Review of Deacon by Cheryl Douglas

You look at that cover and you tell me that that didn't make you curious. Those eyes, that chest, his abs, and that! Oh, sorry. I lost myself a bit there. Anyway, the synopsis isn't all that appealing to me. Sounds harsh, but it'll get good later, I promise. So anyway, the real reason why I decided to give Deacon a whirl--the book, not the man (but one could wish)--was because a fellow blogger told me that the author, Cheryl Douglas, is really good. This became the perfect opportunity for me to check out her creations, especially since this is the first instalment in her new series. Alright, let's got my review.

Title: Deacon (Starkis Family #1)
Author: Cheryl Douglas 
Publication Date: June 15, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer


When Deacon Sarkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.

Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse.

Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission? 



Deacon Sarkis is a man who's used to getting what--and who--he wants. He has never deprived himself of anything, especially when it comes to his sexual needs. However, he's not what he appears to be. There's a real problem in his life that he must find a solution to before it permanently ruins his chance for a happily ever after.

Mia Barnes is a sweet, smart, and beautiful woman with lots to prove in life. Modeling is her ticket to success...and her means to pay her bills and her boyfriend's studies. Despite her physical perfection, she has insecurities that constantly nag her and hinders her from taking risks. But for Deacon, she's willing to jump in head first...that is if he's really going to catch her.


Let me start off with the things I didn't like about the book, and then we'll build it up from there. Okay, so like I said earlier, the blurb did nothing to interest me because it introduced a book that is similar to about a dozen others I've read before; hotshot business tycoon used to getting what he wants sees our physically perfect heroine and decides that he will have her one way or another. They play cat and mouse for a bit, and then he gets her (shocker), she breaks up with her longtime partner to be with him, they go through bumps along the way, they take some time apart, they get back together, and they spout off sweet stuff in the end. But, it's really not as uneventful as I make it seem because even I didn't expect it to be that different. In books with hot billionaires, more of then than not, they like to sleep around, yeah? Normally because they can, and also because they want to "fill a void" in their hearts or lives. Deacon, however, he has a very different reason as to why he can't commit to a woman permanently. Don't worry, I won't tell you what that reason is, but it's really good. You don't encounter this twist every day.

So what am I leading to? This book is not typical. There are deeper issues in the story's plot that would make you think deeper about certain things.


Deacon doesn't set you up for that much, but it packs a lot of strong punches. It's definitely a good read.



When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.

It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that. 


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  1. Thanks for sharing your review, after reading it I'm definitely more intrigued.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read it. :-) the added mystery is actually what I was aiming for. ^_^ do check it out. :-)

  2. I am really glad to have read the review! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  3. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

  4. Where did you get the inspiration to write this book?


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