Book Review | The Initiation

The Initiation (The 4 Horsemen #1) by Elena Monroe

Publication Date: August 4th 2020

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๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด.


LA wasnโ€™t homeโ€ฆ just home for now.

Transplanted here to model I learned Hollywood isnโ€™t where dreams survive the harsh reality of millions all sharing that same dream.

Executive assistant is who I am now.


Hollywoodโ€™s darling took a liking to me. One not easily ignored when they give you a taste of the high life.

I was supposed to give up hope and give in to LAโ€™s bad reputation but I had rules.

Well, just one: read the rules before you break them.

Unwilling to abandon all my morals, the filter came off my life to see the world I was one foot in was invitation only…


Iโ€™m not sure I was ever really Jason.

Whoever he was, was a distant memory now.

Grimm is who I am now.


I abandoned my birth name, companionship, happiness that wasnโ€™t shaped like Xanax all because I was expected to be the kind of elite that pulls the strings.

Pull the strings but follow the rules.

No distractions.

No serious relationships.

Keep what we do secret.

Born into a rite I didnโ€™t ask for, a society of puppeteers.

An invitation I marked not attendingโ€ฆ

โ€œThatโ€™s the thing with bad boys with pretty faces: Theyโ€™re everything inviting so you donโ€™t see the bite coming.โ€

Book one of the Four Horsemen and my first read by Elena Monroe, was not a disappointment. Grimm and Abigail have such a great chemistry and sexual tension throughout the entirety of the book. I really donโ€™t wanna say anything else about the book just because I feel like Iโ€™ll give something away so Iโ€™ll say this: 

Elena has a beautiful way with words. Itโ€™s lyrical and every Word feels like itโ€™s well thought out before itโ€™s put into sentence. What I mean by that is there is nothing in this book that wasnโ€™t meant to be put there. Sometimes I feel authors go off on tangents or put dialogue into a scene just to fill the time. Elena doesnโ€™t do that. Her reading and storytelling is easy to follow and understand. I did think the beginning part was a little slow and the ending felt kind of rushed, but other than that I thought this book was great.

Overall, I really loved this read and I am excited to read the rest of the books in the series once they all come out. Iโ€™ve obviously already started reading book two And Iโ€™m excited to see where weโ€™re taken.


I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Elena Monroe grew up in Florida scribbling down stories from a very young age. These stories were really just wavy lines filling the paper, but she knew each word, each emotion, each character’s name, and there was no tricking her into forgetting what each line signified. Just like her unconventional way of writing as a toddler Elena is setting her own rules and just telling stories. 

Much like her debut novel, The Best Years, life certainly imitated art. Transplanting from the South to the East Coast, Elena currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, reformed bad boy. 

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