Bully Me: Class of 2020

Bully Me: Class of 2020 by Shantel Tessier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Bully Me: Class of 2020 is an anthology of bully reads. This review is for Sam Mariano’s Prequel to The Boy on the Bridge. I will add to it as I finish the other stories in the anthology.

YES! I need more! I need the rest of Hunter and Riley’s story!

“Don’t torture me, Hunter.”
“This isn’t what it feels like to be tortured by me, Catnip.”


It took me a few pages to get into this one (literally only a few), but then it was off to the races in pure Mariano style! Riley’s adolescent tension was so perfectly on point. I remember vividly what it felt like to have a young crush. The butterflies. The ache in your chest. The insecurity. It is captured beautifully here. Her excitement that this boy, this COOL boy, likes HER (well, I definitely can’t relate to that part, but I can imagine). Not that she cares if he is “cool,” but it just adds to the difficulty surrounding their potential relationship.

I definitely felt like the other shoe was about to drop at any moment– this isn’t an anthology about warm and fuzzies, after all. The anticipation of knowing it would happen, but not knowing when, turned it up a notch.

His own mother thinks he’s a bully. Maybe I’m the fool for thinking he’s not.

Of course, in THIS situation, it seems Riley’s insecurity (and her mother’s wariness) were warranted.

“What you did today… that was just cruel.”
Hunter shrugs. “Never claimed to be a nice guy.”


When things go south, they go real south.

It’s a good thing he’s standing close, because I can’t get out much beyond a whisper. “I’m so sorry.”
With a knowing little nod, he says, “Not sorry enough, though. Don’t worry. You will be.”


Riley hopes maybe it will blow over. Maybe he will let it go. But this is Sam Mariano…

He will definitely not let it go.

“No one can hold a grudge quite like my son.”

I can’t wait to get my grabby hands on the rest of the stories in this anthology– the 24th can’t come soon enough!!


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Loving your tormentor isn’t easy, especially when they collect broken hearts and parade them around like trophies. They’re the bad boys, the alpha a**holes, and the thorns in our sides. They push us past our limits, turn us on, and break us.

They’re our bullies.
They’re the class of 2020.

Eight bestselling authors are teaming up to bring you eight unique brand-new stories about the guys we love to hate.

This anthology benefits one of the largest anti-bullying organizations in the world, and all proceeds will go toward helping to support victims of bullying.

Note from the authors
Bully Me: Class of 2020 is a collection of novellas that includes a mix of standalones and prequels that will later be expanded upon.

Shantel Tessier
Callie Hart
CoraLee June
Siobhan Davis
Kaydence Snow
K Webster
C.M. Stunich
Sam Mariano

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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