5 Star Review
They always say to expect the unexpected. Little did I know the unexpected also meant the unthinkable.
No longer a wife or a mother, what was once a full and meaningful life was now obliterated; leaving me with nothing but darkness in its place.
Blazing bright and determined to bring me back to life, Lior came knocking on darkness’ door. Gentle, yet fierce; he was armed in warmth and healing.
He was powerful, persistent and prepared for war.
I just don’t know if I’m willing to fight or ready to fall.
All I can say is, I am an emotional mess after reading this book. I went through all emotions while reading this book, from sobbing mess to an ear-to-ear smiling goof. It’s beautifully written, gripping story. It draws you in from the very first page. But before I get more into the story, I want to say, just look at that cover work!! Wow… Isn’t that just beautiful??!!
Devastate is a devastatingly beautiful story of Evie, a woman who’s lost everything she ever loved, and Lior, a man who’s determined to bring her back to life. Their story was hauntingly beautiful, from the unconventional way they have met to how their affection towards each other grew into a full on love.
He stops whatever he’s doing and turns around. His eyes grow wide and lock on mine, we continue to stare at one another in silence. His eyes are the palest blue I’ve ever seen, the circumference of his irises a shade darker, enhancing their crystal-like shine. He’s noticeably taller than me. his stance is confident and unwavering; but instead of fearing the stranger, all I feel is comfort.
Evie is a shell of the woman she once was. She has been dealt a horrible hand in life and only way she knows how to cope with her grief and anger is by withdrawing from those around her. She has built protective walls around herself and won’t let anyone in. That’s until a co-worker, Courtney, refuses to be shut away. I loved how Courtney’s friendship helped Evie come out of her shell.
“I feel like I’ve just stepped into a 101 on life skills” I tell her. She takes her time swallowing her food and then deadpans. “Well, you better take notes, Evie, because you’re to allowed to fail.”
Lior is a fun, loving and charming man. He’s had his own share of tragedy dealt to him by life however, all he is interested in is to bring Evie back to the land of the living and love her. He’s generous, caring and patient with her giving her the time that she needs to heal. He brings light to her world.
Its like his mother was a psychic because light is the perfect description for Lior. It fits like a glove.
I loved all the interactions between them characters, specially enjoyed the flashback conversation between Lior and his mother.
“Why didn’t you say anything sooner?” “Some lessons need to be learned, honey. And the difference between your first love and your last love is one of them”
I loved how they all evolved and grew and broke Evie’s walls together in a subtle and gentle way. I specially loved the way the story came together.
I don’t want to give away too much of the story, so you’ll have to read and make your own decisions about it but I’ll leave you by saying… for a debut novel, Marley Valentine knocked it out of the park and I can’t wait to see what else she’s got in store for us.