Book Review: Credence by Delphia Baisden

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Credence
Author: Delphia Baisden
Heroes: James & Kieran
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: James Morgan, lead guitarist for the rock band Eden, seems to have it all. That is, until Theo, Eden’s lead singer and James’s secret lover, violently betrays him, sending James into a deep depression and cutting their current tour and the band’s life short.

Kieran Jackson, the lead vocalist for the less successful band Lost and Found, is at his wits’ end. At thirty-three, he never dreamed he’d still be opening for bands comprised of twentysomethings. When Eden pulls out of the last few shows of their summer tour, Kieran returns home burned out and heartbroken.

Over a year later, James, Phil, and David of Eden decide to reform under a different name with Kieran as their new vocalist. James, never having forgotten his single interaction with Kieran, nor the only time he ever listened to him perform, knows Kieran’s the best choice.

James is still closeted—and skittish after his last relationship—and one fumbling, drunken kiss threatens to undo everything he’s worked so hard to rebuild, as well as the cover he’s fought to maintain.

Can James overcome his past, confront his demons, and reclaim his former fame? Or will he and the newly formed True North remain in Eden’s shadow forever? Can he finally find comfort in who he is, accept his past, and reopen his heart? Or will the memories of Theo’s betrayal and the subsequent fallout dash any hope of finding—and trusting—love again?

Trigger warning: this book contains explicit rape, as well as one failed suicide attempt by a main character.

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Review:

What a heartbreaking and, sometime, harsh and brutal read. There are a couple trigger warnings for this book, so do yourself a big ol’ favor and make sure that if rape or attempted suicide are gonna negatively affect you, that you give this one a pass. The scenes are not overly gruesome, but they are graphic. You know yourself and must be able to make that decision on whether to read this one or not. For me, even though it hurt my heart, they played a pivotal role in understanding James and his problems with alcohol and men.
The beauty of this book, to me,  was more in James’s friendship with Phil, even more so than his relationship with Kieran. Granted, Kieran was amazeballs, though James tried his patience due to not being able to completely share his demons. So, Kieran was left to guess, for a while…but sadly, he was not given the whole story. This does call for some future issues, but they did not last too long, not enough to make the reader want to bang their heads together.
I admit, the ending was bit surprising to me. I kinda figured that when Theo got what was coming, that would be it. So prepare yourself. This does end a bit shockingly, but don’t fear, our boys get their happy ever after…and Phil probably will, too. Recommended for this debut author and I will be looking for more by her in the future.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2019, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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