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4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,280 ratings  ·  167 reviews
**TEST is the latest stand alone in the Gentry Boys universe from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Brent**

People say Derek Gentry is arrogant, perpetually drunk and good for only one thing.
Even from a distance he's like a neon sign that reads: ‘I AM THE WORST IDEA YOU EVER HAD.’
And I’m not tempted, no matter how hot he is.
I’ve heard the rumors. I know hi
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published September 25th 2018
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

Test brings up back to the Gentry family with a bit of a heavier story surrounding Derek Gentry. After screwing up in a pretty big way he's now labeled himself the black sheep of the family and is trying to battle his demons on his own. But then he meets Paige on one of the worst nights of her life and finds himself drawn to her like never before. She has her own demons that she's trying to fight away but maybe for them two broken people can make each other
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it

I was looking for a nice simple romantic read when I came across this. It turns out this wasn’t the light read I’d expected.

Derek and Paige meet when they need each other the most. And together they work. But these two are young and they carry so much baggage between them.

This book deals with two difficult subjects. And while it’s an interesting well written book it just wasn’t the book I wanted.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is aptly named as it will test your emotions from start to finish. Derek and Paige’s story is not an easy one, it is about two broken people on a path of self destruction. Test will break your heart, make you cry but ultimately it will give you faith in learning from your mistakes. It is a journey of not only true love but healing and reclamation. It is a story of inspiration, breaking the cycle and forgiveness. A powerful love between two people that may at times bring you to your kne ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars!

The next member of the Gentry family, Derek, gets his HEA!

I really enjoyed this book. While this is a NA romance, it deals with some pretty heavy topics. However, Cora Brent does an amazing job with those topics. She does not sugar coat or romanticize addiction and self-harm, but she does not overpower the romantic nature of the book either. The underlying romance is really sweet. These two, slighty broken people share a traumatic experience and find comfort in each other after.

I apprec
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Test by Cora Brent is book four in her Gentry Generations Series and it blew me away. The previous books are Strike, Turn and Keep. Every book is about another couple and can totally be read as standalone.

Test is Paige and Derek's story. It's raw and gritty, but wonderful at the same time.
Paige is a young woman who's a bit of a drifter. She works at a pizzeria, inherited a house, but has no clue what to make of her life. She hasn't a lot of family or friends and is a bit of a recluse, a loner.
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pet’s $0.02

The Gentry’s are one messed up family.

They’re also loyal to a fault, forgiving of things you’d think could never be forgiven, and above all they’re survivors. They also tend to attract people who are survivors as their friends and lovers. Their stories pull you in and take you for a wild ride. And, I love how you visit with the whole family with every book in the series.

Books that have imperfect heroes are my favorite. No one is perfect and reading about perfect people can be exhausti
This book is heavy. It's real. And I could not put it down. I have read the entire Gentry family and generations books. This book was heavy on my soul. Life is not perfect and both Derek and Paige have been dealt rough hands and meet in an unfortunate situation. They are drawn to one another and have to decide if they are ready to show each other how ugly life can really be sometimes. I will tell you there is a happy ending and I really hope there is more Gentry’s because I'm invested y’all, lik ...more
Sassy Southern
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh the Gentry family. How we love them. If only the author could continue to write books dedicated to this fictional family. I think we would all be a little happier in life.
Derek battling some demons meets Paige in a time where they both needed each other the most. The love I felt for these characters is almost inexplicable. You can't help but to fall in love with them individually as well as a couple. There was no quick head over heels in love for these characters. They started off slow and
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read by Cora Brent! Absolutely loving the second generation Gentry series. Derek and Paige meet by chance during a horrible incident. From there they lean on each other while fighting separate battles within themselves. Every day is a struggle but together they find determination and love. Definitely well written and I didn’t want to put this down. I can not wait for Kellan’s story.
Michele McMullen
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Paige and Derek this is their story .
They each have lived though troubles and struggles to come out on the other side. They are drawn to each other but know that this is not going to be easy. You have to show the real you and hope that "the one "can accept you for all your flaws. This is not your cookie cutter romance. It is real, raw and a challenge . Sometimes you need to take a chance to on yourself and others to have a future !!
Great Story!!
~~Michele McMullen ~~
Lisa Mcintire
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it

I tried, making it halfway before throwing in the towel.
Both of the characters have issues. His alcohol addiction. Hers an eating disorder. Neither of them should be with the other.
Melissa B
This book undoubtedly blew me away! Derek and Paige's story is about fighting their demons while discovering a new relationship they never knew they wanted but ultimately don't want to let go. This book is a roller-coaster of emotions that will have you laughing and crying but leave you with all the feels! If you have loved the Gentry family then I highly recommend you one-click because this book will have you so immersed in the story you won't be able to put it down! Cora has absolutely given u ...more
Gwen Shafer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third book in this series. I haven't had the chance to read the first two but I will be. You can read this as a stand alone. Derek leads a difficult live. One that he can lose at any minute. He ends up doing something that will change his life. I enjoyed this book because it deals with every day life problems. It is a book that you can relate to easily. Cora did an amazing job writing this one and it is a book that you can easily enjoy. The characters were amazing and the storyline was gripping. ...more
Kerry Fletcher
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can never EVER get enough of this family. I care so deeply about what happens to them it's unbelievable!

I've been dying for Derek's story after what happened to him. Thankfully we didn't have to wait too long for it.

Derek is struggling. Ever since the incident which landed him in prison for a while he's trying to stay sober, but being young and staying away from alcohol is hard. His brother is partying up at college. Going to parties, getting wasted and hooking up with random girls for one ni
Jenny Wood
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sighhhhh, Derek.

Man, my heart broke for him in the novella of Curtis and Dalton. I wasn't sure how this one was going to go.
Derek is Stephanie and Chase's son, and true to the blurb, he's made a huge mistake that cost him so much. Driving drunk after the wedding, he ended up not only killing someone during a car accident in which he was driving, but it happened to be the brother of his cousin's husband. Naturally, living with that would take it's toll on anyone, and he has such a good heart, he
Nightbird Novels
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Derek Gentry has made some horrible mistakes in his life. Trying to keep himself on track is a work in progress, but with every failure he has, he gets back up again to start over...

Paige Morrissey knows all about Derek Gentry and the mistakes he's made. But, when he saves her from a dangerous situation, she finds herself getting to know the man behind the gossip...

With the comfort they find in each other, Derek and Paige begin a journey together that feels like forever... but sometimes
Sabrina Thompson
This is the third book in the Gentry Generations series. It can be read as a standalone but would make more sense if read in order.

This book deals with some heavy themes, if you are easily triggered by addictions or addictive behaviors, be forewarned.

This book is by far the heaviest and most emotionally charged book written by Ms. Brent. It was, at times, difficult to read. The characters seemed so raw and so vulnerable that it felt intrusive to be reading about them. Ms. Brent did a fantastic
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I LOOOVE Cora. Always and forever.

This book, though, wasn't my favorite. Here's why. It's something that might not perturb most people, and the characters are great, as always. I am a firm believer that anyone with any dependency should heal before jumping into a relationship. That out of the way...

I know that it's fully possible for someone to form a very healthy relationship while undergoing treatment for a condition, but with alcoholism or body image issues, IMO it's best to have tho
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book in the Gentry Saga.
I think Cora did an amazing job with this one.
Derek and Paige will put you through the emotional ringer. Their story is heart breaking and definitely makes an impression, these two don't have an easy time but I loved their journey.

As we know already Derek has his problems, he's still struggling with the biggest mistake of his life.
Derek doesn't feel worthy of happiness so he punishes himself, It actually made me really sad for him.
However its the unco
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This story is about two people in their twenties. They both have issues they are dealing with. Derek is a recovering alcoholic after a fatal accident he spent some time in jail and is now sharing an apartment with his younger brother. He wants to recover from his addiction but it is hard for him. He now works at his uncles garage.

Paige is still trying to figure out life, she hates crowds and is socially awkward.
Her mother left her at a young age and she is also still hurting because of this.
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

I loved loved loved this couple and how the book started. I just knew we were getting a couple that would closely resemble Cord and Saylor and Creed and Truly. Just that all encompassing love. And we did, mostly. There was near instant attraction between Derek and Paige and they attached themselves to each other fairly quickly. They of course had a very traumatic event happen that pushed this along.

Kellan was just magic in this book. He is definitely Chase’s son. The relationsh
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Test is another book that I've read this week which had my emotions played with. First of all, let me say that it did take me a bit to become invested with these two broken souls, which is what kept me from the perfect rating. (Remember it's MY OPINION) Paige is a girl who doesn't do well with people around her, so even when she's a young woman, she doesn't go out & have fun like her friends. Derek Gentry is a man who is bringing her to life, even though she knows she should run the other wa ...more
Cassie May
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome back with the Gentry’s.
We got glimpses of Derek in the last Novella and his problems made me question if his book would be the book for me. I’m not good with books where the main character is addicted to something, but I thought, I would give it a try.
I shouldn’t have doubted the author. Derek and Paige have a beautiful story and my heart was breaking more than once for what they had to endure in the past and through the book.
I would not recommend reading his book without the previous
Amy  Crull
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I haven't kept up with the Gentry clan if I'm being honest, despite that , I was able to follow this story just fine. I will say that the blurb drew me into the story. This story is about two people who's had struggles and have learned to move on from it. Paige had a troubled childhood, deserted by her mom but raised by incredible grandparents. She's more than ok with chillin at home by herself. Her friends drag her out for a night and that changes her world so much. A night she will never fo ...more
Kim Richards
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pulled into the story right from the beginning and stayed there until I had finished every single word that was written. All the time watching it play out in my head.
Every single emotion that the characters went through, I went through with, I might of even shed a tear or two. Parts of this story really pulled on my heart strings.
There are a few surprises waiting for you throughout the pages of this book, some you may see coming others you won't, some might even shock you, as the
Serena Worker
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paige works at the Pizza shop while she was trying to work things out, her two friends Sam and Ric wanted her to go out and have fun, and at a party she sees two of the Gentry brothers, but remembers Derek who had an accident drink driving that killed someone
Paige had heard about Derek Gentry and what he did, he’s reputation, but when she went to the store and there was a junkie that started to attack people, even though she didn’t like being touched she felt safe in his arms.
Derek wasn’t anythi
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cora, you have done it again. I have loved the Gentrys from the first book Draw, and they just keep getting better and better!

Following a few years after Keep, we get to know Derek Gentry and his struggle with alcoholism, and his ever present guilt for his stupid drunken decision to drive a car home after his cousins wedding which resulted in the death of his cousins brother-in-law. Derek is trying so hard to beat his demons and stay sober but there is always that struggle, which leads him to t
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Every new release in this series feels like coming home. I’ve been so attached to this family from the very beginning and the next generation of Gentry’s is proving to be even better than the first. Test is by far my absolute favorite so far. Derek and Paige’s story is filled with so much emotion and so much swoon it’s nearly impossible to put down once you start. I couldn’t have predicted how much I was going to fall in love with these two.
Derek is every bit a Gentry man. Strong, loving, and f
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The main characters in this book have issues. And that usually makes for a great story when they come out on the other side. However, I didn't feel these characters ever actually addressed theirs. I guess this was a "tell" more than "show" moment. They SAID they were on the road to recovery but we never go down that road with them. That was a big miss for me.

On top of that, this was sllooooowwww. I wasn't too invested in Paige or... see... I can't even remember his name lol. I wasn't interested
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Other books in the series

Gentry Generations (3 books)
  • Strike (Gentry Generations #1)
  • Turn (Gentry Generations #2)