Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre & Tags: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Taboo, Love Triangle, Ménage, Dark, Possessive Hero, Reverse Harem, Tortured Hero, Age Gap, Forced Proximity, Forbidden Love, Jealous Hero, Multiple POV
Release Date: Jan 13, 2020
“Avoiding the bad means you risk avoiding the good, too, and I’d rather be hurt than never not feel this.”
― Penelope Douglas, Credence
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Synopsis: Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.
And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?
Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.
And as a part of them.
She also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.
One of them has her.
The other one wants her.
He’s going to keep her.
*Credence is a new adult standalone novel suitable for readers 18+.
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“Rain is passion. It’s a scream. It’s my hair sticking to my face as I wrap my arms around him. It’s spontaneous, and it’s loud.
Snowfall is like a secret. It’s whispers and firelight and searching for his warmth between the sheets at two a.m. when the rest of the house is asleep.”― Penelope Douglas, Credence
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This is very much a taboo book that I imagine many readers will struggle to read. It’s so worth reading though! I will admit, there were several moments that made my brain skip a bit and ask “what the fuck?!” and a few moments that made the feminist in me bawk but I just could not stop reading.
It’s an emotionally captivating story. One that will draw many feelings out of you ranging from joy to disgust but it certainly won’t be boring.
Trigger Warning: There are some moments of questionable consent, an attempted rape, violence and sexual situations that may be perceived as incestuous.
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