Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I bring you a book review of Devil Creek by Casey L. Bond. If you remember from day twelve of the Christmas party, you'll see this title on the list. I have the very great pleasure of interviewing Ms. Bond for one of my special Monday spots on the blog in January as well. So grab your comfy slippers, a warm drink (because it's freaking cold outside), sit back, and read on!
As always, I'll start with information for the book on the chopping block today:
Title: Devil Creek
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length (print): aprox. 199 pages
Link to purchase: Amazon Kindle $2.99
What is your greatest fear? For Aislin, it is the fear of being alone.
She grew up in and out of foster care along with her brother, Declan.
When he is killed by an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan, she
leans on her brother's best friend, Gabriel. The two become inseparable.
When she catches her fiancée in bed with another girl? She isn’t
even that upset. Mad as hell? Yes. As angry as she should be? No. That's
the moment she realizes that she isn't in love with her fiancée. She is
in love with her best friend, Gabriel. The only problem is that Gabe
doesn't think he should cross the boundary between friend and lover with
his dead best friend's sister. He wants her. He just doesn't want to
want her. And, therein lies the problem.
After Aislin is attacked by a man she tried to love with her head in
an attempt to heal her heart from rejection, she and Gabriel have one
night of bliss together. Only one though. Gabriel gets spooked and runs.
He is afraid. Afraid that Aislin will hate him for taking advantage of
her vulnerability. Three years and nine months later, Gabe comes home to
find Aislin with a dark-haired wanna-be rockstar and a three year old
little girl with familiar blue eyes. Seeing her with Jude, makes his
blood boil. But does Gabriel deserve her? No. Does he want her? With
every fiber of his being. He will do anything it takes to win her heart.
He wants a place in her life and in the life of her daughter. What is
in the cards for Gabriel and Aislin? Can love survive without trust?
Welcome to Devil Creek.
***Must be 18 to order due to adult language/situations.***
Will not appear in final review: I love the cover for this book. It's very captivating and pulls you right in. Lovely color choices on the designer's part. I also appreciate how large the author's name is. This is a chance for that name to shine and the cover artist did a great job of calling the name out.
Let's move on to why you're reading this, shall we?
I received an ARC from the author because I was one of the beta-readers for this book. I can assure you, all opinions are my own and honest. I'm not usually a fan of romance, but this book reads a lot like a coming-of-age story for the MC so I got into it. Enough rambling, let's get to the good stuff!
From a Reader's Perspective:
Devil Creek is told from two viewpoints: Aislin, the main female, and Gabe, the main male. Ms. Bond was wise to write it this way, because you get a deeper insight into what each character is thinking. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to reach into the pages and give them both a good shake. But making me care that much about the characters and their eventual outcome is something a good story does. I could connect with Aislin and wondered how many freaking men would have to betray her before she gave up on the gender for good. I was pulled into her world and felt what she felt as the tale moved forward. There are no loose ties left hanging at the end and that was something I appreciated a lot. Plot-wise, it was a brilliant tale and the pacing was really great. I sped through it in no time. There's no insta-love in this book. If that's what you're looking for, this isn't a story for you.
From an Editor's Perspective:
I have to say, I would've read a lot faster if not for the need for one more round of edits. It needs contractions, comma attention, and pronoun checks (I also found a couple of spelling errors - wrong word or wrong tense of word used). Because of those, I did get dissuaded a time or two. But they weren't so bad I couldn't read the book and the quality of the story outweighed these errors.
1 Star for making me cringe at some of Aislin's situations
1 Star for a heartbreaking tale
1 Star for making me want to slap both of the MCs
1 Star for tying up all loose ends and lack of insta-love scenarios
-1 Star for the need for an editor
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars! Recommended for those who love romance or coming-of-age tales that make you want to choke men in general.
I do hope you all get a chance to check out Devil Creek.
Remember to come on back for my interview with Casey in just a couple of short weeks.
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!