From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas comes a new standalone…
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+.
5 Stars of Delight
Roaming around Facebook one lunchbreak I came across a post for Credence by Penelope Douglas. I read the blurb and fell in love. I’m a sucker for a May/December romance. I’m also a sucker for a tortured soul, redemption, love, and taboo. This book has elements of taboo in it. Which was right up my alley for some reason. Maybe I need to seek out help for my impure thoughts? Or find a kinky friend with benefits, but I digress….back to the book Credence.
Tiernan has always been a loner, an outsider in her own family. Her parents had no time for her, she was an afterthought. The next step in their marriage. There was no love given to her, all their love was for each other. She was raised by help. So when her parents die, she isn’t a mess, she isn’t throwing tantrums, she isn’t really anything. Other than being carted off to her dad’s step-brother, who she knew nothing about. Guess, what do you do have a family. You will no longer be alone.
Moving in with Uncle Jake and his 2 sons, Noah and Kaleb is not all she dreamed. They live in a remote town and run their own business. During the winter for 6 months they are snowed in. No other human contact. WTF what she thinking coming here? She didn’t want to be alone, that’s what she was thinking and what she needed. Their house is like a revolving door for random chicks, something new to Tiernan.
Noah is a great companion. He’s chatty, touchy, and trying to get to know her. Kaleb is broody and is often hiding in the corner watching her. Uncle Jake is always there protecting her from the boys. Yet as winter fastly approaches and the outside world is blocked off from them, Uncle Jake can only contain himself for so long. Because Tiernan is growing into a beautiful woman. Noah and Kaleb notice too. Can they keep their hands to themselves over the long winter? Will Kaleb leave again to go hide in the mountains? And will he ever speak to her?
When winter is over and the road opens up, will Tiernan leave? Or will she stay with Uncle Jake and the boys? So much has happened between them all, how can she give up on family? When all her life she just wanted a family to want her. Now she has it. Or does she?
I was NOT prepared for this book at all. I devoured this book. I was obsessed with the three men in Tiernan’s life. Obsessed! I sacrificed sleep to read this book – I had to know what was going to happen. Would Tiernan embrace her family or would she go back to being alone? Ugh! So many things at play in this book. Each person had their own demons! My heart bled for them all.
I would have skipped over Kaleb and headed right to Noah. Or even Uncle Jake, but I’m not 18.
Penelope Douglas, you are now on my radar! Don’t let me down, girl!