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5 WE WANT WHAT WE WANT CROWNS
I am emotional. I never ever want to leave this world and these characters. I feel like I learned and loved so much with them, that Devil’s Night Crew will always stay with me.
This book. It was perfect for the series. It has the friendship I’ve loved between the Horseman, it has a slew of new characters, it is steamy, it has complex characters, it wrapped up the plot running through all the books, and it kept the theme that was established in book one, each story having it’s own version of living the life they want without regard for what society says is normal or the traditional HEA.
There is a lot of back and forth with Emory and Will, but they are damaged people, lots of insecurities and brutalizations to wade through to get to their ending together. The flashbacks bring a lot of pain but it also serves to establish the intimacy between the two of them. The flashbacks also serve to juxtapose the sweetness of young Will with the more hard hearted Will we meet as an adult (both are equally charming). And while some might not like the steps they go through to get to their own HEA, I felt Penelope stayed true not only to the characters but the series as well.
Will owns my heart. He has had my sympathy from day one and always broke my heart throughout each book. He always seemed so lost, searching for love, for a place in the world as more than a side kick, and I love that he found it here in Nightfall.
Emory has so much growth and so much development with her character. Seeing her evolve and seeing her strength and worth for not just herself but Will was rewarding. She grew to be just as strong as Rika, Banks, Winter and Alex, and I love that Penelope created such strong and powerful partners who match their men. These are the women we should put out into the world, ones who fight for who they love, who are strong and intelligent, and who don’t operate under the norms society attempts to place on women.
This series is everything. The horsemen and their friendship with their unfailing loyalty and love speaks of true family. The way they love their women, seeing and treating them as equals, as forces to be reckoned with in the world. But most of all, I loved the idea that ran through all of the books. This idea that normal means nothing. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN NORMAL. We need to own who we are without apology, and not just own it but revel in it. We need to believe in ourselves, pushing doubters away. We leaned there is beauty in everything, the darkest souls and the darkest loves. We saw the value in wanting what we want without apology. Ultimately this series, the idea of living if we a life you love without considering the norm of society. Because are people really living if it isn’t in a way that makes us happy? The idea that we are the storm, we can control how we react and the fear we have. We are powerful, we can control our destinies, we define our own happiness. This series taught me all do that and so much more, and I lived not just for the men or the women of this series, but the driving themes behind it all.
This series, like the characters in it, didn’t really follow the romance rules some readers live and die by, but why would it? It is a series based on living for you and what you love, of busting down the doors of normal and doing what makes you happy, and for that it will be one of my FOREVER FAVORITES.
***I will note the the jump from we hate to we love as adults was fast, like hyper speed, but I was okay with it because the relationship was established in youth and in their internal dialogue.
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5 Blackchurch Crowns
Now that my friends is how you end a series!!! This book completely blew my mind and left me an emotional wreck. I knew the end was here but having to actually go through it is another thing all together. This is one of those series that buries itself deep inside you and lives there becoming a part of your very soul. You’ll never forget these characters or the journeys that they took.
I feel that this book really was the pinnacle of the series. Tracing together all the prior books and showing us all the things that we have seen but through knew eyes. It wrapped up all the loose ends that have been threaded throughout the series and even brought in some knew characters, with Penelope’s signature level of steam and passion.
The horseman are their own species, they live their lives how they want and not how society deems is appropriate. Watching as their loyalty and strength as a unit only grows as time goes on was exciting to see. But not only them, the woman that they have in their lives show their own level of strength and loyalty. Each one of these relationships was hard fought seeped in blood and angst. But that just makes their individual HEA’s that much more fulfilling.
Will was an entirely different person than we’ve come to know in this book, and I LOVED every second of the man that he’s become. The flashbacks help to really show how much he’s grown and changed from the boy who broke your heart with how lost he seemed to be to the more brooding man with determination and goals. But I loved both parts of him equally. He needed to grow, he needed to change, he recognized that in himself and took the steps necessary to accomplish that.
I’m going to be honest I wasn’t sure I was going to like Emory. I loved Will something fierce and I just didn’t think she was right for him. But I should have known that Penelope would have me changing my mind. This woman can have you falling in love with any character. I mean she redeemed Damon for me to the point that he’s actually my favorite. Ssssh don’t tell Will.
But, having the inner dialogue and flashbacks helped me to see her in a different light. There is so much battered and broken between not only her but Will also. That they wouldn’t have worked as kids they just couldn’t. They weren’t in the right head space for the kind of love that they could have. Was it hard to watch at times, yes. Did I want to punch Emory on occasion, maybe. But was it necessary, absolutely. I truly believe that they both had to grow to be prepared to give themselves wholly to each other. Is everyone going to agree with the journey that they took probably not, but I honestly believe that Penelope stayed true to the characters and the path that they had to take. Is it an easy path unequivocally no, but it’s theirs and theirs alone.
This series is different in how love is depicted, it’s not the conventional kind that you may be used to. Penelope takes that mold and throws it out the window, giving us something darker and more debased than what you might be comfortable with. The HEA’s are messy and broken and at times infuriating but its not meant to be neat and clean. Penelope shows you what its like to live for you and no one else, that in itself is chaos. Not all love stories are hearts and rainbows some are dirty and raw with so many conflicting emotions you don’t know what to do. But at the end of these kinds of love stories you have no doubts that these characters are exactly where they were meant to be.
They call it Blackchurch. A secluded mansion in a remote, undisclosed location where the wealthy and powerful send their misbehaving sons to cool off away from prying eyes.
Will Grayson has always been an animal, though. Reckless, wild, and someone who was never bound by a single rule other than to do exactly what he wanted. There was no way his grandfather was going to risk him humiliating the family again.
Not that the last time was entirely his fault. He might’ve enjoyed backing me into corners in high school when no one was looking, so they wouldn’t catch on that Mr. Popular actually wanted a piece of that quiet, little nerd he loved to torture so much, but…
He could also be warm. And fierce in keeping me safe.
The truth is… He has a right to hate me.
It’s all my fault. Everything.
Devils Night. The videos. The arrests.
I’m to blame for all of it.
And I regret nothing.
I never minded being locked up. I learned a long time ago that being treated like an animal gives you permission to act like one. No one has ever looked at me any other way.
Their only mistake is believing anything I do is an accident. I can sit in this house with no Internet, television, liquor, or girls, but I’ll come out of here with something far more frightening to my enemies.
And a new pack of wolves.
I just didn’t expect one of my enemies to come to me.
I don’t know who smuggled her in or if they meant to leave her here, but I can smell her hiding in the house. She’s here.
And as the security detail leaves the supplies, the gates close, and the door to my gilded cage opens, giving me free reign of the house and grounds for another unsupervised month, I remember with a smile…
Blackchurch houses five prisoners. I’m only one of her problems.
*Nightfall, Devil’s Night #4, is a full-length, romantic suspense suitable for readers 18+. It’s necessary to read the prior installments in the series before starting this story.
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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.
She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
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