Deviation Review

Come on, who really contours and wears a smoky eye to school?
Come on, who really contours and wears a smoky eye to school?

Review for ‘Deviation’ by M.C. Cerny

The Synopsis: “Deviation: an action, behavior, or condition that is different from what is usual or expected.
An act or instance of deviating; a noticeable or marked departure from accepted norms of behavior.

Example: Edith and Jack deviate from the acceptable student/teacher relationship.

Deviation, 2014, in Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio…

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What keeps Edie so guarded? What demons from her past must she battle to make a life with Jack?

Can Jack do what needs to be done to protect Edie while giving her the room she needs to heal?”

The Review: Ouch. This book, although short, was hard for me to force myself to finish reading. I hate to make this review an onslaught of negative criticisms, but there is hardly anything (if anything at all) positive that I have to say for it. I’m unfamiliar with M.C. Cerny’s characters, but her Goodreads page announces that the main characters in this book were introduced to her fans in a novella in 2014. I didn’t read that novella but I caught on just fine, in part because the author spends a painful chunk of the beginning of the book poorly describing the unrealistic occurrences from the original novella. I’d like to make it clear that I went into this book without any moral bias, even though the main characters met when Edie was an underage high school student and Jack was her student teacher.  Putting all of that aside, it is the ridiculous attraction between the two that initially turned me off. The internal dialogue that both Jack and Edie use in the opening chapters is overly sexed and way beyond cheesy. Jack comes off as more than creepy, showing up places and seemingly having an endless amount of money to blow on ‘his girl’. There is a pretty unrealistic villain in the book and although the author touches on sensitive subjects like stalking, rape, and abuse it is done in a fashion that is rushed and again, unbelievable. The supporting characters were likable, but they too experience a certain amount of drama that is never fully resolved by the end of the book.  In all honesty, I liked the two main supporting characters better than Jack and Edie. I would’ve much rather seen more of their storyline, especially because it wasn’t nearly as oversexed or unbelievable. On the upside the ending is relatively happy, so if you’re into happy endings then maybe that will appeal to you. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Large amounts of descriptive sex, shorter books, and happy endings.

Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Unrealistic romantic relationships, books with rape and violence, or rushed storylines.

The Rating: A disappointing 1 out of 5 stars because this story had too many obvious flaws to be ignored. Unrealistic relationships, rushed storylines, ridiculous villains…sad to say this wasn’t the love story of the year for me.

My Spoiler for This Book: Coming Soon

Author’s Goodreads Page: M.C. Cerny Goodreads

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