Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Devil Did Grin

Title: Devil Did Grin
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
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ISBN: 1-61034-480-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Fantasy, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 
As a top fashion model, Rayne Everest leads a privileged life but those same advantages have turned him into an arrogant, cocky and egotistical man, who looks down on those he considers beneath him. His world comes tumbling down when he unwittingly slaps Gordost, one of the nine gods of chaos, in a fit of anger. Rayne loses his beauty, fame and riches and he has thirty days to learn his lesson or else.  
After four days on the streets, Rayne seeks refuge inside an unfinished home and falls asleep. On waking, he looks up into the eyes of Dante Luca, a man he hasn’t seen in years. When he’s offered a place to stay and something to eat, Rayne’s shocked but readily accepts. It doesn’t take long and Rayne is falling in love with Dante all over again, but this time he’s afraid because he doesn’t want to lose his luxurious lifestyle, along with his heart. What’s he doing to do? 
Devil Did Grin is the first release in the new series Gods of Chaos by Gabrielle Evans. This well written, fun and entertaining book is the first by this author for me and if the quality of the writing here is any indication, if won’t be my last. The premise of this story…the nine gods of chaos…is both creative and unusual and it grabbed my interest immediately. The idea your life could change on the whim of a prickly unknown god is shocking, which makes for a great concept.
Rayne isn’t a nice guy in the beginning but that quickly changes once he’s reunited with warm and kindhearted Dante. The connection between them is strong, despite the unpleasant and painful conflict that arises from a couple of Dante’s jealous co-workers and these scenes, and the varying intensity of emotions/actions, are handled well by the author.  It shows how Rayne and Dante’s depth of feelings has changed in a very short time, and Ms. Evans gives enough personal background between them to make their quick partnership believable. At the ending, the two men causing trouble are handled with flair (twist alert here) and a chuckle and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next release.

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