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‘He’d never been afraid of anything in his life, but God, she fucking wrecked him. She made him want things that he’d never wanted before, never thought he needed in his life, but now…He craved them.’

Devastated by R.L Mathewson has shot itself right into our top reads by this Author. We absolutely loved it. Having been huge fans since 2011, we found Devastated to have the trademark humour of RL Mathewson which we love so much, but with a brand new mature and emotional twist to her writing. There’s no question that whilst easily recognisable as a Mathewson story, Devastated shows a new side to her. There is something very special about a slow burn romance where the characters start off as enemies, become friends and eventually fall for each other. It was pure emotional angst peppered with humour and raw vulnerability.

“Are you out of your fucking mind? I don’t have a fucking anger management problem.”

R.L Mathewson wrote a hero that had real anger issues with an abrupt and stand-offish manner. However, he was written in such a clever and humorous way that we just fell completely in love with Hunter, despite him being an arsehole. He really didn’t care, which meant he had us laughing at his antics and aloof mannerisms. Despite his attitude towards Kylie, our heroine, he was never crass or hurtfully condescending. There’s a fine line and this Author nailed it perfectly. Hunter stayed true to character and despite eventually being softened by love he never lost who he was, which is so refreshing. His ‘I don’t really give a toss’ attitude was just aimed at one less person is all…

‘If anything, his years in the Marines seemed to have honed his anger into something that he could use to push himself harder and faster so that nothing and no one could fucking touch him. At times, Hunter felt invincible, and other times like now, when he’d fucked up his life once again, he felt like the biggest fucking loser alive.’

They say opposites attract and never is that more the case than for our Kylie. The girl with a heart of gold whose strength, in the face of adversity and the family from hell, still shines like a beacon in the darkness. How this girl persevered and steadfastly remained herself was both heart-breaking and wonderful to read. Her sense of self and her funny ways was both adorable and admirable. When she takes the role of PA to a very, very angry man who is on a year’s forced house arrest enforced by the courts, she has no idea what she’s gotten herself into!

‘She could do it. Hell, she’d been through a lot worse and she’d survived. She’d survived being married to a sociopath for two years, so what was one year working for an asshole?’

There’s beauty in imperfections and what may be considered flaws by some, are really enhancements of a person’s own uniqueness. We love that R.L Mathewson writes ‘real’ people, she always has. There’s no specific mould to her characters other than ‘real’ which makes it so easy to identify traits and form a connection.

“To you, your parents are still powerful and terrifying, but that’s because you still see them through the eyes of a terrified child.”

This book had a real distressed and vulnerable heart beating behind its words. It’s quite the feat to evoke such intense emotion in readers that we’re crying one minute followed by laughter the next. The situational comedy was hilarious as was Hunter’s reaction to the conditions of his house arrest!

‘When her lips twitched and she suddenly turned her head with what sounded suspiciously like a snort of laughter, he couldn’t help but wonder if she’d lost her goddamn mind. That is, until a chill tore down his spine and he turned his head to find himself face to face with a fucking sock puppet.
“I’m Mr. Cuddles and I want to be your friend!”

We loved Hunter & Kylie’s story as well as the secondary characters. It was such a brilliantly laid out story where every character played a brilliant part. We are now been left excited for what’s to come in this series, Ryan and Grey had us intrigued and we need more!

‘Over the past several months he’d become her best friend. He made her laugh, teased her, tormented her, made her feel protected; and those times when she struggled, he was there holding her and letting her know she was safe. For the first time in her life, she felt…Whole.’


Bestselling author R.L. Mathewson takes on the impossible with the Anger Management series.

For readers who love to see someone who’s been to hell and back finally get their happy ending.

Sometimes you have to go through hell to get what you want…

Everyone has something in their past that they’d like to forget, but for Kylie Davis there’s no escaping her past. It followed her everywhere, determined to destroy her, and to make sure that she paid for the one thing that her family could never forgive her for.

Being born.

The last thing that Hunter O’Mallery needed was an assistant, but thanks to the deal that he never should have made, he has one. As long as she stayed out of way, he’d been more than happy to leave her alone, but now that she’s caught his attention, he couldn’t stop thinking about her. She intrigued him, drove him out of his mind, and he’d do anything to save her.

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