Cornerstone by Vendelin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fanfiction- Teen Wolf – Sterek
Suffering from PTSD, ex-Marine Derek Hale moves back to Beacon Hills to open a bookshop and find a calmer life. That’s where he meets Stiles, completely by accident. Stiles is talkative, charming and curious. Somehow, despite the fact that he’s blind, he’s able to read Derek like no one else.
First Read: December 25, 2015 (such a great Christmas present and it’s Derek’s birthday, too!)
Second Read: July 7-8, 2016
Second time around found me reading this from a very different perspective. When I read this Human AU Sterek fanfic seven months ago I knew next to nothing about Teen Wolf, let alone Stiles and Derek, yet I had no problems following along. If I missed some reference to Teen Wolf during that reading I never knew it. This time around I have over a hundred Sterek’s under my belt (yeah, I really should get another hobby, don’t judge) so I figured I was bound to come across something that would make more sense now that I had watched a few seasons of the show in addition to having read all the fanfics. Nope, nada. Change the names and this could have easily been an original novel. Sure, like the show Derek’s family is (mostly) dead and but they are only vaguely mentioned. He’s still damaged but that damage comes from another source (of the writer’s original creation), not the death of his family. As for Stiles, his backstory differs rather significantly from MTV’s. His dad is still the sheriff and his best friend is still named Scott, but their page time is almost nonexistent. What I’m getting at is if you think you need to know Teen Wolf to understand this book you are wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I feel guilty for not having purchased this on Amazon as an original work and I would have absolutely no qualms about it being PTP (ooh, the horror!).
I mean, come on, Derek doesn’t even have a leather jacket in this story!
Original Review- December 25, 2015
I’ll preface this by saying I am new to the whole Sterek fanfiction. In fact, I’d never even heard of the Teen Wolf tv show until I looked it up after reading some fanfic blurbs. This is only my second or third Sterek piece and let me tell you, everything that comes next is going to have to work hard to come close to how much I loved this story.
This is probably one of my favorite lines in any book, ever, and is something I think about every time I imagine losing my sight.
“I just miss it. Reading. I miss reading.” Stiles’ face is turned in the other direction now. Away from Derek. Derek, who has never contemplated that reading isn’t a given for everyone in this country. Up until now, he has assumed that some people love to read and those who don’t like it deserve longer jail sentences if they ever commit a crime.
Okay, so maybe I don’t imagine the bit about the jail sentences!
This was an amazing read. The pace was slow, but in the best way possible. It mirrored Derek, who seemed to be going through life in slow motion as he tried to make it one day to the next. He had demons, but what I liked was the fact that the writer did not turn him into the clichéd tortured hero, aka, the Asshole Hero. Yeah, this guy was tortured, but he just wanted to get to each new day without harming anyone. He did that the only way he knew how, which was to be controlled and methodical. Unfortunately, that left him just going through the motions until Stiles entered the picture.
I will also say that hands down, this book has some of the hottest sex scenes I have ever read. Not crazy, over-the-top titillating just for the sake of titillating; but hot, gave-me-tingles-I-want-a-Derek-of-my-own kind of hot.
I look forward to reading more by this writer.
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