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Lust, Learn, Love.....& Listen!
January 15, 2020
Penelope Douglas: Expect the Unexpected.
She pens astounding, jaw dropping stories with tongue-in-cheek bravado and exhilarating narration which keeps the mercury rising
Devilishly Divine, Passionately explosive and deeply explorative of all the complexities of human relationship scenarios, she introduces the Van Der Berg men in all their manly glory. Residing up in the mountains of Chapel Peak, Colorado, they're rugged and handsome, living in seclusion. They haven't had a woman live with them for years, almost animalistic, they eat, mate and fight. but peace in their tostesterone haven is soon sent in upheavel as their orphan cousin, Tiernan De Haas comes to live with them. I have to mention something here, Pen's heroines have a commonality, they're young but have chutzpah, their physicality contributes to their beauty as much as their character which is very attractive. Tiernan displays an amazing range of sensibilities. She's forlorn, colorless and vapid to begin with, but soon develops wings like a butterfly and finds her place in their home. Her multi faceted personality gets too big to be contained in the House so she sets off to find herself.
“At some point, you started denying yourself anything that made you happy. Out of spite, maybe? Or pride? Candy? Toys? Pets? Affection? Love? Friends?
“You’re going to look in the mirror at the seventeen-year-old girl in a fifty-year-old body and realize you wasted so much time being devastated at how those who didn’t love you that you forgot there’s an entire world of people who will.” **heavy**
Pen is also partial to Bad boy Alphas, a weakness of taboo forbidden trope readers. Jake, Noah & Kaleb are bursting with unharnessed sexuality, at logger heads most of the time, scattered and nursing broken hearts at all times. A triumvirate of pulse pounding magnetism and in walks in Tiernan. They become her would-be nemesis - "The Storm, The Whirlwind & The Earthquake"
“When the world feels small, nothing can hurt you. But then you realize you’re the only one who fits there in that small world, and being alone feels worse than not feeling safe.”
One HAS her, One WANTS her but HE..... He will KEEP her!
There's a FOURTH entity that plays an important part in it all- The House At The Peak
It's represents different things to all 4 people. it's refuge for Jake, it's a prison for Noah, it's a hideout for Kaleb but it's a retreat of sorts for Tiernan. Pen puts all of them in a house, cuts them off from the world and covers them under a huge, thick tarp of snow, till the warring passions illuminate it up from within. It gets warmer, hotter, bursts with fireworks, fills with banter and laughter, sounds of work tools mix with panting breaths, hammers on nails and slaps on skin intermingle, running showers and crescendo of moans resonate and it becomes a Home: A feeling, not a place
I have to mention A particular scene here almost in the middle of the book. It's a very physical scenario, senses start to tingle which triggers a mindbending kiss. But What is a scorching, incinerating scene suddenly stops, Turns, Flips and nose dives straight into the abysmal depths of gut wrenching emotions. Lust dissolves into tears, moans turn to sobs and I'm all agog at Pen's talent & magnitude of sentiments of the scene before me... !!!
It's a Perfect storm of connection . Tiernan is a smart girl, she gives all 3 what they're missing from their lives. She's a kindred spirit for all 3 . Acknowledging their existence, their struggles and their silence and in turn she gets to Belong
And of course you cant have all that heat and not have an outlet, some of the HOTTEST SEX I've read...ever!! Legit knicker-scorcher, set your kindle on fire, B.O.B to the rescue scenes
“The notches go all the way to the buckle,” I point out. “I’m flattered, but my waist isn’t that small.”
Noah leans in, whispering, “But your wrists are.”
Hormones swell up like a rushing creek, gathering momentum and soon they burst forth in a definite roar and unstoppable force like a waterfall.
BUT the FEELS are what will drown you, devour you, subsume you from head to toe till it's white out of acute pain and miserable grief. I've cried bucketfulls of #HornyTears and curled up in a ball
“We were forced together and stuff happened.My only wrong-step was falling in love with one of them. ”
Open all the windows and doors of your mind before you start cause you'll be Breathless soon, gasping, groaning, moaning and you'll need to stop and take deep breaths often..but pray continue. You're in for the ride of your life!!
Enjoy the magnificience, the power of the fall but go take a peek behind it, there's a hidden cave decorated with beautiful sentiments drawn on the walls, it's a tunnel of warmth and love.
Get soaked and soak up the love
4.5 stars for Lust, Learn, Love...... & Listen