Elaine White's Life in Books

The Author

 

 

Elaine White is the author of multi-genre MM romance, celebrating 'love is love' and offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.

Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, exploring all possibilities within the romantic universe.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) Elaine is a self-professed geek, reading addict, and a romantic at heart.

 

The Reviewer

 

I’m an author and reader, who just can’t get away from books. I discovered the MM genre a few years ago and became addicted.

Top #50 UK reviewer on Goodreads
#1 reviewer on Divine Magazine

The Devil's Third

The Devil's Third - Rebekkah Ford Book – The Devil’s Third (Beyond the Eyes #3)
Author – Rebekkah Ford
Star rating – ★★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes.
Plot – just as good, if not better than the previous books.
Characters – great as always
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy

** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK BY THE PUBLISHER, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **

Time yet again ran away with me last night as I started reading. At 11.30pm, I told myself I’d be half an hour, reading one or two chapters. By 1am, I realised that was futile. As soon as I came to Chapter 7 at 1.30am, I decided to call it quits. That is what this book did to me. I didn’t want to put it down.

I was not at all surprised that ‘the old one’ (thus referenced so not to give anything away) did some shady dealing in his ‘deal’ with Paige and Tree near the beginning. I’m also not surprised what happened to Carrie! *play dramatic music* because it was in the wind; I seemed to be the only one that saw it coming at some point. Except maybe Nathan. But we can’t all be as perfect as he is. ;)

I do, however, feel very sorry for the Doctor. He got an awesome line about how stupid he was, and he’s right. He was friggin’ stupid to do what he did. (again, no spoilers. :)) I feel sorry for him, even though I laughed at his reaction to Nathan’s question. It really lightened up the mood.

To my utter astonishment (not!), Paige is once again suffering from big-foot-in-big-mouth-I-need-a-lesson-in-appreciation syndrome. How Nathan puts up with her, I’ll never know. BIG SHOCKER. She’s not the only one! Holy cow, it’s catching. Now Carrie’s got it too. *puts head in hands and cries for the poor child*

Her situation, however, seems redeemable. If something drastic doesn’t happen to fix it first that is. Paige, I’m afraid, seems to be an eternal relapser. Once this whole debacle with ‘the old one’, and dark spirits calms down and she matures into her immortality, I hope (for Nathan’s sake) that she learns to control her mood swings. If not, she can get lose and go be with Brayden. It will break poor Nathan’s heart, sure, but there’s plenty of us waiting in line to help him put it back together again.

So I’m currently 35% of the way through and I’ll be honest – I don’t want to read any more! Why? Because something happened and I really don’t want to see it happen, so I just want to close the book, not finish and leave everything happy and bright. But I can’t. Here’s why -

This plan of Paige’s to alienate Nathan (No, you didn’t read that wrong, but I won’t explain why. Read the book.) for the ‘greater good’ is obvious. I just know what’s going to happen and here’s a hint – it clearly includes the one person I hate most. No name required. And what’s going to happen? Nathan’s going to be heartbroken, go all Hulk on everyone’s ass and let the dark, brutal side of himself out, doing something unforgivable or that he’ll hate himself for. And why, you ask? Because Paige is an idiot! That’s why. Because when Bael make his plan, she didn’t just go ‘Okay, but I will not agree to anything unless Nathan’s in on it’. How hard would that have been? Ugh! But, instead, she’s got to keep a secret and it’s going to kill him, darken his soul or whatever and the world will never be the same again.

Now do you see why I don’t want to read it? I love Nathan, I don’t want to see him get hurt. But at the same time, I really hope he doesn’t forgive Paige for it, though we all know he will.

That only other things I can say about what I’ve read so far are, the totally cryptic words: I’m glad the thing with Carrie is settled. I’d beat Brayden’s ass for the whole Cassondra situation and as much as I love Nathan, he was pretty stupid to smash his phone BEFORE Anwar could give him the all important information. He could have waited another 5 minutes, heard him out and then smashed the phone. But, never mind. Everyone makes mistakes and this is Nathan’s first, so I forgive him.

All these premonitions really only mount to one thing: someone, eventually, has to die. And God, I so wish it was Brayden. When he says things like : “I’ll never give up on us.” and “One day you’ll realise we were meant to be together, and I’ll be there in the shadows, waiting for you.” I want to do a Nathan and snap his puny neck. When will Brayden realise that he’s a stalker creep, who can’t take no for an answer and that Paige and Nathan belong together? When will he realise he’s a blinded moron, who can’t see what’s right in front of his face, because he’s too focused on Paige to see reality? Really…I am crossing my fingers and toes, wishing on stars, praying and everything that Brayden is dead by the end of this book. I’m not sure I can live, turning the end of the last page, thinking that he’s still alive. Because one thing is clear – he will never, ever get over Paige and if he’s still alive by the last word, I will scream and think about all those immortal centuries ahead of them in life, for Brayden to continually show up and F-up all the good things Nathan can make happen.

It cannot be allowed. The End. Point blank. Impossible. Though I do have to say the description of Brayden’s snoring was hilarious. Downright brilliant. “Brayden’s open-mouthed snores that sounded like a cross between Darth Vader breathing through his mask and a cat hacking up a hairball.” Made me smile from ear to ear.

Might I just, at this point, say THANK YOU to Rebekkah Ford, for including The Goonies. It’s one of my favourites and it made me smile to read that it was included. Though now I want to watch it, but I can’t until I finish this book. Dilemmas, Dilemmas.

WARNING – This book will leave you singing This Little Light of Mine over and over again.

Overall, a fantastic book about the power of friendship, the magic of coincidence and the strength of bonds made between two souls. There was a fair share of spelling mishaps and grammar mistakes in each book, but they didn’t hamper the reading or make it difficult to understand. They were small things that when you read the story, your mind automatically corrects. So nothing big. I love the characters, the plot and the one liners, but the one thing I will never like about this trilogy is Brayden. And to find out if he got the fate I would have dished out to him, you will have to read the books. All three of them. And I highly recommend doing so.

As for the ending of this book, I won’t say a word about plot or my favourite parts or whether it’s a happy or sad ending. You have to read it to find out. However, I will say this – there better be more! That last line had be quoting my all time favourite witch movie Hocus Pocus -

Damn, Damn, Double Damn!