Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cambion 1: Dark Around the Edges by Cari Z 4/5 Stars

Cambion #1: Dark Around the EdgesCambion #1: Dark Around the Edges by Cari Z.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Release Date February 08, 2013
Book Type Serial
Category Gay
ISBN 978-1-937058-88-3
Cover Art Nathie Block
Heat Rating
 Individual episodes can be purchased separately or a season pass is available which includes "bonus material".

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Demons
Espionage
Sex
Lust
Gun Battles
Humor
Sex
M/M Paranormal Romance

YES, please!



THE BLURB:
The Season Pass includes every episode as it is released, the final compiled ebook, and bonus material not available any other way!

Devon Harper is a cambion, the offspring of an incubus and one of his female followers. Discovered by those who could've helped him too late to be saved from his nature, he barely survived a brutal childhood before getting a handle on his powers of seduction. Lust, sex, desire: these are second nature to cambion, and are their road to both riches and ruin. Devon has the power to bring people to their knees with a glance, to drive them so crazy with pleasure that they forget their names, and occasionally forget to breathe as well. He could use his birthright to force the world to worship him, but Devon is trying to fight against the pull, to do what he can to track down people with the power to summon a demon and stop them before more cambion can be made.

But Devon doesn't realize that the path he and his friends are following is only one strand of a web laid in place by a demon who's not content to wait on the whims of humanity to get out of Hell. Devon is this demon's key to staying above ground permanently, and when he finally catches up with the cambion, he's not taking no for an answer.

Episode 1: Heaven's On Fire
Devon's infiltration of a Chinese kingpin's lair doesn't quite go off as planned, and lands him in a dangerous predicament. Shangdi knows about Devon, and knows how useful a cambion can be, particularly to his partner, the mysterious demon summoner Porter Grey. With time running out for Devon, it's up to the even more mysterious Rio Pagani to storm the compound and pull Devon out before Porter can put his plans for the cambion into motion.

THE STORY

Devon and Rio work for Safeguard Systems which specializes in security, body guards, search and rescue, as well as covert demon hunting operations. Devon attempts to infiltrate an underground lair in search of demon summoner Porter Grey. When Devon’s cambion nature is discovered the intel op turns into a rescue mission. Enter Rio – Oh yes, please! When I need to be rescued I want Rio, just like Devon…


”Oh, do I get Rio?”…”Please tell me I get Rio.”…”Please, please, pretty please…”


Since there’s a wait for Rio, Devon decides to use his allure on an unsuspecting guard. Once Devon gets his mojo started he has to have relief—a really great side effect of being cambion, IMO. Again, Rio to the rescue!

THE CHARACTERS

Devon Harper - Lusty, flirty, sexy and inhumanly beautiful. As a cambion Devon’s sexual needs are unquenchable. He’s almost juvenile in his charm and somehow that is very, very hot!
Utterly Shameless Flirt and Epic Pain in the Ass.

Rio - Seven feet of smooth confidence and power. Yeah, we want more of that. Plus he’s weapon sexy AND he can take care of Devon’s “special needs.”


Sting grenades, detcord, tear gas...two Sig P226s with extra magazines in easy reach,... and a KA-BAR matte-black tanto knife with an 8-inch blade in case anyone wanted to snuggle. Variety was the spice of a one-man tactical invasion.

Porter Grey - A gifted demon hunter; he's slippery, knowledgeable and determined.
He looked languorous and dangerous, like a lion lounging just beyond reach, tempting you...

THE WRITING

This first book in the serial does a good job of setting up interest. It lays out some main players and a general agenda for the series. It accomplishes all of this while we’re intertwined in an espionage mission and subsequent rescue operation.

I was impressed by the energy and excitement of the action scenes. The smoothness of Rio’s killer confidence makes me want to be behind him in any gun battle. Another highlight is the anticipation of a sexual encounter between Rio and Devon. Unfortunately the steamy build up was better than the act itself. I’m not saying it was a total let down, but I needed to ‘see’ more. That being said I realize this is a serial and we can’t have it all too soon. The fact that I want to see more gritty detail really says it all, right?

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I sincerely thank Storm Moon Press and Cari Z for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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