This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Michaela Haze. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Devil's Advocate by Michaela Haze
Series: The Devil's Advocate #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2017
Publisher: Dirty Jeans Publishing
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Michaela Haze
Purchase at: Amazon
Dahlia Clark is a Hell Broker. You want to sell your soul, she’s your girl.The only problem? She’s not seen her boss, Luc, in over two centuries. Not since he forced her out of hell, out of his bed and condemned her to be his eyes and ears on the surface.As far as breakups go, it could have been better!
When Dahlia meets Samuel Rose, a male incubus with the London Underground scene wrapped around his finger, things are looking up in the romance department. At least she can dust off a few of those cobwebs.
Wrong.Lucifer doesn’t like it when people play with his things.It doesn’t matter that he dumped her over two hundred years ago. The Devil wants Dahlia back, whatever the cost.
Wow! The Devil’s Advocate was more than I ever expected! The setting for this story is set both in London and hell. There is quite a bit of world development when it comes to the hell setting in this story. A real class system that has its pureblood and mixed bloods. It is quite fabulously done and I could see the setting clearly in my mind. It was beautiful yet horrific. I absolutely loved that aspect of this story.
Do not pick up this story if you are expecting a cozy little love romance with an alpha male devil character. Not going to happen. Dahlia Clark is not human and never was. She was created by the devil himself, Lucifer Morgenstern, and although she has been exiled on Earth for over two hundred years she was created from sin and feeds off of betrayal, deceit, and treachery. On Earth, she works at a brokerage office where she brokers requests in exchange for souls. If someone wanted another person killed that would meet with Dahlia, promise their soul, and sign on the dotted line.
The requests would be finalized by Luc himself but he did not come Earth side, in fact, Dahlia had not seen him since he spat her in London and left her alone and naked. She still worked for him though, collecting souls, hoping someday to earn her way back into his good graces so that she could go home and be with him again. Dahlia and Luc have a twisted relationship that is quite cruel. There is discussion about physical torture, serious BDSM, and it is completely unhealthy but this is a relationship between the devil and someone that he created, you can’t expect it to be healthy or wholesome. So, from that perspective it was quite right but nothing that I would ever condone.
Dahlia’s relationship with Samuel Rose did not turn out as I had expected. It was an interesting twist though. I can say that I really disliked Samuel’s character, I know he is an incubus but mentioning that he “herds and traffics humans” had me seeing red. There is definitely a lot of material in this book that some people might find objectionable or offensive but these are creatures spawned from hell or linked to it in some fashion and I think the Author actually did a good job with these characters. They are morally ambiguous at best.
I would say that the characters all have solid backstories and were quite interesting. Without giving anything away I can say that I wish that some of the actions/choices that were made by the characters had been given a deeper explanation. Although this story is primarily about an unconventional romance, there was more to the story than mere romance, there was a mystery about a prophecy that kept circling around to Luc and Dahlia. Between the romance, the prophecies, and the conflict, The Devil’s Advocate kept my interest piqued because I wanted to know what the outcome was going to be for all the characters.
*Thank you to Author Michaela Haze for this eARC of The Devil’s Advocate*