- File Size: 3167 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publication Date: October 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076DF5LLV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’ll start with the main characters. I loved Elliot!!!! He was totally different from the first book, you can really see a different side of him and you see his growth that poor Elliot really needed. He was absolutely cute, patient, romantic and sexy, I really enjoyed reading him.
Courtney was someone I enjoyed reading in the first book, here I had a love-frustration relationship with her. This doesn’t mean she was a bad character or that it was horrible to read her, because it wasn’t, but with everything that was happening I felt she was sabotaging all the good things that were happening to her, hence my frustration. But because of all the emotional baggage she carried, watching her grow and take the reins of her life was something beautiful. It was nice to see the characters from the first book, and I actually liked them more here than in the previous one.
The story was beautiful, Marley really took us in a love, heartbreak, fighting struggles, and nostalgic journey filled with emotions that left you wanting to read more. I started reading it at night and when I stopped to go to sleep; I thought I had read so little, imagine my surprise when I realized I was already halfway through, that’s how addictive and good it was.
I would’ve liked more depth into the characters’ pasts, but in a way I understand that if she would, the story would’ve been a bit more depressing and I know this depends on the reader’s angst level preference. But she did show us what these characters went through in their sad pasts. She made me cry with the simplest of things that made me love the book even more.
I think it’s obvious I enjoyed this book much more than the first one; I felt this story was developed better and Marley took us by our hands through this beautiful journey. The climax and finale were beautifully developed as well, with the right amount of drama. I loved that she touched a very tough and painful subject but in a deep and neutral way.
In conclusion, this is a very good story that I enjoyed very much and that even though it touches delicate subjects, it didn’t feel that much heavy. The romance was so cute and the main characters caused more impact to me than the ones from the previous book. I’ll absolutely keep reading more books by Marley and I’ll be impatiently waiting for what she’ll bring us next.
Wow, this is the second offering from Marley Valentine and again, right from the first page I was drawn in. My heart began to pound knowing that Valentine can shake out every emotion with her written word.
This story is about Courtney or Court as we know her from the previous story, Devastate. And of course, how could I possibly forget the handsome Elliot! Theirs was a very palpable attraction or so I thought, but feelings begin to run deeper than that. Courtney's built a stone wall around her which she's masked with her quirky personality and her need to have physical attention from Elliot.
Elliot is honest and hard working with feelings that run deep. He has a tough exterior, but his sensitive side shows through; especially where Courtney is concerned. However, he realises he needs to chip away to get closer than just the physicality of their relationship if he wants more.
Courtney hides a tragic past so well and it is only a matter of time before it starts crumbling around her. She has been so strong and dependable for such a long time, she forgets about her own feelings. Court dives into everyday life and not giving a clue to anyone there is a problem. Her friendship with Evie is still as strong as ever, and to think that she helped Evie come out of her shell is ironic considering she behaves like a closed book. Joking and confidence being her armour.
The story does have humour as well as the hard-hitting element and I loved the interactions with Elliot, Court, Lior and Evie. There are a few other side characters that add a touch of lightness to something so hard hitting. Deviate has everything, heartache and steamy passion to keep the reader entertained.
Valentine draws you in and cuts you deep with Deviate. She certainly makes you sit up and realise there is probably an element of her characters within us if you have suffered personal tragedy. Always so relatable. Especially Courtney’s plight of keeping the secret of her pain in order to be strong for others. This book gives the realisation that it's ok to feel your own pain and share your grief and that you're never alone.
I enjoyed this book from the first page right until the last. It had my heart beating with the overwhelming anticipation of Courtney and Elliott getting to where they needed to be. I was rooting for them all the way. There's also a very enjoyable playlist to accompany Deviate which I can’t stop listening to over again. It makes me think about the book to the point I know I'll have to do a reread. Marley Valentine is certainly a talented storyteller and I look forward to future works. I’m hoping Valentine will revisit these characters as I would love to know how life is for them after the rollercoaster surrounding their tragedies are concerned. I'm sure it will show that even in their adversities of life, time with the right kind of support can help them move forward, not just get over anything...simply learn to breathe.
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