Genre: Romance, Dark, Emotional, Triggers, Standalone
My Rating: 4
Publication: October 11th 2017
Kindle Edition: 194 pages
Read: January 22nd 2018
POV: First-person dual perspectives
Previously Released: Devastate (Characters connected to Deviate)
Hard. Painful. Tragic.
This is what my life has become – purgatory. Floating in the middle of what could’ve been and what’s never going to happen.
My past dictates my future. Every step forward, guarantees ten steps back. Regret entwined with an addiction to bad decisions, living in the moment, and neglecting the consequences has become a way of life.
Ignoring all the warning signs, I didn’t see him coming. He was supposed to be a distraction, a bit of fun amidst all my chaos. But Elliot Ramzy turned out to be all that, and so much more.
*Deviate is a spin off novel and can be read as a complete standalone. The characters in this book are originally featured in Devastate*
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 Stars to Deviate by Marley Valentine.
This book was intense and emotional. The truly only happy moments were in the end. That said, while there is grief and devastation, there was also hope. Where you wouldn’t think there could be a happy ending, there was one. Marley Valentine has a talent for writing books that leave you breathless not to mention thoughtful. She makes you appreciate what you have in life even if you think it could be better.
Deviate follows Marley’s previous title, Devastate. Deviate can definitely be read as a standalone, however it is connected to Devastate. by characters and some circumstances. Both books are written to gut you emotionally and do a pretty god job of that.
Elliot and Courtney…….
Both these amazing characters are introduced in Evie and Lior’s story. They are actually a big part of it. Elliot and Courtney have had a casual relationship because that was all each was looking for but when feelings started to come into play, their hook-ups ceased and Courtney avoided being around Elliot. After realizing how much he missed being with Courtney, Elliot decided she was worth taking a chance on. Only problem with that was he had to convince Courtney they should be more than friends. Courtney was not easy to convince. It wasn’t her fault however she had a huge amount of grief and turmoil to deal with on a daily basis. It amazed me how strong she really was even if she didn’t think so.
Elliot and Courtney’s relationship was hard to watch at times. Their situation broke my heart and I’ll be honest when I say I wasn’t sure this book would have a happy ending. It was a long and difficult road but when two people loved each other the way Elliot and Courtney did, it was for certain they’d find their happily-ever-after together.
I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy emotional reads. While your at it, I also recommend you read Devastate. Both books have a smooth pace with writing that flows easily, I’ll warn you though, keep a box of tissues handy.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it.
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