Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Credence by Penelope Douglas // Book Review

About The Book

Title: Credence
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publisher: Self Published
Published: January 13th, 2020
Pages: 485
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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.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.


TW: consent issues

Credence follows Tiernan who goes to live with her step-family after her parents pass away. Jake is her step-uncle. Noah and Kaleb are his two sons. When Tiernan first arrives, she's quiet and doesn't really care about anything. She only meets Jake and Noah at first, Kaleb arrives later.

This really just follows Tiernan getting close to her step-family. I'm going to keep on bringing up the fact that they're not blood related because Tiernan gets really close to all of them when they get stuck on the mountain during the winter. For months.

This book was super taboo and trashy. Did I love it anyway? Yes. I read a huge chunk of this book in one day. This book is chunky too.

This is the first book of Penelope Douglas that I did not give five stars to. There was just an issue with consent with one of the guys in this book and it really bothered me. It wasn't discussed at all in this book and Tiernan just basically says it's okay because he had a traumatic past. I don't care, there should have been some kind of apology and there wasn't any.

I could not give this book a five star rating because of this.

4/5 stars


  1. I have seen a lot of similar comments regarding similar romance books with consent issues. It always seems to be very polarizing - some people love that aspect, some people hate it. As I'm new to the adult romance genre, I've wondered if that just comes down to.. well... preferences/likes-dislikes when it comes to romance. I hate to say the word kinks? It makes me wonder if authors should but trigger warnings just for those types of things so people know going in, because sometimes I think the author may be like, "Well of course he sometime apologizes or she consents to it or she likes it that way so it doesn't bother her", but to the reader it doesn't come off that way.

    I'm not sure if I am making any sense.

  2. You’re making complete sense. There is one scene in this book where the main character just meets one of the guys and he basically forces himself on her after she told him time and time again to stop. I just think (in this situation) it was not handled with care nor was there any apology from that specific character. Just other people apologizing for him. It just really bothered me.