just survive those five years on the run, she fought her way through them. She is still fighting. She's harder. Stronger. More pessimistic. Honest. And for all intents and purposes she is broken. The Bullets didn't know who they'd find when they finally found Sunshine, but there was no way they could have expected the woman they found. She was once their light and warmth, now she's cold and dark. Summer is gone. Only Sunshine remains.
In some ways time has done the Bullets well, in others they are still broken from the girl that stole their hearts when she left them. What was once a strong family unit, has fractured in the absence of their Sunshine. Their relationships may have changed with one another and their hearts may be bruised from her absence, but they still crave their Sunshine. Gavriel wants to control her. Blaise wants to see her. Callum wants to save her. Ryker wants to punish her. The secrets she holds will break them more than when she left them, but it will make them stronger.
"You know what makes a person strong, Sunshine? It's not their ability to hurt someone," he began with a frown, "it's their ability to take a hit."
CJ has created this beautifully fractured dark romance, and I'll take every hit she throws my way when it comes to Sunshine and her Bullets. Her writing is gritty, yet graceful. Dark, yet full of so much light. Broken, but I feel it will mend together perfectly in the end. You cannot come into this story expecting rainbows and butterflies. You need to expect pain. You need to expect darkness. You need to expect heartache. But I promise you this, everything CJ puts your heart through will be worth the heartache in the end. She'll show you you can take a hit.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.