Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Tour for The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen (Review)

Readers looking for a thought provoking and steamy romance will find themselves quickly caught up in all the highs and lows of this unique trio of individuals all trying to find themselves and their place in this world.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen and its tale of being fulfilled while living up to other's perceptions, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  You'll also get a glimpse of the previous books in the Portland Rebels series with introductions to the other people in this intensely emotional group of friends and family whose stories you'll want to read!

Deviance is unacceptable. It's taboo. And it's the one thing he's always wanted.
Portland Rebels, Book 3
Painful shyness isn't the only reason Mikey Pelletier is a twenty-five-year-old virgin. Between working for his parents and volunteering at his church, he neither has the time nor the inclination to admit his bisexuality to the world—or to himself.
A visit from Krissy Porter will hopefully fix everything. After three months of chatting with her, Mikey's got one carefully planned week to win her heart and lose his V-card. He's hoping he can pull it off, even with her roommate along for the ride.
Krissy has been drawn to Mikey for a while. He's so easygoing, she thinks he could be the calm in her storm. But there's an extra complication when she comes to visit: her friend-with-benefits, "hetero-flexible" roommate, Rafe.
During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey's shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love.
Warning: This book contains innocent board game-playing that takes a sexy turn, use of recreational substances, back-door action, and some smokin' hot threesomes. Plus, scenes of inner-demon slaying. Fans and tissues advised.




On first glance the premise of this book hints at all sorts of decadent delights, but with each turn of the page you realize there's unexpected emotional depth regarding a person's self-image and the power of outside forces in guiding your life.  It's ultimately a thought provoking premise that left me exhausted as each character was put through the wringer and was left bruised by fear, uncertainty, and loneliness.  Mikey, Krissy, and Rafe are merely pawns in the game of life and it's only when they're together that they're whole.  Only together does their inner strength come shining through and it's what had me cheering by the satisfying conclusion.

Mikey's a quiet young man, always has been even as his brothers were acting out, but he's starting to feel frustrated and fearful over feelings he can't control. These feelings are ones he's desperately been trying to bury out of fear for his family's business and of disappointing those closest to him including God.  Fear has him hiding from life and has him still a virgin at 25.  Meeting the free-spirited Krissy though gives him a glimpse of a carefree life, one unburdened by guilt if he's just brave enough to grab it.  Rafe is an unexpected complication that becomes harder to ignore as he's a vital part to his burgeoning relationship with Krissy and when he's facing the loss of both of them he'll finally face long-hidden truths head-on in their journey to HEA.  Mikey's conflict over homosexuality and religion is vividly and powerfully depicted with an argument that will get people talking and ultimately cheering.  Though his is a unique relationship with Krissy and Rafe it's a heartwarming one that empowers each of them in an uplifting conclusion. 

Krissy's a breath of fresh air in this story, full of energy that has her vibrating. This energy isn't necessarily a good thing though as she suffers from bipolar disorder.  After a complete breakdown she's still picking up the pieces, fearful of losing herself to the abyss but desperate to live life to the fullest.  Throughout the story readers join her on her emotional rollercoaster ride, sensing her breakdown on the horizon, and feeling frustrated that there's no help for her until she helps herself.  Krissy's a sweet girl who loves with all her heart and is supportive of the men in her life who care for her just as much.  There's a child-like quality to her as well that makes for an intriguing dichotomy as she's a voracious sex kitten too.  Her battle with her disease is vividly depicted, the realism of it hitting me hard as I have a sibling going through the same highs and lows.  By the end I was proud of the changes she made, empowered by the strength it took to admit she was sick.

Rafe is the strong but silent type carrying a lot of anger over his parents disowning him.  He too has issues with the church and feelings of being unworthy of love.  He's drawn to Krissy and Mikey but doesn't see himself as important to their relationship despite how well he takes care of Krissy by reminding her to take her meds and supporting her when things turn dark.  It's a sweet side that shines through alongside a sexy side that helps his partners embrace their desires in a burgeoning relationship becoming stronger with each steamy encounter.  Rafe's an immensely likable character whose stoicism had me wanting to hug him as it's clear how hurt he is by his past.

This was a powerful story, emotionally intense, that had me on edge waiting for Krissy to combust and for everyone's feelings to come to a head.  Issues regarding religion, mental disorders, and homosexuality are on vivid and realistic display to exhaust readers by the end.  There are many erotic encounters to steam up the pages, nicely spaced to not feel redundant. Considering the issues being dealt with here too I expected more angst, but every heartache seemed to get wrapped up easily with a big bow once this trio got together.  On a whole I found this a satisfying read with larger than life characters dealing with profound issues.  Though it's the third installment in the Portland Rebels series it stands strongly on its own guided by the talented hand of Ms. Allen

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


The Duality Principle
The Portland Rebels Book 1
Sometimes A + B = O. Yes. Oh, yes. Just like that.
Gabriella Evans’s life exists in terms of logic and definitions. She’s holed up in Portland, Maine, for the summer to work on her PhD thesis, but something is screwing up her concentration: the rumble of a motorcycle every time the embodiment of her rough-and-tumble fantasies rides down her street.
When her best friend talks her into a blind date, she finds herself out with the opposite of her fantasy. He’s polite and well-mannered, yet something behind his crisply tailored shirt doesn’t add up—a rebellious gleam in his eye that piques her curiosity.
Orphaned at fifteen, Connor Starks has finally put the years of failing grades, breaking laws and breaking hearts behind him. The only holdover? His penchant for getting down and dirty in public places. But Gabriella makes him want to prove he’s become a better man.
Nothing intrigues Gabriella more than a problem she can’t solve. But the more Connor tries to bury his past, the more determined she is to uncover it. And what she finds makes all her trusty logic begin to fail her...
Warning: This book contains a summer romance, dirty talk, dockside kissing, motorcycles and tattoos. Features a rebellious nerdy girl with an appetite for outdoor sex and light spanking, and a bad boy who's turned good...or at least he's trying.



The Hierarchy of Needs
Portland Rebels Book 2
Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool.
Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.
Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.
A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need...
Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot 'n' heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes--only the fun kind, of course.




Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she's returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.

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