ARC Review: A Devil named Desire (Devil’s Bargain #2) by Terri Garey
Hope finds herself between the Devil and a super sexy angel who happens to go by the name Gabriel (Yeah, THAT Gabriel) when she makes the mistake of losing her way and flirting with the dark side. The Devil gives her a book and instructions follwed by a threat that would make even the staunchest woman soak her starched under britches and go looking for the first train outta Dodge. Thankfully she’s got a friend on the side of light to pull her back, wrap her up in too-sexy-to-be-human arms, and lead her into a place filled with rekindled faith, plenty of desire, and the healing power of lurve. A Devil Named Desire is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
- Title: A Devil Named Desire
- Series: Devil’s Bargain book #2
- Author: Terri Garey
- Prominent Characters: Hope, Gabriel, Samael, Cain
- Recommended reader age: 18+
- Sexual content level: moderate
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Once again, Terri Garey gives a hero and heroine that you root for, worry over, and can’t wait to see lose their respective under garments and set the sheets on fire. There’s even a drive-by psychic reading by my favorite medium Nicki Styx, whose still sweet as can be, cute as a button, and possessing wicked good fashion sense.
Hope has lived a hard life that few people could relate to. Her trials have made her lose sight of the fact that there is a higher power that cares for each and every being on Earth. It leads her to make a terrible mistake and lands her in the cross-hairs of my favorite anti-hero, the Devil himself, Samael.
Now, if you read my review of Devil Without A Cause, you know that I have an unhealthy crush on this guy. Oh, mamma is he hot, free with his lovin’, and with thousands of years of sexual experience under his belt. Which he uses, regularly and with very happy to oblige females. I say females, because some of the fun of this series are the other people and creatures that pop up from all different religions and mythologies. Pandora happens to show up in this book. Yeah, that Pandora, of the box opening and loosing all the evil into the world.
**Side note to all chickies reading this: Will someone PLEASE write a story where it’s a MAN who lets all the evil out? Criminey, why can’t we ladies get a break? If mens would learn to control their penises when they see hot booty strolling past, I swear half the crap that goes down wouldn’t. Sheez. It’s not our fault we’re delicious, mmmkay? I bet a dude knocked Pandora’s Box off a shelf or table, put it back with a whistle and pretended nothing happened. He probably knocked it off cause he was staring at her boobs. Then denied the whole frickin’ thing. End rant.**
So, back to our hero and heroine, and the only could be more delicious covered in whipped cream, brownies, and chocolate sauce Devil.
Hope has no idea why Samael has chosen her. Of course, he’s the devil and he’s got a lesson to teach his brother Gabe. Hope is merely an instrument in his plan. It’s a lesson that will drive our poor archangel nearly mad with lust before the story is over.
Gabe is everything you want in a PNR hero. Hawtness = Check. Heroic and powerful = Check. Check. Has ladies best intentions at heart = Check. He’s also knowledgeable, fiercly loyal, and baffled by his reaction to Hope.
I really liked this book and wanted to be as enthralled with it as I was the first one. But I wasn’t. The problem?
The damned Devil!
He completely eclipsed the main couple. Even if you take away his hotness, his schemes, the lies, the game playing and the whole torment of souls thing, you’ve still got a delectable anti-hero that I want a whole book devoted to. This is a spoiler-free review, so I’m dying to tell you more and can’t. It will have to suffice to say that his character arc is my favorite. He’s my favorite. I want more devil, please!
Samael continues to change and grow and maybe someday he’ll be like Pinocchio and become a real boy. But until then, I get to watch him mess about, railing at his father, chasing his erm…let’s just say certain members of his court, and having his notions and beliefs challenged by the people whose lives he messes with. All the while not realizing that he’s probably being manipulated himself.
I know it’s wrong and stupid and completely foolish, but I want him at MY service….
“I’ll spell it out for you then, shall I? I go by many names – Satan, Beezlebub, Mephistopheles – but the only one you need to remember at the moment is Sammy.” Inclining his head in a mock bow, he added, “Sammy Divine, at your service.”
Looking for love, ladies? This may be your ticket to happy.
“How did you meet?”
“I thought he was a mugger, and I drenched him with lavender oil.”
This is SO not the time for talking. I’m a chick too, and I know that. Geez.
“I dragged you into all kinds of trouble,” she insisted, “and then I took shameful advantage of you…”
“Take advantage of me again,” he urged, pressing his hips upward so she felt every long, hard inch of him.
And I think that this is quite possibly my favorite ending paragraph in book. Oh, the irony!
“I’m a vegetarian.”
Sammy grinned ruefully, more at himself than at her. “”Ah,” he said with a sigh. “I should’ve known. Tell me, what’s your favorite fruit?”
The look she gave him was no longer quite as wary. She smiled again, this time revealing a tiny dimple in her right cheek.
“Apples,” she replied, and Sammy began to laugh.
If you liked A Devil Named Desire of the Devil’s Bargain series…
Go back and pick up book one, Devil Without A Cause. Wonderful book, and Reviewer’s Choice for November 2011. There are also the Nicki Styx books also by Terri Garey. The heroine Nicki is a delight, and her yummy man Joe is a doctor so hawt I’d be embarrassed to be nekkid around him.
You’d probably also like Rosalie Lario’s Demons of Infernum series for wicked laughter and hot sex. (Click the link to see the new covers. Holy man candy Catwoman! Rwaor!)
I think that the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning might also be a good fit. The heroine is an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances, there are mythical creatures a plenty, and the heroes are more like anti-heroes, much like my favorite character from this series.
With a story line that had me licking my chops to see when the main couple would get it on, and the delicious Sammy pulling his naughty strings, A Devil Named Desire was a fun romp in Terri Garey’s world. Like I said, the anti-hero in this book did more for me than the hero and heroine. Is that the author’s fault or am I just sick and twisted? (Who the heck gets a crush on the devil?!) Or perhaps I’m just easily distracted by hunky men who need healing?
Oh, look at those abs….. 😉 (staring at man candy Mormons Exposed calendar next to my desk…)
A Devil Named Desire is a GraveTells Recommended Read!
Rating: A Devil Named Desire
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