Make no mistake: I am a HUGE Ashley Jade fan. If you read my review of her book, Complicated Parts 2, then you’ve already read my profession of love and my reasons for said love. Well, in her newest offering, The Devil, Ashley Jade continues to live up to my hype about her.
To remind you, I love her because she doesn’t do romance like most. She loves to look at characters wholly as themselves without putting labels on them. And I LOVE that. I think it’s easy to place labels on romance. For example, right now, when you go to Amazon to buy this book (and you should buy this book because it WILL NOT disappoint), you will see it is currently “#1 in Bisexual Romance.” However, while that places her at an advantage for sales, that title instantly reduces this book. This book could be called “an erotic psychological thriller” or “new contemporary” or anything else. That’s what I love about her. She is hard to coin, and that makes her stories more compelling.
The Devil follows three characters: Eden, Cain, and Damian. Eden and Cain exist in a present day story for most of the book, but Cain and Damian exist in a past story (Damian also shows up present day, but a majority of his time is spent in the past). There is a seeming romance between Eden and Cain, but the consummation of this relationship is forbidden because Cain has political aspirations, and Eden is the daughter of his deceased wife (read that as stepdaughter). As such, he works hard to deny himself of her offerings (although he isn’t fully successful). Damian and Cain have a past – one from high school. And it’s this past, that sets the tone for this book, and the one to come, The Devil’s Advocate. I don’t want to give anything away, so that is the most I’ll give in a synopsis. This is what I’ll tell you…
1. This book is fire. Trust me when I say this, I hate that sentence, but it describes this book best. There is a lot of everything from the bedroom in this book. Jade doesn’t shy away from it, and you shouldn’t either. Just make sure your fan is on, and you have something cool to drink.
2. With a name like Damian, you would instantly think that he is the Devil. It is a nickname attached to him, but, quite frankly, there are more than one devils to be read here.
3. You will not figure this story out until the end. It will keep you engrossed. I received an eleventh hour ARC of this on Tuesday (I think), and I finished it the same day. Keep in mind, I was teaching for most of my day, so fitting in reading wasn’t easy. However, I couldn’t stop reading it. I drank it down like the sweetest nectar.
4. You will love to hate these characters. Then, you will love them. They are written so well, although their internal motivations aren’t fully revealed yet. We get their base motivations, but I’d like to think there is more to them. I’m hoping The Devil’s Advocate will let us in a bit more.
Simply put, you MUST read this book. This is my (I think) fifth or sixth Cards of Love book, and it is, thus far, my favorite. By a lot. Yes, you might argue that it’s my undying love for Ashley Jade, but it really is the way that this story reads more than a novella. It is dark, erotic, and twisty in the most delicious way.
In love and romance,