Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dance with the Devil

Title: Dance with the Devil
Author: Gabrielle Evans
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-896-6
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Archer Neilson gets into trouble with Pathos, one of the Gods of Chaos, for his fast and loose lifestyle and suddenly finds himself cursed with irresistible charm. It might sound like a dream come true but having every man that crosses his path panting after him quickly turns into a dangerous nightmare. 

On the run, Archer stops at a bar in a small town and after buying food, gets jumps by three men crazy with lust because of his curse. The bar owner, Levi Dawson, rescues the smaller man from the town troublemakers and takes Archer home with him.  

The question is whether Archer can tame his wicked ways in thirty days and show Pathos that he’s reformed himself. If he doesn’t, the curse sticks for the rest of his life, but that’s not his only problem. He really likes Levi but knows he doesn’t deserve the sexy cowboy and he certainly never planned on falling in love. 

Dance with the Devil is release two in Gabrielle Evan’s entertaining Gods of Chaos series, and while reading them in order would be helpful, it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. 

When we meet Archer, he’s been Pathos’ play toy for three months and has had time for a forced change in his personality. He’s now a frightened guy you can actually like instead of what he was at the end of Devil Did Grin. Ms. Evans did a nice job showing the fear and frustration with his situation and the scene where the lust of the Justin brothers turned dangerous was particularly well done. Levi is a great guy…someone you can depend on, reliable, friendly and responsible…did I mention hot? His attraction to Archer is immediate but his ability to withstand the lust curse also makes him trustworthy. I have to admit that Levi trying to grit his teeth while resisting Archer gave me a few chuckles but when they finally give in to their desires, it’s sizzling hot.  

I like these two together and they get along well. Their actual relationship is pretty smooth except for a disagreement over a rodeo incident. I really thought there would be more relationship conflict. I liked that Pathos made intermittent appearances and got a few chuckles from him too. I didn’t expect the man Pathos finally grabbed for punishment to be Sheriff Luke Rivera. I assume we’ll see his story sometime in the future, but watch for the next release Devil’s Playground coming soon. 

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