Friday, February 22, 2013

Devil’s Angel

Title:  Devil’s Angel
Author:  Mallery Malone
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-438-5
Genre:  {M/F} Historical
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Erika Silverhair‘s life changed drastically the day she decided to walk a warrior’s path.  It was the only way to keep her freedom, even though she feared her role as The Angel of Death.  For years, she’d taken her destiny and the responsibility of others into her own hands.  Now, Erika’s been captured, along with her brother, and falsely accused of a raid.  If she’s not careful, Erika might lose something more precious than her independence, like her heart. 

Though it had been attempted twice, Conor Mac Ferghal, The Devil of Dunlough, vowed that no woman was going to put an end to him.  Only his sister understood the private hell that Conor lived through.  His dark menacing attire and scarred face puts fear in the hearts of many and helps him protect his people.  However, this female prisoner didn’t recoil from him as most did.  Her fire and passion was making him curious.  Conor promised the woman freedom, once he got to the bottom of things, but he was starting to regret his promise. 

Erika and Conor agree to hash it out with swords on the battlefield for her freedom, and Erika loses.  New developments and feelings of guilt make Erika agree to Conor’s terms of marriage.  Too many lives have been affected by her decision to go on the run.  Each day brings Erika and Conor closer and farther apart at the same time.  Erika doesn’t believe that Conor wants her for the right reasons because Conor can’t be honest about his feelings for her, not even with himself. 

Family and obligation weighs heavily on Erika and Conor’s shoulders, but it doesn’t dampen the fire between them.  But no amount of incredible love making can make Erika change her plans of leaving Conor when it’s time.  Conor’s confession of love eventually comes, but not before things take a bad turn.  Though they appear to be as different as night and day, Conor and Erika are the perfect balance for each other and eventually they both give in.  I appreciated the extreme differences about their clothing and body types.  The author gave me a wonderful visual.   Each of them has a strong bond with their sibling that I found admirable and touching.  Even after the horrible experiences that hardened their hearts, Conor and Erika experienced unconditional love, as unaware as they were.  The glimpse into their souls let me see how selfless they both were, even though all around them didn’t have such insight.  Understanding what made them tick didn’t make me feel sorry for either of them though.  I was more impressed, if anything. 

Erika fixed the scar on Conor’s heart and he, in turn, gave her the home and security she needed all along.  Part of me doesn’t want Erika to put down her swords because I love the idea of her fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves.  Then the other part of me imagines her fighting beside her man and nothing can be hotter than that.  I love the idea of Conor and Erika in battle together, in and out of the bedroom.  Plus, Erika’s brother and Conor’s sister gained a special place in my heart and I need to hear more about them.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Devil’s Angel will be a hit with everyone that picks it up.

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