Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Jaimie Roberts - Deviant (Deviant #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Most fairy tales end with a happily ever after.

This is not a fairy tale. He is not her Prince Charming about to whisk her away into the sunset. This is a story about betrayal, lust, desire and, ultimately, revenge...

And revenge can only lead to one thing.

He was my stranger, my visitor, my shadow in the corner of my room. He stalked me, watched me, knew everything about me. But all I could do was sit and wait. I waited for him to visit me night after night. He was becoming my addiction, my craving, my obsession. He knew every inch of me, but I knew nothing about him.

His calls himself Lotus and, as crazy as it sounds, I think I’m falling in love.

I wanted to take her, possess her, dominate her, and ruin her. I wanted to ravish her, please her, and consume her until I couldn’t take much more of her.

She will want me to kiss her. She will want me to hold her all night so that she feels a connection with me. I would make it so that she would seek me out in the dark. The one that satisfies her ultimate fantasy. A stranger who sneaks into her room. Someone who gives her the ultimate pleasure, but also seeks to give her ultimate pain. Pain she has never had to endure. Pain that will eat away at her until there is nothing left.

She was my nemesis, I was her lotus. And payback was a bitch.

Childhood sweethearts Tyler and Dean grow up and separate much to Tyler's dismay and heartache (the same can't be said about her parents) with no knowledge of where he has gone. But never allowing anyone close in the hope the one man she truly loved would return. But would he?

She pieces her life together and with her journalism career and her life and friends around her she leans about her "stranger" and his OCD at entering her flat and beginning his three years of learning about her.  

I admit the storyline seemed a bit odd in the beginning - would I really let a stranger roam around my life and house knowing everything he wanted to?! It took some getting used to. But I admit after 40% I was hooked. The constant glimpse into their childhoods kept me interested to know why this stranger wanted his revenge on Tyler and learn about the anger he held.  

"Tyler was my puppet and I was pulling all the fucking strings."

A strong sexual and very domineering content but a simply brilliant story which just continued to amaze me. I was so happy I stuck with the initial bewildering story line...the heartbreak of Tyler losing someone close, her hurt and rejection of this stranger who enters her life and leaves her hanging (sometimes at some unimaginable and unforgivable times) and the fear, distrust, power struggles and friendship. Wow it blew me away.  

You seek havoc, but all you'll end up finding is despair.

The first book I've ever read that I initially almost wanted to dislike but actually fell head over heels with. My only complaint? Was that there should have been a better introduction between the lead characters but it didn't distract from the story.
A brilliant four star read and what an ending. A twist I wasn't expecting and I am so excited to read the next upcoming follow up book from Jaimie Roberts and bring you the next review!

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Get your copy of Deviant here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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