Caine McKay harbors a dark secret. Those anger issues of his, they’re not just scary—they’re lethal.
When his father is sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit; Caine moves from Chicago to a small town to live with his kindhearted grandmother. He tries to start a new life and forget the tragic circumstances that brought him to Tree Hollow, but his conscience and alter ego won’t let him. He finds an unexpected ally in Hannah, the local preacher’s daughter. Her belief in hope and second chances give him the anchor he needs to keep his anger rooted, and before long, Caine is completely attracted to her. But will her friendship take him on a road to redemption, or will it tear his world apart?
About the Author
Jasmine Denton started writing when she was ten, authoring a series of short stories about a line of princesses who find themselves in similar forbidden love scenarios. As a teenager, she wrote stories filled with angst and growing pains. Now, she’s found a genre that allows her to tell forbidden love and teen angst stories against a paranormal backdrop. Jasmine’s published works include Soul of the Sea, the first in the Curse of the Sea series and Inner Demons, a modern day retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. To learn more about Jasmine, you can follow her on Twitter (@JasmineLDenton) or visit her blog @ jasmineldenton.wordpress.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Name :: Diov Vloodarati <br> Age :: Tsk, tsk. Never ask a women that. <br> Gender :: She-demon (&female) <br> Appearance :: Dark ebony-skinned with sapphire slitted eyes. She has long fangs and thin raised eyebrows. Her hair is lush and curly, midnight black. She has a lean, fair build with an excellent posture. Great spaning bat-like wings cross her back, black webbing stretching between the spine and small black crystalline horns frame her eyes. <br> Crush :: Hah. <br> Powers :: Control over fire and. . . Um. . . Bloodwrath, which she can't control. Just don't make her mad. <br> Other :: Mistress of the Demon Castle.
The title to this story fits perfectly. Ms. Denton took me on the best rollercoaster ride I have ever been on. Caine is someone that has had awful things happen to him and I won’t give any teasers on this one. Just know with this story, that things we have all felt in our past that we weren’t sure about or why, this will help you see it thru the eyes of the character. We all have an inner demon that demands from us, it’s how do we handle it. Must read story that I couldn’t put down and many emotions to go with it. I truly enjoyed reading this. I look forward to more of the author’s work
Review by Valerie: Yes, I am a fan of the Hulk - the big green one. Look at the cover for this book! When I was first asked to review this book, I was excited. Would this be a telling of when the Hulk was a teenager? What I discovered was the story of Caine, heartbreaking and yet redeeming. Caine reveres his father. He adores his father. His father is everything to him and as you read his story and experience his flashbacks, you understand why. It's no wonder that he and his dad move from town to town and state to state to keep people from knowing the truth about Caine. A monster lives inside of him - a genetic one. Then, one night and one wrong word and Caine's father is in jail and Caine is moving - alone. The town is small, very small, and Caine knows that someone will remember why he and his dad left years ago. But as time passes, Caine lets his guard down and befriends Hannah - kind, beautiful, generous, and already taken. As I read about these two befriending each other, Caine getting homework help and Hannah exploring the world away from her preacher father's eyes, I got a sense of foreboding that things were not going to go well - for Caine. I was right. He's the bad boy, the one she's supposed to stay away from and while I really wanted to like her, I couldn't believe she had a boyfriend she wouldn't dump for him. Really, I was mad at her for that. When Hannah finally came to her senses, circumstances got in the way pulling them apart. Caine woke up covered in blood with no memory of why. While we only get glimpses of the monster inside Caine, I was rooting for him all the way, especially when suspicious circumstances point to another monster being in the vicinity and possibly causing the havoc that has come upon the town. My favorite part of this book wasn't about Hannah and Caine. My favorite part of this book was Caine himself. I felt his pain, his joy, his confusion, and his relief when he finally visits his mom and comes to term with what he is and what he's done and reconciles with his dad. I felt like he had grown up and I had been on the journey with him.