desolate

desolate

There are angels and demons at war inside my head.I had it all figured out: finish high school, attend seminary and finally answer my calling of becoming a priest. What I hadn’t counted in the equation was her. Grace Miller. The girl who was always out of my reach. The girl who still makes me lose my breath with just a look. Little did I know she would become my temptation...

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Title:desolate
Author:Autumn Grey
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desolate Reviews

  • Malene

    Desolate is the first book in a trilogy and what a first book it is. Desolate is a strong character driven story. Solomon and Grace are fabulous characters with so much heart. His path and goal in life is to become a priest but his connection and feelings for Grace makes it more than complicated to achieve that goal. I appreciate the reader learns the reason why Sol wants to take on such a responsibility. I truly felt that his choice to become a priest what was he was destined to do with his li

    Desolate is the first book in a trilogy and what a first book it is. Desolate is a strong character driven story. Solomon and Grace are fabulous characters with so much heart. His path and goal in life is to become a priest but his connection and feelings for Grace makes it more than complicated to achieve that goal. I appreciate the reader learns the reason why Sol wants to take on such a responsibility. I truly felt that his choice to become a priest what was he was destined to do with his life but Sol hadn’t taken Grace into consideration and how she would impact him.

    Grace is a wonderful and strong young woman who has an amazing friendship and relationship with her mother who had her really young.

    Grace and Sol have known each other for eight years but haven’t talked a lot. It all consisted of hidden glances at one another but even there I could feel their interest and admiration for one another.

    Before they form a friendship they’re both people who have a few friends and keep to themselves. Sol finally takes a chance and talks to the girl he’s been fascinated with for eight years and it changes them both irrevocably.

    I really enjoyed how their friendship slowly blossomed and evolved into more. It’s not one sided. They’re both so infatuated with one another and it was intoxicating watching them struggle with their feelings and just wanting to give in. The connection, heat and chemistry between them is intoxicating. I got goosebumps just being in their presence.

    They become each other’s confidants, best friends and most of all they fall head over heels in love. It’s a beautiful yet frustrating story because I felt and understood Sol’s dilemma. His faith in God, the path he’s chosen and how much both he and Grace struggled with it and tried to accept it.

    Grace evolves so much throughout their relationship and voices her opinion about their relationship. She loves Sol and just wants to support him even if it breaks her heart.

    Ivan and MJ aka Mary Jane are their friends and they’re an incredible support when it really matters. Especially MJ brings out a lighter side to Grace.

    Autumn Grey has created an intense and captivating story about love, friendship and faith. Her characters carry the story beautifully. It’s exciting and intense following Sol struggle with his decision and with Grace wanting him so much and again just wanting to do the right thing. Their love is all consuming. It’s compelling and flawless storytelling. I just wanted more of Sol and Grace. More words from Autumn Grey.

    Desolate is just the beginning of this enthralling and emotional story of Sol and Grace. The ending only left me wanting so much more. I’m beyond ready for Disgraceful.

    5 Sin With Sol Stars

  • Becca - ✭Little Red Reading Hood✭

    *beta read*

    Let me start this review...ish with a fact -- I live for books like this. These soul-wrenching, captivating, emotional books are the reason I can call myself a reader.

    And I live for Autumn Grey’s words. This lady never ceases to amaze me. I’m just sitting here, trying to form coherent and oh-so-big thoughts about this story, but I think I’m failing. Because there are stories that make you speechless, take over your life and you just can’t stop thin

    *beta read*

    Let me start this review...ish with a fact -- I live for books like this. These soul-wrenching, captivating, emotional books are the reason I can call myself a reader.

    And I live for Autumn Grey’s words. This lady never ceases to amaze me. I’m just sitting here, trying to form coherent and oh-so-big thoughts about this story, but I think I’m failing. Because there are stories that make you speechless, take over your life and you just can’t stop thinking about them. And Desolate is one of these novels. I can’t get over the fact how perfect this story is! And believe me, I’m not making up this fact. This book is/was my most anticipated read of this year so, as always, I was super critical about it. But Autumn made it impossible to find any flaws in her story. Damn, girl, I’m still gasping for air! I’m not even worthy to talk or write about this book!

    I’m breathless. Sol and Grace’s love story is the most unique love story I’ve ever read. It’s young, it’s forbidden, it’s the sweetest thing ever – and it’s also never-ending. This kind of LOVE runs the word.

    And I’m stopping this rant here and now. Because, Autumn, I need the next book RIGHT NOW!

    P.S. - Ladies, prepare your hearts, because this book will steal it right away!

  • Claypot_Reads -  Michelle

    You ever finish a book and you just know it's going to stay with you forever - that's this book for me. I've read it twice now and I still cried, swooned and laughed just as hard as I did the first time. I know I will read it again, probably more than once.

    While this is a NA read - Sol & Grace are not your average teenagers. Both have endured more than most adults and this has shaped who they are and what they want out of life. Their experiences and their histories have irrevocably changed t

    You ever finish a book and you just know it's going to stay with you forever - that's this book for me. I've read it twice now and I still cried, swooned and laughed just as hard as I did the first time. I know I will read it again, probably more than once.

    While this is a NA read - Sol & Grace are not your average teenagers. Both have endured more than most adults and this has shaped who they are and what they want out of life. Their experiences and their histories have irrevocably changed the paths they have chosen for themselves. It's not a sweet young love story, it's so much more.

    I cried a lot in this one, Autumn's writing is spectacular and she created seemingly simple sentences, no more than 7 word put together, that ripped my heart from my chest and had me sobbing like a baby. Her dialogue, her imagery, her ability to make the character's feelings bleed from the page is some of the strongest writing I have read in a very long time. Perfection!

    For me this book just about broke my heart at the same time it filled me with everything I love about NA stories - the amazing things that young love is all about - the butterflies, the bad decisions and a love so big you think you'll die. Sol & Gracie are EVERYTHING ❤️

    “In another life, would you choose me?”

    Beta read

  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

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    5 KISS ME IN THE RAIN CROWNS

    Could Autumn Grey write a better slow burn romance that tortured my soul? Nope. The answer is no. Sol and Grace’s story had me aching for them. My heart is in a million pieces, and I need book two immediately.

    Sol is the sweetest hero. Every single time he does that shy half smile just about kills me. What makes you hurt for him though is how torn he is between his love of a God and Grace. Each moment he spends with Grace is laced with

    ***AVAILABLE NOW - FULL REVIEW***

    5 KISS ME IN THE RAIN CROWNS

    Could Autumn Grey write a better slow burn romance that tortured my soul? Nope. The answer is no. Sol and Grace’s story had me aching for them. My heart is in a million pieces, and I need book two immediately.

    Sol is the sweetest hero. Every single time he does that shy half smile just about kills me. What makes you hurt for him though is how torn he is between his love of a God and Grace. Each moment he spends with Grace is laced with pleasure and pain, as he is torn to follow his calling or follow his heart. Seriously. This good and honest boy deserves the world and the happiness in the world, and his torment and indecision will cut readers to the core.

    Grace is an interesting character, a temptation of sorts. She fully challenges Sol and his plans but never in a vicious way. She, similar to Sol, is trying to find who she is and become her own person as most teens who are transitioning from high school to college. What makes readers sympathize with her character is that she has truly found her best friend and struggles to give him up, but she is good, just as good as Sol. There is a strength to her character in staying and in walking away.

    These two are the epitome of a young couple consumed by the passion of love. They tempt each other, make reckless choices, and destroy each other. The struggle they endure to avoid each other

    is torture, and they passion they feel for one another is consuming. Readers will be wrecked by this journey, because Autumn Grey writes in a way that makes you live the journey with them. Readers feel the attraction, the attempt to resist temptation, the eventual fall from grace, and the destruction of what was once pure as a result. It is a hard journey, but it isn't over, and I have faith in these two to find their way. Their love is too great not to have it come back together..

    Autumn Grey is such a phenomenal writer. Her character epitomize light and goodness. Their love is earth shattering. Their heartbreak feels real. Her words make you feel every single bit of it. Sol and Grace are just EVERYTHING! I couldn’t be more in love with these two if I tried! I need the next book immediately!

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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳Everyone who knows my novel preferences knows that

    is because they are so rare to find. There is a certain extend, a certain level that author must acquire and write about when it comes do

    ➳Everyone who knows my novel preferences knows that

    is because they are so rare to find. There is a certain extend, a certain level that author must acquire and write about when it comes down to the forbidden "fruit" of romance characters. For me, Autumn has outdone herself when it comes down to Sol and Gracie. Oh god, I needed help

    everything was, how perfect it all just seems to be because Sol and Gracie are just meant to be. And because in every forbidden romance, there needs to be an obstacle that makes it the

    be something he can get over. But sinful thoughts are what makes this want-to-be priest turn into the very wrongful but at the same time, rightful path of being emotional for Gracie;

    ➳Honestly, when it comes down to Sol

    said character, never let it go and just spoil him with lots of love and beautiful babies and orgasms...

    ➳I'm just saying, there is so much

    that only can seem to decipher. The beauty behind that is that Gracie has this wall blocking her heart, but she slowly breaks it down because of Sol. His mind, actions, and feelings towards her are what

    be read. Not many can agree, but in my opinion there I no denying that this is one heck of a story that has to be given at least a chance.

    ➳The pure innocence that is portrayed from

    just seems to have the ideal combination of pure manhood, and also a possessive alpha that only wants what is best for his mate and one true love. There is a serious power of chemistry between these two individuals,

    and undeniable to the eye of the reader.

    ➳Overall, Autumn has out-done herself with this

    with me because I cannot wait long to see what happens next!

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

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    Is the first romance novel in the (Grace #1) trilogy by Autumn Grey. In this we meet Solomon and Grace.

    First off the feels hit me straight away, I’m a sucker for novels that go from ‘Past to Present’ always have been, always will be.

    Solomon first noticed Grace when he was ten years old, orphaned due

    can also be found on my blog:

    Is the first romance novel in the (Grace #1) trilogy by Autumn Grey. In this we meet Solomon and Grace.

    First off the feels hit me straight away, I’m a sucker for novels that go from ‘Past to Present’ always have been, always will be.

    Solomon first noticed Grace when he was ten years old, orphaned due to a tragic accident, taken in by his uncle who was a pastor of the local church, Sol knew that this vocation was also his calling, but Grace sparked something up within him, furtive glances were stolen year by year, never having the courage to talk to her, approach her. Too shy to get the words out, her beauty astounded him, her soul called to his soul, forbidden fruit never to be tasted.

    Forgive me father.

    For I have sinned

    Again..

    And again..

    And again..

    God these two put me through the wringer, my heart went out to them, I could empathise with their situation, their story brought me to my knees, my heart was in turmoil, pulled in all directions, a taboo kind of love, a boy that could lose so much but could gain the love of his soulmate, he was pulled in two directions, my heart was gutted..

    Sol had my heart in the palm of his hands as soon as I started reading his story..He had me swooning like no other, his gentleness had me lapping up the pages, I couldn't get enough of him.

    BUT he also had me questioning his morals, temptation should not have gotten it's hooks into him and Grace should've known her worth, BUT I still connected with their dilemma, the angst, the feels, the injustice of it all had me devouring this.

    This author fast became one of my favs with two of her books last year so I knew that I wanted to get my grabby little hands on this goody, forbidden stories always get me jumping up and down, Completely wanting, needing, craving the next book in this series. I need to know where their journey takes them..

    * Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    I've seen a lot of great reviews for this book, which I clearly don't understand after thinking about this story and discussing it with two friends, one of whom actually knows a Catholic priest and the process and hurdles it takes to become one.

    Initially I thought this story was cute and held my interest. There were character inconsistencies that became more and more obvious and started to rub me the wrong way. Sol was a pushy bastard to be frank. He was so confused about his feelings and couldn

    I've seen a lot of great reviews for this book, which I clearly don't understand after thinking about this story and discussing it with two friends, one of whom actually knows a Catholic priest and the process and hurdles it takes to become one.

    Initially I thought this story was cute and held my interest. There were character inconsistencies that became more and more obvious and started to rub me the wrong way. Sol was a pushy bastard to be frank. He was so confused about his feelings and couldn't stay away from Grace which should have been the first sign for him that he's not fit to walk the path of becoming a man of God.

    A week before he started his seminary he started to sleep with Grace. They had sex whenever they could, even after he started priest school. I was told that in the real world he would have a confessor he would have to talk to pretty much on a daily basis who would guide him on his path and recommend for him to leave school if he wasn't fit to be a priest. He would trust this confessor and tell him about temptations and the confessor would guide through the struggles. There wouldn't be secrets. Clearly that's not the case with Sol and his advisor.

    The next hint should have been his sneaking around, having sex with Grace during seminary. His decision to become a priest never wavered. Why? How? How can he lie and sneak around, have sex and never think "no, that's not my calling because I shouldn't do this." I tell you how. He can't. Or shouldn't have been able to.

    The book starts with a prologue, in which Sol sits at a dinner table on Thanksgiving with Grace, her mother and his uncle, inner-monologuing (yeah I made that word up) how his advisor told him to avoid temptation. Yet, he corners Grace afterwards (see? pushy) and they meet in secret the next day. They arrange another meeting in a hotel room to have sex. From then on it's them meeting frequently to have a tumble between the sheets. In secret. While Sol is at priest school. These chapters do nothing for the story. They don't contribute anything to the storyline because the way the books ends it could have ended on Thanksgiving. It only cements the impression that Sol is nothing but a horny young guy who shouldn't even think about becoming a priest.

    At no point I felt that Sol's reason to become a priest were solid and that his wish was so a part of him that he'd resist temptation. In my opinion the author cheapened the struggles a real priest candidate goes through by making Sol a hormonal liar who couldn't keep it in his pants. Grace was a bit of a doormat but showed at least a little backbone in the end.

    In Sol I saw zero growth throughout the story. His questionable morals stayed questionable. See, there are heroes with dubious characters but are good to the core but this is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A guy who is supposed to be good and has a more than broken moral compass. 

    Look, I love my angst like the next person but if you write about such a difficult topic it's essential to do thorough research. Candidates for priesthood are diligently vetted. Sol would never have been accepted in the seminary. There are a lot of inaccuracies about the Catholic Church, and yeah, most of them *I* didn't even figure out despite being Catholic myself. 

    Conclusion? This book is for people who eat angst up and don't want to think about the story beyond what is being told.

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