Credence by Penelope Douglas

Title: Credence
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: Romance
Rating: ⅘

“We all acclimate. We learn, we resolve, we come around—it’s not that anything really gets easier or harder. We just get better at rolling with it.”

After the passing of her parents, Tiernan, a rich city girl from California, moves to a remote cabin in the mountains of Colorado to live with her step uncle and two step cousins. Used to being ignored, Tiernan has become accustomed to shutting herself off from the world, speaking only when she has to. However, the more time she spends away from home, the more she seems to find her voice. As she begins to bond with her new uncle and cousins, she soon finds herself having unexpected feelings for them. 

“Sometimes people have to make their own mistakes and feel the pain.”

I honestly did not expect to like Credence as much as I did. The whole idea of having relations with a step uncle and step cousins seemed a little too weird for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Although it felt a little taboo at first, the relationships actually started to grow on me and I found myself rooting for them. As strange as the relationships were, they sort of had a Romeo and Juliet forbidden love story to them that I couldn’t get enough of!

I was initially attracted to this book because I had heard it was quite spicy and I was not disappointed. I made the mistake of reading this book on an airplane where I felt the need to hide my iPad screen from the praying eyes of the passengers behind me. There are some scenes in this book that had me blushing and definitely got my heart racing in the best way possible. The fact that it doesn’t have a half naked man on the cover is a little deceiving!

“Because life is only happy when it’s shared.”

The spice level alone gave this book a high rating, however, I did not give it a full 5 stars because I didn’t love how misogynistic the men were. Especially the one that she falls for. There is a scene later in the book that is a little difficult to read. I won’t mention what it is because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say consent was not fully given. This scene impacted how I viewed their relationship which affected my overall view of the book.

That being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and would probably read it again. If you are looking for a hot and heavy romance to read this summer, I highly suggest you give Credence a try!

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