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- File Size: 3167 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076DF5LLV
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Deviate Kindle Edition
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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.
This story was full to the brim of emotion and turmoil from the characters. Both characters have suffered such loss, and such tragedies, but being able to share those is hard. Especially for Courtney. If you've read Devastate, you will know some of the back story from the characters and have a good idea of what has happened in their pasts. Personally, I think it would be really beneficial to read the 2 books in order. Although, yes this is a standalone, I personally would recommend reading in order to get a full pictures of the characters and their stories.
Courtney and Elliott start will a convenient 'relationship' of casualness...! But eventually feelings start to get in the way and as much as they fight them, Courtney in particular starts building some rather high thick walls to stop Elliott getting in or getting too close.
I loved the two characters, and loved how kind, caring and considerate Elliott was. But also I could see his frustrations, and honestly, as a reader I was REALLY frustrated at times!! Just open up to him Court!!!!
There are a lot of emotions in this book, as the characters have been through such a journey together, with everyone struggling in their own ways.
I loved the fact that the characters have such a strong friendship with Evie and Loir, and we see plenty of them in this book too. This is a book at will tug on the heartstrings and leave you turning the pages, wanting more and too see how this story will pan out!!
The words flowed really well, and the overall story was super. I love the authors writing style and the dual POV's!
Another great book from Marley Valentine, and I can't wait to see what she brings us next!!
I read and loved book 1 Devastate and this 2 instalment too. I loved the characters, particularly Elliot. I really felt for him, his character came through and really resonated with me, his own outlook on life, and him as a person really drew me to his character. I admired his strength after losing the brother he never met and his kindness for taking care of Evie for so long instead of himself when it was his loss too.
I didnt connect as well with Courtney, but I understood her, she was a well-written character and I think Marley captured wonderfully and how out of control, trapped and powerless she felt in her situation.
I really enjoyed seeing more of Evie and Lior in this and how far those 2 characters have come since their own journey in Devastate. There was alot of sweetness in this between Elliot and Courtney and it was amazing to read their story and get to know them even better. Lovely read and I hope to read more Marley Valentine books soon!
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Deviate is a story centred around Courtney and Elliott and both apparently have their own issues.Read more