Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
by T.M. Frazier
Books in King Series: 9 (book 5, 6, 7)
Published: October 25, 2016 / January 24, 2017 / April 26, 2017 by T.M Frazier
Genres: Dark romance
Pages: 300 / 282 / 282
Source: Purchased via Amazon Kindle
Rating: 5/5 stars on all
You thought he was dead...you thought wrong.
Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck.
He's worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he's always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he's torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.
Andrea 'Dre' Capulet is strung out and tired.
Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she's become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.
And their deaths.
For most people, death is the end of their story.
For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning.
This is the fifth book in the King Series and it's meant to be read after Soulless.
Preppy finds himself back in a world he once loved, but no longer recognizes. His dim smile can’t hide his inner turmoil and the people he views as family all suddenly feel like polite strangers.
Except for one person. A girl with dark eyes and even darker hair.
A girl who isn’t even an option.
At least, not anymore.
Dre can’t decide who she’s going to listen to. Her heart, her head, or her body. Because two out of those three things have her heading right back to Logan’s Beach. Closure is what she tells herself she’s seeking, but when she unlocks doors that were never meant to be opened she soon discovers that when it comes to Samuel Clearwater, closure might NEVER be an option.
This is book six in the King Series and the second part of Preppy and Dre's story.
The bowtie is BACK!
Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.
What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.
Preppy's to-do list?
SAVE FAMILY. SEEK REVENGE.
He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.
Preppy Part Three is the third book and conclusion of Preppy and Dre's story. It's also the 7th book in the King Series, which should be read in order starting with KING & TYRANT.
[SPOILER ALERT FOR PRIOR BOOKS]
I would note, if the words "trigger warning" give you pause, you might want to pass on this series.
These are books 5-7 of a 9 book series. Start with my review for Book 1 here.
Samuel "Preppy" Clearwater is one of my all-time favorite characters. Hands-down.
He is a bow-tie, suspenders-wearing, classy dresser, who is not afraid to f*ck shit up. He is fiercely loyal to his chosen family -- Bear, King, Doe, and soon to be Dre -- and will do anything to protect them...even returning from the dead.
It's full of action and heart-wrenching scenes. Preppy really blossoms over these books, and I'm so proud of the man he becomes. I absolutely adore him.
What I liked:
- I love everything about these books and Preppy in general.
What I didn't like:
- The hardship that was Preppy's childhood and everything he went through...but it made him the gem he is today.
- There are a ton of typos, but I think it's intentionally supposed to add to the characters.
- "Listen, life isn’t about what happened to you in your past, it’s about where you are now and where you’re going. Onward and upward and all that jazz.”
- “Deal.” When I tried to let go, he pulled me between his legs and wrapped his hands around my waist. “A handshake is so informal. We should seal this deal with a fuck. That sounds much more official don’t you agree?” I shook my head. I pushed off his shoulders. “You know, sometimes I’m not sure when you’re serious.” “Oh, well that’s easy to figure out. I’m always sometimes joking in a way that’s honest.” “Totally cleared that up.” “Glad I could help.”
- "The Reaper came for me, and he demanded that I take his hand and he told me he was my friend, my companion in death. I couldn’t help myself when I laughed in that fuckers face and told him his sister gives good head. Luckily he sent me right back across the river on my merry fucking way. Back to LIFE. Back to POSSIBILITY. A long time ago, when I was just a skinny little nothing being beaten up by a bully in the schoolyard, I met someone who defended me when no one else would. We made a plan to be our own bosses that very day. It didn’t matter that we were just kids because we meant it then, and I mean it just as much right fucking now. Which is why, when faced with the fucking end of my life, I spit in the Reaper’s face. Because my name is Samuel Clearwater, and I take orders from no one. Not even death."
- "King knowingly gazed down at me like he knew what I was up to. It was a great look. It told me that no matter how much time had passed; he still knew I was an asshole."
- "Carpe the diem while we still have diem’s to carpe and all that shit."
- "Growing up Grace had always told me that you can be a bad boy and still be a good man. I think I was finally understanding what that meant."
- "...the truth is that I’m probably gonna fuck up. A lot. I won’t do it on purpose and I’ll never do anything to intentionally hurt you, but I’m flawed and I’m gonna fuck it up from time to time. I’m not a religious man, but I promise to never lose faith in you. Please don’t ever lose faith in me.”
Preppy's story (which takes three books to tell) is full of heartache, loss, and struggle. But it's full of hope, too. Preppy comes through it stronger than ever. I don't want to give away too much detail and ruin the story, so just read it!
He is a wonderfully complex character, and he has stuck with me for years -- I have a feeling he always will.
The series continues with Smoke's story (who we met briefly in earlier books), but these books wrap the main "f*cketeers" storyline.
Check the books out on Amazon!
Other book reviews for the King series:
N9ne (Book 9) - Nine & Lenny (review coming soon - see the book on Amazon)