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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Review - A Deal With The Devil by Evangeline Anderson
Title: Deal With the Devil
Author: Evangeline Anderson
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Luz Velez is a shape-shifter who can’t shift. Every time she tries to summon her inner wolf, she has a massive panic attack. Worse, her anxiety extends to the rest of her life. At twenty-seven, she’s still a virgin because attempting to have sex sends her into lock-down mode. She’s miserable and stuck—until Jude Jacobson comes along.
Tall, blond and dangerous, Jude is the most feared vampire in town and the minute he sees her, he wants Luz. Vampires and shape-shifters don’t date but he makes her an offer she can’t refuse—a blood exchange that will help her control her panic attacks and give her the life she’s always wanted.
Luz is desperate takes Jude up on his offer. But she doesn’t expect to fall for the darkly seductive vampire—or to be plunged into danger when her past comes calling. When Jude’s own dark secret comes to light, she begins to question her deal with the devil and wonder if she and Jude can make it…or if they’ll die trying.
Deal With the Devil by Evangeline Anderson is an extremely touching novel that manages to address a highly sensitive subject without being offensive. Without delving into the heart of story itself, the main character, Luz Velez has a few issues from her youth to overcome and Ms. Anderson uses her hero, Jude Jacobson, to help Luz battle her fears. As Jude and Luz struggle to overcome the past trauma and betrayals, they try to build a relationship with each other both despite and because of their differences. Yet it is those same differences that cause their families and friends to try to keep them apart. Unfortunately, racisim still exists and dating outside your species is not accepted regardless of your age and maturity.
It is this secondary theme that truly shows Ms. Anderson's mastery. She does such a compelling job showing the bitterness and hatred between vampires and the wolves as they illustrate that racism and bigotry is not limited to skin color. Even Luz is initially hesitant to follow her heart, falling back on old beliefs and teachings to guide her actions and thoughts. It is only when Jude is in jeopardy that she knows her heart.
Never forget that this is above and beyond an erotic novel, it still has all the elements of a true romance, so expect and be prepared for tastefully written, yet steamy love scenes. Added to Ms. Anderson's mastery are a wonderful plot with fascinating characters, a superb storyline, surprise ending and snappy dialogue. Even a little wounded, Luz is force to be reckoned with, as Jude discovers. This is a wonderful novel, one not to be missed.