Today I am so excited to take part in the Deviation blog tour! This book holds a special place near and dear to my heart as does its author. So read on for a review, excerpt, and giveaway!
It takes just one week to realize that you’re broken, but not unfixable. ONE week to realize everything doesn’t come with a price. One week to fall in love with love. One week to fall in love with you. Family torn apart at thirteen by a drunk driver. Fifteen foster homes in five years. Determined to keep everything at bay, Nevaeh Rodgers will do whatever it takes to forget. Until she meets Angel Barajas at a party. He can’t keep his eyes off of her. Saving her from a guy at the party and an overdose, he can’t just let her walk out his door. Determined to help her whether she wants the help or not, he sets out to find her and not a moment too soon. It takes ONE day to realize the relationship you’re in isn’t healthy and leave. TWO days to realize you’re as pathetic as the loser you stayed with. THREE days to get a combination of drugs out of your system. FOUR days to wish life would end so you can take matters into your own hands. FIVE days to be saved. It takes a week to realize that everything each and every one of those days has in common, is the vibrant blue eyes that are staring at me right now.
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So where to begin…I must say that I loved the concept of this story from the very beginning, even back when Dani asked me to BETA read it. That’s the thing about Dani, she doesn’t write easy stories. Her stories are full of both the dark and light parts of life. After reading Entrelacen I knew Dani had a unique way of story-telling and Deviation is the same way.
Deviation is the story of Neveah, a strung-out, struggling woman with no hope nor aspirations for the future…that is until she meets Angel. Angel is by no means your typical man, especially for a New Adult book. He’s not a bad boy (at least not anymore) and he’s kind, caring, and considerate. I found him to be like a breath of fresh air (cliche, I know). Anyways, he was just an all-around good guy and he tried to/did right by Neveah no matter what. I respected and admired his courage and persistence in his attempt to help Neveah sort out her life. He was just…perfect. I was so excited when I realized that he wasn’t an arrogant asshat but a man full of compassion and love.
Neveah…oh, Neveah. There were times I wanted to smack her upside the head but honestly, I think that’s a normal reaction. As someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with drug-addiction it was hard for me in the beginning understand her need for drugs. However, as the story progressed I truly began to not only understand her, but to empathize with her. I loved following her story and seeing her transform from someone so full of self-loathing to someone full of love, not only for herself, but for Angel, too. And although Neveah always gives credit to Angel for saving her…she deserves credit, too. She had to let herself be “saved” and thus really saved herself.
Deviation was unlike any book I’d read before. The basis of the story (drug-addiction) was interesting. The entire time I found myself on the edge of my seat hoping and praying that Neveah would pull herself up from rock-bottom. I felt all the things Neveah was going through; her despair, her fear, her inadequacies. I loved that, not those specific feelings per se, but Dani’s ability to elicit them through her story telling. It was rather awe-inspiring.
I would recommend Deviation to New Adult lovers looking for a different spin on the all-too-common cookie cutter story-line. This story is full of heart, pain, love, and learning to forgive. It’s also the story of Neveah’s will to not only survive, but live.
When I come to again the first thing I notice is the fragrance of laundry. It smells just like when it comes out of the dryer. I roll over, shocked to come into contact with a warm, hard, body. I shoot up and scoot across the bed, only to end up falling on my ass on the other side. I bite back a groan and see that I’m only wearing my pink bra and panties. Sober. Shit! I’m totally fucking sober right now. I crawl around looking for my pants but find nothing. I glance up at the bed and see a guy lying there asleep. I stand up and tiptoe towards the door that I’m hoping is the bathroom. I open it, but instead of a bathroom, there’s a hallway. Part of the wall looks like the shape of a door, so I start pressing on it. When it finally opens, I see my clothes on the floor of the bathroom by the tub. Shutting the door behind me, I grab my pants and look for the pills but they’re gone. My backpack is missing too and I’m starting to freak out. I stand up and grab the counter when suddenly the door opens. I can’t even bring myself to look at whoever came in. All my focus is on trying to slow my breathing before I have a panic attack. “Just take a deep breath in; now slowly release it, deep breath in and out.” A deep voice says as the door clicks shut behind him. He places his hands on my hips and a shudder races through my body. I look up into the mirror and see a face that looks familiar but I can’t place it. I focus on his blue eyes which are the same shade mine used to be when I was younger. The same blue that reminds me of the innocence and happiness I had in my life before it was taken from me. “Who are you and where am I?” My voice is shaky from the warmth of his skin on mine. “Do you remember anything from last night?” He looks concerned. I try to remember. I remember walking home in the morning, I remember Timo walking in with that bitch, I even remember meeting up with Ice. I shudder. This guy flexes his hands on my hips, and when I look up in the mirror I see him watching me. Click. “You were at the party. I remember staring at you and then I was coming to talk to you when Timo showed up. He was about to punch me-“I stop. He meets my eyes in the mirror, “You stood in front of me and knocked Timo out, right?” He nods his head yes. I try to understand what’s going on and remember what happened after that but I come up with nothing. “Okay, so why am I here and who are you?” He sighs, “Well, my name is Angel and you are in my house because you blacked out.” I blacked out? I guess I took the wrong pill last night. “Okay, but that doesn’t explain why I’m still here. Yeah, okay, I blacked out and now I remember my vision getting blurry but that doesn’t explain why I’m still here-not that I’m ungrateful, but I’m not sure I should be thrilled either.” He laughs at me. “Well, after I knocked out Timo, your friend said you could stay with her but she was worried Timo would find you. So I decided to bring you to my place.” Alright. Well that makes perfect sense, I think. I feel myself nodding, “Okay, so…. why am I also half naked?”
Dani Morales is a native Texan currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada with her three boys and her mother. She adopted the boys in December of 2011 and loves spending every minute playing with them. On her spare time you can find a book in her hand or sitting in front of the computer typing out stories that run rampant in her mind. Her debut novel Entrelacen was released April 2013.