Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Initiation
Author: Nikki Sloane
Series: Filthy Rich Americans #1
Format: Physical Book Received in Hello Lovely Box
♡ Obsessive love interest
♡ Love triangle
♡ Reality TV show level drama
I feel as though I was not appropriately warned about this book. First, for how intense it is and, second, for how I would be forced to ignore my entire readathon TBR to read the ENTIRE REST OF THE SERIES.
I RARELY binge series anymore. I have so many books that I want to read, and binging series is time consuming, especially in the middle of a readathon, however… I was given no choice.
This book and certainly this entire series is absolutely 100% NOT FOR EVERYONE. It’s extremely taboo, there are toxic people and toxic relationships, but man, can Nikki Sloane pull it off.
There are some books that have extremely realistic settings with realistic characters and everyday relationships that I have absolutely no buy-in with… then there are books like this that are so over-the-top and crazy that I’m completely invested in. I can’t put my finger on what exactly the difference is, other than the storytelling.
Nikki Sloane made me love so many things that I normally roll my eyes at in books: entitled and over-privileged stupid rich characters, American royalty, super alpha heroes, toxic relationships, and so much drama… Normally these are all reasons for me to skip a book entire, but instead I couldn’t stop reading them.
There were so many moments in all of these books where I had to stop and question myself. Why am I OK with this? Why can’t I stop reading? And it wasn’t in the way I read After, where it was an absolutely dumpster fire, but I had to know what would happen… I couldn’t stop reading this series because I actually liked all these extremely problematic and flawed characters. I was invested in these relationships and what was going to happen to them.
I just… there are no words.
And let me just say… the moment I found out what the “initiation” actually was AND the fact that I was OK with it… definitely had me questioning my own morals.
Because of potential spoilers, trigger warnings are listed in white. Please highlight to see the list of trigger warnings.
Dubious consent, Nonconsent, taboo, bullying, cult, cheating, toxic relationship, misogyny, sexual assault
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Absolutely
Bookshelf Placement: Already there!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars