TITLE: Credence by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Release Date: January 13th, 2020
Format: Audiobook (16 hrs and 55 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Narrator: Sofia Willingham, Greg Tremblay, Carson Beck, Michael Pauley
Blurb: 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 full length, stand-alone romance suitable for readers 18+.
I enjoyed the narration of this story but it didn’t go the way I expected/wanted it to go. I feel like the author dipped her foot in the deep end of the pool but then withdrew.
A certain dynamic was set up with Tiernan and the Van Der Bergs as she came to live with them in Colorado. It kept me in suspense as to where Tiernan’s heart would lead her. it threw me off as to what I expected from the group of guys. I was interested in how that original relationship would work especially so isolates in the farm. While Tiernan struggled to let her emotional walls down, she began to connect with Jake, Noah and Kaleb and the guys eventually rallied around her to make her whole.
There was growth in the characters and a good ending but I didn’t feel completely satisfied.
I loved Tiernan and I most enjoyed her journey to feeling like She mattered and was worthy of love. I think Uncle Jake, Noah and Kaleb were interesting characters. They worked hard and Definitely had their own trauma and pain to work through. But I guess I wanted a little something more.