I went into this book not really knowing much about it, thinking I was getting more of a thriller/suspense storyline. So, turned out I was wrong there. Lots of interesting family dynamics occurring in Credence.
First impressions of Tiernan are that she's quiet, reserved and alone. Lonely. Largely ignored by her parents her whole life, and then they leave her alone permanently. She does change across the story though as she finds her place in life, discovers what it really means to have and be part of a family. Although her new family situation is just a little bit........different. Very different.
There were times throughout the story where I did not like the male characters at all. They seemed to rotate between who was going to act like the a/hole of the day, but I do enjoy reading a story with plenty of drama in it, and Credence was filled with drama. I think Kaleb will be a very polarising character - his actions and treatment of Tiernan are absolutely awful at times.
Even though Kaleb, Jake and Noah took turns frustrating me across the storyline, I also couldn't stop reading, waiting to see what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the little bit of suspense towards the end.
She has done it again written a must read book for all to devour. When i heard Penelope had a new book out straight away i went to get it and i devoured this book. She has not written a book i don't love, but i have to say this is by far my favourite. This is already my top book that i have read in 2020 so far . I didnt want to put this book down if it wasnt for life getting in the way i would have finished it in one sitting. This book took me on one hell of a roller coaster of emotions i was intrigued, the it got you all hot and bothered there was forbidden romance and damm the sexual tension was off the chain hot, i mean can you imagine being stuck in a cabin in the winter with three hot males for months . Between Jake Noah and Kaleb it got hot as hell. This is a standalone so you don't have to read anything before it but i did love that Jared (bully) was mentioned so that gets tied into this one. I loved every second of this book so much so that i just went on amazon and bought the paperback, cannot wait to read it all over again.
When I first heard that Penelope Douglas was releasing a new book, I became very excited! Since discovering her work last year, I've loved everything I've read. Then I read the synopsis and the excitement remained but it was also paired with some nerves. In a very short summary, Credence is about a 17yo girl who suddenly becomes orphaned and since she is not yet an adult, he care is left to an estranged step-uncle. She picks up her life and moves to a remote location in Colorado with her step-uncle and step-cousins.
Now when it comes to taboo in romance, there are some things that I'm fine with and others that I'm just not comfortable reading. The issue of 'step' relationships don't bother me since they aren't actually related but I've personally never had much interest in reading books featuring multiple partner relationships. The synopsis, little snippets and teasers posted online in the lead up to Credence's release gives nothing away as to what you can expect in this book. Will she end up with one of the men? All three? None? Who knows?! The only thing you can guarantee, if you've read anything by Douglas previously, is she writes dark romances and situations so well!
Tiernan is young, inexperienced to the ways of the world and often makes silly decisions and mistakes but I also found her to be incredibly relatable and a joy to watch grow into the person she is meant to be. Each of the men - Jake, Noah and Kaleb - go through their own personal growth but my favourite part was seeing their family dynamic transform with the addition of Tiernan.
I don't want to give too much away but will say that Tiernan gets her HEA. Her ending was so lovely and exactly what I spent the entire book hoping was going to happen so that was the cherry on top of an amazing read! This is a story that will stick with you for a long time (as so many of Douglas' stories do) and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
TW: This story contains mention of suicide, violence, sexual assault, parental neglect and dark, graphic scenes.
This story is so well written, told in a multiple POV our FMC Tiernan becomes an orphan just before her 18th birthday, and ends up living in the mountains with her step uncle and his two sons. These characters are complex, intense and fighting their own demons while surviving in this wild unforgiving and secluded environment. I love Penelopes writing style and how it's used to add to the journey of the characters. Amazing book.
Ok so this was way different and more intense than I expected. Fantastic writing as usual, loved the story but was unsure of what to think sometimes (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). If you like forbidden (at least sometimes?) love stories with a lot of angst and a great HEA (that epilogue!) Then this one's for you. Oh and the steamy scenes are hot!
Wow. So I may have read this book a lot quicker than I should have and what I was expecting to get through it. Truth be told I was a little apprehensive about the taboo aspect and honestly, I think there were maybe teo moments all up that I wasn't into it. That being said, I really enjoyed it.
The themes of isolation and loneliness, combined with the characters own needs made for an enticing read. It was interesting to get invested in the story and see where things were going and how the main character developed throughout. The charcters themselves shared similarities yet were still distinct and had their own purpose in the story, not just being there for the sake of characters existing.
If you do decide to buy this book and read it - in particular if the taboo aspect isn't your thing - keep an open mind. The writing is beautiful, with vivid images and you really will get sucked into this world and its characters.